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.

Learn more about how to: 

Take Classes at Sierra College (Academic Enrichment Program)

Take College Classes at Your High School (Dual Enrollment)

What is Academic Enrichment?

What is Dual Enrollment? 

A program that allows high school students to earn college credits for free at their local Sierra College campus (or online). A tuition-free program that allows students to earn high school and college credits from the same class on their high school campus.

Who is Eligible for Academic Enrichment? 

Who is Eligible for Dual Enrollment?

  • Students who attend a high school or adult school, which have a current Academic Enrichment Compliance Form on file with Sierra College, or

  • Students who provide an affidavit indicating they are legally home-schooled or attending a charter school, which have a current Academic Enrichment Compliance form on file with Sierra College

  • Students who have completed the equivalent of 8th grade and are in good academic standing 

 

Students who attend one of these participating high schools (listed by district):

NJUHSD: Bitney, Bear River, Nevada Union, Silver Springs

PUHSD: Colfax, Confluence, Del Oro, Foresthill, Maidu, Placer, Placer School of the Arts

RJUHSD: Adelante, Antelope, Granite Bay, Independence, Oakmont, Roseville, Woodcreek

RUSD: Rocklin, Whitney

WPUSD: Lincoln, Twelve Bridges

Other: Center, CTE Works, Western Sierra Collegiate Academy

Steps to Enroll in Academic Enrichment

Steps to Enroll in Dual Enrollment

  1. Meet with your high school counselor. Verify your eligibility and discuss your class options.

  2. Apply to Sierra College. Apply online through OpenCCC and indicate that you are a high school student. We recommend using a personal email address and not a school email. Watch a video to view steps on how to apply to our Academic Enrichment program.

  3. Set up your mySierra account. Refer to your Welcome email and use the password reset tool to create your account. If you have not received the Welcome email, contact outreach@sierracollege.edu.

  4. Complete the Program Application. Please note there are two different forms for different schools.

  5. Accept College Terms and Conditions. Log into mySierra and click on the Terms and Conditions link to accept.

  6. Register for classes in mySierra
  1. Meet with your high school counselor. Verify that you qualify and discuss your class options.

  2. Apply to Sierra College. Apply online through OpenCCC and indicate that you are a high school student. We recommend using a personal email address and not a school email. Watch a video to view steps on how to apply to our Dual Enrollment program.

  3. Set up your mySierra account. Refer to your Welcome email and use the password reset tool to create your account. If you have not received the Welcome email, contact outreach@sierracollege.edu.

  4. Complete the Dual Enrollment Permission e-form. During the first week of class (or prior to), you will receive a link to this form, which you can access using your mySierra username and password.

  5. Parent/guardian and counselor e-form signatures. After you e-sign and submit the e-form, it will be routed to the parent/guardian you provided in the form, then to your high school counselor, and back to Sierra College. Video for Parents: How to sign the Dual Enrollment e-form.

  6. Class registration. Sierra College will register you in the class(es) you were approved for. You can then check with your instructor or your mySierra account to confirm you were enrolled in the class.

View our Academic Enrichment Policies and Guidelines

View the Dual Enrollment Policies and Guidelines

Step 4 of Academic Enrichment Enrollment Process

Select the appropriate program application form:

Fall 2022 Program Application e-Form

For all schools listed on the Dual Enrollment list of participating schools, plus John Adams Academy (Lincoln and Roseville), South Sutter Charter, The Cottonwood School, and Visions in Education

  • Student: Use your mySierra login to access the form

  • Parent/Guardian: You will receive an email from Dynamic Forms to sign. Use the link provided in the email to create a Dynamics Forms account with your own name and email address. Watch our video: How to sign up for Academic Enrichment using the e-form

Please Note

  • Student and parent/guardian need to have separate accounts to be able to sign the form electronically. 
  • After parent/guardian signs the form, it will automatically be sent to the student's high school counselor to sign, then routed to Sierra College for processing. Students will receive confirmation in their mySierra email. Please allow up to five business days for processing, once the form is fully completed.
  • Once step 4 is completed, please complete Academic Enrichment steps 5 and 6.
PDF Application Form: All Semesters

For all schools not listed for the e-form. Send completed form to outreach@sierracollege.edu. Once processed, a confirmation email will be sent to your Sierra email. Please allow up to five (5) days for processing.

Please Note

Accommodation Services for Academic Enrichment and Dual Enrollment

The Sierra College Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) provides accommodation services to Sierra College students who have documented disabilities.

  • Academic accommodations available at the college level differ from those available at the high school level.
  • Dual Enrollment students must follow the same registration process as Sierra College students when requesting DSPS services. The registration process is found online at www.sierracollege.edu/dsps.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to provide documentation which verifies that the student's condition meets the definition of a disability as defined by applicable laws (i.e., Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008).
  • Federal Law requires that requests for services for students with disabilities be considered on an individual, case-by-case basis.

Academic Enrichment and Dual Enrollment Course Questions

If you have questions about specific courses at Sierra College and how they relate to a particular career or major you’re considering, please schedule an appointment with a Sierra College Counselor. A counselor can help you understand how your Academic Enrichment or Dual Enrollment course fits into a pathway you are considering. Meeting with a Sierra College counselor should not replace meeting with your high school counselor. Please call the counseling office to book an appointment with:

  • Rocklin Campus: (916) 660-7400
  • Nevada County Campus: (530) 274-5303
  • Tahoe-Truckee Campus: (530) 550-2225

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