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High School Students Enrolling at Taft College

High school students must be at least 16 years of age AND have completed their sophomore year of high school per California Education Code: 76002/48800.5. Students may take college level courses that are transferable (courses number 1500 or higher) with the exception of Math 1060, (California Code of Regulations-Title 5: 55002(a)/76002(b)) on a seats-available basis with permission from a parent/legal guardian, their high school principal, and the instructor of the course. Students will receive college credit for the courses completed. Arrangements for receiving high school credit for the course work must be made with the student’s respective high school.

It is expected that all special admit students enrolling in Taft College courses have the maturity to participate on a college campus. No special arrangements for additional supervision of underage students are available. In a very small number of disciplines, course content may be frank in order to deal with scholarly discussion of behavioral, artistic, human, or other issues. Unlike public schools, colleges do not contact parents in advance to inform them of these matters. Parents are hereby notified that it is their responsibility to ensure that their child is able to handle the college environment, as well as the content of the course in which he/she enrolls. Although special admit students may be minors, Taft College adheres to the student privacy laws set forth by FERPA. Special admit students are entitled to all of the privacy rights of a college student; therefore, any information regarding attendance, grades, behavior, etc., cannot be shared with the parent or legal guardian without a signed release on file in the Admissions office.

Step 1: How to enroll

  • Complete the online application for admissions to Taft College.
  • Submit the High School Special Admit Form. [link to the pdf document titled high school special admit form]
  • The Special Admit Form must be filled out and signed by the student, the parent/legal guardian, the instructor(s) of the course(s) you wish to enroll, and the high school principal every semester regardless if the student gets into a class or not. If the student is home schooled, he/she must provide verification that the homeschool program is recognized and approved by the county department of education.
  • Students must reapply for admission after a break in attendance for one semester.

Step 2: Complete Orientation and Take the Assessment Test

  • Complete the online orientation found on our website under Admissions>Steps to Success. You will use  the student ID number given to you when you completed your admissions application.
  • Placement testing is required for all special admit students under the age of 18 who will be enrolling in English or math, or any course with English or math as a prerequisite. Kindergarten-12th grade classes will not be used as the sole assessment to meet college prerequisites. Please make sure you have your Taft College A# before contacting the office. To schedule an appointment  contact the testing center at (661) 763-7783.

Step 3: Obtain Instructor Approval

  • Students must obtain instructor approval before enrolling into his/her class.

Step 4: Register for Classes

  • After receiving instructor approval, students may register during open registration. Students can refer to the priority registration schedule each semester to determine the open registration time period.
  • High School Special Admit holds will be released on the first day of open enrollment.
  • Special admit students may not enroll in any courses numbered below 1500, except for Math 1060. Students who enroll in non-approved courses will result in loss of High School Special Admit privileges.
  • There is an 11 unit maximum limit per semester; 5 unit maximum limit for Summer semester.
  • In accordance with SB338, enrollment in physical education courses have been restricted or excluded.
  • Special admit students are eligible for membership in groups/clubs; however, membership does not change registration priority for enrollment purposes.

Step 5: Pay Enrollment Fees

  • Special admit high school students WILL PAY the same enrollment fee as any other regular community college student per California Education Code 76300.
  • Exceptions: High school students in the West Kern Community College District service area are exempt from enrollment fees for the spring and fall terms. All high school students must pay enrollment fees during the summer sessions.
  • The West Kern Community College service area is defined as those residing in zip codes 93268, 93224, 93258, 93276, and 93252.