What is the Avenues Parallel Program?
The APS Avenues Parallel Program (APP) is for students who are behind in high school credit and are working on earning their high school equivalency certificate. These students may also work toward post-secondary success by participating in a concurrent enrollment program, while still earning high school credit as they prepare for GED exams.
APP offers students classes centered on two subject areas at a time, but also supports students with supports for both study skills and English language development (for our multilingual learners). In order to meet the diverse needs of our students, we also allow them to choose between a traditional, daytime school schedule or a hybrid remote/night school schedule.
To find out more about how many credits APS students should have per school year, click on this link: APS Credit Earned Schedule
Our Avenues Parallel Program (APP) accelerates student learning by supporting individualized learning plans, including concurrent enrollment, for students to complete post-secondary eligibility requirements (GED) and to develop skills to pursue a postsecondary education program and/or join the workforce.
The Avenues Parallel Program (APP) is designed to help students refocus, revive, re-enter, and re-establish a new learning opportunity that will guide them to develop individualized plans for their futures. APP educators are dedicated to identifying each student's learning needs and delivering accessible materials and content with appropriate instructional scaffolding. Avenues' support staff also strives to provide access to resources to have a productive and healthy future.
Who enrolls in APP?
APP is for Aurora Public Schools students who meet the following criteria:
are currently enrolled or will be enrolled with Aurora Public Schools
are 17 or older in the semester that they are referred to Parallel
would like to earn a high school equivalency certificate (GED)
(optional) would like to pursue a post-secondary program at Pickens Technical College or Community College of Aurora
How to enroll in APP?
Students attending APS Avenues must be a resident within the boundaries of Aurora Public Schools (APS) and be registered as an APS student:
The path that a student takes within APS Avenues will be contingent upon several factors:
All students attending APS Avenues must be referred by their home high school or a supporting APS partner.
Upon a student's referral to APP, the Avenues transitions coordinator will communicate with the student and provide two GED practice tests. The student will take a math test and language arts test, and must score at least 130 on each in order to be accepted to the Parallel Program.
After a student passes the initial pretests, the student (and parent/guardian if available) must attend and intake meeting with the program coordinator. The program coordinator may give the final pretests (science and social studies) as part of the admissions process.
Final placement into a specific pathway within APS Avenues will be determined by the administration and counseling teams.
What is concurrent enrollment?
Concurrent Enrollment is an exciting partnership between the Community College of Aurora & Pickens Technical College and Aurora Public Schools. It is designed to increase the number of high school students earning college credit. The program is for all Avenues Parallel Program students who are eligible to apply. Click on a program link below to find out more about eligibility requirements, courses offered, and enrollment.
2.5 overall high school GPA or better
No more than 1-2 credits behind in high school credit