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High School Students - Advanced Education


Apply for Summer/Fall 2019 - accepting applications starting April 1st! Please also view Deadlines and Orientations  

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).



ARC College Application: NEW Students: 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). After receiving your Los Rios Student I.D number, Log on to eServices with Student ID number, set eServices password, and select your ARC major.  Continuing Students: Log into eServices and complete the Supplemental Enrollment form

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Advanced Education 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.  You can list up to four course options; however you may only enroll in two courses during a given semester.  This application packet must include the following documents:

1. Copy of high school transcript
2. High school class schedule (Fall and Spring only, not required for Summer semester)
3. Typed statement explaining how you meet the criteria for Advanced Ed.
4. Private School Affidavit: Please provide a copy of the private or home school affidavit if your school is not listed HERE.
5. Documentation of age (if not provided on your high school transcript).

Check HERE to see if your school has submitted a list of authorized signers. If not, this list can be sent to

Highly Recommended: Complete the Los Rios online orientation


Course Prerequisites: If your course has a English or Math prerequisite your proof of pre-requisite, or your AP/IB or EAP score must be included in your packet. If you do not have test scores, please take a copy of your high school transcript to the Assessment Center (located in the Welcome and Support bldg.) to receive your math placement.

NEW! American River College's Interim Advanced Education Placement Guidelines for Math and English

Math - Please view our math pathways to determine the correct math course for your major.

1. Students who have completed 10th grade with a cumulative gpa of 2.7 or higher may take the appropriate math course.

2. The math placement for Advanced Ed students will be based upon the student's in-progress cumulative gpa and the last math course completed.


1. Students who have completed 10th grade with a cumulative gpa of 3.0 or higher may take ENGWR 300.

2. Students who have completed 10th grade with a cumulative gpa of 2.7 to 2.99 may take ENGWR 300 but are strongly recommended to also take ENGWR 306, Writing Across the Curriculum AND they are required to submit a letter of support from their last or current high school English teacher stating that the student is capable of college-level work.

Note: Assessment testing is required for placement into transfer level ESL courses.  For more information regarding all assessment tests and the new standard assessment practices in the Los Rios district, click here

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 within 4 business days: Approval with a link to register for a orientation; Missing a Document with instructions on submitting missing materials; 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 Connect Center (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.


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