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Dual Credit with CPS High Schools

​Through a partnership with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and City Colleges of Chicago, high school students can take courses for both high school graduation credit and c​ollege credit, free of charge.                                    

Participating high schools offer CCC college courses that are General Education requirements for most degrees.  Students at these high schools typically have access to courses such as Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, English, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Mathematics, Physics and Social Sciences.  Courses are weighted as advanced placement courses and can enhance the G.P.A. of the students.                                                                              ​                    

The goal of these courses is to provide rigor that will prepare students for the college experience. CCC works with each high school to ensure the courses meet the same standards as courses taken at a CCC campus. Dual Credit courses are taught by CCC-qualified instructors who require high school students to work at the college level and complete the same coursework as students at our college ​campuses.                                                      

Students who take these courses may find that colleges are very interested in students who have already proven their readiness for college by passing such courses prior to high school graduation. Students can then walk into college with several General Education classes completed, thus decreasing the time to college graduation and money needed for tuition!       

How Do You Qualify?

  • Be a junior or senior in high school 
  • ​​​Submit a signed parental permission form
  • Submit a copy of your high school ID card
  • Before taking the test, make sure you prepare
  • Most courses require that students be college-ready as demonstrated by the ACT, SAT, or the CCC Placement Test (see cut off scores below)
CCC Placement Test​​​ ​ ​
​Exam Score Placement Level
​Reading To Write (RTW) 6 ​English 101
​ALEKS ​46+ ​Math 118
ACT & SAT English Placement Scores ​ ​
​ACT English Score ​SAT  Placement Level

Spring 2019 and previous: 540>
Beginning Summer 2019: 480>

​English 101
ACT Math Score​ ​SAT Math Score Mathematics Course Placement​


Math 118
Math 121
Math 125
Math 140
​Math 143

How Do You Enroll?    

  • Speak with your counselor or college coach to determine if CCC Dual Credit is available at your high school
  • Confirm your readiness for college level course work via the ACT or SAT
  • Complete CCC application online 
  • Have a parent sign the permission form

 Once Enrolled. . .                                                                                                   

 Dual Credit students will receive the following from their high school and CCC:               

  • CCC student ID number
  • CCC photo ID
  • CCC student email account
  • A visit to CCC wihich will include an introduction and access to CCC student resources such as:
    • Tutoring
    • Advising
    • Career Counseling

Students in Dual Credit courses must pass the course with a grade of "C" or better to receive college credit for the course. If a grade of "D" is passing at a particular high school, the student will earn high school graduation credit, but not college credit.                                                                                                  

To determine if your high school is a Dual Credit partner high school, review the list of CPS Dual Credit Partner High Schools​​. If your school is not yet a Dual Credit partner, consider taking a Dual Enrollment​ course at a CCC college.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​  ​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​

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