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Ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students in public high schools may enroll full or part-time for nonsectarian courses for high school and/or college credit.
Notification to students/parents prior to the first of March of the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program and the options available.
Counseling services must be provided to ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students and their parents prior to the thirtieth of March participation in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program.
Counseling must address possible risks and consequences as well as benefits of participating in the program.
1.  Expands the curriculum offerings;
2.  Provides opportunities to study in more depth those areas of special interest or need; 3.  Opportunities to earn college credit while still in high school; 4.  Opportunities for financial support for taking college courses while still in high school; 5.  Opportunities to experience college-level work and life prior to making final decisions about whether and/or where to attend college.
1.Increased responsibility for learning;
2.  Reduced opportunities for participating in high school co-curricular and extra –curricular activities;
3.  Increased financial obligations for tuition, fees, books, and materials if college credit only is sought;
4.  Potential loss of after-school employment opportunities;
5.  Possible effect on grade point average and class standing;
6.  Increased time for travel, study, etc.;
7.  Possible delay of graduation;
8.  Social discomfort.
Complete the top of the form
Initial: Parent/Student
Complete the bottom of the form
Students must be bona fide (full time) freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors for the year in which participation is sought. In addition, the student must meet the eligibility requirements of the college of choice and be accepted by the college.
A student may not enroll in courses to receive credit toward high school graduation for more that the equivalent of:
9th grade, 4 years of eligibility
10th grade, 3 years of eligibility
11th grade, 2 years of eligibility
12th grade, 1 year of eligibility
A student who has been expelled by this District is ineligible to enroll during the period of expulsion, unless the student is admitted to another school district or a participating nonpublic school.
Enrollment:
By March 30 of each year, you and your child must complete and submit the Intent to Participate Form (2271 F1) filed with the high school administration which signifies the intent to participate in the program for the following school year.   Prior to completing this form, you and your child must participate in the special counseling sessions described below and confirm receipt of these counseling services by signing at the prescribed place on the intent form.
Failure to meet this deadline shall exclude your child from the program for that school year unless a waiver is granted by the Superintendent.  Participation may be withdrawn by you or your child at any time upon written notification to the high school administration. Your child must identify the appropriate post-secondary enrollment option prior to the start of the first class session of the fall quarter or semester at the college.  Once the first class session of the fall term has been held, she/he may not change the option selected during the period of that school year, regardless of the number of courses taken. A requirement that a student may not enroll in any specific college course through the program if the student has taken high school courses in the same subject area as that college course and has failed to attain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent, in such completed high school courses. If your child withdraws from the college class for high school credit within the first two (2) weeks of the college course, she/he will be re-enrolled in the high school classes which were previously dropped. Reasonable efforts will be made in scheduling to accommodate the needs of your child when leaving the high school campus in order to participate in this program.  However, scheduling conflicts are not the responsibility of the District.  Revising the master schedule and/or unduly overloading classes are not required in order to accommodate schedule requests.
Initial Item 1 “Program Eligibility”
OPTION A
The students may elect at the time of enrollment to receive only college credit.  College courses successfully completed under Option A will not be awarded high school graduation credit.  Under this option, the student must pay tuition and fees as established by the college or university and must pay for textbooks and materials.
OPTION BStudents may choose to receive high school and college credit.  If, after high school graduation, an individual enrolls in a college, the college must award full credit for all courses successfully completed under Option B.  Courses successfully completed under Option B will receive high school credit for graduation as appropriate.  Colleges and universities enrolling students under Option B will be reimbursed each July as determined by an established formula for tuition, fees, textbooks, materials.
Full college credit for successfully completed college courses will be awarded by the             college/university
High school graduation credit for successfully completed college courses will be awarded by High School
High school credit will be awarded toward both the graduation and subject area requirements of    school district:
 Comparable course/credit: 
 Similar subject area/credit
Mediation of disputes by State Board of Education
Effect of grades earned in college courses for which high school graduation credit is awarded upon a student’s GPA shall be determined by the following procedures (as adopted by Mentor High School):
The student shall provide a copy of the college’s notice of grade for any course taken for high school credit.
The student’s letter grade for the post-secondary course will be taken as reflected on the students post-secondary transcript.  The grade given by the college for the course taken shall be included in the calculation of the student’s final grade point average, as though the course were taken in a high school.  A course taken for Pass/Fail shall indicate whether passed or failed, but shall not be considered in calculating the student’s grade point average.  College courses will not be weighted.
The student’s college credits for the post-secondary course will be converted to Mentor High School’s credits by the following conversion scale:
The grade point conversion for each post-secondary course will be figured into the student’s cumulative grade point average for the year on a full year basis.  (GPA’s will not be calculated on a grading period or per semester basis)
The student’s high school transcript shall indicate any college courses taken for high school credit, the name of the college at which the credits were obtained, and the subject, the grade achieved, and the amount of credit applied.
Initial Item 2 “Process for Granting Academic Credit”
 OPTION A
All financial responsibilities for any college course taken for college credit rest with the student/parent.  Payment for college courses, including tuition, fees, books, and materials, taken exclusively for college graduation credit will be assumed by the parent.
OPTION B
Colleges and universities enrolling students under Option B will be reimbursed each July by the State Board of Education as determined by an established formula for tuition, fees, textbooks and materials.  Parents and students do not pay, unless.
Failing  a course or failure to complete a course, whether through a formal “Class-Drop” process, or nonattendance other than for reason generally accepted by the Mentor Public School District, will result in any or all financial obligation for that course defaulting to the student/parent.
