DLD Course Selection
DLD courses are offered by a number of providers. To view some course descriptions, you will be linking to provider sites. Please note the following guidelines on some important points:
Students must register through their school's DLD Registrar.
- Space is not guaranteed.
Whether or not there is space in a course usually has to do with when students register, although some providers will close courses for which too few students have enrolled. The DLD will notify the student’s DLD Registrar of any course closures, and the school will not be charged for the registration.
- Browse the whole catalog.
Some courses have creative names, so students should browse the whole catalog, or they may overlook a class in a subject that may be of interest.
- Note prerequisites.
Students should note all prerequisites listed in the course descriptions.
- Pay attention to course details.
- Terms Available. Not all courses are offered each semester; check "Terms Available" in the course description. Most courses run for a full school year; check the "Note" in the course description.
- NCAA Eligibility. If a course is NCAA eligible, it will be noted. This means that the online provider has applied for NCAA approval. An NCAA high school code and a DLD NCAA Eligibility website link are displayed to provide more information and check the course status.
- Other. Other details include if the course is approved for CTE credit (Career and Technical Education) or if the course has support for ELL/ESL.
- Exams outside of the course.
- Advanced Placement (AP) Exams. Online AP courses do not include the AP exam. If the student's local school does not coordinate AP exams, the student should call AP Central's customer service (1.888.255.5427, then 0) to obtain contact information for coordinators at nearby schools willing to coordinate exams for non-enrolled students. Students will then need to call those coordinators (by early March) to determine if their AP subject exam will be offered (not all coordinating schools offer all possible AP exams). Students should expect to pay all associated exam fees.
- End of Course (EOC) Exams. Math and Biology courses for 7-12th graders do not include the EOC exams, the state assessments required for a student to pass in order to graduate. Local schools coordinate the scheduling of EOC exams for a student taking an online course in the respective subject. More information about EOC exams can be found on the OSPI EOC website.
- Understand science lab experiences.
Online science courses may provide for a “dry” or “wet” lab experience (virtual or hands-on). The course information will indicate what options are available for the student and provide information/materials list as appropriate. Districts need to determine if the science course meets local requirements to grant credit for a lab-based course and whether local lab support is available. Information to assist a course review is provided on the DLD Science Course Information page.
- Note supplemental materials.
When a course's supplemental materials are not available online, they will be sent to the school's DLD Mentor. Many Internet Academy courses require books generally found in school and local libraries; these will not be automatically ordered for students. Math, photography, and science courses often require calculators, cameras, and lab equipment; these materials are not provided by the DLD.
- Understand summer course expectations.
Summer courses generally have the same amount of content as school-year courses, but they are taken over a shorter period of time. So they are more intensive and accelerated. Answers to commonly asked questions about summer school can be found on the summer school page.
- Note the technology requirements.
If the student or the student's school cannot meet these requirements, then he or she should not choose the course.