That is a good point. It's worth looking at the full range of options all the way out to college, as quite a few states offer various levels of free or subsidized dual enrollment community college or 4y university courses.

A few organizations are active in promoting DE/EC, such as:

Middle College National Consortium (
National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (

And many of the states that have a well-structured DE program run and accredit their own programs, often with automatic acceptance of DE credits 1:1 at state universities. You can check with the state DOE and BHE (Board of Higher Ed) for that info. E.g.,
Washington (
Michigan (,4615,7-140-81351_40085---,00.html) (EC is linked from that page)
Massachusetts ( (DE is elsewhere on the same site)