Tamalpais Union HSD | AR 6146.11 Instruction
Alternative Methods Of Meeting Graduation Requirements
Alternatives for Coursework
The district may grant credit to a pupil regularly enrolled and in attendance in a district high school.
The district shall accept credit for coursework done in other institutions provided the course is in a subject included in the district's areas of study (Education Code 51220): English, Social Sciences, Foreign Languages (*World Languages), Physical Education, Science, Mathematics, Visual and Performing Arts, Applied Arts, Vocational-Technical, and Automobile Driver Training.
No more than 20 credits of the total required for graduation may be earned through alternative methods, except for credit earned in a juvenile court school or private foreign language instruction. Exceptions to this limit must be approved by the principal.
Procedure to Acquire High School Credit for Alternative Coursework
The following procedure is to be used for all alternative coursework except that completed in a Juvenile Court School or presented by a transfer student as an alternative way to demonstrate district graduation outcome standards.
1. Student makes written application on the appropriate form (E 6146.11(a) or E 6146.11(b)) to his/her high school counselor prior to enrolling in the course.
2. The student is responsible for submitting additional course descriptions and/or courses of study as required by the district in order to determine whether or not a particular course may be taken to meet a graduation requirement.
3. The student's high school Principal and counselor must approve the request.
4. If coursework is undertaken at a credit issuing institution, it is the student's responsibility to make proper arrangements with the college for enrollment and transfer of credit. The college transcript should be sent to the student's high school of attendance.
5. If the coursework is being submitted for district evaluation and issuing of credit, it is the student's responsibility to provide documentation of the completion of the coursework and, if requested, examples of work.
Types of Acceptable Alternative Coursework
1. World Language* Instruction
The district shall accept for credit world language courses successfully completed in a private school, provided that all of the following conditions are met: (5 CCR 1632)
*World Languages is the title in the Tamalpais District rather than Foreign Languages
a. The amount of credit sought equals at least one semester's work.
b. 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.
2. Correspondence/Distance Learning Courses
The district shall accept credit for correspondence and distance learning courses taken from an accredited institution or an institution which can demonstrate approval of its courses for the UC "a-g" requirements.
a. The student is responsible for submitting additional course descriptions and/or courses of study as required by the district in order to determine whether or not a particular course may be taken to meet a graduation requirement.
b. The student is responsible for providing official documentation of completion of the course.
3. Enrichment Programs
The district may award credit for coursework completed in enrichment programs, provided the coursework is:
a. equivalent to at least one semester of high school work,
b. in a subject included in the district areas of study,
c. requires substantial new or advanced learning,
d. not recreational,
e. requires the student to produce work or demonstrate new skills, and, preferably, includes formal student assessment by the instructor.
Such coursework will be accepted towards the elective credits required for graduation unless the principal or designee determines that the content is equivalent to the district's course of study in a course required for graduation.
4. College Courses
Students in the district with highly specialized needs and interests may avail themselves of the opportunity to earn credit toward graduation for successful completion of courses taken in a community college, state university, state college, or accredited private college. Such credit may be granted only under the following conditions:
a. Students may not enroll in a college course if a similar course is offered during the current year at the student's high school, except under unusual circumstances as determined by the principal or designee. Applications for concurrent enrollment in another community college or university must be individually reviewed by the principal or designee before being approved.
b. The student must not have graduated from college.
c. The credit is allowed toward high school graduation at the rate of five semester credits for three units earned in college.
d. The student must assume responsibility for having the college transcript sent to the high school, and for following all necessary procedures.
Juvenile Court School
The district shall accept for credit any coursework satisfactorily completed by students while detained in a juvenile court school or county or state-operated institution. District students who successfully complete district graduation requirements while so detained shall receive a diploma from the school they last attended. (Education Code 48645.5)
Demonstrating Proficiency in Outcome Standards: Transfer Students
All students enrolled in the district are expected to meet the district-adopted outcome standards.
Transfer students who, because of their enrollment date, do not have access to the district's required assessments, may submit alternative evidence of proficiency in specific areas. This evidence will be evaluated by the principal or designee (see BP 6146.3) to determine if it meets district standards.
Regulation TAMALPAIS UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Approved: May 11, 1993 Larkspur, California
Revised: February 11, 2003
Revised: March 8, 2005