Advance College Experience (ACE)

Registration for Summer ACE is now closed.

ACE Your Summer Experience: July 7 through August 5, 2020

9th – 12th Grade Students: Sign up for the ACE Program

All ACE courses will be offered online this summer. To participate, you must have reliable access to a computer and Internet.

Applications are requested by Friday, June 26, 2020. The ACE 2020 Virtual Orientation is July 1, 2020.

Experience higher education 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 GED. We accept public, private, charter, archdiocesan and home-schooled students. 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.

We accept public, private, charter, archdiocesan and home-schooled students. Philadelphia residency is not required.


All ACE Summer 2020 courses will be offered online. There will be no classroom instruction.

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The cost is only $250 per course, excluding books. In summer 2020, students and parents looking to pay directly can only do so online through MyCCP. Once a student is registered, instructions for paying the bill will be provided via email. Students can enroll in a maximum of two courses.

Entrance Requirements

ACE applicants must have:

  • 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 will need to complete the online application AND the course selection form. We will email you the link to the course slection form after you complete the ACE application. Students also need to submit a signed FERPA form.

Applications must be completed in full prior to students being registered for a course.

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 is full, you will be notified.

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 us regarding your application. Our email address is

Classes fill quickly, so please apply early!

Click here for step-by-step application instructions.

ACE Orientation

It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that students attend the ACE 2020 virtual orientation on July 1, 2020 at 10 a.m. We will provide instructions on how to create required accounts, login to online courses and navigate within Canvas, our online learning platform. Orientation information will be sent once students are registered.

2020 Program Dates

July 7 through August 5, 2020

ACE Summer 2020 Courses

Do you like working with people? Consider one of these social science courses.


(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: Online


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: Online

Gender Studies

This course introduces students to the foundational concepts in Women's, Men's, Trans, and Nonbinary Studies and examines their historical contexts, contemporary topics and future concerns. Gender Studies explores gender through multiple lenses, including ethnicity, class, religion, nationality, culture and sexual orientation in order to dissect how it is a social construct, a biological component, and a source of prejudice, stereotype, and privilege. The primary texts will push students to critically and thoughtfully analyze the interdisciplinary and intersectional nature of gender and examine the ways our individual identities navigate gender personally, politically and societally. 
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Online

Interested in history? Examine the experiences of African Americans during critical historical times.

African American History After 1865

This course surveys the cultural, social and political history of African Americans after the Civil War. Especially through close reading of primary texts, the course examines the experiences of African Americans during emancipation, urbanization, and the modern Civil Rights and Black Power eras.
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Online

Interested in music and the arts? Try these courses to exercise your imagination.

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: Online

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: Online

Choose one of these courses to plunge into the captivating worlds of science and technology.

Environmental Science

Organized around the theme of our relationship to the environment, this course introduces the many serious environmental problems facing the world today, the extent and causes of the problems, and the kinds of solutions being proposed. Topics include ecological systems, population, land management, hunger and food production, energy supplies, waste management and environmental pollution.
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Online

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: Online

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: Online

Explore the world of business or the justice system in one of these introductory courses.

Introduction to Business

Interested in running your own business? This course will introduce you to basic principles and practices in starting and growing a successful business. You will learn through presentations, individual and group activities, and local field trips. In addition, guest speakers will share their firsthand experiences in meeting the challenges of managing their businesses in the ever-changing marketplace.
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Online

Business Leadership (New for 2020)

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: 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: Online