POLICY #6176
 
NORWICH FREE ACADEMY
ALTERNATIVE CREDIT POLICY
 
The Norwich Free Academy recognizes that students may complete course work offered through approved alternative sources outside of the school’s academic program. These alternatives may include institutions outside of traditional secondary school programs such as community and technical college, two or four year college or university programs, or other vocational and training programs. The school also recognizes that it may be beneficial to a student’s academic growth to accept credit earned from alternative sources and apply that credit toward The Norwich Free Academy diploma. The school shall accept alternative credit while maintaining the quality of the academic program and the integrity of The Norwich Free Academy diploma through the application of the following criteria.
 
1.     An Alternative Credit Review Committee shall be established to review requests for alternative credit. The committee shall be composed of the Director of Curriculum or designee, the Director of Guidance, and one Head of Department. The Committee’s decisions shall be final.
 
2.     Students and their parents/guardians must request consideration for alternative credit prior to the start of the course work. The request must be made to the student’s guidance counselor and forwarded to the Director of Guidance.
 
3.     A description of the course work must accompany the request for alternative credit and shall include the name of the institution offering the course, the number of instructional hours, performance criteria, starting and ending dates, and any other pertinent information.
 
4.     Each request for alternative credit shall be judged on an individual basis. The Alternative Credit Review Committee shall notify the student and parent/guardian of the committee’s determination in a timely manner.
 
5.     The student and parent/guardian shall forward to the student’s guidance counselor an official transcript or grade report indicating the grade earned within two weeks of completion of the course work.
 
6.     Credits are not required to be recognized on a 1:1 ratio.
 
Approved alternative credits shall be recorded on the student transcript and applied toward The Norwich Free Academy diploma as follows.
 
1.     The school may apply up to two (2) credits from alternative sources toward The Norwich Free Academy diploma. Procedures shall be in place to identify alternative course work on the student transcript.
 
2.     Alternative credit shall be awarded for passing grades based upon total instructional hours and equivalent to credit earned for The Norwich Free Academy courses.
 
3.     Credit earned from approved alternative sources shall be applied toward graduation requirements as elective credits.
 
4.     Credit earned from approved alternative sources shall not apply toward a student’s grade point average or class rank.
 
Students receiving Special Education services may complete course work from approved alternative sources outside of the traditional secondary school program consistent with the provisions of the individual student’s IEP. Credit awarded from alternative sources and applied toward The Norwich Free Academy diploma shall be determined on an individual basis by the Planning and Placement Team.
 
The Norwich Free Academy neither undertakes, assumes, nor accepts any responsibility for;
 
1.     the adequacy, effectiveness, or appropriateness of any alternative credit courses taken pursuant to this policy; or,
 
2.     the safety, security, or well-being of any student enrolled in any alternative credit courses taken pursuant to this policy while attending such courses and/or traveling to and from them.
 
The Norwich Free Academy supports the educational advancement of our students. Course work completed outside of the school’s academic program for enrichment and not approved for credit may be listed on the student transcript, per approval and at the discretion of the Guidance Department, as activities pursued.
 
 
 
 
 
See Also:                                  Administrative Procedure(s) Guidance 6176
Legal Reference:                      Connecticut General Statutes
                                                10-221a. High School Graduation Requirements Supersedes/Amends Policy:                                      6176 adopted July 14, 1993
Policy adopted:                        May 20, 1997
Policy revised:                          April 22, 2008
 
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