Concurrent credit is a cooperative program between St. Joseph High School and the University of Central Arkansas through which seniors may enroll in college-level courses prior to graduation. Through concurrent credit, approved high school teachers teach UCA courses during the high school schedule. The course materials, assignments, and grading standards used in the courses must meet the same standards as other UCA courses. 

Enrollment Requirements:
Spring 2019 (UCA may change these requirements at any time): 

  • Junior or Senior Level 

  • 3.0 GPA 

  • 19 Reading or equivalent ACCUPLACER score

  • 21 Math, if taking a Math course or equivalent ACCUPLACER score

  • Recommendation of the principal

Registration Requirements

  • Students in this program are official UCA part-time pre-baccalaureate students, and they must 6 register for the courses like any other college student. 

  • All official student records for concurrent credit sections of the UCA courses are maintained by the UCA registrar’s office. 

  • In addition to registering for the SJHS course, students must also complete a UCA application form, a concurrent credit enrollment form, and a record release form.

  • UCA will determine the cost of tuition. 

  • All registration paperwork for concurrent classes is handled through the SJHS Counselor’s office. 

  • At this time, concurrent classes are offered the senior year of high school.

Course offerings, current Enrollment and Registration Requirements, UCA Concurrent Student Handbook, how to apply/register and upcoming deadlines will be available through the SJS Counselor’s Of ice in May.

There will be a student handbook and parent handbook provided by the University of Central Arkansas with more detailed information. Only certain classes are available for concurrent credit. Students must express interest and apply through the counselor’s office.

Concurrent Courses Offered:

1310 Concurrent World History I (3 credit hours)

1320 Concurrent World History II (3 credit hours)

Full Year
1486 Calculus Preparation (Trig/Pre-Cal) (4 credit hours)
1496 Calculus (4 credit hours)


How are concurrent credit classes chosen?
The teacher of a concurrent class must have a masters degree with 18 hours in the discipline they will be teaching. The teacher’s resume is submitted to UCA for review. A syllabus of the course is submitted and reviewed by the department head at UCA. The syllabus must have the textbook information, course content, and the days and hours that the class is taught. Therefore, teacher credentials and course syllabus must be approved before concurrent credit can be offered.

Will the enrollment in concurrent credit programs in high school affect a student’s college scholarship eligibility?
Upon graduation from high school, students who have received concurrent credit must go through the regular admission process and will be classified as an entering freshman at the college they wish to attend. Therefore, they will be eligible for scholarships as any entering freshman.

Will the students receive a grade on their transcript?
Yes, grades are reported on the UCA transcript through the UCA Registrar’s Office. If a student chooses to attend UCA after high school, this grade will be factored into their UCA GPA.

Are the credits transferable?
As with any other UCA course, it is up to the receiving institution as to which credits will be accepted for transfer. Colleges and universities will accept credit based on an evaluation of a transcript of the students’ records submitted. For information on the Arkansas Course Transfer System, which identifies courses guaranteed to transfer among Arkansas public institutions, visit

What is the cost to the student for concurrent credit?
There is a “per credit hour” charge that the student is responsible for paying directly to UCA.

For more information on concurrent credit and honors classes, please contact:

photo of Kristen Piraino, High School Counselor

Mrs. Kristen Piraino, High School Counselor