Graduation Requirements and Planning
Online Courses (Outside Credits)
***Students and parents should discuss their plans and outside credit options with their Counselor BEFORE taking ANY online/outside courses for credit.
There are a lot of options for online learning these days, and there are many important factors to consider, so make sure you are choosing the right online program. Your Counselor can help you find the right program for your needs, but ultimately, all decisions regarding the selection and completion of outside credit courses are the responsibility of the student and parents.
"I've heard that online classes are easier than regular classes."
Actually, online classes tend to be more difficult to complete than live classes. There is more responsibility on the student to perform as the teacher is not in regular proximity to provide live encouragement. Successful online students need to be motivated and self-disciplined.
Attention Athletes! If you plan to participate in athletics in college at the NCAA Division I or Division II level, it is your responsibility to make sure the online classes you choose meet NCAA eligibility requirements. Talk to your Counselor and see the NCAA website: NCAA.org.
How are online courses added to your PCHS official transcript? Park City High School is obligated to accept high school credits from other educational institutions reflecting the appropriate accreditation. When in doubt, verify with AdvancED (advanc-ed.org) or your Counselor. An official transcript or information from the school should reflect the accrediting agency. Park City High School reserves the right to deny credits that have not been properly approved. Grades and credits from other accredited schools are added to the student's Park City High School Official Transcript under the year and quarter in which they are completed and with the letter grade and/or percent as awarded by the other school. Transfer grades are calculated into the student's GPA using the Park City High School grade point values (see the PCHS Grading Standard). Park City High School adds GPA weight for qualifying AP course grades only (Honors and IB are not weighted).
Utah Students Connect
Utah Students Connect (USC) is a consortium of Utah School Districts that provides innovative, quality online curriculum that was developed by highly qualified Utah teachers who also teach the course, and is written to the Utah Core. Available to students in grades 9-12, you must be enrolled in one of the participating school districts to register for a course through USC. Courses are offered by quarter credit and adhere to a term schedule. Students can enroll for original credit or credit recovery. There's no cost during the school year, but fees do apply for credit recovery and summer term. Visit utahstudentsconnect.org for information, and to register for USC online courses, see your Counselor.