Graduates Receive Degree Before High School Diploma
Three Duncanville High School seniors already have one graduation under their belts even though they don’t receive their high school diplomas until June 1.
Bryar Fuentes, Terah Johnson and Oscar Soto received their associate degrees from Mountain View College in early May.
Completing the first two years of college while attending high school requires students to take dual credit courses offered by Duncanville High School in conjunction with Mountain View College during the regular school year and in the summer. The partnership allows Duncanville High School students to take college classes for free.
Oscar Soto plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington to study civil engineering.
“You just go to school and you get high school and college at the same time,” Oscar said. “The money and the time, I saved both.”
All three students admitted the rigor of their program did require some sacrifices.
“In the summer when all my friends were going to water parks, I was taking college courses,” Terah said. “It took a lot of discipline.”
Bryar Fuentes started her dual credit courses thinking she wanted to pursue architecture, but she discovered she’d prefer to work in medicine. She is grateful to have had the exposure to both programs while in high school, and she’s confident she knows what she wants to do.
“I want to be out in the field actually helping people,” Bryar said.
Duncanville High School is expecting to graduate more students with an associate degree in the future as the district expands to three educational career tracks offering dual credit and college classes.
Bryar, Terah and Oscar completed their college degree under the Comprehensive High School Dual Credit program which has been in place at Duncanville High School for several years.
Students who are completing their freshman year in the Duncanville High School Collegiate Academy will also have an opportunity to finish an associate degree while in high school.
And, beginning next school year, students who complete required Architectural Design certifications and other college classes will qualify for an associate degree as well.