Policy 8030: Graduation Requirement - Update for Families

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 12:50pm

In the spring of 2015, the Howard County Public School System Board of Education voted to accept revisions to Policy 8030 – Graduation Requirements.  In the revised policy, students who successfully complete high school level courses while in middle school will now earn high school credit for the course.  Previously, students received credit for completing the course, but the credit did not count toward the 21 credits required for high school graduation. The specific excerpt from the policy is copied below [from Policy 8030 (page 3 of 6)]:

A.         Credit for High School Courses Taken in Middle School

High school courses, which are offered at the middle school level, are eligible for high school credit. Beginning with courses completed in the 2015-2016 school year:

1.   The student’s passed course will count toward the 21 credits for graduation requirement.

2.   The student’s course grade will be recorded on the high school transcript.

3.   The student’s grade will not be calculated into the high school grade point average.  If a student re-takes one of the high-school courses taken in middle school for which credit was earned:

a. The high school grade will be calculated into the GPA, and

b. Only one credit will be awarded.

4.   For high school world language courses, one credit will be awarded at the completion of a course in grade 8.

The Middle School Program provides students the opportunity to participate in up to three high school level courses during their enrollment. These courses include: Algebra 1, Geometry, and World Language (Spanish 1 or French 1).  If you have questions about Policy 8030, or your students current performance in onr or more of these courses, please contact your school counselor or classroom teacher.