Welcome to Haywood Academy! This is an online resource for high school students interested learning how to make social change. High school is a great time to discover an important issue worth advocating for and supporting. Improvements in government cannot be made without the input of the people.

Thank you for your interest in making our Commonwealth and the world a better place to live, learn, and thrive.

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High School Dual Enrollment Program

Arcadia University

450 S Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Telephone (215) 572-2112 or (215) 572-2900
1 877-ARCADIA  (1-877-272-2342)

A highly beneficial college experience for your high school students is Dual Enrollment at Arcadia University. By taking a university course during both junior and senior year students learn to challenge themselves academically and gain valuable experience in preparation for college.

Enrollment Eligibility:  

The Dual Enrollment opportunity offered through Arcadia University is an enrichment activity that allows qualified high school students to earn college credits. Courses are offered on the main campus or in a cohort format at the student’s high school. Dual Enrollment is designed to encourage a broad range of students to experience post-secondary education at a reduced cost. The result is a relevant, experientially rich and academically sound educational experience for the high school student.

The student must be a junior or senior in high school (transcript required) and meet the following requirements:

  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Recommended for academic readiness by the high school guidance counselor/ principal
  • Obtain signed approval to participate by parent(s)/legal guardians(s)
  • Demonstrated satisfactory performance on any required university placement testing (English, Math, and Modern Language)
  • Meet any of the prerequisites for specific courses, as required

Course Selection and Transferability Dual Enrollment students can take classes in two settings: on Arcadia’s Glenside campus where students take classes with traditional undergraduates, or in the students’ high school with courses taught by Arcadia faculty. Arcadia University is a regionally accredited institution and credits should be eligible to transfer to other four-year colleges and universities. Arcadia cannot guarantee transferability to other institutions. Students should consult with the institution of their choice to determine transferability.

All students enrolled in Dual Enrollment will be charged fees at the rate established in the program agreement with their high school. Fees associated with dropping and withdrawal policy follow established university policies. All payment is due at time of registration, unless the high school has made alternate arrangements with Arcadia. Please contact Kat Phillips for the enrollment deadline.

Questions? Contact:  

Office of Continuing Studies
Kat Phillips

Chestnut Hill College

9601 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

At the moment, it appears Chestnut Hill College does not have a dual enrollment program for high school students. However they do accept dual enrollment credits on a case-by-case basis. Evaluations of these credits are done by the registrar.   

Questions? Contact:   

Johnny Myers, Admissions Counselor 
(215) 242-7708 
Email: myersj1@chc.edu.  

La Salle University

1900 W Olney Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19141
Phone: 215.951.1000

Through La Salle’s Higher Education Initiative, the explorer educational experience is available to talented and promising area high school students. There are many academic programs that allow eligible students to earn college credit while simultaneously attend­ing high school. Participating high school students don’t just get head starts on their college educations. They also explore college life by learning from college professors in the company of college students.

La Salle University is a member of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), an organization with the goal of ‘advancing quality college courses for high school students.

Area junior and senior high school students have the opportunity to earn dual credit as a result of a signed partnership between their high school and La Salle University. La Salle University is pleased to partner with the following high schools for this exciting, free program:

  • Bonner and Prendergast High School
  • Central High School
  • Eastern Academy Charter School
  • La Salle College High School
  • Little Flower High School
  • Mastery Charter School – Pickett Campus
  • Neumann Goretti High School
  • The Philadelphia High School for Girls
  • Roman Catholic High School
  • Science Leadership Academy at Beeber
  • St. Basil Academy
  • Swenson Arts & Technology High School
  • West Catholic Preparatory High School

Questions? Contact:  

If a high school is not on this list, please encourage the principal to contact Dr. Liz Langemak (215-951-1160 / langemak@lasalle.edu) to discuss how students at a particular high school can become eligible for the Transformation Scholars program.

