Procedures for Students Who Fail or Who Do Not Complete Courses
Where a student has completed a course within the school year or semester, but has not successfully completed the curriculum expectations to a passing level, the Principal and teaching staff, in consultation with the parents and the student, will determine how to best enable the student to meet the expectations and earn credit for the course. Arrangements should be made so that one or more of the following options is available to the student:
- Where possible, the student should be allowed to repeat only the material relating to the overall curricular expectations not achieved. The student may choose to achieve these expectations in summer school, through independent study, through an individualized remediation program, or through distance education. The student’s work will be evaluated to determine whether the expectations have been successfully completed.
- If available, the student can enrol in a remedial program designed for a group of students with similar needs.
- The student may decide to repeat the entire course.
The Ministry further describes Credit Recovery programs in its pamphlet:
Strategies for Student Success – Programs, Strategies, and Resources to Help Students Succeed in Grades 7–12
Credit Recovery is not intended to replace programs already in existence; rather, it provides an in-school alternative, facilitating student success. Through Credit Recovery, students develop learning skills that will support them in the regular classroom setting. Credit Recovery courses place an intensive focus on overall curriculum expectations, often within the supportive context of a Learning Strategies course. The goal is to ensure that students meet curriculum expectations and thus prepare themselves to move forward, successfully, along their chosen program pathway.
Credit Recovery improves at-risk students’ academic record to the point where they begin to see that a graduation diploma is not an unrealistic goal and are more likely to continue to stay engaged in school.