College Credit in High School

College Courses Free for Eligible Students

Eligible PSD high school students may take college, career or technical education courses (for free) to earn both high school and college credit at the same time through concurrent enrollment or dual-credit programs.

College classes are available at PSD high schools, Front Range Community College,  Aims Community College and Colorado State University.

Benefits of taking college classes in high school:

  • Students take challenging courses in their interest area 
  • Tuition costs are paid by PSD, saving students tuition costs later
  • Students may finish college earlier because they have college credits.
  • Students may earn an associate degree by the time they graduate from high school. See the Classes at College Campuses web page.
  • Students who have earned 12 credit hours of concurrent enrollment classes may be eligible to take a fifth year of high school consisting of all college classes through the Ascent program.


PSD college credit programs

High School Select Program: College classes offered high schools
Students take college courses at their high school through FRCC or Aims. Courses are taught by PSD teachers but are credit bearing at the community college level and transferrable. Different courses are taught at high schools based on staff qualifications. For more information, students should meet with their counselor. 

Campus Select Program: Taking classes at local college campuses
College courses are available at FRCC, AIMS or CSU. Transportation is not provided. Learn more on the Classes at College Campuses web page.  

ASCENT Progam: A year of high school focused only on college classes
Seniors remain in high school for a fifth year to take only college classes at FRCC or Aims. Learn more on the ASCENT web page. 

Career Pathways Program -  Technical education classes at FRCC for high school credit with optional college credit Learn more on the Career and Technical Education web page


College placement testing 

Students taking college classes may have to take Accuplacer tests to determine proficiency levels in subject areas.

Accuplacer tests are used to evaluate academic skills of new students in order to place them in appropriate classes. 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.

Prepare for the placement tests by visiting: