ASCENT Program

​​​​Accelerating students through concurrent enrollment

ASCENT is a fifth-year high school program that lets eligible seniors take a year of only college classes at Front Range Community College or AIMS Community College. ASCENT students do not attend high school classes. 

ASCENT application for 2020-21 school year - deadline past (April 10)

You can find more information in this video about ASCENT featuring screencasts. 

To qualify, students must:

  • Be under 21 and not participated in the ASCENT program previously
  • Have a 2.0 or higher grade point average and not need remedial course work
  • Meet high school graduation requirements by the end of their senior year
  • Complete at least 12 college credits before the end of their senior 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.
  • Be accepted into the college and meet prerequisites, including required test scores, for college courses
  • Take the Accuplacer placement tests (see below)



Free Tuition and Agreement Forms

Students and parents must sign agreement forms

Tuition is free. However, students and parents must sign the agreement form (available in the table below), which states if the student fails or withdraws from class after the first drop date, they are responsible for paying back tuition cost to the district. 


ASCENT Program - College Courses





Front Range 
Community College



FRCC Catalog

Tuition: Free

Students are responsible for:


Books - FRCC Bookstore

Community College

AIMS Catalog 

AIMS Helpful Checklist

Tuition: Free

Students are responsible for:


Books - AIMS Bookstore


College placement testing: The Accuplacer

Accuplacer tests are used to evaluate academic skills of new students, which helps accurately place students in appropriate classes to ensure they are on an academic path that supports their educational goals. Test results also help determine if a student needs additional skill-building courses before enrolling in college classes. Accuplacer test scores expire after two years.

FRCC uses Accuplacer tests to evaluate academic skills of new students, making sure they are college-level proficient in reading, sentence skills/writing, and math. English as a Second Language students are required to complete an alternative reading/writing placement test called the LOEP, which measures reading, language use, and sentence meaning.

Prepare for the placement tests by visiting: