Taking College Courses

High School Special Enrollment

Nea learners have the opportunity to benefit from college-level instruction through our High School Special Enrollment partnership with the Peralta Community College District.

Learners can take in-depth, accelerated courses at any of the Peralta colleges including Berkeley City College, the College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College.

Logos of Peralta Community Colleges, including Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College

Nea learners take a wide variety of community college classes, such as:


• Anthropology • Creative Writing • Macroeconomics • Psychology
• Art History • English • Mandarin • Spanish
• Astronomy • Geometry • Microbiology • Statistics
• Calculus I & II • German • Philosophy • Trigonometry
• Ceramics • Guitar • Physics  
• Chemistry • Japanese • Piano  

Benefits of taking college courses in high school:

  • You can complete Nea graduation requirements or additional challenging classes
  • 1 semester at a community college = 1 year of credit at Nea
  • College courses are weighted for 1 extra point on your GPA. An A = 5 points instead of 4 points.
  • College courses may transfer to your college or university of choice.
    • To view which courses are transferable to UC's or CSU's, visit Assist.org

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Things to consider:

  • Students with C's or higher are eligible to register for classes at the colleges.
  • College classes must not interfere with your core class schedule. Schedule for after school hours.
  • Community college tuition and most fees are waived for high school students taking courses at the Peralta Community Colleges.
  • If you enroll for over 6 units you will be required to pay a Transit/Health fee. This means you would qualify for an Unlimited AC Transit EasyPass for the semester. For info, click here.
  • If you sign up for a college class, you will be responsible for finding and paying for textbooks. Renting, buying used, or borrowing textbooks can be more affordable. Check with Nea Counseling for options.
  • Consider taking courses with other learners to have a support system for carpooling, textbooks, and studying. Check with Nea Counseling to connect with other learners interested in a class.
  • It is a good idea to look up reviews for your professors to get an idea how the class will be run. Many learners use Ratemyprofessor.com .

Additional Community College Options

Learners may also enroll at community colleges outside the Peralta Community College District, such as:

Chabot College: Concurrent Enrollment Program

Located in Hayward, CA. Concurrent enrollment for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders only.

Foothill College: Concurrent Enrollment Program
Located in Los Altos Hills, CA. Concurrent enrollment for 9th through 12th graders.
FootHill College is on the Quarter System. Many of our learners take a Digital Painting class online as an introduction to college classes.