Battlefield CASIIT

Applied Sciences, Interactive and Information Technology

SPECIAL EDITION - DUAL ENROLLMENT during COVID-19

SPECIAL EDITION: Dual Enrollment @ Battlefield High School planning for School Year 2020 - 2021
Changes due to COVID-19
COVID Impact on Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment PLACEMENT UPDATE during COVID-19

During the 2020 COVID-19 emergency, the Chancellor has temporarily approved a modification to VCCS Policy 6.6.3, Dual Enrollment Student Admissions, that adds flexibility to use additional measures for dual enrollment admission and placement for Summer and Fall 2020.


For rising high school juniors and seniors who have not already earned a qualiying VPT (Virginia Placement Test) score that is needed for a course, the following COVID-19 Emergency Admission and Placement Procedures will be accepted (please note, every course requires both an English placement and a Math placement):


A student with a GPA 3.0 or greater may qualify based on GPA:

  • ENGLISH QUALIFICATION: For all Dual Enrolled Courses
  • MATH QUALIFICATION: For all Dual Enrolled Course offerings at Battlefield, except Math courses
  • MATH QUALIFICATION for Math Courses: Pre-Calc requires 3.0 GPA and Algebra 2


For rising high school juniors and seniors who do not meet the dual enrollment requirements with their SAT, ACT, SOL scores or GPA, you may take the a practice VPT test. VPT practice tests can be found at https://www.nvcc.edu/testing/placement.html.


  • Students must have a NVCC Student ID# prior to accessing the practice test.
  • Upon completion of the test, when your score report is displayed, you must print your score report to a PDF file.
  • If you needed both English and Math practice VPT, combine them into one file.
  • Your file name must be PWCSID_Last,First (for example 55555_Drake,Gail)
  • Email your report to drakegd@pwcs.edu.


At Battlefield High School, most of our rising sophomores qualified as freshman for VPT English and were tested in the fall for VPT Math. VPT scores are still a valid qualification, and also require a maintained 3.25 GPA. As I get a list of sophomores that have requested dual enrollment, I will reach out to them as a group.

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Dual Enrollment INTENT Form UPDATE for COVID-19

A new online process for Dual Enrollment Intent Forms has been released. I am sure you can understand that the paper process must be replaced for many reasons, but the most important reasons include safety, health and making sure all our students are enrolled.


We are NOT using the Dual Enrollment paper process.


Link to new dual enrollment online process

Guaranteed to Pay for DE Course Fees UPDATE for COVID-19

Students wishing to take dual enrolled courses are responsible for online course material and text book fees. The average cost for DE online course material and text books is $60 per semester. Student's accounts will be charged approximately 1-Aug-2020 based on course selections. Payments are to be made online.
  • All students registered for a Dual Enrollment course on 1-June-2020 will be held to the fee of that Dual-Enrolled course. Any drop of a dual-enrolled course does not remove your responsibility for the cost of the fees associated to the course.

  • All CASIIT students may complete the 'Guarantee to Pay' requirement by going to the CASIIT Sharepoint APP and completeing their Student Agreement for SY2019-2020.

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Rising Grade 9 Dual Enrollment Placement during COVID-19

Rising Grade 9 students (and new Rising Grade 10) taking IT Fundamentals dual enrolled:

  • I am so thankful that we have an approved process to continue with our pilot program of accepting students in dual-enrollment in Grade 9. Please click the button below to access the process / procedures.
  • Parents, please assist your student, there are several steps that will be new to them. Please be very detailed when you read the directions and follow the process.
  • I am hopefully, we can all get through this together.
Complete Dual-Enrolled Courses

CURRENTLY ENROLLED in DE, Successfully Complete your Course

Students enrolled in dual-enrollment are:

  • earning a high school course credit from PWCS,
  • and earning a college credit from Northern Virginia Community College.


For PWCS student requirements, please follow all communications from Dr. Walts our PWCS Superintendent and Mr. Ferrera, your Battlefield High School Principal.


For NVCC, a syllabus is a contract for course credit. Both faculty and students alike will complete the existing course syllabus.

FROM HERE DOWN, the INFORMATION is the standard DE Requirements Information

What is Dual Enrollment

What is Dual Enrollment?

Dual Enrollment at Battlefield High School is an opportunity for students in a high school classroom to earn both high school course credit and college credit. The college credit is awarded by Northern Virginia Community College. The faculty leading these courses are certified by the Virginia Department of Education and by the Virginia Community College System. Course content will cover the requirements of both the high school curriculum and the college curriculum.


