Earn College Credit in High School

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Opportunities to earn college credit while enrolled at Shades Valley High School    

Check out these links to documents and PowerPoint presentations to learn about the ways to earn college credit while in high school.

Earn College Credit Before College!

Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBOE) Advanced Programs PowerPoint

University of Alabama (UA) Early College Website

Jefferson State Community College (JSCC) Dual Enrollment PowerPoint

JSCC Dual Enrollment Website

Lawson State Community College Dual Enrollment Website

We hope you'll join us for the UA Early College Reception on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7:00PM at the Bryant Conference Center. More details will be sent your way soon, but at this time, we ask that you save-the-date!
This will be a time to learn more about the unique opportunities available to high school students through this premier program!
See the attached Save-the-Date and mark your calendar.
You can reserve your spot by going to

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Links and Resources

Academic Resources for UA Early College Students

UA Early College students have access to resources to support their academic endeavors. These resources can be used for their college-level work, but also for their high school classes.

  • Learning Community Coordinator – Ms. Karley Fernandez – Works with students to set in place action plans and accountability efforts.
  • Peer Coaches – Former UAEC students/Current UA students to provide encouragement and insight to students on the courses they are taking, as well as study strategies.
  • Center for Academic Success – Provides academic support designed to improve students’ academic performance.
  • Writing Center – Free, one-on-one consultations to help students build confidence as writers, revise drafts, and develop the skills necessary for long-term improvement.
  • University Libraries – Access 24/7 to 10 different libraries contents, collections, and databases.
  • Tech Support – Service team provides assistance to students when issues arise with software, Blackboard Learn, etc. Free software is available to students.
Look What's New

Drop Course Policy

new policy and process have been put in place for students needing to drop a course they are taking with UA Early College.

Should a student need to drop a course, he/she is required to submit the "Drop a Course" form in Early College Student Resources (ECSR) prior to 4:45 PM on the final drop deadline. Once approved, students will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to drop the course and remove it from their class schedule.

Meet Our Recruiting Specialists

Deja RobinsonDeja Robinson
Recruiting Specialist (South Alabama)
Phone: (205)

Anna WaltonAnna Walton
Recruiting Specialist (North Alabama)
Phone: (205)

See our map for the breakdown of territories by Alabama County.

Course Request-Dual Credit Signature Required by Principal

For Public Schools Only: All student course requests must include the principal’s signature. Students will complete this form online and a notification will be sent to the principal’s email to electronically sign. Counselors will be copied on all correspondence.

Interesting New Courses

REL 103: Religion in the News - This introductory level course examines the place and function of religion in modern culture by examining the way stories are (or are not) identified as religious in news media. Drawing on various historical examples—from print to digital media--the course introduces students to the academic study of religion through case studies of how religion is commonly represented in the media, paying particular attention to the possible motives and practical consequences to classifying claims, actions and organizations as religious or not.
* Course crosswalks as an elective.


UAEC 200 Upcoming Application Deadlines

  • Friday, January 5 (allows students to take classes Spring II)
  • Friday, February 9 (allows students to take classes Summer I/II)
  • Friday, March 23 (Allows students to take classes Summer I/II)

REL 104: Religion in Pop Culture - Instead of assuming that religion is a distinct aspect of the human, one that interacts only with elements of elite or high culture, this course examines the ways that the beliefs and behaviors that we commonly classify as religious are a part of everyday culture—in particular, the ways that they are produced by and in turn influence popular culture. Myths, rituals, and traditions circulate all throughout mass culture via print, radio, television, and now the web. The course therefore introduces students to a set of recent, historical examples where the scholar of religion can shed light on the workings of contemporary day-to-day life. 
* Course crosswalks as an elective.

Application Steps

UAEC 200 Application Steps

Book an Advising Appointment

Academic Advising 101

During academic advising, students work with UAEC staff to select their upcoming courses based on classes they have already taken, AP credit in progress, and their extracurricular activities.

Students wanting to register for a class must complete a "Course Request." While we strongly encourage all students to participate in advising, if a student has successfully completed 8 or more credit hours, they can fill out the Academic Waiver to forgo advising and request the course they want to take. However, all courses must be approved.

Students wanting to register for class must complete a "Course Request." While we strongly encourage all students to participate in advising, if a student has successfully completed 8 or more credit hours, they can fill out the Academic Waiver to forgo advising and just request the course they want to take.


Who is Eligible?

  • High school sophomore, junior, or senior
  • 3.0+ GPA since 9th grade
Dual Credit

Does your school offer Dual Credit?

New Dual Credit Agreements have been signed this year providing additional opportunities to students. Those include:

  • Alabaster City Schools
  • Franklin County Schools
  • Oneonta City Schools
  • Shelby County Schools

Check the agreement list HERE. Not on the list? We’d love to talk with you about this opportunity!

Types of Advising:

  • Individual Online Sessions
  • Group Online Sessions (UAEC 200 students only)
  • Individual Phone Call Sessions
  • On Campus Sessions

Students sign up for academic advising through Early College Student Resources (ECSR) located inside Blackboard.

Advising Timeline:

  • October 30 - Registration opens for UAEC Students
  • January 10 - Classes Begin (full semester
  • January 17 - Last day to Add/Drop a course without a "W"
  • February 12 - Spring II classes begin
  • February 16 - Last day to Add/Drop a Spring II course without a "W"

Please be aware of all Academic Calendar and Financial Calendar deadlines!

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UA Early College Cross Walk Courses

View our course alignment document! We have cross walked all of our UA Early College courses and aligned them with the Alabama state codes and Alabama Courses of Study.

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Summer on Campus

Now is the right time for students who want to live on a college campus and take classes to begin applying to UA Early College. Students must apply to UAEC and complete the UAEC 200 College Readiness Course in order to apply to Summer On Campus.

All details can be found here.

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