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.
Middle school students may register for the following NCVPS courses:
|NCVPS Course||Course Code|
|French III Honors||11035Y0|
|Mandarin Chinese I||11212Y0|
|Mandarin Chinese II||11222Y0|
|Mandarin Chinese III Honors||11235Y0|
|Spanish III Honors||11435Y0|
|German III Honors||11635Y0|
|Latin III Honors||12435Y0|
|Advanced Functions and Modeling||24002Y0|
|Civics & Economics||42092Y0|
|American History 1||43042Y0|
|American History 2||43052Y0|
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:
- 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;
- receive 1 high school credit for Math I, thereby meeting the Math I graduation requirement, and fulfilling one of the four mathematics course requirements;
- 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.
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.