Advanced Education High School Student Admission and Enrollment Steps
Advanced Education is a program that allows current high school students to take classes at American River College. Advanced Education students may enroll in 11 units each semester (across the Los Rios district). Applications must be submitted to each individual college.
- The student has started the 9th grade or will be at least 14 years old by the first day of instruction.
- The course the student wants to take is not available at their high school (applies to the summer term only).
- The student is prepared for advanced study as recommended by the high school principal or their designee.
- The student has parental consent to be admitted and enroll at the college.
Note: Advanced Education differs from Dual Enrollment, which offers college courses on high school campuses at no cost to students.
Not an Advanced Education Student?
If you are not an Advanced Education student, then you may need to follow different steps. Find out what type of student you are and get the correct steps for you!
Apply to American River College
Create an OpenCCC account using a personal email (or log in if you already have an account) and fill out the online application for American River College. As an Advanced Education student, select enrolling in high school and college at the same time.
Students who submit an application without a social security number (SSN) should contact Admissions Office.
If you are a continuing (current) student, then you need to submit a supplemental enrollment form each semester instead of a CCCApply application. You can find the Supplemental Enrollment Form in eServices. The form asks you to review and update your contact information, education goal, and major.
Students Must Reside in California
Students who are not physically located in California may not enroll in online courses offered by American River College. American River College is not authorized to provide education outside the boundaries of the State of California.
Complete the Advanced Education Application
Read and complete the entire Advanced Education application.
The application allows students to request up to six classes to expedite enrollment. These courses should be listed in order of preference with the number of courses requested, and these recommendations will be used by the Admissions office to enroll students as course availability allows. If none of the requested courses are available – or if you decide to take more classes after the packet has been submitted and approved – then you may submit an add/drop slip to American River College's Admissions and Records office to request additional enrollment in classes at American River College.
The Advanced Education application requires parental consent and a recommendation by your high school principal or authorized designee. Students are highly encouraged to discuss prospective courses with their parent and high school counselor before enrolling. The completed application requires signatures from you, your parent/guardian, and your high school counselor/authorized designee.
You can list up to six (6) course options on your application; however, you may enroll in a maximum of eleven units per semester across the Los Rios colleges.
- Applicants are encouraged to submit by January 6, 2023
- Priority 3 Registration: December 15 to 16, 2022
- Spring term start date: January 14, 2023
Download the Advanced Education Application Packet.
Note: Download the application to your computer before typing in order to save your information. Do not fill out the application in your internet browser window.
After you meet with your high school counselor, they will submit your Advanced Education application packet on your behalf.
Set Up eServices and Los Rios Gmail
eServices is Los Rios' online student portal where students manage their information, records, classes, and more.
After your application is processed, you will receive an email with your Los Rios student ID number (also known as a "W" number or "wID"). This is a seven-digit number with a preceding "W"; for example, W0000001.
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Check Your Math and English Placement
Your placement helps you determine which math, English, or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses you should enroll in.
If you provided your GPA and the last math and English classes you took in high school on your application, then your placement information is automatically updated in eServices.
From your eServices dashboard, click Academic Record, and then click Placements to view your math and English placements.
If you did not enter your high school information on your application, then you may need to submit your high school transcripts or complete a self-evaluation to receive your math and English placement.
Meet With a High School Counselor
Meet with your high school counselor (or designee) to discuss the courses you wish to take.
Your high school counselor will fill out their portion of the Advanced Education application. They will submit your application to American River College at AdvancedEd@arc.losrios.edu using their school email. (High school counselors should copy both the student and parent(s) when emailing the college.)
The email must have the following attachments:
- Completed Advanced Education Application (PDF), including up to six (6) courses approved for enrollment with the Class Name and Class Number. Example: SOC 300, #22323.
- High school transcript (if your requested courses have prerequisite requirements).
- Private school affidavit, when applicable.
- Age documentation of 14 years of age or older when not displayed on the transcript.
American River College employees cannot recommend courses for Advanced Education students per California Education Code 48800.
Check Your Email for Confirmation and Enrollment Information
After your packet is reviewed, you will receive an email notification with your application status.
If your application is missing a document, then you'll be notified of how to submit missing materials.
If denied, then you'll receive a notification and further instructions.
Pay Your Fees
Pay your fees after you are enrolled in classes.
Tuition fees are waived* for Advanced Education students – however, you are responsible for paying the rest of your fees, including the Universal Transit Pass (UTP) and student representation fees.
You can see how much you owe and pay your fees in eServices. From your dashboard, click Financial Account, then Account Balance.
* Tuition fees are not waived for international students.
Students must use a personal email, not a high school email, to complete their application. Free email accounts are available from many sources:
Note: While all of the providers listed above have millions of users and are widely trusted to be reliable and secure, OpenCCC and the CCC Chancellor's Office do not endorse any particular email providers, and will have no liability should any issues arise with a particular email provider.
You only need to submit one CCCApply application to take classes at any college in the Los Rios district – don't spend unnecessary time submitting separate applications for each college.
After your application is processed, we will email you a student ID number and instructions for next steps.
Students who have created a CCCApply account must log in using the account they created; they should not create a new account. Students who forgot their username/password can use the "Forgot" icon on the CCCApply site.
Students who use this function and still cannot find their username/password can call the OpenCCC helpline. If they don’t have their username or password and aren’t able to answer security questions to retrieve that information, then the student will have to contact CCCApply directly.
American River College does not have access to CCCApply account information.
Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and Section 49061 of the Education Code, parents of community college students do not have a right of access to their children's student records, regardless of whether the student is under the age of 18.