Eligibility and Requirements:  

  • Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and no history of serious disciplinary violations.
  • Beginning in the Fall of 2020, this program will admit cohorts of 15 rising junior students per year, all of whom would currently qualify as Pell-eligible college students.
  • Students will commit to taking one La Salle course in each of the fall and spring semesters of both their junior and senior years (for a total of four courses).
  • Additionally, Transformation Scholars will be offered automatic acceptance to our Summer Scholars program in the summer before their junior and senior years (for a total of two more courses).
  • There is no cost to the student for the college courses. Eligible students may have the opportunity to receive textbook and travel assistance.

The application deadline for the 2020 Transformation Scholars program has been extended to Friday, May 1st. Get ready to apply to the program by gathering the following information:

  • Submit this form filled out and signed by you, your parents or guardians, and your high school counselor
  • an electronic copy of your high school transcript
  • an electronic copy of your PSAT/SAT/ACT scores
  • a scanned copy of your parent or guardian’s most recent 1040 tax document (pages 1 and 2, with signature)
  • an essay on the following topic (to copy and paste into application): “In 300-500 words describe a period of growth in your life. What caused this growth? How did you transform as a person as a result of this growth?”
  • a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or guidance counselor who knows you well, speaking to your potential to succeed in a challenging academic program (the letter must be emailed by your recommender to the required email address before the program application deadline)

Questions? Contact:   

Liz Langemak, Ph.D.
Director of the Higher Education Initiative

Manor College

700 Fox Chase Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046
(215) 885-2360 

Dual enrollment at Manor College is a unique opportunity for high school students to take college classes while earning their high school diplomas.  

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • High school juniors and seniors  
  • Must be at least 16 years of age  
  • High School GPA – 3.0  
  • Recommended by high school  

General Information:  

  • Registrations must be approved by Manor College and the high school  
  • Adherence to academic calendars of both Manor College and high school required  
  • Manor College credits are transferable to other colleges and universities if you receive a ‘C’ or better  
  • There is no charge for official transcripts  
  • Tuition Fees can be found at https://manor.edu/admissions/tuition-fees/ 

Course Offerings:  

  • Classes run by semesters – Fall and Spring – 15 weeks; Summer Sessions – 6 weeks each; Semester course offerings will vary  
  • All prerequisites must be met  
  • Students may drop/add classes only during the first week of classes by contacting the Manor College Dual Enrollment coordinator  


  • Roster must be presented to Security to receive your Manor photo ID card  
  • All students must register for a Manor email  
  • All students are encouraged to register for our emergency text messaging  


  • Manor does not recognize a “cut” policy; Attendance may affect your grade (at the discretion of your professor)  
  • Attendance, midterm grades, final grades, and academic alerts will be reported to the high school and the School District  
  • All grades are reported on both Manor and high school transcripts  
  • Contact your Manor professors for any missed work, quizzes, or tests and for help  

Facilities and Resources:  

  • Library, computers, cafeteria, and student lounge at Manor College are available to all high school dual enrollment students  
  • The Learning Center at Manor College is free to all high school dual enrollment student for tutors, study guides, online tutoring, constructive criticism on papers, and sample tests  

Questions? Contact:  

J.P. Lutz | jlutz@manor.edu
Assistant Professor, Business, Technology and Legal Studies 
Admissions Questions 
Phone: (215) 885-2360 

Penn State

1600 Woodland Road, Abington, PA 19001
Main Telephone:  215-881-7300

Penn State offers dual enrollment to high school students who would like to attend a Penn State campus to take college courses. Qualified students earn college credits and experience the workload of a college class through this program. Credits earned can be applied to a Penn State degree and are part of one transcript recognized at all Penn State campuses. Credits earned may also be considered for transfer to another institution.

Students who have completed their junior year or are currently in their senior year of high school are eligible for dual enrollment. Exceptions for high school juniors and underclass students are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Dual enrollment students may take up to 8 credits per semester. Most students take one or two courses per 16-week semester in addition to or in place of high school coursework.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in pursuing dual enrollment courses at Penn State, please submit a non degree enrollment to Undergraduate Admissions, along with the following:

  • Official high school transcript
  • Standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, PSAT, PLAN, PSSA, Keystone Exam, etc.)
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or principal

The non-degree enrollment form states that it should be returned University Registrar, but dual enrollment applications must be sent to Undergraduate Admissions.

