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Information for High School Students and Parents

College in the High School (CHS) is a cooperative partnership between local school districts and Edmonds College (Edmonds College) that provides your 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade student the opportunity to simultaneously (concurrently) earn dual (Edmonds College and high school) credits. National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships accreditation logoThe credits earned will count toward BOTH high school graduation requirements as well as transfer to future two or four-year college, typically required General Education courses.

Edmonds College's College in the High School Program is nationally accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, one of only four colleges in Washington state.

Welcome to Edmonds College!

Whether you are the first in your family to attend college or carrying on a family tradition by earning a college degree, we are here to support you. As an enrolled College in the High School (CHS) student, you are part of the Edmonds College Triton community with all college resources available to you. We are pleased to offer all student support services face-to-face this fall. The library, Learning Support Center, Learning Resource Center, advising, and tutoring will be open; however, appointments may be required for some services. We will also continue to offer virtual appointments and opportunities for students.

CHS is a unique opportunity for you to earn dual (high school and college) credit while remaining at your high school. Your high school teacher has been recognized for exemplary teaching and meets the qualifications of the college necessary to be appointed as CHS Associate Faculty.

EC faculty and staff are committed to excellence – every day. Our goal is to help you create a foundation for success. EC has over 120 affordable degrees and certificate programs. We have a place for you and a path for you following high school graduation.

With a minimum o f 2 .0 ( C grade) GPA, the credits you earn at EC through the CHS program will transfer to all Washington state public colleges and universities. Both your college and high school transcripts will show that you have taken a rigorous CHS class, which is viewed positively by admissions offices.

EC believes in you and your potential. My best wishes for an ambitious and exciting school year.


Dr. Amit B. Singh

President, Edmonds College

Students who have participated in CHS say

“This was a really great opportunity that helped me find what I wanted to do with my future and made me see higher goals could be achieved that I never thought about.”

“I am grateful for the opportunities to take college classes at a reduced price.”

“I hope this continues to be a program that students in high school can participate in for many years to come. It is something that I don’t take for granted that helped me get ahead of the game with my education after high school.”

“It helped me transfer quicker to the college of my dreams.”

“I highly recommend to high schoolers!”

You will have the peace-of-mind that your student does not need to travel to the college campus but remains at his/her high school—staying involved in favorite school activities (clubs, sports). Your student will have more time to learn the college material (semesters rather than college quarters) and by completing college degree requirements now, s/he will reduce potential future student loans. Additionally, your student will save even more money because s/he doesn’t need to buy books (often $150+ per college course) or have the cost of transportation (car/gas).

By enrolling in the CHS program, your student is considered an Edmonds College student and will have access to all college resources including advising, tutoring, and library. CHS Associate Faculty (approved high school teachers) partner with Edmonds College faculty members to ensure that the classes offered through CHS are the same as the classes taught on the college campus. Encourage your student to be the first in your family to begin college or carry on your family tradition as a college graduate!

CHS differs from Career and Technical Education because CHS courses are academic transfer rather than professional/technical classes. That means that college credits earned transfer (generally meeting General Education requirements) to all public Washington State colleges/universities and, often, out-of-state because this is a nationwide program.

CHS differs from Running Start because the students remain enrolled at their high schools and are taught by their high school teacher who has been appointed CHS Associate Faculty. Not all high school classes have been approved for CHS nor do all high school teachers meet the CHS teaching requirements/standards.

Advanced high school courses approved for CHS are challenging and match the content and rigor of the equivalent college courses offered on the Edmonds College campus.

Prior to registration for CHS classes, your student should:

  • complete the Edmonds College online admission form (there is no fee)
  • and demonstrate any required placement/prerequisite courses. Your student’s teacher will review his/her high school/college transcript or Smarter Balanced score. Another option might be a recommendation to take the placement exam (there is no fee for the initial exam).

Placement exam(s) and transcript reviews are reviewed by your student’s high school teacher. Registration for CHS classes is completed online outlined in the “How do you register for CHS classes and what are the important deadlines?” Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of this website which also includes "Important Student Deadlines." CHS classes are tuition free, and also offer additonal cost savings including no required purchase of textbooks, transportation to the college or other college per credit fees.

Because CHS courses are taught on the high school’s academic schedule, your student has more time to complete the course requirements. There is no credit for AP or IB courses. College websites provide information regarding how AP/IB scores are are transcripted for college credit. If your student earns at least a 2.0 (C) grade, the college credits will fast track his/her degree completion. S/he will transfer credits that meet prerequisites which provide the opportunity to take more advanced college classes. Additionally, when your student does well in a CHS class, the Edmonds College transcript as well as the notification on a high school transcript demonstrates to the college admissions offices that they have the ability to do college level coursework.

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