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College Now

College Now is an educational option for FUHSD seniors to earn their FUHSD diplomas while also earning one year of college credits without taking AP tests and for 1/10th of the cost for the same year at a UC. It provides an opportunity for students to spend the fourth year of high school on both the high school campus and at De Anza College.

Students complete a minimum of nine (9) college courses, making it possible to earn a bachelor's degree in less time, which is especially helpful to students planning for advanced professional degrees. Students can take up to 21 units a quarter, the most allowed for an FUHSD high school student.

Contact Information

Tamara 'Emmy' Emmert
Guidance Counselor
(408) 864-8589

Alison Coy
Director, Educational Options
(408) 522-2275

Laura Gonzales
Assistant Principal, Educational Options
(408) 522-2292

The College Now Student

The College Now student is a mature, academically serious-minded, independent, responsible FUHSD senior who needs minimal guidance. Students should feel ready to move on to college not only academically, but also socially and emotionally. College Now students may continue to participate on FUHSD sport teams and can also maintain the experience of having a typical senior year at their home high school campus.

Eligibility

In order to qualify for College Now, students must:

  • Be a current FUHSD junior who will have 200 credits by the end of the second semester (no summer);
  • Only need Economics/US Government and the 4th year of English to graduate (no other FUHSD classes);
  • Complete the College Now Questionnaire, which appears as a Google doc under the Forms and Resources section of this webpage, by March 8, 2018; and
  • Mandatory to attend either the Student Only presentation on the high school campus or one of the February Night presentations listed in the College Now Timeline on this page. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend any of the February Night presentations; it is not necessary to go to the presentation at the student's home high school.

Questionnaires will be accepted from January 9, 2019 through March 8, 2019.

College Now Timeline

December

Eligible FUHSD juniors will receive a postcard in the US mail with information about the student and parent/guardians February Night presentations.

JANUARY

Eligible FUHSD juniors will receive a student clerk delivered invitation and brochure to attend the student-only presentation at their high school during Tutorial/Flex.

FUHSD student-only informational presentations will be held at each FUHSD school. If you are interested in learning more about the College Now program, plan ton attending the meeting at your high school:

  • Cupertino High School: Jan. 30, 2019 at 10:40 a.m., CHS Theatre
  • Fremont High School: Jan. 28, 2019 at 9:40 a.m., FHS Shannon Theater
  • Homestead High School: Jan. 18, 2019 at 10:40 a.m., HHS Career Center
  • Lynbrook High School: Jan. 16, 2019 at 10:35 a.m., LHS Auditorium
  • Monta Vista High School - Jan. 22, 2019 at 9:40 a.m., MVHS Theatre

The College Now questionnaire is available to complete as of January 9, 2019. Students will receive an email confirmation within 48 hours of submission. If no confirmation is received, this means you have not 100% completed the questionnaire and you need to resubmit.

FEBRUARY

FUHSD parent/guardians and your student are invited to a College Now night presentation that will be held at each FUHSD school; all presentations will begin at 6 p.m.; you may attend more than (1) meeting and it is not necessary to go to your home high school site:

  • Cupertino High School: Feb. 12, 2019, CHS Theatre
  • Fremont High School: Feb. 4, 2019, FHS Shannon Theater
  • Homestead High School: Feb. 5, 2019, HHS Auditorium
  • Lynbrook High School: Feb. 25, 2019, LHS Auditorium
  • Monta Vista High School: Feb. 26, 2019, MVHS Theatre

MARCH

March 8, 2019 by 4 p.m.

Questionnaire is due; no late questionnaires will be accepted.

March 15, 2019

**All eligible FUHSD juniors who have completed the questionnaire will be placed in a lottery and given a number; students will be emailed their number and given instructions on the next steps by this day.

**#1-10 from each high school site will be accepted into the College Now program.

**#11 and higher will be placed on a waitlist to fill any available spots by March 29, 2019.

March 22, 2019 by 3 p.m.

**#1-10 from each high school site must send an email to the College Now guidance counselor as instructed in the acceptance email of their decision to be in the College Now program or not.

March 26, 2019

**#11 onwards from each high school site on the waitlist will begin email notification for any open spots (if needed).

March 29, 2019 by 3 p.m.

All acceptance or participation denial emails must have been sent to the College Now guidance counselor as instructed in the acceptance email.

APRIL

Date TBD for 6 p.m. College Now Welcome Meeting for accepted students and parents/guardians in the De Anza College Hinson Campus Center, Conference Room B.

All registration papers must be returned as instructed in acceptance email.

MAY

Mandatory weekly after school De Anza Pre-Registration Sessions throughout the month of May.

JUNE

FUHSD Finals Week (June 3-6): Complete College Now Checkout Form at home high school after all FUHSD books and materials have been returned.

Friday, June 7, 2019: Mandatory student-only meeting in the De Anza College Hinson Campus Center, Conference Room B from 12 to 3:30 p.m.

Turn in College Now Checkout Form at Friday, June 7 meeting

Fall quarter registration appointments June 10 to June 19, 2019.

JULY

Fall quarter registration at 8 a.m. on July 12, 2019 - date NOT confirmed as of 12/12/18.

AUGUST

FUHSD classes begins on August 19, 2019

SEPTEMBER

First day of De Anza classes - September 23, 2019

Non-transfer 12th graders - College application homework is due September 23, 2019

What has changed in the College Now Program?

