If you are Sylvania High School student, the Post-Secondary Options program provides you with an opportunity to take classes at eligible post-secondary institutions. These institutions include community colleges, post-secondary vocational technical institutions, state universities, and many private colleges and universities. Post-secondary institutions typically require a minimum 3.0 GPA to enroll.
The purpose of the program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wider variety of options to high school students. The intent of Post-Secondary Options is not to replace already existing courses at Sylvania High Schools, rather to enhance the curriculum.
You and your parents may have several questions about this program. This guide can help answer some of them. For more help in deciding whether this opportunity is right for you, check with your guidance counselor or principal.
The Post-Secondary Options program permits high school students in grades nine through twelve to earn college and high school graduation credit through the successful completion of college courses.
Option A: The student may elect, at the time of enrollment, to receive post-secondary
credit from the college for the course(s) he/she takes at college.
Option B: The student may elect at the time of enrollment for each course to receive
college and high school credit for the course toward fulfilling the
graduation requirement of his/her school district.
By March 1 of each year the district will notify students and their parents of the program and the options available. Students will inform school officials of their intent to participate, by March 30, on the Notification of Intent to Participate in Post-Secondary Options Program form. Counseling services will be provided to eighth through eleventh grade students and their parents/guardians prior to participation in the Post-Secondary Options Program. Students/parents must sign the Parent/Student Acknowledgement form indicating that appropriate counseling was provided and all responsibilities for participation are understood and accepted each year of participation.
1. Responsibility for costs incurred by the district if the student drops out of college/university
The district will recover from the student/parent all costs incurred by
2. Awarding of credit(s):
College courses for which five semester hours (seven and one-half
3. Participation in the high school graduation ceremony:
Graduation requirements should be completed prior to graduation to
1. There are two options related to the type of credit that you elect at the time of
your enrollment in a college course. Option A allows you to choose to receive
post-secondary (college) credit only. Option B allows you to choose to receive
high school credit and post-secondary credit.
2. By March 1, in the years that you are an eighth, ninth, tenth or eleventh grade
student, your high school will provide you and your parents with general
information about the program.
3. You and your parents should ask the high school for counseling assistance.
4. By March 30, you must notify your high school if you intend to participate
in the program for the following year. If, for some reason, you change your
decision about participating after March 30, you should notify your district
immediately. After March 30, if you have not notified your high school and
you wish to participate, you will need special permission from your school
5. Before you enroll in any courses, you and your parents must sign a statement
indicating that you received information about the program and are aware of your
responsibilities regarding the program.
6. You must be admitted by an eligible post-secondary institution. The post-
secondary institution you want to attend will have special entrance requirements
you must meet before you can take courses there.
7. You will have to decide whether to take a course for secondary (high school) and
post-secondary (college) credit or for post-secondary credit only. If you take
more than one course, you may take some for post-secondary credit only (Option
A) and some for secondary and post-secondary credit (Option B).
8. Your high school determines the number of high school credits you receive for
post-secondary courses taken for secondary credit. If you disagree with the
decision, you may appeal to the State Board of Education.
9. If you choose to take the course for post-secondary credit only (Option A),
10. If you choose to take the course for secondary and post-secondary credit
11. If you are eligible to graduate from high school early, you still can participate in
12. You may apply to your local school district to be reimbursed for transportation
expenses you incur under the program if you are eligible for free or reduced price
lunches. No funds are available for room and board.
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF THE PROGRAM
OF THE PROGRAM
Before you decide to participate in the program, you and your parents should consider the following points:
Future Plans: If you plan well, this program can assist you in making future education and career decisions and in exploring post-secondary education opportunities.
High School Graduation: Even if you participate in this program, you still must meet your high school graduation requirements in order to earn a high school diploma. Review the requirements and your academic standing with your high school counselor or principal. Make sure that the number and types of courses you take will meet local graduation requirements. You should keep in mind that the grades you earn in post-secondary courses may affect your grade point average, and may affect your eligibility to graduate, and scholarship opportunities.
