Advanced Learning Opportunities

JCPS schools offer a range of courses that could potentially lead to college credit before students graduate from high school. Opportunities vary based on professional career theme and program capacity, so check with your school for the latest information. 

Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum, developed by the College Board in partnership with university professors, culminates in a qualifying exam. AP courses are considered college-equivalent, and scores on the exams given in the spring may be accepted at many colleges and universities for credit. Each college/university (and sometimes colleges within a university) establishes its own policy about qualifying scores. There are more than 40 subjects available through the College Board.

High Schools

Atherton, Ballard, Brown, Butler, Central, Doss, DuPont Manual, Eastern, Fairdale, Fern Creek, Iroquois, Jeffersontown, Louisville Male, Pleasure Ridge Park (PRP), Seneca, Southern, South Park and Westport Teenage Parent Program (TAPP), Valley, Waggener, and Western

Visit the AP Central website for more information.

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureat (IB) curriculum educates the whole student, developing the capacity for inquiry, research, and problem-solving as well as essential skills for communication and collaboration. IB is a member organization. To offer IB programming, the school must apply for candidacy and comply with the governances of the IB organization. IB offers programming for students ages 3 to 19, but only exams taken in the junior and senior year of high school can qualify as college equivalents.


Atherton High, Highland Middle, and Young Elementary

Visit the IB website for more information.

Cambridge International Examinations

The Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) curriculum and linked exams are internationally benchmarked as pre-university qualifications. To offer CIE programming, the school must apply for candidacy and comply with the governances of the CIE organization. CIE offers programming for 5- to 19-year-olds, but it is currently only available at the high school level in JCPS. Only courses at the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) level are college equivalents. 

High Schools


Visit the CIE website for more information.

Early College

Early College is a specific high school/postsecondary partnership imbedding college credit acquisition throughout the high school academic plan.



Visit the Western Early College website for more information.

Articulated Credit

Articulated credit is college credit awarded to students who enroll at the institution and meet the criteria in the agreement for high school courses or experiences. It is very important for students to know and advocate for these credits because they are not automatic. Students must work with their postsecondary advisor to be sure they get their credit if they qualify.


The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) negotiates statewide agreements with public colleges and universities. (See the link below for details.) A few of the district's 5-Star Schools also have specific articulation agreements with institutions that specialize in a particular field. For details, please check with your guidance counselor or technical teacher.

Visit the KDE Articulation Agreements webpage for more information.

Industry Certification and Kentucky Occupational Skills Standards Assessment

Industry certifications and Kentucky Occupational Skills Standards Assessments (KOSSA) are aligned with specific business/industry standards and expectations. Every high school offers some form of Career and Technical Education and has a pathway that could lead to an industry certification or to KOSSA tests. The Career and Technical Education Department supports these opportunities.

For more information, visit the following websites: