The ASCENT (Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment) Program is a “5th Year scholarship Program” that allows high school seniors to remain enrolled at the high school and take a fifth year consisting entirely of college classes.

The Benefits:

  • Take college coursework immediately following your senior year of high school
  • Tuition paid by your school district
  • Earn an Associate’s Degree or transfer your credits to a four-year college

To get started, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Meet the eligibility requirements

  • Talk with your high school counselor to see if you are eligible to participate in ASCENT
  • Meet all high school district graduation requirements
  • Complete 12 college credits by senior year of high school
  • Be selected for participation by your high school principal
  • Be at college level in English and Math (These are the minimum score requirements-higher level math prerequisites will vary).
ACT English Math SAT Verbal Math Accuplacer English Math
18 19 470 500 SS: 95 EA: 85

Step 2: Fill out the paperwork

Step 3: Fill out the applications

  • Complete the free Red Rocks Community College application for admission and the College Opportunity Fund applications. Click here to start your application.
  • Please note that you may already have a RRCC account established if you registered for Concurrent Enrollment credits through your high school.

Step 4: Complete online orientation

Step 5: Complete the assessment process

  • Complete Academic Assessment by submitting your ACT/SAT scores or come in to take the academic placement test. Click here for testing information.
  • Contact the Assessment Center to determine if your scores have already been submitted to the college: (303) 914-6720.

Step 6: Complete the FAFSA application for federal student aid

Step 7: Visit the Red Rocks High School Relations Office

  • Meet with a High School Relations representative to submit your paperwork, discuss your scores, and register for courses.

Click here to view ASCENT Guidelines

Click here to download the ASCENT Checklist pdf