ASCENT Program

What is ASCENT? 
ASCENT stands for Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment.  It is a “fifth year program” that allows seniors to remain enrolled in high school and take a fifth year consisting entirely of college classes.

How does ASCENT benefit students?
A student may continue taking college classes at Front Range Community College or AIMS Community College, while PSD pays their college tuition.  

How do students qualify for the program? 
Students must:

  • Remain enrolled at the high school for a fifth year (they do not attend classes at the high school)
  • Be under the age of 21.
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.0.
  • Be on track to meet all high school graduation requirements by the end of their senior year.
  • Have completed, or be on track to complete, at least 12 college credits prior to the completion of the 12th grade year.  CSU, Aims and FRCC classes accepted. *AP and IB courses are accepted, but only if the student (not the high school counselor) has the AP or IB credit transcribed on the college transcript.
  • Not be in need of basic skills or remedial course work as defined by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education’s (CCHE) remedial education policy.
  • Have satisfied the minimum prerequisites for the college courses before enrollment in the course, including having the required test scores.
  • Update your Career Cruising / iCAP account with your high school counselor.
  • Apply to and be accepted into the Colorado postsecondary institution where they plan to take college classes.
  • Have not participated in the ASCENT program in previous years.

Video Highlight: Learn about ASCENT by watching this PSD TV 10 video