High School Dual Enrollment Programs

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 academically prepared 10th to 12th grade students the opportunity to simultaneously (concurrently) earn dual (Edmonds CC and high school) credits while remaining at their high school. Through coordination with college academic transfer departments, approved high school teachers are designated as Edmonds CC Associate Faculty and are mentored by Edmonds CC department faculty who are curriculum liaisons.

CHS differs from Tech Prep because the approved courses are academic transfer rather than professional/technical classes.

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, student must:

  • complete the Edmonds CC College in the High School Application form;
  • pay the application fee if a new Edmonds CC student;
  • and demonstrate any required placement/prerequisite courses through either a review of high school/college transcripts, appropriate score on the Accuplacer placement exam or Smarter Balanced examination.

Placement exam(s) and transcript reviews are conducted at the 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 “What is the registration process for CHS?” Frequently Asked Questions section of this website. The cost for CHS tuition is approximately is less than half of Edmonds CC’s resident college tuition. Additional cost savings include no required purchase of textbooks, transportation to the college or other college per credit fees.

CHS courses are taught on the high school’s academic schedule. CHS students receive academic transfer credits which are accepted by all Washington State public colleges/universities and most national colleges/universities. CHS also assists students expedite their degree completion by bringing college credit with them as well as meeting prerequisites which provide them the opportunity to take more advanced classes after high school graduation.