• CU Succeed Program at Palmer High School

    This is a program that offers choice and options to our diverse student population. 

    What is CU Succeed?

    CU Succeed offers high school students the opportunity to earn high school and college credit concurrently. Through a partnership between Colorado Springs School District 11, Palmer High School, and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), Palmer High School students can enroll in select high school courses taken during the regular school day at Palmer High School and earn 3-6 semester hours of college credit from the University of Colorado (CU). The courses are taught by qualified high school teachers who hold an Honorarium Faculty Appointment with the university. At the end of the school year, students receive two separate transcripts for the course taken – one transcript from Palmer High School showing high school credit, and the other transcript from CU showing university credit (transcript must be ordered online). The university credit is commonly transferrable to other colleges as subject coursework or elective credit.

    The CU transcript must be ordered through the university upon completion of the course; it's not delivered to the student automatically. 


    *2020-2021 CU Succeed Courses at Palmer High School 

    University of Colorado – Colorado Springs Courses 2020/2021 School Year - Spring Semester

    Palmer Course Name

    CU Course Name

    Dept/Course #

    Credit Hours

    AP Statistics Cline, Owens

    Intro to Basic Statistics

    MATH 2810


    Calculus AB Swankowski

    Calculus 1 (AB)

    MATH 1350


    IB Physics SL Lohmann

    Physics of Life Science 1 - Algebra Based

    General Physics Lab 1 - Algebra Based

    PES 1010 & 1150


    AP US History Nelson ​US - Birth of a Nation & US - Emergence of Modern America HIST 1510 & 1530 6 (3 each)

    Music Theory Peckham

    Music Theory MUS 1010 3

    AP Studio Art Dimidik

    Beginning Studio 2D VA1010 3

    * Course options are subject to change based on enrollment and teacher assignment.


    The tuition, $52/semester credit hour at UCCS, is paid by the student. This is different than the past few years in which the school district covered the tuition cost. $52/credit hour is inexpensive for a college course. However, greater attention needs to be paid to how useful this college course is for the student. If it's a course the student plans to take in college, then taking the course in high school with inexpensive tuition is a good idea. Also, the college transcript is from the University of Colorado (UCCS, UCD, and CU at Boulder). If you're planning on attending one of these schools, then the CU Succeed course credits directly apply to university. If you plan to attend another state school, then most likely the course will transfer. If you go out-of-state then the class may or may not transfer, though elective credit is likely.

    Is CU Succeed the Right Choice for Me?

    While taking a high school course and earning college credit is enticing, there are a few factors worth considering in addition to the cost:

    • Grades earned in CU Succeed courses become a part of a student's University of Colorado academic record. Therefore, it is extremely important that a student earn at least a 'C' grade in CU Succeed courses. A grade of C-minus or below could prevent a student from being admitted to any campus in the University of Colorado system, regardless of the student's high school GPA or college entrance exam scores, as a C-minus corresponds to a GPA of 1.70, and students must have a minimum of a 2.0 university GPA to be admitted to or remain in good standing at the University.
    • Several of the CU Succeed courses are also Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) classes. Both CU Succeed and AP/IB offer college options. Which is the better choice? That often depends on the college you wish to attend and how you perform in class. Are you good at earning a high course grade, or are you a better test taker? Talk with your teacher, counselor, and parent(s) to help you make the decision. Often, students take a course for both AP and CU Succeed credit - and that class could be an IB class too! The various college options don't conflict with one another; they literally provide "options" for the student.
    • The good news is that you don’t have to make the CU Succeed decision until around February, 2021. This gives you time to see how you perform in class as well as having a better idea of where you’ll be attending college.


    Registration for UCCS classes begins in January, 2021. CU Succeed Registration packets will be delivered to students by the end of January.

    UCCS Classes - Registration closes around March, 2021. 

    Tranferability Between Colleges

    Most CU Succeed courses are transferable between Colorado public colleges; CU Succeed course are often part of the Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Pathways General Education Curriculum. This means if you don't plan to attend a University of Colorado (CU) college, you can transfer your CU Succeed college credits from CU to the school you attend (e.g., Colorado State University, CSU). Many college transfers are also possible for schools outside of Colorado and private schools, but these are not guaranteed under the GT Pathways program. 

    More Information

    UCCS Website - CU Succeed: https://outreach.uccs.edu/cu-succeed

    Concurrent vs. Dual Enrollment - What's the Difference? - CDE Policy


    For more information about the CU Succeed Program at Palmer HS contact Michael Chamberlin, Palmer CU Succeed Coordinator, at michael.chamberlin@d11.org