The good news is you don’t have to decide until the end of the school year.
The important points to consider are:
1. Courses that earn a high school Carnegie credit in middle school will not be used in GPA calculations for the HOPE scholarship according to the Georgia Student Finance Commission rules for HOPE.
2. Courses that earn a high school Carnegie credit in middle school will not be used in the grade point average (GPA) calculation for high school, which determines class rank, valedictorian, honor graduate, etc.
3. If a Milestone End of Course assessment is mandated by the State of Georgia, the student will be required to participate in the assessment to earn the Carnegie credit.
4. Both semester grades (not yearly average) will be used to determine credit earned. If the student successfully passes both semesters a ‘P’ will be placed on the transcript and not a grade. A ‘P’ will equal 1.0 unit of credit earned.
5. Parents will be required to sign the Carnegie Unit Credit Decision form at the end of the school year indicating whether the grade for the course(s) taken will be counted for middle school credit or as a Carnegie unit towards high school graduation. Students may not earn 1/2 Carnegie credit for courses.
If a student takes the Carnegie credit, he/she will be placed in the next course. For example, if a student takes the Algebra I credit, he/she will be placed in Geometry in 9th grade. I tell the students that they should take the credit with them to high school if they have truly learned the concepts. We want them to be prepared as best they can to take the next course. If the student doesn’t take the Algebra I credit, he/she will be placed in Alg I in 9th grade. In this case, the student will likely do very well and earn a high grade which will impact his/her GPA. Mr. Herring will also make recommendations for all his Algebra I students.
I’ll give the Carnegie forms to parents on March 29 when you come to the parent meeting. If you miss this meeting, I’ll send them home with students after spring break. Parents and students can wait to make this decision once the final grades come back. The Carnegie Unit Credit Decision Form must be signed and returned to me before school gets out for summer. If I don’t receive the form, the student will not receive Carnegie credit. Once the form is received and credit is assigned, it can’t be undone.
I hope this clears up any confusion and if you’d like to discuss anything further, please contact me.
Have a great weekend!