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High School (CAP) Students

Who is a CAP Student?

A CAP student is a high school student who wishes to enroll in college classes. High School (CAP) students who would benefit from advanced scholastic work may enroll in classes with signed consent of the high school principal, a parent, and the appropriate Santa Ana College Division Dean. All signatures are recorded on the Career Advanced Placement (CAP) form.

  • CAP students will be receiving college credit for this class whether or not the units are used toward high school graduation.  This means a college transcript is generated listing the class or classes and the grades earned. This establishes a permanent record with the college. 
  • CAP students are required to attend class until the end of the semester unless the student decides to drop the class online prior to the deadline identified in the section information via WebAdvisor.  The drop deadline is set when 75% of the course has been completed.  The student will receive a "W" when the student drops after the first two weeks of a full semester or after the first week of the summer session.  Please read the class section details listed in WebAdvisor (Online Records) for important refund and drop deadlines. 
  • Be sure to attend all classes. Material covered in college courses is at a faster pace than high school classes.  Expect to spend twice as much time outside of class as you do in class completing assignments and homework.
  •  Enrollment fees are not charged to high school students enrolling in 11 units or less.  If the student enrolls in 12 units or more during Fall and Spring semesters, the student will be charged the current per unit enrollment fee for all units.  Further, during summer sessions, if the student enrolls in 6 units or more, the student will be charged for all units enrolled.  All concurrently enrolled high school students are charged health fees.
Santa Ana College maintains open campuses. Student function under Standards of Student Conduct (Board Policy 5201) and there is an expectation that adult behavior will be displayed by student on campus.  Academic honesty is a requirement and sanctions are identified in course overviews which are distributed by faculty on the first day of class.  Students are responsible for their own transportation and materials on campus.
College students receive priority for admission. Under the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 58108 "a district may establish a priority registration system which would accord adult students higher registration priority".  Grades recorded for these classes are permanent and create a college transcript.  The transcript information is confidential and is only accessible by the student.  All college information is confidential and not accessible to parents or guardians.

The steps listed below allow high school students to use college credit coursework to meet high school graduation requirements.

  1. Obtain a Career Advanced Placement (CAP) form from the Admissions Office. 
  2. Obtain approval (signatures) from both your high school and parent. 
  3. Meet with the appropriate division Dean at Santa Ana College to obtain college approval. Students enrolling in Math or English course may be required to complete assessment testing. Additionally, due to state law enrollment restrictions, students may not be able to enroll in physical activity courses. 
  4. Any high school student who registers as a full-time student (6 units in Summer, 12 units in Fall & Spring) will be charged the regular community college enrollment fees for all units enrolled. 
  5. Return the completed form to the Admissions Office. So as to not displace regularly admitted students, CAP students receive low priority registration. This must occur the week before the semester start. 
  6. Once the class is completed, students desiring high school credit must request from the Admissions Office that their official transcript be sent to their high school.
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