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School Counseling: College Credit Plus

Forms and Information:

A Path to Earning College Credits in High School:

Ohio’s College Credit Plus program can be used to earn college credit by taking specific courses at Lakewood High School (through a partnership with University of Akron) or taking courses on a college campus.  Both of these options can help students earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses. The purpose of this program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready students. Taking a college course from a public college or university through College Credit Plus is free. There is no cost for tuition, books or fees. If a student chooses to attend a private college or university, there may be costs.

Keys to a Successful On-Site Experience (staying at LHS):

Through an agreement with the University of Akron, Lorain County Community College, and Hiram College select courses are offered at Lakewood High School that allow students to earn both high school and college credit while staying at Lakewood High School.  

These classes are taught by LHS teachers recognized as adjunct faculty of the University of Akron. A college course syllabus and college textbook are used. These courses are free to students if the course is successfully completed.

The current courses offered at Lakewood High through this partnership are:

Anatomy and Physiology, Intro to College Psychology, Social Psychology, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Literary Analysis and College Composition, Spanish 3, Spanish 4, Spanish 5, Survey of American Music, Wind Ensemble, Symphony/Chamber Orchestra, and Chamber Ensembles.

There are GPA, college entrance test score requirements and university deadlines required to be eligible to take a College Credit Plus course through the University of Akron.  Each of these is specific to the college course.

Key Date:

An "Intent to Participate" form MUST be submitted by April 1st   to apply for acceptance. This form must be filled out annually.  The form is available in the Lakewood High School Counseling Office and at the top of this page.

Keys to a Successful Off-Site Experience:

  • Students must notify their school counselor by April 1 regarding their intention to participate in College Credit Plus at a college/university for the next year. After April 1, students will need permission from the school district superintendent to participate.
  • Early in the school year, students should initiate discussion with their respective high school counselor sharing their interest in taking college courses and how it fits in with their overall academic plan and career goals.
  • Students need to contact colleges for information, application forms, and criteria for acceptance into College Credit Plus.  Students must go through the procedures established by the colleges/universities to apply to College Credit Plus and to enroll in the college’s course(s). Students may have to take a college placement test to be accepted.  Some college materials may be available in Lakewood High’s School Counseling Office, but the most accurate information is found on the specific college’s website or speaking directly with the college. 
  • Prior to March 30, a College Credit Plus informational session will be held at Lakewood High.  All colleges and universities within a 30-mile radius will be invited to attend.  If a student cannot attend, he/she needs to schedule an appointment with a school counselor to understand the information presented.
  • Prior to college class attendance, a high school counselors will assist the students in determining a course’s equivalency to a high school course(s).
  • Taking a college course from a public college or university through College Credit Plus is free. There is no cost for tuition, books or fees. If a student chooses to attend a private college or university, there may be costs.
  • For athletes: If you are a student athlete, you must remain eligible in accordance with the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) bylaws. To be athletically eligible, students must be passing five, one credit courses or the equivalent per grading period with the high school and college courses combined. Most College Credit Plus courses taken during a semester will equal one Carnegie unit, allowing students to earn more than the required five for athletic eligibility. Please check with your counselor to ensure that the course work you are taking is compliant the OHSAA.  Please work with your counselor, athletic director, and Ohio High School Athletic Association(link sends e-mail) for additional information. 

 Download Ohio’s College Credit Plus Student and Parent Guide at the following link: