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Early College Program

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Winter and Spring ‘22 Semesters at Mission College

NVMI had about 85 cadets from grades 7-12 who attended Winter Session at Mission College for the
month of January, 2022. The students learned forensics, child development, English, and beginning
piano! We are particularly proud of our freshmen who attempted English 101, and all passed!
The spring semester begins on February 7, 2022 for cadets in grades 9-12.

For those cadets interested in being part of the Early College Program, please sign up as soon as you can.
We want to register cadets now and avoid the last minute rush for taking classes this summer. If you
are passing all of your high school classes, and enjoy learning, this program is for you!
FREE college classes, which gives you both high school credit and college credits at the same time!
Mission College is doing all of the registering for college, and signing up for classes, online now, so see

Ms. Burchards or Mr. Vazquez for help with these processes.
The College and Career Center is located in room 51.





First Step--Register for Los Angeles Mission College--

  1. Go to:

  2. Click on "Apply Online" (orange box in upper right corner)

  3. Click "Click here for college application".

  4. Click blue words "Create a New Account".

  5. Click "Begin Creating My Account"

  6. Answer questions on the next few screens.

For help, contact

We will be happy to run a zoom with you to help you with this process if you need it.

This video from Mission College helps walk you through the steps:

For More Information, you can go to:


What exactly is the NVMI Early College Program?

Students enroll in classes that count for BOTH high school graduation and college graduation. In other words, a single course gives them DOUBLE credit.  Our goal is to enable cadets to earn their high school diploma and an AA degree from Los Angeles Mission College, at the same time!

How much does it cost?

All courses and textbooks are FREE. There is no cost to students.

What courses are offered and when?

NVMI has identified 6 college pathways:

1)  Art/Music/Dance/Drama

2)  Business/Financial

3)  Medical

4)  Service (Police/Fire/Law/Military)

5)  Education

6)  Technology

NVMI Early College Program offers the gamut of available “general education” courses, including English, math, US and world history, political science, speech communications, earth science, physical science, biological science, art, music, theater, Chicano studies, philosophy, sociology, psychology, and more. Classes are offered during the school day in place of regular NVMI  class periods.  

How many classes do students take?

Students generally enroll in two classes per session. There are four – fall, winter, spring and summer. For fall and spring sessions, students are assigned classes that will help them to gain their AA degree. 

Are there prerequisites to enroll?

All courses in English and math require a teacher recommendation for placement.   Student recommendations which indicate a need for pre-collegiate English or math are offered those courses through the LA Mission College program at NVMI. Those courses include Math 110 or  Math 115 (Elementary and Intermediate Algebra) prior to enrollment in College Algebra. Some courses do not require any prerequisites; others require successful completion of courses like English 101 or College Algebra.

What grades/age levels can participate?

The Early College Program is being offered for grades 9, 10, 11, and 12.  Any student at those levels can participate as long as parents, the school administration, and the student believe the student can be successful in a rigorous college level course that requires college level reading and writing skills.  

Younger students are allowed to enroll independently if they are over the age of 13, and get the proper forms filled out.  Parents would be responsible for taking a student to Mission College for these classes.  

Why should students enroll?

  • To gain college credits while still in high school.
  • To explore various fields of study as you consider what to major in for college or university.
  • To save money on tuition and textbooks.
  • To save time because you graduate earlier from college.
  • To experience college expectations and prepare you for the rigors of college level reading, writing, math, science and other content areas.

What NVMI  students are saying…

“I am graduating in May 2018 from NVMI and will be done with an AA degree by December 2018. This would never have happened had I not attended NVMI and participated in this program.”

—Rosie Pacheco, NVMI Class of 2018

“Though rigorous, I feel like these classes have given me the chance to experience college while still in high school and get a better sense of what I want to study in full time college.

—Anthony Yahuaca, NVMI Class of 2018

“These college professors are no joke. They expect a lot from us, but I’m so glad my family and I were able to save thousands of dollars by taking these classes while I was still in high school.

—Jordan Guillen, NVMI Class of 2019

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For more information, contact:

Carol Burchards, Early College Program Director

North Valley Military Institute
College Preparatory Academy
(collocated on the campus of Sun Valley High School)
12105 Allegheny Street
Sun Valley, California 91352

Cell 323-217-4481
Office 818-368-1557 X 7