A first time for everything…

I have had the pleasure this year of working closely with Randolph colleagues as well as folks at CCM regarding the opportunities available for RHS students to participate in dual enrollment courses while they are completing their high school diploma.  According to an article in Public School Review updated in May of 2018,  the following benefits were noted when contemplating dual enrollment;

  • Less time required after high school to finish a college degree
  • Provides students with a head start on the college experience
  • Dual-enrollment classes often save students money on tuition
  • Students may enjoy access to college library and resources
  • Grades earned become part of the student’s permanent transcript
  • Students may be able to transfer credits earned to a four-year school
  • Classes may offer a lower ratio of students to instructors
  • Students may explore fields of study that help them choose a major later
  • Students may choose from classes not currently available at their high school
Dual-enrollment gives students a taste of college coursework while they are still enjoying the safe confines of the high school environment. At the same time, students earn credits that will apply toward a two-year degree at the school, or even toward a four-year degree, if the credits transfer fully to the four-year school of choice.
Randolph High School is looking forward to continuing to offer our students many avenues to pursue their passions and reach their actual potential while they enjoy their high school journey.


Dr. Simmons, Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Management at CCM recently set up a signing ceremony at CCM for the members of the Randolph School District and CCM leaders to include President Anthony Iacono to celebrate the beginning of our working together to provide dual enrollment courses to RHS students.  When we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised to also find in attendance Dr. Lamont Repollet, the NJ Commissioner of Education.  After 40 + years in education, I never had the distinct pleasure of meeting the Commissioner ~ until now.  I must say it was definitely a highlight for me and I was so impressed with his sincerity and his genuine desire to be out among the districts in his state to actively engage in what is going on in the schools.  He also commented on his support of dual enrollment opportunities and the inclusion of the same on the New Jersey School Report Card.  THANK YOU Dr. Repollet for being on hand to celebrate this partnership between the Randolph School District and the County College of Morris ~ I will reflect on meeting you as a highlight of my educational career!
Randolph Dual Enrollment Signing


I don’t know where I found this note to self to give credit to the author but wanted to share ~

“What is my purpose in life?” I asked the void.

“What if I told you that you fulfilled it when you took an extra hour to talk to that kid about his life?” said the voice.

“Or when you paid for that young couple in the restaurant?  Or when you saved that dog in traffic?  Or when you tied your father’s shoes for him?”

“Your problem is that you equate your purpose with goal based achievement.  The universe isn’t interested in your achievements…just your heart.  When you choose to act out of kindness, compassion and love, you are already aligned with your true purpose.

No need to look any further!”

As I sit around my Thanksgiving table this year I will make a conscious effort to be grateful for the family and friends that I can hug, laugh with and reach across the table to hold their hand.   I have found that the art of being grateful brings peace.

Best wishes to all for a wonderful Thanksgiving season filled with much joy and lots of love!

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Exciting opportunities …

You may or may not know that RHS is currently offering dual enrollment possibilities in a few of our courses.  The definition below will provide a bit more detail into this real opportunity for students to not only earn college credit but to also:

  • have a chance to experience interests and passions prior to college
  • earn a business ready certificate while still attending high school
  • set apart their transcript from other high school students by adding college credits/transcript to a high school transcript
  • earn college credits at a reduced rate
  • potentially interact with college professors and take advantage of college resources.

In recent years, dual-enrollment programs, courses, and experiences have grown in popularity in the United States, and they are generally viewed as a way to expose students to collegiate learning, demystify the collegiate experience, provide more challenging learning opportunities, increase postsecondary aspirations, or accelerate the attainment of a college degree—all of which can contribute to higher enrollment, success, and degree-attainment rates in postsecondary education programs.

In addition, since dual-enrollment programs may allow students to earn both high school and college credit simultaneously, they can decrease the amount of time—by a semester, year, or even more—commonly required to earn a two- or four-year postsecondary degree. And because the cost of dual-enrollment courses may be fully or partially subsidized, the expenses and loan debt averted by students and families can also improve the chances that a student will choose to enroll in and complete a postsecondary program. (The growing costs associated with earning a college degree, and concerns about taking on loan debt, are among the most frequently cited reasons why students decide not to pursue postsecondary education.) 

Randolph High School currently has partnerships with Rider University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and our very own County College of Morris.  We are currently pursuing opportunities with other colleges and universities to offer students dual enrollment options while still in high school ~