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High school students can take community college classes while in high school.*  Best of all, they do not need to pay registration fees for these classes.

Reasons to Take a Community College Class
A. Satisfy high school graduation requirements. Confirm that the college course satisfies the WHS graduation requirement with your counselor before you enroll in the class.
B. Satisfy the minimum enrollment requirement. Juniors can take 5 WHS classes and 1 college course per semester. Seniors can take 4 WHS classes and 1 community college class per semester.
D. Demonstrate the capacity to undertake college-level work to the 4-year colleges. 
E. Explore a possible career interest or advance in math or English.
 
 
Enrollment Steps: How do I enroll in a college class?
 
Step 1. See what local colleges are offering during the upcoming semester (Canada, CSM) or quarter (Foothill):
 
Step 2. Apply online to make an account with the community college. You will apply as a "Concurrent Enrollment" student since you are attending high school full-time right now. You will receive an ID# by email.
 
If you want to take an English or math class, contact the community college's counseling office at least two weeks before the class begins. If your high school grades or AP scores cannot be used to determine your eligibility, you may need to go to the college's Assessment Office for placement testing.
 
Step 3. Contact your counselor if you want to take a community college class to satisfy a WHS graduation requirement. Send her/him an email to find out if certain college classes have been approved by our district. Do this at least two weeks before classes start at the community college. 
 
Step 4. Use the college ID# to complete a Concurrent Enrollment form. The form requires the signatures of your parent/guardian and counselor. Meet with your counselor IN PERSON to complete this step.
 
San Mateo Community College District: Complete the Concurrent Enrollment Form When you
have the required signatures, take a scan/take a picture of the completed form and upload it to your
WebSMART account.
 
  Foothill-DeAnza Community College District: Follow these instructions.
 

Step 5:  Log in to your community college account to register for the class. You may need to "Add" the class to complete the enrollment process. Make sure you are earning a letter grade. 

 
The student is responsible for:
adding or dropping the course(s) before the semester deadlines;
finding transportation to and from the college;
renting or buying the required textbook(s);
buying any online access code for homework and/or scantrons from the college bookstore; 
communicating with the professor regarding her/his academic progress.
 
* High school students can take a limited number of units per semester. Some departments do not permit high school students to enroll in their classes (e.g., Business). Students must meet prerequisites to enroll in community college classes.