HIGH SCHOOL SPECIAL PROGRAM (HSS)
Enroll now and have your Enrollment Fees Waived!
The High School Special Program at Southwestern College is an Advanced Scholastic and a Career and Technical Education
Program that allows high school students in 10
th
through 12
th
grade to apply for dual enrollment at Southwestern College
(SWC). Saving both time and money!
Restricted Courses: High School students may not take below college-level courses (1-99) or English and math which
do not meet SWC degree requirements. Students may not enroll in a college credit course to alleviate a high school
deficiency. Additional course restrictions may be included at the discretion of the college. High School students may
take up to 6 units of college coursework per semester.
Fees: High school students are not required to pay enrollment fees. However, students taking courses at any SWC
campus are required to pay a Health Fee and a Student Center Fee. Other costs, such as materials, parking and books are
to be paid by the student.
Benefits
Southwestern College waives the $46/unit enrollment fee.
You can get a jump start on your college plans. By earning college credit while still in high school, you may be able
to reduce the time and money you'll spend in college.
Admission Requirements
Students must submit the online Southwestern College admission application together with the High School Special
Program form, which must include signatures of the student, parent/legal guardian, guidance high school counselor,
and school principal.
1. Apply for Southwestern College. The admission application is online at swccd.edu/admission
2. Print the High School Special (HSS) form at www.swccd.edu/outreach
3. Meet with your High School Counselor for signature and to discuss selection of classes.
4. Read the High School Special Policy. The HSS form must be signed by the student and the parent/guardian.
5. Obtain your High School Principal’s signature.
6. Submit the completed High School Special form in person to the SWC Admissions Department at any of our four
locations (Chula Vista, or Higher Education Center: National City, Otay Mesa, or San Ysidro).
7. High School Special student must register in person. You will receive an email confirmation of your registration
date.
Students enrolled in home schooled programs must provide the following documentation:
A copy of the Private School Affidavit MUST be attached to this form. Private or Charter Schools must sign the High
School Special enrollment agreement. Every person, offering or conducting a full-time high school level must file an
Affidavit (California Education Code Section 33190.
Students with verified disabilities should contact SWC Disability Support Services (DSS) before classes begin to discuss
appropriate accommodations and/or services: Voice (619) 482-6512 or VP (619) 207-4480 or DSS@swccd.edu.
Visit the DSS website to obtain more information at www.swccd.edu/dss.
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High School Special Program College Policies
Dear Student and Parents,
In order to make your college academic experience a positive one, we would like to address the following areas:
FERPA: California Education Code 49061 states that parents of community college students do not have a right of access to their
children’s student records, regardless of whether the student is under the age of 18. The rules regarding student records are governed
by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Academic information is only released with the written consent of the
student or court documentation.
Disability Support Services: Students with verified disabilities should contact SWC Disability Support Services (DSS) before
classes begin to discuss appropriate accommodations and/or services: Voice (619) 482-6512 or VP (619) 207-4480 or
DSS@swccd.edu. Accommodations provided with K-12 Individualized Education Plans (IEP) or 504 Plans are not automatic.
Students must go through an interactive process with a SWC DSS Specialist to determine accommodations for SWC courses. Visit the
DSS website to obtain more information at www.swccd.edu/dss.
Grades: The grade(s) you earn in your Southwestern College class will become a part of your official college academic transcript.
Students may view their course grades by logging into MySWC account.
Attendance and Participation is critical to Success: Be on time to class and/or class activities. Instructors are specific about the
number of times you are entitled to be late or absent. You may be dropped by the instructor if you do not attend classes or have
excessive tardies.
Withdrawing from a class: If you are not able to commit to the rigor and demands of a college course, you might consider
withdrawing from the class. When you just stop attending a class, you are not withdrawing from the class. If you do not officially
withdraw through MySWC by the withdrawal deadline, you will receive an “F” in the class. See your high school counselor for more
information.
Course Content/ Material: SWC is an adult learning environment. As such, discussion topics and course materials are generally
designed for adult students and may not be appropriate for younger students.
Academic Cheating and Plagiarism: You must do your own work. Please cite and make references correctly. Cheating and
plagiarism may be handled with a zero grade and possibly a referral to the Southwestern College Student Conduct procedure.
Student Behavioral Conduct: Be ready to learn and interact with your fellow students in class. Southwestern College does not give
citizenship/behavior grades. We expect every student to behave like a responsible adult. Remember that the amount of information
given will be intense and you must ask the instructor questions.
Examples of unacceptable classroom behavior may include:
Cheating, plagiarism Excessive tardiness Talking or text messaging on cell phones
Continually leaving your seat Personal electronic equipment (phones, games)
Uncooperativeness
Eating and drinking Private conversation or affection
Excessive profanity Reading other than class materials
Parents Contacting Instructors: Your student is enrolled in a college course and it is important to understand that instructors
work directly with students, as opposed to the type of parent interventions that you may be accustomed to at the high school level.
