UD/DECA Course Protocol

All students entering the Dayton Early College Academy (DECA) will have the opportunity to take courses at the college level. It is written in the gateways that a minimum of three courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above. Our goal of every first generation college student going to college after high school is only reached if they have the opportunity for early success in college. We want to demystify post secondary education by allowing our students to have a jump start on credit bearing college classes.

The State of Ohio has started a new program entitled College Credit Plus.  This allows students to start taking college classes as early as 7th grade.  Please click here to read more about this program.

Goals will be established by the advisor, students and parents that may include enrollment in college classes at Sinclair and the University of Dayton. In addition to academic skills, there are personal and social readiness considerations. Some of these include work habits, confidence level, ability to work independently, maturity and so forth. The advisor and college liaison will consider all such factors and if deemed appropriate, the teacher/advisor will make recommendations for college level programming.

In the PLP process, all academic achievement data and learning goal performance indicators will be reviewed. All DECA students will take the Sinclair “Accuplacer” placement test in the first “Gateway” and as necessary in the future, other placement tests may be administered at any time for securing entrance into college courses.

Early College High School Options

University of Dayton Professor Dialogue

The University of Dayton offers another resource support that does not involve course registration. The Professor Dialogue is an opportunity for a student to develop a mentoring relationship with a member of the UD faculty and a student around a special area of interest. Once a student has determined an interest in a particular field, he/she may be referred to a University of Dayton professor with an expertise in that area. The professor may then either have the student take an assessment to determine student readiness for a class in the area of interest or continue the Professor Dialogue mentoring relationship for enrichment purposes.

The “Professor Dialogue” does not guarantee placement in a course at the University of Dayton but will be treated as an “independent study” relationship. The teacher/advisor will maintain contact with the professor and facilitate all reporting of student performance in this experience.

University of Dayton Professor “Interest” Course

A Professor Interest Course is a course designed to allow DECA students the opportunity to take courses taught by College Professors without receiving college credit. The courses are to include, but are not limited to, Economics, A Hero’s Journey, Introduction to Fiction and Geology.

Sinclair “ACCUPLACER” Exam

  • All DECA students will be given the opportunity to take the “Accuplacer” assessment exam at Sinclair Community College. This exam is another tool used to determine academic readiness for college level classes and any necessary intervention work. Mrs. Berry will schedule all DECA students in cooperation with Sinclair College
  • Test results will be reviewed and placement in appropriate Sinclair courses will occur. (This test will also be used to assess a student readiness for placement in a UD courses.)
  • Students will be assessed after taking the Accuplacer exam to determine readiness for college level classes, in the case of a student testing very well however not making it to a credit bearing course, the student will be granted access to the Academic Resource Center (ARC) at Sinclair.

University of Dayton Courses

• For all UD course work and “Dialogue” experiences, the referral process described previously must be followed. Decisions involving college level courses will be made in the PLP process.
• Mrs. Berry will assist all students screened for UD course work with the Academic Enrichment Studies (AES) course registration process and application completion.

College Experience

May occur concurrently:

• Placement Test
• Professor Dialogue

Special College Services

  • SCC- Academic Resource Center (ARC)-Tutorial
  • Professor Interest Class-DECA
  • Faculty/Staff/Student Support-UD
  • Tutorial programs for DECA students in college course, mentor connections, professor dialogue.

Specialty College Classes

  • Theater
  • Art
  • Music (Chorus)
  • Physical Education

Pre-College Work

Developmental Studies (DEV)-serve as prerequisites for advanced studies at SCC or UD, credit is pass/fail and will not qualify for transfer credit or credit toward a degree program. *First or Second year DECA students are not eligible for these courses unless they assume payment responsibility.

College Courses-for credit (SCC)

  • ENG 111, ENG 112, ENG 113 (English)
  • HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 113 (History)
  • HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 103
  • MAT 101, MAT 102, MAT 108, MAT 110 (Math)
  • (College Level) MAT 108, MAT 116
  • AST 101/107, BI0 105/106, CHE 120/126 (Science)
  • GLG 100/110, PHY 100/101, PHY 104/119
  • Basic Computer Classes
  • Modern Languages
  • Courses corresponding to the Ohio Transfer Module

College Credit Plus program (SCC)

15 and 30 Hour Pathways examples

SCC College Credit Plus Course Descriptions

General Education courses i.e. English, Math, History etc.

Prerequisites for Enrollment in college experiences

In order for students to take advantage of the Early College Option the above protocol must be followed. Students will be taken to Sinclair for ACCUPLACER testing in their first year at DECA. They may be referred for a professor interest course or a professor dialogue as well. Each student will be evaluated on the following criteria prior to enrollment at UD or Sinclair:

  • Social Readiness- The student shows that they are ready for a challenge, socially. They have shown that they can work well with a variety of groups of people. The student will have to show maturity in their daily actions at DECA in order to pass this phase of the prerequisite process.*
  • Study Skills- The student has developed a study skill process. The student will possess the skills to effectively use time management. The student will show responsibility in their DECA courses with regards to turning in assignments on time, doing quality work, and utilizing the support services available to them. The student has participated in the college level study skills course (after gateway 2) presented by University of Dayton staff members.*
  • Academic- The student will take a placement test and will have recommendations from advisors and staff prior to enrollment.*
    *Emphasis will be placed heavily on this skill.


After following the above mentioned criteria the student will be placed in a course at either Sinclair or University of Dayton. The students will have to follow the rules and regulations set by DECA, Sinclair and the University of Dayton with regards to attendance, withdrawal dates, drop and add dates etc.

Some things to consider:

  • All students must take a study skills course as well as pass a minimum of 2 gateways prior to enrolling in college level courses.
  • If a student is enrolled in a course(s), DECA will pay for all fees associated with the class with the exception of course books.
  • To take advantage of the option of fees being paid by DECA, the student must be enrolled through the DECA college liaison; DECA will not pay for courses in which parents/students enroll themselves.
  • In the case of a student withdrawing from a course after the posted drop date, the student and parents will assume full responsibility for any fees associated with the course, including the reimbursement to DECA of tuition for classes and fees required for labs. (Currently at the rate of 45.00/hr 9-09)
  • In the case of withdrawal from a class after the posted college drop date, students will submit in writing a request to withdraw from their course(s).
  • Students will create an action plan in the case of withdrawing from a course. They will take responsibility for meeting with the professor to discuss issues that affected their decision to withdraw/drop a course.
  • In the case of a student receiving a “C” or lower in a course along with those students withdrawing/dropping courses, he/she will be required to take 1 quarter/semester off to review the course material before re-taking the course and/or moving on to the next section.
  • Students entering their first quarter at Sinclair/UD will take 1 course, regardless of if they have tested into more than one course.
  • Any student testing into Developmental Reading 063, 064 or 065 at Sinclair will be required to either retest or take a reading intensive course prior to enrolling in any credit bearing course at Sinclair/UD.
  • Students will be required to sign a weekly attendance log. Those students not complying with this rule will not be considered for future courses until expectations are being met.
  • Students receiving a “D” in a course(s) will pay for the course at the current per credit hour rate. ($45.00/hr 9-09) ($47.00/hr after Fall 2009)

Revised 9-09


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High School Phone: 937-229-5780 | Junior High School Phone: 937-229-5781 | School Fax: 937-229-5786

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