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Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent enrollment (CE) allows juniors and seniors to enroll in local college courses to earn both high school credits toward graduation and, in many cases, transferable college credits. Although most CE courses will take place on college campuses, some are offered at DCIS.

CE not only considerably expands the breadth of courses available to students, but also enables them to earn college credit without having to pay full tuition as long as they earn at least a C in the course.

DCIS/DPS will pay the full cost of tuition for CE classes at the Community College of Denver (CCD), but not necessarily at the University of Colorado–Denver or Metropolitan State College, as tuition at these schools is steeper.


To be eligible for concurrent enrollment, students must have received a college-ready designation from their counselor. Being college ready is determined by the student’s SAT/ACT scores, AP scores or placing at appropriate levels on the ACCUPLACER — an integrated system of computer-adaptive assessments designed to evaluate students’ skills in reading, writing and mathematics.  

Students must enroll by filling out all appropriate paperwork, which they can get from their counselor. Students can enroll only in “guaranteed transfer” courses to ensure they receive full credit, and full credit is guaranteed only in certain public colleges/universities in Colorado. If a student attends a private university in Colorado, or a private or public university outside of Colorado, the credits are not guaranteed to transfer. If the student wishes to take a CE course not designated as “guaranteed transfer,” both the student and parent must sign a form acknowledging that the credits may not transfer.

How CE Courses Count

Concurrent enrollment courses offer students 5 high school credits and 3 college credits per semester. The concurrent enrollment credits are counted as honors credits when calculating the student’s cumulative GPA.

A student who fails two CE courses will not be allowed to take a third. A D grade may not transcript. If a student earns a D in two CE courses, the school administration and counselors will determine whether a student can take additional CE courses. Students who get a D, F or incomplete in the course or withdraw from the course have to pay back the cost of tuition.

Information about CE goes out to families in the fall and spring. Students interested in CE should consult with their counselor to learn more about or enroll in CE classes.