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Benefits of ECP


Early College Program (ECP) students graduate from Gladstone High School with 31 transferable college semester units from Citrus College.  Other benefits include:

  • Access to high-demand college courses
  • Access to college instructors
  • No tuition!
  • Books paid for by AUSD
  • Eligibility to enroll at a four-year college as a sophomore.

Early College Program

Early College Program Student Group
These students have earned a full year of transferable college credits by taking Citrus College classes at GHS through the Early College Program.  We wish you all the best as you enter college in the fall as sophomores!


The no-cost Early College Program (ECP) blends high school and college in a rigorous, supportive way, enabling a student to graduate from GHS with 31 transferable college credits.  That's a full year's worth of college, which means saving a year's worth of tuition, fees, books and housing at a university!

All classes take place at GHS!


Here are some other things to know about ECP:

  • This program is only for students who are serious about attending college.  Students currently in the program are in the top 15% of their class.
  • Placement exams are required for English and Math courses.
  • You must commit to taking Summer School classes for two summers.
  • You will be placed in a block schedule during junior and senior years. Periods 1-2 are for college courses; periods 3-7 are for GHS courses.
  • Some prerequisites courses must be passed before enrollment in transferable-credit courses.
  • You must maintain a C- or higher to stay in the Early College Program.

Contact the Guidance Office to enroll in this amazing opportunity!

Early College
True or False?

This program is only for students who are going to community college:  FALSE

  • After graduating from GHS, you can attend Citrus College for just one year and then transfer as a junior to a 4-year college.
  • Or you can go straight to a four-year college with a year of general education courses completed! 

The Citrus classes are remedial in nature:  FALSE

  • All courses (except for two) are transferable college-level courses that meet university standards for general education. These courses/grades are included on your permanent college transcript.
  • You must pass an entrance exam to enroll in the prerequisite courses.
  • Students who receive a D grade cannot continue in the ECP.

AP courses are a guaranteed way of earning college credits:  FALSE

  • There are no guarantees with AP, IB or ECP.
  • Each school is unique; a score of 3, 4 or 5 on an AP exam does not automatically mean you will receive credit. 

You must pass 10 AP Exams with a score of 3 or higher to be equivalent to 10 courses in the Early College Program:  TRUE

  • Not all students will qualify or be successful in an AP course or in ECP.