Boost Your GPA with Online High School Courses This Summer!

Freaking out because you need to repeat a class you didn’t pass during the school year? Need to squeeze in another AP class to boost the rigor of your schedule? Want to improve your GPA? Enroll now for summer online classes!

Remember that, to improve your GPA, all non-passing grades MUST be repeated PRIOR to the start of senior year! All UC-approved A-G (including AP and Honors) courses completed PRIOR to the start of senior year will be included in the GPA for admission evaluation!

Your local community college is usually your best bet (free if your counselor signs off on the enrollment). Online high school courses tend to be pricey, but they serve as an alternative if you need them (there are usually no hoops to jump through, just pay and take the classes).

You can find the most current list of online high schools with UC-approved A-G courses (including AP/Honors) here. This is not a comprehensive list and only includes schools that 1) offer students the option to take individual courses (rather than requiring full-time enrollment); 2) issue a separate transcript (so there’s no need to get your home high school involved if that is an issue); and 3) are reasonably priced (I excluded the ones that charge more than $1,000 per course). For each school there is a direct link to the UC-approved A-G course list; make sure you verify the classes you want to take are on the list before enrolling.

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July 12, 2020 at 6:32 am

What occurs if an online course is finished after the start of senior year?

Ms. Sunreply
July 12, 2020 at 10:33 am
– In reply to: MC

UCs do not include senior year grades into the GPA calculated for admission evaluation.

September 3, 2020 at 10:58 am

I took a 4 unit Intro to astronomy summer class at UC Berkeley between my junior and senior year of high school. Will this count towards my UC admissions GPA?

Ms. Sunreply
September 3, 2020 at 11:20 am
– In reply to: Jen

Yes, on the UC App, report UC Berkeley as a college attended while in high school and then report the course under that.

April 29, 2021 at 2:03 pm

My son is a high school senior graduating this June 2021. His goal is to go to a CSU but his GPA is low and was not accepted for the Fall 2021. Can he repeat high school classes at a community college to increase his GPA and apply as a new student to CSUs for the Spring semester of 2022?”

Ms. Sunreply
April 29, 2021 at 5:04 pm
– In reply to: Jose

I’m not that familiar with CSUs, but I think the rule of “once you graduate high school and take community college courses during a regular term, you become a transfer student” also applies for CSUs. You need to contact the CSUs he’s interested in to find out 1) whether he can take community college classes AFTER high school graduation and still be eligible to apply as a freshman applicant (there may be a distinction between “summer only” and “regular terms” so ask for clarification for those); 2) if he becomes a transfer applicant with community college courses, what are his chances of being admitted and how is he evaluated as a lower-division transfer (not reaching 60 semester/90 quarter units) versus as a junior-level transfer (reaching 60 semester/90 quarter units).

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