Deer Lake’s juniors and seniors may be eligible to take classes at the Community College of Allegheny County, Penn State University, Point Park University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After high school graduation, students can continue their education at those schools or transfer the credits earned to another college or university. Outstanding performance at CCAC, Penn State, Point Park, or IUP may improve a student's odds of acceptance at selective institutions. Many students take advantage of introductory courses to various majors.
All schools provide a coordinator to assist students in course selection and provide other supportive services, including monitoring student performance and administering placement tests. Students may take any classes offered at CCAC, Penn State, Point Park and IUP provided they meet course prerequisites. Placement testing is required for English and mathematics courses.
For the Community College of Allegheny County: Students take their required high school courses in the afternoon, and attend CCAC at the beginning of the day. Students may be required to provide their own transportation to CCAC North Campus, which is located on Route 19 in the North Hills. If classes are scheduled outside the Deer Lakes bus schedule, the student will be responsible for his or her own transportation.
For Penn State University: Students may attend Deer Lakes either in the AM or PM. Classes at Penn State’s New Kensington campus may be scheduled for the other part of the student’s day. Transportation and tuition costs are the responsibility of the student’s. The Dual Enrollment program offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to take college courses and earn college credits while still in high school.
For Point Park University: Students may be able to to receive Point Park credits while attending Deer Lakes High School. The Dual Enrollment program offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to take college courses and earn college credits while still in high school.
For Indiana University of Pennsylvania: Students may attend Deer Lakes for their high school courses either in the AM or PM. The other part of the day the student may attend IUP. Transportation is the responsibility of the students. Students may also take classes in the summer between their junior and senior years as well as in the evening during the school year. Some courses may be taken via the Internet.
To be eligible for the Concurrent Enrollment program, students must have the recommendation of their counselor, and have a GPA of at least 3.00. Students must have demonstrated their educational commitment through high school attendance and performance. Students and their families are responsible for the tuition. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA at CCAC or IUP. Students who are attending a Dual Enrollment Program may be required to provide their own transportation.