Gateways: Program Progression

The following gateways of progression through the program have been established to allow for maximum student success. Please note that colleges and universities only accept courses for transfer in which a grade of C or better has been earned. Acceptance into the Advance College Academy is the first of several gates leading to the conferment of the associate’s degree in May of 12th grade.

Acceptance into the Advance College Academy – this is contingent upon successful completion of 8th grade coursework required for acceptance.

Applying to Reynolds Community College – This takes place early in 10th grade and requires participation from both parents and students to complete the application process.

English Placement Testing – This is required of any high school student taking a college English class. Testing is accomplished as a cohort, at Reynolds, on a Saturday morning in February of 10th grade.  Any student who does not receive satisfactory scores in writing and reading comprehension must wait 4 months and retest.  No student is permitted to remain in ACA without satisfactory scores by August 15th prior to the start of 11th grade .

Math Placement Testing – This is required of any high school student taking a college math class. Testing is accomplished as portions of the cohort, at Tucker High School, on two weekdays in March of 10th grade.  Any student who does not receive a score and placement into Reynolds math 167 or higher must wait 4 months and retest.  No student is permitted to remain in ACA without a satisfactory score by August 15th prior to the start of 11th grade .

Summer Courses – The design of the Advance College Academy includes two one credit classes taken, on campus at Reynolds, as a cohort during the summer before the start of 11th grade. SDV 100, College Success Skills, and HLT 115, Intro to Personal and Community Health, are taken in the a 3-week summer session. Dates, on average, run from the week after the fourth of July through the end of July. Students are permitted to continue in ACA, earning a B or better, in both classes, before starting 11th grade.

Reynolds Fine Arts or Humanities Elective – Students choose from one of over 20 courses that satisfy a 3 credit elective requirement of the associate’s degree.  This course is taken in the evening or online through Reynolds. It is recommended that the student take this course during the summer. No student is permitted to remain in ACA who has not completed an approved elective with a grade of C or better by August 15th prior to the start of 12th grade.

Introduction to Computers ITE 115 – Students will seek to earn these credits by taking and achieving 70% or higher on the ITE Credit by Able exam.  This is to be accomplished prior to the start of 11th grade. The cost of the test is about $30 and at the family’s expense. If a student is unable to test out after two attempts, that students will take this semester long, 3 credit course online prior to the start of 12th grade. There is a cost to the family.

Course Grades and GPA requirements – Because the goals of this program are college and career readiness as well as completion of an associate’s degree, students in grades 9 through 12 must maintain a 3.0 unweighted GPA at marking period, semester, and end of course. Continued inability to maintain an unweighted 3.0 GPA, with intervention, may be removed from the program.