Frequently Asked Questions

About the Alsion Early College High School

Is the high school a Montessori program?

No. Please visit the high school admissions page for more details.

What grades does the high school encompass?

10th to 12th grade.

Do you accept students who are not promoted from Alsion Montessori Middle School?

Yes, but very rarely and only after a rigorous screening process.

Are Early College students considered high school or college students?

They are high school students who are taking classes at Alsion and a California community college.

Have there been issues about your high school students taking classes with college students?

Thankfully, no. In fact, our students have developed friendships with their college classmates, are involved in collegiate student organizations and sometimes even play vital roles in college organizations like the student government and the college journal. It is vital, though, that the students we accept into our program are mature, responsible and independent.

Do your students suffer from culture shock in making the transition from taking middle-school classes to enrolling in college courses?

A certain period of adjustment is natural. After a few weeks of classes, our students learn the ropes of studying in college and dealing with their older classmates and college instructors. The school also preps them for the college experience.

May Early College students pick the college courses they want to take?

Yes and no. Students should take required classes that fulfill high-school graduation and UC “a-g” requirements. They may, however, also pursue classes that are related to their intended college major or general interests. All courses they register for must be approved by the Early College Director.

What classes do students take at the Alsion campus?

Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition, Great Books, Film Studies, Health and physical education.

Does the high school offer non-college electives?

Yes. A Great Books class (literature) and a Film Studies course (visual and performing arts) are taught at Alsion.

During their senior year, do Alsion students apply as first-year or transfer applicants to four-year universities?

They apply as first-year students. After they have been accepted to their collegiate institution, their college credits are assessed and, more often than not, transferred. During their first semester or quarter of college, our graduates usually have sophomore or junior status. The University of California, to which our program is most geared, will accept at least 72 credits and promote our graduates to sophomore or junior status upon acceptance.

Do Early College graduates only go to Universities of California?

No. Our graduates have gone to private and out-of-state schools. Please visit the Alsion Graduate page for more information.

What are the majors of Early College graduates?

We do not graduate students of a certain academic type or mold. Their college majors have run the gamut of English literature, computer science, physics and theatre arts.

When students reach 11th grade, families have to pay both Alsion and Ohlone-College tuition. Why then shouldn’t they enroll students in a public-school program that would allow them to avail of the Ohlone-College fee waiver?

The Early College High School offers a host of classes and services for its students:

  • foundational Advanced Placement courses
  • electives
  • student organizations and extracurricular activities with same age group
  • a Study Center where students socialize with their peers, stay integrated with the Alsion community, hold classes, study, tutor, do research all in a secure, supervised and familiar environment
  • personalized academic counseling
  • personalized college application counseling
  • venue for standarized testing
  • engaging field trips and campus tours
  • use of computers, the Internet, printer and other audiovisual equipment

But perhaps the best reason for enrolling in our program is to have students thrive in a setting of their peers, rife with camaraderie, school spirit, caring classmates, teachers and administrators, and the determination to provide the best academic and character-building education possible.