Credit by Choice
The Credit by Choice Program is designed to give students the opportunity to choose enriching learning experiences tailored to their personal educational needs and to have them recorded on their high school transcript. This program is open to high school students currently enrolled in the Anchorage School District.
- Students proposing a Credit by Choice (CBC) Program must have prior written approval of their parents and the Principal.
- A certificated staff person must sponsor and/or supervise the student’s program. In the case of the waiver, this will be the Principal.
- ASD is the accrediting institution and sets standards for issuing credit/waivers. ASD is not the sponsoring agency for off-campus programs and is not responsible for the student’s personal or financial liability. Program expense is the responsibility of the individual.
- CBC courses will be titled as such on the student’s transcript. Programs 1 (Educational Travel) and 6 (Community Service/Field Study) may only be taken for elective credit/waiver. Specific curriculum area credit will be recorded for Programs 2 (Correspondence Course), 3 (College Course Work), 4 (Early College Admissions Program), and 5 (Credit by Examination). Credit by Examination may not be done for Physical Education credit.
- Since CBC registration is recorded only upon program completion, CBC is not a course that can be included for calculating eligibility for full-time student status.
- The grade received will be incorporated into the student’s high school grade point average (GPA) and will be counted to determine class rank and valedictorian. When computing valedictorian status, the ratio of weighted advanced placement to regular graded classes is significant.
- Program No. 1 – Educational Travel
- Credit may be earned for a planned learning experience gained through participation in a travel/study tour. The Curriculum Assistant Principal must approve both the specific tour and teacher/sponsor before students may apply. Questions concerning specific credit requirements during travel/study tours should be directed to the teacher/sponsor.
- A three-week tour program is eligible for 0.5 unit of credit and a six-week program may earn 1.0 unit of credit.
- Travel supervisors must submit a completed application with supporting materials to the Curriculum Assistant Principal for approval by April 15. Proposals must outline the type of educational travel, travel supervisor's name, past experience with student travel, name of sponsoring company/affiliation, dates of departure and return, estimated number of student participants, goals and objectives, proposed itinerary, evaluation criteria, information on liability/medical coverage for participants, parent information forms and copies of releases. Forward a copy of the approved "Request for Out-Of-District Travel" (form J – available from the Activities Office), taking care to specify names of sponsors/chaperones.
- A student desiring credit for approved educational travel must complete the Credit by Choice application and submit it to the Curriculum Assistant Principal in advance of the trip. Upon completion of the travel, the supervisor must provide the Curriculum Assistant Principal with grade reports and submit supporting grade book and legend to the Registrar.
- Program No. 2 – Correspondence Course
- The purpose of the correspondence is to meet special needs of students as approved by the school administration. Paramount consideration will be given to the student’s record in completing independent studies. To be approved, correspondence programs must be accredited. Courses must be proctored by certificated staff.
- As of August 2008, approved correspondence programs include: University of Nebraska, University of North Dakota and Brigham Young University, and the Native Heritage Center Advanced Academics. Others may be considered upon request. Application for approval of other programs may be done through the Curriculum Assistant Principal.
- Correspondence courses may be used for both makeup and acceleration.
- A copy of the correspondence school application must accompany the Credit by Choice application and must be received by the Curriculum Assistant Principal prior to the beginning of the course.
- Upon completion, the student must submit proof of grade to the Curriculum Assistant Principal.
- Program No. 3 – College Course Work
- This program is designed to give eligible students currently enrolled in the Anchorage School District the opportunity to receive credit for certain courses through accredited institutions of higher education. The course should correlate with the career needs of the individual. Students must submit applications within two weeks after the beginning of the class. Students completing college coursework will receive high school credit as follows:
- 0.5 high school credit for a one (1) or two (2) semester hour college course
- 1.0 high school credit for a three (3) or four (4) semester hour college course
- 1.5 high school credit for a five (5) or six (6) semester hour college course. When the student has completed their college coursework, they must submit proof of grade to the Curriculum Assistant Principal.
- Program No. 4 – Early College Admissions Program
- This program would allow outstanding students with a grade point average of 3.5 or above to leave high school for college work prior to having the time and credits for graduation. The student would have the option of receiving his/her high school diploma after successfully completing the first year of college. ASD graduation requirements must be met in order to receive a high school diploma. The program would serve the student who has made definite plans for master and doctoral work.
- To be considered, a student must have maintained at least a 3.5 GPA during the first three years of high school and all required grade level courses must have been completed prior to application for this Credit by Choice program.
- Tentative acceptance by a college or university must be in evidence. It is the student’s responsibility to determine whether college coursework accepted by the Anchorage School District will also be accepted for credit by the college.
- Upon completion of 24 undergraduate semester hours of credit at the college level, the student must furnish a transcript to the Curriculum Assistant Principal so that a high school diploma may be granted.
