The Mountain View Los Altos High School District, Palo Alto Unified School District and Foothill College have collaborated on a new program - College Now! - so that qualifying juniors and seniors can start college early and graduate from high school with a year or more of transferable college credit.
College Now! is ideal for students who are highly self-motivated, mature, independent, responsible and hardworking. These students may have 'outgrown' high school and are seeking a stimulating educational environment that is different from their home high school.
College Now! participants can experience education in a challenging and inspiring environment that engages students in college-level work while technically still in high school. They can save thousands of dollars in tuition and fees by earning college credits at the same time they are finishing their high school graduation requirements.
How it works.
Students take the majority of their classes at Foothill College. Their college classes count toward meeting high school graduation requirements and can be transferred to UCs or CSUs. The CollegeNow! Advisor guides students throughout their years at Foothill to help them complete the high school graduation requirements and reach their personal, college and career goals. Students earn their diploma from their home high school and can still participate in their high school graduations ceremonies!
After College Now!, students can apply to a four-year college or university as an incoming freshman with enough college credit to achieve advanced standing. They can also remain at Foothill and continue working toward an AA/AS degree, a technical certificate, or earn 90 transferable units to transfer to a 4-year college or university as a junior. Depending on the college and the major, students may have to complete more than 90 units to transfer.
Here are some useful FAQs that explain the program in further detail.
To learn more.
The College Now! Advisor will host online information sessions over the next few weeks. Come join us to learn more about the program.
High School Info Sessions in February. Note: all meetings are online in 2021.
Brief introduction to the College Now! Program
PAUSD - AM meeting Feb 10th 11:05 - 11:40 am zoom link
PAUSD - PM meeting Feb 10th 3:15 - 3:45 pm zoom link
MVLA - AM Meeting Feb 24th 11:05 - 11:40 am zoom link
MVLA - PM meeting Feb 24th 3:15 - 3:45 pm zoom link
Open House for Parents and Students
Detailed presentation followed by Q&A
Wednesday, March 10th from 6 - 8pm zoom link
In case you missed the meeting, here is a link to the recording.
For additional information, please contact the College Now! Advisor, Gary McHenry at firstname.lastname@example.org.