High School Credit Policy for Grade 8 Students

 

  1. A student must be in grade 8. No high school credit will be allowed for students in grades K-7.

 

  1. High School credit must be requested within ten days of the start of the semester or, if enrolled after the first day of school, within ten days of the first day of enrollment. No credit will be approved retroactively.

 

  1. A student must have demonstrated achievement as outlined below in each of the core content areas in which he/she desires to earn high school credits:
  • English/Language Arts: A student must have achieved a score of Standard Exceeded on the English Language Arts/Literacy Assessment of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress(CAASPP) in 7th grade in order to surpass an 8th grade level course in that content area.

 

  • Math: The student must be pursuing a math subject more advanced than Algebra 1, e.g. Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, PreCalculus, etc. To demonstrate advanced achievement in math, a student must have completed a regular or college prep level course in Algebra 1, with a grade of C or better, in 7th grade or below. If no documentation of such a course is available, the student is required to take a school-administered exam covering the California state standards for Algebra. The student must score a minimum of 78% on the exam. This exam will be administered by appointment in the school office.

Note: Algebra 1 is an 8th grade course. No high school credit will be awarded to any student in grade 8 or below for Algebra 1.

 

  • History/Social Science: A student wishing to surpass 8th grade History/Social Science will be required to take a school-administered exam covering the 8th grade California state standards in History/Social Science. The student must score a minimum of 78% on the exam. This exam will be administered by appointment in the school office.

 

  • Science: A student wishing to surpass 8th grade Science will be required to take a school- administered exam covering the 8th grade California state standards in Science. The student must score a minimum of 78% on the exam. This exam will be administered by appointment in the school office.

 

  1. A student may not receive high school credit for any P.E., Life Skills, or Special Interest courses.

 

  1. An 8th grade student may take up to 3 high school level courses in the core subjects. Eighth grade students taking high school level courses in all 4 of the core content areas will be promoted to 9th grade, and all high school policies and responsibilities will apply.

 

  1. It is the goal of GVCS to prepare its students for advancement into an institution of higher learning. An 8th grade student approved to earn high school credits must enroll in either a regular or college prep high school course.

 

  1. Any special or outstanding circumstances should be directed to the Golden Valley Charter School Administration.

 

Board approved: 11-22-04

Revised: 9-26-05

Revised: 10-5-15