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High School Students - Advanced Education


**We are currently updating our Advanced Education Steps: please check this website November 1st for updated information.**

We will start accepting applicaitons for Spring 2019 on November 12th, 2018.

*Registration/Enrollment for Spring 2019 begins Dec 13-14th 2019 for Advanced Education Students

 All high school students wishing to enroll for classes at any American River College location must complete our Advanced Education steps (below).  There will be no individual counseling appointments at the ARC Main Campus or the Natomas Center for any Advanced Education students; no exceptions will be made.


Please include all of the following REQUIRED items in your Advanced Education Application Packet (we strongly encourage you to make copies of all of the requested documents below for future requests):

THE FOLLOWING STEPS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE ADVANCED EDUCATION PROCESS (all steps must be completed before the semester begins).


Click HERE for a printable version of the advanced education steps and checklist, and please attach to your packet.


Read and complete the entire TWO page Advanced Education Application.  The application must have requested courses filled in and approved by your high school principal or authorized designee and requires signatures from you (both pages), your parent/guardian, and your high school principal/authorized designee.  

Check HERE to see if your school has submitted a list of authorized signers.

Requested courses must be filled in and will not be changed or amended by an ARC counselor. You can list up to four course options; however you may only enroll in two courses during a given semester.

2. *Complete the ARC application online indicating you are an Advanced Education student and not a new student (and not a continuing student if you have taken classes at ARC before).

step 1  step 2

*Complete the Los Rios online orientation and print out the completion page at the end of the orientation or the Certificate of Completion that is sent to your Los Rios Gmail account within 24 hours.  If you have already completed a course at ARC, you do not need to include this Certification in your packet.

4. *Complete the ARC English assessment.  A copy of your Los Rios English assessment scores are required ONLY when requesting any ARC course that has an English pre-requisite. Complete the ARC Math assessment and submit these results with your Advanced Education packet ONLY if you are requesting to take a math class.  Note: A student may only retest one time, districtwide, after a 30-calendar-day waiting period.  For more information regarding all assessment tests and the new standard assessment practices in the Los Rios district, click here

Complete a typed statement and obtain your high school transcripts and class schedule: TYPE a personal statement explaining how you meet the criteria for Advanced Education. Request and attach a copy of your high school transcript and your class schedule for the semester you wish to take college courses. Note: If your age is not reflected on your transcript, please provide documentation of age.

Please provide a copy of the private or home school affidavit if your school is not listed HERE.

If you have taken college courses, you will also need to provide a copy of your unofficial college transcript. 


Submit your Advanced Education packet via email to or drop off your packet in person to the Advanced Education box in the Counseling Center at the ARC main campus by one of the packet submission deadlines. After submitting your packet, CHECK YOUR LOS RIOS GMAIL, you will receive one of the following confirmation emails: Approval with a link to register for a orientation; Missing a Document with instructions on resubmitting your packet; Denial with further instructions.


Advanced Education Orientation with a COUNSELOR. Once you receive an approval confirmation email, you will be invited to register for a pick up session.  At this session a counselor will provide you information regarding next steps as well as your advanced education enrollment slip which is required to enroll in classes.


Enroll in classes and pay fees: Advanced education students must enroll in person at the Admission and Records counter or E-Services lab (Main campus or Natomas campus) with their green advanced education enrollment slip and photo I.D.  NOTE: Students are responsible for being aware of and adhering to all policies, procedures, and deadlines (including Add/Drop deadlines). Pay UTP (transit pass) and student representation fees (enrollment fees are waived).  International student fees will apply.  For more information contact Admissions and Records.


*Note: If you have already completed steps 2-4, you do not need to complete them a second time.  You will need to submit documentation of completing steps 3 and 4 in your Advanced Education Packet.


  • For further information please contact your ARC Advanced Education Counseling Team via email  - we will reply to your inquiry within 3 business days.