Skip To Main Content

Icon Navigation

Main Navigation Mobile

Header Links Mobile

Schools Trigger

Desktop Schools Menu


Header Links

Mobile Menu Button

Logo Image

Logo Title



ASCENT stands for Accelerating Students Through Concurrent Enrollment. In this program, students remain enrolled in Adams 12 Five Star Schools for a fifth year after their senior year and attend classes at a participating college campus. Students can walk in their high school graduation ceremony if they have met graduation requirements at the end of their senior year, but will receive their actual high school diploma at the end of the fifth year.

Who is eligible?

  • Students who have completed, or are on schedule to complete, at least 9 credit hours of transcripted, credit-bearing, college-level postsecondary coursework prior to completing their 12th-grade year. Remedial/developmental education college courses do not qualify as part of the 9 required credits. Specific AP courses can be applied toward meeting ASCENT requirements. International Baccalaureate (IB), credit for prior learning, and experiential courses do NOT apply toward qualifying for ASCENT.

  • Students who are college ready and not in need of basic skills/remedial coursework.

  • Students who complete an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) prior to declaring intent to participate in ASCENT.

  • Students who apply to and are accepted into a postsecondary degree program at a qualified Colorado institution of higher education. Front Range Community College participates in ASCENT.

  • Qualified students can only participate in ASCENT for one academic year.

Who pays for it? 

  • Adams 12 Five Star Schools covers tuition.

  • Students are responsible for transportation, books and campus fees.

How do I enroll?

  • Students should talk to their high school counselor if interested in the ASCENT program.