Frequently Asked Questions
Student questions about our accelerated science classes:
- Is ISP an accredited program?
- Where are ISP courses offered?
- When are classes offered?
- How do I determine the transferability of ISP credits to the program I plan to study?
- How can I obtain a syllabus for ISP classes?
- Do I need to take both the lecture and lab if I have already attended a similar course and am refreshing my knowledge or improving my final grade?
- When can I begin my ISP courses?
- How much do classes cost?
- What financing is available?
- Can I take more than one course at a time?
- Do you offer online classes?
- How do I apply for an ISP course?
- Who do I turn to for help?
Is ISP an accredited program?
ISP courses are offered by Holy Names University, an academic institution that is WASC accredited. Please note that even with WASC accreditation, it is essential that every student confirm credit acceptance at the institution to which the credits will ultimately be transferred. We do not admit students until they have confirmed that the courses they study at ISP can be applied to their destination college program.
Where are ISP courses offered?
We have two convenient locations serving Northern and Southern California:
San Francisco Bay Location
Hayward Adult School
22100 Princeton Street
Hayward, CA 94541
Los Angeles Location
St. Monica Catholic High School
1030 Lincoln Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403
When are classes offered?
ISP courses are offered only on weekends as they are intended to accommodate working adults or students already taking full-time college courses.
Lectures and lab work occur on Saturday and Sunday, and most courses are completed in four weekends of study.
How do I determine the transferability of ISP credits to the program I plan to study?
Universities and colleges often change their requirements, so we advise all students to directly contact the school to which their credits will be transferred. Their admissions representatives will be able to assist in determining the acceptability of USU credits from ISP. If you prefer, we can assist you in this process. Before you register for your ISP class, we urge you to ensure transferability or contact us to assist you. For more information, please refer to our page about Transferring credits from USU/ISP.
How can I obtain a syllabus for ISP classes?
Do I need to take both the lecture and lab if I have already attended a similar course and am refreshing my knowledge or improving my final grade?
Because your final mark depends upon testing in both areas, it is essential that you attend the labs and the lectures for the course.
When can I begin my ISP courses?
Courses begin each month. Our sign-up process is streamlined to ensure that students can quickly be accepted and begin their studies. Please check our calendar of classes to plan your academic life. Don’t forget you may take only one class at a time. We strongly recommend that you registered for the course at least 5 days before the course start date; this is important for you to start preparing for the first class using our online learning platform.
How much do classes cost?
Costs vary depending upon the number of credits and whether or not you’ve already paid your one-time application fee. For more information, please refer to our tuition page.
What financing is available?
We can help you finance your education through a convenient monthly payment program. Please contact us at 1-877-477-7242 for more information.
Can I take more than one course at a time?
ISP classes have been developed to provide intensive study of one subject at a time. We have found that this immersion method works best to instill a depth of knowledge in a very short time. That’s why we offer full-day classes on four consecutive weekends. While students may take only one course each month, the condensed time frame enables them to complete several subjects in the equivalent of a single college semester.
Do you offer online classes?
Teacher interaction, lab experience and online learning are all key factors in the successful completion of an ISP course. We have found that this combination of learning methods is the most effective and engaging approach, offering the greatest retention of information. We believe our students will find that our classes, labs, and online studies provide a better level of learning compared to an online-only study program.
How do I apply for an ISP course?
Who do I turn to for help?
Every student at ISP is assigned a dedicated support representative who will help you every step of the way. Whether you want assistance in applying for courses, obtaining transfer credit information, establishing an appropriate schedule, managing finances or achieving excellent grades, your support rep is ready to help you in any way they can.
At ISP, we pride ourselves in the personal attention we give to our students throughout their education and beyond. We don’t simply want to help you get an education, but to achieve your professional goals and enjoy a happy, productive life.