Guidelines for Exempting Courses
 
In order to exempt a course, the following Alternative Credit and Acceleration Form must be completed prior to approval. It is imperative that this document is completed prior to signing up or commencing with the course. Please see your school counselor with any questions or assistance needed.
  

Exempting a Course by Online Course

A. Purpose: To move students ahead of the district-adopted sequence of courses in a particular academic subject through an online, non-Wilson course.

B. Guidelines:

1. Request for an online course must be initiated by parent and student in writing to the principal.

2. Any costs of the online course are to be funded by the student and/or parents, which may include the cost of assembling materials, and/or administering and scoring the exams.

3. An online course must be done by a subject-certified teacher and an approved/accredited online course provider.

4. The grade achieved is not included in the GPA.

5. It is the responsibility of the students and parent to provide the Wilson School District with grade and transcript information from the online provider along with contact information to verify achievement scores. 

Exempting a Course by Private Tutoring

A.  Purpose: To move students ahead of the district-adopted sequence of courses in a particular academic subject through private tutoring.

B.  Guidelines:

1.    Request for tutoring must be initiated by parent and student in writing to the principal.

2.    Any costs are to be funded by the student and/or parents, which may include the cost of assembling materials, and administering and scoring the exams.

3.    Tutoring is to be done by a subject-certified teacher. Thirty hours of tutoring is recommended to insure total mastery of the subject matter.

4.    Tutoring is not to be scheduled for a course in which a student is presently enrolled.

5.    The student must take the district version of the mid-term and the final examination and achieve a score of 85% or better on both. The examinations may be taken no more than twice within a twelve-month period.

6.    The grade achieved is not included in the GPA.

7.    The mid-term and the final examination grades and equivalent credit will be recorded on the student’s transcript as “Course Exempted by Private Tutor.”

8.    Instructional materials will be provided by the Wilson School District. The appropriate department chair/supervisor will coordinate and finalize the process.

9.    Verification of the tutoring process, administration/scoring of mid-year and final examinations will be completed by the building principal or his/her designee.

10. Administrative costs accrued by execution of Steps 8 and 9 will be paid by the student and/or parents.

 

Remediation by Tutor

A.  Purpose:

To give a student who fails a course during the regular school year the opportunity to make up the course by being tutored.

B.  Guidelines:

1.    Request for remediation by tutoring must be initiated by parents and students in writing to the principal.

2.    Any costs are to be funded by the student and/or parents, which may include the costs of assembling materials, and administering and scoring the exams.

3.    Tutoring is to be done by a properly certified teacher. A minimum of 15 hours of tutoring is required.

4.    After tutoring, the student must take the district version of the mid-term and the final examinations and achieve a score of 70% or better. The examinations may be taken no more than twice within a twelve-month period.

5.    An average score of 60%or better must be achieved when adding the mid-term and the final examination scores with the student’s final average the first time the course was taken.The grade recorded on the transcript will be 60% as is the practice with summer school courses.

6.    The grade of 60% and equivalent credits will be recorded on the student’s transcripts as “Course Completed by Remedial Tutoring.”

7.    The grade achieved is included in the GPA.

8.    Instructional materials will be provided by the Wilson School District. The appropriate department head/ supervisor will coordinate and finalize the process.

9.    Verification of the tutoring process, administration/scoring of mid-term and final examinations will be completed by the building principal or his/her designee.

10. Administrative costs accrued by execution of Steps 8 and 9 will be paid by the student and/or parents.

 

Exempting a Course by Exam

A.  Purpose: To allow a student to exempt a particular course because of an existing knowledge base.

B.  Guidelines:

1.    Request to exempt a course by exam is to be initiated by parent and student, in writing, to the principal; the letter must state the reason exemption is being requested. Exemption by exam must be requested prior to the start of the course. Permission to exempt a course by exam is granted at the principal's discretion.

2.    Any costs are to be funded by the student and/or parents, which may include the costs of assembling materials, and administering and scoring the exams.

3.    The student must take the district version of the mid-term and the final examinations and achieve a score of 85% or better. The examinations may be taken no more than twice within a twelve-month period.

4.    No grade will be assigned or included in the GPA.

5.    The mid-term and the final examination grades and equivalent credit will be recorded on the transcript as “Course Exempted by Exam.”

6.    The mid-year and final examinations dates and administration/scoring will be completed by the building principal or his/her designee.

7.    Courses completed through credit-by-exam may not be used to satisfy core-course requirements for NCAA Eligibility Center.

8.    Students taking a course by independent study must follow the curriculum established by the teacher and the Wilson School District. In addition, they must complete the course’s mid-term and final assessments as established by the teacher and the Wilson School District.

 

Guidelines for High School Students Participating in Post-Secondary Education (College, University,Trade/Tech School)

Students who wish to enroll in a class or attend classes on a part-time basis at a local college, university, or trade/tech school should follow the following procedures:

1.   Submit a written request to the principal, co-signed by the parents and the student at least 30 days prior to the student starting such a class or classes. The principal will confer with the assistant superintendent of secondary education before a final decision is made. All decisions will be communicated in writing to the parent and student.

2.   The request must list the course title, number of college credits, name of the college or university, a copy of the course syllabus, and evidence of admission to the college course.

3.   If a student wishes to attend a college or university on a part-time basis, he/she must be able to fulfill all the district’s graduation requirements while maintaining at least  part-time status as a high school student.

4.   All college fees and tuition will be at the expense of the parents and/or student.

5.   Transportation to and from the college, university, or trade school will be the responsibility of the parent and/or student.

6.   All rules and regulations of the district still apply to the student while the student is enrolled at the high school.

7.   College, university, or trade school grades will not be included in the calculation for class rank or final grade point average (GPA).

8.   Part-time college,university, or trade school students will be considered for valedictorian/salutatorian honors. College, university, or trade school grades will not be included in calculations.

9.   With prior approval from the principal, earned college,university, or trade school credits will count in the total credits required for graduation. Three college credits will equal 1.0 high school credit.

10.College, university, or trade school transcripts will be attached to the high school transcript.

11.The counseling department will report to the Director of Pupil Services the names of any students who are enrolled in college classes part-time during the school day in any give semester.

 

Dual Enrollment

Wilson has concurrent (dual) enrollment agreements with three post-secondary institutions: Penn State Berks, Albright College, and Reading Area Community College. These agreements allow a junior or senior to enroll in a specified course at one of these schools and, provided the student is accepted, earn one Wilson credit and three or more college credits simultaneously. The student must provide his or her own transportation,but the tuition fees may be reduced by the college and/or be subsidized by Pennsylvania Department of Education grant money. Students interested in this option should discuss details with their counselors when scheduling courses for the following year.
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