Options for High School Students

Though not a high school, Seattle Central College offers several unique opportunities for current high school students to experience studying abroad on an American college campus. We offer a variety of programs geared towards short term study and/or high school students.

To enroll at Seattle Central, students under the age of 18 must:

- have completed at least the first semester of 10th grade in high school at the time of application (or the equivalent in the local secondary education system) AND be at least 16 years of age by the first day of school (see our academic calendars),
- be emotionally mature enough to study in a higher education environment,
- have above average results overall from 10th grade onward ("B average or higher"; see our webpage for further details).

Eligible students can study with us in the following programs:

High School Completion (high school diploma + College Transfer degree): High School Completion offers students the opportunity to complete both their college transfer degree and a U.S. high school diploma at the same time. Students who enter this program can typically finish both degrees in two years, then transfer to the university of their choice to complete the last two years of their Bachelor’s degree immediately after they graduate. For more information about our High School Completion program, click here.

Short Term Certificates: Students who prove proficient in English can study in our Short Term Certificate program. Length of study varies depending on the student’s goals. This program is ideal for students wishing to study abroad during their school breaks, or during their Gap Year. Students in the Short Term Certificate program are studying college level classes alongside their domestic and international peers. Available subjects include Business, Computer Studies, Fine Arts, Communication, among many others. Minimum course length is one quarter (10 weeks in Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters, and 8 weeks in Summer quarter). Students may also choose to study two, three or four quarters, up to a maximum of 12 months. All students must arrive 7-10 days in advance for testing and orientation. For a complete list of subjects, and more details about our Short Term Certificate program, click here.

English as a Second Language (ESL): Seattle Central's ESL programs and classes are perfect for students wishing to focus on developing their English skills. ESL courses offer instruction in Reading, Writing, Grammar, and Speaking/Listening. College electives are also an option as students advance through upper levels. Each ESL level is 10 weeks long in Fall, Winter and Spring quarters, and 8 weeks in Summer quarter, plus 7-10 days prior to the start date for testing and orientation. For further information about our ESL programs and classes, click here.