CiHS Considerations for Students & Their Parents

“Education is always an investment in your future.” Walla Walla Community College wants to help you invest in yourself during your high school years, getting double the return for your time and effort.  Dual credit programs, including Running Start, College in the High School, and Career & Technical Education classes, give you the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit for the same class.  College in the High School classes provide the challenges and rewards of college coursework in the most familiar and supportive environment possible. 

Why dual credit? In today’s world, two-thirds of all jobs require some post-high school training or education.  Taking dual credit classes is connected to higher rates of graduation, college enrollment, and degree completion.  Find out which options may be right for you; click here for a Comparison of Dual Credit Offerings including costs, eligibility, location, curriculum and more.  

College in the High SchoolPoints to Consider 

  • LOCATION: Students stay on the high school campus during the regular school day and academic year—no transportation to a college campus required. 
  • FAMILIARITY: Students are taught by a local high school teacher who is approved by the college; students still enjoy the high school experience complete with friends, clubs, and sports. 
  • ELIGIBILITY: Students in grades 10-12 can take CiHS classes, as long as they are academically prepared and have met the prerequisite criteria, often a certain writing, reading or math level.
  • COSTS: Students in grades 11-12 may be eligible to have their tuition covered; most of WWCC’s partner schools have grant money available, so ask your school counselor for information.  Tuition for self-pay students is $65.00 per credit, a 50% savings over WWCC’s low, in-state rates.  Books are free and provided by the high school. 
  • RIGOR: All CiHS classes follow approved college curriculum; students are presented with coursework, assessments and expectations that are equivalent to that found on the college campus, but have more time to meet learning outcomes (one semester/trimester, usually). 
  • CREDIT/TRANSCRIPTS: Students earn college credit for completing the course.  As with all college classes, there is an option to drop the class if a student feels the class isn’t going as expected, but a completed class will post whatever grade the student earned onto his/her official WWCC college transcript and GPA. 

Is CiHS right for me (or my student)?

If you are ready to take rigorous coursework, start your college education, and prefer to stay on your high school campus, then College in the High School may be right for you. CiHS students are college students and they’re held to the same standards of achievement and conduct as students on the WWCC campus. Students should be prepared to deliver college level thinking, speaking, and writing, and be able to engage in civil discussion of competing ideas.

The greatest risk of enrolling in a College in the High School class is that the student is earning transcripted credit, meaning the credit—and grade—will go on an official college transcript. Once it’s there, it remains throughout the student’s educational career at WWCC or elsewhere, being counted in the grade point average (GPA) and total credits earned toward a degree or program. Grades of C- or lower may be eligible for grade forgiveness (a student can repeat the class for a better grade), but grades of C and higher are permanent.

Lastly, for students in 10th grade there is also potential for future impacts on federal and state financial aid. See the Dual Credit Comparison document for more information.