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San Ramon Valley USD |  AR  6146.11  Instruction

Alternative Credits Toward Graduation   

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Semester period

A semester period is one period of 40 to 60 minutes of instructional time per week throughout one semester of at least 17 weeks, or a minimum of 12 clock hours of instructional time provided during the academic year or in summer school. While the content to be covered is planned within these time frames, a student may be granted one semester period of credit even though the student spends less than the aforementioned amount of time in completing the necessary work. (5 CCR 1600)

Non-District Courses

A non-district course is a course that is being offered by an accredited educational institution outside of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD). The providing educational institution must be accredited by ACS/WASC or another comparable accrediting body sanctioned by a U.S. state or the federal government.

District Courses

A district course is a class that is being offered by the SRVUSD for credit.

Dual Enrollment Courses

A dual enrollment course is a class offered through an ACS/WASC (or another comparable accrediting body sanctioned by a U.S. state or the federal government) accredited post-secondary institution for which a student is concurrently earning credits in both the post-secondary institution and high school.

Core Courses

Core courses are subject-specific courses (English, Social Studies, Math, Science, Physical Education, Career Technical Education/World Language/Fine Arts, and Health) required for graduation by BP 6146.1.

Elective Credit

Elective credits are credits given toward graduation beyond the core courses, as specified by BP 6146.1.

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet all graduation requirements as specified by BP 6146.1.

Minimum School Day

The minimum school day for middle and high school students shall be 240 instructional minutes. (EC 46141).

Course Credit

a. Students must receive counselor and administrative approval prior to enrolling in non-district courses in order to receive credit in the SRVUSD. The district shall grant credit toward high school graduation for coursework successfully completed at an accredited community college, state college, public, private or online institution. No more than 40 credits combined from these institutions may be transferred onto the high school transcript.

1) Student participation in Heritage Schools or CollegeConnect are exempt from the 40 credit limit.

b. Students who have taken a district core class and have received a grade lower than ‘C-' may remediate the grade by enrolling in an equivalent non-district course for high school credit. Both the original grade and the remediated grade will appear on the transcript.

c. Course credit for a class that is offered through an accredited post-secondary institution that earns 3 units or equivalent will receive 10 credits of high school credit.

d. Verification showing enrollment in a non-district course shall be provided by the 10th day of the SRVUSD semester. Confirmation of enrollment may be required at any time at the school's discretion.

e. Upon completion of the non-district course, an official transcript showing course completion and grade needs to be submitted to the high school. If this information is not received by the end of the marking period for the SRVUSD semester, the student transcript will show a "NM" (No Mark) for the non-district course until an official transcript is provided to the school.

f. Weighted grades

1) Grades from non-district courses will be weighted if:

(a) The equivalent course is offered and weighted in SRVUSD or

(b) A comparable course is not offered and the course being taken is transferable to the UC and/or CSU systems for college credit.

2) Grades from non-district courses will not be weighted if:

(a) A comparable course is offered and not weighted in SRVUSD. For example, an entry level CTE course or world language course.


approved: February 23, 2016 Danville, California

revised: January 30, 2018