Advance College Experience (ACE)

ACE Your Summer Experience with Us

Note: We are no longer accepting applications for ACE 2022. Please check back in early 2023 for Summer 2023 details.

See what it's like to be in college with Community College of Philadelphia’s summer ACE (Advanced College Experience) program. An opportunity that you will never forget, ACE provides college-level courses for highly motivated students going into 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades, as well as students up to age 21 pursuing a high school equivalency credential. We accept public, private, charter, archdiocesan and home-schooled students. Philadelphia residency is not required. Through ACE, you can make new friends, explore a career interest, study timely and relevant issues, and earn college credit. 

The ACE program offers a cross-section of intensive courses and includes a full semester of college-level course material over five weeks in July and August. Students who earn an "A," "B" or "C" will receive college credit from Community College of Philadelphia. Students who earn lower than a "C" will receive a certificate of completion. Courses require hard work, dedication to the task and most of all, a desire to learn new and exciting academic skills.

Location

Courses will be offered in several formats: in person, hybrid (online and in person), synchronous online (your meet with your professor and classmates on the days and times listed for the class) and asynchronous online (you do not have scheduled meeting times).

Tuition

The cost is only $250 per course, excluding books. Book costs are different for each course. You pay for your class(es) online through your MyCCP account. Once a student is registered, payment instructions are provided via email.

Entrance Requirements

ACE applicants must have:

  • A completed online application
  • At least a 2.5 GPA
  • The signed permission of a parent/guardian and school
  • Interest in participating in a rigorous summer college experience

To Apply

Students who previously participated in ACE or dual enrollment can email advanceatcollege@ccp.edu to enroll. You do not need to submit a new application.

All new students should apply to the Summer ACE program following the steps below. Students are expected to check their email regularly to ensure completion of the application process.

  1. Create an account providing all of the required information
    1. For email address, enter your student email address
    2. For term, select Summer 2022
    3. The academic program is not required, but if answered, choose non-matriculated
    4. Create a password and click “create account” (save your login information)
  2. Next, you need to create an application. Click “Start New Application” and complete the application in full. The application has five sections, click "save and continue" at the bottom of each page. Your Social Security Number is required. If you do not have a Social Security Number, please follow the instructions provided within the application.
    1. Personal: this section will be partially prepopulated with information you provided when you created your account. Complete any missing information. You must use a Philadelphia address.
    2. Demographics: complete the required information, including your correct date of birth and Social Security Number. If you do not know your Social Security Number, save the application and come back to it once you have the number. If you do not have a social security number, enter 999-99-9999.
    3. Plans: choose Non-Matriculated as the Academic Program. Choose Dual Enrollment for the Student Type and then select Advance College Experience as the high school program.
    4. Academics: provide your high school information. For the question, “Have you/will you graduate from High School,” click "YES." Enter your high school graduation year.
    5. Signature: Preview your completed application before submitting it and then click Save.
  3. After completing the application, you will be brought back to the dashboard and will see the application in the “My Applications” window. The application status should be "submitted."
  4. Once the application is completed, you will be sent an email with information about additional application documents and course selection.
  5. Once we receive all required forms, we will accept your application and register you for your selected course(s). We will make every effort to enroll students in their first-choice course. If the first-choice course is full, we will register students in their second-choice course and so on. If you do not select a 2nd and/or 3rd choice and your first-choice course is full, you will be notified.
  6. Once you are registered, you will be notified via email and will receive instructions for making payment.

The application and registration process may take up to two weeks. Questions about the application process and/or next steps can be directed to advanceatcollege@ccp.edu.

Students can enroll in up to 2 courses, however, please be aware that this is a lot of work.

Please monitor your email for communication from CCP regarding your application.

Classes fill quickly, so please apply early!

Orientation

All registered students will be invited to attend an ACE orientation held in the last week of June.

ACE Summer 2022 Courses

Program dates: July 12 through August 10, 2022

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Psychology

(LIMITED TO STUDENTS GOING INTO 10TH, 11TH AND 12TH GRADES ONLY.) This course is a valuable introduction to the major theories of human behavior and development. Emphasis will be placed on useful applications to everyday life. The course includes challenging reading and writing assignments.

