Woodland Park High School

Early College Options

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Woodland Park High School offers many early college options. Students enrolled in college level courses must meet all prerequisites including a college placement exam if required, complete college enrollment paperwork, and in some cases pay associated college fees. All credits earned will be transcripted through the partner college or university and should be transferable to most colleges and universities across the country; however, it is the student’s responsibility to make sure the future college/university of choice will accept the credit. Collegiate level courses are inherently taught at a level above high school courses. Therefore, additional weighting (GPA) will be applied as students complete college course work. Students who complete college/University paperwork, pay fees, follow college policies and also transcript the course for college credit at the university will have the course weighted at 5.0 (college level) for their high school GPA. Students who do not transcript the course for college credit will have the course weighted at 4.5 (honors level) for their high school GPA.
  • Woodland Park School District Re-2 will not pay for collegiate remedial courses.
  • Students earning below a C, withdrawing early from a course, or taking an incomplete shall be required to reimburse the school district for the full cost of tuition.
  • Students must register for the College Opportunity Fund (COF) in order to minimize tuition costs.
  • The grades earned at the college will be reflected on the WPHS transcript regardless of the student’s pass/fail status.
  • All deadlines will apply. No exceptions.

Advanced Placement Courses

Students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses must sign up for and complete the AP exam in accordance with the College Board policies, procedures, and deadlines. AP fees are collected at registration and are non-refundable. The student is responsible for the cost of the exam. Hardship scholarships may be available for those in need. If students do not complete the AP exam, the weight of the AP course (5.0) will be changed to an Honors weight (4.5). The student’s transcript will be changed to reflect this for both semesters as well.

  • AP English Literature
  • AP English Language
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Biology
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics 2
  • AP Physics C
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP United States History
  • AP United States Government and Politics
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science Principles

Concurrent Enrollment

Woodland Park High School offers several opportunities to earn college credit by taking a college level class either on the WPHS campus or through Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC). The following courses are available to students with no cost for tuition:

  • English 121: Composition 1
  • Literature 115: Intro to Literature
  • Math 121 : College Level Algebra

Dual Enrollment

Woodland Park High School offers several additional dual enrollment college options. Students may enroll in these courses and choose to pay additional fees for post-secondary college credit transcripted by the partner university or college:

  • Pro-Start Culinary Program
  • French III & IV
  • Honors Pre-Calculus
  • College Bound Artist
  • AP Calculus A-B
  • Project Lead the Way
  • Graphic Design
  • Any other course that might have an option for post secondary transcripting

A student who chooses not to take the course for college credit will not pay the associated fees and the course will be entered on the HS transcript as an honors course. Students will receive a weighted grade for successful completion of the course - either 5 point scale (college transcripted) or 4.5 (WPHS honors class transcripted).

Career Start

Career Start is a junior/senior high school program that allows eligible juniors/seniors to take a year or two of college classes at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC). Career Start inspires high school students to start exploring career opportunities, gaining knowledge and skills toward their career goals, and earning college credits and certificates while attending WPHS. Students will earn high school and college credits through PPCC.

Students enroll in PPCC Career Start as part of their daily high school schedule, attending PPCC Monday through Friday 9:00-11:40 am. Transportation to and from the college each day is provided by district bus. The training sessions are conducted in classrooms, laboratories, and community agencies.

To qualify for Career Start, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be on track to graduate in their graduation year
  • Have an excellent attendance and behavior record
  • Apply for Career Start through an application process and be accepted

Career Start Program Offerings

  • Automotive Collision Technology*
  • Automotive Service Technology*
  • Construction
  • Criminal Justice*
  • Culinary Arts*
  • Cyber Security
  • Diesel Power Technology*
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Fire Science Technology
  • Health Careers*
  • Health Science Technology
  • Interior Design*
  • Multimedia Graphic Design*
  • Radio & Television*
  • Welding*
  • Zoo Keeping*

*2-year program. Students may attend 1 or 2 years of these programs

Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment (ASCENT)

ASCENT is a fifth-year high school program that allows eligible seniors to take a year of college classes at Pikes Peak Community College. ASCENT students do not attend high school classes.

Woodland Park School District will pay the student’s PPCC tuition.

To qualify for ASCENT, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete at least 12 transcripted college credits before the end of their senior year
  • Meet WPHS graduation requirements by the end of their senior year
  • Meet career and college readiness in English and math
  • Be accepted into PPCC and meet prerequisites, including required test scores for college courses
  • Be under 21 and not participated in the ASCENT program previously
  • Apply for the ASCENT program through an application process and be accepted

Off Campus Higher Ed Dual Enrollment Option

If a student qualifies due to exceptional circumstances, Woodland Park School District will pay tuition for up to two approved classes per semester, according to the following guidelines:

  • WPHS course sequences must be exhausted
  • Courses can only be selected with the approval of the student’s counselor, must reflect the student’s Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP), and must be applicable to earning a degree or certificate. Course selection must coincide with stated post-secondary goals.
  • Parents will need to pay for the college courses up front, and then will be reimbursed once the student completes the college course with a C or better. Students need to forward their college transcript and the college bill to their counselor for reimbursement.

Off HS Campus Higher Ed Transfer

Eligible high school juniors and seniors may choose to enroll in classes at local colleges to earn college and high school credit while still enrolled in high school. Classes may be taken at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS), Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC), or at another accredited college or university. All tuition, transportation, books, fees, and miscellaneous fees for enrollment at the college are the sole responsibility of the student. The student shall provide an official copy of their transcript upon completion to transfer credit. All classes taken must meet a student’s Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP) or post-secondary goals. Preapproval for coursework is recommended.