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Early College Programs for High School Students

Shavon Taylor
District Director, Early College Programs

High school juniors and seniors may have the opportunity to enroll in college level courses before graduation.  This can reduce both the amount of time and money needed to complete your two-year and four-year degree.  In addition, students that earn college credit in high school are more likely to graduate high school and continue ​thro​ugh college. Students at participating high schools may elect to take a CCC college course at their school; or students can take a class at one of the seven CCC campuses while they are still enrolled in high school.   

Early College Opportunities:   

Dual Enrollment (DE)   

High school juniors and seniors can take a college class at one of the City Colleges of Chicago for FREE!  Students can enroll in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Students in Dual Enrollment frequently enroll in English, Mathematics, Foreign Languages, Science, and Literature. Students can also enroll in career pathway courses including Automotive, Business, Early Childhood Development, Logistics, and Information Technology.   

Maps of the Chicago Public High Schools located near one of the City Colleges of Chicago:   
Charter / Contract Options High SchoolsCharter / Contract / Options High Schools

Dual​ Credit (DC)

The City Colleges of Chicago has partnered with a number of high schools to offer college credit classes for juniors and seniors at the high school.  Participating students will receive both college and high school credit for their work.  High Schools interested in becoming a Dual Credit partner should contact City Colleges of Chicago at 773-COLLEGE or​ for details.                                              


Students must be a least a junior or senior in high school by the time they start a Dual Credit or Dual Enrollment class. If student is younger than 16 and not a high school junior, the student must demonstrate​ college readiness in Math, Reading and Writing as well as obtain permission from the College President to participate.​                                                                             
Most courses require that students be college-ready as demonstrated by the ACT, SAT, or the CCC Placement Test. (See cutoff scores below). Before taking the test, make sure you prepare.   
​CCC Placement Test
Exam​ Score Placeme​nt Level
Reading To Write (RTW)​ ​6 English 101
ALEKS​ 46+​​​​​ ​Math 118
​ACT & SAT English Placement Scores ​ ​
​ACT English Score ​SAT Placement Level
Spring 2019 and previous: 540>
Beginning Summer 2019: 480>

             English 101            

ACT Math Score​ ​SAT Math Score Mathematics Course Placement​


Math​ 118
Math 121
                   Math 125                   
       Math 140           
Math 143   
High school students may be able to receive college credit for work that was completed in high school.  The City Colleges of Chicago is working with Chicago Public Schools to create articulation agreements in Career and Technical Education (CTE) areas.  Upon successful completion of their high school course work, students may receive college credit upon enrollment at the City Colleges of Chicago.   

Faculty & Staff

CCC College DE Coordinators Phone Number Fax Number
Daley Raeann Gist 773-838-7729 773-838-7605
Harold Washington Kim Bowens 312-553-5666 312-553-5868
Kennedy-King Brianna McClay 773-602-5037 773-602-5120
Malcolm X Jesus Magana​ 312-850-7340 312-850-7338
Olive-Harvey Holly Washington 773-291-6478 773-291-6599​
Truman Erika Littles 773-907-4399 773-506-3855
Wright Mila Simeonovska 773-481-8234 773-481-8817
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Contact Information

(312) 553-3483


Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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