Jeffery Jackson II, an eleventh grader at Solid Foundation Christian Academy (SFCA)., is set to graduate with an Associate Degree in General Studies from Georgia Military College’s Stone Mountain Campus, on June 12, before receiving his high school diploma.

This amazing accomplishment is thanks to SFCA’s dual enrollment program, a partnership with Georgia Military College’s Downtown Stone Mountain Campus that allows qualifying high school students to take college courses freely.

“I’m on a mission to support other families in seizing the program’s potential because it not only gives students a professional jump-start to their life paths but also saves significant amounts of money by finishing college faster,” said Dr. Leslie Pledger, SFCA founder. “We’ve helped numerous students successfully complete the dual enrollment program and graduate with a high school diploma and associate’s degree.”

A school that presents itself as a Christian alternative to public school, SFCA’s mission is to educate, expose, and create a well-balanced child from Kindergarten through 12th grade. SFCA’s foundational values comprehend.

Through their Dual Enrollment Program, they seek to serve students by helping them earn college credits while being in high school.

The underutilized program lets students collect both high school and college credit. As such, the administration at SFCA is sharing the opportunity with the parents of independent learners in the hopes of increasing the rate of Atlanta area students getting higher education degrees faster and with less student loan debt.

An increasing number of students have been taking advantage of similar programs involving community college classes for the past 15 years.

The program’s existence aided in shedding light and addressing the well-known nationwide concerns regarding college affordability, by increasing college access for thousands of Georgia students.

Students like Jeffery Jackson now have the ability to reduce their overall college expenses by starting with a leg up with an Associate’s degree under their belt.

With tuition costs on an upward trend, the Dual Enrollment program is one way to take the financial pressure off of parents. Managing to afford a post-secondary education is a struggle that deeply worries many families nowadays.

For parents of students currently who are not able to get in the Dual Enrollment Program in their current high school, the staff at Solid Foundation is conducting interviews to match qualified students with available spots.

If you believe your child is a good fit, please email to inquire about the program.

This article is one of a series of articles produced by The Atlanta Voice through support provided by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to Word In Black, a collaborative of 10 Black-owned media outlets across the country.

Jeffery Jackson II (Photo Credit: Courtesy/Solid Foundation Christian Academy )
Jeffery Jackson II (Photo Credit: Courtesy/Solid Foundation Christian Academy )

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