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Most courses cannot be repeated if you receive a grade of C or better, unless you show documented proof that you must repeat the course due to a significant lapse of time (at least three years), a legal requirement for employment or licensing, a disability requiring accommodation or other extenuating circumstances.
However, a small number of courses are designated as “repeatable” under separate conditions listed in the course description. Courses that are designated as “repeatable” are subject to a limit of six enrollments, including any times that resulted in a substandard grade or W, unless otherwise specified.
Only these types of courses are designated as “repeatable” (see Title 5 § 55041).
■ Courses for which repetition
is necessary to meet major requirements of CSU or UC to complete a bachelor's degree
■ Intercollegiate athletics
■ Specific courses designated as
Special Education that meet criteria
set forth in Title 5
Terms of repeatability for these courses are clearly stated in the course descriptions.
Active Participatory Course Limitations (Course Families)
There are also limits on certain “families” of related courses that involve active participation – such as physical education, visual arts or performing arts – and these “family” limits apply to classes at both De Anza and Foothill College. (See Title 5 § 55000.)
Under state rules, each of these courses is nonrepeatable and can only be taken one time. In addition, you may not enroll more than six times in courses within a designated family, regardless of whether they are offered at De Anza or Foothill. This limit includes any times when you receive a substandard grade (D, F, NP or NC) or a W.
If you enroll in a De Anza course that is equivalent to a Foothill course within a course family, you may not take the Foothill course at any time, and vice versa.
For more information on repeating courses, see
Under state legislation approved in 2011, students may no longer enroll in the same course more than three times without successful completion. This includes enrollments leading to substandard grades
or withdrawals. Students who have enrolled in the same course twice without passing should see a counselor for assistance or seek tutoring. Students may petition to enroll in the same course a fourth time, but approval will be highly selective, and any additional enrollments in the same course will not be approved.
De Anza offers a wide range of evening and weekend courses, as well as online classes. Certain services are available on a limited basis on Saturdays. Check the De Anza website at and the class listings for more information.
High school students who are currently enrolled in grades 9-12 may apply to De Anza as special part-time students.
There is no enrollment fee for current high school students who qualify as part- time by taking 11 or fewer units during any regular quarter (fall, winter or spring) – or six or fewer units in the summer. However, students may still incur costs for textbooks and other fees. High school students will be considered full-time – and will be charged enrollment fees and other fees – if they enroll in more than 11 units in a regular quarter, or more than six units in summer, at De Anza College, Foothill College or both colleges combined. Students who want to take more than 11 units in a regular quarter, or more than six units in summer, should contact the Admissions and Records office. For more information visit dual.
Under federal regulations, students without a high school diploma are no longer eligible for federal financial aid. De Anza recommends that students who are close to earning a high school diploma or GED complete those requirements, when possible, in order to apply and be considered for financial aid when they attend De Anza.
Before enrolling in English or math courses, or any course that has an English or math prerequisite, high school students must complete the assessment process to be placed in the right course for their skill level.
High school students attending De Anza are held to the same requirements, standards and policies as other college students, and should be aware of the Student Code
of Conduct. They also receive the same protections under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act as other students, and their records cannot be released to family members without their consent.
Because De Anza offers courses at a college level, students and their families should be aware that course content may be adult in nature. De Anza also recommends that parents be aware of the “open” campus environment and discuss safety and accountability issues with their student prior to enrollment.
All coursework earned at De Anza is to be reported to any transfer college or university to which the high school student applies. Transcripts will not be automatically mailed to the student or the student’s high school. Grade information can be accessed through MyPortal. Official transcripts may be requested through MyPortal or by ordering from De Anza’s authorized transcript provider. For more information visit deanza. edu/admissions/order-transcripts.
Many high schools recommend that students 18 years or older without a high school diploma complete their high school requirements by taking college courses. Students choosing to earn a diploma in this way should obtain a statement from their host high school principal or counselor indicating
■ The necessary subjects to meet graduation requirements and the number of quarter credits in each
■ A list of De Anza courses that may satisfy these high school requirements
■ The total number of quarter units required, including electives
■ Approval to use De Anza credit to meet high school requirements
The California Department of Education recommends that college credit equal twice the number of units earned in high school; for example, two college units equal four high school semester periods.
Once De Anza courses have been completed, students should request that an official transcript be sent to the high school. Students may also enroll in additional courses not required for the diploma.
Under federal regulations, students are no longer eligible for federal financial aid. De Anza recommends that students who are close to earning a high school diploma

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