Saddleback College enrolls a large number of High School and K-8 Students through our Special Admission Program for K-12 Students.
It is very important to understand that when a minor (or adult) becomes a student at any college, all rights afforded to parent(s) under FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) transfer to the student. In essence, parents or guardians do not have the right to inspect a student’s records or gain access to information related to their attendance at Saddleback College.
At Saddleback College, any student may access their college records on-line via Log in to MySite. In that way, students have the ability to share enrollment or grade information with their parents/guardians.
It is our policy that all students act on their own behalf. Persons, other than the student, including parents and guardians, are not permitted to enroll, add/drop classes, request transcripts, submit forms or records on behalf of the student.
Minor students and their parents/guardians must also understand that they are entering a college environment, which is designed with adults in mind. Therefore, the atmosphere of the campus in general, and of the classrooms in particular, will frequently reflect an adult population.
Students should be aware that:
- Courses may have frank discussions about sensitive topics.
- Audio-visual presentations may be graphic in their content.
- Students may be exposed to vulgar language outside of the classroom.
- Instructors cannot sit with underage students while they wait for their ride.
This information serves only as a precaution to allow students and their parents/guardians to understand what a college setting is like so that they can have a safe, positive educational experience at Saddleback College.
Students wishing to send their grades for Saddleback classes to the high school need to order an official transcript. Information regarding how to order a transcript may be found on the Transcripts page.
View our Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Page
Frequently Asked Questions for Parents/Guardians
Since the community college environment addresses the learning needs of adults, there are some concerns to consider when enrolling in courses at Saddleback College such as: The possibility of controversial content of courses, the maturity level of minor students that enables them to learn the content and perform at an equivalent level to the adults in the classroom, the ability for minors to perform out-of-class assignments that may require travel or admission to adult environments such as R-rated movies.
Faculty establish a syllabus for each course, which include the course content or objectives, assignments, a general guide to the pacing of the course, and information about how grades will be determined. Once a student receives the syllabus for the course from the instructor and the student decides to remain enrolled in the course, the syllabus becomes the contract between the student and teacher.
Under Section 49061 of the Education Code, parents/guardians of community college students do not have a right to access their children's student records, regardless of whether the student is under the age of 18. In accordance with this regulation, students' college records will be released to parents/guardians only with the written consent of the student. At Saddleback College, any student may access their college records on-line via MySite. In that way, students have the ability to share enrollment or grade information with their parents/guardians should they wish.
Your student is enrolled in a college course and it is important to understand that instructors may only work directly with students, as opposed to the type of parent/guardian interactions you are accustomed to at the high school level. Under FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) regulations, instructors are not required to discuss student performance or other student-related issues with parents/guardians.
Under FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) instructors are not required to discuss student performance or other student-related issues with parents/guardians, including progress or grades. At Saddleback College, any student may access their college records on-line via MySite. In that way, students have the ability to share enrollment or grade information with their parents/guardians should they wish.
College officials may only assist the student with access to his/her MySite account, which contains records covered under FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). Additionally, students at Saddleback College are required to act on their own behalf. Parents, guardians, relatives, or friends of Saddleback College students are not permitted to enroll, drop, or add classes on behalf of the student.