Transition from High School to College


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students." Visit the FERPA website or more information.

While ARC understands family and other loved ones seeking to be actively involved in the ARC students' academic life at OCC, ARC highly encourages interested 3rd parties to talk to the student if there are any accommodation-related questions.

Read the open letter to parents.


Transition Guide

The purpose of this is to inform high school seniors what to expect when they attend Orange Coast College.


Right to an Education Title V-Privilege, Not a Right
School District is responsible for identifying the learning or other type of disability. Student is responsible for providing documentation that establishes verification of the learning barriers.

ARC may do an evaluation to determine the eligibility for the learning disabilities program.
School District designs the Individual Educational Plan (IEP). Student identifies his/her needs and establishes the Student Education Plan (SEP) in collaboration with an ARC Counselor.
School District ensures that the IEP is implemented. Student is responsible for their own academic progress towards goals established in the SEP.
Teacher functions as an advocate. Students must advocate for himself/herself.
Fundamental alterations to program of study are made. Classroom Accommodations may not alter the fundamental nature of a course or impose any undue burden on an instructor/institution.
Personal services (e.g., personal aide) are provided. Personal services are the students' responsibility.
Success is more of a right. Only the opportunity to succeed is provided.
Transportation to and from school is provided. Transportation to and from school is NOT provided.