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Credit Flexibility

Credit Flexibility
GENERAL INFORMATION
Credit flexibility shifts the focus from “seat time” to performance-based instruction. Students can
earn units of high school credit based on an individually approved credit flexibility plan. The intent of
credit flexibility is to meet increased expectations for high school graduation in response to
globalization, student academic needs, technology, and demographics.
Students in grades 9-12 can earn high school credit by:

 successfully completing coursework;
 pursuing an individually approved option;
 testing out or showing mastery of
course content; or
 any combination of the above.

LONG FORM CREDIT FLEXIBILITY APPLICATION
The Long Form Credit Flexibility Application must be completed by students who wish to participate
in the Credit Flexibility Plan in the areas of:

 Distance learning  Independent study  After school/tutorial program
 Educational travel  Internship  Community service

Students will be required to complete the Long Form Credit Flexibility Application and receive
approval from a committee of FCSD personnel.
 
January – March
Students in grades 8-11 will receive information about Credit Flexibility, if
requested. FFS and FHS counselors will meet individually with students
in grades 9-12 to schedule for the following school year. Students may
bring a completed Long Form to this meeting or complete the form using
information obtained during the meeting.

March
FFS counselors will meet with students in grade 8 to schedule the following
school year. Students may bring a completed Long Form to this meeting or
complete the form using information obtained during the meeting.
The Long Form of the Credit Flexibility Application must be submitted to
a school counselor by students in grades 8-11 by March 31. This timeline
will not be extended.

April
A committee will be formed at each building to review applications.
Students will be notified of the results of the review no later than April 30.

SHORT FORM CREDIT FLEXIBILITY APPLICATION
The Short Form Credit Flexibility Application must be completed by students who wish to participate
in the credit flexibility program in the areas of testing out or online classes. Students will be
required to complete the Short Form Credit Flexibility Application and receive approval from a
committee of FCSD personnel.