Welcome to Early College

Overview

The Early College program encompasses Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and concurrent enrollment (CE) programs. Early college high schools leverage their proximity to their University partner to provide students with consistent college experience and credit.

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP offers high school students worldwide the opportunity to take college-level courses while attending secondary school. AP courses are invariably more rigorous than other high school offerings. To participate in an AP class is to enter a world of intense discussion and thought. Students are given the intellectual responsibility to think critically, rationally and analytically to gain a more profound understand of course content. Such intellectual training inevitably helps students succeed in college where these skills are essential. In fact, a recent United States Department of Education study shows that participation in AP and other challenging high school courses is one of the strongest predictors of college success.

Administrative Rules

R277-701: Early College Programs
Utah State Board of Education Administrative Rules

Brochures

Advanced Placement (AP) Programs (Parents)

Advanced Placement (AP) Programs (Students)

Student Resources

CollegeBoard

AP Central: Supporting Students from Day One to Exam Day

A not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 4,500 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, The College Board serves over three million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, and the Advanced Placement (AP) Program. The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities, and concerns.

AP Annual Conference: Announcement

AP Students: AP Courses and Exams

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Accommodations on College Board Exams

Teacher and Counselor Resources

CollegeBoard

AP Central: Supporting Students from Day One to Exam Day

The official online home for anyone interested in or involved with the Pre-AP or AP programs. General information about the AP program is also available from this website. You will need to register to access the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on AP courses and exams, as well as unique resources and tools.

AP Central: AP Course and Exam Pages

There is a lot more to an AP exam than meets the eye. In this section we provide a glimpse behind the scenes of the two-year development process of one of the largest exam administrations in the world.

AP Central: Exam Dates and Fees

The AP coordinator notifies AP students of where and exactly when the exams they are taking will be given. Exam proctors should allow about an hour for various pre- and post-administration activities and from two to three hours for each AP exam.

Test Ordering Services

Concurrent Enrollment (CE)

The purpose of Concurrent Enrollment is to provide a challenging college-level experience for students in their last two years of high school. Course offerings in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Fine Arts, Humanities, World Languages, Career and Technical programs, and Education have been implemented in high schools throughout the state. Last year, more than 27,000 high school juniors and seniors in our state earned over 188,000 college level credit hours.

To register for concurrent enrollment courses, students must meet with a high school counselor. Registration for concurrent enrollment is a two-part process. First, students need parental permission to register for a CE course. That documentation must be provided to their high school. Secondly, students will be required to complete an application for the institution of higher learning that is offering the course. There may be a one-time application fee charged by the institution. This fee will not have to be paid a second time should a student choose to attend this institution as a higher education student after graduation.

Students who need additional assistance with the CE application process should speak to their high school counselor or CE course instructor.

Utah Concurrent Enrollment 2020-2021 Handbook

Annual Reports

Concurrent Enrollment Annual Report Academic Year 2017-2018

Utah State Board of Education and Utah System of Higher Education 2019-2020 Concurrent Enrollment Summary Data
November 11, 2020

Forms

Right of First Refusal Agreement for Face-to-Face Concurrent Enrollment Courses for Academic Year 2020-2021
Utah System of Higher Education (USHE)

Master List

Concurrent Enrollment Master List
StepUp to Higher Education

Resources

Career and College Building Blocks

Career Pathways
Utah State Board of Education Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Concurrent Enrollment General Education Pathway Academic Year 2017-2018

Concurrent Enrollment Geographic Service Areas

Concurrent Enrollment Question and Answers for Counselors

Fiscal Year 2021 Concurrent Enrollment (CE) Quantitative Literacy (QL) Math Advisement Document For Counselors and Teachers

Transfer Credit: Common Questions

Utah Systems of Higher Education Geographic Service Areas/Undergraduate Credit

Rules and Codes

R165: Concurrent Enrollment

R277-701: Early College Programs
Utah State Board of Education Administrative Rules

Training

USBE CE Form Training
Please refer to page 23 of the Utah Concurrent Enrollment 2020-2021 Handbook for a description of the process for creating a new CE course.