Please be aware of the following application deadlines:

  • August 1 for fall semester (late August-mid-December)
  • December 1 for spring semester (mid-January-late April)
  • June 1 for summer session (late June-early August)

The costs are set by the Board of Trustees each year in July. Please visit the Office of Summer Session website to see an estimate of the costs for Penn State’s summer session. 

Questions? Contact:

For more details about enrollment requirements and accepted courses please go to https://dus.psu.edu/dual-enrollment-guidelines for more information or contact abingtonadmissions@psu.edu

Salus University

8360 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
(215) 780-1400 or 1 800-824-6262

Salus does not have a high school dual program for students. They only have a post graduate, Masters and Doctoral programs at Salus. However Salus University is connecting with high school students via their (STEM) program.   

Questions? Contact: Email any staff member in the admission department for assistance

Community College of Philadelphia

1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 751-8000


High school students (11th and 12th grade) must be motivated and must have demonstrated the academic ability and maturity necessary to succeed in a college-level course. Students must also take the College’s placement test and perform at a level indicating preparedness for the program’s coursework.

Program Details 

Students have full access to College services, including the Learning Labs, student computer centers, the Library and Career Services Center. Tuition is discounted for enrolled students.

How to Apply 

Students must complete the Advance at College Application and fax it to (215) 496–6087, attention Advance at College program. Upon receipt of the completed application, a placement test date will be arranged. Special dates for testing and special sections of courses can be arranged for groups of high school students.

Questions? Contact: 

Cindy Blackston-LeGree

Grants & Scholarships:  

Most students are they eligible for scholarships!

Read on to find out more about the specific scholarships and grant opportunities available.

Check out: https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-state/pennsylvania-scholarships/

State Grant Information 

The PHEAA State Grant is for Pennsylvania residents who are enrolled full-time (12 or more credits) or part-time (minimum of 6 credits) in an undergraduate program (matriculating) and have demonstrated financial need. Current students must file their FAFSA by May 1 to be considered for a state grant. Students that reside outside of Pennsylvania should check with their respective State Boards of Education to learn about available grant programs.

Pennsylvania residents who are enrolled in an online program taking 50% or more of their classes within an online format may be eligible for the state grant through the PA State Grant Distance Education Pilot Program (SGDEPP). Students will be nominated by the Financial Aid Office upon registration.

If a student received the PA State Grant at a prior institution, a transcript will be required to measure satisfactory academic progress in order to be awarded the PA State Grant.

Montgomery County Community College

340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422

If you’re 15 or older, you can take campus-based or online college classes and earn undergraduate credits from Montgomery County Community College. These credits can be transferred to a four-year college or university; however, you should contact your intended college’s Admissions Office to ensure that your credits transfer completely.

Our classes are offered in the evenings, on weekends and during the summer. For daytime classes check with your high school to see if you can adjust your schedule and fit in a college course.

Earn dual credit

Through our Dual Credit program, a subset of Dual Enrollment, you can take a college course at your high school and receive both high school and college credits. Check with your guidance counselor to see if your high school participates in dual credit learning.

Becoming a Dual Enrollment student

To become a Dual Enrollment student, complete the following steps based on where you plan to take your classes:

Classes at the high school

  1. Create an online account and submit your application to Montco. Once your account is created, you will receive a confirmation email with your new student ID number.
  2. Complete the online registration and release form. You will need your student ID number to submit.
  3. Have your parent or guardian authorize your participation. Please let your parent or guardian know this email is coming and ask them to approve the email request as their permission is required.

Interested in learning more? Check out our frequently asked questions for additional information.

Classes at Montco

  1. Create an online account and submit your application to Montco. Once your account is created, you will receive a confirmation email with your new student ID number.
  2. Submit your score report or high school transcript or complete placement testing. Depending on your transcript or report, you may be exempt from testing.
  3. Fill out the paper registration form and email the completed form to dualenrollment@mc3.edu. You will need your student ID number. This registration form needs to be signed by you (student) and a parent or guardian.

If you will receive high school credit for the college course, a high school official’s signature also is required.

