Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent enrollment allows you to take college courses while you are still enrolled in high school.

Many FCPS students may wish to experience a course on a college campus prior to completing high school. Students may find that taking a course on a college campus while enrolled in high school (concurrent enrollment) prepares them to transition to college upon graduation. Students who choose to take a college course while enrolled in high school may either take the course for college credit or take the course for both high school and college credit. Students who wish to receive high school credit for college courses must seek permission from their high school prior to enrolling in the course. Students must take two semesters (or the equivalent) of college courses to transfer back a full year’s worth of high school credit. The cost for college courses taken concurrently is set by the individual college or university and tuition is paid directly to the college or university.  

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; and
  • The course or courses must be given by the college for degree credits (no remedial courses will be accepted).

Below is a listing of college courses that have been reviewed and aligned to FCPS high school credits. Students must still seek approval from their high school prior to enrolling in these courses if they wish to transfer back the college credit as a high school credit.  The transferability of one college course to another college or university depends on individual university policies. Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) has a number of transfer agreements established with four-year colleges that can be reviewed to determine the transferability of courses taken through NOVA: Students planning to use these courses to meet requirements at NOVA should consult with a NOVA academic advisor prior to enrolling in the course.

FCPS Courses and Concurrent College Equivalents 

Subject Area FCPS Course University Courses University
English English 12 ENG 111 and ENG 112 NOVA*
  English 12 ENG 111 and ENG 125 NOVA
  English 12 ENG 125 and ENG 243 NOVA
  Speech CST 100 and CST 110 NOVA
  Film Study (semester) ENG 279 NOVA
Electives Architectural Drawing ARC 123 and ARC 133 NOVA
  Economics and Personal Finance ECO 110 and ECO 120 NOVA
Fine Arts Art 2 ART 121 and ART 131 NOVA
  Photography 1 PHT 101 and PHT 102 NOVA
  Studio Art and Design 4 ART 131 and ART 132 NOVA
Mathematics Precalculus MTH 167 (5 credits) NOVA
  Precalculus MTH 161 and MTH 162 NOVA
  Statistics MTH 245 and MTH 246 NOVA
  Multivariable Calculus MATH 213 GMU**
  Matrix Algebra MATH 203 GMU
Science Biology II BIO 101 and BIO 102 NOVA
  Chemistry 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 Psychology PSY 201 and PSY 202 NOVA
  US Government GOVT 101 and GOVT 103 GMU
  US Government PLS 211 and PLS 212 NOVA
  US History HIS 121 and HIS 122 NOVA
  World History II HIS 112 and one of the following:
HIS 102 or HIS 135 or HIS 232 or HIS 252 or HIS 254
  World History I 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
  ASL IV ASL 208 and ASL 210 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
  Italian 3 ITAL 210 and ITAL 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


*Northern Virginia Community College
** George Mason University