Credit Recovery Procedure
High School Credit Recovery Procedures
The Credit Recovery program for spring will begin Wednesday,
February 1. The program is designed to help a student make up
a subject which he/she failed during the regular school time.
The hours for the program each week are Monday - Thursday from
3:00pm-4:30pm. The cost is $150.00 per quarter. A full
class will cost $300.00. Scheduling priority will be given to
If you are interested in this program, please contact the
appropriate school counselor below.
11th and 12th grade students: Ms. Cleveland
10th grade students: Mrs. Dunnam
9th grade students: Mrs. Thomasson
School phone: 251-625-3259
In May 2008, the Alabama State Department of Education adopted
the First Choice Initiative. One of the goals of
this initiative is to enhance opportunities for high school
students to graduate in a timely manner. First
Choice allows local school boards to adopt policies and
procedures that allow students who have failed core courses
(courses required for graduation) an opportunity to make-up only
the standards and objectives the student did not master. This
approach, known as Credit Recovery, allows students to
makeup non-mastered standards without repeating the entire course.
Baldwin County Public School students may participate in credit
recovery by adhering to the guidelines outlined below.
Any student failing one or more core courses in grades 9-12 may
apply for admission to the Credit Recovery Program. Credit
recovery coursework and assessments are provided through a software
program purchased by the Baldwin County Board of Education. The
courses in the software package are aligned to the Alabama Courses
of Study provided by the Alabama State Department of
Education. Students who apply for admission and who are
accepted into the Credit Recovery program must adhere to a contract
that is collaboratively reviewed and signed by the student,
parent/guardian, counselor, and principal. The contract
outlines the guidelines for participation in the Credit Recovery
Student Eligibility, Admission, and
- Students who earned a final grade between 40% - 59% in a core
course are eligible for Credit Recovery. Students in grades 9-11
may earn a maximum of 10 credits per academic year. Students in
grade 12 may earn a maximum of 12 credits per academic year.
Exceptions for 12th graders may be granted by the
Director of Instructional Support.
- Students must complete the Credit Recovery Contract form.
Parent/guardian and student signatures on the form signify
agreement with the terms of the Credit Recovery program.
Additionally, the parent/guardian and student must participate in
an interview with the counselor in order to review program goals
- Credit Recovery is not tied to regular seat hours, with the
exception of students with excessive absences.
- Excessive absences (as defined by the Baldwin County Board of
Education Attendance Policy), disruptive behaviors that interfere
with the learning of others, and/or abuse of technology privileges
as outlined in the district Acceptable Use and Internet Safety
Policy will result in student removal from the Credit Recovery
- Students who are caught cheating will have their final grade
reduced by one letter grade. A second incident of cheating will
lead to the student's removal from the program.
Credit Recovery Curriculum
The Credit Recovery Program curriculum will be delivered through
computer-based instructional software. Students who
demonstrate proficiency of standards after working through the
instructional software program will earn a Carnegie Unit and be
released from the Credit Recovery Program, regardless of the number
of seat hours completed. The following guidelines govern
student participation in Credit Recovery:
*Regular core courses will be offered through Credit Recovery.
No Honors, AP, or IB courses will be included. The following
courses are available through the Credit Recovery Program:
- Algebra I
- Algebra IA
- Algebra IB
- Geometry Concepts I
- Geometry Concepts II
- Algebraic Connections
- Algebra II/Trig
- Physical Science
- Earth Science
- English 9
- English 10
- English 11
- English 12
- World History
- U.S. History I
- U.S. History II
*Plan for students who failed with a final course grade
between 40% - 59%
Upon entry into the Credit Recovery Program, a student who
earned a final grade between 40%-59% will be assigned
appropriate software modules, all of which have been correlated to
the Alabama Course of Study. Students will complete all
of the lessons in each course. Each lesson consists of
a pre-test, study module, practice test and mastery test.
