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College in the High School

Renton School District’s College in the High School (CiHS) program allows high school students to take college courses from approved high school instructors without leaving their high school campus. Students grades 10 -12 are able to participate in the program. CiHS programs are established through a contract between a high school and a college or university. The high school and college or university define the criteria for student eligibility. Multiple colleges sponsor CiHS courses in Renton.


Students can accelerate their academic studies by earning college credit while attending high school without giving up their high school experience. Students have 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.


While the College in High School program has provided many opportunities, the cost to register for courses has historically been a barrier for some students. Starting in the 2023-2024 school year, all public high school students enrolled in College in the High School courses will be able register to earn college credit at no cost to the student or school thanks to passage of Senate Bill 5048, which provides state funding directly to the colleges and universities offering College in High School programs.