Special Admission


High School Students

Special Admission was designed in coordination with the local high school to serve the needs of students within South Lake Tahoe and nearby areas. Students enrolled in grades 9-12 must be recommended by their principal or high school counselor to take advanced scholastic and/or vocational coursework. The recommendation is subject to approval by the college counselors. Consent by a parent or guardian is also required. Some courses may have restrictions based on age, grade level or assessment standards.  As a general rule, no students below grade 9 will be allowed to enroll in college courses.

Depending on residency status and number of units the student wishes to enroll in, high school student tuition fees may be waived. For more information about registration fees for high school students, please visit our fees page.


Please review the Special Admit Checklist and follow the steps below to enroll at Lake Tahoe Community College:


4 Steps to Enrollment
Apply to Lake Tahoe Community College using a California Community Colleges OpenCCC account. The information in your account is kept private and secure.

Meet with your high school counselor for course recommendations, to discuss which courses are eligible for credit towards high school graduation, and to receive your counselor’s approval. Most courses are available to high school students.

Download the Special Admit form for your high school counselor's approval.

Contact the One-Stop Office in room A100 to meet with a counselor for approval of your Special Admission form.

Please bring:

1. A copy of your high school transcript

2. A completed Special Admit form signed by your high school counselor

Registration for high school students can be completed in-person or via Passport.

In-person: Students may register in-person during Open Registration after completing steps 1-3.

Online: If the student meets with a counselor at least 2 business days in advance, registration may be completed online via Passport.


Dual Enrollment Program (DEAL)

It takes an entire community to create a vibrant community college. Over its 42-year history, LTCC has built a variety of community partnerships – not just to encourage local youth to make higher education a priority, but to help us build smart pathways and programs at the college that meet our community’s needs for today and for the future. One of the most important partnerships LTCC has is with the Lake Tahoe Unified School District, specifically with South Tahoe High School. Graduates from STHS fill LTCC’s classrooms and hallways, and faculty, staff, and administrators at both institutions continually work to keep that door wide open for students who want to attend college here at home.


So What’s the DEAL?

One way LTCC’s partnership with STHS is fundamentally supporting student success is through a new program called Dual Enrollment Accelerated Learning, or DEAL. This free program offers local high school students an opportunity to earn college and high school credits simultaneously. All LTUSD students are welcome to participate in the DEAL program, which begins by taking College and Career Planning: The 10-Year Plan during 9th grade. Through the program, students are encouraged to state and develop their goals over time, creating a personalized education plan that not only encourages continuing education, but also gives high school students a chance to experience a college environment, explore their career options, and get a head start on a college degree. For more information, please contact Danny Masellones at masellones@ltcc.edu or call (530) 541-4660 x 282.

We've already seen success from the DEAL and ongoing TRiO program partnerships between the college and LTUSD, and LTCC is committed to seeking more opportunities for us to work together to support the educational goals and needs of our local youth.