Preparing Students for College and Careers

At California Online Public Schools, we give students what they need to find success in the classroom and throughout their lives. Whether your child plans to go to college or start a job after high school, we’ll help them strengthen their mind and their character so they’re prepared to take on the challenges ahead.


If your child is interested in going to college, 
they’ll find the right path here.
College Prep

A college degree gets students ready for a successful future. And, at California Online Public Schools, we get students ready for college. We offer a range of Honors and Advanced Placement® courses along with plenty of online clubs for students. And we help students build the personal responsibility and love of learning they’ll need to get into—and excel at—whatever college they choose.

Students interested in college prep enjoy plenty of support along the way. Their teachers embrace their goals, and counselors guide them through the college selection and application process. Plus, our online learning environment is similar to what many colleges use, meaning our students are ready to hit the (digital) ground running.

Early College Pathway


Early College Pathway allows students to earn high school & college credit for college courses completed while they are still enrolled in high school. Through a partnership with Saddleback College, California Online Public Schools is pleased to offer dual enrollment to earn college credits towards an Associate’s Degree as a high school student!

Students must remain Full Time Enrolled with California Online Public School while enrolled in the Early College Pathway. Below are additional requirements:​

Students must be in good standing at California Online Public Schools to be permitted to enroll in college courses. Student’s overall success in their high school course of study is the most important priority. Examples of factors that the school counselor will take into account prior to approval of concurrent enrollment in college classes include:

Two Programs are Offered with the Saddleback College Pathway

Students will earn a recognized Certificate of Achievement and learn business skills in marketing and sales. Students will complete classes in Marketing, Workplace Skills, E Commerce and Social Media Marketing and Intro to Business.


IGETC is the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (the pattern of courses a student can take at community college to transfer to a 4-year University of California school). Please click here to learn more. An application process applies.

93% of parents agree their student is making good progress at California Online Public Schools

Based on 2023 Parent Satisfaction Survey

Credentialed teachers specially trained in online learning

Public school graduates receive California high school diplomas

Earn Transferable College Credits


Eligible students can complete college-level coursework and earn transferable college credit.  Students have the flexibility to choose a variety of dual enrollment courses at their local community college for in-person or online instruction. Our high school counselors are available to further discuss with students which courses they recommend to take to best meet their interests and future goals.


To participate, students must meet college minimum age and GPA requirements for dual enrollment students and receive pre-approval from their school counselor. Eligible California Online Public School students are invited to take one dual enrollment per year. Contact your school counselor for more details.

Where Our Students are Going


When students learn in a way that works best for them, they can continue on to college and thrive. Graduates of California Online Public Schools have turned their online public school education into spots at top colleges across the U.S. and around the world. We’re proud of their achievement—and look forward to helping even more students get into college in the years to come. Take a look at just a few of the colleges that have accepted graduates of California Online Public Schools.

College List

Some of the schools California Online Public Schools students have been accepted to include:

  • Baylor University
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston College
  • Brigham Young University
  • Brown University
  • California Maritime Academy
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Harvard University
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Stanford University
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • United States Military Academy West Point
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis
  • UC Irvine
  • UCLA
  • UC Merced
  • UC Riverside
  • UC San Diego
  • UC San Francisco
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California

AVID Program


California Online Public Schools offers AVID, an elective class that meets weekly to help the academic middle high school student prepare for college eligibility and success.

AVID provides the academic, social, and emotional support that will help students succeed in the school’s most rigorous courses with:

Students will work with their counselor to see if AVID is a fit for them


National Collegiate Athletic Association

NCAA is the National Collegiate Athletic Association, a non-profit organization that is member driven, and houses three major college athletic divisions – Division 1, Division 2, and Division 3. Each student athlete must meet eligibility requirements required by the division that houses their potential college.

Students that are looking to pursue a sport in college should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. This is required of the school and sport you are looking to pursue to be sure they are part of the NCAA organization. Visit the NCAA Eligibility Center for more information.