by Joseph Sweeney | editor-in-chief
Students missing course credits from the first semester may still be eligible for course recovery. Those whose grades fell between 60-69% automatically qualify for course recovery programs offered by their teacher, though exceptions are sometimes made.
“We want to try to help kids recover credits that we can help with,” assistant principal Sara Moseley said. “If it’s one of your core classes, then teachers are required to offer you credit recovery. But sometimes it’s really hard when you have such a low grade to award a 70. But perhaps that student has some extenuating circumstances, so teachers can offer it for students under a 60, [but it’s] not required.”
Credit recovery programs are self-paced and designed by individual teachers. They may cover material from the entirety of the course or sections in which the student may not have performed well on.
“Maybe I missed just part of chapter one and you missed chapter seven. It would be based on the needs or where you were missing information for that semester,” Moseley said. “Sometimes it looks like a packet of information. Sometimes it’s on Edgenuity.”
Because of educational time lost to the pandemic, students were previously able to recover elective credits during the 2020-2021 school year, however, they are now only able to recover on-level credits.
“If it’s an AP course, then you’re regaining credit for the regular level,” Moseley said. “You run into some problems with that because in [say] AP Biology, you probably took biology already as a freshman. That’s why we really want to try to get kids passing before the semester.”
To regain credits immediately, students may also attend Saturday Academy, though if course recovery is what they need, teachers should already have tried making contact with them and their parents.
“If you fail a class, you fail. Credit recovery is something we’re hoping to keep that credit in place, but students may retake the class, take it in summer school, take a credit by exam, all different types of options, but nothing we can do to help with those credits,” Moseley said. “I think it’s a really important thing. I really do. I hate when kids lose credit.