Haywood Academy 101: Introduction to Driving Social Change

Class Title: Haywood Academy 101: Introduction to Driving Social Change
Class Description:

High school is a great time to develop your awareness about issues affecting society, to dream big, and to build a community with others interested in creating a brighter future. We will intentionally spend our time that way in this class.

Successfully driving social change can take a lifetime of effort. In this introduction to the work, we will focus on two main steps: 1) recognizing the power of your voice and 2) joining with others to amplify your voice.

We will learn more about issues that matter to us, explore a range of approaches to social change work, and try our hands at using our voices to share ideas and concerns. Along the way, we will also build a community to bring us the comfort of hope during this unsettling time.

This class is self-guided. You can take us up on as little or as much as you want. If you are following the syllabus between April and August of 2020, we hope you will join us for monthly, virtual, real-time connection. In addition to the opportunity to build community, learners participating during that time frame can earn a certificate from Arcadia University if they complete and submit three or more assignments satisfying intended learning outcomes.


Pennsylvania State Senator Art Haywood and Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant

Most of the learning in this class is self-guided. However, based on his experience and expertise as a changemaker, Senator Haywood has put together an excellent collection of materials to get you started. And Alison from Arcadia University will be available to offer feedback to high school students who choose to submit assignments. Additionally, there will be monthly opportunities for real-time, virtual connection, for those who are interested.

Contact Information:

Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant: lalondwyanta@arcadia.edu

If you would prefer to connect by phone, please send your phone number by email, along with the best times to be in touch, and Alison will give you a call. There is a great deal of information here in the syllabus, too.

Time frame: April – August 2020 is the optimal time frame for this experience, coinciding with the opportunities to convene virtually and to submit and receive feedback on assignments. However, students may begin and proceed through the lessons at any time.
Certificate opportunity and other benefits:

Students who submit three or more exercises satisfying intended learning outcomes will earn a certificate from Arcadia University.
Certificates will be issued digitally and will be suitable for printing at home. These certificates recognize your commitment to engaged citizenship and co-curricular learning but they are not academic and do not constitute college credit. Also, interested students who earn the certificate and subsequently apply and gain admission to Arcadia University will be guaranteed a spot in the Arcadia Civic Scholars program.

Select student work submitted will be stored in the Arcadia University Library’s digital repository, ScholarWorks@Arcadia and could be added as a hyperlink to students’ resumes

High school* students participating could also earn a tour of the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, PA, an opportunity for an internship for Senator Haywood’s office, and/or a lunch with instructors Senator Haywood and Dr. LaLond Wyant and Arcadia University President, Dr. Ajay Nair.

*Although this class was designed for high school students. Learners of all ages and levels are welcome.

Summer Reading


The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more.

Storyline Online receives over 100 million views annually from children all over the world.

Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading. Teachers use Storyline Online in their classrooms, and doctors and nurses play Storyline Online in children’s hospitals.

Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

Storyline Online is a program of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization that relies entirely on gifts, grants and donations to fund Storyline Online and produce all of its videos.


Vello is an innovative, 1:1 virtual volunteer reading program helping kids reach the critical goal of learning to read by 4th grade. Vello is a United Way program, presented by Wells Fargo that supports the Read by 4th Campaign.

The Challenge

By the start of the 2016-2017 school year, almost two thirds of children in Philadelphia entered the 4th grade unable to read at grade level. Fourth grade is the year when instruction shifts from learning to read to reading to learn. As a result, students who are not reading proficiently by the 4th grade may struggle in school and fall behind their peers.

Fortunately, research has shown that all children are capable of making great strides in their reading ability as long as they have support from adults inside and outside the classroom.

The Opportunity

As part of United Way’s Early Grade Literacy programming, Vello pairs teams of professionals and other volunteers with classrooms to provide safe, digital guided reading support. Together, students and volunteers read e-books using simple screen sharing and audio. With computer and internet access, Volunteers can complete their weekly 30-minute guided reading sessions from anywhere, making it easy to give back without leaving their work space. Vello also provides students with 24/7 access to an extensive 50,000 book RAZ-Plus e-library for themselves and their family members, helping form valuable reading habits in and out of the classroom.