Frequently Asked Questions
Any student wishing to enroll in a class that has already started must first get an Instructor Approval Code before turning in their application. Please refer to the Class Information section for more information.
Our High School Concurrent Enrollment program requires a 2.0 cumulative GPA to participate. We will, however, consider admitting students with lower GPAs provided they submit Petition for Special Consideration (log in with your SMC username and password) explaining why the GPA is low and most importantly, how you will be successful in taking college classes. Be thorough in your appeal.
Once you have applied and you have been approved to participate in our High School Concurrent Enrollment program, you will receive a message with your next enrollment steps. You will be able to enroll on your enrollment date. The email you receive will say the date and time. You will then self-enroll in one or more of the classes for which you were prescribed (those on your HSCE application). HAve backups because some classes might be closed by the time you enroll. You will enroll in your student portal, Corsair Connect.
Classes are offered in a variety of modalities, including onground, online, and hybrid. See "Classes" for an explanation of the various modalities.
Speak to a school counselor and come up with a plan that works best with your interests. Have a variety of courses in mind (4-5), just in case your top choice isn't available when you log in to enroll. These courses need to also be listed on your Concurrent Enrollment application as well.
Yes. You must get the application completed by your future high school, and your transcripts must be from your middle school.
You will have to submit a full application, including transcripts, which are required for each term of enrollment.
Along with the application you will have to submit an official private (homeschool) affidavit that was filed with the state. It must be filed for the academic year the student is trying to attend.
We understand that the filing period for a new CA Homeschool Affidavit for the new school year begins in October after the FALL semester starts.
The student can submit the previous school year's affidavit to have the HSCE application processed. Once the new school year affidavit is filed, the student will need to submit it to the email@example.com inbox.
You do not have to re-apply to Santa Monica College itself. But you do need to submit a new High School Concurrent Application every term.
Yes. If you are currently enrolled in a California high school, then you may apply to HSCE.
Although these terms are often confused and used interchangeably at different colleges, at SMC we define "Concurrent" classes as those regularly taught on our campuses and online, and "Dual" classes as those taught on a high school campus. Dual Enrollment courses have a separate enrollment process, and students interested in those courses should talk to their high school counselor.
The HSCE application that is completely electronic. You can get to the application here. You will need to sign-in to the application using your SMC Username.
It is easier to get signatures with the new online High School Concurrent Enrollment application through Dynamic Forms.
Students are asked to provide parent’s, counselor’s, and principal’s (for summer semester only) email addresses. Be sure to double check the email addresses to make sure they’re correct. When the student submits their application online, an email with a link to the student’s application is sent to each email address listed. Each individual will have to sign-in to the application for their approval and electronic signature. If the parent, counselor, or principal do not have sign-in credentials, instructions will be provided on the email on how to create a new account.
The emails are sent out in the following order: parent → counselor → principal (for summer semester only). The counselor will not receive their email until the parent has submitted their portion, and the principal will not receive their email until the counselor has submitted their portion.
Once all signatures have been applied, the application is ready for SMC staff to process and prescribe the classes.
Be sure to check your spam folder as the email tends to get labeled as spam.
If the email address provided on the application is incorrect, then contact firstname.lastname@example.org to have the email address updated.
There is a section on the application that asks who will be uploading the transcript. If the student has an up-to-date transcript, then they can choose the “I have the transcript” option and upload it on their own.
If the student doesn’t have an up-to-date transcript, then they can choose the “I attend one of the schools above” to require the counselor to upload the transcript during their approval portion.
No. Any time you visit an office on the SMC campus you should have a current government photo ID or current photo high school ID. After enrolling in a course and paying your student fees, you may get an SMC photo ID.
Transcripts must be current and show all high school or middle school coursework. If a student has attended multiple high schools then all transcripts are required.
We will not accept printouts from student portals or report cards.
Once we have reviewed your application packet and determined everything is in order, you will receive an email telling you for which courses you were approved. Generally speaking, students are admitted to the HSCE program, but not necessarily to the specific courses you want. We will let you know if you do not qualify for specific courses either by emailing or speaking with you.
SMC does not allow HSCE students to enroll in Kinesiology (physical education) courses under any circumstances. Otherwise, you may enroll in any courses for which you are eligible and approved. These classes must be included on your High School Concurrent Enrollment application form so we can "prescribe" them to you and our student enrollment system will allow you to enroll.
Caveat: you will not be permitted to enroll in subject areas where you previously received a grade below a C—whether taken at the college or high school level.
Because of state law restrictions, concurrent enrollment students will be assigned an enrollment appointment on the last day of our enrollment priority cycle, after other SMC students have enrolled. As a result, some courses may be full. If enrolling for a summer/fall term, your enrollment day is around the first or second week of May. If enrolling for a winter/spring term, your enrollment day is around the third week of November. If you are unable to enroll in a specific class, you may go to the first day of class and ask the instructor if he/she can give you an "Instructor Authorization Code" to add the class. Please review our Class Information section for more information.
No. The English and/or math self-guided placement is needed only if the course you intend to enroll in has an English or math prerequisite. You only need to complete it once to determine your eligibility. Results are valid for two years.
We do not offer credit equivalencies, however, many high schools do offer credit for our courses. You should talk to your high school counselor and review our Class Information section for more details.
Transcripts can be ordered online and then sent directly to your high school.
Yes and no. For on-campus classes, the health fee is mandatory. The Student Representation fee, Student Benefits fee, and Associated Students Resources fee can be waived by contacting the Cashier's Office. However, these are generally beneficial fees as they give students access to campus Wi-Fi, riding the Big Blue Bus for free, printing services, and much more. More information on fees.