Flex Credit Brochure

Why Credit flexibility?

Credit Flexibility awards credit based on competence. Research confirms that varying time and instructional methodology, while maintaining quality, can cultivate the kind of self-directed learning that is essential for success in post-secondary education and careers – and throughout life. This credit flexibility plan is designed to focus on supporting and accelerating student learning and reflects the need for students’ readiness for careers and college without remediation.

Who Is Eligible?

Any student entering grades 8-12 who also:

1.     Meets established pre-course requirements

2.     Demonstrates competency in the content area to be studied

3.     Possesses sufficient skills or knowledge to be able to work independently

4.     Analyzes, synthesizes, and evaluates information and resources

5.     Researches independently and completes learning activities on time

3 Ways to Earn High School Credit Using Credit Flexibility

1. Flexing Out Of An Existing High School Class

Also called “testing out”, the student makes arrangements to demonstrate their content area proficiency to a panel of educators, without actually attending the class. This may include taking a test, completing a project, creating and performing a presentation, or other demonstrations.

2. Creating A Flex Plan For A New Class

The student proposes a course that does not exist in their high school. May include using an outside (off-site) instructor, subject to the board of education approval. Best for students who wish to plan their own study options.

3. Educational Options

Options include distance learning, on-line coursework, independent study, tutorial programs, summer school, mentorship, post-secondary enrollment, and more. 

In All Cases

§ Students must apply for credit flexibility using the school approved application form

§ Signature of the student, parent, teacher of record, and school administration are required

§ No retro-active credit will be allowed

Things To Consider

§ What happens if I need to drop the class?

§ How will the grade be entered on my transcript?

§ Will it fulfill NCAA coursework requirements?

§ Who pays for any fees?

§ What happens if I do not make progress on my coursework?

§ Can I retake the class if I don’t do as well as I hoped?

Benefits to Credit Flexibility

·Offers learning opportunities not found in the usual high school setting

·Focuses on performance and not counting seat time

·Acknowledges and addresses students’ differing learning styles and interests

·Offers students opportunities to demonstrate creativity, explore academic and career interests, and practice critical thinking

·More choices and autonomy in deciding how, when, and where students learn

·Acceleration and convenience including more options for courses in school scheduling

·More options for individually suited pathways to post-secondary and career goals