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Foothill College Early College Promise

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Program Overview

Early College Promise (FCECP) is an exciting opportunity for AVID students at Mountain View, Los Altos, Alta Vista* and Palo Alto High Schools. Get a jump start on your college career. 

  • 9th through 12th grade students -- take courses for college credit that may also qualify for dual credit at your high school.
  • Attend courses for free, pay no fees, receive required textbooks at no cost and you're eligible for transportation passes.
  • We're on a quarter system so courses are only 12 weeks (6 weeks in the summer).
  • Choose from in-person, online or hybrid courses.
  • Lots of our courses transfer to UC and CSU.

Interested AVID* students must complete the following:

  1. Talk to your counselor about what courses you should take that align with your educational goals.
  2. Attend an FCECP Family Orientation.
  3. Complete the online Foothill College application for admission.
  4. Complete the Special Admit & High School Dual Enrollment form.
  5. Prior to taking any English or Math courses, you must make an appointment to take any assessment tests.
  6. Attach your unofficial high school transcripts to your Special Admit & High School Dual Enrollment form.
  7. Submit your unofficial high school transcripts and Special Admit & High School Dual Enrollment form in-person to our Admissions & Records Office, located in Room 8101 or via fax to 650.949.7084 or e-mail to Allow up to 48 hours for processing of documents.
  8. After 48 hours, register for the Summer Counseling 5: Introduction to College course through MyPortal.
  9. Register for Fall courses online or in person.
  10. Once you register for courses, a book lending voucher will be e-mailed to you. Take your emailed textbook lending voucher to the Foothill College Bookstore to pick up your course textbook.

Our FCECP program is a partnership between Foothill College and Mountain View-Los Altos High School District and Palo Alto High School.

The partnership is committed to supporting the educational goals of AVID students through early exposure to the college experience, while completing transferrable college credits prior to graduating high school.

Studies have shown that high school students who participate in dual enrollment programs do better and graduate more frequently at 4-year colleges than their counterparts.

*Alta Vista High School students are eligible for the FCECP regardless of their participation in AVID.


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September 25–December 15, 2017
  • Fall 2017 quarter
January 8–March 30, 2018
  • Winter 2018 quarter
April 9–June 29, 2018
  • Spring 2018 quarter

For more dates for each quarter, see Academic Calendar.

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