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MDUSD & DVC College Now Program FAQ

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Q: Who Can Apply?


A:  Prospective students must be residents of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.  We will be accepting incoming juniors and seniors for the 2017-18 school year.  Students who apply to the College Now Program (CNP) must exhibit a high level of maturity and motivation, and be eager for a rigorous academic experience.  Applicants to the CNP must also have a history of satisfactory attendance and behavior to qualify for the program and be on track to graduate and completed 110 credits by the end of the 10th grade.


Q:  How long is the CNP?


A:  The CNP is a two year program serving 11th and 12th grade students.  Starting in Fall 2016, the program will ONLY serve 11th grade students.  Starting in Fall 2017, the program will serve 11th and 12th grade students.


Q:  How can I apply to the CNP?


A:  To apply to the CNP you must submit a completed application and two Recommendation Forms (Teacher Recommendation form and Counselor Recommendation Form) by March 17, 2018 to your school counselor.  Applications should be submitted online or can be turned into your school counselor; however the Recommendation Forms must be turned into your school counselor by March 17, 2018.  No late applications will be accepted.


Q:  Where can I get an application?


A:  Applications are available online or from your student’s MDUSD school counselor.


Q:  What is the application process?


A:  Once the application is submitted, it will be reviewed for completeness and accuracy, as well as residency verification.  Failure to follow the instructions on the application completely and accurately will disqualify the application from further consideration.  Qualified applications will be reviewed by a panel of MDUSD staff.  Each application is thoroughly reviewed and selections are made on a case-by-case basis.  Through careful consideration, the panel will determine which students will best benefit from the program.


Q:  What kinds of things do you look for in a prospective student?


A:  There is no set “type” of student at the College Now Program (CNP).  Students at CNP will tend to be highly self-motivated, mature, independent, responsible, hard-working students, with a desire to be an active participant in their education.


Q:  How will students be selected for the CNP?


A:  The CNP is designed to serve students from across the Mt. Diablo Unified School district.  There will be a total of 60 students accepted to the CNP for Fall 2017 program; 30 Juniors and 30 Seniors.  Equal representation from each comprehensive high school and alternative programs would be a consideration for qualified applicants.


Q:  I missed the application deadline.  Can I still apply?


A:  No.  Unfortunately we are unable to process an application after the deadline date.  There are no exceptions.


Q:  Can my child participate in sports at the College  Now Program?


A:  CNP does not have an athletics program.  However, students may participate in a school sport at their resident high school within the district if they receive prior approval from the CNP principal.  We highly recommend that students maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 to play a sport. 


Q:  What types of extra-curricular activities can students in the CNP participate in?

A:  CNP students can participate in various DVC college events and clubs as well as dances, club, events, athletics, and proms at their resident high school.


Q:  How much does it cost to attend?


A:  All high school and college textbooks, fees, materials, and parking (if applicable) are provided by MDUSD.  There is no additional cost to attend the College Now Program.


Q:  What will a weekly schedule look like at CNP?


A:  The chart below provides a sample of what a weekly schedule could look like for a CNP student.









College course

College course

College course

College course



High School Courses taught by MDUSD staff

( English, Social Science, Advisory)

High School Courses taught by MDUSD staff

( English, Social Science, Advisory)

High School Courses taught by MDUSD staff

( English, Social Science, Advisory)

High School Courses taught by MDUSD staff

( English, Social Science, Advisory)

High School Courses taught by MDUSD staff

( English, Social Science, Advisory)


College Counseling course

College course (i.e. Art)

College Counseling course

College course (i.e. Art)

Optional college course/Supervised study by MDUSD staff


Math College course

Science College course

Math College course

Math College course



Q:  How much homework will I have?


A:  Student homework will vary from class to class.  You can expect between 1-2 hours of homework for each college class session.


Q:  Once accepted, what is required to maintain enrollment in the CNP?


A:  All CNP students are required to:

  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Attend all classes every day
  • Be on time to all college and high school classes
  • Demonstrate the ability to make mature, independent, responsible, productive choices at all tines
  • Take notes and ask questions
  • Follow all DVC and CNP rules at all times.
  • Be enrolled in a full schedule each semester.   A full schedule consists of a minimum of two college courses, and a maximum of four college courses OR 15 DVC units (whichever occurs first)
  • Acquire grades good enough to stay off DVC Academic Probation (basically a DVC GPA of 2.0 or more)

Students who do not continue to meet the CNP requirements, or who are dropped from any college course, either by the instructor or the student, without approval from the CNP counselor, may be referred back to their school of residence.  This includes single infractions.


Q:  What are the start and end times for a typical CNP day?


A:  There is no such thing as a “typical day” at CNP.  Students will have personalized schedules that meet the needs of the individual and their course requirements.  However, classes can begin as early as 8:00 am and end as late as 5:00 pm.  Some classes may require additional hours outside of regular school times.  For example, students who are in Drama are required to meet after hours for rehearsal and productions, and are required to be in attendance from 6 pm until 10 pm or later.  On occasion, students may be required to be in attendance on a Saturday if productions fall on a weekend.


Q:  What is the school calendar for the CNP?


A:  The CNP school calendar follows the Community College Calendar which is roughly  August 12, 2017 – June 1, 2018 with a four week winter break in December-January.


Q:  Are the college classes for high school students only?


A:  No.  All CNP students will be taking adult college course with adult college students.  Please keep in mind that this means your student will be exposed to adult content and adult discussions and will be expected to participate respectfully and with maturity.


Q:  Will students in the CNP be earning both credits for high school graduation and college credit?


A:  Yes.  CNP students will be earn high school credits and up to 4  college classes or 15 college units per semester.  High school courses such as English, Social Science and Advisory will be taught by MDUSD teachers.  The remaining courses will be taken through DVC.  Students would receive both high school credit and college units those DVC courses.  The goal would be for CNP students to finish the program with a high school diploma and at a minimum 30 college units.


Q:  What MDUSD staff will be in the CNP?


A:  There will be a part-time Principal, full-time Counselor and 2 full time teachers assigned to the CNP.  There will always be a MDUSD staff member available to CNP students.


Q:  I have submitted my applications.  Now what?


A:  Students who have submitted applications will hear from CNP about their admissions by November 18.  Those who have been accepted will be required to formally accept their offer, and complete additional paperwork for both high school and college.  Failure to respond to an acceptance offer by the deadline will forfeit your acceptance and result in your space being offered to another student.  Students who are not accepted will be given a letter outlining other options for taking college level courses.


Q:  My student was NOT accepted.  Can I appeal this decision?


A:  No.  All decisions are FINAL and THERE IS NO APPEALS PROCESS.  Keep in mind when applying that many students who are not accepted are very qualified candidates, and as much as we would love to be able to accept everyone who applies, we cannot.  We receive numerous well-qualified applications for a very limited number of spaces.  However, we will retain all qualified applications in the event spaces open up.  If a student who has been accepted choose not to attend, fails to accept their offer of admittance, or fails to show at the start of school, their space will be offered to another qualified candidate who may have originally been denied.