Students who develop credit deficiencies should meet with their counselor in a timely fashion to discuss make-up credit options and to develop a plan to recover credit for failed classes as soon as possible. 27 credits are required for high school graduation. If a student fails a high school course, they may have to take a course outside of the regular school day to recover credit (this is dependent on the type of course and/or the number of credits already accumulated towards graduation).
Parents should also consult with a guidance counselor before selecting a make-up or credit recovery program to help their student with graduation requirements. Credit recovery resources/institutions are numerous (sometimes accreditation can be an issue) and a guidance counselor can be a valuable resource to help a student and their parent determines what is the best option(s) for their specific situation.
Below are a few accredited options that students often use to recover credit:
BYU Independent Study currently offers a wide selection of high school courses online and via correspondence. Itineris Early College High School accepts BYU Independent Study course work for both make-up and original credit. Itineris partners with BYU Independent Study to offer selected credit recovery (make-up) courses at a discounted rate. Students and parents should consult with a guidance counselor before registering for any BYU Independent Study course. Click here for a list of BYU Independent Study courses available at Itineris.
Northridge Learning Center offers students a credit retrieval option through independent study packets. The curriculum follows the Utah State Core Curriculum standards required by the Utah State Board of Education. Visit Northridge’s website for a list of courses offered. You may also visit in person at 3650 W. 9800 S., South Jordan; or call 801-280-7760 for pricing and hours of operation.
Valley High Summer School is for students needing credit recovery (must be for a failed credit). Valley High offers two sessions of summer classes. Click on “Summer School” under the Registration tab for more details. Summer school information is generally posted sometime in March each year.
Public Education Online SOEP was established by the Utah Legislature in the 2011 General Session. The program enables eligible students to earn high school graduation credit through the completion of publicly funded online courses.