Outside Credit

Pre-Approved Courses

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)The FNSBSD has pre-approved some UAF courses for high school credit. These course titles and/or numbers might change each semester, so check out the pre-approved UAF course list for the most up-to-date information.

     

    DoDEA Virtual High School:  The district has also pre-approved courses through the DoDEA Virtual High School, which are available to high school students whose parents are active duty military at Eielson Air Force Base or Fort Wainwright.  For more information, visit the DoDEA school website at www.dodea.edu/dvs/dvhs.cfm and check out the pre-approved DoDEA virtual course list

     

    How to submit an Outside Credit Request for pre-approved courses:

    1. Fill out the online Outside Credit request form located at https://forms.gle/Mj4b2D46usohU6C66.
    2. Register for the course.  For courses on the pre-approved list, students may register immediately after filling out the online Outside Credit form and don’t have to wait for confirmation from the district that their request is approved.
    3. After the course is completed, turn in your transcript with the final grade to the school counselor. 

All Other Outside Credit Requests

  • If a student wishes to take a course that is not on the pre-approved UAF course list or DoDEA virtual course list, they must follow the instructions listed below.

     

    How to submit an Outside Credit request for a course that is not pre-approved:

    1. Fill out the online request form at https://forms.gle/Mj4b2D46usohU6C66.
    2. Provide a link to the course syllabus on the online form or give the syllabus to your school counselor. The syllabus should include the topics are covered in the course, materials used, assignments required, grading policy, and instructor’s name and credentials.  The syllabus can also be emailed to rachel.reilly@k12northstar.org.
    3. You must wait to register for the course until after you receive confirmation from the FNSBSD that the outside credit request is approved.  Once approved, you may register for the course.
    4. After the course is completed, turn in your transcript with the final grade to the school counselor. (If the course is taken at an unaccredited institution, instead of a transcript the instructor needs to provide a letter stating the student passed the class.) If an activity log was a condition placed on the course during approval, then this will need to be signed by the instructor or parent and turned into the school as well.

Contact Information

Additional Information

  • Per Administrative Regulation 984.3, students interested in high school credit for an Outside Credit course must get approval prior to registering for the course.  Any Outside Credit requests submitted after the completion of the semester in which the request is for will not be accepted.  The exception (under AR 984.31) is that middle school students who have taken college credit prior to high school are expected to submit their applications for high school credit consideration prior to the end of the first semester of their high school career.

    If there were extenuating circumstances that prevented you from submitting an Outside Credit request on time,  these requests need to be submitted within one semester after the completion of the course and will require the approval of the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning.
     
    Students entering 9th grade:  Students who have completed 8th grade in the FNSBSD and are enrolled in a district high school for the fall semester may take Outside Credit courses during the summer to count towards high school credit.

    Eligibility for Student Activities:  Non-traditional credit will only be counted towards eligibility when completed and recorded on the student's transcript.  The student is advised to see their counselor for more information.  

    Alaska Performance Scholarship Eligibility:  Non-traditional credit may be submitted for APS eligibility consideration.  Courses used for APS must meet the requirements for rigor established by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.  Some Outside Credit courses may be approved for APS.  For more information, contact your school counselor.

    High School Grades - Course Retakes:  Non-traditional courses and courses taken outside the school district are not considered course retakes for purposes of computing GPA and do not replace previously earned grades.

    NCAA:  If NCAA eligibility is a goal of the student or parent/guardian, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to check if a specific course or vendor is NCAA approved. 

    College Credit Conversion to High School Credit - The determination of academic college course credit versus high school credit is as follows:

    • 1.00 university credit hour    =   0.10 high school credit
    • 2.00 university credit hours   =   0.25 high school credit
    • 3.00 university credit hours   =   0.50 high school credit
    • 4.00 university credit hours   =   0.65 high school credit
    • 5.00 university credit hours   =   0.80 high school credit
    • 6.00 university credit hours   =   1.00 high school credit 

    University of Alaska Fairbanks courses pertaining to music and vocational education may be eligible for more credit than reflected above.