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What is Concurrent Enrollment?
Students in 12th grade may concurrently enroll in basic skills, also known as developmental or remedial courses, only in the 12th grade. These courses are designed to help students successfully complete developmental education prior to college enrollment. This helps ensure students are able to immediately enter college-level, credit-bearing courses and continue on their way to earning a postsecondary credential once they have graduated high school.
The ASCENT program (Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment) is a fifth year concurrent enrollment program which allows students to participate in Concurrent Enrollment the year directly following the student’s 12th grade year. Students who are eligible to participate in ASCENT must have completed twelve postsecondary credit hours prior to the completion of the twelfth-grade year, and cannot be in need of basic skills coursework in their selected pathway. ASCENT students must also be selected for participation by the principal and accepted into a postsecondary degree program.
Please find information about Concurrent Enrollment on the CDE website.
Why This Option
Concurrent Enrollment offers a unique opportunity for aligning high school and postsecondary courses and is widely available in Colorado. 94% of districts and 80% of high schools offer Concurrent Enrollment programs, and 89% of all students pass all Concurrent Enrollment courses in which they are enrolled.
Additionally 78% of all participating students enroll in college in the fall immediately following graduation. In their first year of college, compared to their peers who don’t participate, these students earn higher GPA’s and accumulate more credits.
Implementation Strategies and Promising Practices
Take a look at Concurrent Enrollment promising practices
Northeastern Junior College
Westminster Public Schools
Complete a review of the concurrent enrollment programs that are currently available in your school(s), and consider ways in which they might increase access to and quality of these courses.
Read about guidelines, policies, and resources on the CDE Concurrent Enrollment website:
- Consider ways in which staff might qualify to teach concurrent enrollment courses on the high school site, increasing access and exposure to these courses
- Partner with an Institution of Higher Education and/or a Community College
Connect concurrent enrollment to work-based learning:
- PTech (Pathways in Technology Early College) High Schools
- Professional and Internship Community Experience in Canon City High Schools
- The Mill (Peyton and Widefield School Districts)
- Career and Technical Education (CTE) best practices