Automatic academic acceleration

Automatic academic acceleration

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What is automatic acceleration?

Vancouver Public Schools is committed to making advanced programs and courses available to all students (2410P and RCW 28A.320.195).  This includes access to Honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Running Start and College in the High School courses.

Beginning with high school forecasting for the 2022-2023 school year, multiple measures will be used to automatically enroll students in accelerated courses or programs.  State assessments in reading, writing, math and science will be used as an initial screener to determine placement. Cumulative grade point average, i-Ready®, Highly Capable identification, teacher recommendations and the PSAT are some examples of additional measures used for automatic enrollment in advanced courses.

Students who successfully complete an advanced course will be enrolled automatically in the next advanced level of advanced the course. Students also may choose to enroll in advanced courses even if they aren’t automatically enrolled based on assessments.  

Participation in advanced programs/courses can have many benefits including but not limited to:

  1. Early (dual) college credit and/or
  2. Preparing for a variety of options after high school


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Examples of automatic acceleration

  • A student who forecasts for English 9 will be automatically enrolled in Honors English 9 when test scores and other measures show they could be successful.
  • A student who successfully completes Honors English 10, will be automatically enrolled in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College in the High School or Running Start English depending on which school they attend.

Frequently asked questions

Early college credit courses (also known as dual credit) have the potential to earn high school and college credit at the same time. Dual credit options can be course or exam based. These options include: Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) courses with exams, Running Start, College in the High School (CHS), and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Dual Credit.

To provide equal opportunities for every student to have greater access to rigorous advanced courses resulting in the opportunity to earn early college credit.

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