Option ii

 

Applications for Spring 2018 courses

will be accepted between

December 15th, 2017 and  January 15th, 2018.

 


 

 

Option ii Overview

Option ii offers alternative paths to credits that meet or exceed the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and are based on student interest or career goals.  Students may elect to  apply for WW-P credit or WW-P credit and advancement of a course level through distance learning, college course work or course work taken outside WW-P. All learning opportunities as allowed by Option ii must be pre-approved by the Principal’s Advisory Committee or certified by the principal under N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1(a) 1.ii.  Several stipulations exist for students wishing to complete high school course work in an academic setting other than WWPHS North and South.  An overview of these requirements are as follows with details of each outlined below:

 

  • Option ii Courses Must be Pre-Approved

  • Option ii Courses Must be from an Accredited Institution

  • Option ii Courses Must Meet NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards

  • Students Must Show Minimum Proficiency to Earn WW-P Credit

  • Credit May be Earned for a Maximum of One course in One Year (July 1- June 30)

  • Students May Not take Consecutive Courses in a Sequence and/or Subject Area

  • Students May only earn Credit for one course per sequence and/or subject area throughout their entire high school career

  • The Following Subject Area Requirements Apply to All Option ii Coursework:

    • World Language courses must include a regularly scheduled speaking component

    • Science courses must include a regularly scheduled laboratory component 

    • Language Arts courses must include a regularly scheduled writing component  

    • Art/Music Courses must include the creation of a portfolio, including multiple works of art / music  

  • All nontraditional courses (e.g. online) must include ongoing access between the instructor and student, as well as regular interaction for purposes of teaching, evaluating and providing assistance

  • Successful Completion of an Option ii Course Does Not Guarantee Passing the WWP Equivalent Assessment

  • Students Should Appropriately Pace themselves to Complete Option ii Courses

  • Course Extensions Will Not Be Granted by WWP

  • Students May Take a Higher Level Option ii Course provided they met the criteria for that level course during the regular academic school year

  • Option ii Course Work Cannot Begin Until a Student has Successfully Completed 8th grade 

  • Successful Completion of an Option ii Course Does Not Guarantee Placement

  • Option ii courses cannot be retaken.  

  • NCAA Clearinghouse Rules have changed with regards to software based credit recovery, virtual, online, independent study and correspondence courses effective August 2010 

    Option ii Courses Must be Pre-Approved: a completed Option ii approval form must be submitted along with syllabus/curriculum to the high school Principal’s Advisory Committee.  The student must have received approval prior to the first instructional meeting of the course.  A completed online Option ii Approval Form must be submitted by May 1st for summer work, August 25th for the fall semester or January 15th for the spring semester.  Late application forms will not be accepted.

    Option ii Courses Must be from an Accredited Institution: the accreditation must be from a United States Department of Education recognized national, regional, specialized, and/or professional accrediting organization. For distance learning, the accreditation must be from a United States Department of Education recognized national, regional, specialized, and/or professional accrediting organization such as The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council.

    Option ii Courses Must Meet NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards: learning opportunities based upon specified instructional objectives must meet or exceed the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards and be certified by the Principal.  NJCCCS may be found here: http://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/  Further, any option ii Advanced Placement course must be approved via an AP Audit conducted by the College Board. 

    Students Must Show Minimum Proficiency to Earn WW-P Credit: a student must earn a minimum grade of a C (70%) in any option ii course and show proficiency on the designated WW-P assessment with a minimum grade of a C (70%) to earn WWP credit.  If credit is awarded through Option ii, the student may not enroll in the equivalent WWPHS course.  WWPHS North or South must receive an official transcript clearly showing successful completion of the course work.  Final credits and a transcript grade will be awarded based on the number of instructional hours per week or by Principal certification.

    Credit May be Earned for a Maximum of One course in One Year (July 1- June 30)

    Students May Not Take Consecutive Courses in a Sequence and/or Subject Area

  • Students May only earn Credit for one course per sequence and/or subject area throughout their entire high school career

  • The Following Subject Area Requirements Apply to All Option ii Coursework: 

  • World Language courses must include a regularly scheduled speaking component

  • Science courses must include a regularly scheduled laboratory component  

  • Language Arts courses must include a regularly scheduled writing component   

  • Art/Music Courses must include the creation of a portfolio, including multiple works of art / music  

All nontraditional courses (e.g. online) must include ongoing access between the instructor and student, as well as regular interaction for purposes of teaching, evaluating and providing assistance: This may include, for example, exchanging of emails between the student and teacher, online chats, phone calls, feedback on assignments, and the opportunity for the teacher to engage the student in individual instruction.

Successful Completion of an Option ii Course Does Not Guarantee Passing the WWP Equivalent Assessment: passing an option ii course does not guarantee that a student is well equipped to pass the equivalent district course assessment.  Please be familiar with the WW-P curriculum of the content equivalent course and recognize, based on recent statistics, that not all students pass the district final exam.  Please check the district web site at www.ww-p.org under guidance / option ii for assessment statistics and under departments / curriculum / curriculum documents for content area curriculums by course. 

Option ii courses cannot be retaken: if a student fails an Option ii course or a WWP assessment, they cannot retake the course or a like course via Option ii. They may, however, take a similar course offered by the District. 

Students Should Appropriately Pace themselves to Complete Option ii Courses: in order to sit for any necessary WW-P assessments, earn appropriate credits, complete graduation requirements and make needed schedule changes, students should complete summer option ii courses by August 15th, fall courses by January 15th and spring courses by May 15th.

Course Extensions Will Not Be Granted by WWP:  the district will not grant extensions for option ii courses.  All courses must be completed in the time specified by the educational service provider. 

Students May Take a Higher Level Option ii Course: provided they met the criteria for that level course during the regular academic school year.  For example, if a student qualified for an honors course by way of their semester one course average, or through the review process during the regular academic year, they may take an honors level option ii course in the summer. 

Option ii Course Work Cannot Begin Until a Student has Successfully Completed 8th grade 

Successful Completion of an Option ii Course Does Not Guarantee Placement: passing an option ii course, as well as the WW-P final exam in that course, does not guarantee that a seat will be available in the next course.  It is possible for an option ii student to not have a seat in the next sequential course due to master schedule limitations. 

NCAA Clearinghouse Rules have changed with regards to software based credit recovery, virtual, online, independent study and correspondence courses effective August 2010: These types of courses, which are identified by the NCAA Eligibility Center as nontraditional courses, must meet new guidelines in order to be used for college-bound student athletes who are planning to attend an NCAA Division I college or university.  Please visit www.eligibilitycenter.org   

Option ii Approval Process

Please note if you are taking a course for enrichment and are not seeking high school credit for an out of district learning experience, an option ii form is not necessary.  

1. Complete the online Option ii Approval Form by May 1st for summer work, August 25th for the fall semester or January 18th for the spring semester. Late applications will not be accepted. 


2. The principal’s advisory committee, including the appropriate academic supervisor and school counselor, will approve or reject the application.  Email notification will be sent to the parent/guardian and the student.     

3. For those option ii courses requiring successful completion of a district assessment, students must take the final exam specified on the designated testing date as specified on the approval form.  Students should arrive to the test site at the specified time/date with two No. 2 pencils and a valid photo identification.  An RSVP with the school or guidance department is not required.  For summer option ii courses, make-up exams, which will only be offered under extenuating circumstances, will be offered after the start of the school year. 

4. Upon receipt of an official transcript and successful completion of the WW-P final exam, the transcript will be updated and, if necessary, the student’s schedule is adjusted if space permits. 

*If a student is seeking credit for languages not offered at WW-P, he/she will not take a WW-P final exam.  Please see the Program of Studies for more information: http://www.ww-p.org/Guidance/high_school_counseling/program_of_studies

Examples of rationales for request:

· To fulfill a specific graduation requirement

· To be eligible to take a specific course in September (you must include the name of the course on your application)

· To accommodate an irreconcilable conflict in the schedule

· To explore an area of interest not offered through WWPHS curriculum for credit

If you have any further questions regarding the option ii process, please seek advice from your son or daughter’s high school counselor. 

 

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