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Alternative Means For Earning High School Course Credit   

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Santa Cruz City Schools (SCCS) recognizes that delivery of educational options continues to evolve as new research provides further insight on how individuals learn and as society promotes delivery methods supported by evolving communications technologies. We recognize families may want to use online instruction to support credit recovery or as a means to expand course offerings. Toward this end, SCCS provides access to blended online instruction courses through the Blended Learning Program and recognizes options for families to access outside online sources.

Families may also opt to enroll in online learning environments. Such enrollment must be in addition to the minimum school day required by Education Code. Students may earn credit toward graduation for online or virtual courses under one or more of the following circumstances:

1. The course appears as part of an educational plan (e.g. special education, 504, ELL).

2. The course is not offered at the student's high school of enrollment.

3. The student has attempted the course through the high school program and failed.

4. The student has received counselor or administrative approval for the course PRIOR to enrolling in the course.

If a student is using an online course to meet graduation requirements or to meet a prerequisite for a SCCS course, the following rules apply:

1. No more than 40 units may be applied toward graduation from outside sources earned while enrolled in Santa Cruz City Schools. This includes online sources, as well as courses taken through community colleges or universities.

2. Online credit will be recognized only if earned through a regional Association of Schools and Colleges accredited institution.

3. Students cannot earn A-G credit for a laboratory course, or visual or performing arts class.

4. Students can earn A-G credit for a World Language course only if the online provider and course is approved on the UC Pathways list.

5. Students can earn SCCS World Language credit only if the online course includes a listening and speaking component and the student passes the equivalent course final at the school of enrollment.

6. Students can earn A-G credit for a course only if the online provider and course is approved on the UC Pathways list or the course earns "principal certification."

Principal certification will be provided if a student takes and passes the equivalent course final at the school of enrollment. Principal certification does not apply to laboratory science, visual and performing arts, or world language courses.

7. An online course will not substitute as a prerequisite course unless the student passes the prerequisite course final.

8. SCCS does not assume responsibility for providing equipment, technical assistance or Internet access to students enrolled in online courses for home instruction or off school premises; nor does SCCS recommend any specific providers.

9. The school must receive an official record of the grade from the online provider before awarding credit toward graduation. Credit to be applied to graduation requirements must be received by May 1st of the senior year.

10. Students may not use online courses as the sole medium for instruction in any required subject area.

11. Students are expected to adhere to the district code of conduct, including the Acceptable Use Policy.

12. Students considering NCAA approval for an online course are responsible for determining if the online provider and course is NCAA approved.

13. Students considering applying for a private college should check with the individual college to find out if they accept the online provider and coursework toward meeting admissions requirements.

Other Credit Options:

Tenth through twelfth grade students may earn credit toward the high school physical education requirement in the follow ways:

1. Participation in Marching Band Program for a full school year will earn students 2.5 credits toward physical education requirement. Students must participate in 75% of the practices and performances to earn credit.

2. Participation on a school-sponsored sports team will earn students 2.5 credits toward physical education requirements. Students must participate in 75% of the practices and games to earn credit.

Students may also earn 2.5 elective credits for participation in extracurricular drama productions. Students must participate in 75% of the practices and productions to earn credit.

Regulation SANTA CRUZ CITY SCHOOLS

approved: November 16, 2012 Soquel, California

revised: April 15, 2013

revised: August 25, 2014