High school students who participate in Brightpoint classes through their high school are officially entering college and establishing an official college transcript. In addition to the challenging coursework, students will need to become more independent. Eligibility decisions are made at the high school level; all inquiries about dual enrollment and concurrent pipeline courses should be directed to your teen’s school counselor.

Academic Expectations

Faculty will provide a course syllabus that tells students exactly what is expected of them, when assignments are due, how grading will be done, and the attendance policy.

College coursework requires students to pursue their education in the classroom and on their own. Students are expected to be prepared for each class and should be prepared to offer information, thoughts and ideas to the class discussion. Class participation and attendance is important. They may be asked to cover controversial topics and to confront questions without easy answers.

It is expected that students will let their faculty member know ahead of time if they will be absent. If a student chooses to be absent from the class, he/she will still be responsible for the work due and may need to get notes from the class from their peers. “Seat time” will not be accepted if a student misses class.

Help your teen determine priorities and decide if they are ready to take on the extra work and study required in a college course.


When questions or problems arise, encourage your student to deal with the appropriate person. Help your student think about how the problem can be approached, what information is needed and how to ask the right questions. If there are already policies regarding the issue, help him/her to find the information on the college website. Together, consider the options, the advantages of taking action and the consequence of not taking action.

Students are expected to reach out to their faculty member if they don’t understand coursework or expectations. Students should also take advantage of tutoring services offered by the college if needed. 

In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, faculty members and other college personnel will not talk with a parent without the permission of and presence of the student. The conversation is between the administrator/faculty member and the student.    


Dual Enrollment
Brightpoint charges each of our eleven school districts within our service region an $8.50 per credit hour fee. This fee covers the shared technology costs associated with instruction offered through Brightpoint and all VCCS institutions. School districts decide independently how they will collect the fee.

Concurrent Pipeline Courses
There is no cost to the student or the parents for concurrent pipeline programs. Exceptions may apply for each school district. Please consult your high school counseling department for any exceptions.