Credit Hours: 3
Location: Synchronous online, meeting online Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Sociology

Understanding the social nature of humans and the social world in which they live. Analysis of such topics as culture, socialization, social groups and social institutions, stratification, the family, gender relations, race and ethnicity, minorities, social deviance, social change and technology, the urban community, population and the environment. Both Western and non-Western cross-cultural comparisons are provided throughout the course.

Credit Hours: 3
Location: Hybrid (in person and asychronous online), meeting in person on Main Campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Introduction to Health Care Professions

This course introduces students to various aspects of the health care field. Students will explore a variety of health-related disciplines and will study health implications for several cultural groups, including belief systems, communication styles and the role of the family. Professional behavior and essential qualities for health care professionals will also be addressed.

Credit Hours: 3
Location: In person, Northeast Regional Center, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Creative Writing

Focus on student production of original work which may include fiction, poetry, memoir and dramatic writing. Students will do extensive reading, as well as writing and developing the critical vocabulary needed to discuss these genres from a writer's point of view. They will develop these skills through a number of activities including different forms of writing inside and outside of the classroom and peer evaluation in the form of writing workshops.

Credit Hours: 3
Location: Hybrid (in person and asychronous online), meeting in person on Main Campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Introduction to Music Technology

This hands-on course teaches you how to create, edit and manipulate MIDI files in order to print publishable music, and to layer various tracks to create finished MIDI sequences for recording. You will apply your compositional and editing skills using industry-standard computers, and digital audio hardware and software. You will learn how to properly connect various pieces of MIDI equipment and how to set up for different typical music applications. In addition to the hands-on curriculum, you will learn about the history of electronic music, analog synthesis and the progression of the technology, noticing how developments in the past are directly affecting our technology of today and the future. This course can be completed with a laptop or PC, no additional technology is required.

Credit Hours: 3
Location: In person on Main Campus, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Music Business

An introduction to the business of music including career opportunities, promotion and marketing procedures. Students will explore various professions in the music field and learn essential skills in music law, publishing, concert production, management, merchandising and recording.

Credit Hours: 3
Location: Hybrid (in person and asychronous online), meeting in person on Main Campus on Tuesdays from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Survey of the Fashion industry

This course will cover the materials and methods used to design, develop, and market a fashion product, including current vocabulary and foundation of knowledge about industry practices and career opportunities.

Credit Hours: 3
Location: Synchronous online, meeting online Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Intermediate Algebra

This course prepares students for college-level mathematics. It covers real numbers, polynomials, rational expressions. Algebraic expressions, linear equations and inequalities in one variable, absolute value equations and inequalities, linear equations in two variables, graphs of lines, systems of linear equations in two variables, quadratic equations in one variable, problems solving.

Credit Hours: 3

Location: Two sections are offered. Choose one:

  • Section 1—Asynchronous online
  • Section 2—Hybrid (in person and asychronous online), meeting in person on Main Campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Introductory Chemistry

This course covers fundamental laws and theories of chemistry. Metric system, introduction to matter, atomic structure, chemical bonding, periodic table, chemical reactions and equations, gases, solutions, pH and introductory organic chemistry. Scientific notation, the use of conversion factors and problem-solving are stressed.

Credit Hours: 4
Location: In person, Main Campus, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Introduction to Computer Programming

This course introduces the fundamentals of object-oriented computer programming using a selection of modern programming languages and development tools. It covers the logical design of computer programs, simple input and output, data checking, formatting output and simple mathematical processing, such as counting, summing, and finding minima and maxima. This is the first programming course taken by Computer Information Systems (CIS) majors and is a good introductory course for anyone interested in exploring computer programming. The course will explore and study developing fundamental programs using the Python programming language, developing fundamental programs using the JavaScript programming language, and explore and study creating fundamental Android Apps using the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) award winning App Concept Tool App Inventor. This course can be completed with a laptop or PC, no additional technology is required.

