New schools

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.

Online schools, online course publishers and programs will follow a separate process to set up their course lists.

What you need to establish a course list

1.  An ATP/CEEB 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 from your accrediting organization granting your 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 New School Information Form.

To submit a request to establish an “a-g” course list, please complete the New School Information Form [PDF]. UC will only accept and review New School Information Forms submitted from January 1 - July 15, during the annual open period for new school processing. Schools who submit their form by July 15 will receive an opportunity to submit their courses for "a-g" review before the course list update cycle closes on September 15.

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 questions are required for independent study schools to ensure compliance with the University’s nonclassroom-based school policy. A list will be set up after careful assessment of the information provided within the context of UC’s policies and criteria.

Online schools, online publishers and programs should not complete the New School Information Form, but the information form applicable for their institution.

Next steps

As you wait for UC to review your New School Information Form, you may begin preparing your course curriculum for submission. Our course description templates give a comprehensive overview of the required course content information needed for “a-g” review, and can guide you in developing your course descriptions for submission.

When UC has established your school’s “a-g” course list, you will receive an email notification, in addition to your login information to access the Online Update website. All new course and course list updates are submitted online through the Update website.

New schools are given two course list update cycles to submit all of their courses for UC approval. The annual course list update cycle, open from February 1 to September 15, is the time when schools may submit their new courses and course list updates for the upcoming school year. During this two-year window, all approved courses are rolled back to appear on previous years’ course lists for each year the school was opened, for up to five previous academic years.

Questions? Contact us!

New schools with questions on how to establish an "a-g" course list can contact newschool@ucop.edu.