At this time, the students are receiving college course credits tuition free ($185 per credit). Students are responsible for all course expenses including the college textbook and online resources. Once you register for the course, the fees will be applied, and they remain even if the course is dropped.


At Battlefield, we are offering dual-enrolled courses that lead toward:

  • Database Specialist Certificate
  • Network Engineering Specialist Certificate
  • Associates of Science in Information Technology (will require some work on campus)

NVCC (NOVA) Awards the College Course Credits and Degrees

PWCS can award high school course credits and a High School Diploma.


Northern Virginia Community College can award a college certificate and a college degree; while courses are completed at Battlefield, NVCC will award the degrees:

  • General Studies Certificate (will require some work on campus)
  • Database Specialist Certificate
  • Network Engineering Specialist Certificate
  • Associates of Science in Information Technology (will require some work on campus)

Why Information Technology Courses?

Battlefield High is the Center for Applied Science, Interactive and Information Technology. (CASIIT)


Information Technology (encompassing Interactive Technology and Computer Science) is used in almost every job today. We are passionate about providing our students with technical skills for all potential careers and futures. Our graduates have reported they excel comparatively in both college and on the job due to their courses in our CASIIT Program.


Technology helps you "Work Smarter". If you want a career in the IT fields, Virginia currently has over 100,000 open jobs.

What Courses are Dual-Enrolled at Battlefield in School Year 2020-2021?

Courses in the AS IT Degree:

Gen Ed Courses in the AS IT Degree:

  • English 12 -> ENG111/112 English 111 and English 112
  • English 11 -> ENG111/112 English 111 and English 112 (*)
  • US History, grade 11 -> HIS 121/122 US History I and II
  • US Government, grade 12 -> PLS221/222 US Government I and II
  • Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra -> MTH265/266 Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra
  • Biology 2 -> BIO101 General Biology
  • Pre-Calc w/ Trig for AB -> MTH 161/162 PreCalculs I and II (*)

* CASIIT Students only in SY2020-21


Information Technology Courses in the AS IT Degree:

  • 6670 IT Fundamentals -> ITE115 Introduction to Computer Application and
    SDV101 Student Development

  • 6640 IT Programming -> ITP100 Software Design

  • 6641 Advanced Programming -> ITP120 JAVA Programming 1

  • 6633 Adv Web Technologies -> ITE170 Multimedia Software

  • 8628 Cyber System Technology -> ITN100 Introduction to Telecommunications with ITE221 PC Hardware and OS Architecture

  • 8630 Cyber Network Systems -> ITN100 Introduction to Telecommunications with ITN260 Network Security Basics (ITN260 not a degree requirement)

  • 6660 Database -> ITD256 Advanced Database Management Systems and
    ITD132 Programming with SQL (ITD132 not a degree requirement)


Courses in the Database Specialist Certificate:

  • 6670 IT Fundamentals -> ITE115 Introduction to Computer Application

  • 6660 Database (.5) -> ITD132 Structured Query Language

  • 6660 Database (.5) -> ITD256 Advanced Database Management Systems

  • 6640 IT Programming -> ITP100 Software Design

  • 6662 Advanced Database -> ITD134 PL/SQL Programming and ITP100 Software Design

  • MTH154 (or higher) -> earned with AP Exam score or CLEP Exam score


Courses in the Networking Engineering Specialist Certificate:

  • ITN154 CISCO - Introductory Routing -> Computer Network Hardware Operations 1 8542
  • ITN155 CISCO - Networking Fundamentals -> Computer Network Hardware Operations 2 8543
  • ITN156 CISCO - Basic Switching -> Computer Network Hardware Operations 3 8544
  • ITN157 CISCO - Wan Technologies -> Computer Network Hardware Operations 4 8545

What is required to take a Dual-Enrolled course?

Step 1: Understand Dual Enrollment


Step 2: APPLY to be a NVCC student

  • You must be a student of Northern Virginia Community College and know your NVCC Student ID. (If you have applied in the past, and do not know your student id, please see below, how to find your NVCC student id)
  • To become a student APPLY at: https://www.nvcc.edu/dual-enrollment/checklist.html


Step 3: Qualify for your Dual Enrolled Course

  • Qualifications for dual enrollment courses vary and are determined by the college, they are non-negotiable
  • This document explains each course's test score qualifications. There are also GPA requirements.
  • Most students will need to sit for the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) to qualify for dual enrollment. We are offering the VPT test in November 2019 to allow students to know which dual-enrolled courses they qualify for at the time of course selection in January. Course changes after July 1 cost the school. It makes sense we use school funding for educational purposes and not for a 'change-of-heart'.
  • You may sign up for a dual-enrolled course when you meet the qualifications. Thus, please PLAN EARLY.

Step 4: Complete your 'Dual Enrollment INTENT Form' and 'Guarantee to pay for DE Course Fees Form' for SY2020-2021.

  • A new online process for Dual Enrollment Intent Forms will be released later this Spring. I am sure you can understand that the paper process must be replaced for many reasons, but the most important reasons include safety, health and making sure all our students are enrolled. {At that time, I will update this newsletter with the process}.
  • ……...We are NOT using the Dual Enrollment paper process.
  • Guaranteed to Pay for DE Course Fees:
  • …….. The average cost for DE online course material and text books is $60 per semester.

    …….. All CASIIT students may complete the 'Guarantee to Pay' requirement by going to the CASIIT Sharepoint APP and completeing their Student Agreement for SY2019-2020.

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What is a VPT Test and How do I prepare?

VPT is the acronym for Virginia Placement Test. The VPT is managed by ACT, and it is designed to place a student in the CORRECT math and the CORRECT English class based on their current abilities. (We believe it is not only a test, but the best indicator for student success at a specific level that I have ever seen.)


In order for students to be placed in the correct level of courses, the formula is:
Given the known rigor of a course, you place an equal VPT requirement on that course.
In some cases, scores on other exams (SAT, ACT, etc) are an acceptable replacement for the VPT. In all cases, it is the same as a course pre-requisite. You must meet an entrance point to take a course. (those entrance points are documented by course below)


FAQ's:

  • We test the students to be sure they are successful PRIOR to enrolling them in a course.
  • Both the Math and the English test are untimed, each take a minimum of two hours to complete the test.
  • Your scores are valid for 5 years.
  • You may take each test one time a year, and with one retest in that same year.
  • There is an associated cost to take the test, you will not be responsible for that cost.
  • The math test contains a variety of questions types such as free response, matching, multiple choice, true/false, etc;. There is an online calculator.
  • The English test consists of an essay (60%) and thirty multiple choice questions (40%). Students must write the essay online.

Topics in VPT math:

  • UNIT 1 – Operations with Positive Fractions

  • UNIT 2 – Operations with Positive Decimals and Percents

  • UNIT 3 – Algebra Basics

  • UNIT 4 – First Degree Equations and Inequalities in One Variable

  • UNIT 5 – Linear Equations, Inequalities, and Systems of Equations in Two Variables

  • UNIT 6 – Exponents, Factoring, and Polynomial Equations

  • UNIT 7 – Rational Expressions and Equations

  • UNIT 8 – Rational Exponents and Radicals

  • UNIT 9 – Functions, Quadratic Equations, and Parabolas



If you would like to prepare for the VPT or learn more, please use the purple button below.

VPT Testing and Student Accomodations (504 and IEP)

Battlefield High School cannot offer accommodations on a VPT Exam. For accommodations, you may work directly with NVCC, they can provide the accommodations and administer the test. Please see: https://www.nvcc.edu/disability-services/index.html


Additional information can be found in NVCC's overview of their accommodations.

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REQUIREMENTS by Dual-Enrolled Course

Grade 9 and Grade 10 students must also meet a GPA requirement of 3.25 for all courses,
other than CISCO which requires a 2.5 GPA.

Current Core Courses Dual-Enrolled

GenEd DE Requirements. For ADA, please use the link below.

Current Information Technology Courses Dual-Enrolled

IT DE Requirements. For ADA, please use the link below.

Link to more information on Dual Enrollment

On Battlefield's CASIIT Webpages, you can find:

  • Instructions on how to APPLY TO NVCC
  • NVCC DE Intent Forms

Link to DE Information on CASIIT Battlefield site

How to find your NVCC Student ID

How to find your NVCC Student ID

  • Logon to NOVA

  • (1) nvcc.edu

  • (2) select MYNOVA from the top navigation

  • (3) use your logon and password

  • (4) Click on VIEW MY INFORMATION

  • If you can not logon to MYNOVA, call the NVCC IT Help Desk @ 703-426-4141

  • ..... have your social security number (if you entered in on your application) available since you do not know your student id

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How to find your VPT Test Scores

  • Logon to your MyNova Account
  • Select SIS MOBILE Student Information
  • Select Academics
  • Test Data