2415 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 types of courses or programs in 1 and 2 below). Students may request transfer of a maximum of 4 classes (2.0 credits) from non-accredited, private service providers (see types of course or program in 3 below).  Under exceptional circumstances, a student/family may appeal to the deputy Superintendent to receive more than the maximum 2.0 credits from non-credited, private service providers.

 

Students who wish to use courses or programs, including online or correspondence courses, provided by non-district sources to meet high school graduation requirements should carefully review the steps outlined below (“Elective Courses”, “Required Courses”) to determine the process to be followed. Depending upon the type of service provider, students may need to demonstrate their knowledge and skills 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:

A. The objective(s) of the program;

B. The teaching component(s) of the program, including where and when teaching activities will be conducted by school district certificated staff;

C. A schedule of the duration of the program, including beginning and ending dates within the school year;

D. A description of how student performance will be supervised, evaluated and recorded by the certificated staff or by qualified school district employees under the direct supervision of the certificated staff;

E. A description of how student performance will be assessed;

F. The qualifications of instructional personnel; and

G. The plans for evaluation of program.

 

The principal or designee will review the request and respond in writing. Reasons for denial shall be communicated to student/parent/guardian. Reasons for denial might include insufficient information, lack of rigorous or required content, unqualified instructor, etc.  Students may appeal decisions made regarding credits sought to be earned under this policy to the Deputy Superintendent.

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 non-accredited online programs and home schooling.

 

Elective Courses

  • Complete request using Form 2415F.
  • 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, assessments and major projects completed including any such other performance-based exhibits of specific course-related accomplishments.
  • Prior approval of principal is required.

 

Required Courses

  • This option is intended only for courses required for graduation that a student, based on extenuating circumstances, is unable to complete on campus.
  • Complete Form 2415F.
  • 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, assessments and major projects completed including any such other performance-based exhibits of specific course-related accomplishments.
  • Prior approval of principal is required.
  • Competency assessment may be required.
  • Credit is granted upon review of competency.
Adopted: 03/03/2014; 11/05/2018
Revised: 01/07/2020