Community College of Philadelphia

Early Scholars Program – college credit for high school

Posted on August 14, 2017

Early Scholars Program
Earn College Credit While Finishing High School — At No Cost!

If you are entering 11th or 12th grade, you may be eligible to take college courses at Community College of Philadelphia and earn up to 12 credits a year. You will not pay for tuition, books or fees, and you can choose from a variety of courses.

What Are the Advantages?

  • Get a head start on your college education and earn credits for free
  • Courses may fulfill both high school graduation and college credit requirements
  • Learn what taking a college course is like so you will be better prepared for higher education
  • Reduce or eliminate the need for developmental courses in college once you graduate from high school.

How We Help You Achieve Success

College staff will be dedicated to answering your questions and can direct you to several support services offered at the College:

  • Free tutoring at the Learning Labs
  • Guidance about academic and personal goals from academic advisors
  • Access to email, the Internet and printing at computing centers
  • Excellent resources and study spaces at the College’s Library
  • Any necessary accommodations through the Center on Disability


  • Courses are held at all four Community College of Philadelphia locations.

Entrance Requirements

You must meet the following criteria for enrollment:

  • Live in Philadelphia and attend a School District of Philadelphia public or charter high school
  • Be an 11th grade or 12th grade student
  • Complete the Early Scholars program application, including a section signed by a parent or guardian, and a district official and school principal
  • Take the College’s placement assessment and place at appropriate levels (Level 4 or higher on English and Math 017or higher)
  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, verified by a designated school official
  • No record of serious absenteeism or other attendance issues while in high school
  • No record of serious disciplinary infractions while in high school
  • Not enrolled in any other of the College’s dual enrollment programs, such as Advance at College, Summer ACE, Gateway to College, and special early and middle college partnerships

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