College in High School

College in High School

How Do I Earn College Credit in High School?

Sierra College offers different ways to earn college credit for students still in high school, either at a participating high school or at Sierra College. Both options are tuition-free and the credits you earn may even count at both schools. Taking college classes in high school can save you time and money, and it helps prepare you for college.

Plus, if you decide to attend a two-year California Community College following graduation from high school, earning college credit now will not affect your eligibility for Two Years Free.

Who is eligible?

Sierra College may admit part-time students to its Academic Enrichment (AE) program, including students enrolled in public schools, home schools, charter schools, and adult schools where students are enrolled in a GED or equivalency program. These students must meet all the following per Administrative Procedure 5011:

  • Have completed the equivalent of the 8th grade
  • Satisfactory academic standing

In order to be admitted as an AE student, you must be:

  • attending a high school or adult school, which has a current Academic Enrichment Compliance Form on file in the Admissions Office, or
  • if home-schooled or attending a charter school, students must have an affidavit indicating they are legally home-schooled or attending a charter school

What else should I know?

Once admitted as an AE student, you must take a minimum of courses from your local high school: 

  • Fall and spring attendance: AE students must attend high school classes for at least a minimum of one day 
  • Summer attendance: AE students do not have to attend high school for the minimum one day

Class registration

Courses that AE students are permitted to enroll in will be open and advertised to the entire college population. AE students are not eligible for continuing student priority registration status so some classes may be full by the time an AE student registers for classes. Also note: 

  • All opportunities to enroll in an equivalent course at the student's school of attendance or school district must be exhausted
  • Students are required to meet all course prerequisites to enroll in a course 
  • There are specific Sierra College courses AE students cannot take so be sure to view the Academic Enrichment Restricted Course List
  • Students may enroll in a maximum of 11 units per term

Additionally, AE students may not audit any class (i.e., attend a class without officially registering) and cannot enroll in honors classes or any courses for which health and safety is a consideration at Sierra College. 

How do I get started?

  1. Meet with your high school counselor
    Your high school counselor must sign the Academic Enrichment Program Application to verify that you qualify.
  2. Apply to Sierra College
    Complete the Sierra College online application and indicate on the application that you are a high school student.
  3. Provide documentation to Admissions and Records
    Turn in the following documents in-person with a photo ID:
    • Completed and signed Academic Enrichment Permission Form
    • High school transcript if in 10th grade or higher
    • Documentation of age (if homeschooled or if age is not on high school transcript)
    • Assessment scores
    • A Department of Education affidavit is required if students are homeschooled or attend a charter school
  4. Accept College Terms and Conditions
    After you apply, you will receive a Welcome to Sierra email with instructions to activate your mySierra account. Log into your mySierra and click on the Terms and Conditions link to accept.
  5. Register for classes online
    Log into your mySierra. Click on the “Registration and Classes,” link, then click on the “Add, Drop, or Withdraw from Classes" link. In preparation for class registration, you could do the following:
    • Make sure the class you want isn't restricted. Review the Academic Enrichment Restricted Course List
    • Prepare a tentative class schedule with possible days and times using the Sierra College Class Schedule
    • Check for course prerequisites and corequisites
    • Look for your specific registration date and time. You will receive an email and a notification in mySierra. On or after that date and time, log into mySierra and click on "Registration and Classes," then click "View my Registration Eligibility and Holds." You are allowed a maximum of 11 units each semester or summer term. Your registration is available the day after open registration begins (see Academic Calendar for specific dates).
  6. View your bill in mySierra for any student fees
    While tuition is free, fees may include the cost of books and materials, health fees, etc.

Taking college classes at your high school may be known as Dual Enrollment.

What is Dual Enrollment?

This program allows high school students to enroll in college courses offered at their high school while also completing their high school classes. They receive high school and college credit when they successfully complete all high school and college classes they enrolled in.

Who is eligible?

Students who attend one of these participating high schools.

  • Bear River
  • Center
  • Colfax
  • CTE Works
  • Del Oro
  • Foresthill
  • Granite Bay
  • Lincoln
  • Maidu
  • Placer
  • Rocklin
  • Whitney
  • Western Sierra Collegiate Academy (WSCA)

How do I get started?

  1. Find a class from the list of college courses at your high school counselor's office.
  2. Meet with your high school counselor to review your high school needs and other requirements. If approved to participate, you’ll receive an approval form to fill out.
  3. During the first week of class, you will apply to the college and submit the completed approval form in your class. You will be added to the class by Sierra College after the class begins and your paperwork is processed.

What is 2+2 Articulation?

The 2+2 Articulation program starts at the high school. Students must first successfully complete an eligible high school/ROP course. Students will receive high school credit upon successful completion of the course. College credit is earned upon successful completion of any three-unit course at Sierra College. Note: The Sierra College course does not have to be in the same discipline as the high school course.

Who is eligible for 2+2?

Students in specific high school courses that have an articulated agreement with Sierra College.

How do I get started?

  1. Meet with your high school counselor to see if your school offers this option
  2. Complete the high school course

What do I do next?

  1. Once the final grade posts, request a copy of your official high school transcript
  2. Enroll and complete any three-unit class at Sierra College
  3. Visit The Hub to request a “2+2 Articulation Credit Process information sheet” and “2+2 petition” 
  4. Follow the instructions on the petition to complete the process, which will include submitting the petition and your high school transcript

Contact the Hub: Student Help Center

Rocklin Campus A 101
Email: hub@sierracollege.edu 
Phone: (916) 660-7300

Fall and Spring Hours
M-Th: 8:00am – 7:00pm
F: 8:00am – 5:00pm