College acceleration allows high school students to progress towards their postsecondary goals with programs such as Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Credit (DC) and Early College High Schools (ECHS). AP and DC give students the opportunity to explore college-level curriculum, and possibly earn college credit in addition to high school credit. AP courses are taught by high school teachers on the student’s high school campus; college credit is awarded if the student earns a qualifying score on a standardized exam. DC classes are taught by college faculty either at the high school or the college, and the credit is typically earned through a minimum grade in the course. Both AP and DC can be offered at any school and are open to all students.
Early College High Schools offer students the opportunity to graduate with both a high school diploma and a college-level credential or degree. ECHS campuses undergo a rigorous designation process with the NMPED and often support underrepresented students in higher education.
Please visit the links below, or contact the CCRB staff to learn more about these educational initiatives.