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Free College Classes for HS Students (Dual/Concurrent Enrollment)

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West LA College provides two programs that give students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school tuition free. Our goal is to ensure a smoother transition from high school to college for all students by providing them with greater exposure to higher education.

  1. The Dual Enrollment Program allows high school students to enroll in college classes offered by West on their high school campusThis option is only available at select schools. Contact your high school counselor for more information.
  2. The Concurrent Enrollment Program allows high school students to enroll in college classes offered by West online or on West's campus.

 

Update: Individuals age 16 and older who have left traditional high schools and are enrolled in an adult high school diploma (HSD) or high school equivalency (HSE) program can also enroll in free college classes through concurrent enrollment. Visit the Adult Concurrent Enrollment website for more information.


How to Participate in Dual/Concurrent Enrollment

Step by Step Process


STEP 1: Obtain an active LACCD ID#

If you already have an LACCD ID# and have taken an LACCD college course within the last 12 months, you can skip this step. If not, you must

 

Complete the online application to West LA College.


STEP 2: Complete the Supplemental Application for Admission of Students in Grades K-12 (i.e. K-12 Form)

You must have an active LACCD ID# to complete this step. LACCD ID#s begin with 88 or 900 and are 9-digits long. Ex: 881234567 or 900123456. 

 

Submit the Digital K-12 Form

Students, parents/guardians, and counselors must all create a dynamic forms account to digitally sign the form. Follow the instructions and video linked above.


STEP 3: Log in to your student portal and enroll yourself in the class.

You must have an active LACCD ID# and a processed K-12 Form in order to complete this step

 

Enroll at mycollege.laccd.edu

 


STEP 4: Attend the class!

You will receive access to Canvas within 24 hours of enrolling in the class

  • All WLAC Online/Hybrid classes will be taught using the Canvas course management system. Please be aware that you may not be able to access your courses until the official start date of the term. Instructors need to publish their courses in order for you to see and have access to them.

  • If this is your first time taking an online class, please check out the following resource pages Course Login Info, For Students, Canvas Guides. We also recommend enrolling in BSICSKL 105CE - Student Success in Online & Hybrid Classes.

 


Recommended Classes for High School Students

Academic Preparation - For students looking to strengthen their skills in English, Math, and Science.

College and Career Readiness - For students interested in exploring post-secondary education and careers.

UC/CSU General Education - For students that want to get a head start on satisfying the lower division general education requirements for the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems.

Find the most up-to-date information in our Searchable Schedule of Classes


Frequently Asked Questions

How much will this cost?

Tuition is FREE! High school students concurrently enrolled in a public school district are exempt from enrollment fees charged for all terms, including summer (LACCD Board Rule 8100.03). Enrollment fees are waived for students taking 11 units or less during the Fall and Spring semesters or 5 units or less during the Summer term.

Students are still responsible for purchasing textbooks and other school materials. The college may also charge an $11 health fee (certain categories of students are exempt) and, where applicable, a $2 student representation fee (LACCD Administrative Regulation E-87).

Can I get high school credit?

Students shall receive college credit for course work completed. The student must make arrangements for receiving high school credit with their respective high school (LACCD Administrative Regulation E-87).

Can a parent/guardian access their child's transcripts?

Parents or guardians will not have access to a student's records (including grades and transcripts) without the student's written consent (LACCD Administrative Regulation E-87).

Why do I have a HOLD on my account?

Class registration for high school students is limited to those classes requested on the K-12 form. A new K-12 form is required every term and class registration is not permitted until this form is received and processed.

The hold on your account lets us know you are a current high school student. It will not be removed until you graduate high school and submit a High School Graduation Update Form

This hold will not affect ordering transcripts. Please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@wlac.edu or through live chat for support.

Can the K-12 form I submit to West be used for other LACCD colleges?

No. Although West is part of the LA Community College District, each school within the District has it's own policies and procedures. K-12 forms submitted to West will only allow enrollment for classes at West. If you would also like to enroll at another LACCD college, please reach out to that college's Admissions Office for more information on their process for concurrent enrollment.

My K-12 form was processed, but I still can't enroll because my class has a pre-requisite. How do I clear a pre-requisite?

Pre-requisites can be cleared through one of the following processes:

  • Pre-requisite Challenge Petition: Complete this petition if you believe you have the appropriate documented knowledge, experience, or ability to succeed in the WLAC course you wish to enroll in and for which a pre-requisite is specified. Email the completed petition and supporting documentation (i.e. transcripts, personal statement, etc.) to the department chairperson. Emails for department chairpersons can be found here.
  • Pre-requisite Clearance Form: Complete this form if you believe a course or assessment taken at another college or university meets the pre-requisite for a WLAC course you wish to enroll in. Email the completed form to appeals@wlac.edu.

What's the difference between credit and noncredit?

In general, credit courses are designed for students who are interested in earning college units towards a degree, certificate, or to transfer. Students who take credit courses receive a letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F) at the end of the semester.

Noncredit courses are classes offered through our College and Career Preparation division. They are intended for students who want to acquire or strengthen skills to succeed academically, enter the workforce, or advance on the job. Students who take noncredit courses do not receive a letter grade. Noncredit classes are graded Pass or No Pass, which does not affect a student's GPA.

What's the difference between a synchronous and an asynchronous online class?

Nearly all classes have been converted to an online learning platform in response to COVID-19. Synchronous classes are conducted remotely with REQUIRED virtual scheduled meetings. Asynchronous classes are conducted remotely with NO required virtual scheduled meetings. Some classes will be both synchronous and asynchronous with SOME REQUIRED virtual scheduled meetings. Please review class notes for details or contact the instructor for more information on how their class will be conducted.