College Courses


College or university courses, including online college or university courses, may be taken for high school credit if prior permission is received from the principal or designee to assure that provisions of this procedure have been followed. Arrangement to apply this credit toward high school graduation must be made prior to the first meeting of the course, and the following stipulations apply:

  1. The course must be taken after the student has completed two years of high school.
  2. Students may apply a maximum of twenty (20) high school credits from college or pre-approved college online courses toward high school graduation. In addition to these twenty (20) credits, students may repeat a class which has been attempted and failed at the high school level.
  3. It is the responsibility of students who wish to apply college credit toward graduation requirements to see that their transcript is forwarded to the high school registrar in a timely manner. Seniors must see that the counselor and the registrar are informed of the intent to use college credit. Students should notify their counselor prior to the beginning of each class that high school credit is their intent. They must also notify the registrar one week before the end of the class whether or not they are passing in a college class. College teachers are not included in credit/passing checks which are done to determine whether or not a student can participate in graduation ceremonies. 
  4. Online courses taken outside of the district must be pre-approved by the district designee prior to enrollment. 
Students will be allowed high school credit on the following schedule:
College Units Equivalent High School
2 semester units (3 qtr. units) 2.5 credits
3 semester units (4.5 qtr. units) 5 credits
4 semester units (6 qtr. units) 7.5 credits
5 semester units (7.5 qtr. units) 10 credits

Students who receive one semester unit (minimum 35 hours) for a physical education class will receive 2.5 high school credits in physical education.

Palomar College Courses

Students 16 or older may petition to take classes at Palomar College by completing the K-12 Special Admission Approval Form and other application requirements. The form can be found on the K-12 Admissions section of their website. The form must be submitted to the school for signature and approval. Please send all completed forms to Ester Berry, Administrative Specialist, at eberry@powayusd.com. Mrs. Berry will collect the forms and review them with the school’s administration each week. You must include if you want the course to transfer back to your WVHS transcript. There are limitations to transferring credit and this will be considered when reviewing your request.

Please note that students are not required to transfer credits back to their high school transcript. If you choose to request this option, you are limited to transferring the equivalent of 20 high school credits (generally 2 college classes), can only do so for classes taken after the conclusion of your sophomore year, and not all classes can be transferred back.

Palomar Contacts for questions about the above: 
Admissions Hours: Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm | Friday 7:30 am-2:00 pm​
Phone: 760-744-1150, ext 2164
Email:  admissions@palomar.edu

The San Diego Community College District

The San Diego Community College District also allows high school students to take courses. They have an online course request process that you can find here.

UCSD Extension Math Courses

UCSD will NOT be offering either Multi-variable Calculus OR Linear Algebra for the Fall semester. If we can return to in-person learning for the Spring semester, then one of those courses may be offered. UCSD Extension is only offering online instruction and the teacher, Brian Shay, did not feel he could maintain the rigor of the course if he could not give exams in-person.
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