College Credit Plus (CCP or CC+)
Current Ohio law permits 7th through 12th grade students to participate in a program called College Credit Plus (formerly Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) and Dual Credit). In essence, this program enables students at Northmont to enroll in college courses for high school credit and college credit. Students may opt to take these courses 1) at a local college or university, 2) at Northmont High School (please see schedule card and Program of Studies for options; most courses available to only select sophomores, juniors, and seniors), or 3) on-line.
College Courses Offered within Northmont High School
- Open to students enrolled 7th through 12th grades.
- A participating college or university must accept the student. Qualifications and requirements are determined by the college or university. However, it is usually suggested that students have a “B” average in prior courses in the subject area.
- Students cannot participate without going through counseling services so the benefits and consequences of the program can be explained.
- All required forms completed within deadlines:
Verification of Counseling Session: Immediately following counseling session
Applications: All applications/supporting materials due to Counseling Center in April (Date to be Announced)!
Once students apply, they must adhere to all college deadlines regarding placement testing, registering, etc.
Criteria Considered for Acceptance
- Student’s Grade Point Average
- ACT/SAT scores
- Rigor of curriculum student has taken
- Placement exams (English and Math)
- Students taking college courses through a public college or university will not be charged for tuition, books, or fees.
- Students taking courses through a private college may be charged based on the particular private college in accordance with the law.
- If a student does not complete the college course (fails, drops out, fails to attend, withdraws after deadline, etc.), the school district may seek reimbursement for tuition and other fees.
- Students opting to take courses at a local college or university are responsible for transportation/parking costs.
- Students opting to take on-line courses are responsible for costs of home Internet connectivity.
- The State of Ohio has determined how college credits are converted to HS credits:
2 semester hours = 2/3 of HS credit
1 semester hour = 1/3 of HS credit
- All transportation is the responsibility of the students and parents.
- The local school's responsibility ceases when the student leaves Northmont school grounds. The student is then the responsibility of the parent.
Availability Of Support Services
- The Northmont counselors will be available to advise students who wish to enroll in this program. Information may include the requirements of the program and instructions for completing applications for college courses offered within Northmont High School. Students wishing to pursue college courses on a college campus as well as on-line are responsible for contacting the college/university for information, application forms, and criteria for acceptance.
College Counseling Services
- Students will be assigned a college advisor to meet with at the college or university.
Graduation and Other Requirements
- Students who enroll in this program will be expected to meet all Northmont High School graduation requirements, and none will be waived.
- College Credit Plus does not replace the requirements to earn a high school diploma. For the Classes of 2016 and 2017, students must still pass the Ohio Graduation Tests. For the Classes of 2018 and beyond, students must take end-of-course exams and earn 18 points or more on graduation tests.
- The student is responsible for providing the Counseling Center proof of college registration and documentation of course work.
- Courses required for graduation must be completed prior to the day of graduation practice in order to participate in graduation ceremonies. Therefore, it is required that such courses be taken prior to the spring term.
- Seniors will NOT be permitted to take any courses required for graduation during 2nd Semester at a local college/university or on-line. Exception: Seniors wishing to take college courses inside the building will be permitted.
- Schedules for students will not be changed to accommodate class schedules for college classes. Students should not expect coaches or club advisors to adjust practice schedules, bus departures, team meetings, etc. to accommodate their college course schedule.
- College classes may be taken at any time of day or night. Summer courses are not eligible.
- All students with a Flash Card Pass (Early Release/Late Arrival Contract) must take a college course each term or add classes to their Northmont schedule to complete the day.
Academic And Social Impact
- College grades will be figured into the student's GPA and athletic eligibility the same as all other grades.
- Students must maintain academic eligibility to participate in athletics in accordance with the Ohio High School Athletic Association bylaws. Contact Athletic Director for specific questions.
- Students are expected to follow the rules and regulations set by the college/university. All college courses taught within the high school building must follow the same syllabi as those courses offered at the local college/university campus or on-line.
- All grades will reflect on not only a high school transcript but the student’s college transcript as well. The grades are permanent record of college courses taken by a student.
- If students wish to transfer the college credits to another college, the college receiving the credits determines what credits are accepted and how they are accepted. Please contact that college’s Office of Admissions to discuss your specific situation. Visit https://transfercredit.ohio.gov to learn more information as well.
- Participation in College Credit Plus does not guarantee admission to college after high school. Students must follow the regular undergraduate application process for whatever college they plan to attend after high school.
Benefits And Potential Risks/ConsequencesBenefits
- Enrichment of studies
- Free college credit
- Advanced standing in the first year of college
- Student not ready socially/academically
- Conflicts with extracurricular activities
- Travel and other safety factors
- Northmont class schedule conflicts
- Failing a course. Cost falls upon student/parents, and student may have to return to Northmont for remainder of school year.
- Low grades permanent record on a college transcript
- Impact on financial aid