Dual enrollment is an option for juniors or seniors who wish to take a class (in-person or online) offered by one of the community colleges in our area: De Anza College, Foothill College (including the Sunnyvale Center), Mission College or West Valley College.
Students take community college classes primarily for enrichment purposes in subject areas that are outside of FUHSD’s curriculum (e.g., astronomy, psychology, mathematics beyond AP Calculus BC, etc.). In general, enrichment courses earn college credits only. Students may choose to take a community college class to fulfill graduation requirements if they have failed a class; in this case, the credits may be applied to the high school transcript. Students who wish to have the credits applied to the FUHSD transcript, must complete the FUHSD Request for Credit from Outside Educational Institutions form prior to enrolling in the course, which requires parent/guardian signatures as well as a school administrator’s signature.
All community college classes taken by the student must be reported to any college or university to which the student applies in the future. Students who take dual enrollment classes must pay close attention to community college deadlines and save their community college documents and identification numbers to ensure college transcripts can be easily accessed at a future date. Not all courses are transferable to a four-year college or university. See www.assist.org to learn whether a course is transferable to UC or CSU campuses.
Age restrictions: Most community colleges require students to complete 10th grade before they are allowed to enroll, but some are also open to students who have completed 9th grade. You will need to check the requirements of the community college for all concurrent enrollment age requirements.
- Guidelines for Dual Enrollment
- Dual Enrollment Instructions for De Anza College
- Dual Enrollment Information for local Community Colleges
- It is not mandatory or expected that high school students take a college class to be admitted to college;
- All grades will be part of a student’s permanent college record that will follow them in the future;
- All classes and grades must be reported to colleges;
- To verify which courses offered at community colleges are UC/CSU transferable and in which category, refer to the online student-transfer information system Assist at assist.org; and
- Classes taken at a community college will be recorded on a student’s college transcript and will not be transferred back to the high school transcript. It is the student’s responsibility to report college courses on college applications and submit official transcripts during the application process.
Applying to De Anza College
- Submit your application online for the specific quarter you would like to attend; high school students must apply each quarter, even if they have applied in the past.
- Go to the De Anza website.
- Click on the Future link on the top tool bar and then select High School Concurrent Students in order to follow the (4) step process.
- After completing the application, De Anza will contact you through email with your 8-digit De Anza student ID number.
Submitting your Dual Enrollment forms
- Forms can be downloaded on the De Anza website, choosing the High School Concurrent Enrollment Form. You need all of the three (3) pages that will print.
- You may enroll in up to 11 units during the school year and only 6 units in the summer.
- Courses need to be vocational, enrichment, or courses unavailable at your high school.
- High School students may NOT take ESL, Skills, Guidance, Basic Skills, Real Estate, Paralegal, Massage Therapy, and any courses numbered in the 200's or nondegree application courses.
- List all classes that you are interested in taking, including alternate courses — you will only be able to try to register for courses that are listed on the High School Concurrent Enrollment Form.
- List your 8-digit De Anza student ID number, not your Social Security Number (SSN) or high school ID number.
- Get your assistant principal or the principal and your parents to sign the High School Concurrent Enrollment Form.
- Submit your completed High School Concurrent Enrollment Form to the De Anza Admissions and Records Office located in the Student Community Services Building on the first floor.
- Please note that you must complete Step 2: Apply to De Anza College BEFORE De Anza will accept the High School Concurrent Enrollment Form.
- You will be able to register for your class on the first designated day for high school student registration — check for the date on the De Anza Calendar.
- Once the completed High School Dual Enrollment Form is processed (it can take a few days), you will be assigned a registration appointment time — it will be the first designated day for high school student registration. You can check your registration date and get other information when you log into My Portal.
Participation in a summer program is not required or necessary for college admission. Taking a break from academics to work part-time, volunteer, or pursue different hobbies can benefit a student’s college application.
Finding a Summer Program
There are many Summer Enrichment Programs available for students. A list of both local and national programs can be found on the Virtual College/Career Center.
Monta Vista does not endorse these programs. Students and their parents/guardians are responsible for investigating these programs thoroughly before signing up for any of them.
Letters of Recommendation
If your program requires an OFFICIAL transcript, you will need to do the following:
- Fill out the Summer Program Transcript Request PDF form
- Go to the MVHS Student Store under the Student Services Tab and purchase Official Transcript (change quantity for # of programs). Once purchased you will need to save a copy of the receipt (emailed from email@example.com)
- Fill out the Summer Program Transcript Order Google Form (FUHSD log-in required).
- Upload your PDF and receipt to the Google Form
Processing time is 5 school days, so please get your requests in early.
Questions regarding summer programs should be directed towards our College and Career Advisor, Ms. Depew.
Contact Info: (408) 366-7618
There are many resources for Monta Vista students looking for a job. Here are some websites to help you get started:
City of Cupertino
City of Cupertino is known throughout the world as a center of innovation. Our employees take pride in delivering exceptional customer service to our residents and businesses. Jobs include: Swim Instructor, Lifeguard and Recreation Leader.
City of Sunnyvale
Sunnyvale’s commitment to every citizen within the community sets it apart. High quality parks, a full-service library, promotion of cultural arts activities and strong support for maintenance and repair of public facilities reflect this commitment.
Many students in high school are using internships as a strategy to help decide their major, bolster their college applications and gain experience to better prepare themselves to land their next internship after they have additional collegiate knowledge under their belts.
Lab Placement at Stanford University
All interns must be at least 16 years old to hold an internship or to be trained in a Stanford research or clinical setting where scientific research or instruction is conducted and where intern may be working with hazardous materials and/or be exposed to physical safety hazards. Minors interning in clerical or computational settings where no scientific research or instruction is conducted must be at least 14 years old.
Youth At Work
A free, online service that links job-seeking youth with hiring employers throughout Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties. You may also contact Youth@Work by phone, 408.730.7640
Volunteering can help you gain self-confidence by trying something new. You can make a difference in the community and people's lives by offering your skills and time. You can list your volunteering activities on your college applications so keep track of the time you do spend volunteering. Some local places you can volunteer can be seen below.