Start earning college credit now! Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) offers programs that allow high school students to explore majors, earn college credit and prepare for their future.
The following programs are available to public high school students age 16 or older as well as some private school students.
Early College Access Program (previously Jump Start)
Sponsored by AACC and Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), high school students can earn college credit that may be transferred to a four-year college or university. Students pay only 50 percent of the tuition for qualifying courses. Some courses are available for dual credit which means high school students can earn both high school and college credit for approved courses which are either not available at their current high school or for which they do not have access.
Program Pathways is an initiative between AACC and AACPS in which high school students can earn AACC credit for successfully completing specific Program Pathways through their current high schools in areas including business, engineering, information technologies, health and human services.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses can grant high school students AACC credit.
Gifted and Talented Program
The Gifted and Talented program is the only program in which students under age 16 may be eligible to take college credit courses. (This is different from AACC's noncredit courses for gifted and talented students offered through the through the EXPLORE program.)
High school students with a minimum 3.0 GPA at the end of their junior year may apply for early admission to AACC with permission from their high school.