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High School

College Credit/Concurrent Enrollment Opportunities

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Students have the opportunity to earn college credits in certain courses through Advanced Placement, Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), Select Senior Program, courses over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) and/or the College/Concurrent Enrollment program with participating schools like Iowa Western Community College and Iowa State University. Concurrent Enrollment means that students may earn college credits while taking courses for high school graduation credit. College credit depends on successfully completing the class and meeting any requirements as determined by the college or university.

Advanced Placement Courses (AP)
Advanced Placement Courses (AP) are rigorous, college level classes that prepare students to take Advanced Placement exams. Students are expected to take the exams. A passing score on the AP exam is accepted by many colleges and universities as college credit or are accepted as meeting a college course requirement. The AP course designation will not be included on a student’s transcript unless the AP exam is passed with a 3 or better. There is a fee for taking the exam that is shared by the student and district. If students cannot afford the fee, they can talk to their counselor about assistance.

Below are the AP courses that are currently offered. Review course descriptions and check with your counselor to see if a particular course is offered at your site or if new ones have been added:

Language and Composition Biology with Lab American Government and Politics
Literature and Composition Chemistry with Lab Microeconomics
Calculus AB and Calculus BC Environmental Science Psychology
Statistics Physics with Lab US History
Music Theory World History

 

College/Concurrent Enrollment (CE) Courses
Concurrent Enrollment courses (CE) are those in which students may earn college credit as well as high school credit toward graduation requirements if they meet the requirements of the participating college.

Registering for college credit: Most concurrent enrollment classes are offered through Iowa Western Community College (IWCC). This includes Career Technical programs offered through the Tucker Career & College Center. Tuition is paid by the Council Bluffs Schools with the student paying a one-time enrollment fee to IWCC. Students enrolling for the Calculus I pre-engineering course offered for Iowa State University credit must complete an application to Iowa State University and also apply for the tuition to be paid by the Post Secondary Enrollment Option grant.

Below are the College/Concurrent Enrollment courses offered at this time. All credit is from Iowa Western Community College (IWCC) except for Iowa State University Pre-Engineering Calculus as noted.

Arts & Sciences Concurrent Courses                         Career/Technical Concurrent Courses

American Government Auto Technology 1/2 & 3/4 Child Health, Safety, & Nutrition
American Literature I & II CCNA 1: Networking for Home & Small Business Intro to Early Childhood Education
Calculus I & II CCNA 2: Working at a Small to Medium Business Foundations of Education (IWCC)
Calculus I & II (ISU Pre-engineering) Introduction to Video Production Educational Internship (IWCC)
Discrete Math Computer Graphics
Composition I & II Introduction to Engineering
Elementary Spanish I & II Principles of Engineering
Intermediate Spanish I & II Digital Electronics
General Biology I & II with Lab Civil Engineering & Architecture 3315
General Chemistry I & II with Lab H&C Baking
Introduction to Sociology H&C Culinary Foundations
Pre-Calculus H&C Dining Service
Public Speaking H&C Quantity Foods
Sociology Health Science 1/2 & 3/4
Statistics Child Growth and Development

 

Qualifications for Concurrent Enrollment: IWCC Concurrent Enrollment classes are open to all qualified juniors and seniors as well as identified freshmen and sophomore students who qualify. Students must meet the state proficiency requirement of scoring above the 40th National Percentile rank on the Iowa Assessments in Reading, Math and Science for enrollment in Arts and Sciences courses. In addition they need to take the COMPASS test and submit scores for enrollment in math and language arts courses. The COMPASS test will be offered at the high schools spring trimester. IWCC determines any additional prerequisites for participation. For more information, please contact a counselor or an IWCC representative. Students are not required to meet proficiency on the Iowa Assessments or submit COMPASS scores for enrollment in Career and Technical Education courses, but must meet local prerequisites.

Grades and transcripts: Each student receives two grades and two separate transcripts, one from the high school and one from the college. Students planning to enroll in these courses for the next year must specifically sign up during the early spring course selection process at their home school using the college registration form. If a student fails to complete the course or receive credit, the student will be required to reimburse the district for part or all of the course tuition.

Failure or withdrawal: Students are advised that failure or withdrawal from a Concurrent Enrollment course after the college deadline can negatively impact scholarships, financial aid, NCAA eligibility, and future educational opportunities. Failure in these courses also impacts college transcripts and may cause problems when enrolling in a post-secondary institution. Students participating in Concurrent Enrollment programs are subject to the same satisfactory academic progress requirements as other college students. In addition, students may not withdraw from a CE course and remain in the course for high school credit only.

