Concurrent Enrollment

  • Concurrent/Dual Enrollment are college-level courses offered on high school and college campuses.  In these classes, students gain exposure to the academic challenges of college while in their supportive high school environment.  Students can earn free college credits with a passing grade, saving time and money while getting ahead start on their college and career. 

    All traditional DPS high schools offer concurrent/dual enrollment courses.  Reach out to your high school counselor, or email the concurrent enrollment team, to discover what concurrent/dual enrollment opportunites your high school provides.

     

     

  • What is Concurrent Enrollment?

    What is Concurrent Enrollment?

    Concurrent enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to take college courses both on high school and college campuses.  Students gain exposure to the academic challenges of college while still receiving support from the high school.  Concurrent enrollment is distinct from other accelerated course work in the sense that:

    • Concurrent enrollment courses are college credit-bearing courses (outside of remedial/developmental education)
    • Concurrent enrollment students earn a college grade based on multiple and varied assessments throughout the course, rather than from one high-stakes test
    • Concurrent enrollment students earn transcribed college credit upon successful completion of the course (with the grade of a “C” or better)

    Concurrent enrollment also facilitates close collaboration between high school teachers, counselors, and college faculty, fostering alignment between secondary and postsecondary curriculums and general practice.

  • Benefits

    A growing body of research suggests that providing college-level work in high school is one promising way to prepare young people for college success, including those who do not envision themselves as “college material.”  College-level work in high school can:

    • Increase the pool of historically underserved students who are ready for college
    • Provide realistic information to high school students about the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in postsecondary education
    • Decrease the cost of postsecondary education
    • Create a feedback loop between K-12 and postsecondary systems around standards, assessments, curriculum, and the transition from high school to college

  • Weekly Office Hours

    OFFICE HOURS

    The Concurrent Enrollment team holds office hours every other Thursday @ 2:30pm to answer questions about concurrent enrollment, early college, hybrid online courses, withdraws, registration, advising, and more.  Bring your questions and join us on Zoom!

    • When: 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, 2:30-3:30pm 
    • Zoom Link:  HERE

  • Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

    Accommodations for students taking Concurrent/Dual Enrollment Courses

    Students with disabilities are protected under different laws while they are in high school (IDEA and Section 504) vs. college (ADA).  Given this, accommodations for students taking concurrent or dual enrollment courses may differ from those on an IEP/504.  Even when a concurrent enrollment course is taught on the high school campus, the student is enrolled as a college student and must follow the college’s determinations regarding eligible accommodations

    Accommodations Request Process

    In an effort to increase the number of students with IEPs/504s enrolled in and completing concurrent enrollment courses, DPS has partnered with our college partners to streamline the accommodations request process.  Click HERE to learn how to request accommodations for concurrent enrollment courses. 

    For more information, visit our FAQ document here.  Please direct questions to Jamie_Youngblood@dpsk12.org, ACEConnect Transition Specialist

  • Mini-Masters Program through CSU Global

    Mini-Masters Program through CSU Global

    CSU-Global is offering an 18 credit hour sequence of graduate level English or Math courses that will prepare K-12 English and Math teachers to be qualified to teach concurrent enrollment courses.

    Requirements: Teachers must have already completed a 32+ credit hour sequence of undergraduate English or Math courses to be eligible.

    If you are interested, please complete this form.  More information on courses can be found here: English or Math.

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