Scheduling: Participating in this program on a part-time basis means that you must schedule classes at your high school and at a post-secondary institution. Yearly schedules and vacation times usually are different between the two. Sometimes it may be difficult or impossible to take the courses you want at both schools because of scheduling conflicts.
College-level Work: You may find college-level classes to be more accelerated and academically challenging than high school courses. You need to be able to work without supervision and have self-discipline both academically and socially. Be sure you are ready for these responsibilities.
Transportation: If you attend classes at both a high school and post-secondary institution, you need to think about transportation between the two schools. Be sure you can make arrangements to get to classes on time.
Extracurricular Activities: If you take part in this program, you will not be in your high school full-time. Eligibility requirements, as set forth by the Ohio High School Athletic Association, state: “Grades 9-12: To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled in school and have received passing grades in a minimum of five one credit courses, or the equivalent, in the immediately preceding grading period." High school credits are measured by Carnegie units. Post-Secondary Options courses or a combination of PSO and high school courses must equal four Carnegie units for the student to maintain eligibility. (7-1/2 quarter hours or 5 semester hours – 1 Carnegie unit). You may not be able to participate in some high school activities as a result of your enrollment in post-secondary courses.
The program could benefit you in several ways:
· You have the opportunity to take courses that may not be offered
· You have a chance to experience college-level work and college life
· You can take classes that academically challenge you or that cover
· You and your parents can use this opportunity to involve your high
· You can take college courses and receive both secondary (high school)
POTENTIAL RISKS AND CONSEQUENCES
These are some possible disadvantages to participating in this program:
· You will have an increased responsibility for learning.
· You could have increased financial obligations for your education
· You will need to plan for increased time needed to travel to and from
· Due to different school year schedules you may not be eligible to
· There is no guarantee that you will get the courses that you want.
· If you fail or withdraw from a college course it may affect the credits you
· If you withdraw from a course, your parents pay the costs of the course.
· Not all college credit may transfer to other colleges and universities,
STEPS TO FOLLOW
STEPS TO FOLLOW
If you are interested in participating in the program, you will want to talk to your parents, your high school counselor, and a representative of the post-secondary institution you plan to attend. Do this as far in advance of your possible post-secondary enrollment as possible. Remember you need to notify your district of your intent to participate, by March 30, if you plan to enroll next year. Follow this process each time you enroll in post-secondary courses.
1. Discuss your plans with your parents.
2. Attend the Post Secondary meeting in February to receive all the information.
3. After the decision is made to participate, you must turn in the intent form to
4. During scheduling, you must sign up for the required number of classes for the
5. Complete the necessary post-secondary admission and registration forms.
6. After you have completed the forms, please bring a stamped, addressed envelope
7. Once you receive your acceptance at the university, please inform your counselor
8. After you have scheduled at the university, it is imperative that you bring a copy
9. If you have any changes in your schedule, you must bring it to your counselor.
The schedule process must be followed each semester of college enrollment.
10. Any deviation from this procedure could jeopardize your enrollment in either
college or high school courses. Please be sure to keep in contact with your
If you decide you will no longer participate in the program before the term has ended, you must file withdrawal forms with the post-secondary institution and meet with your high school counselor to develop a new course schedule. Failure to file the necessary forms may result in a failing grade. WITHDRAWAL FROM THE POST-SECONDARY COURSE MAY RESULT IN A FINANCIAL OBLIGATION FOR YOUR PARENTS. The district will recover, from the student/parent, all costs incurred by the district when and if a student fails to complete a college course whether through a formal “class drop” process or nonattendance other than for reasons listed in Policy 2271.
This guide should have helped answer some of your questions about the Post-Secondary Options program. Think carefully about the advantages the program gives you and your decision to participate. Talk it over with your parents. If you have more questions, see your guidance counselor.