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3528 (IMBC) - Alternative Credit Options

3528 (IMBC) Alternative Credit Options 3528 (IMBC) 
Credit may be earned through alternative methods outside of regular classroom-based 
instruction offered by the district schools. Awarding of credits to be applied toward high 
school graduation will be determined by the high school principal, and will be granted only if 
the request fulfills the following:

The request is submitted with a plan to achieve competency that meets or exceeds the 
rigorous academic standards required by the school for students enrolled in a credit course 
offered by the school.
  • The plan includes the course competencies to be met. 
  • The plan includes clear expectations for performance.
  • The plan includes clearly defined methods and expectations for assessment.
  • Verification of the plan's merit can be evaluated in a timely fashion and does not cause
unnecessary burden of the resources of the administration.
The Board encourages increased educational options for non-traditional students, or for 
those with unusual circumstances, such as those who are hospitalized, homebound 
students, dropouts, and for students who have been suspended long term or are expelled. It 
is the hope of the Milford School District that such offerings will serve as a motivator for 
students with different learning styles, and for those that find the regular classroom setting 
is not practical or effective.

Students earning credit via alternative methods will participate in all assessments required 
by the statewide accountability assessment.

The Board directs the Superintendent to establish regulations and procedures for 
implementing this policy that will include:
  • Definitions of allowable alternative learning opportunities
  • Reasonable limits on the number of approved alternative courses that can be 
    administered each school year, both school-wide and per student
  • The number of alternative credits each student may use toward graduation 
  • Application and approval process 
  • Criteria for determining which requests satisfy a particular subject area 
  • Identification of person(s) responsible for approval, supervision, and monitoring 
  • Requirements that alternative opportunities meet the same rigorous academic 
    outcomes as traditional classroom delivery
  • Assurance of student safety including physical and technological
  • Assurance of equal access for all students
  • Assurance that approved alternative learning opportunities are consistent with 
    all policies of this board
  • The procedure will be made available to the public.

It is the policy of the Board that alternative methods for the awarding of credit may include:
  • Interdisciplinary credit
  • Satisfactory completion of course requirements at:
    • an approved school; 
    • an approved home education program
  • Demonstration of mastery of required coursework and material
  • Extended learning opportunities 
  • Online/virtual learning opportunities 
  • College Credit, including credit earned through Dual and/or Concurrent 
  • 7th and 8th grade coursework meeting the standards of Board policy IMBD 

If a student demonstrates knowledge and abilities on a placement pre-test developed by the 
school district for a particular course, the student shall not receive credit for the course, but 
shall be allowed to take a more advanced level of the subject or an elective.

Unless otherwise recommended by the Superintendent and approved by the Board, under 
ordinary circumstances students or their parents/guardians are responsible for all related 
expenses including tuition and textbooks. The District may pay the fee for expelled students 
who are permitted to take courses in alternative settings. If paid by the District and the 
course is not completed, the student must reimburse the district for the expenses.

Adopted: July 17, 2023