Online Course FAQs

How is high school credit counted for an online course?

School districts must award credit to students who complete online courses that meet graduation requirements and are provided by an approved online provider. If the course is taken via the DLD, it is from an approved course provider and as such, districts must award credit for any online course which meets a graduation requirement. (RCW 28A.250.050)

Do students receive official transcripts when they complete an online course?

All course providers issue final grade reports to both the student and the student's Mentor. This report should be used by the school to determine the credit and grade to be awarded on the student's local transcripts. Note that few online course providers are schools that grant diplomas, and therefore do not provide official transcripts. Through the DLD, even though those online course providers that do operate online school programs enroll students only in their online courses (and not in their district), students do receive a program transcript.

Are there limits to the number of online courses in which a school can enroll students?

The DLD does not place limits on to the number of online courses a student can take. However, local district policy may include some limitations around online class enrollment. Best practices suggest students ease into the number of online courses they take; however, schools ultimately decide how many classes a student can take.

What if my school already offers a class that is also available through the DLD?

Regardless of whether an online course is offered via the DLD, if it is from an approved course provider districts must award credit for any online course which meets a graduation requirement. Otherwise, each district establishes a policy for which courses are made available to its students. Some districts decide not to offer online courses that duplicate classes taught at the school. Other schools do not restrict which online courses students can take.

How can I make sure that my student will earn credit for an online course taken without coordination with the school and/or the DLD?

If the course is offered via the DLD, it is from an approved course provider and as such, districts must award credit for any online course which meets a graduation requirement. Otherwise, students hoping to earn credits from online courses taken independently of their school's support are strongly encouraged to first confer with their school to make sure that the course is offered from an approved provider and that it meets local graduation requirements.

Are the science courses lab-based and do they meet college admission requirements?

The local school district determines whether a science course is lab-based and whether it meets the College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR). Resources to assist in that decision process can be found on the Science Course Information page. Check with your DLD Registrar about the status of the course you are interested in.

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