• ASCENT is the "5th Year high school" program.  After completing high school, students can take courses for one year, full time, tuition free, at Front Range Community College or Aims Community College.


      • Has completed, or is on schedule to complete, at least 12 credit hours (semester hours or equivalent) of transcripted, credit-bearing, college-level postsecondary coursework* prior to completing his/her 12th grade year. Remedial/developmental education college courses do not qualify as part of the 12 required credits. 
        • No IB - CLEP - prior learning - experiential courses - remedial/developmental education college courses. 
      • Is college ready and not in need of basic skills coursework in selected pathway in which he/she enrolls.
      • Completes an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) prior to declaring intent to participate in ASCENT.
      • Applies to and is accepted into a postsecondary degree program at a qualified Colorado institution of higher education.
      • Has been selected for participation by his/her high school principal or equivalent school administrator.
      • Has not been designated an ASCENT program participant in any prior year (can only participate in ASCENT for 1 academic year).
      • Are required to authorize the use of your College Opportunity Fund (COF) to help pay for your college course costs at a college/university that receives COF funding. Please note that college-level credits earned through ASCENT will be deducted from the student's COF lifetime credits account maximum.
      • Complete application process during senior year.


      • There is no tuition cost for ASCENT courses, though students will have to pay for books, supplies and/or fees. The tuition bill is paid by the school district.


      • Program funding is not determined until after graduation. 
      • No access to Federal aid or scholarships during this year. 


    ASCENT paperwork: