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College in the High School


Welcome to College in the High School

CiHS Updates for Spring 2020 and Changes Due to Covid-19

As most of you have gone through transitioning to remote or online learning because of Covid-19, we want to keep everyone informed about the process for registering for spring classes.

Update 4/13/20 Special Grading Option for CiHS Spring term courses.   Please read full information regarding the Emergency Pass/Fail option. Required form 

CiHS and Cornerstone Students and Parents/Guardians, please see:  Resources and Withdrawal Accommodations (for Semester, Quarter and Trimester schools) 

Trimester and Quarter schools, please see the Registration Process for Spring 2020 for the updated process and deadlines. 

Spring 2020 Deadline to enter grades is June 30th, 2020 by 5:00pm. Extensions cannot be gratned due to reporting deadlines. Please have you grades entered before this deadline.

Program Overview 

The CWU College in the High School (CiHS) program allows high school students to take CWU courses from approved high school instructors without leaving their high school campus. Students in 10th, 11th and 12th grade are able to participate in the program.

CWU College in the High School, by the numbers (2018-19):

4,782 students across the state turned in
8,642 registration forms (total), for
41,903 college credits earned concurrently with their high school credits.

336 approved CWU instructors at
127 high schools around the state working for
100 different school districts taught
86 unique courses of study.

$275 is the cost of a Cornerstone class through CWU College in the High School, while
$1025 is the cost of a 5 credit class for a student on campus.


There are two different funding models for the program and a student can enroll in up to 15 credits per term and be in one or both funding models depending on the subsidy received by the school. The funding models are:

College in the High School is a funding model where the class fees are paid by the State of Washington. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) awards iGrants to schools, which subsidize credits for those that qualify for funding. The subsidy can only be used by 11th and 12th grade students. Please talk to your high school administration to find out if this is available at your high school.

Cornerstone is a CWU College in the High School funding model where the class fees are paid by a student/parent or a third party, at a cost that is significantly reduced from regular CWU tuition costs. 10th, 11th and 12th grade students can use this funding model. 

See map of CiHS partner school locations

Learn more about High School Partnerships, program comparison, mission and vision. 


General Information for All CiHS Partners: School Administrators, Instructors, and Students & Parents



• Students can accelerate their academic studies by earning college credit while attending high school without giving up their high school experience.
• Allows students the opportunity to experience college level work in a familiar environment.
• Completing rigorous high school coursework and earning college credit can strengthen the student’s college application as well as help meet basic college and university requirements.
• Cornerstone is $55 per credit.
• Students applying to CWU prior to high school graduation will be given a $500 award, the Early Scholar Tuition Waiver,  toward CWU tuition, provided they have earned a 3.00 cumulative GPA or higher in their CWU courses.
• The undergraduate CWU application fee will be waived for students who participated in the CWU CiHS program. (Certain restrictions apply, please ask for additional details.)
• If your school is awarded the College in the High School state subsidy, your students have the potential to earn free college credit.

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has issued  this FAQ document, which clarifies the State's position and policies regarding College in the High School. 

OSPI Frequently Asked Questions  


Central Washington University

CWU Faculty, Staff and Administration collaborate to offer rigorous classes taught by approved instructors, set expectations,  construct student progress expectations, provide evaluation structure, adminster registrations, financials, grades and credits, and renders support and opportunity to all students.

More detail on CWU Partner Responsibilities

Courses offered through College in the High School 

Links to additional information and resources through CWU


Our Partners and their Responsibilities with College in the High School  


Administration Pathway to College in the High School

Information designed to enable district offices, school principals and counselors bring the advantage of dual credit courses offered by CWU to their district and/or school.

Administration Participation Guide, Responsibilities, and Forms 


Instructor Pathway to College in the High School 

Information designed to support High School Teachers in their CWU Instructor role.  

Instructor Participation Guide, Instructor Responsibilities, and Forms


Student & Parent Pathway to College in the High School 

Information designed to assist the students and their parents/guardians become familiar and achieve success in their college goals. 

Student Participation Guide, Student Responsibilities, and Forms. 




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