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Enrolling in the Academic Enrichment (AE) Program

Academic Enrichment (AE) provides educational opportunities for high school students at Sierra College. Requirements, limitations, rights, and a step-by-step guide to enrolling below.


To take courses through the AE Program, you must meet these conditions:

  • Be at least 15 years of age
  • Have completed the tenth grade (Your official transcript must reflect completion of all tenth-grade courses)
  • Have a 3.0 GPA
  • Have assessed into the appropriate transfer level courses:
    • English (English 1A)
    • Reading (English 11)
    • Mathematics (if required for course placement)
  • Submit an official transcript with the Academic Enrichment Program Application every semester you wish to attend.
  • Submit an Academic Enrichment Compliance Form (to be completed by your High School) every Academic Year.


Once admitted, you must also take courses from your local high school. You can only register for college-level classes at Sierra College.

Limits on Classes

There are specific courses you cannot take if you are an AE student. View the Academic Enrichment Restricted Course List to learn more.

Additionally, if you are an AE student you cannot take the following:

  • Honors courses
  • Any courses for which health and safety is a consideration
  • Auditing any class


AE students pay the same enrollment fees as other regular community college students.

Enroll in the AE Program

To enroll in the AE Program, you must reapply and resubmit all documents each semester you attend. If you attend one semester but do not meet the admission requirements for the next, you may file a petition to request further consideration.

Steps to Enroll in the AE Program

  1. Meet with a High School Counselor

    Your high school counselor must verify the following:

    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
    • Completion of the tenth grade
    • You are at least 15 years of age

    Your high school counselor must sign the Academic Enrichment Program Application.

  2. Apply to Sierra College
    • Complete an online application for admission to Sierra College.
    • Indicate on the application that you are a high school student.
    • Within four business days of submitting your application online, you will receive an email from Sierra College with important information, including the following:
      • Your Sierra College ID number
      • mySierra log in information
      • Your Sierra College email address
  3. Complete Placement

    AE students must place into the appropriate transfer level courses:

    • English (English 1A)
    • Reading (English 11)
    • Mathematics (if required for course placement)

    The Placement Tool will help you determine if you need to take the English and/or Math Placement test. You are only allowed to test one time per semester.

  4. Provide Documentation to Admissions and Records

    Present the following documents in person with photo ID:

    • Completed Academic Enrichment Program Application
    • An official high school transcript.
    • Documentation of age (if home-schooled or if age is not on high school transcript)
    • Assessment Scores
    • An affidavit is required if students are home-schooled or attend a charter school
  5. Activate Your mySierra Account

    After you apply, you will receive a confirmation email with your mySierra account activation instructions.

    Activate your account to access registration and your official Sierra College email.

  6. Accept College Terms and Conditions

    Log into mySierra, and click on the Terms and Conditions link.

  7. Register for Classes

    Log into your mySierra. Click on the "Registration and Classes" link, then click on the "Add, Drop or Withdraw" from Classes link.
    In preparation you could do the following:

    • Make sure the class you want isn't restricted. Review the Academic Enrichment Restricted Course List.
    • Prepare a tentative class schedule with possible days and times using the Sierra College Class Schedule.
    • Check for course prerequisites and corequisites.
    • Look for your specific registration date and time. Log into mySierra and click on "Registration and Classes," then click "View my Registration Eligibility and Holds." 

    You are allowed a maximum of seven units each semester or summer term. Your registration is available the day after open registration begins (see Academic Calendar for specific dates). You will not be allowed to audit courses.

  8. Pay Your Fees

    Your fees are due when you register.

Student Rights

Under Section 49061 of the Education Code, parents of community college students do not have a right of access to their children’s student records, regardless of whether the student is under the age of 18. High school students attending Sierra College must abide by the same FERPA laws as other all other college students. For more information, please visit the FERPA laws page.

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