PSD students can earn college credit (for free) while still in high school. These programs, collectively called Concurrent Enrollment or Dual Credit, are part of Colorado's program to inspire students to take college level courses in high school as a means of preparing for life after graduation.
Eligible high school students may take college, career or technical courses to earn both high school and college credit at the same time. Students may take designated classes at their high school or attend select courses on college campuses including Front Range Community College, Aims Community College or Colorado State University.
Benefits of taking college classes during high school include:
- Students may take more challenging or specialized courses on topics of particular interest;
- Accumulating college credits while in high school helps students save in tuition costs later;
- Students may finish college earlier because they have already earned college credits.
- Students who chose the “campus select” program may earn an associate’s degree by the time they graduate from high school. Tuition is paid for by PSD. This means students could graduate with two years of college completed and a guaranteed transfer of credits to any public Colorado state college.
- Students who successfully complete 12 semester credit hours of concurrent enrollment classes within the “campus select” program may also be eligible for the Ascent program. If accepted, these students would attend Front Range Community College for a fifth year, after their fourth year of high school, tuition paid by PSD.
PSD College Credit Programs
High School Select: PSD students take accredited college level courses through Front Range Community College or Aims Community College at their high school. These courses are taught by PSD teachers but are credit bearing at the community college level and fully transferrable.
Different courses are taught at each PSD high school based on the qualifications of individual staff members. Please visit the FRCC website or the Aims CC website for more information about specific courses at schools.
Campus Select: PSD students take college level courses at FRCC. Transportation from school to FRCC is provided. For more information about available courses, visit the FRCC website.
Colorado State University: PSD students can take certain classes at CSU. The list below are the only approved courses. PSD students who wish to take a course other than than one listed must have permission from PSD and CSU staff. At CSU, the approval must come from the CSU Department Chair where the course resides. Once a decision is made by the Department Chair, the decision is final with no appeal process. Approved courses include:
- lower and upper division world language courses
- Math 369 Linear Algebra (Fall 2016 semester)
- Math 340 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations (Spring 2017 semester)
For more information, visit the CSU Concurrent Enrollment webpage.
ASCENT (Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment): PSD students can enroll in college classes at FRCC or Aims Community College (with PSD paying for tuition), while remaining enrolled in high school for a fifth year.
- Take the Accuplacer (see information below)
- And, meet other specific requirements – talk to your school counselor or administrator!
FRCC Placement Testing: The Accuplacer
FRCC uses a series of short Accuplacer tests to evaluate academic skills to ensure all new students 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.
The test results help FRCC determine if a student needs additional skill-building (developmental) courses prior to enrolling in specific classes. The objective is to place students as accurately as possible in classes to ensure students are on an academic path that supports their educational goals. Please note that Accuplacer test scores expire after two years.
Prepare for the placement tests by visiting these websites: