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Earn College Credits with your High School Classes

Jun 1, 2019

Some high school students seem to really be ahead of the game, loading up on advanced classes to boost their GPA. One of the benefits of taking advanced placement (AP) classes in high school is that you can then take AP High School Articulation exams that may earn college credit. This is a good idea, but an even better one is to pass high school classes that also can earn you college credit! It’s all made possible through written agreements between high schools and Diablo Valley College.

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How does it work?

The process typically begins when a high school teacher requests to align his or her class with a DVC class, but DVC may also reach out to the high school to indicate interest in offering credits for certain courses. The high school provides a course outline for review and then DVC Student meeting with advisorensures that students at the high school will receive the same student learning outcomes. If the class is approved, then an agreement is signed for three years. The college provides a final exam that will be given in the high school class. In most cases, for each approved class, the student can earn three semester units of college credit.

“To earn credit at DVC, the high school student needs to receive at least a C in their high school class, and at least a B on the final exam. The grade earned for the final exam is the Allison Albrightgrade that will appear on DVC’s transcript for the class. The high school instructor then walks the student through the process of completing the DVC application and registering on an online system where the student’s credits are recorded,” said Allison Albright, Student Services and Instructional Support Coordinator with Diablo Valley College.

How does does this help students get ahead?

  • College credits earned through an articulated high school class are free.
  • Students can avoid having to take classes that are essentially the same as classes they completed in high school.
  • Most of the credits earned will transfer to California State University campuses. Some University of California and private colleges will also accept transfer credits earned this way.
  • Students may be able to receive a certificate or degree faster. This saves both time and money.
  • Students only receive the college credit and associated grade if they earn at least a B on the final exam. This provides a safety net for students.

A total of 37 high schools and two adult education schools have entered into these types of agreements with DVC. The credits received can be applied towards a certificate or associate degree, and possibly towards a bachelor’s degree. Most of the courses that earn credit this way are career education classes, but Albright notes that DVC is beginning to expand beyond that.

“Our most popular classes for earning dual credits are offered through the culinary program and the art and digital media program. But there are courses in a range of other subject areas as well. We are in the process of creating a new agreement for our Introduction to Dance class,” said Albright.

For further information, and to find out which classes at your high school have been approved for credit with DVC, visit www.dvc.edu/hs-articulation or ask your high school guidance counselor.

Which classes are accepted for college credit?

Each high school and adult school has a list of classes that have been accepted for college credit. Depending on the school, available classes may be accepted for credit in one or more of the following subject areas at DVC:

  • Administration of justice
  • Art
  • Art and digital media
  • Business
  • Business accounting
  • Career development
  • Computer information systems
  • Computer network technology
  • Computer science
  • Construction
  • Culinary arts
  • Education
  • Electrical/electronics technology
  • Engineering
  • Engineering technology
  • Health science
  • Industrial design
  • Journalism

High School Articulation Agreements

Diablo Valley College has articulation agreements with the following schools:

  • Acalanes Adult Center
  • Alhambra High School
  • Alisal High School
  • Alternatives in Action Charter School
  • Amador Valley High School
  • American High School
  • Benicia High School
  • Bridgepoint High School
  • California High School
  • Campolindo High School
  • Castro Valley High School
  • Clayton Valley Charter High School
  • College Park High School
  • Concord High School
  • Conley-Carabello High School
  • Del Amigo High School
  • Del Valle High School
  • Dougherty Valley High School
  • Dublin High School
  • Granada High School
  • James Logan High School
  • John F. Kennedy High School
  • John Swett High School
  • Las Lomas High School
  • Liberty High School
  • Livermore High School
  • Martinez Adult School
  • Monte Vista High School
  • Mt. Diablo High School
  • MVROP Center
  • Newark Memorial High School
  • Northgate High School
  • Pittsburg High School
  • San Ramon Valley High School
  • Vicente High School
  • Village High School
  • Washington High School
  • Ygnacio Valley High School
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