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Post Secondary Courses, etc.

Post Secondary Instruction

High school graduation credit may be earned from an accredited post secondary institution and recorded on the local high school transcript as soon as a student’s status changes from grade 8 to grade 9, typically as of summer school following grade 8. Students in grades 9-12, with prior approval of their principal or designee, may take courses at an accredited post secondary institution for high school credit provided:

a. The student is enrolled at the local high school during the regular school year, in a minimum of six classes for grades 9 and 10, a minimum of five classes for grade 11, and a minimum of four classes for grade 12.

b. The student does not exceed a cap of 50 high school credits from an accredited post secondary institution.

Where appropriate, the principal and designee will continue to approve concurrent post secondary enrollment forms even after a student has exceeded the 50 credit cap. Post secondary credits earned beyond the 50 credit cap with not be transferred on to the student’s transcript. Credits earned at an accredited post secondary institution will not be “weighted” on the local high school transcript. Credits earned at an accredited post secondary institution will be “doubled” for institutions on a quarter system, and “tripled” for institutions on a semester system. The concurrent post secondary enrollment form shall clearly indicate whether or not the course credit will appear on the student’s transcript.


Correspondence Instruction

Prior to registering for a correspondence course, the student or his/her parent/guardian shall obtain verification from the Superintendent or designee that the course is essentially equivalent to the high school curriculum and meets district graduation requirements. The number of semester credits assigned to the course shall be determined before the student begins coursework.

The district shall grant credit toward graduation for correspondence instruction if all of the following conditions are met: (Education Code 51740, 51741; 5 CCR 1633).

1. The correspondence instruction is provided by the University of California, or other university or college in California accredited for teacher training, in subjects included within or related to the student's course of study.
2. The student is, for good reason, unable to take the course of study offered in the school.
3. The Superintendent or designee determines the number of semester periods to be credited for successful completion of a particular correspondence course.
4. No more than 40 total semester periods of correspondence instruction are credited to a student towards graduation.


Private Foreign Language Instruction

The district shall grant credit for foreign language studies successfully completed in a private
school and shall apply the credit toward meeting any foreign language requirement prescribed
for grades 9-12, provided that all of the following conditions are met: (Education Code
51243-51245; 5 CCR 1632)

1. The courses are in languages designated in Education Code 51244.
2. The student is regularly enrolled or applying to the district in grades 9-12.
3. The student or his/her parent/guardian applies in writing for the credit, specifies the
private school attended and the amount and level of credit requested, and submits a
transcript or other documents from the private school showing that the student
successfully completed the course.
4. The amount of credit sought equals at least one semester's work.
5. The principal or designee determines that the student's achievement is equivalent to
that expected of a student of comparable ability taking the same or similar instruction
in district schools. This determination shall be based upon the private school's report
of a test developed by the private school in cooperation with the district or, if the
private school is located outside the district, the principal or designee may use a test
given by a public school or other evidence which he/she deems appropriate.