Ways to Earn College Credit in High School

The following programs help teens acquire useful college-level skills and earn college credit while still in high school.

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Program Description Advantage Student Responsibilities Claiming Your Credit Tuition/Fees

Early College Start/Co-Enrollment

A program that allows juniors and seniors to attend college classes and earn college credit.

  • Experience college firsthand.
  • 235+ degree and certificate programs.
  • College curriculum
  • May remain in high school or attend an ACC campus for wider selection of courses and professors.
  • Earn transferable college credit
  • Determine transferability of Early College Start credits.
  • Must complete application/
    registration deadlines.
  • Meet college academic standards

No action required; it appears on your ACC transcript.

Free tuition to in-district students; other costs are books, supplies, and transportation.

Early College Start/Dual Credit

College classes that result in both high school and college credit

Meets high school and college requirements in one class.

Determine transferability of ECS college credits.

Same as above.

Same as above.


A program enabling students to receive technical training in high school and begin a workforce/
technical program that leads to an associate degree or certificate.

  • Remain at high school campus.
  • Prepare for technical career.
  • Earn both high school and college credit.
  • College credit at no cost.
  • Enroll in Tech Prep classes at the high school.
  • Earn a B or better in the course.
  • To claim ACCTech credits, enroll at ACC as an Early College Start or traditional student and complete one class
  • While taking the ACCTech course in high school, set up an account on the CATEMA website.
  • Enroll in the articulated courses on the website.
  • Register for and complete any class at ACC
  • After you complete a class as an ACC student, your credit is uploaded from CATEMA onto your ACC transcript


Advanced Placement

Identified courses that prepare high school students to take advanced placement tests that may allow credit at the college level

  • Remain at high school campus.
  • Accelerated class.
  • Earn both high school and college credit.
  • Apply for testing.
  • Score high on AP test in order to have greatest chance of being awarded college credit.

Have the College Board send a report to your college or university. The school notifies you regarding whether your credit is accepted.

Advanced Placement test fee. Additional reporting fees also may apply.

International Baccalaureate

Internationally recognized program that offers college credit for students completing a standardized curriculum and culminating exam.

Remain at high school campus.

  • Maintain high degree of scholarship.
  • Apply for testing.
  • Score high on IB test in order to have greatest chance of being awarded college credit.

Examination costs incurred by student.