High School Student Information
The college maintains its commitment to provide opportunities for qualified and eligible high school students to attend MSJC as special admit students as defined by the Education Code. The Education Code and legislation emphasizes that students attending as special admits (also referred to as concurrent enrollment) should be those that “would benefit from advanced scholastic or vocational work…” Further, the intent of the law is to “…provide educational enrichment opportunities for a limited number of eligible pupils…”
Guidelines for special admit high school students:
The college has established guidelines for special admit high school student’s which includes the following criteria. This is general criteria and not an absolute guarantee for admission. Each student and case is evaluated individually using multiple measures.
STUDENTS MUST MEET ALL CRITERIA
- Currently in grade 11 or 12*.
- Students must follow the matriculation guidelines/processes; completion of MSJC online application for admission, completion of online orientation and assessment at MSJC, with appropriate scores that indicate an ability to benefit from college level work.
- A cumulative 3.0 high school GPA is generally required for academic courses such as math, English, history, etc. The college will need to review official transcripts to verify GPA.
- A cumulative 2.0 high school GPA is generally required for vocational courses such as automotive, computer science, multi-media, etc. The college will need to review official transcripts to verify GPA.
- Completion of MSJC School/Parent Agreement form.
- Recommendation by the high school principal via signature (this may not be delegated to a designee).
- Endorsement of Parent/Guardian via signature.
*Note: Students in the second semester of grade 9 or who are in grade 10 showing exceptional ability will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The same guidelines required of 11th and 12th grade students also apply to the 9th and 10th grade students. In addition, a letter of recommendation (using school letterhead) from a teacher in the same discipline for requested enrollment must be included.
Frequently Asked Questions
What other signatures or materials are required?
The student will need to provide a completed School/Parent Agreement form to MSJC with both the high school principal’s and the parent/guardian's signature of endorsement. Official high school transcripts and any other required letters of support should also be attached. The college will only accept complete application packets. (Please view Concurrent Enrollment Checklist at the bottom of this page)
Are there any deadlines? What is the suggested timeline?
The only deadline is that all of the requirements and documentation must be presented prior to the start of the class. Students should plan accordingly to ensure they can complete the assessment and orientation process, as well as assemble all of the required documents and signatures prior to the above mentioned date. (Please view Concurrent Enrollment Checklist at the bottom of this page)
What type of course load and courses may a student take?
Special admit high school students may take a maximum of two courses up to a total of 8 units in any one semester. The only courses that are not allowed for special admit students are:
- Courses numbered below the 070 level, such as English 062.
- “Lab only” physical education courses. Any physical education course must have a lecture component to qualify for special admit students.
Special admit students must meet stated course prerequisites these are listed in the course descriptions(s).
Does a special admit student need to apply each semester?
The student will need to complete and submit the School/Parent Agreement form with all of the appropriate signatures and transcripts each semester, even if they have attended before. They will not need to complete another college application unless they have missed two or more semesters. Also, they will not need to repeat the assessment and orientation process again.
What if a high school student is denied or does not meet the criteria and would like to challenge this decision?
A student denied to attend the college as a special admit may appeal the decision. To do this, the student must complete and submit the Request for Appeal of Denial form, attach a brief statement as to why they are appealing the denial with rationale as to why they should be permitted to attend, and a copy of the School/Parent Agreement form. The appeal will be submitted to the Vice President of Instruction for a decision.
Below is the High School Concurrent Enrollment Packet with Frequently Asked Questions, Checklist, and School/Parent Agreement Form for High School student.