Prep Academy
  • What is the Prep Academy?

    The Prep Academy is a partnership between District #61 & Richland Community College, offering selected DPS students the opportunity to earn their high school diploma AND an Associate's Degree from Richland upon completion of the 4-year program during high school.

    The application process for the next cohort of students is now closed.

    • There is no charge to participate, but space is limited
    • Interested students must complete and submit an application, along with all required documents (a letter of recommendation and a five paragraph essay) by the application deadline.
    • To learn more about the program, click here to view the Prep Academy Brochure. 
    • For more information, students or parents can contact or
    • For more information on the program course schedule, click here.
  • Cohort 1 Parent Meeting

    Parents of Prep Academy students (Cohort 1) are REQUIRED to register and attend an informational meeting via Zoom, regarding your student's sophomore year schedule for the 2022-23 school year:

    Tues., March 29 @11:30a.m.

    Wed., March 30 @5:30p.m.

    Click Here to Register

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  • Do you have questions about the Prep Academy? We have answers! Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions to see if your question is answered. If you have additional questions, just email

    Prep Academy


    Prep Academy participants begin their Freshman year on their high school campus. The first year includes various college-ready topics to aid with preparation for college-level coursework goals. Prep Academy Sophomore students continue on their high school campus and will earn 12 college credit hours. Third year Prep Academy students may transition to RCC’s campus five mornings per week and have the opportunity to earn 24 credit hours. During their third year experience, students continue working on the general education core curriculum and begin exploring college course electives. The Prep Academy concludes with seniors earning the remaining 24 credit hours, fulfilling the requirements of their high school diploma and Associate's Degree.