Alternative Credit Options
Alternative credit options give high school students the added flexibility to earn credits through alternative methods and fill their regular class schedule with more courses that interest them.
Lakota is offering the College Credit Plus (CCP) program as another option for students in grades 7-12 to earn college and high school credits simultaneously.
The courses are offered through agreements with local public universities. The option is free to students, but it should be noted that it is an unfunded state mandate, meaning Lakota must cover the costs.
Students may take courses during fall, spring and summer terms. Any courses offered on campus at Lakota's high schools are noted in Lakota's High School Program of Study. Lakota high school graduation requirements are not waived, but may be met through CCP courses. Through the program, students can complete a year of college or more, thus reducing the time and expenses required to earn a degree.
Because it is transcripted college credit, it will transfer to any Ohio public institution of higher learning.
Credit Flexibility is available to students with high school standing to earn graduation credits through alternative methods outside of their regularly scheduled high school classes. All options must be generated and planned by students according to the provisions and process outlined in the Lakota Credit Flexibility Handbook and application.
Students can earn credit by:
- Taking an online secondary course from an approved online vendor.
- Testing out of a course by showing mastery of content.
- Developing an individual plan to include an internship/field experience, community service, educational travel, or other independent study.
Students who are interested in applying for Credit Flexibility can submit their applications at any time during the school year. Students must apply and be approved before beginning an online course or activity. Applications cannot be submitted for work or activities already completed.
All questions can be directed to your student's guidance counselor or Kim Melzer, Director of Federal Programs.
For eligible student-athletes, the PE Waiver waives the PE requirement for high school graduation.
It does NOT award credit. However, it allows a student to pursue other options to earn the 0.5 credit, rather than taking two PE courses (0.25 credit each). Students are still required to meet the minimum number of credits for graduation.
For more information, please visit the Ohio Department of Education site about the state guidance regarding the PE Waiver.
Students who are participating in interscholastic athletics at the high school are eligible to use the waiver after they have successfully completed two full seasons. This can be two seasons in two different sports, allowing a student to meet the requirements for the PE Waiver in one school year.
In addition to cheerleading and marching band, interscholastic athletic teams currently recognized by the Ohio High School Athletic Association in Lakota Local Schools include the following:
- Basketball (Boys & Girls)
- Bowling (Boys & Girls)
- Cross Country (Boys & Girls)
- Dance Team
- Diving (Boys & Girls)
- Golf (Boys & Girls)
- Lacrosse (Boys & Girls)*
- Lacrosse Cheer*
- Soccer (Boys & Girls)
- Swimming (Boys & Girls)
- Tennis (Boys & Girls)
- Track (Boys & Girls)
- Volleyball (Boys & Girls)
*Effective Spring 2017
Under Ohio law, local boards of education may NOT add additional areas of participation beyond interscholastic athletics, marching band or cheerleading, which may be used to excuse a student from the high school physical education requirement.
- Can my student waive the 8th grade PE course because he/she plans to participate in sports or Marching Band in high school?
- Why can't a club sport count toward the waiver?
- If my student only participates in one, full season of an eligible sport or Marching Band, can he/she receive partial credit and waive one of the PE courses?
- Does Winter Guard count towards the waiver?
Lakota Summer School offers opportunities for high school students seeking original and recovery credit courses needed for graduation; junior school students wanting to take math advancement courses; and students wanting to retake any end-of-course assessments.
For students entering seventh through twelfth grade in the 2023-24 school year, an informational video is available and covers alternate learning environments and credit options. It will include Credit Flexibility, Summer School and the PE Waiver. It is on this page - https://www.lakotaonline.com/academics/learning/7-12-learning/alternative-credit-options
A Q&A Zoom Session is on Tuesday, January 31, at 6:30pm. It is recommended that you view the video on the page linked above, prior to attending the Q&A session, as there is no formal presentation, just the ability to ask and receive answers to your questions. Here are links to assist you:
Zoom Link to Q&A on 1/31/23 at 6:30pm: / Passcode: 805485
Individuals who are 18 and older, withdrawn from school, and have not earned a high school diploma are eligible to take the high school equivalency tests. Individuals who are 16 and 17 years old, are eligible to test with parental consent (include documentation) and a current school withdrawal form signed by a school official. Visit the Ohio Department of Education's Ohio High School Equivalence webpage for complete details.