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Consider getting a jump start on college by knocking out a general education credit or exploring a course in your desired field.

While in high school, you’ll be able to take classes for free and get your feet wet on what college courses are like. Remember, though, your grade is part of your college transcript, so choose wisely and apply yourself! We recommend working with your admissions advisor to pick out the right classes for you. 

Learn more about enrolling in ECAP.

AACC Courses at Southern High School

While you can take any classes that you are eligible for at any of our locations, the pathway below offers some courses on location at Southern High School.

Did you know you can earn AACC credit toward a Graphic and Web Design – Visual Arts Transfer (A.A.)? In addition, while completing coursework, you can create a strong portfolio of work that will support future endeavors whether you plan to apply to an art school, a four-year graphic design or other art program, or complete your Graphic and Web Design – Visual Arts Transfer (A.A.) at AACC.

Fall, junior year:

  • ART-100 – Two-Dimensional Design

Spring, junior year:

  • ANT 121 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG-101/101A)

Fall, senior year:

Open enrollment at AACC or online

  • ART-120 – Digital Photography 1
  • ART-106 – Introduction to Digital Design

Spring, senior year:

Open enrollment at AACC or online

  • ART-170 – Web Design 1
  • ART-166 – Graphic Design 1 (Recommended prerequisite: ART-106)

Note: Throughout this program, students will need access to the most up-to-date Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. 

Earn College Credit at CAT-South

Students attending the Center for Applied Technology-South (CAT-South) can earn college credits by enrolling in selected AACPS Career Technology Education (CTE) programs. You then just need to successfully complete your CAT- South program, and earn a C or better on the AACC college proficiency assessment(s).* Grades below C will not be reflected on your AACC college transcript. 

*The Childhood Development program requires a grade of "B" or better to earn proficiency credit.

More Opportunities at Southern

You can earn proficiency credit by completing this CTE program at Southern High School:

Early Childhood Education: Child Development Associate (CDA)

The Early Childhood Education/Child Care Services program follows the high school Child Development Associate (CDA) Program of the National Credentialing Program. The CDA is nationally transferable, most widely recognized, credible and valid credential in the Early Childhood Education field. Students may earn the CDA in center-based programs, family child care and home visitors. Students complete 120 clock hours of child development education and 480 hours of experience working directly with children in licensed facilities. In addition to industry certification, students can also earn college credit.

For more information, contact your high school counselor or email Melanie Coleman, Instructional Pathways and Partnerships, Secondary, at

Food and Beverage Management: ProStart

The ProStart program introduces high school students to a variety of careers within the restaurant, food service and hospitality industry. Students will study and practice professional food preparation, preparation of international cuisines, food safety and sanitation, customer service relations, accounting, cost control and marketing, and will receive an introduction to aspects of lodging management. Students will follow the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation industry standard curriculum with the potential to earn a ProStart and ServSafe certification.

For information, contact your high school counselor or email  Melanie Coleman, Instructional Pathways and Partnerships, Secondary, at


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