Students must complete the pre-test and practice test with a
minimum 80% score. Students must then pass each mastery test
at a 60% level or higher. Students must complete all assigned
learning modules, tests and any additional worksheets or writing
assignments for each course.
*Plan for students who failed due to excessive unexcused
Upon entry into the Credit Recovery Program, a student who
earned a passing course grade but failed the course due to
excessive unexcused absences will be assigned appropriate software
modules, all of which have been correlated to the Alabama Course of
Study. Students will complete all of the lessons in each
course. Each lesson consists of a pre-test, study module,
practice test and mastery test. Students must complete the
pre-test and practice test with a minimum 80% score. Students
must then pass each mastery test at a 60% level or higher.
Students must complete all assigned learning modules, tests and any
additional worksheets or writing assignments for each course. The
minimum number of days that such students remain in the Credit
Recovery Program will be equal to the number of unexcused absences
that caused the student to fail the course. Such students will be
expected to complete lessons in the following manner:
Number of unexcused absences over 5 days
Number of A+ lessons that must be completed
** Note: Pre-tests completed at the minimum 80%
mastery level do not count toward the number of required
Students will not be dismissed from the Credit Recovery Program
until the appropriate number of lessons and mastery tests have been
completed at the required accuracy.
Awarding of Grades and Credits
Student completes all required lessons and earn an
80% accuracy on each pre-test and practice test and 60% accuracy on
the mastery tests.
N (no grade)
Student does not complete plan requirements or earn scores
required to receive a letter grade, or is removed from the program
for contract violations.
- Students are required to complete all assigned computer-based
- Students are required to complete all assigned mastery
- Recovered credit will be awarded when students have completed
all work and time requirements set forth by the Credit Recovery
- Credit recovered courses should be recorded in the Credit
Recovery Term on the transcript (formerly Term "C")
- Recovered credit will be entered on the transcript as repeat
attempts and will not replace the previously earned grade. Both
grades will be included in the student's cumulative grade point
Other Opportunities for Credit
A - Correspondence Courses
Time allotment and credit requirements:
- (1) Any subject passed in grades 9-12 that meets for a minimum
of 140 clock hours of instruction shall count as one (1) credit
toward graduation, either required or elective.
- (2) Any fractional credit which a student earns may be combined
with any other fractional credit and cumulatively count toward
graduation or for promotional purposes.
- (3) A half-credit may be granted for an elective course of a
minimum of 70 clock hours.
- (4) A student in grades 9-11 may earn a maximum of ten (10)
credits during a year (the regular academic year plus the following
summer school). A student in grade 12 may earn a maximum of twelve
(12) credits during a year (the regular academic year plus the
following summer school). This includes credits earned in the
regular school program, the Dual Enrollment program, the summer
school program, night school, the Credit Recovery Program, or
Credit for correspondence courses may be allowed
only on the following conditions:
- (1) Written approval must be given by both the principal and
the Secondary Coordinator before correspondence work is begun.
- (2) Credits can be earned through correspondence from
institutions recognized by the ALSDE and from institutions
accredited by the national accrediting agency recognized by the
U.S. Department of Education.
- (3) Only one (1) correspondence course credit may be earned
during the regular school year.
- (4) Correspondence work should be taken only when the
curricular offerings deny a student a course he or she particularly
B - Summer School
Students can make-up a failed course by successfully completing
the Credit Recovery software courses during summer
Credit Recovery Program Authorization and
The Credit Recovery Program must be authorized by the
Superintendent on an annual basis. Students enrolled in
Credit Recovery may be charged a tuition fee to cover the costs
involved with operating the program.
Credit Recovery Operation
The Credit Recovery Program may be offered before school, during
school, after school and during the summer. Teachers who supervise
the Credit Recovery Program must be certified and highly qualified
in a specific subject area. Teachers who are highly qualified in
core subjects must be available to help students during the Credit
Recovery class. If Credit Recovery operates during school
hours, students participating in the program may not be
concurrently enrolled in a course which is earning its own credit
while attempting to recover credit in other courses.