Outside Course Information


Approved Palomar Courses for PUSD Credit (if you are looking for a course that is not listed on this list, please contact the registrar)

Poway High School students may pursue classes outside of PUSD that fit their goals, learning style, schedule, budget, locations, etc.  Parents and students take full responsibility to verify the course(s) meet 4-year college admissions UC/CSU A-G requirements and NCAA, NAIA athletic eligibility requirements.


INCOMING 9TH GRADE STUDENTS:  If the student has not started 9th grade yet, please note that students are not permitted to transfer classes/credits to their high school transcript that are earned prior to the start of 9th grade. 


If the student currently attends Poway High, after determining which school/course they would like to pursue (please refer to the suggested pre-approved courses/institutions provided), they must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the  PHS Outside Course Permission Form and submit it to their counselor.  After review, the  PHS counselor will reach out to the student to discuss the request’s impact on graduation, A-G, and post-secondary options.  This is a mandatory requirement for any outside course to be approved.

Note:   On the form, please be sure to mark if you would like the course(s) applied to your high school transcript or not.   

  1. If seeking high school transfer credit and the course is pre-approved, the counselor will send the PHS Outside Course Permission Form to the registrar who will reach out to the student with the appropriate forms for enrollment. If the course is not on the PHS list of approved courses then the registrar will share with the family the procedure for submitting a course for approval.

  2. During summer break  only, send PHS Outside Course Permission Form directly to the Registrar and direct all offsite course inquiries to the Registrar.

Please take note (Board Policy AR6152):

  • Only 20 total outside PUSD credits can be applied to your high school transcript 

  • All paperwork regarding outside PUSD courses must be completed and returned to PHS prior to a student enrolling in the course(s). 

  • If taking the course(s) for high school credit, it is the student’s responsibility to have an official transcript sent to PHS

  • Courses taken off-campus for remediation do not replace previously earned grades within PUSD. Both grades are factored into cumulative GPA.

  • If taking community college courses (available to rising juniors and seniors only), keep in mind that 

    • 2 college semester units equal 2.5 high school credits
    • 3 college semester units equal 5 high school credits
    • 4 college semester units equal 5 high school credits
    • 5 college semester units equal 10 high school credits
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