Grandview tops the 2015 list of Colorado public high schools with the highest number students participating in Concurrent Enrollment to earn college credit while in still in high school, according to a report by the Colorado Department of Education.
Overland and Cherokee Trail high schools placed third and fourth respectively. Overall, the Cherry Creek School District ranked fourth statewide with 1,905 students participating in the program.
Of the top ten school districts with students participating concurrent enrollment, the Cherry Creek School District has the most high schools making the list.
Classes are taught at the high school by teachers who are certified to teach college level classes in partnership with both two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Overall, 92% of students taking the classes pass to earn college credit.
Students can take academic classes like College Composition and Reading, or skill-based courses like Computer Aided Drawing and Engineering Drawing/Design to earn credit for industry certificates.
"It's a great opportunity for students to have another pathway to post-secondary success," Cherry Creek School District Executive Director of High Schools, Ron Peterson, said. "The numbers of students wanting to take concurrent enrollment classes continues to grow. We've done a great job of implementing new programs to create additional career pathways."
Because of the growing demand for skill-based classes, the Long Range Facility and Planning Committee has recommended the construction of a Career Academy to prepare students for post-secondary education and careers. In April, the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education called for a bond and budget election to fund the Concurrent Enrollment project.