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Alternative Methods of Earning Credit

Granting of Credit

Enrollment in coursework outside of the high school should be done as part of a thoughtful planning process aligned to graduation requirements and a student’s college and career goals. Students should meet with their counselor and obtain approval prior to enrolling in any courses. Outside coursework taken without explicit prior approval by the school may not be eligible for posting on the high school transcript.

DUAL CREDIT (Courses taken at CNM, UNM, SIPI or IAIA)

The primary purposes of dual credit enrollment are to increase the educational options and opportunities for students and allow them to earn both high school and college credit simultaneously. Student eligibility for enrollment is determined by the post-secondary institution. 

To obtain/maintain full dual credit eligibility, students must

1. Demonstrate readiness for college coursework; (AND)

2. Demonstrate progress towards high school graduation; (AND)

3. Maintain half-time, high school enrollment until graduation requirements are completed; (AND)

4. Obtain a course grade of C or better for each course taken; (AND)

5. Not obtain withdrawals (WP & WF) for transcribed dual credit courses.

Credit for advanced coursework taken at a public post-secondary institution may be granted by the high school, subject to the following provisions:

  1. The district will grant credit for pre-approved concurrent enrollment in institutions with which the district has  dual credit enrollment agreements.
  2. The basis of assignment of credit will be one (1.0) high school credit per subject area that will be equivalent to a semester of three (3) credits at the university or college, 1:3 ratio.  (ie. If a post-secondary institution awards 1.0 college credit, APS will award .33 high school credit.).
  3. The student must be enrolled in an APS -high school for at least - () classes and have approval of the counselor or school administrator prior to enrollment in a course at the post-secondary institution.
  4. The -District Student Information Systems (SIS) will assign such credit upon the official notification by the post-secondary institution of the student’s satisfactory completion of the work at the end of each semester. Students taking dual credit with the intent of the credit counting toward graduation requirements should consult with their high school  counselor before registering for the post-secondary course.  The majority of dual credit courses grant elective high school credit.
  5. Verification of course completion is the student’s responsibility.
  6.  Students should be aware that grades posted for dual credit courses will impact both high school and college transcripts and may affect scholarship and college admission eligibility.

Online Courses

APS eCADEMY is the primary source for online coursework within the district. Enrollment in online courses other than those provided through eCADEMY or the student’s district high school requires prior approval by the school counselor and administrator and be with an accredited  school or institution. Courses from other institutions which are taken concurrently will not be posted to the student transcript without prior written approval from the school principal. Credit for courses taken by students at private online accredited institutions with the approval from the high school principal will be posted to the student’s transcript without accompanying A-F letter grade, a P for Pass will be posted. 

Work Experience Programs

Credit for supervised work experience may be granted only if the student is enrolled in a district-approved program which meets all federal and state requirements.  Credit will be granted based on a district course number and framework. Credit granted will be based on meeting course requirements including verification of work experience.

Upward Bound

Credit for enrollment in UNM Upward Bound will be granted based on an annually approved district agreement defining approved courses and course requirements. These courses will be posted to the transcript following successful completion and receipt of official documentation from the institution. 

Administrative Position:  

  • Chief of Schools

Department Director:

  • Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction


Legal Ref:

  • § 22-13-1.1 NMSA 1978
  • § 22-13-1.4 NMSA 1978
  • § 22-12A-14 NMSA 1978
  • 6.30.7 NMAC
  • 6.30.8  NMAC

Board Policy Cross Ref:            IH7 - Instructional Credit Acceptance

 Procedural Directive Cross Ref:           Basis for Offering Credit
                                                              Transcript Evaluation

NSBA/NEPN Classification: IMBA

Revised: May 1995
Revised: April 1996
Revised: May 1997
Revised: June 2002
Revised: May 2005
Reviewed:  January 5, 2023
Revised: January 20, 2023