How Can I Earn College Credits While In High School?
Colorado Springs School District 11 students may obtain college credits through the following programs:
Advanced Placement Courses are designed for students that are ready for college level academic work. This program is operated by a national organization, the College Board, which defines course curriculum, provides teacher training, and administers a national standardized examination for each course. Most colleges award college credit to students who earn at least a rating of “3” out of a possible “5” on the examination while others require a score of “4”. Some colleges require successful completion of Advanced Placement courses for admission to the college and do not award credits toward the college degree. Parents and students are advised to check with colleges for additional details. For more information, please consult with your high school counselor.
Dual Credit Courses may be completed at the high school where the student is enrolled or at a post-secondary institution, are courses for which the student has been granted permission to earn both Carnegie units (high school) and college credit. Students must have prior permission to enroll for dual credit and meet the requirements specified by the college. Students are responsible for verifying any college’s acceptance of credits earned as dual credit. Enrollment in a dual credit course does not guarantee college acceptance. Please contact your school counselor for information regarding available dual credit options.
Concurrent Enrollment allows students to access supplemental tuition funds to study at the postsecondary level while still in high school. Through this program, students may earn both high school and college credit. Students who would not typically access college without an “advance” start, students with significant academic needs and students who
have exhausted district curriculum may be interested in the Colorado Springs School District 11 Enrollment Program (CE). An up to date Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) is required. Books and other college course fees shall be at the expense of the student or his/her parents or legal guardians. For more information, please consult with your high school counselor.
The Area Vocational Program (AVP) provides occupational skill development and training for juniors and seniors. District 11 pays all costs for the year long program. Students completing AVP earn credit which can be applied toward high school graduation. Under certain circumstances, and at the instructor’s discretion, college credit may also be earned which may be applied to a post-secondary certificate or degree. AVP strives to prepare students for the world of work by teaching the related academics and workplace basics that are essential for employment. Programs offered through AVP are: Auto Collision Repair, Computer Aided Drafting, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Diesel Power Tech. Early Childhood Education, Fire Science Technology, Health Career Exploration, Health Science Tech. Multimedia Graphic Design, Radio and Television, Sign Language Interpreter Prep. Welding, and Zoo Keeping. Additional information regarding this opportunity is available at http://www.ppcc.edu/high-school-students/
Articulation Credit is a way for high school students to earn college credit as they build career and technical education skills. A high school student can receive PPCC credit if they earn an A or B in their high school articulated course(s). Articulated credit and coursework will be recorded on an official Pikes Peak Community College transcript. These credits vary from high school to high school. Please contact your school counselor for information regarding articulation credits available at Palmer High School. Additional information regarding this opportunity is available at http://www.ppcc.edu/high-school-students/