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College Credit Programs

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

AP courses are rigorous academic programs available to students who demonstrate interest in the opportunity to pursue challenging college-level classes. The College Board’s AP courses are offered in a wide variety of subjects that students can take while still in high school. They offer demanding course work through a college course experience while in high school. Through AP's college-level courses and exams, students can earn college credit and/or advanced placement while standing out in the college admission process. College Board offers a series of examinations in May of each year to students who have taken Advanced Placement course work.

AP courses can help students acquire the skills and habits necessary to be successful in post-secondary education. 

More information is available in the Program of Studies.

The University of Connecticut Early College Experience (ECE) Program

The Early College Experience program (ECE) is offered by UConn. This program, which is offered in high schools around the state, allows students to receive both high school credit and college credit.

  • Students may take the Early College Experience program courses if they meet all the prerequisites of the department and the university.
  • Student must register in advance. Registration is facilitated through the classroom and School Counseling Office
  • Courses are taught by staff members who are also adjunct professors for UConn.
  • Students must maintain a grade of C or better to be awarded the university’s credits.
  • Upon successful completion of a UConn/ECE course, students may request a transcript from UConn.
  • UConn credits are accepted at many colleges and universities across the country.
  • Students must register in the UConn/ECE program prior to the start of the course and are financially responsible for all fees associated with the course. A $25.00 per credit fee* is charged for changes made during the add/drop period in September.

All fees for courses dropped after the UConn add/drop period deadline are non-refundable.

More information is available in the Program of Studies.

College and Career Pathways (CCP) Program

The CCP Program is a regionally recognized option that enables students to receive community college credit while completing high school courses. The CCP Program is offered in various career cluster areas for students who wish to pursue coursework directly related to a specific career pathway. This program provides the benefit of earning community college credits in select career and technical education courses through a partnership with the community college system. West Hartford Public Schools is aligned with Capital Community College (CCC), but because the CCP Program is a regional program out-of-state universities and private colleges may also accept CCP Program credit. The purpose of this program is to encourage students to continue their post-secondary education while concentrating on a specific pathway interest. There is no fee required for participation and students do not have to attend CCC during their enrollment in the CCP Program. Upon completion of a CCP course or courses, students may request an official transcript directly from Capital Community College.

Students enrolled in this program are required to specialize in a technical area and take at least one course in that technical area.

Technical Course Areas
Choose one option from the 2 pathway areas:

1. Business & Finance course option (refer to the Business & Finance section of this booklet)

  • Financial Literacy
  • Accounting

2. Technology & Engineering course option (refer to the Technology & Engineering section)

  • Game & Web Design

The following course is also eligible for College Career Pathways credit, but must be accompanied by a CTE technical course during grades 10-12:

  • Algebra II (L1 or L2)

In order to register for the College Career Pathways Program students should:

  • be in their freshman, sophomore or junior year
  • meet with their school counselor to plan their CCP Program
  • enroll in one of the technical courses listed in your sophomore, junior or senior year

Off-Campus College Credit Programs

In certain circumstances, students may be allowed to earn credit for courses provided by schools or programs outside of West Hartford Public Schools. College credit partnership programs exist for qualified high school students with the skill and motivation to pursue college level work. WHPS has a specific articulation program with Central Connecticut State University. Additionally, the University of Hartford, Capital Community and Goodwin Colleges each offer high school partnership programs. These programs permit qualified students to take one freshman level college course per semester through their college/university. College credit plus credit toward graduation from WHPS are granted for successful completion of the work. These courses are intended as enrichment courses for advanced students who are looking for additional challenge and background for later college work.

Courses taken “off-campus” may not be substituted for courses presently offered by WHPS. Online and summer courses taken in other districts need prior approval before registration. All fees are the responsibility of the student and family.

Tuition in most partnership programs is free. However, students will be required to pay a registration fee plus the cost of the books and any lab fee and must arrange their own transportation. See your school counselor for details regarding these and other college programs.