Yachad teens can earn college credit while taking Yachad courses.
Yachad offers a variety of courses for teens to earn college credit from two prestigious schools.
Yachad College Credit Partners
Yachad offers two kinds of ways for teens to earn college credit:
1) University of MN College in the Schools Program (CIS Hebrew)
The University of MN’s nationally accredited College in the Schools (CIS) program brings U of M faculty together with high school teachers and students to offer University courses in high school programs. Yachad will offer five levels of CIS Hebrew for college credit.
- CIS classes meet twice a week for three hours. These courses have a time commitment required by the University to receive the credits.
- Students who are new to the CIS Hebrew program will take a placement exam prior to the beginning of the semester.
- CIS Hebrew 3090 is the most advanced Hebrew class offered by the University. A new curriculum is designed for 3090 each year and students may take the class up to six times.
- If students have completed CIS Hebrew classes in a different program, you may continue to take CIS Hebrew classes through Yachad. Students who have taken IB classes may also continue their Hebrew studies in the CIS Hebrew program and earn college credit.
2) Gratz College
Gratz College, located in Philadelphia, PA, has been a pioneer in higher education and Jewish education since it opened its doors in 1895. Gratz is the oldest pluralistic college for Jewish studies in North America. It also is the oldest independent college for Jewish studies. In addition, Gratz holds the distinction of being the first institution of advanced Jewish learning to accept women on par with men.
The Gratz College Concurrent Enrollment Program allows high school students to enroll in college courses for credit prior to high school graduation. Gratz College is also a pioneer in online Jewish education for teens, and offers a variety of outstanding and challenging courses for teens through this innovative platform.
Gratz College credits have transferred to over 70 colleges and universities in the United States. Click here to see this list.
- Yachad will offer courses in partnership with Gratz College.
- Gratz courses meet three hours a week in various ways, including online only and in a hybrid format (online and in-person). Read course description for specific formats and course requirements.
- HaZamir’s companion course “The Music of our People” will be offered in an asynchronous online format only. Students work at their own pace to complete the course requirements. This is a national course with teens across the country.
College Credit Questions & FAQs
Why take college credit classes?
- Students get a taste of what college is like ahead of time—before you take on the added complexities of adapting to a completely new environment.
- Students establish relationships with college professors in a relaxed and supportive environment.
- Teachers are flexible with high school students’ schedules.
- Students learn while in high school how to manage the expectations of a college course.
Additional course offerings allow high school students an opportunity to take classes that interest them.
- Classes offer a chance for students who do not take AP or IB classes to demonstrate a more rigorous course-load on their transcripts.
- Students accumulate credits prior to entering college so they will be able to graduate from college early or on time. Students may also enter their freshman year with the status of a sophomore – earning rights and privileges of sophomores, such as an earlier registration slot for classes.
- Teens are able to earn college credit at a fraction of the university’s tuition.
- Teens are considered students of the university and they receive the privileges equal to university students.
How will I know if my teen’s school of choice will accept college credit from Gratz College and/or the University of MN?
- You will need to contact your teen’s school of choice and ask. Each school has their own policy about what types of credits they will accept.
Is the ACT or SAT required for my teen to take the college level courses?
- Neither test is required for teens to earn “non-matriculated” college credits.
If my teen does not receive a good grade in the class, can I receive a refund for the tuition paid for the course?
- The college course is like a course a student takes at any college or university. There are no refunds that are dependent on the grade that a student earns.
If my teen does not receive a good grade in the class, will it be on their college transcript?
- All grades are part of your teen’s college transcript.
I don’t want to fill out the application now; can I complete it and send it in after my child gets accepted to college and see if they actually need the credit?
- Due to requirements of the Gratz College concurrent enrollment college credit program and according to guidelines established by participating schools in the NACEP (National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships), credits cannot be awarded retroactively. All applications must be received in the year the student is enrolled in the college credit course. NO exceptions are made.
Can my teen audit any of these college classes?
- Yes. Teens may audit college classes under the Elective-Style Classes tuition track.