No financial aid under Chapter 3351 of the Revised Code is permitted to students enrolled in college courses for high school credit.
“Initial” Item 3 “Financial arrangements ( tuition, books, materials, fees)”
All students participating in the post secondary enrollment option program will be responsible for their transportation to and from their homes and the college or to and from the high school and the college. Students may be eligible for full or partial reimbursement for transportation between the college and the high school, however, if they meet both of the following two (2) criteria: students must be taking the college courses only for high school credit, students must be eligible for either free or reduced price lunches under the provisions of the eligibility scale established by the United States Department of Agriculture.
“Initial” Item 4 “Criteria for transportation aid”
High School
·Students enrolled in the post secondary program will be entitled to all student services provided to any other of the district’s high school students (counseling, health, etc.).  However, these services will be provided only while the students are on the high school campus and only upon request.  It is also the students’ responsibility to keep themselves informed of academic and other requirements for all students who attend the high school.
Initial Item 5  “Available support services, scheduling”
Scheduling
Participation is contingent upon admission to the college.  The District will assist the student in gaining admission by providing transcripts and other related documents but will accept no responsibility if the student is not accepted by the college.  Students who are awaiting acceptance should register for high school classes as if they were not participating in the program.  Schedule changes will then be made prior to the start of each semester for those students who receive notice of admission which must be provided by the college, in writing, to the students, the District, and the Department of Education. In the event that the student withdraws from the college class for high school credit within the first two (2) weeks of the college course, the student will be re-enrolled in the high school classes which were previously dropped. Reasonable efforts will be made in scheduling to accommodate the needs of students who will be leaving the high school campus in order to participate in this program.  However, scheduling conflicts are not the responsibility of the District.  Revising the master schedule and/or unduly overloading classes are not required in order to accommodate schedule requests.
Initial Item 6 “Scheduling”
If students withdraw from the college course within the first two (2) weeks of the course, they will be rescheduled for the appropriate high school courses, and no record of the college course will appear on the transcript.  However, if students withdraw from the college courses after two (2) weeks of the classes, the course will appear on the transcript and will carry a grade of Withdrawn/Failing (F), which will be computed in the same manner as a failing grade on the high school transcript. Any course taken for high school credit at a college or university and completed (or recorded as Withdrawn/Failing) will be clearly identified on the on the transcript along with the name of the college where the work was undertaken.
Initial Item 7 “Consequences of failing…”
Students using college courses for credit toward high school graduation may do so.  However, it is the responsibility of participating students and parents to be sure that the courses undertaken will meet the graduation requirements for the students.  Upon acceptance by the college, students should schedule an appointment with a high school counselor to develop a written schedule showing courses to be taken at the high school and at the college as well as all graduation requirements to be met.
No high school graduation requirement shall be waived for any student as a result of participation in this program.
Initial Item 8 “Graduation Requirements
Acceptance by college
Meeting all requirements and standards for college courses
Meeting attendance requirements
Means of transportation
Others social activities may be limited
When attending either regular classes or co-curricular/extracurricular activities at the high school or college, your child will be expected to abide by all District policies and the Student Code of Conduct.  You and your child assume all responsibility and liability related to attendance at a college and must agree to hold harmless the Board of Education, the administration, and the staff for any incidents arising out of participation in this program. Your child must meet all requirements and standards established by the college and assume responsibility for attendance and behavior.
Initial Item 9 for Students Academic and Social Responsibility
The high school counselors, during the individual counseling sessions, shall make available any information provided by the college concerning its counseling services.  In addition, counselors encourage students and their parent to utilize counseling services available at the college to better ensure successful completion of the college courses.
Initial Item 10 “Encouragement to use the college counseling services”
This pertains only to student athletes that will be applying to the NCAA Clearinghouse for college athletic eligibility.  If a PSEO student, at any time, feels that they may be applying for NCAA Eligibility Clearance they MUST  collect the following information for each course.  This is the student’s responsibility and not that of Mentor High School.
The Rule:   A high school junior or senior who has taken ANY courses at a COLLEGIATE INSTITUTION while still enrolled at the high school MUST clear those courses with the NCAA INITIAL ELIGIBILITY CLEARINGHOUSE.
*Official transcripts from the College or University (not a report card).
Send each completed course file to:
THE NCAA INITIAL ELIGIBILITY CLEARINGHOUSE
P.O. Box 4043
2255 North Dubuque Road
Iowa City, Iowa 52243-4043
Initial Item 11 “NCAA Course Information Requirements”
Participation in co-curricular and extracurricular activities may be affected if courses are taken for high school credit.  Your child must maintain a class load equivalent to 6/6, 6/6, 5/6, 5/5 classes for the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades respectively per quarter or semester to meet the 5 credit rule of eligibility and the 2.00 minimum grade point average.  In addition, eligibility will also be checked at the end of each college quarter or semester.  A failing grade could result in an ineligibility for the next full school semester.
Students not involved in Extracurricular Activities and Athletic Eligibility can follow the chart at the top of the left hand side of page 4 of the handout.
Students  involved in Extracurricular Activities and Athletic Eligibility must follow the chart on the bottom of the left hand side of page 4 of the handout.  This is to meet the 5 credit rule for participation.
“Initial”  Eligibility for co-curricular and extra curricular activities
Complete the
“Intent to Participate”
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“Parent Agreement” Forms
Read Slide
The Counselors will be available right after the meeting to answer individual questions.
Please return any completed forms to Mrs. Clements, Mr. Litzinger or Mr. Quigney tonight.