Students

Early College Program
Early College Program

About the Program

The Early College Program is a partnership between Summerville and Columbia which allows juniors and seniors to take college classes concurrently with their high school classes. Summerville grade level coordinators will work with students to help adjust their high school schedule to best adapt to their college course schedule. For additional information please click on the above link or contact Mr. Atkins at 209-928-4228 ext 229 or datkins@summbears.net

 Requirements 

  • Be on track with their graduation requirements
  • Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and meet eligibility requirements
  • Sign and submit the Early College Contract
  • Sign and return the Columbia College Free Transcript Request
  • Pay the health services fee (approximately $30)
  • Submit required registration forms for Columbia College.
  • They must have a minimum of two classes per day at Summerville High.

When students select course options through Columbia, final approval will be required by the GLC or Principal. Students may replace up to four elective classes at the high school with the equivalent amount of credits at the college. High school students earn 5.0 credits per semester class taken at the high school. Each credit for a college course is worth 3.3 high school credits. An example of this calculation: A 3 unit college class is worth 10 high school semester credits. Therefore, a student could enroll in one 3.0 unit college class, and replace 2-semester high school classes.

Replacing a Required Summerville Course

If a student would like to replace a Summerville High required course during the school year (see list of required courses below) they must first pass an academic college-level course with at least a B. For example, a student could take a history class at Columbia and earn a B or an A, and then in a future semester take English 1A at Columbia to replace either their 11th or 12th grade Summerville English course.

In 11th grade, students are required to enroll on the Summerville campus in:

  • English
  • Math
  • US History
  • PE

In 12th grade, students are required to enroll on the Summerville campus in:

  • English
  • Senior Seminar
  • Government/Economics
  • One elective course

2018-2019 Early College Program Application

It is recommended that students enroll in classes that begin after 2pm at the college, or enroll in online classes; students will then have the option of not enrolling in high school classes during periods 4A and 4B, or 1A/1B.
Early College Program

Registering for Classes

It is recommended that students enroll in classes that begin after 2 pm at the college, or enroll in online classes; students will then have the option of not enrolling in high school classes during periods 4A and 4B, or 1A/1B.

For course offerings at Columbia College, see their website, gocolumbia.edu.

To apply, click on “Admissions”. To see the class schedule, follow the link that says “class schedule.” To apply, click on “Apply Now.” Then, on the left side of the page, click on “Special Admit/High School Students.” http://www.gocolumbia.edu/admissions/highschoolstudents.php

Before students register for classes, they must first apply to the college. This can be done online, but the additional high school forms must be submitted (fee waiver, health form, and concurrent enrollment petition). These can be emailed, faxed (from high school office) or delivered to the admissions office on the campus.

Attached are the concurrent enrollment forms for Columbia that must be completed by student, parent, and principal before students can register. The registration date for high school students will be in early June. Once you receive your Columbia College ID number and email, check it to get your actual registration date.

For Math or English courses, students must first take a placement test at Columbia College. The dates of these placement tests are on their website. Students must have registered for admission and received a Columbia College ID before taking the placement tests.

COST

There is no tuition fee for high school students to enroll in classes at Columbia. However, they are required to pay the health services fee (approximately $30), and purchase or rent required textbooks. This is a GREAT deal for earning college credits!

For information on which courses meet transfer requirements for a 4-year university, visit www.assist.org OR view the information on IGETC on the Columbia website.