College in the High School (CHS) is a concurrent enrollment program, operated as a partnership between Bellevue College (BC) and area school districts to offer students the opportunity to earn high school and BC college credit simultaneously, right in their own high school classrooms. CHS courses are academic transfer college courses, taught in the high school, by approved and highly qualified high school teachers who work with discipline-specific BC Faculty Coordinators to ensure course quality and rigor is equivalent to on-campus courses.
Students pay a reduced, flat rate for each class that is about one-third the cost of college tuition. There is no additional cost for books, transportation or student fees.
BC’s CHS program operates under the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships standards. BC’s Academic Affairs office, in conjunction with the Center for High School Programs, coordinates the program.
For more information, call (425) 564-2026 or go to bellevuecollege.edu/chs/.
The CEO Program is designed for students aged 16 – 20, without a high school diploma, to receive an education at Bellevue College. CEO offers support for tuition, fees and books, while working towards a GED, High School Diploma, professional/technical degree or an AAS Transfer degree at BC. This program provides students with a second chance at their education and the tools necessary to succeed in the college environment. For more information call (425) 564-2026.
High School Diploma
The Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges has passed a bill, effective July 2009, expanding options for students to earn high school diplomas. The bill allows students who earn an associate degree at a Washington State community or technical college to request a high school diploma from the college. According to the State’s policy, Bellevue College may issue a high school diploma to
students who complete an associate degree of any type if the student is 21 years and older or has been a Running Start student at any time prior to earning the diploma. For more information about this option, visit sbctc.edu/becoming-a-student/basic-education/hs-diploma-student.aspx. To request a high school diploma, students must submit an application to the Evaluations/Graduation Office according to the graduation application deadline and pay the same non-refundable application fee.
This program is available in the summer for students who are 16-17 years old and still in high school, regardless of grade level. Enrichment students choose this option to enhance their high school curriculum by taking more challenging, college-level classes. A BC assessment is required to gain admission, as well as approval from a high school official and attendance at mandatory orientation. Call (425) 564-2026 or visit bellevuecollege.edu/summerenrichment/ for more information, including dates and deadlines.
High School Completion
High School Completion(HSC) courses in the Basic Studies program consist of high school-level English, Math, and GED Preparation. The HSC program offers day, evening, and Saturday classes to adults who are preparing to take the GED exams and/or transition to college-level coursework. Students must complete a one-week Orientation class to determine appropriate placement into the program. Substantial and sustained progress is required for continued enrollment. There is a $25 fee per student each quarter. There is a fee waiver available for those who qualify. Come to R230 or call (425) 564-2067 for more information.
Running Start is a partnership between BC and local public high schools. Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis online at bellevuecollege.edu/runningstart/. To qualify, students must be classified as a junior or senior by the start of the quarter, attend a mandatory new student orientation and demonstrate proficiency in college-level English reading and writing by placing in English 101 through the BC assessment. Qualified students may attend college only or take classes at both the high school and the college. They earn high school and college credit simultaneously for college-level classes. Tuition is paid by the school district based on the combined high school and college credits the State will fund for each student with the limit of 1.2 FTE. The student is responsible for any tuition balance, fees, and
books. For steps to enroll, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (425) 564-2026.
(formerly Tech Prep College Connections)
This is a dual-credit program that enables high school students to earn college credit for certain career and technical education courses taken at their high school. Any high school student may take a Tech Prep course, but only those who successfully complete the course with a “B” grade or higher will earn the college credit. Students must register with our consortium Pacific NW College Credit online at PNW.collegecredit.org. Contact our office at (425) 564-6060 for more information.