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College Credit

CPS high school students can take rigorous college-level academic classes and earn college credit at no cost prior to starting their postsecondary education.

CPS is committed to helping students get a head start on earning college credit while they are still in high school. Opportunities to study at the college level and earn college credits can help reduce the costs of postsecondary education, prepare students for the overall higher education experience, and enhance college applications.

Explore CPS college credit options to find the right fit for your student's qualifications and schedule.

College Credit Options

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

    Academically prepared students can earn college credit while completing high school graduation requirements by taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses at their high school.


  • IB Credit

    International Baccalaureate (IB) programs provide students with opportunities to earn college credit while in high school.


  • Early College Programs

    Early College Programs offer opportunities for high school students to complete free college coursework and earn college credit before high school graduation. Explore programs including Dual Enrollment, Dual Credit, and Jumpstart Pathways.


  • Programming Pathways

    Each High School offers different course equivalents for ECC, AP, and IB, as well as other unique course offerings. 


Advanced Learning and Specialty Programs

42 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Maram Sweis
Manager of Advanced Learning (for Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate support)

Brittany Guy
Senior Manager of Specialty Programs (for Personalized Learning, Magnet, or Gifted support)

Preston Lewis
Manager of MSAP Programs (for Magnet Schools Assistance Program support)

Laura Massier
Manager of Incubation & Certification (for support with implementing new programming and program certification)

Errika Baker
Executive Director of Advanced Learning & Specialty Programs (for escalations)