Early College Credit

High school students can get a jump start on post-secondary success by earning college credit through CTE courses at their home high schools through multiple methods: articulation agreements, concurrent enrollment, and dual enrollment options.

  • Articulated courses have been deemed equivalent to college courses but students have to enroll at the college later and request that credit be applied.
  • Concurrent or dual enrollment means a student is enrolled in both a high school and a college at the same time.
  • Dual credit means the course actively earns both high school graduation credit as well as college credit at the same time.

Articulated courses are based on faculty-to-faculty agreements between high school CTE instructors and college faculty members. These are formal agreements that align courses for equivalency purposes. Students who complete articulated courses with A or B final grades may submit proof of completion for transcripted college credit when they later matriculate at the college campus with the agreement in place.

Concurrent enrollment involves students individually registering for college classes outside their school day and requires permissions from parents and school guidance and/or administrative staff.

Dual credit courses are based on California Assembly Bill 288. Garden Grove USD has CCAP Agreements with all three regional community college districts within our district boundaries that enable these course offerings.

Assembly Bill 288, the College and Career Access Pathways Act 

  • Encourages partnerships between high school districts and colleges
  • Offers college-level courses at home high school or on college campus
  • High school students may take college course work for credit at no cost
  • College courses on high school campuses are closed to outside students

 Research indicates that high school students in dual credit courses are:

  • More likely to graduate, enroll in college, and persist in college.
  • Less likely to need remediation at college.
  • Able to earn more college credits than those who did not earn dual credit

Click here for a current list of CTE courses with active articulation agreements.

Click here for a list of dual credit CTE courses offered in 2019-20.