First-of-Its-Kind Dual Enrollment Program Enables Xceed Preparatory Academy Students to Earn University of Pittsburgh Credits
Students at the nationally accredited high school can now earn university credits online
Through a new dual enrollment partnership with the University of Pittsburgh and Outlier.org—the first of its kind in the country—11th and 12th grade students at both Xceed Anywhere and Xceed Preparatory Academy can earn college credits, online, in a timeframe that aligns with their schedules. The cost is included in their tuition.
“This unique opportunity with the University of Pittsburgh and Outlier.org further extends our mission of building learning plans around our students’ needs, passions and goals,” said Dr. Brent Goldman, founder and CEO of Xceed Anywhere and Xceed Preparatory Academy. “Our students will graduate with credits from one of the top research universities in the country. This is a value-added benefit we are giving our kids.”
“The University of Pittsburgh has a long history of providing opportunities for high school students to gain college credit as they work to complete their high school diplomas and advance their long-term goals. Pitt’s College in High School is one example of our existing efforts—and we are excited to further expand our outreach nationally through Xceed,” said University of Pittsburgh Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Ann E. Cudd.
Xceed students will take their courses through the University of Pittsburgh’s partnership with Outlier.org, which was just named one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2020. Created by MasterClass co-founder Aaron Rasmussen, Outlier.org is an online education platform working to increase access to quality college education for all and reduce student debt. The virtual learning platform features immersive courses, cinema-quality video and interactive exercises that are just as effective as in-person classes. Courses are taught by engaging professors from leading universities such as Columbia, Yale, Duke, NYU, MIT, Cornell and University College London and include Calculus I, Intro to Astronomy, Intro to Psychology and Intro to Statistics.
“As a former dual-enrollment student in high school, it was formative in building my confidence in my ability to do college-level work,” said Aaron Rasmussen, founder and CEO of Outlier.org. “Part of our mission is to increase access to quality college-level courses for students worldwide, and I’m excited about giving this opportunity to students at Xceed.”
Both Xceed Anywhere and Xceed Preparatory Academy accept applications for students in 6th through 12th grades on a rolling basis. For more information, please visit www.xceedanywhere.com or www.xceedprep.org.
|ABOUT XCEED PREPARATORY ACADEMY Xceed Preparatory Academy is a Cognia-accredited network of private schools serving grades 6-12. The Xceed model provides personalization, online curriculum, flexible schedules and attentive in-person academic staff preparing students for college and beyond. Each day is designed to meet the learning needs and interests of each student in a safe and supportive learning environment. New students are accepted year-round.
Xceed Preparatory Academy’s Florida campuses are in Coral Springs, Kendall/Pinecrest and Weston, and within the DME Sports Academy in Daytona Beach.
|ABOUT XCEED ANYWHERE Xceed Anywhere is a Cognia-accredited private virtual school preparing students grades 6-12 for college and beyond. Xceed Anywhere has purposefully re-engineered the traditional school model into a robust virtual school environment. Middle and high school students regularly work with state-certified teachers, engage with interactive curriculum developed by one of the nation’s top curriculum providers, benefit from personalized college counseling and form relationships with peers. New students are accepted year-round.
|ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH The University of Pittsburgh, founded in 1787, is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States and today ranks among the top U.S. public universities. Through its exceptional research strength, top academic programs and relentless pursuit of its mission to leverage knowledge for society’s gain, Pitt makes a difference in the lives of individuals, communities and the world.
|ABOUT OUTLIER.ORG Created by the Co-Founder of MasterClass, Outlier.org offers beautiful, effective online courses that earn students transferable college credit for a fraction of the cost. In addition to featuring cinema-quality lectures, Outlier.org courses are taught by some of the most charismatic figures in academia, including instructors from Yale, MIT, Columbia, and Cornell. Students enjoy a top quality learning experience that includes access to 1-on-1 tutoring, AI-proctored assessments, dynamically-generated problem sets, and cutting-edge, active learning techniques. In keeping with the company’s mission to increase access to top-quality higher education and reduce student debt, each course is priced at just $400.