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Spring 2021 Advanced Education Applications

We will accept applications for Spring 2021 November 16th, 2020 - January 8th, 2021..
NOTE: Advanced Education students Spring enrollment date is December 17th - 18th 2020. They cannot be enrolled in classes prior to that date.

If you are a current high school student

You may be eligible to concurrently enroll in two college courses each semester as an advanced education student if:

  • You have completed the 10th grade or will be at least 16 years old by the first day of instruction;
  • You demonstrate exemplary academic achievement as evidenced by a GPA of 2.7 or above, an analysis of transcripts, assessment results, letters of support from high school counselors and teachers, and/or other academic success indicators;
  • The course you want to take is not available to you at your school;
  • The course is not remedial (1-99 classes);
  • The course is not being repeated due to an unsatisfactory grade;
  • The course is for advanced study and you are able to demonstrate adequate preparation and completed prerequisites for the course.

    Packet Submission Deadlines and Orientations

    Advanced Education Application Packet Submission Information

    Students will need to submit their complete Advanced Education packet to either the Advanced Education email address: or to the ARC Main Counseling Center Advanced Education dropbox by one of the packet submission deadlines listed below - Students receive a confirmation email within four business days to their Los Rios Gmail

    The following steps are required to complete the advanced education process

    Step 1: ARC College Application

    All steps must be completed before the semester begins

    NEW Students: Complete the ARC application online indicating you are an Advanced Education student and not a new student (and not a continuing student if you have taken classes at ARC before). After receiving your Los Rios Student I.D number, Log on to eServices with Student ID number, set eServices password, and select your ARC major. Continuing Students: Log into eServices and complete the Supplemental Enrollment form

    Step 2: Advanced Education Packet

    All steps must be completed before the semester begins

    Read and complete the entire TWO page Advanced Education Application. The application must have requested courses filled in and approved by your high school principal or authorized designee and requires signatures from you (both pages), your parent/guardian, and your high school principal/authorized designee.  You can list up to four course options; however you may only enroll in two courses during a given semester.  This application packet must include the following documents:

    1. Copy of high school transcript
    2. High school class schedule (Fall and Spring only, not required for Summer semester)
    3. Private School Affidavit: Please provide a copy of the private or home school affidavit if your school is not listed here
    4. Documentation of age (if not provided on your high school transcript).

    Check to see if your school has submitted a list of authorized signers. If not, this list can be sent to Advanced Ed e-mail

    Highly Recommended: Complete the Los Rios online orientation

    Step 3: Course Prerequisites

    All steps must be completed before the semester begins

    If your course has a English or Math prerequisite your proof of prerequisite, or your AP/IB or EAP score must be included in your packet. If you do not have test scores, please take a copy of your high school transcript to the Assessment Center (located in the Welcome and Support Center building) to receive your math placement.

    American River College's Interim Advanced Education Placement Guidelines for Math and English

    Math - Please view our math pathways to determine the correct math course for your major.

    1. Students who have completed 10th grade with a cumulative gpa of 2.7 or higher may take the appropriate math course.
    2. The math placement for Advanced Ed students will be based upon the student's in-progress cumulative gpa and the last math course completed.


    1. Students who have completed 10th grade with a cumulative gpa of 3.0 or higher may take ENGWR 300.
    2. Students who have completed 10th grade with a cumulative gpa of 2.7 to 2.99 may take ENGWR 300 but are strongly recommended to also take ENGWR 306, Writing Across the Curriculum AND they are required to submit a letter of support from their last or current high school English teacher stating that the student is capable of college-level work.

    Note: Assessment testing is required for placement into transfer level ESL courses. For more information regarding all assessment tests and the new standard assessment practices in the Los Rios district, please visit the Placement website.

    Step 4: Submit your Advanced Education packet

    All steps must be completed before the semester begins

    Submit your Advanced Education packet via email to Advanced Education email or drop off your packet in person to the Advanced Education box in the Counseling Center at the ARC main campus by one of the packet submission deadlines. After submitting your packet, Check Your Los Rios Gmail, you will receive one of the following confirmation emails: Approval with a link to register for a orientation; Missing a Document with instructions on submitting missing materials; Denial with further instructions.

    Step 5: Advanced Education Orientation with a Counselor

    All steps must be completed before the semester begins

    Once you receive an approval confirmation email, you will be invited to register for a advanced education orientation.  At this session a counselor will provide you information regarding next steps as well as your advanced education enrollment slip which is required to enroll in classes.

    In person orientations on hold during Covid-19, you will receive enrollment steps in your confirmation email after submitting your packet.

    Step 6: Enroll in classes and pay fees

    All steps must be completed before the semester begins

    Advanced education students must enroll in person at the Admission and Records counter or Connect Center (Main campus or Natomas campus) with their green advanced education enrollment slip and photo I.D. NOTE:Students are responsible for being aware of and adhering to all policies, procedures, and deadlines (including Add/Drop deadlines). Pay UTP (transit pass) and student representation fees (enrollment fees are waived). International student fees will apply. For more information contact Admissions.

    For further information

    please contact your ARC Advanced Education

    Counseling Team

    We will reply to your inquiry within 3 business days.

    Admissions Tips

    Get help with admissions, including application and registration. Visit the Connect Center inside the Welcome and Support Center building.

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