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Through concurrent enrollment, HSA students can accelerate their learning and participate in college courses while still in high school by taking Pikes Peak Community College courses that align with their academic and career goals. Families will save money on college costs while students earn college credits that apply toward a 2-year degree or that transfer to a 4-year degree program.

Readiness Criteria

Students who participate in concurrent enrollment should demonstrate the skills and personal maturity that will help to ensure they are successful:

  • Overall Character / Student Conduct: Abides by all D20 & HSA policies and procedures. Exhibits respect to and concern for others. Takes responsibility for actions.

  • Self-advocacy: Seeks help when needed and voices questions and concerns appropriately. For example, accommodations are not automatically provided, even if the student has an IEP from a school district. Postsecondary institutions require students with disabilities to request accommodations and speak up for oneself.

  • Attendance: Attends all classes and is on time. Informs the proper authority of the reason for any absence.

  • Quality of Work / Work Ethic: Stays the course; demonstrates commitment, perseverance, pride, and a positive attitude in completing tasks. 

Enrollment & Eligibility

College-ready students in grades 9-12 who are enrolled at the Home School Academy are eligible to earn credits during the Fall and Spring semesters through Pikes Peak Community College.

Being college-ready means that the student has demonstrated academic readiness through college placement test scores and that the student demonstrates personal maturity to excel in college level courses.

College Application Process

Concurrent enrollment students apply to PPCC as a non-degree seeking student. Students who are interested in continuing at PPCC after high school graduation are required to complete the application for a degree-seeking student.

Placement Test

Colorado Community Colleges use the NextGen Accuplacer test to determine students’ academic placement in certain college courses by assessing readiness in reading, writing, and math. This test takes approximately 45 minutes, and students will receive their placement scores immediately after completing the exam. The exam can be scheduled and taken at PPCC. Additional test preparation resources can be found on the PPCC website.

Minimum qualifying scores for English and Math are published for each course in the current PPCC course catalog.

Allowable Courses

Students can access Pikes Peak Community College courses, both at HSA’s Campus Pathways and any other PPCC campus. D20 does not cover the cost for “online only” courses. Courses taught at the HSA campus will be announced prior to each semester with plenty of time to plan. Courses offered at other PPCC campuses can be found in their course guide.

Calendar & Attendance

Students are responsible for ensuring they meet the scheduled course meeting times throughout the semester as specified in the PPCC schedule, the course syllabus, and by the instructor. As emergency situations arise, students should contact their instructor within twenty-four hours. Being consistently on time and present for each class not only demonstrates personal responsibility, but it also directly correlates to class success.

Students will follow the Pikes Peak Community College calendar start and end dates, holidays, breaks, and any campus closures or delays.

Concurrent Enrollment Agreement

Each student and his or her parent/guardian are required to complete a D20 Concurrent Enrollment Agreement for each semester of participation in the HSA Campus Pathways concurrent enrollment program. This agreement details the courses chosen and allows HSA to verify classes registered for when we receive the bill from PPCC. Please email or deliver to Tory Richey.

Cost

Academy District 20 pays tuition for courses at the PPCC tuition rate. For your reference, the 2020-21 school year tuition rate is $148.90 per credit hour. Families are responsible for any additional course fees, textbooks, and supplies.

We aim to help our students keep a balanced course load with other time commitments so that our students can be most successful in their college course(s). If a student earns a grade of F or withdraws from a course after the college drop deadline, the student and the student’s parents/guardians are required to reimburse District 20 for tuition paid on the student’s behalf.

Dates and Deadlines

  • March 16, 2020: PPCC Fall registration begins

  • March 20, 2020: Concurrent Enrollment Agreement due to Tory Richey / Register as a D20 Student and PPCC student (if not already registered)

  • May 15, 2020: Deadline for registration

  • August 24, 2020: Fall semester begins

Dropping or Withdrawing from a Class

Students who are considering dropping or withdrawing from a concurrent enrollment class should consult the HSA concurrent enrollment advisor first. Students may drop concurrent enrollment classes before the college drop deadline (approximately two weeks into the semester) without repayment or grade penalties.

If a student withdraws from a concurrent enrollment course after the college drop deadline, the student and the student’s parent/guardian are required to repay D20 for the tuition paid on the student’s behalf. The withdrawal “W” will be recorded on the college transcript; however, it will not affect the student’s GPA.

Grades & Transcripts

The grade students earn in their college course(s) is posted to their official college transcript. A grade lower than C- on a college transcript may place a student on academic probation. It is therefore important that students understand the rigor and commitment of taking college courses while in high school and pa close attention to the withdraw and drop deadlines.

Campus Locations

  • Center for Modern Learning (HSA), 8707 Wolf Valley Dr. Colorado Springs, Co 80924

  • Centennial Campus, 5675 South Academy Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80906

  • Rampart Range Campus, 11195 Interquest Parkway Colorado Springs, CO 80921

  • Downtown Studio Campus, 100 West Pikes Peak Avenue Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Policies

Code of Conduct Students must adhere to the policies, procedures, and deadlines outlined by the college as well as the student code of conduct established by the Academy District 20 Board of Education. The consequences of not adhering to these policies may include dismissal from the concurrent enrollment program.

Student Privacy

Monitoring the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prevents ASD20 from monitoring college in-progress grades, which are recorded and reported in the college information management system. PPCC reports final course grades to D20 at the end of each semester. We encourage students to self-advocate as much as possible and to be transparent with their parent/guardian about their progress and grades. To allow a parent/guardian access to speak to the college instructor, the concurrent enrollment student must complete a FERPA release form. Once completed, the student submits the form to the PPCC Registrar’s Office. The instructor will verify FERPA release completion before meeting with the student and parent/guardian. Conferencing cannot infringe on class contact time and should be scheduled in advance. For more information about FERPA, please access the PPCC FERPA webpage at https://www.ppcc.edu/records/ferpa. 

Support

The HSA staff is here to help students be successful in their academic pursuits and postsecondary goals. We are here to answer any questions you may have.

PPCC also provides supports for concurrent enrollment students. For more information, please visit https://www.ppcc.edu/learningcommons and http://www.ppcc.edu/services/tutoring-assistance/schedules/

Disability Services

Services and accommodations are provided through the Office of Accessibility Services. Students and parents/guardians must submit documentation and request an intake appointment the semester before classes begin to ensure services are in place. (See https://www.ppcc.edu/accessibility-services or call 719.502.3333 for an intake appointment)

Counseling

If there is an academic concern, students should address the issue with their college instructor and /or visit https://www.ppcc.edu/counseling-center

Transferability & Applicability

College courses may transfer to other post-secondary institutions, and courses that do transfer may apply to a student’s chosen degree program, or they may transfer in as elective credits. Courses that are marked as “guaranteed transfer” are recognized by public Colorado postsecondary institutions and will transfer with some exceptions. To make the best decisions about college credit applicability and transferability, we recommend that students connect with the transfer office of the postsecondary institution in which they intend to enroll. For more information about guaranteed transfer courses in Colorado, refer to the Colorado Department of HigherEducation: https://highered.colorado.gov/academics/transfers/gtpathways/curriculum.html.