College acceleration allows high school students to progress towards their post-secondary goals with programs such as Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Credit (DC), and Early College High Schools (ECHS). AP and DC allow students to explore college-level curricula and earn college credit in addition to high school credit. High school teachers teach AP courses 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. 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 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.