Any public or private California high school may establish an “a-g” course list if they are accredited (or a candidate for accreditation) and a diploma-granting institution. UC recommends that new schools begin the process of establishing their course list as soon as possible. New schools should apply for an “a-g” course list no later than the summer before their first entering junior class.
Non-California high schools are not eligible to establish "a-g" course lists with the exception of online schools that serve California students. Out-of-state students applying to the University of California are still expected to meet the same admissions requirements as California residents with some distinctions.
What you need to establish a course list
1. A school code from the College Board.
To request a school code from the College Board, an institution must: (1) teach at least through the 10th grade, or provide evidence that a 10th grade will be added within the next 12 months; (2) have a course of study that leads to a diploma or GED; and (3) have a minimum of 10 students enrolled in grades 9-12. Schools can contact The College Board at (609) 771-7091 to request the necessary form.
2. Proof of accreditation.
The University of California values the process of accreditation as a means of providing structure, self-assessment and periodic reviews to schools and to ensure the quality of the instructional program and related activities. It is advised that new schools begin the process for accreditation as early as feasible. To begin the process, contact a regional accrediting agency.
A copy of the letter or certificate from your accrediting organization granting the term of accreditation is required to establish a course list. A scheduled visit with a regional accrediting commission does not qualify as accreditation.
3. The School Registration Form.
To submit a request to establish an “a-g” course list, please complete the School Registration Form. UC will only accept School Registration Forms submitted from January 1* - July 15, during the annual open period for new school processing. Schools that submit their form by July 15 will receive an opportunity to submit their courses for "a-g" review before the course submission period closes on September 15.
*The 2016 open period for new school processing will open on February 1, 2016 instead of January 1.
This July deadline is in place to ensure that new schools have sufficient time to populate their lists with approved “a-g” courses before UC campuses begin reviewing undergraduate applications. Any new school unable to meet the July 15 deadline may submit a completed form during the following year’s open period.
This form is designed to capture basic institutional and contact information. Additional certifications are required for independent study schools to ensure compliance with the University’s nonclassroom-based school policy. Online schools are also required to complete an online school program self-assessment to ensure their school operates according to the iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Programs [PDF] and the registration form for online publishers if the school also serves as an online course publisher. A list will be set up after careful assessment of the information provided within the context of UC’s policies and criteria.
Programs, online publishers and school networks should not complete the School Registration Form, but the information form applicable for their institution.
While UC reviews the School Registration Form, new institutions may begin preparing their course curriculum for submission. The Quick-Start Guide for New A-G Course Submissions [PDF] provides a comprehensive overview of the course content information required for “a-g” review, and can assist in preparing courses for submission.
Once UC has established a school’s “a-g” course list, an e-mail notification is sent with instructions on how to create login credentials for the A-G Course Management Portal (CMP). All new courses and course list updates are submitted through the A-G CMP.
New schools are given two course submission periods to submit their courses for "a-g" approval. The annual course submission period, open from February 1 to September 15, is when institutions may submit their new courses and course list updates for the upcoming school year. During this two-year window, approved courses may be rolled back to appear on previous years’ course lists for each year the institution was opened, for up to five previous academic years.