Concurrent enrollment allows students to take college courses while enrolled in high school.
Many FCPS students wish to experience a course on a college campus before completing high school. They find that taking a course on a college campus while in high school (concurrent enrollment) prepares them to transition to college.
High school students can take a college course for:
- College credit.
- Both high school and college credit.
In addition to the list of concurrent courses, Students may take dual enrollment classes concurrently
- Concurrent enrollment classes cannot be taken over the summer for high school credit.
- The following dual enrollment courses cannot be taken concurrently.
- AP Calculus BC DE
- AP Environmental Science DE
- IB Environmental Systems
- Societies SL DE
To get high school credit you must get permission from your high school before enrolling in the college course.
- Courses will only transfer back to the FCPS transcript if fulfilling a graduation requirement.
- Concurrent courses with a DE designation will have a 1.0 weight consistent with other college level courses.
- If a concurrent course does not have a DE designation, the course will not be weighted on the FCPS transcript, students should be prepared to send a NOVA transcript with any of their college applications.
You must take two semesters (or the equivalent) of college courses to receive a full (1.0) high school credit.
College courses taken for high school credit must meet Virginia Department of Education guidelines including:
- The college must accept the student for admission to the course or courses.
- The course or courses must be a degree credit(s) (remedial courses will not be accepted).
Scroll down for a list of reviewed college courses that are aligned to FCPS high school credits.
Students planning to use these courses to meet requirements at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) should meet with a NOVA academic advisor before enrolling in the course.
NOVA has transfer agreements with many four-year colleges and universities. Review these agreements if you are planning on transferring college credits.
Individual colleges and universities set the cost for their courses. Tuition is paid to the college or university.
FCPS Courses and Concurrent College Equivalents
|Subject Area||FCPS Course||University Courses||University|
|English||English 11 DE or 12 DE||ENG 111 and ENG 112||NOVA*|
|English 12 DE||ENG 241 and ENG 242||NOVA|
|English 12 DE||
ENG 243 and ENG 244
*ENG 112 is a prerequisite for NOVA 200 level ENG classes
|English 12 DE||
ENG 112* and one of the following:
*ENG 111 prerequisite for ENG 112. Students who achieve a 3 or higher on the AP language exam are eligible to earn credit for ENG 111.
|Speech||CST 100 and CST 110||NOVA|
|Film Study (semester)||ENG 279||NOVA|
|Electives||Architectural Drawing||ARC 123 and ARC 133||NOVA|
|Fine Arts||Art 2||ART 101 and 102||NOVA|
|Photography 1||PHT 101 and PHT 102||NOVA|
|Studio Art and Design 4||ART 131 and ART 132||NOVA|
|Mathematics||Precalculus DE||MTH 161 & 162||NOVA|
|Science||Bio DE||BIO 101 and BIO 102||NOVA|
|Chemistry 2 DE||CHM 111 and CHM 112||NOVA|
|Human Anatomy||BIO 141 and BIO 142||NOVA|
|Oceanography||GOL 111 and GOL 112||NOVA|
|Physics||PHY 101 and PHY 102||NOVA|
|Social Studies||US Government DE||GOVT 101 and GOVT 103
|US History DE||HIS 121 and HIS 122||NOVA|
|World History II DE||HIS 112 and one of the following:
HIS 102 or HIS 135 or HIS 232 or HIS 252 or HIS 254
|World History I DE||HIS 111 and one of the following:
HIS 101 or HIS 112 or HIS 203 or HIS 231 or HIS 243 or HIS 251 or HIS 253
|World Languages***||Arabic I||ARA 101 and ARA 102||NOVA|
|Arabic II||ARA 201 and ARA 202||NOVA|
|ASL I||ASL 101 and ASL 102||NOVA|
|ASL II||ASL 201 and ASL 202||NOVA|
|ASL III||ASL 261 and ASL 262||NOVA|
|French I||FRE 101 and FRE 102||NOVA|
|French II||FRE 201 and FRE 202||NOVA|
|German I||GER 101 and GER 102||NOVA|
|German II||GER 201 and GER 202||NOVA|
|German IV||GERM 210 and GERM 250||GMU|
|Japanese 1||JPN 101 and JPN 102||NOVA|
|Spanish I||SPA 101 and SPA 102||NOVA|
|Spanish II||SPA 201 and SPA 202||NOVA|
|Spanish IV||SPAN 309 (6 credits)||GMU|
|Russian I||Russian 101 and 102||NOVA|
|Russian II||Russian 201 and 202||NOVA|
|Russian III||Russian 201 and 202||GMU|
*Northern Virginia Community College
** George Mason University
****Note: Additional testing may be required in order to take a specific World Language course at NOVA. Completion of FCPS courses may not guarantee placement into a specific NOVA World Language course.