Earn College Credit During High School
Classes Available at Kentwood & Local Community Colleges
There are many different ways Kentwood students can earn college credit while attending high school.
- Advanced Placement (AP) classes
- Career and Technical Education (CTE) Tech Prep classes
- College in the High School (CHS) classes
- Running Start program at local community colleges
Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement (AP) classes are college-level courses taught at Kentwood that prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Exam.
Colleges will grant college credit based on the student’s exam score.
Career & Technical Education (CTE) Tech Prep
Students can earn college credits through specific Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes identified as Tech Prep. College credit will be awarded to students who earn the required minimum grade, which varies from class to class.
At the end of senior year, students submit their transcripts to Green River College or Highline College to be audited for college credit earned from Tech Prep classes.
College in the High School (CHS)
Students in grades 10-12 may take University of Washington (UW) college courses taught in year-long classes at Kentwood High School. College in the High School (CHS) classes follow the same curriculum used in UW courses.
Students earn college credits by successfully completing the course and registering for UW credit. Credits earned in CHS classes can be used to complete general university requirements at UW or can be transferred to other colleges and universities.
The Running Start program allows students to earn up to 15 tuition-free college credits by taking classes at any community college in Washington State. Students and families are responsible for the cost of books, class fees, and transportation.