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

Click here to download the Schedule Questionnairpdf