HOW TO APPLY
The Academy of the Canyons is fully enrolled for the 2020-2021 academic year. To inquire about the 2021-2022 school year please follow these steps:
Step 1 – Request information.
To learn more about AOC, complete the online inquiry form.
Step 2 – Begin your application.
Apply online: Our application for 2021-2022 is not yet available.
Application materials: All application materials are due by January 15 and must be submitted via the Gateway portal.
2020-2021 ADMISSIONS LOTTERY RESULTS
Decision letters will be mailed on 3/12/2020 through the USPS. If you have been selected, the letter contains instructions for your next steps. During the school closure and after March 30th, we will contact waitlisted students using the email addresses provided on the application to offer admission.
On this page
We are pleased that you are considering the Academy of the Canyons for our forward-facing, thorough approach to supporting your child's academic passions and dreams. Explore this page for information regarding the application process, as well as selection and waitlist results. To learn more about the AOC difference, click here. For any questions, contact admissions on our official school website.
We can't wait to meet you on campus! In the mean time, follow our ASB Instagram account for a glimpse on student activities! Or, explore the Helping Hand website!
PARENT F.A.Q. s
Frequently Asked Questions
Is AOC a private school?
No, Academy of the Canyons is a public middle college high school and is part of the William S. Hart Union School District, just like the other public high schools in Santa Clarita. Our teachers are Hart District high school teachers, and the college teachers are COC instructors.
What is a Middle College High School? Is AOC the only one out there?
Middle College High School is a term given to schools which are a hybrid between a high school and a community college. The first Middle College opened in 1974, and today, there are more than 30 of them across the nation. For more information about the Middle College concept, we invite you to visit the homepage for the Middle College National Consortium, of which AOC is a member, at http://www.mcnc.us/
How do I get into AOC?
Is there a GPA requirement to apply?
We admit students once a year at the fall semester through an application and selection process. Go to our Admissions page for more information.
We consider a variety of factors when evaluating our applicants, not just a GPA. We are looking for students who can handle the rigors of high school AND college while being successful in both environments. Motivated, mature, independent students who regularly attend school, turn in all their assignments, and earn good grades are a good fit. Most of our students have a GPA of 3.0 and higher.
Where do I have to live to attend AOC?
AOC students must live within the area served by the William S. Hart Union High School District.
If I go to AOC, can I still go to the Prom?
Absolutely! In fact, AOC students can attend Prom at any of the high schools in the Hart District.
I am an English Language Learner, can I still apply?
Yes. We welcome EL students at our school. Students who have achieved a Level 3 or higher are most successful. Students with less than Level 3 may struggle with college classes. There are no "sheltered" classes at AOC.
Do you have Advanced Placement classes?
No. AP classes are introductory college level classes taught by high school teachers on high school campuses. Instead of taking AP classes, AOC students take college classes at COC. AOC students earn weighted GPA credit on their high school transcripts for UC/CSU transferable college courses. College courses are also weighted on a freshman college application.
What classes would I have to take at AOC?
The type and number of classes that a student takes on the high school campus depends on their grade level. Freshman are required to take English, Math, Biology, 9th Grade Seminar, Healthy and Human Geography. Sophomores usually take five classes at AOC, including English, Math, Modern Civilizations, Chemistry and Advisement. Juniors and Seniors take four classes each semester including English, Social Studies, Advisement and Elective classes. In addition to their high school classes, all our students are enrolled in college classes.
Can I participate on the COC athletic teams?
No. Since AOC students are still enrolled in high school, state law prohibits them from taking more than 11 college units a semester. However, college athletics require that a student be enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester units to be on a college team.
What about theater, choir or other performance programs at COC? Can I participate in them as an AOC student?
Yes. All AOC students can participate in any fine arts or music performance programs at College of the Canyons.
Does AOC have any clubs on campus?
Yes! There are several very active student organizations on our campus, which you can explore here. In addition, we have several classes which operate as student organizations. They include Yearbook, ASB, and Non-Profit Ventures. AOC students can also partake in all of the clubs and organizations on the COC campus.