Under FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), instructors cannot discuss student performance or other student-related
issues with parents. Southwestern College does not accommodate parent requests to contact instructors.
Medical Emergency Authorization: In the case of a medical emergency, by signing the High School Special Program Request
form, the parent hereby authorize the medical staff of Southwestern College Health Services, as agents for the undersigned, to
perform diagnostic procedures, administer any counseling, medical, or first aid treatment, or admit for hospital care when any or all
of the foregoing is deemed advisable and is to be rendered under the general supervision of any physician licensed under the
provisions of the Medical Practice Act.
Your signature on this document certifies that you have read, understand and agree to the above policies and requirements.
Furthermore, you have also reviewed and assessed your son/daughter’s ability to succeed in the classes recommended by the
high school and that he/she has your approval to enroll in Southwestern College courses.
Parent/Legal Guardian Signature Student Signature Date
We encourage you to discuss any other college-related topics with your student. If you have any questions, please feel free to
contact the Southwestern College Outreach Office at (619) 482-6518.
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HIGH SCHOOL SPECIAL PROGRAM (HSS)
Dual Enrollment Approval Form
This form must be completed every term Fall Spring Summer 20______
High School ______________________ Grade Level _______ SWC Student ID#________________
Last Name _________________________________ First Name ________________________________
Address___________________________________________________________________________________
Phone ________________________ Date of Birth ______________ Email_________________________
I am an eligible 10-12 grade home school student enrolled at: ____________________________________________. A copy of the
Private School Affidavit MUST be attached to this form. Private or Charter School must sign the dual enrollment agreement.
ALL FIELDS MUST BE COMPLETED AND SIGNED PRIOR TO SUBMITTING TO ADMISSIONS & RECORDS
You must register for approved classes only. Course approval does not guarantee a seat in class. This section must be completed by the student’s
school Guidance Counselor/home school official and signed. Please legibly print below all enrollment courses that the Guidance Counselor/home
school official approves for the student to take during the term/year enrollment listed at the top of this form.
APPROVED COURSES
ALTERNATE COURSES
Course Title & Number (See WebAdvisor)
Units (6 max)
Units (6 max)
Counselor’s Signature
Date
I understand that grades will become part of my permanent
Southwestern College transcript.
I understand that the courses listed above are for College
Credit, and that enrollment at Southwestern College creates a
permanent record that must be reported to any college I apply
to in the future.
I understand that ONLY ONE form will be accepted, per
semester.
I understand I am responsible for withdrawing from a class(s)
I am no longer attending, in accordance with SWC
requirements.
I understand I may receive a failing grade if I do not withdraw
from a class(s) I am no longer attending.
I agree to abide by all the rules, regulations and standards of
conduct set forth in the Southwestern College catalog.
Note: The form requires the signatures of the high school
principal, high school counselor, student and parent/legal
guardian.
AUTHORIZATION TO RELEASE GRADES TO HIGH SCHOOL
I, the student named below, grant permission to Southwestern
College to release my grades and/or transcript to my high school
registrar or counselor. This release shall be in effect for one
semester.
____________
Student Signature Date
I support this request on the part of my son/daughter to attend
Southwestern College.
I understand that the courses are for College Credit, and that college
courses may contain adult content.
I understand and agree that my son/daughter is subject to the rules and
regulations of Southwestern College as listed in the college catalog.
I also agree to be responsible for all fees incurred by my son/daughter
in the enrollment process.
Student Records: Under Section 49061 of the Education Code, parents
of community college students do not have a right of access to their
children’s student records, regardless of whether the student is under
the age of 18. In accordance with this regulation, students’ college
records will be released to parents only with the written consent of the
student.
Your signature on this document certifies that you have read, understand and
agree to the policies and requirements. Furthermore, you have also reviewed
and assessed your son/daughter’s ability to succeed in the classes
recommended by the high school; and that he/she has your approval to enroll
in Southwestern College courses.
I give authorization and consent for SWC to administer first aid treatment
for my son/daughter. If the injury is life threatening or in need of emergency
treatment, I authorize all professional personnel to treat my son/daughter.
______________________________ ____________
Parent/Guardian Signature Date
Pursuant to Education Code 48800, I have reviewed the academic record of this student and certify that the student demonstrates adequate preparation in the discipline
to be studied and has the ability to benefit from college instruction in the courses listed, and if a summer student, has exhausted all opportunities to enroll in equivalent
courses, if any, at the high school of attendance. I certify that I am limiting the number of recommendations to no more than 5 percent of the total number of pupils who
completed that grade immediately prior to the time of recommendation for this summer session.
Principal’s/Home School Official Signature
Date
COLLEGE USE
STNT
Yes
No
PERC
Yes
No
Staff Initials
Date
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