Summertime is almost upon us (although the Arizona weather says it’s here now). You’re probably thinking of summer plans, upcoming vacations.
What you might need to also consider is summer school. Whether your child needs to take classes to catch up or wants to enroll to get ahead, it’s important to know there are options.
You can always enroll in summer school with your local district or current school. Another option that’s tuition free is online summer school.
With online summer courses being free, 100percent online and lasting about four weeks, it’s no wonder many take this route.
But the major question to consider is, “Will my school accept the credits?” The last thing you’d want to happen is finding out you have to re-take a summer class.
By law, Arizona schools must accept credits earned through other accredited online Arizona schools.
However, confusion among parents and students arises as many school registrars, administrators and counselors provide misinformation, stating that they do not allow concurrent enrollment or that they do not accept credits from other schools.
These types of statements are untrue, and contrary to the law.
If you enroll in summer courses with another school, you can receive credit. But we want to make the transition from summer back to your old school as smooth as possible. In order to make that happen, there are some steps you must follow. See below.
4 Steps for Transferring Summer School Credits to Your School
Before starting any courses with another school, talk to your current school counselor.
Many are willing to work with you, but some may try to grant elective credits (you can still earn a core credit, see below). It’s best to know beforehand.
Step 1: Talk With The Counselor At Your Current School
Schools in Arizona legally need to accept the credits you earn from other accredited Arizona schools.
Even so, some schools will still attempt to refuse earned credits.
On the other hand, several schools have no problem accepting our credits; it all depends on their policies. Before enrolling, talk with your counselor. Ask for a hard copy of your school’s policies, so you are fully in the know before you starting a summer course elsewhere.
Step 2: Enroll in Your Desired Summer School Course
Submit an application for summer school (usually online). A school advisor should then work with you to get the necessary documents needed to start courses.
For more detailed instructions on enrolling with Primavera’s Free Online Summer School, head to this blog post.
Step 3: Follow Up With Your Current School Counselor
If this is sounding like overkill, it is. But it is all too common where a student’s counselor told them they can take a online course elsewhere, then say something different once that student wants credit.
Once you’ve enrolled, reach out to your current school counselor a second time. Let them know that the exact course you’ve enrolled in. And better yet, get it in writing from your counselor that they will accept your courses as core credits.
The “core” portion is important. We’ll explain that later.
Step 4: After successfully completing a course, notify your counselor immediately (yes, again)
Seeing a pattern here?
Over-communication is key in this process. Once you’ve completed a course with a passing grade, email or call your school counselor right away. You will need to send a transcript once your grade is recorded. The summer school you enrolled in should help you out with that.
Accepting Credits As Core vs. Elective Credits: What You Can Do
Once again, Arizona schools have to accept credits earned from other accredited Arizona schools. However, schools can decide to grant an elective credit for a core credit class.
What is a Core Credit?
To earn a high school diploma, there are courses your teen must take in order to graduate, and then there are courses that are electives. Students need to take elective courses, but you have the flexibility to choose which classes you want with electives.
For example, there are specific math courses that needed in order to graduate. Those are considered core credits.
If student takes a core credit course over the summer, a school could choose to give you elective credit. This means you get credit toward your diploma, but not a math credit. In other words, you would have to retake the math course in order to graduate.
Do not let a school grant elective credit for a core credit class.
What if My School is Only Offering Elective Credits for a Core Class?
You can take action. If a school claims they are going to grant elective credit only, you have 10 days to demand a test. Legally, the school must provide an exam. If your student passes that exam, the school has to grant a core credit.
This is why we say to reach out to your counselor immediately after finishing your summer course. If your counselor claims you’ll only get elective credit, you’ll want to take the test soon after you finish Primavera courses, so that the material is still fresh in your mind.
About Primavera’s Free Online Summer School
If you’re not familiar with Primavera’s summer school, here are a few reasons so many are drawn to it:
• 100 percent online courses
• Accredited and NCAA approved (for athletes wanting to participate in college sports)
• Four-week long courses
• Up to four sessions available to help you catch up on credits quickly
• Highly qualified teachers who provide personalized support
• Award-winning, engaging curriculum
Primavera summer 2018 sessions start May 21, June 1 and July 2.