Career and Technical Education

 North Smithfield  High School is excited to offer Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in the areas of  Pre-Engineering, Business and Music. Visit our CTE page for more information.

Concurrent/Dual Enrollment Information

North Smithfield High School Concurrent/Dual Enrollment Procedures

In 2013, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed legislation (RIGL 16-100) that called for the adoption of a statewide policy for dual enrollment that allows students to take college courses to earn credit at both the secondary school and the higher education institution. Subsequently, the Board of Education adopted regulations in April of 2015, that provide all qualified Rhode Island high school students access to college level coursework while still in high school. Students can access college level courses in three ways by taking:

1.    Concurrent enrollment courses at North Smithfield High School: these courses are the same courses that are taught at the college, but are approved to be taught at the high school, by the high school teacher. 
a)    Interested North Smithfield High School students can access concurrent enrollment courses as part of their daily schedules at the school.  Registration for these courses is conducted as part of the typical scheduling process each year. 
b)    Books are provided as part of the normal high school experience. 

2.    Dual enrollment courses at the institution of higher education’s campus: these courses are part of the institution of higher education’s regular schedule and are taught by a college professor. 
a)    North Smithfield High School requires students interested in Dual Enrollment opportunities to meet with and discuss potential plans with their School Counselor no later than February 1 of each academic year for classes beginning in the following academic year. 
b)    A list of Dual Enrollment options can be found on each institutions website.
c)    Students will be responsible for purchasing their book each semester and will be reimbursed by the school department upon submission or receipts.  All books must be returned to the school department at the end of each semester.  Failure to return Dual Enrollment books to the school department will result in the possibility of transcripts being withheld from the student. 

3.    Students interested in the Running Start Program at CCRI must be enrolled on a full-time basis (Minimum of 4 classes per semester) in order to continue in the program.   Please see the CCRI website for information on Running Start applications and due dates. 

Upon successful completion of a dual or concurrent course, students will earn credit toward their high school graduation requirements and they will earn credit with the higher education institution where they are enrolled for the course. Depending on their plans after high school, students can choose to transfer the credit to another institution. Ultimately, all students have the opportunity to reduce the amount of time and expense required to obtain a college degree.

Transportation: Students and their families are responsible for transporting the student to the course on the post-secondary campus.

Books: Since students take dual and concurrent enrollment as part of their high school requirements, the cost of books is the responsibility of the North Smithfield School District.  All receipts for books must be submitted to the NSHS Guidance department.  Books must be returned to the NSHS Guidance department at the completion of each semester.  SEE also 1b and 2 c above.

Please contact Mr. William Pepin, Director of Guidance, if you have questions about Dual or Concurrent Enrollment options at NSHS.  He is the point of contact for the North Smithfield School District. 



Rhode Island College Early Enrollment Program (EEP)

EEP is a concurrent enrollment program that offers college credit from Rhode Island College to highly motivated high school seniors and select juniors. Students who are seeking an academic challenge and have maintained a strong academic average may qualify for participation in the EEP, contingent upon the recommendations of teachers and school counselors.
EEP Brochure

Concurrent enrollment means the student earns both high school credit and college credit for certain designated courses at their respective high schools. Begun in 1980, Rhode Island College's EEP has awarded college credits to thousands of students. Nearly 50 high schools in RI and nearby MA offer EEP courses to nearly 1400 students annually.


Information on Dual Enrollment courses, including EEP courses can be found as attachments to this page.


How Dual Enrollment Courses Transfer

Courses can transfer among the three schools in a variety of ways.

  • Equivalent: Evaluated with a specific title and number, and transfers as an identical course.
  • Department Elective: Evaluated as an elective in a specific subject area.
  • Free Elective: Fulfills credit hours needed for graduation but does not meet department or general education requirements.
  • General Education: Fulfills one of the institution’s general education requirements.
  • RIC Transcript Request Link

Course-To-Course Equivalencies

The links below provide an alphabetical listing of equivalent courses that transfer between CCRI, URI and RIC.

  • Click on the school you would like to transfer courses TO.
  • Click on EQUIVALENCY SEARCH under the school you are transferring FROM.
  • EQUIVALENCY REPORTS provides approved courses that meet General Education categories.
  • The yellow icon () indicates that there are notes that you should be aware of.
  • If a course is not listed it may transfer as a free elective pending review.

Community College of Rhode Island

Rhode Island College

University of Rhode Island

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