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Can I get a CC to expunge classes that I took in sophomore year of high school?

HaasHopefulHaasHopeful Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
edited January 2010 in Transfer Students
I know this sounds ridiculous, but this is an honest question. During high school I was a bit of a mess-up, and I had failed my English 9 and Health Class. In order to move up a grade without going to summer school, my counselor had told me that my only alternative was to take a online summer class at a CC. So, I had went to my local CC, and had tested in Eng. 101, and got into Health and Wellness. Unfortunately, I had gone to Europe with my family that summer, and due to some unforseen circumstances(needed to buy a converter, some hotels didn't have internet and there were no netcafes nearby) as well as the obvious(visited tourist attractions, late nights) I was not able to perform well at all at any of those classes, and I received an F in English and a D in Health. Now, I had no clue that this would possibly affect my college GPA, simply because I had taken those classes as a "replacement" for my failed ones(ironic, I know), and my then-counselor had not warned me for some reason. In my senior year, I had gotten my act together, and gotten all A's, and was looking forward to a brand new start at my CC, and getting ready to transfer to the UC of my choice(Berkeley!). But now, its seems to me that I'm in quite a predicament to the point of even putting my transfer hopes in jeopardy. Since I had taken those classes 2 years ago, and considering my story, do you think I would be able to convince my college to remove those classes from my current transcripts? P.S. My senior year I had gotten a new counselor and she informed me that there was another alternative besides me taking classes at a CC, it was a type of short homeschool session, so maybe I can tell my college that I was ill-informed at the time of what I could have done?
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Replies to: Can I get a CC to expunge classes that I took in sophomore year of high school?

  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    While I doubt they'll do it, this comes under the heading of "it won't hurt you to ask, the worst they can do is say no".
  • HaasHopefulHaasHopeful Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Do you think the university admissions office take my story into consideration?
  • AMorrisonAMorrison Registered User Posts: 675 Member
    I would shy away from blaming the high school counselor for not warning you if you end up having to explain it in your application. Better to own up to it and showcase your upward trend and how you've grown... etc.

    If you do get them expunged tell us how you did it because I think we all have some things we'd like to get taken off our records! :). I have an F from six years ago that I would love to ditch forever but alas, I've resigned myself to knowing it will follow me around forever.
  • HaasHopefulHaasHopeful Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    AMorrison, I feel you on not telling admissions about my counselor, but you think that might get me some pity points from my CC? Man, right now I feel so helpless, I didnt see this coming at all, I was really hoping for a fresh start after high school. :(
  • KhortonKhorton Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    Do you HAVE to report those grades?

    Because I took a class at a CSU during highschool and got a C and am just not gonna report it. Anyone know if UC's will have a way of figuring out?
  • CupertinotransfrCupertinotransfr - Posts: 442 Member
    lol gl in getting into Haas now! Bwahahahha
  • splash79splash79 Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    Can you retake the classes and have the grades replaced or is it too late for that?
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 25,347 Senior Member
    OP -

    Talk to your advisor at the CC to find out the best way to handle this. You are not the first person with bad grades on their record to apply for a transfer!

    If you write about the bad grades, say something along the lines of "I was young and stupid, and I have grown since then as evidenced by my really good grades for the past two years." Don't blame your HS counselor, or your parents, or the fault of a decent adaptor. The reason why you failed these classes is that you weren't ready for a college-level course yet. The point you want to make is that you now are fully capable of succeeding in college.

    Khorton -

    Yes, you do indeed have to report your community college C. Every time you apply to an accredited college or university in the US you are obliged to submit official transcripts from every single accredited college and university that you have attended to date.
  • HaasHopefulHaasHopeful Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    @Khorton, its on my transcripts, isnt it necessary to give admissions your "full" transcript? if not, then hell, forget what I said.
    @splash: well, I'm just finishing up my 1st semester, so no, its not too late, but the prerequisite for Berkeley is Eng101H, so theres really no point in me taking 101 regular again, and I doubt they would let me "replace" the grade, although I will ask.
  • AMorrisonAMorrison Registered User Posts: 675 Member
    You might be able to replace it, if your CC has an Academic Renewal program.
  • BatlloBatllo - Posts: 3,047 Senior Member
    There is something fishy about your story... Why were you allowed to move up a grade if you failed to pass your online English courses while touring Europe?
  • HaasHopefulHaasHopeful Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    @Batllo, my school had created "during-semester-short-term-early-morning-classes" for students in my situation; I was lucky to have it offered to me, I assumed that I would have to either re-do freshman year or take a full semester of English 9 and Health again.

    @Happymomof1, love the way you put that, thanks!
  • BatlloBatllo - Posts: 3,047 Senior Member
    You had three chances to pass the courses mentioned in your original post?
    IMHO, all grades pertaining to these courses should be reported and not removed from your record, hs or cc.
    Transcripts should reflect all courses taken and grades given, no matter how many attempts, and not revised or buffed up your for college applications.
    Your school goes to extraordinary measures to enable their students to succeed.
  • HaasHopefulHaasHopeful Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    @Batllo: I had 2 chances to pass the courses, and I passed the 2nd chance I got. For hs, yeah the original grades are in my transcript as well as the "replacement class(?)"
  • BatlloBatllo - Posts: 3,047 Senior Member
    You failed once at hs, then you did not pass the cc online, you passed on the 3rd attempt.
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