Impact on future financial aid: For college financial aid purposes, the Financial Aid Office must look at all previous terms of attendance, regardless of whether or not financial aid was received. Therefore, students participating in Concurrent Enrollment programs need to recognize that withdrawing from a course or receiving a low grade (D or F) in a course may affect future eligibility for college financial aid.

Students must have a college cumulative G.P.A. of 1.75 and must satisfactorily complete the minimum number of hours required at their enrollment level to remain in good standing for financial aid. Minimum hours to be completed: Full-time (12 Credit hours) or Part-time (less than 12 credit hours).

For students who receive financial aid for college, failure to meet the criteria during one term will result in financial aid probation. Students are eligible to receive financial aid while on probation. If a student fails to meet the criteria for two consecutive terms, the student is placed on financial aid termination and is no longer eligible for financial aid. A student on financial aid termination has the right to an appeal.

If a Concurrent Enrollment student is considering withdrawing from or is failing a class, the student may want to contact the college Financial Aid Office to discuss the impact on future financial aid.

Withdrawals from any Concurrent Enrollment course must be done through the appropriate counselor in the student’s home building. IWCC requires a change of registration form for any withdrawals.

Post-Secondary Enrollment Option
The Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Act allows students to pursue studies at Iowa postsecondary institutions with partial payment covered by the student’s high school (up to $250 per course).

To be eligible, students must be enrolled by the 3rd Friday in September. The student must have fully exhausted all district commensurate curricula and wishes further course work while still enrolled in high school courses. Courses eligible for PSEO are those that the district does not offer a high school or concurrent enrollment course with a commensurate curriculum. Students may not enroll an upper-level PSEO course unless they have first taken the similar high school course offering. Postsecondary Enrollment Option students may enroll in no more than 23 credit hours of postsecondary credit in one school year. Students exceeding the 23 credit hour limit will be required to pay IWCC directly for any and all courses that exceed 23 credit hours. Any courses that put a student over the 23 credit hour limit must be paid for by the student. The school district is not able to split credits for courses that exceed the 23 credit hour limit.

Students failing to successfully complete a PSEO course will be required to reimburse the school district at the rate of $250 per course (or $83 per credit hour for courses with fewer than 3 credits). This includes Iowa Online and E-College courses.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Notify district of intent to enroll under this act.
  • Provide evidence of readiness to enroll in the post-secondary program.
  • Meet testing requirements for acceptance to the post-secondary school.
  • Apply at the post-secondary institution for enrollment. The student pays enrollment fees.
  • Satisfy any prerequisites required for the course.
  • Pay for the course if a student is 18 or older and he/she fails to complete the course, does not receive credit, or drops a course before the specified time frame.
  • Recognize that grades will be permanently recorded on the student’s post-secondary records.
  • Provide high school with certified evidence of successful completion and the grade.

Parent Responsibilities:

  • Provide for transportation of student to post-secondary institution if needed.
  • Pay for the course if a student is not 18 and he/she fails to complete the course, does not receive credit, drops a course before the specified time frame, or exceeds the 23 credit hour limit.

Steps
1. Select the Iowa public college course that you wish to take.
2. You may not take over 23 credits hours in one academic year (including any combination of courses).
3. Prove readiness to enroll in the selected course.
4. Complete admission requirements for the college.
5. Meet with your high school counselor to complete the college registration form.
6. Enroll in the course at the college and have them sign the PSEO form.
7. When the class is completed, the grades are sent from the college to your high school.
8. Return any loaned textbooks to the college bookstore or pay for them.

Select Senior Program
Open to qualified seniors only (generally those with all regular graduation requirements already met). Qualified juniors must register for the program with their counselor or designated person at the school who will help determine eligibility. If eligibility standards are met, the counselor will guide the student into the appropriate IWCC program.

The program is held on the campus of IWCC. Students generally return to their home high school only if PE, US Government, or Language Arts credits cannot be negotiated through IWCC.

Students must be notified that any withdrawal from the course after the IWCC deadline or any course failures can cause scholarship and financial aid denials and will result in a very low initial college GPA, which could further cause NCAA eligibility problems.

Acceptance into the program by IWCC may entail a fee to be paid by the student. Any additional course fees over and above the tuition and books must be paid by the enrolled student.
Withdrawal or failure of any courses in this program may prevent high school graduation.
The actual letter of acceptance from IWCC into the program must be presented to the person who coordinates dual credit at the home high school prior to the start of the semester.

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