- Program No. 5 – Credit by Examination
- Credit by examination is an opportunity for the advanced student to progress at his/her own learning rate in courses approved in the ASD’s Program of Studies. Credit may be awarded on demonstrated proficiency through an examination process. The test will be developed by a teacher selected by the Curriculum Assistant Principal and will be equivalent to the final examination of a given course. A ninety-percent (90%) score is required to receive credit. A fee of $85.00 is required, in advance, to compensate the teacher for creating, administering, and evaluating the test.
- A student cannot be granted credit by examination for a course in which he/she has previously earned credit nor may he/she receive credit for a prerequisite course if they are presently enrolled in or have previously earned credit in an advanced course.
- Laboratory courses are excluded from the credit by examination procedure.
- Upon receipt of an approved application for Credit by Choice, the Curriculum Assistant Principal will appoint an examiner.
- The examiner will select or construct an examination which is consistent with the approved course description and objectives. The examiner is expected to proctor the test, score it, notify the Curriculum Assistant Principal of the results and submit the test materials to the Registrar.
- If credit is denied, a student may not reapply for Credit by Examination for the same course..
- Program No. 6 – Community Service and Field Study / Physical Education Waiver
- Credit may be earned through a planned community service program that provides learning experiences in the community. Students may also propose field studies in the community, such as a research project using the community or a unique educational opportunity, including physical education activities, available only in the field. One hundred twenty (120) hours of acceptable service will earn 0.5 unit of credit/waiver. Program approval may be done at individual school sites, but pre-approved District programs include the following:
- Anchorage Youth Court
- Anchorage Youth Court Summer Camp
- Johns Hopkins University Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth
- LEAP (Learning Enrichment Adventure Program)
- Western Alaska Council/Boy Scouts of America Explorer Program
- Peer Education Teen Trainers
- RARE-T (Reduce AIDS Risk in Teens) Peer Education
- Anchorage Youth Symphony (pass/fail only, therefore does not count in GPA calculation)
- Alaska Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute (plus additional hours to total 120)
- Alaska Native Heritage Center courses
- Cook Inlet Tribal Council
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters, High School Bigs Program
- Alaska Theatre of Youth-Summer Conservatory
- Going Places – Alaska Tourism Curriculum
- Trio Talent Search Upward Bound Program/Upward Bound Summer Program
- Youth Employment in Parks & Recreation Program
- Outdoor Experience, Writing & Leadership (Puqigtut)
- South Central Foundation RAISE Intern Program
- Shiloh Community Development, Inc.
Concordia Language Villages is independently accredited by North Central Association of Schools as an intensive world language experience for high school students. Transcripts from Concordia should be sent to the home school for inclusion of credit on the student’s transcript.
Physical Education programs will be approved on a case-by-case basis where the program covers four of the six recognized components of fitness. One hundred twenty (120) hours of acceptable activity/records will earn an equivalent 0.5 waiver.
Student proposals must include the following information: student name, coach’s name and contact number, description of coach’s qualifications, a detailed training outline with goals and objectives from the coach including a description of how four of the six components of fitness are addressed. Attach any available evidence of equivalence to ASD approved high school courses.
Student desiring a physical education waiver must also submit a journal documenting their work-outs (see attached form). At 60 hours, the journal must be reviewed and signed by the Curriculum Assistant Principal or the Physical Education Department Chairperson.
- Program No. 7 – High School Credit for Middle School Courses
MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH: Students may request middle school course work in math (Algebra I or higher) to be added to their high school transcript any time after their 9th grade year. Upon approval, the credit and grade will be added on to the transcript to the 1st semester of the 9th grade year. Once entered on a high school transcript, grades will not be removed from this legal document.
MIDDLE SCHOOL WORLD LANGUAGE: Research indicates that the study of another language is most effectively accomplished if it begins at an early age, is sequential and continues for a long term without interruption. To encourage more students to begin language study in the middle school and continue into Level II as ninth graders, the Anchorage School District offers a World Languages Incentive credit-by-choice option.
The World Languages Incentive Credit is an opportunity for students who have studied two years of a language at the middle school (courses 1A and 1B) to earn one graded elective credit. Students must meet the following requirements in order to receive the World Languages Incentive Credit:
- Enroll in Level II (same language as in middle school) in high school.
- Complete both semesters of Level II with a "C" or better.
Request that the incentive credit be added to their high school transcript in accordance with the ASD Credit-by-Choice program.
The World Languages Incentive Credit is one graded credit. The student’s 4th quarter grade from the eighth grade language course is added to the high school transcript any time after their 9th grade year and following the successful completion of the Level II course in the same language. The graded credit will affect the student’s overall GPA and class rank. Transcripts are legal documents and will not be changed once credit is recorded.
If you are interested in taking advantage of Credit by Choice, contact your school counselor to discuss and apply for the program.