• CU Succeed Program at Palmer High School

    This is a program that offers choice and options to our diverse student population. As a District 11 school, we’re fortunate to be part of the only school district in the state that offers no-cost tuition to students and parents for all dual enrollment (CU Succeed) courses.

    What is CU Succeed?

    CU Succeed courses offers students the opportunity to earn high school and college credit concurrently. Through a partnership between School District 11, Palmer High School, and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and University of Colorado at Denver (UCCS and UCD, respectively), Palmer High School students can enroll in select high school courses taken during the regular school day at Palmer High School, and earn 3-9 semester hours of college credit with a passing grade. The courses are taught by qualified high school teachers who hold an Honorarium Faculty Appointments with the university. At the end of the course, students receive two separate transcripts for the course taken – one transcript from Palmer High School showing high school credit and the other transcript from University of Colorado (CU) showing university credit. The CU transcript must be ordered through the university upon completion of the course; it's not delivered to the student automatically. 


    *2019-2020 CU Succeed Courses at Palmer High School 

    University of Colorado – Colorado Springs Courses 2019/2020 School Year - Fall Semester

    Palmer Course Name

    CU Course Name

    Dept/Course #

    Credit Hours

    AP Chemistry (fall) Carlson

    General Chemistry 1

    CHEM 1401


    AP Chemistry (fall) Carlson

    General Chemistry Lab 1

    CHEM 1402



    University of Colorado – Colorado Springs Courses 2019/2020 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


    Game Design Wybrant

    Introduction to Game Development

    GDD 1100


    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 Chemistry (spring) Carlson

    General Chemistry 2 CHEM 1411 4

    AP Chemistry (spring) Carlson

    General Chemistry Lab 2 CHEM 1412 1

    AP Studio Art Dimidik

    Beginning Studio 2D VA1010 3

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


    No-cost tuition to all students and parents**. The tuition ($52/semester credit hour at UCCS and $75/semester credit hour at UCD) is paid for by Colorado Springs School District 11. The caveat is that students must earn a passing grade in the course. If a students earns an "F" grade or cheats/plagiarizes then they must repay the school district the tuition for the CU Succeed course. A contract must be signed to this effect. Contract

    Is CU Succeed the Right Choice for Me?

    While taking a high school course and earning college credit for free is enticing, there are a few factors worth considering:

    • 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.
    • If a grade of ‘D’ or better is not earned in the course, students will owe the school district the $52 or $55/semester credit hour course tuition fee. A three semester hour course would cost the student $156 or $165 for earning an “F” grade.
    • 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.


    Registration for UCCS classes begins January 18, 2019. CU Succeed Registration packets will be delivered to students by the end of January.

    UCCS Classes - Registration closes March 15, 2019.

    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

    UCD Website - CU Succeed/Goldhttp://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/continuing-education/CUSucceed/Pages/default.aspx

    UCCS Website - CU Succeed: http://www.uccs.edu/outreach/cu-succeed.html​

    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

     ** The school district is reviewing the practice of paying for both AP testing and CU Succeed tuition for the same course. For at least the 2019-2020 school year, D11 will pay the bill for all students taking CU Succeed courses.