Overview

Middle school students may earn high school credit for a limited number of courses approved under North Carolina State Board of Education Policy GCS-M-001. Middle school students may take the honors version of the courses below, but will not receive an honors point for their GPA.

Keep in mind that these are high school courses with high-school level content taught by high school teachers. Not all middle school students will be prepared to take these courses. The courses move at a rapid pace, and the course instructors have high-school expectations for all students in the course. We definitely recommend that schools enroll middle school students into the yearlong version of these courses whenever possible.

Eligible Courses

Middle school students may register for the following NCVPS courses:

NCVPS Course Course Code
Arabic I 12212Y0
Arabic II 12222Y0
French I 11012Y0
French II 11022Y0
French III Honors 11035Y0
Mandarin Chinese I 11212Y0
Mandarin Chinese II 11222Y0
Mandarin Chinese III Honors 11235Y0
Spanish I 11412Y0
Spanish II 11422Y0
Spanish III Honors 11435Y0
German I 11612Y0
German II 11622Y0
German III Honors 11635Y0
Russian I 12012Y0
Russian II 12022Y0
Latin I 12412Y0
Latin II 12422Y0
Latin III Honors 12435Y0
Japanese 1 11812Y0
Japanese 2 11822Y0
English 1 10212Y0
Math 1 21032Y0
Math 2 22012Y0
Math 3 23012Y0
Advanced Functions and Modeling 24002Y0
Pre-Calculus 24032Y0
Physical Science 34102Y0
Biology 33202Y0
Earth/Environmental Science 35012Y0
World History 43032Y0
Civics & Economics 42092Y0
American History 1 43042Y0
American History 2 43052Y0

Details

The Department of Public Instruction sent this memo to superintendents and curriculum and instruction directors on April 1, 2013. The portion that deals with high school credit for middle school students reads as follows:

Course credit for middle school students taking high school courses: State Board of Education (SBE) policy GCS-M-001 allows middle school students (6th, 7th and 8th grade) to take high school courses, either face-to-face or via NC Virtual Public School (VPS), and receive credit toward high school graduation requirements, while using only courses taken in high school to calculate the high school Grade Point Average (GPA). Recent questions from the field indicated a need to clarify how the policy should be implemented at the school level.

As an example, we will use a student who completes Math I in middle school to illustrate how the SBE intends the policy to be implemented.

A student who successfully completes Math I in middle school shall:

  1. receive a final grade for the course based upon his or her performance and, in this case, his or her End-of-Course assessment score;
  1. receive 1 high school credit for Math I, thereby meeting the Math I graduation requirement, and fulfilling one of the four mathematics course requirements;
  1. enter high school as a freshman with a requirement to complete N-1 additional credits, where N is the number of credits required by the district to graduate. A student whose district requires 28 credits to graduate would enter high school needing only 27 more.

School districts should implement this policy in the same manner for all other high school courses that middle school students are permitted to take (math, science, social studies, world languages and English 1).

Grades earned by students while in middle school shall not be included in the students’ high school GPA calculation under any circumstances, regardless of how many high school courses a student takes in middle school. Students may use the space created in their high school schedule for other purposes, including taking other more advanced high school courses, or to complete college coursework through Career & College Promise.

Students also are permitted to graduate early based upon credits earned in accordance with this policy. Early graduation decisions should be made through consultation among parents, students, and principals.

This policy interpretation is effective immediately for all students who have completed high school credits in middle school or who are currently doing so.

CTE Courses

Middle School students are also not permitted to take any CTE courses with NCVPS. Please refer to the Middle School CTE Course Memo posted by Jo Anne Honeycutt, CTE Director for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.