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Postsecondary Opportunities

Concurrent Enrollment

Jeffco students in grades 9-12 can enroll in their home high school, as well as a community college within the homeschool service area. Concurrent enrollment allows students to enroll and earn college credits while still in high school.  Concurrent enrollment benefits students by lowering the cost of college, increasing the flexibility of academic options, increasing the ease of access to college coursework, and preparing student for a seamless transfer into college.

Qualified students have two options to access concurrent enrollment classes:

  • Students may enroll in college-level classes offered on our high school campuses, taught by Jeffco Schools teachers, during the regular school day.  Find classes offered at your school in the above link and talk to your high school counselor.

  • Concurrent Enrollment courses may be cancelled if there is low student interest and enrollment.  The threshold to run a concurrent enrollment course is determined by the community college.  Colleges expect the majority of students to register for the college credit.

  • Students may enroll in college-level classes offered on an approved college campus with prior district approval.  The college has the right to deny student enrollment based on space availability and college admission requirements.  Students in grades 9-12, must meet the necessary course requirements and following three conditions must be met

1.  The course exceeds what is offered on the high school campus 


2.  The course is not offered through Jeffco Virtual Academy


3.  The course is a graduation requirement (non-elective) on the student’s graduation plan (ICAP)

Requirements To be considered and qualify for concurrent enrollment, students must: 

Complete an application for the community college within their home high school service area.  Turn in signed Agreement form.

  • Apply for and authorize the College Opportunity Fund stipend.

  • Complete the NextGen ACCUPLACER test, if required for course.

  • Have a current ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan) including the concurrent enrollment course work.

  • Students must maintain a C average.

  • Concurrent Enrollment courses are offered through the community college within the student’s home high school service area.


Jeffco Public Schools will pay tuition for concurrent enrollment courses if the qualified student meets and completes all requirements listed above.  Students and families are responsible for all campus fees and books. No transportation will be provided by the Jefferson County School District.  

The Jefferson County School District will not pay tuition for summer courses or online courses.

Postsecondary Institution Partners 

  • Arapahoe Community College
  • Community College of Denver
  • Front Range Community College
  • Red Rocks Community College
  • Metropolitan State University- (ASCENT only)

ASCENT Program

Program Description

Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment (ASCENT) is a Concurrent Enrollment program which allows students to participate in college courses after their 12th-grade year. This covers the cost of tuition; students pay for their own book and campus fees. Read more about ASCENT (Spanish)  Students should talk to their high school counselor if interested in the ASCENT program. 

Dual Enrollment

Jeffco students may participate in dual enrollment programs with prior approval from the principal. Students and families are responsible for all costs associated with these courses.

Students have two options to access dual enrollment classes:

  • Local colleges award credit to our students at a nominal cost that the student is responsible to pay. Students/Families must contact the high school directly to find out about Dual Enrollment offerings.
  • With prior approval from the high school principal, a student can enroll at approved colleges and take courses. The student is responsible to pay all tuition costs and fees.


Concurrent and Dual Enrollment courses taken for college credit should be chosen with careful consideration for these items:

  • The course will be included on the student's official college transcript.  The grade the student earns in the course will be factored into the student's official GPA.  If the student gets a low grade or fails the course, it will lead to a low GPA that could put the student on academic probation at the college and affect their chances of qualifying for some scholarships that require a certain college GPA.
  • Dual and concurrent enrollment courses and their resulting college credits are not guaranteed to meet college degree requirements.  Whereas the course may have a guarantee of transfer, the courses are not guaranteed to apply to general education, major or elective degree requirements.


Marna Messer

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