Get College Credits in High School Through the ACE Program

Get College Credits in High School Through the ACE Program

We know that college may seem far away to many students, but at Primavera, we’re all about getting ready for the future! If you are a sophomore in high school, you have the opportunity to finish up to a year’s worth of college credits before even graduating high school through the ACE program.

The Achieving a College Education (ACE) program could be right for you if you want to get ahead on college courses while working toward your high school diploma here at Primavera. The nationwide ACE program allows students to take college courses at a community college while in high school!

If accepted into the ACE program, you have the benefit of attending smaller classes to take advantage of more personalized attention. You also get access to a mentor who will help you throughout your time in the program and you can earn up to 24 college credits transferrable to all Arizona colleges and universities as well as most others throughout the country.

In order to qualify for the ACE program, you must be a sophomore in high school and meet two of the following requirements:

  • First generation in your family to attend college
  • Living in a single parent home, foster care or temporary housing
  • Be a part of an underrepresented group
  • Going through economic hardship
  • Have a sibling or relative who was an ACE participant (Legacy)
  • Be a teen parent
  • Work 10-30 hours a week
  • Or voluntarily disclose physical/mental disabilities

The deadline to apply for the ACE program is December 5th.

Primavera has partnered with Rio Salado Community College, so you can still take all of your courses online. If you prefer to take in-person classes, you can enroll at any other Maricopa Community College. For more information on how to apply for the ACE program, email Ms. Yazzie at [email protected]



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    Emily Neider October 22, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Hello, do you have to fall under one of the categories or can you take classes because you want to get ahead in life? Thank you.

    • Primavera Online
      Primavera Online October 22, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Hi, Emily. To qualify for the ACE program, you do have to fall in two of the categories listed above. However, Primavera has other dual-credit courses available, so you can still get a head start on college credits. Thank you for your question. 🙂

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    Cornyra Iyua November 2, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    I am the first child in my family who is working my to graduate and continue my education in college. And working a job at the age of 16, to help provide food and helping paying for the bills ,but also to save money for my college. I’m trying hard to work my way in graduating high school and college. So I like to see if I’m qualified for the ACE program.

    • Primavera Online
      Primavera Online November 3, 2015 at 7:44 am

      That’s great, Cornyra! Send an email to the address listed above, and she will help answer your questions and get you started. We are proud of your hard work! Thanks for the comment. 🙂

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    Angelica Fuentes November 5, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    If I am a senior does that exclude me from this?

    • Primavera Online
      Primavera Online November 6, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Hi, Angelica. Unfortunately, the ACE program is only available for sophomores. However, you can still earn college credits in high school by taking one of our dual-enrollment courses. Thanks for the question.

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