Credit Hours: 4
Location: Hybrid (in person and asychronous online), meeting in person on Main Campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Introduction to Video Game Development

This course introduces students to professional video game and simulation development, including the modern video game industry and its historical development, game analysis and design, game programming technology and practices, graphics and sound technology used in games and simulations, and ethical issues related to video games and simulations. Students will learn about the game development process for both serious and casual games and the roles that various professionals play in that development. They will engage in a semester-long project to design, build, and publish an entry-level computer-based video game using a game development engine. This course can be completed with a laptop or PC, no additional technology is required.

Credit Hours: 3
Location: Hybrid (in person and asychronous online), meeting in person on Main Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Computer Applications

This course is an exploration of modern computer technology used for communication, collaboration, problem solving, decision-making, and increasing personal productivity. Topics covered include word processing, electronic spreadsheet, presentation, and database management software; collaboration and networking software; the Internet of Things; and ethical issues related to technology. This is a Windows based hands-on course; Students who complete assignments outside of class will need access to a laptop or desktop. Chromebooks will not work with this course.

Credit Hours: 3
Location: In person, Main Campus, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Business Leadership

This course introduces students to success strategies for self-leadership and college-level academic inquiry, including career planning, problem solving, critical thinking, communication, cultural competence, working within teams, and institutional knowledge. Students create a comprehensive personal leadership plan, including academic, financial, and career/transfer.

Credit Hours: 3
Location: Asynchronous online

Survey of Justice

This course covers the history, development and philosophy of criminal justice in a democratic society, including an introduction to agencies involved in the administration of criminal justice, career orientation and constitutional limitations of criminal justice.

Credit Hours: 3
Location: Hybrid (in person and asychronous online), meeting in person on Main Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Introduction to Law (Paralegal Studies)

This course offers a general introduction to the field of legal assistance with specific emphasis on the variety of tasks performed by paralegals in different employment settings, as well as the ethical obligations of paralegals.

Credit Hours: 3
Location: Hybrid (in person and asychronous online), meeting in person on Main Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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World Religions

This course looks at the systematic and historical analysis of philosophical problems of religion, such as the problem of evil and theodicy, the conflict between religion and science, the relationship between faith and reason, the nature of religious language, and arguments about the nature and existence of God.

Credit Hours: 3
Location: Hybrid (in person and asychronous online), meeting in person on Main Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Introduction to Japanese

This course introduces basic modern spoken and written Japanese to students who have had little or no previous knowledge of the language. The course will focus on developing students' communication skills in Japanese, including writing, reading, listening and speaking in order for students to function using Japanese in a Japanese social environment. Students will also learn aspects of Japanese culture associated with the use of the language.

Credit Hours: 3
Location: Asynchronous online

Introduction to Spanish

Elementary Spanish 101 introduces basic written and spoken Spanish to students who have little or no previous knowledge of the language. The four fundamental aspects of language learning-comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing-are developed simultaneously. Communication skills and vocabulary are emphasized, in terms of both everyday oral performance and basic reading knowledge. Aspects of Hispanic cultures are introduced.

Credit Hours: 3
Location: Asynchronous online

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Introduction to Black Studies

This course is an introduction to the concept of Black Studies and global black identities. Black diaspora and contemporary issues facing global black communities will be introduced within the course.

Credit Hours: 3
Location: Hybrid (in person and asychronous online), meeting in person on Main Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

History of American Diversity

This course places the themes of race, ethnicity, gender, class and religion in a historical context from pre-Columbian America through colonial and revolutionary North America and into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It strives to be culturally inclusive and intellectually encompassing, emphasizing the actual experiences of ordinary citizens as well as those of extraordinary individuals.

Credit Hours: 3
Location: Hybrid (in person and asychronous online), meeting in person on Main Campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Religion in American History

This course examines the origins, beliefs, practices and cultural significance of religious traditions and movements in American history, including but not limited to Native American religious traditions, Protestant denominations, Roman Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, African American religions, and religious movements founded in the United States such as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and the Seventh-Day Adventists. Close reading and interpretive analysis of primary texts constitute the major course activities.

Credit Hours: 3
Location: Hybrid (in person and asychronous online), meeting in person on Main Campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Please direct your questions to advanceatcollege@ccp.edu.