Early College High School (ECHS)

Early College High School provide rigorous, supportive learning environments that blend high school and the first two years of college. They incorporate effective instruction and structural practices common to many small schools. The unique mission of the ECHS is to raise the high school graduation and postsecondary success rates of underserved youth.

Utah has six ECHS operating in partnership with seven of the state's higher education colleges and universities. These public charter high schools combine traditional high school classes, Concurrent Enrollment classes, and Early College on-campus classes to accelerate their student's progress. A large percentage of ECHS students graduate from high school with an associates degree. The high school pays the participating student's college tuition as part of their public education.

Students are selected by a lottery system. Students enter the schools in grades 9, 10, or 11, depending on the school. Students must meet the requirements for Concurrent Enrollment and Early College classes established by the colleges and universities. To be successful in ECHS, students must be focused, willing to devote their time to academic pursuits, and have a strong work ethic.

The program allows ECHS students to move into the college experience gradually over two or three years. Throughout their school experience, there are academic and social supports available that help students succeed. The small size of ECHS and the opportunity for students to participate in a collaborative learning environment becomes a powerful motivator for students. If you are interested in an ECHS experience, contact any one of the ECHS.

Resources

Academy for Math, Engineering and Science (AMES)

Intech Collegiate High School

Itineris Early College High School

Northern Utah Academy for Math, Engineering and Science (NUAMES)

Success Academy

Utah County Academy of Sciences (UCAS)

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate consists of four programmes that encompass ages 3-19:

  • Primary Years Programme (Ages 3-12)
  • Middle Years Programme (Ages 12-16)
  • Diploma Programme (Ages 16-19)
  • Career-related Programme (Ages 16-19)

All four programmes require study in a broad range of subjects including content in cultural education. Special emphasis in language acquisition and language development, the development in the skills of learning, opportunities for individual and collaborative planning as well as a community service component requiring action and reflection, complement the course of study in the IB programmes.

If you have questions, please contact Christy Schreck at (801) 538-7935 or via e-mail at christy.schreck@schools.utah.gov.

Primary Years Programme | Middle Years Programme | Diploma Programme | Career-related Programme
International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)

Utah PRIME Pilot Program

The Utah PRIME Pilot Program is an opportunity for students to earn their first credentials while still in high school by participating in advanced courses (Concurrent Enrollment (CE) and Career and Technology Education (CTE)) prior to postsecondary schooling. There are three different levels of certificates in the Utah Prime Pilot Program – the Launch, the Discover, and the Transform Credentials. The pinnacle of these credentials allows for the earning of a General Education Certificate of Completion that is transferable across Utah's institutions of higher education. Additionally, these credentials will make it possible for students to earn industry certifications through CTE course pathways in high school and local technical colleges preparing them for employment opportunities after graduation.

Policy

House Bill (H.B.) 336: Concurrent Enrollment Certificate Pilot Program
Utah State Legislature

R277-721: Utah PRIME Pilot Program
Utah State Board of Education Administrative Rules

Application

Utah PRIME Pilot Program Grant and Application Information

Infographic

Utah PRIME: Priming Students for their Future

Frequently Asked Questions

Utah PRIME Pilot Program Frequently Asked Questions

Webinar

Utah Prime

For questions regarding the PRIME Program or Application, please contact Christy Schreck at  christy.schreck@schools.utah.gov or Jonathan Frey at jonathan.frey@schools.utah.gov.

Early College Team

Nathan Auck
Coordinator
Phone (801) 538-7664 | E-mail

Christy Schreck
Education Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7935 | E-mail 

Teresa Hartvigsen
Program Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7751 | E-mail

Eva Coley Mells
Executive Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7988 | E-mail