2412 Procedure – Credit Granted for Learning Experiences Conducted Outside of School

There are many ways in which students can learn and many sources for courses or programs. Students may transfer an unlimited number of credits from other Washington schools or district or accredited service providers (See Groups 1 and 2 below).  Students may request transfer of a maximum of 4 classes (2.0 credits) from non-accredited, private service providers (Group 3 below).

There will be a fee charged to offset the costs of staff time for the preview of any course or the review of a student portfolio when a course has been completed.  The fee structure will be approved annually by the Board of Directors as part of the annual budget review process. The fee may be reduced or waived based on the student’s eligibility for free or reduced lunch or other documented need.

Students who wish to use courses or programs, including on-line or correspondence courses, provided by non-district sources to meet high school graduation requirements should carefully review the table to determine the process to be followed.  Depending upon the type of service provider, students may need to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in order to receive credit for such courses or programs.

A request for approval of credit for out-of-school learning experiences shall be submitted to the school principal prior to the start of the activity, shall be at no additional cost to the district, and shall include at least the following information:

  • ƒ    The name of the program or course,
  • ƒ    Expected completion date,
  • ƒ    The objectives of the program or course,
  • ƒ    A description of how credit(s) shall be determined,
  • ƒ    A content outline of the program or course,
  • ƒ    A description of how student performance will be assessed, and
  • ƒ    The qualifications of the instructional personnel.

The principal or designee will review the request and respond in writing. Reasons for denial shall be communicated to student/parent. Reasons for denial might include insufficient information, lack of rigorous or required content, unqualified instructor, etc.

 

The types of courses or programs and the specific requirements for each are defined as follows:

1. Washington or other state public high school/district.

  • Present official transcript to current school

2. Washington or other state approved or accredited private schools and nationally- recognized universities and colleges.

  • Present official transcript to current school

3. Non-accredited private programs or schools, including on-line programs and home schooling.

Elective Courses ($75 per course*)

  • Complete request using Form 2412F
  • Submit to principal prior to taking course
  • Provide official transcript or a letter of documentation upon completion of course
  • Provide student portfolio demonstrating student learning
  • Prior approval of principal is required

Required Courses ($75 per course*)

  • Complete Form 2412F
  • Submit to principal prior to taking course
  • Include copy of syllabus or course outline
  • Provide official transcript upon completion of course
  • Provide student portfolio demonstrating student learning
  • Prior approval of principal is required
  • Competency assessment may be required
  • Credit is granted upon review of competency

*Fee may be waived in part or whole based on demonstrated student need.

Adopted: 03/25/04
Revised: 03/25/04