College in the High School
College in the High School (CHS) allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits by enrolling in college level classes at their high school. These credits are recorded on both the WVC and high school transcripts.
Students who are interested in CHS must take the COMPASS placement exam and meet the qualifying scores for Running Start students. Students taking composition courses must score at 78 and above in the writing section; those taking a literature, science, or social science class must score at 72 or above in the reading section.
- Students can earn college credit and high school credit at the same time.
- The credits can be transferred to Washington State community colleges and universities. Many other universities will also accept the credits.
- Students do not need to leave the high school campus to attend class.
- In contrast to AP classes, students who successfully complete the CHS course earn college credits without taking a high stakes exam at the end of the year.
The cost per class is $35 per credit, plus a $5 registration fee. For a typical five-credit class, this totals $180. A regular five-credit class costs $481.95, plus the registration fee. In addition, CHS students do not have to buy textbooks, which are provided by the high school.
The courses offered vary from high school to high school. They are taught by high school teachers who meet the hiring requirements for WVC; most of these teachers have a master’s degree and several years of teaching experience.
The following courses are currently offered through College in the High School at WVC:
Bridgeport High School
- English (composition, American and British literature)
- U.S. History
- Physical Education
- Political Science
Eastmont High School
Wenatchee High School
- English (composition and American literature)
Students may complete registration forms and submit payment through their CHS teachers.
Contact the Running Start office at WVC, at 682.6848 (Jamie McLaughlin, Coordinator) or 682.6855 (Maria Christina Ortega, Educational Planner).
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges