At River Dell, there are two options for students interested in earning college credits while attending school.
Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA)
Syracuse University Project Advance is a cooperative program between Syracuse University and River Dell that allows high school students to enroll in Syracuse University courses. Teachers who are also adjunct SU instructors teach these classes in the high school, and they follow the curriculum and guidelines established by the University. The Project Advance program enables high school students to gauge their ability to do college work prior to full-time college study. Upon successful completion of a Syracuse University course, students are awarded SU transcripts that record credits earned. These credits are transferable to hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A PER-CREDIT TUITION CHARGE ASSOCIATED WITH SU COURSES, although this charge is significantly discounted and financial aid is available to eligible students. There is an array of courses designed for those students who are capable of doing college-level work while still in high school. (Most of these courses are intended for seniors, but there are several that are available to juniors.) Students who take the course but not for college credit will have their transcripts reflect an honors class instead of SUPA. For their River Dell transcript, SUPA classes are weighted the same as AP (5 points).
Bergen Community College Partnership Program
River Dell High School has partnered with Bergen Community College to offer a comprehensive Dual Enrollment Program for RDHS students to earn college credit by taking the courses they would already enroll in at River Dell. These courses are taught by our teachers, who met college-level educational standards. The opportunity is available to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who have demonstrated academic readiness and received the recommendation of their counselor, school administrator, and parents. Upon successful completion of a BCC course, students are awarded a BCC transcript that records credits earned. These credits are transferable to all public institutions in NJ and many other colleges and universities nationwide.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IN ORDER TO RECEIVE BCC CREDIT, STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THE REQUIRED REGISTRATION FORM AND PAY A PERCREDIT TUITION CHARGE. There is a wide array of courses eligible for the BCC partnership program. These courses are weighted the same on our River Dell transcript, regardless of whether or not students elect to take the course for BCC credit.
For further information on the partnership with Bergen Community College and the Dual Enrollment Program, please review the following presentation: