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Online Credit Recovery

At Rainier Beach High School, we provide our students with an online credit retrieval option through APEX Learning. Students must see their counselor to sign up for online classes. We offer students enrolled in online courses in-class time to study and work on their class assignments during the school day. However, students must independently manage their time and work, monitor their own progress, and ask for help if they are having difficulty completing assignments, mastering class material, or keeping up with the classwork. In order to be successful in an online class, we advise students to:

  • Work on their classes daily, both during their scheduled time in school and on their own time after school.
  • Complete at least five class quizzes per week. This number should be higher for more demanding classes or if the student needs to take more than one online class. If unsure, students should see their teacher or counselor to plan their online class workload in keeping with graduation requirements.
  • Contact their APEX teacher or counselor immediately if they need help understanding how to approach their online learning, master class material, complete quizzes or assignments, or have any other questions about their online classes.

Grading

The grade that a student earns in their online class is the grade that will appear on their transcript. For example, if a student completes a Math class through APEX Learning and earns a passing grade, that letter grade, along with corresponding credit, will become part of their academic record.

In addition, students enrolled in an Online Courses class during the school day will receive a Pass/ Fail grade at the end of each Quarter and Semester; this grade will appear in the Source, PowerSchool, and on the student’s transcript but will not carry any corresponding credit (credit hours can only be earned by completing online courses) . To get a passing quarter grade, students need to have completed at least 50% of at least one online class by the end of the Quarter. To get a passing semester grade, students must complete at least one semester-long class by the end of the semester. This number will be higher for students who are assigned several APEX classes. Students should find out from their APEX teacher or counselor how many online classes they have to complete in total.

To earn a passing grade for the 2nd Semester, Seniors must have completed All assigned APEX Courses by Senior due date.

For letter grading, we follow Seattle Public Schools Uniform 11-Point Grading Scale:

Percentage**

Letter Grade

Grade Point*

Honors Class Rank Weighting**

Class Rank Weighting**

93-100

A

4.0

4.5

5.0

90-92

A-

3.7

4.2

4.7

87-89

B+

3.3

3.8

4.3

83-86

B

3.0

3.5

4.0

80-82

B-

2.7

3.2

3.7

77-79

C+

2.3

2.8

3.3

73-76

C

2.0

2.5

3.0

70-72

C-

1.7

2.2

2.7

67-69

D+

1.3

1.8

2.3

60-66

D

1.0

1.5

2.0

Below 60

E

0

0

0

* Based on WAC 392-415-040

** WAC 392-415-040 does not assign percentages or class rank weighting; these columns are district-determined. Percentages will be rounded to the nearest whole number. For example, 81.4% rounds to 81%, 81.5% rounds to 82%.

General Expectations of Students Assigned to an Online Class Period at School:

  • Be in class every day, on time, and actively work towards class completion. Daily progress is expected and necessary for successful completion of online courses.
  • Accept the challenge of constructing your own learning.
  • Help nurture and maintain a productive atmosphere in the classroom. We encourage each other and celebrate success!
  • Bring a sense of purpose and determination.
  • Always do your best and strive for excellence.
  • Ask for help if you’re struggling with class material or with managing your course work. Your teacher and counselor are here to support you!
  • Remember that the courses you are taking online are graduation requirements.
  • Expediting class completion can and should be done from home online!

Classroom Rules and Expectations:

All school rules as outlined in the student handbook are to be followed at all times.

  1. Academic honesty: plagiarism, cheating and/or misuse of the Internet are serious offenses and may result in a failing grade. For this class, it is permissible to assist classmates in general discussions of computing techniques. General advice and interaction are encouraged. Each person, however, must develop their own solutions to the assigned projects, assignments, and tasks. In other words, students may not “work together” on graded assignments.
  2. Need for assistance: if a student has any condition, such as a physical or learning disability, which will make it difficult for them to carry out the work as outlined, or which will require academic accommodations, please notify the supervising teacher or counselor as soon as possible.
  3. Food and drinks are not allowed in the learning space. Before leaving the class, each student should make sure that their area is neat and clean.
  4. No cell phone use is allowed during class period.
  5. Academic focus that is conducive to learning is expected at all times.


Please contact your student’s counselor or supervising teacher with any questions or concerns:

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