Concurrent enrollment in college courses by high school students is a privilege provided by Cerro Coso Community College. This process applies to ALL students who are currently enrolled in any school in the K-12 system, including an adult school program. Cerro Coso does not usually admit students under the 9th grade high school status. However, exceptions may be made for young students who have been or can be designated as qualifying for the "Gifted and Talented" program. Students in the latter category must be identified and documented by the school district office and then enrollment is restricted to those college classes that fall within their Gifted and Talented category.
In order for students to be placed in course work in a quick and effective manner, it is important that the process for enrollment is followed and that all instructions are read and understood by the parent or guardian, prospective student and school official.
Becoming a Student at Cerro Coso
- Fill out the Cerro Coso application form online. [Quick instructions].
- Determine Eligibility for Courses. Take assessment tests.
These are required for students taking English, Mathematics, and Reading classes and recommended for all students. You can sign up for the Cerro Coso placement test by calling (760) 384-6219.
- Submit high school transcript.
This is required for students taking Math classes and recommended for all students.
- Download and print the Concurrent Student Enrollment/Release form.
- Student/Parent Section: Parent and student must complete all of the information requested on the Student/Parent section of the Concurrent Enrollment Form. The parent or guardian must sign this form if the student is under the age of 18 years old and BEFORE the student will be allowed to register for courses. NOTE: if the college class is to be used for HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT, the student must sign on the line provided.
- *School Official Section: Student meets with a high school principal, counselor or designee to review student record and student copy of assessment results, if appropriate. If assessment indicates the desired course work is appropriate, high school official completes and signs the School Official Section.
- Grade Level: Indicate grade level student will be at time of the start of the course. The student must qualify for freshman class standing or qualify for the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program. GATE verification forms can be obtained at the school district office and must be submitted with the Concurrent Enrollment Form.
- Grade Point Average: If a student wishes to enroll in a college class he or she must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.75. Exceptions to this policy will be made on a case by case basis and must include a statement of the basis for the exception from the high school official.
- Course Name: The complete title and number of the course should be entered here. NOTE: Students enrolled full-time in a high school program will not be approved to take more than one three-unit college class. Decisions to allow a high school student to take more than one three-unit college class will be made on a case-by-case basis and only after a thorough review of the student's previous progress.
- Credit: One of these boxes must be checked. The school official must indicate whether the course will be taken for high school credit, college credit, or both. If high school credit only is selected, the credit CANNOT ever be converted to college credit.
- Initials of School Official: Please individually initial each course being approved. The Cerro Coso counselor will consider only courses initialed. Enrollment for concurrent students starts two weeks after the open registration date.
- Release Approval: The signature, title and contact number of the school official is required before the student can register for classes.
- Submit the completed Concurrent Enrollment Form for Counselor Approval.
Once a course has been approved via the Concurrent Enrollment Form by the parent or guardian, prospective student, and school official, the form must be submitted to the Cerro Coso Counseling Department for a college counselor or educational advisor signature. If you are local, forms can be brought in to the counseling center at the closest Cerro Coso campus on a drop-in basis. For students who are not located near any of our campuses, forms can be faxed to (760) 375-6255, Attention: Counseling. Incomplete forms will not be processed.
- Register for classes.
You cannot register online. You will be registered by the Admissions and Records Office either in person or via the faxed form submitted by the Counseling Office. Forms will not be processed until two weeks after the open registration date and you will not be added to a waitlist. It is important to follow-up on forms that have been faxed to verify that they have been received by the appropriate office. Any questions or concerns may be directed to the Counseling Office at (760) 384-6219.
- Resubmit the Concurrent Student Enrollment/Release form each semester you are attending Cerro Coso as a Concurrent Enrollment Student