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High School Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent Enrollment in Community College Courses

Concurrent Enrollment in Community College Courses

We are very fortunate in California to have a Community College system that allows high school students to take community college courses and earn high school credits and college units at the same time. Units earned through community college courses may be used to fulfill SVA’s high school core and elective course requirements. SVA encourages its students to take advantage of the opportunities the community colleges offer and include these courses in their graduation plan.
Community College courses completed by the student are worth 3.3 times the credit toward high school graduation requirements. This is an excellent way for high school students to earn credit.  Credit values are rounded up and are converted as follows:
1 unit college course =   3   high school credits
2 unit college course =   7   high school credits
3 unit college course =  10  high school credits
4 unit college course =  13  high school credits
5 unit college course =  17  high school credits
Concurrent enrollment is possible through any California community college. Many of our high school students attend Shasta College to complete requirements for graduation and include these courses as part of their graduation plans. 
Please note the following information from Shasta College:
“Students should note that course content for college courses is not altered for concurrently enrolled high school students and is intended for adults.” Therefore, if a student has any question of the suitability or content of a course, please contact the college instructor.

Student eligibility for concurrent college education:

  • Student is in ninth grade or above unless approved by the Director.
  • Student must maintain a “C” average in SVA high school courses.
  • Student, parent and SVA Teacher agree that a college course is appropriate.
  • College courses are consistent with the student’s educational plan.
  • Students are limited to one college course until successful completion of that first college course with a “C” or better.
  • After successful completion of the first college course with a “C” or better, a student will be approved for up to three college courses per semester with units totaling no more than 11 college units.
  • If a student fails a course, they will need to retake that course, or the prerequisite to the course, before taking any other college courses.

Shasta Community College Concurrent Enrollment Procedures: 

Please go to the following Shasta College website for helpful tools, how-to videos, and instructions on becoming a Shasta College concurrent enrollment student.
Textbooks for Community College Courses
SVA will pay for or rent student college course textbooks required for a course. Once registered for a course, students will complete an SVA Community College Course Information Form and submit it to their SVA Teacher. Your SVA Teacher gives this information to our librarian who will order from the college bookstore. The college bookstore will call the student when the curriculum is available for pick up.  Note: When a student’s curriculum is rented, it must be returned to the college bookstore before the end of each semester. When the curriculum is bought by SVA for the student, the text is returned to SVA at the end of the semester. Parents will be charged if rentals or purchased texts are not returned and SVA will also no longer rent or purchase texts for your student for future community college courses.
Master Agreements and Report Cards:
Courses taken at a Community College are listed on a student’s Master Agreement. No work samples need to be turned into SVA, however, your SVA Teacher will discuss how the course is going with the student, and will provide any needed support. 
SVA records the college course grade on a student’s report card and transcript. Each semester, it is the student’s responsibility to print an unofficial transcript (from their MyShasta account) and give it to their SVA Teacher.  Only then can an SVA Teacher enter the grade and credits on a semester report card and import to the student’s transcript.
Community College Courses and a Student’s Grade Point Average
Community College courses that are eligible to transfer to a four-year college, and are taken to fulfill a SVA high school core course requirement, are weighted higher for purposes of SVA’s student Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation.