Information for High School Students and Parents
College in the High School (CHS) is a cooperative partnership between local school districts and Edmonds Community College (Edmonds CC) that provides your 10th, 11th, or 12th grade student the opportunity to simultaneously (concurrently) earn dual (Edmonds CC and high school) credits. The credits earned will count toward BOTH high school graduation requirements as well as transfer to future two or four-year college, typically required General Education courses.
Students who have participated in CHS say
“This was a really great opportunity that helped me find what I wanted to do with my future and made me see higher goals could be achieved that I never thought about.” “I am grateful for the opportunities to take college classes at a reduced price.”
“I hope this continues to be a program that students in high school can participate in for many years to come. It is something that I don’t take for granted that helped me get ahead of the game with my education after high school.”
“It helped me transfer quicker to the college of my dreams.”
“I highly recommend to high schoolers!”
You will have the peace-of-mind that your student does not need to travel to the college campus but remains at his/her high school—staying involved in favorite school activities (clubs, sports). Your student will have more time to learn the college material (semesters rather than college quarters) and by completing college degree requirements now, s/he will reduce potential future student loans. Additionally, your student will save even more money because s/he doesn’t need to buy books (often $150+ per college course) or have the cost of transportation (car/gas).
By enrolling in the CHS program, your student is considered an Edmonds CC student and will have access to all college resources including advising, tutoring, library, and EdPass (bus pass). CHS Associate Faculty (approved high school teachers) partner with Edmonds CC faculty members to ensure that the classes offered through CHS are the same as the classes taught on the college campus. Encourage your student to be the first in your family to begin college or carry on your family tradition as a college graduate!
CHS differs from Tech Prep because CHS courses are academic transfer rather than professional/technical classes. That means that college credits earned transfer (generally meeting General Education requirements) to all public Washington State colleges/universities and, often, out-of-state because this is a nationwide program.
CHS differs from Running Start because the students remain at their high schools and are taught by their high school teacher who has been appointed CHS Associate Faculty. Not all high school classes have been approved for CHS nor do all high school teachers meet the CHS teaching requirements/standards.
Advanced high school courses approved for CHS are challenging and match the content and rigor of the equivalent college courses offered on the Edmonds CC campus.
Prior to registration for CHS classes, your student should:
- complete the Edmonds CC College in the High School Application form (there is no fee)
- and demonstrate any required placement/prerequisite courses. Your student’s teacher will review his/her high school/college transcript or Smarter Balanced score. Another option might be a recommendation to take the Accuplacer placement exam (there is no fee for the initial exam).
Placement exam(s) and transcript reviews are conducted at your student’s high school. Registration for CHS classes is completed by mailing the appropriate paperwork to the College in the High School Office by the deadline outlined in the “How do you register for CHS classes and what are the important deadlines?” Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of this website which also includes the list of classes offered at your student’s high school “What CHS classes are offered at your high school?” The cost for CHS tuition is less than 40% of Edmonds CC’s resident college tuition/fees. Additional cost savings include no required purchase of textbooks, transportation to the college or other college per credit fees.
Because CHS courses are taught on the high school’s academic schedule, your student has more time to complete the course requirements. Unlike AP or IB courses (there is no credit for the course; some colleges may offer credit depending on the AP or IB exam score), if your student earns at least a 2.0 (C) grade, the college credits will fast track his/her degree completion. S/he will transfer credits that meet prerequisites which provide the opportunity to take more advanced classes after high school graduation. Additionally, the notation of CHS on your student’s high school transcript will demonstrate his/her ability to do college coursework when applying to a desired college/university.