Dual Enrollment

Northwood students are able to enroll in dual enrollment courses at local community colleges such as Irvine Valley College, Saddleback College, Santiago Canyon College, Santa Ana College, and Orange Coast College, to name a few. It is important to note that NHS students are able to enroll in up to eight total classes per semester (at NHS, San Joaquin, ROP, and community colleges). For more specific information about NHS academic policies and concurrent instruction, please refer to our Program of Studies. IVC Dual Enrollment courses and course descriptions for IUSD students can be found in the IVC Dual Enrollment Handbook.

Irvine Valley College

All interested students should complete the Special Admissions application process and then, complete the appropriate Dual Enrollment program form. There are two types of dual enrollment courses, College & Career Access Pathways and General Dual Enrollment, offered during the school year:

College & Career Access Pathways (CCAP) 

Students interested in taking a CCAP course, should complete this Google Form to request enrollment in the CCAP courses listed below. Priority will go to students based on grade level (grade 12, then grade 11, then grade 10, then grade 9). Students will be informed of next steps if they are eligible to enroll in the course. The CCAP consent form needs to be completed once during a student's high school career. It is important that Northwood High School is selected on the form so that it is delivered and tracked to us for follow-up.

The following are CCAP courses for the 2024-2025 school year offered at Northwood HS and course descriptions, including UC-transferability, can be found in the IVC Dual Enrollment Handbook.

FALL Courses (8/20 - 12/18/24) Location Schedule
Math - Liberal Arts Students: MATH 5 NHS TBD
Biotechnology: BIOT 70 Online TBD
Biotechnology: BIOT 70L NHS Tuesdays - 4:15 - 7:05 PM

Communication Fundamentals: COMM 1

NHS Tuesdays & Thursdays - Period 1 & Asynchronous Learning
Sports Appreciation: KNES 98 NHS Tuesdays & Thursdays - Period 7 & Asynchronous Learning
SPRING Courses  Location Schedule
Biotechnology: BIOT 173 NHS TBD

Entrepreneurship: ENTR 200/211/212


Intermediate Algebra: MATH 253


    Students can also take the following courses through the Blended Learning program at San Joaquin High School and should see their counselor to register:

    • Introduction to Business: MGT 1 (Online, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:00 PM)
    • Java Programming: CS 38 (Online, Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:05 PM)
    • Analytic Geometry & Calculus III: Math 4A (Mondays & Wednesdays, 7:00 - 9:15 PM)
    • Social Psychology: PSYC 30 (Online, Mondays & Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:20 PM)

    General Dual Enrollment Program

    Students are able to enroll in IVC courses on a space available basis. Course approval will be granted based on space in the student’s NHS schedule so please prioritize courses. 

    IVC/IUSD Summer Program

    During the summer, IVC offers specific courses for IUSD students and is based on a first come, first served basis. For more information about courses offered, please click here.  

    Obtaining School Approval for Dual Enrollment Courses

    Once students complete the necessary application and get parent approval ELECTRONICALLY, the form will be emailed directly to the school for approval. In most cases, forms arrive the same day or within a day and are signed by the next school day.

    If a PAPER approval form is required, students should drop the completed form off in the Main Office (at the reception desk) with all required information.  Students can pick up the form the following day.

    Articulation Agreements

    Economics of Business: Students who earn a B or higher are eligible to receive three units of credit for IVC’s course, MGT 1: Introduction to Business.  Students interested in earning IVC credit should follow the procedures outlined here under “How to Receive Credit at Irvine Valley College for Articulated High School CE Courses.”


    Here are links to other local college dual enrollment programs: