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Central Union HSD |  BP  6146.11  Instruction

Alternative Credits Toward Graduation   

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In order to meet individual student needs and encourage all students to complete their high school education, the Board of Trustees desires to provide flexibility in the completion of prescribed courses in accordance with law.

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

(cf. 6146.3 - Reciprocity of Academic Credit)

(cf. 6200 - Adult Education)

The Board shall actively involve parents/guardians, administrators, teachers and students in helping the district develop alternative means for students to complete the prescribed course of study required for graduation. (Education Code 51225.3)

As an alternative to completing the course requirements for high school graduation, students may fulfill one or more of the course requirements through:

1. Independent study (Education Code 51225.3)

(cf. 6158 - Independent Study)

2. Career technical education classes offered in high schools Education Code 51225.3)

(cf. 6178 - Vocational Education)

3. Courses offered by regional occupational centers or programs (Education Code 51225.3)

4. Interdisciplinary study (Education Code 51225.3)

5. Courses offered by the Central Union Adult High School Program.

A maximum of 20 adult education credits that make up deficient credits for graduation or supplement the student's educational experience may be counted toward graduation. (Education Code 52523)

6. Credit earned at a postsecondary institution (Education Code 48800, 51225.3)

(cf. 6172 - Gifted and Talented Student Program)

7. Correspondence or online instruction from a California university or college accredited for teacher training in accordance with 5 CCR 1633 (Education Code 51740-51741)

8. A program approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles which offers driver education and behind-the-wheel instruction through a driving school or licensed independent driving instructor in accordance with Vehicle Code 12814.6

The satisfactory completion of this program may be used to satisfy the district's driver education and training requirement. (Vehicle Code 12814.6)

9. Participation in district interscholastic athletic programs carried on wholly or partially after regular school hours when such participation entails a comparable amount of time and physical activity

Participation in these programs may be used for credit toward the district's physical education requirement. (Education Code 51242) A maximum of 20 credits may be earned through participation in interscholastic athletics. All grade nine students, including those not enrolled in regular physical education courses, are required to participate in California State Physical Fitness Testing. (Education Code 51242)

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

(cf. 6142.7 - Physical Education)

(cf. 6145.2 - Athletic Competition)

10. Foreign language studies successfully completed in a private school in accordance with 5 CCR 1632. The satisfactory completion of these studies may be used for credit toward the district's foreign language requirement. (Education Code 51243)

11. Military service and training in accordance with 5 CCR 1634 (Education Code 51440)

12. Summer instruction for the purposes of making up previously failed core academic coursework provided by an accredited private/non-public institution, or non-accredited institution with prior approval of the principal or designee and in compliance with the guidelines outlined in BP/AR 6146.3.

The Superintendent or designee shall determine whether a student has satisfactorily met course requirements through any of the above alternative means.

Legal Reference:


35160 Authority of governing boards

35160.1 Broad authority of school districts

48412 Certificate of proficiency

48645.5 Course credit, juvenile court schools

48800-48802 Attendance at community college; advanced education

51220 Areas of study; grades 7-12

51225.3 Requirements for graduation

51240-51246 Exemptions from requirements

51420-51427 General Educational Development test

51440 Veterans' education, evaluation and credit toward high school graduation

51740-51741 Authority to provide instruction by correspondence

51745-51749.3 Independent study

51760-51769.5 Work experience education

52300-52499.66 Career technical education


12814.6 Teen driver's act


1600-1635 Alternative credit

10070-10075 Work experience education

11500-11508 Regional occupational centers and programs

11520-11523 Proficiency examination and certificate

11700-11703 Independent study


2301-2414 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006

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California Department of Education:


adopted: March 11, 2008 El Centro, California

revised: February 21, 2012