  • No minimum GPA, essay, teacher evaluations, College Now application, De Anza College English and Math placement tests or interview needed - just complete the College Now Questionnaire.
  • Ten (10) eligible 2018-19 FUHSD juniors from each high school may join for a total of 50 FUHSD students; program starts in April 2019 for their senior year.
  • Eligible means are a current FUHSD junior, enrolled at a FUHSD high school, who after the second semester of the junior year will have earned at least 200 credits and only needs Economics/US Government and the 4th year of English to meet the FUHSD graduation requirements. 
  • Eligible 2018-19 FUHSD juniors who complete the College Now Questionnaire by 4 p.m. on March 8, 2019 will be selected by lottery if there are more than ten (10) eligible, completed questionnaires. All students will be given a number from the lottery and #11 onwards will be placed on the wait list should a space become available before March 29, 2019.
  • Selected students must take periods 1 & 2 Economics/US Government and the 4th year of English at their FUHSD high school, regardless of credits already earned prior to the senior year, and be willing to take whatever level of the courses that will be offered (regular or AP-Advanced Placement) for Economics/US Government and English in Periods 1 & 2. No schedule changes are allowed.
  • Mandatory to attend either the Student-Only Presentation on the high school campus or one of the February Night presentations listed in the College Now Timeline on this page. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend any of the February Night presentations; it is not necessary to to to the presentation at the student's home high school. 
  • Unexcused absences in the FUHSD classes are not acceptable and you will be removed from the College Now program after the 6th unexcused absence in one quarter.
  • Athletes in FUHSD sports may again participate.
  • Leadership and participation for FUHSD clubs/activities to be allowed after student receives FUHSD administration approval by the FUHSD Activities Assistant Principal at their home high school site.
  • Allowed to be on HS campus during lunch for club/activity meetings - but not for the sole purpose of spending time with friends.
  • Adhere to both the FUHSD & De Anza College calendars (August - June; block days; special FUHSD schedules).
  • It is the student's responsibility to inform FUHSD teachers, attendance and administrators if De Anza College quarter final exams conflict with FUHSD class times each quarter.
  • No longer 100% at De Anza College for senior year.
  • FUHSD class schedule takes priority over De Anza class scheduling.
  • No De Anza classes to appear on the FUHSD transcript (unless is a FUHSD athlete).
  • Six-week De Anza progress reports will occur every quarter. Students are responsible for giving & returning the progress report to the College Now guidance counselor by the due date. Parent/guardians, the FUHSD Administration, guidance counselors, and Athletic Directors will receive an email from the College Now guidance counselor with the results each quarter.
  • Students follow the College Now requirements/deadlines for college applications requiring Secondary School Reports (SSRs). FUHSD Teacher Letters of Recommendation is the only areas that is not handled by the FUHSD College Now program guidance counselor.

What is the same in the College Now Program?

  • Priority registration - get the De Anza College classes you want to take, when you want to take them.
  • Ability to complete one year of college at 1/10th of the cost of attending a UC for a year.
  • College credit without AP tests.
  • Early start on TAG (Transfer Admission Guaranteed) requirements resulting in transferring faster than peers.
  • Students must be independent and able to be on a college campus with minimal guidance.
  • Participation commitment in the program for entire senior year.
  • Take 12-21.5 units each quarter.
  • Pay for units each quarter as well as books and Basic/Instructional fees.
  • FUHSD guidance counselor for the College Now program to write School Letter of Recommendation for any Secondary School Reports (SSRs) in the Fall quarter.
  • Students must remain in the FUHSD Residency boundaries at all times - no "senior privilege."
  • Completion of FUHSD graduation requirements (US Government, Economics, and English).
  • Mandatory attendance at April, May, and June meetings.
  • Adherence to FUHSD and De Anza College codes of student conduct.
  • Adherence to the College Now Student Responsibility Contract

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the odds that I will get the classes I want each quarter?

Excellent. There is no guarantee, but you will have priority registration each quarter.

May I apply to a four-year university without penalty and as an incoming freshman student?

Yes. Your college admissions process will be the same as other FUHSD seniors.

Will I earn college and high school credits?

No. All De Anza College courses will appear on your De Anza transcript for college credit. FUHSD student athletes will have their De Anza College classes listed on their FUHSD transcript for their sport season only.

May I graduate early?

No. College Now is a program and you may only graduate early from a high school campus.

May I participate in high school graduation and senior end-of-the-year activities?

Yes. You may participate in graduation and all other senior end-of-the-year activities that do not conflict with College Now.

May I continue in sports at the high school level or on a De Anza College athletic team?

Yes for high school; No for De Anza. College Now students are now able to participate in sports at the high school level, not the De Anza College athletic teams.

May I still participate or hold an office in clubs/activities at my high school?

Yes. You may now be a member or have a leadership position on a high school club/activity with the FUHSD Activities Assistant Principal's approval; his/her approval should be asked for prior to acceptance into the College Now program. You will be allowed on the high school campus for lunch time meetings, but you cannot be on campus just to hang out with friends.

May I be considered for “senior awards” given out by my high school at the end of the senior year?

Yes. You are now eligible for senior awards.

Forms and Resources

Cost of College Now Program

The costs per quarter of the College Now program are as follows:

  • Basic Student Fees: $55
  • Per Unit Fee: $31
  • Parking Fee: $26.65
  • Books: $200 to $350
  • Instructional Materials: up to $10

Fees are subject to increase at any time.