What is UC Scout and How It Can Help You
There is an exiting program called UC Scout and it has really provided a lot of opportunities that may be able to help you get into the college of your dreams, Any high schooler knows that course selection can be a nightmare, especially when your high school isn’t cooperating with you on what you want. It’s even harder to get the courses you want when you’re struggling in prerequisite courses. For instance, trying to get to an Accelerated Precalculus course with C’s in Algebra II Honors might not work out for you. Thankfully, there is an alternative option for coursework called UC Scout. But what is it? When should you consider taking a course there?
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What is UC Scout?
According to UC Scout, its mission is to “reach out to educationally disadvantaged students across the state, raising achievement levels and closing achievement gaps.” However, its program is accessible for all students, disadvantaged or not. Providing an opportunity for students to take advantage of so that they can get into the college they are hoping for.
Its course offerings include A-G-approved courses. With transcripts that can be submitted on your college applications. Some of there programs are NCAA approved and accredited, no matter the university you art trying to get into. Therefore, it’s an excellent way to fill in gaps in your academic profile should your high school not be willing to provide you with a specific course.
What are the UC scout courses?
The UC Scout course catalog consists of 8 main courses. Each course then has multiple classes you can take.
- History / Social Sciences
- Foreign Languages
- Visual and Performing Arts
- College Prep Electives
- Computer Science
How Much does UC Scout Cost?
There are free programs for in-state students and up to $50 for out of state. There is also an On-Demand program which provides you with a teacher. The fee is minimal and there are programs that you can fill out to cover the cost.
If you reside in California, there is also a program discount code. You just need to complete a simple form. Contact your college advisor if you need assistance in covering the cost.
Filling Your Gaps and needs for College
In order to be a competitive candidate for highly selective universities nowadays, you need the coursework to back up your Academic Potential. This can be difficult if you can not get the course you wanted to sign up for. Or in some cases, the course is not even available in your school. So whether your high school doesn’t offer AP Physics 1 or it has placed you into Geometry Common Core. Rather than your desired Algebra course, you can use UC Scout to take courses that your high school isn’t providing you.
Common use cases arise for prospective Engineering majors. For example, many students are placed into a math pathway that leads up to Precalculus in the 12th grade. On the other hand, some of their peers are on track to completing Calculus by then. In order for said student to compensate for the competitive disadvantage, it would be wise to consider enrolling in a UC Scout On-Demand course for AP Calculus AB.
Separately, Engineering majors typically don’t get the chance to take AP Physics until their 12th grade. This prevents students from demonstrating their physics aptitude prior to submitting their college applications. Hence, for students who are looking to demonstrate such aptitude before college applications are submitted, UC Scout can prove useful in filling this educational, major-oriented gap. Find more information here about what classes are important to take, as well as get A’s in, for which major.
Using the above use cases as examples, one can apply UC Scout to fill educational gaps in the high school curriculum for any major.
A Final Word of Caution
Like all outside coursework, UC Scout will only help you if you get an A in the classes you take. Hence, it’s worth preparing early for said courses in order to maximize your chances of getting an A. Lastly, we recommend students take UC Scout, and any outside coursework, during the summer when school has ended. Juggling six academic subjects is already hard enough. The last thing you want is to burn out and underperform in all your classes.
Since some of the programs are already prerecorded video courses, take your time. Don’t rush to get through it and then suffer with a poorer grade. Therefore, just like taking any other testing, like the SAT or ACT, prepare for it properly.
For a more in-depth look at UC Scout, we’ll be holding a live event within GoPath, so come check us out at path.readyedgego.com.
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