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Santa Clara USD |  AR  6146.11  Instruction

Alternative Credits Toward Graduation   

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Definitions

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)

Private Instruction

A student who is regularly enrolled and in attendance at an SCUSD high school shall receive credit toward high school graduation for private instruction under the following conditions: (5 CCR 1631)

1. The private instruction entails fields and subjects included in the SCUSD high school's courses of study and curricula.

2. The student demonstrates his/her capabilities at the beginning and at the end of the period of private instruction by examination(s) given under the school's supervision, thereby showing that he/she has made progress in learning satisfactory to the school.

Pre-Approval Process for Acceptance of Credit for Courses Taken Outside of the District

With the exception of seniors, all students are expected to take a full load of six classes (30 units) per semester. To provide students with flexibility in meeting their graduation and college eligibility requirements, students may take up to four out-of-district, UC-approved courses during their high school career. (Exception: Remedial classes may be taken outside of the district as needed.)

1. To have an out-of-district course added onto an SCUSD transcript, the course must be pre-approved by the principal or principal's designee prior to the first day of that course. The approval form is available from the school counselor or school website. All board policies on non-SCUSD courses will be followed.

2. Out-of-district college, AP and honors courses placed on SCUSD transcripts will not receive extra grade weighting.

3. Out-of-district courses may be approved for inclusion on the SCUSD transcript after consultation with a principal or principal's designee, and under the following circumstances:

a. The course is an elective or foreign language that is not offered at the student's school

b. The course is for credit recovery and/or to remediate a grade of D+ or below

c. The course is for the purpose of acceleration.

d. The course is needed to address a scheduling conflict, or create desired flexibility in the student's schedule.

3. If circumstances that are beyond the control of the school and the student/family create a scenario in which a course that is a graduation requirement cannot be taken at the school site, the principal has the discretion to allow this course to be taken online, or through a college or other accredited institution.

4. An official transcript/documentation from the issuing school must be received by the principal or principal's designee at the end of the course in order to validate course completion and official grade.

Acceptance of Credit from Private Summer Schools

A private summer school shall comply with the specific standards listed below in order for course credit to be granted by the district.

1. The pre-approval process outlined above has been followed.

2. The course has been verified as meeting or exceeding SCUSD's standards through either:

a. The principal or principal's designee has verified that the course is UC approved

b. The Superintendent or designee has determined that the course aligns with California content standards, contains at least 120 hours of instructional time, and is taught by a California certificated teacher authorized to teach in that grade level/subject area.

Note that out-of-district college, AP and honors courses will not receive extra grade weighting.

Correspondence/Online Instruction

The district shall grant credit toward graduation for correspondence or online instruction if all of the following conditions are met: (Education Code 51740, 51741; 5 CCR 1633)

1. The pre-approval process outlined above has been followed.

2. The correspondence instruction is provided by the University of California or other accredited university or college in California, or accepted by the University of California as meeting the A-G requirements in subjects included within or related to the student's course of study.

3. The student will be taking the correspondence/online course for one of the purposes listed above.

4. Online courses are "out-of-district" courses. As stated above, students may take up to four out-of-district, UC-approved courses - including online courses - during their high school career. (Exception: Remedial classes may be taken outside of the district as needed.)

Note that online courses are not recognized for NCAA eligibility.

Military Service and Training

Credit toward graduation shall be granted for military service and training received while in the military service of the United States, within the maximum limits established in 5 CCR 1634. A person is eligible for this credit if he/she is either: (Education Code 51440; 5 CCR 1634)

1. A former member of the Armed Forces who is a California resident and who has received an honorable discharge

2. A member of the Armed Forces who is a California resident and was a California resident on the date he/she entered the Armed Forces

The Superintendent or designee shall keep a permanent record of the credit allowed for military service or training. (5 CCR 1634)

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

Private Foreign Language Instruction

The district shall grant credit for foreign language studies successfully completed in a private school and shall apply the credit toward meeting any foreign language requirement prescribed for grades 9-12, provided that all of the following conditions are met: (Education Code 51243-51245; 5 CCR 1632)

1. The courses are in languages designated in Education Code 51244.

2. The student is regularly enrolled in, or applying to, the SCUSD district for grades 9-12.

3. The steps outlined under "Pre-Approval Process" above have been followed.

4. The amount of credit sought equals at least one semester's work.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

35160 Authority of governing boards

35160.1 Broad authority of school districts

48412 Certificate of proficiency

48645.5 Course credit, juvenile court schools

48800-48802 Attendance at community college; advanced education

51220 Areas of study; grades 7-12

51225.3 Requirements for graduation

51240-51246 Exemptions from requirements

51420-51427 General Educational Development test

51440 Veterans' education, evaluation and credit toward high school graduation

51740-51741 Authority to provide instruction by correspondence

51745-51749.3 Independent study

51760-51769.5 Work experience education

52300-52499.66 Career technical education

VEHICLE CODE

12814.6 Teen driver's act

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

1600-1635 Alternative credit

10070-10075 Work experience education

11500-11508 Regional occupational centers and programs

11520-11523 Proficiency examination and certificate

11700-11703 Independent study

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

2301-2414 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006

Management Resources:

WEB SITES

California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov

Regulation SANTA CLARA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: April 24, 2014 Santa Clara, California

revised: February 12, 2015

revised: October 10, 2019