Dual Enrollment Overview
Maricopa Community Colleges and Gilbert Public Schools have designed a cooperative program that allows students to earn both high school and college credits.
These classes are held on the high school campus as part of the regular school day. Dual credit classes will only be offered if a qualified teacher is available. If students are to receive community college credit, they must pay community college tuition. They may also need to pass the EdReady test.
Parents/students will self register for courses and pay using the Student Information Center at the time of registration. Upon successful completion of these courses, students may transfer credits to other colleges or universities. It is the students'responsibility to find out if in-state universities accept credits. Students should check the transferability of their courses to in-state universities. Acceptance and applicability of transfer credits by out-of-state universities vary by institution.
Courses, which may be offered for community college credit, are noted in the description of each course in the Course Description Book and are noted as “dual credit”. S/U grade option will not be allowed for these courses.
Get help with Dual Enrollment costs
Concerned about the cost of Dual Enrollment? If you’re a high school student enrolled in CGCC’s Dual Enrollment program, you can apply for Dual Enrollment Tuition Assistance to help.
Placement and Testing
GPA can now be used as a way to meet the prerequisites for some dual enrollment classes. As an example, juniors and seniors can use an unweighted GPA for classes (except 200 and above level Math). For 200 and above level Math students will still need to meet the required prerequisite or score high enough on the math placement test. Multiple Measures for Math will no longer be needed.
In order for students to be eligible to use their unweighted GPA, they must have completed at least 2 years of high school. Because of this, freshmen and sophomores will still be required to take the appropriate placement test for their classes.
For a class that has no prerequisites, students will need to provide proof of some form of testing (PSAT, SAT, ACT, AZMerit, Accuplacer) or they will need to take the Reading Accuplacer. This is in compliance with the State Statute for Under 18 Admissions.
If you have any questions or need guidance on dual enrollment options contact your teacher or school counselor for guidance.
Advanced Placement (AP)
The Benefits of AP
High school students across the country and around the world take AP courses and exams to challenge themselves, explore their interests, and earn college credit and placement. AP can give you:A Head Start in High School
Get a taste of college-level work while developing the academic skills you’ll need for college success. You might even discover your career path.An Edge in College
Your AP Exam scores can earn you college credit before you set foot on campus—and let you skip introductory college courses.
Achieving a College Education (ACE)
The Achieving a College Education Program (ACE) is a nationally recognized program that targets students who may not consider going to college and attaining a baccalaureate degree to be an achievable goal. Upon graduation from high school an ACE student may earn up to 24 transferable college credits.
- Is designed to help students make a smooth transition from high school through the community colleges on to a university and completion of a bachelor’s degree.
- Recruits high school students in their sophomore year to participate in the program in their high school junior and senior years.
- ACE students are enrolled in concurrent college courses as high school juniors and seniors
- Students attend college classes during the summer and on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters
- Students can earn up to 24 college credits by the time they graduate from high school
- Maricopa ACE now serves over 100 high schools
- From 1988-2016 ACE has served over 16,000 students.
Hoop of Learning
Serving Native Americans in Higher Education
Maricopa Community College Hoop of Learning is an early high school-to-college bridge program available at all 10 colleges. Since its establishment in 1995, its intention is to reduce economic and cultural barriers that American Indians may face, while helping high school students transition into college. The program is indigenous by design, based on a traditional Native American worldview of a circle, or hoop, of lifelong development. Its mission is to encourage, enable, and create conditions that empower American Indian students to complete high school and transition successfully to higher education.