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Home-Schooler is on College Fast Track with Dual Credit

Peter DulworthHome-schooled 10th grader Peter Dulworth earned fame as Texas’ fastest track runner when he was in middle school. Now, about to reach 16 hours of dual credit advanced math and computer science courses at University of St. Thomas, he is racing toward completing all university math requirements even before he is handed his high school diploma.

Dulworth represents a growing population of home-schooled students taking advantage of dual credit classes. UST welcomes these students and will further demonstrate its support for homeschooling with a special event in April.

Meanwhile, Dulworth said, “The dual credit classes can help me get into college and will make academic experience easier because I won’t have as much work to do.”

By fall of 2013, Dulworth had completed Algebra II, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus—everything high school math had to offer. That’s when he signed up for Calculus I, his first dual credit class at UST.

“At first, I was a little intimidated, but then it wasn’t too bad,” Dulworth remembered. “And my experience with Calculus I was amazing.”

This semester he is taking Calculus III and an autoCAD class. His experience with dual credit just keeps getting better.

“These are two of the best teachers I’ve ever had,” Dulworth said. “And I like the environment, that it’s small and everyone recognizes one another. I really like the location too, right in the middle of everything.”

Long before he started taking college classes, the high school teenager already was familiar with UST. He belongs to a group of home-schoolers known as the Aquinas Co-op, who began meeting on the campus six years ago.

Peter Dulworth“Basically, our group of 15 students meets on Fridays,” Dulworth said. “And the rest of the week, we have lots of homework. Our teachers are mostly UST students or graduates, and our classes are in subjects like Latin, Greek, math, science, government and metaphysics.”

The Aquinas Co-op was started by its coordinator Diane Aquila, wife of UST Provost Dominic Aquila. She saw a need for a Catholic tutorial in the area and recognized an opportunity to create a feeder group to UST.

Aquila said students from her home-school group have studied at UST.

“In fact, several students from our home-school group have earned Guinan scholarships, and Peter Dulworth is one of several students who are dual enrolled at St. Thomas,” she said.

In support of home-schooling, UST will host the Immaculate Heart of Mary Homeschool and Parent Conference on April 25 and 26, cohosted by the Apostolate of Roman Catholic Homeschoolers.

“The home-school conference is a great opportunity for new home-schoolers to meet people, review curricula and hear informative and inspiring talks,” Aquila said. “It’s also a great place for veteran home-schoolers to see old friends, renew their energies and gain fresh perspectives on education.”