Can students still apply for AMCS this year?
Yes. The application process is outlined on the website under the tab “Apply Now”: https://amcs.asdk12.org/
Can AMCS students walk in the graduation ceremony at their affiliate school?
Yes. Students will earn an ASD high school diploma from AMCS. Students will commence in the AMCS graduation and may also participate in their affiliate high school graduation as per ASD specifications.
Can AMCS students participate in the athletics programs at their affiliate school?
Yes. Students can participate in a sports program with their affiliate school. All ASAA eligibility requirements still apply. If a student is interested in participating in athletics, they should discuss their intent during the meeting with their AMCS UAA academic advisor and their affiliate school counselor so they are not scheduled in late afternoon classes.
Can AMCS students attend dances at their affiliate school?
Yes. AMCS students are allowed to participate in extracurricular activities at their affiliate school. In addition to being issued a Wolf Card, each AMCS student will be issued an ID card for their affiliate school.
Can AMCS students attend sports competitions at their affiliate school?
Yes. AMCS students should also be allowed to purchase an activity sticker from their affiliate school.
Can AMCS students receive academic awards or honor grad recognition from their affiliate school?
No. These recognitions will be awarded through AMCS. Similarly, AMCS students should not be included in the running for valedictorian or salutatorian at their affiliate school.
Can AMCS students qualify for the UA Scholars program at their affiliate school?
It depends. If they attend their affiliate school as a junior and fall within the top 10% of their class, they should be included when reporting to the UA Scholars program at the end of the school year. If they attend AMCS as a junior and they qualify amongst their AMCS cohort, they will be included in the submission from AMCS.
Do AMCS students have to pay for the college tuition or textbooks?
It depends. These costs are covered by ASD for most General Education Requirements (GERs). A list of approved UAA courses will be provided to students prior to registering for classes. Students can meet all ASD graduation requirements and potentially earn an Associates degree through courses on the approved list.
Students can opt to register for classes not on the approved list; however, the student will be responsible for the course tuition and any associated textbooks. Registering for non-approved courses must be done in consultation with the AMCS counselor and the UAA Academic Advisor.
Can AMCS students take evening classes?
Yes, if they meet the minimum placement requirements. Please note, if the evening course uses a textbook different than the one for the daytime course, the student may have to cover the cost of the book.
Is bus transportation provided?
Yes. Students can take their regular bus route to their affiliate high school and catch the bus to the King Tech High School (formerly KCC). Students enrolled on Main Campus can catch a campus shuttle from KTHS. For students enrolled at the Chugiak-Eagle River Campus (CERC), a bus will depart KTHS to transport students to and from CERC. A more detailed description of the bus service, including departure and arrival times is available on the website.
Do students need to purchase an ASD parking pass?
It depends. Parking is free at CERC. Students will be required to pay for parking on Main Campus, Monday thru Thursday. Students who take a class at their affiliate high school will need to purchase a student parking pass if they park on campus.
How does AMCS determine if a student is enrolled full-time?
To answer this question it’s important to understand how credits are applied to a student’s transcript at the end of a semester:
- Students earn .5 credit each semester for completing a high school course
- Students earn 1.0 credit each semester for completing a 3-credit college course because it is equivalent to a yearlong high school course
A high school student enrolled in six semester-long classes or three 3-credit college classes is considered full time. Many AMCS students will take a blend of college and high school classes. They will be considered full time as long as they are enrolled in a combination of classes totaling 3.0 credits for the semester. It is especially important to understand that, under ASAA eligibility rules, an athlete must be enrolled in the equivalent of five semester-long classes (2.5 credits) to maintain athletic eligibility; senior in good academic standing must be enrolled in four (2.0 credits).
Can a student repeat a university course if they are unhappy with the final grade?
It depends. If a student receives a D or F in a college course, the district will cover the tution cost for the student to repeat the course one more time. After that, if a student does not make a passing grade of C or higher, the student may repeat the course at the student's own expense. If a student receives a grade of C or higher in a college course, the district will not cover the tuition cost for the student to retake the course. In this situation, the student must cover the cost if he or she wishes to retake the course for grade improvement.
Can a Student retake a class he or she withdrew from in the previous semester?
It depends. Students should first meet with both their AMCS high school counselor and UAA academic advisor to discuss their reasons for the withdrawal. If a student withdraws from a class because of a low grade, he or she will be given the opportunity to retake the course one more time and the district will cover the cost of tuition. After withdrawing from the same course twice, the student must cover the cost of tuition if he or she chooses to retake the course a third time. If a student chooses to withdraw from a course in which he or she is passing with a grade of C or higher, he or she may be required to cover the cost of tuition for that course unless there are extenuating circumstances outside of the student's control.