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College Pathways

Academy District 20’s College Pathways provides a full menu of post-secondary options designed for college-ready secondary students to accelerate learning. Students can earn college credit at a significant cost and time savings by taking courses on the post-secondary campus or by taking high school courses aligned with equivalent college courses. Students may also earn credit in assessment-based national programs including Advanced Placement® (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB).


See your College & Career Counselor for advising on any of these programs.


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Are you College Ready? Learn about D20 College Pathways





Earn College Credit in High School Courses



PPCC college credit in D20 high school courses

Earn college credit from Pikes Peak Community College in coordinating high school classes that have an approved syllabus and qualifying instructor. Students pay $10 per course.

View PPCC Articulated Courses in Participating D20 High Schools


UCCS and UCD college credit in D20 high school courses

Through the CU Succeed program, earn college credit from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in coordinating high school classes that have an approved syllabus and qualifying instructor. Students pay between $50 and $100 per course.

View CU Succeed Courses in Participating D20 High Schools  |  View the UCCS CU Succeed Site


UCCS college credit in D20 Project Lead the Way high school courses

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is an internationally recognized STEM pathway in the areas of Biomedical Science, Computer Science, and Engineering. Through PLTW and CU Succeed, earn college credit from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in coordinating high school PLTW classes. Students pay $102 per college credit.

View the PLTW Courses in Participating D20 High Schools  |  View the UCCS PLTW Site


Take a College Course


Concurrent Enrollment: PPCC and UCCS Academics

Qualifying D20 students can take an academic college class on the PPCC or UCCS college campus (including online and MathOnline courses). D20 contributes to tuition at the prevailing community college rate. Students pay the remaining tuition and any additional campus, course, and textbook costs. The college class must be aligned with the student's Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) and be inaccessible to the student in D20. An application is required.

View the Fall 2019 Concurrent Enrollment Information Sheet


CU Platinum UCCS Courses

A selection of CU Platinum courses are offered each year after school hours on a D20 campus. These courses are taught by a UCCS instructor. D20 students can take a CU Platinum course to try out a college class while earning college as well as high school credit in an area of interest. Students pay $75 per course. An application is required.

Visit the UCCS CU Platinum Site

Participate in an Approved College Program



ASCENT provides qualifying high school seniors with the opportunity to defer their high school graduation and stay enrolled in the district for a fifth year while they concurrently enroll in PPCC, the approved post-secondary institution. Students pay any additional college and course fees not including tuition. An application is required.

Visit the CDE ASCENT Site  |  View the CDE ASCENT Fact Sheet

PPCC Career Start (formerly Area Vocational Program)

11th and 12th grade students enrolled in the PPCC Career Start concurrent enrollment program take courses in a technical or career area of study, including areas such as diesel power mechanics, criminal justice, culinary arts, fire science, multimedia graphic design, welding, and zoo keeping. Students attend PPCC half time and earn credit that can be applied toward high school graduation as well as toward an associates degree and/or industry certification. An application is required. Students pay a $75 application fee per year as well as the cost of additional course supplies.

Visit the PPCC Career Start Site

UCCS Pre-Collegiate Development Program (PCDP)

Qualifying D20 students commit to an articulated three-year college and career pathway program beginning the spring of 9th grade. Students participate in a two to four week intensive summer experience at UCCS as well as take two college courses during the school year. Students pay $75 per year and the cost of student meals in the summer.

Visit the UCCS PCDP Site


Academy School District 20 is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in relation to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or any other legally protected class. Respect for the dignity and worth of each individual shall be paramount.