The following options are for college-bound students who want to get a head start on continuing their education. Students can earn college credit while still in high school.
College Credit Options in APS:

Concurrent Enrollment Program
Learn how your child can earn credit toward an Associate's Degree at the Community College of Aurora while attending an APS high school.
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ASCENT Program
Accelerating Students Through Concurrent Enrollment (ASCENT) allows for students to continue on full time at a community college or technical college for a 5th year. APS pays both tuition and fees.
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The Red Fox College Access & Success Program is a partnership between the Community College of Aurora and Aurora Public Schools with funding from the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Program with the goal to increase the number of APS students who continue at CCA.
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Advanced Placement Courses
Advanced Placement courses are those which are sponsored by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) for which high school students can obtain college credit through the appropriate CEEB Advanced Placement Examination. These courses relate specifically to those students who have shown achievement in specific areas beyond the normal course of study. A student interested in an Advanced Placement Examination should confer with a school counselor.

Schools that offer Advanced Placement courses:

Postsecondary Enrollment Act
Colorado State Law provides the opportunity for qualified secondary students (eleventh and twelfth graders) in Aurora Public Schools to enroll, under certain circumstances, in state institutions of higher education. Upon successful completion of the courses, the District will reimburse the student for the credit. Students who are interested in this option must complete an “intent” to enroll form during high school registration or 60 days prior to the first day of college classes. For additional information and procedures, please contact a building administrator or counselor.

College Credit Opportunities at Pickens Technical College
College credit is available for many programs offered at Pickens Technical College. Agreements allow students to transfer credits earned for Pickens Tech certificates toward an associate degree conferred by the respective community college. Students should consult an academic advisor for further information and consult the transfer guides and catalogs of the respective institutions.

Students who desire to complete an Associate of Applied Science Degree Program must complete the technical classes for a designated occupational certificate at Pickens Tech and general education and/or other degree requirements at the participating community college from which the degree is earned.

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