What is a program?
Programs are eligible to register for an A-G reference list if they:
- Develop their own curriculum/courses
- Sell or license their curriculum to be taught by a teacher or administrator within the local high school/district
- Provide curriculum resources and professional development opportunities to schools that adopt their courses
- Have agreements with at least two California high school districts to offer the program’s standardized curriculum
To qualify for an A-G reference list, a program must meet all of the below criteria, as outlined by UC faculty policy:
- Be a school district, county office of education, state department of education, public or private college or university, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, or a private company.
- Have as an organizational goal: to better prepare students for university through rigorous high school curriculum.
- Have standardized curriculum that is taught consistently from one educational site to another.
- Secure a letter of agreement, indicating intent to teach the standardized curriculum, from the head of school or district from across a minimum of two California high school districts.
- Describe a plan for periodic professional development and/or training for school-based instructors to adequately prepare them to teach the standardized curriculum.
- Have an established structure and criteria to determine and define participating school sites offering the standardized curriculum, whether it is through a membership structure, a memorandum of understanding (MOU), a joint partnership agreement (JPA), or another structure that appropriately defines the respective responsibilities and relationship between the curriculum provider and the school sites where the curriculum is taught.
- Have interaction and communication with participating schools, whether through regular meetings, site visits, conferences, advisory groups, email distribution lists, newsletters or other relevant channels.
- Have in place a program evaluation process to monitor program/course quality at individual school sites offering program courses and, as requested, provide program evaluation process and results to UC.
- Agree to provide to UC annually a complete list of participating/member schools offering its program courses, including any program evaluation notes that give UC clearer understanding of the impact of the program course offerings.
- Require the participating high schools to teach the course(s) on site or, if courses are offered online, require the schools to provide on-site mentors/supervisors.
A-G reference list registration
Eligible programs can register for an A-G reference list January 1 - May 31. This registration period ensures new programs have sufficient time to populate their reference list so schools, districts, and school networks can adopt any of those courses onto their A-G course lists before the UC application for admissions opens on August 1.
Before completing the registration form, programs should be ready to provide:
- Basic demographic information
- Two letters of agreement as specified in the program requirements
- A sample course written in the same format as an A-G course submission
- Information about:
- The program's goals
- Criteria used to determine high schools' participation in your program
- Your regular communication with participating high schools
- How you ensure curriculum is taught consistently across participating high schools
- Plan for professional development for school-based instructors implementing your program's curriculum
- How you evaluate and monitor the quality of courses at participating high schools