Get ahead. Save money. And put your credits to use. Find out how you can take courses in high school that will get you on the path to your college education early.
Earn College Credit in High School Through Academic Enrichment or Dual Enrollment
At Sierra College, we offer two tracks for earning college credit while still in high school, at a participating school, or at Sierra College: Academic EnrichmentandDual Enrollment. Both options are tuition-free, and the credits you earn may count for both high school and college requirements. Taking college classes in high school is not only a smart financial decision, but an investment in your future.
Plus, if you decide to attend a two-year California Community College once you graduate from high school, earning college credit now will not affect your eligibility for Two Years Free.
Option 1: Academic Enrichment
The Academic Enrichment Program allows high school students to earn college credits for free at their local Sierra College campus (or online).
Eligibility for Students
Students who attend a high school or adult school, which have a current Academic Enrichment Compliance Form on file with Sierra College
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
Eligibility for Schools (including Homeschools)
Schools that wish to participate must complete this Compliance Form every year (good for Fall, Spring, Summer) to specify the authorized approvers
Meet with your high school counselor. Verify your eligibility and discuss your class options.
Once processed, a confirmation email will be sent to your Sierra email. Please allow up to five (5) days for processing.
Student and parent/guardian need to have separate email 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
Every year, high schools (including homeschools) must submit an updated Academic Enrichment Compliance Form with the names and signatures of all authorized personnel for the Program Application. If the individual is not listed on the form, we cannot process the application.
The course credit and grades you receive will become part of your permanent college record.
You must meet all course prerequisites to enroll in a course, which may require providing transcripts.
Students are responsible for being aware of and adhering to policies, procedures and deadlines (including Add/Drop deadlines) as they pertain to Sierra College students. For example, if you are not present for the first class meeting, you may be dropped from the class.
You must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA at Sierra College to be allowed to continue in classes as an academic enrichment student.
The parent / guardian assumes financial responsibility for all fees incurred by their academic enrichment student.
Students seeking accommodations for disabilities must meet with a Sierra College Student Accessibility counselor and submit disability verification from a qualified professional. Sierra cannot participate in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process but will consider high school IEPs as part of the accommodation request. By statute, the accommodations available for students and the support offered are different at the high school and college levels, so the accommodations granted at the college may differ from those approved through the IEP process.
Students may be interacting socially with adult college students and may be exposed to discussions, readings, and visual materials of a mature nature. Students will be expected to conform to the same performance standards as any other college students as set forth in course outlines and syllabi. Sierra College is not responsible for the social interactions of students and is released from the responsibility of monitoring concurrently enrolled minor students should a class meeting or course be canceled.
Per Education Code Section 4906, parents of community college students do not have a right to access their student’s records, regardless of whether the student is under the age of 18. High school students attending Sierra College must abide by the same FERPA laws as any other college student. For more information on FERPA laws please visit the US Department of Education website.
Upon graduation from high school, you can re-apply to Sierra College as a first-time college student.
The Dual Enrollment Program tuition-free program that allows students to earn high school and college credits from the same class on their high school campus.
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
Note: This not be a comprehensive list. If your high school is not listed and you would like more information, contact Nigel Haikins-Appiah, Program Director of Dual Enrollment Management, at (916) 660-7505 or email@example.com.
Meet with your high school counselor. Verify that you qualify and discuss your class options.
Although these courses are held on high school campuses and may be taught by high school instructors, they are college courses and all College rules apply. Your student will be treated as a college student, not as a high school student, in dual enrollment classes. In college courses, students are expected to be aware of college and course rules, processes, and expectations even if the instructor has not specifically referenced them in class. Refer to the college catalogue for a complete listing of Sierra College policies and procedures.
The course credit and grades earned will become part of the student’s permanent college record. There is no way to remove Ws or substandard grades (D, F) from a college transcript. Classes in which a student receives a passing grade cannot be retaken later for a higher grade.
Students must meet all course prerequisites to enroll in a course, which may require assessment tests.
Students may enroll in a combined maximum of 11 units per term between Dual Enrollment and Academic Enrichment courses.
Upon graduation from high school, students must submit a new application to be considered a first-time college student.
Students are responsible for being aware of and adhering to policies, procedures and deadlines (including Add/Drop deadlines) as they pertain to Sierra College students, including attendance requirements.
The parent or guardian assumes financial responsibility for any fees incurred at Sierra College by his or her dual enrollment student.
Dual enrollment students are not eligible for state or federal financial aid.
The Sierra College Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) provides accommodation services to Sierra College students who have documented disabilities. Visit the College in High School page on the Sierra website for information on how to request accommodation services.
Students may be exposed to discussions, readings, and visual materials of a mature nature. Students will be expected to conform to the same performance standards as any other college students as set forth in course outlines and syllabi and no alternate assignments will be provided. Sierra College is not responsible for the social interactions of students.
Under Section 49061 of the Education Code, parents of community college students do not have a right of access to their children’s student records, regardless of whether the student is under the age of 18. High school students attending Sierra College must abide by the same FERPA laws as any other college student. For more information on FERPA laws please visit their website. Although the dual enrollment class may be taught by a high school teacher, the instructor will not be able to talk to you about your student’s performance in the class and College staff will not provide parents or guardians with information about the student’s record, including log-in information for MySierra.
The Sierra College Student Accessibility Services 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 Student Accessibility Services.
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.
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 contact the counseling office to book an appointment with: