What are Credits? Credits are proof, on a transcript (not report card), that a student attended and successfully completed a course. Credits are award by semester: A (1st semester) and B (2nd semester). Each semester is worth 0.5 and in order to receive full credit (1.0) for a course a student must have a grade of 70% or higher with no less than 90% attendance (per the TEA Code of Compulsory Attendance). There are very few 1/2 year or 0.5 or better known as one semester courses. Please refer to the Course Catalog, on the SBISD website, for exact amounts of credits given for specific classes.
What are State and Local Credits? Every student will graduate with 26 total credits. During a students time at SHS, there is an opportunity to earn 32 credits (8 slots/classes over 4 years). There are two types of credits: State Credit and Local Credit.
State Credit courses are TEKS driven classes approved by the State of Texas.
Local Credit is done by individual districts and are not bound to State of Texas TEKS. In most cases, Local Credits include but are not limited to courses such as: the 2nd half of a sport in order to double block the specific sport, office aide, off campus study hall, on campus study hall, and etc. For a list of those courses, please refer to the Course Catalog on the SBISD website.
Special Circumstances: Note: That not all situations apply the same and are subject to review.
If for some reason, a student has taken a course outside of the State of Texas or other entity, and no actual transcripted credit was given, proof of that course will need to be provided including objectives, sequence of course work, and additional information. It is not guaranteed that State of Texas credit will be granted to a student. Any course must meet State of Texas TEKS for credit. If the a credit is being awarded by a State of Texas school for a course that was not awarded on any out of state transcript or other entity AND the course being given State of Texas credit is an EOC STAAR Tested subject, the student will have to take the EOC for the course. Example: Algebra I then the EOC will have to be taken because the credit for the class was awarded by a State of Texas school and will be held to the State of Texas criteria - - - passing of EOC.
If a class is an EOC tested subject where credit was earned (out of state or private school), a review of the transcript will be done to see how that credit will translate into State of Texas credit. The EOC may not be required.
This is something that will need to be reviewed and is not a guarantee of credit nor exemption from the EOC for the tested subject. What are Traditional and Non-Traditional Credits? Traditional credits are earned while on campus, state approved, and are averaged into your GPA.
Non-Traditional are usually done during summer school, online through an accredited school, or done before entering high school. Students receive credit for Non-Traditional courses, but the grade earned will not be in a students GPA.
Verbiage on Repeating a Course with Previous Credit Earned: Upon request, high school students may be allowed to repeat courses during summer school or the regular school year for which graduation credits have been earned previously.
The following guidelines shall apply: 1. These students shall be required to meet the same standards and course requirements established for the class. 2. Entries on a students permanent record and transcript shall be made to indicate the following information about the repeated course: a. Course title (with notation that the course has been passed previously); and b. The numerical grade earned. Grade points shall only be awarded for repetition of courses completed previously if a grade of 85 or less was first earned. Grade points earned previously for a repeated course shall remain a part of the record and shall also be used in the computation of class rank.
(Per SBISD Policy:information taken directly from policy.)
Transcripts: Anything regarding credits, including credits earned or not earned, including inquiries as to whether or not a course will receive credit, can be verified by the campus registrar. The registrar is the only person who can award credits and all credit questions must go through the registrar. All transcript requests must be done by direct contact with the campus registrar. Your Alpha Counselor cannot issue a transcript nor accept a request for a transcript.
Course Credit Is Not Automatic: According to state law, a student may not be given credit for a course if the student has not attended 90% of the days the class was offered. The grade earned will be posted with an asterisk attached to indicate the loss of credit. Middle school students taking courses for high school credit must also meet the 90% attendance requirement. The earned grade will carry appropriate grade points for GPA purposes. Students who enter school three or more weeks after the official start receive an “NG” for only the six weeks upon which they entered (there are certain exceptions). From the point of entry at any time in a semester, grades are calculated with the final exam and a grade is issued. A student may receive an I or Incomplete, but that is done by the classroom teacher and is subject to completion of work or other reasons, set forth by the teacher of record. Students who do not meet the minimum 90% attendance will have their absences reviewed by a local campus committee. The committee will determine the time needed to make up for absences and/or any Alternative Learning Activity (ALA) required for retention of credit. ALA assignments must be completed with 70% accuracy. (Grade and Reporting Handbook, SBISD page 10 Section E)
Buy Back (Credits): Refer to Student Handbook Tab on this website.
What does the *, Q, J, or . mean on my transcript or report card? At the bottom of every transcript there is a key to the various symbols. (* ) means you have lost credit due to the 90% rule where you have not attended the class at least 90% of the time during that semester. This fall under Buy Back (see Student Handbook Tab) If you have this on either your report card or transcript, please see your grade level principal. Your counselor is not able to issues Buy Back hours.
(Q) means the course was a PreAP or AP credit (see Types of Classes for more information)
(J) means the course was taken prior to attending High School (typically in Jr. High) (. ) means the credit award by averaging 2 semesters to equal 70% or above in order to obtain credit for the course