IMBC – Alternative Credit Options

The Board encourages increased educational options for students. Credit may be earned through alternative methods outside of regular classroom-based instruction offered by the district schools. Awarding of credits to be applied toward high school graduation will be determined by the high school principal, and will be granted only if the request fulfills the following:

The request is submitted with a plan to achieve competency that meets or exceeds the rigorous academic standards required by the school for students enrolled in a credit course offered by the school.

  • The plan includes clear expectations for performance.
  • The plan includes clearly defined methods and expectations for assessment.
  • Verification of the plan’s merit can be evaluated in a timely fashion and does not cause unnecessary burden on the resources of the administration.

Students earning credit via alternative methods will participate in all assessments required by the statewide education improvement and assessment program.

The Board directs the Superintendent to establish regulations and procedures for implementing this policy that will include:

  • Definitions of allowable alternative learning opportunities
  • Reasonable limits on the number of approved alternative courses that can be administered each school year, both school-wide and per student
  • The number of alternative credits each student may use toward graduation requirements
  • Application and approval process
  • Criteria for determining which requests satisfy a particular subject area requirement
  • Identification of person(s) responsible for approval, supervision, and monitoring progress
  • Requirements that alternative opportunities meet the same rigorous academic outcomes as traditional classroom delivery
  • Assurance of student safety including physical and technological
  • Assurance of equal access for all students
  • Assurance that approved alternative learning opportunities are consistent with all policies of this board
  • The procedure will be made available to the public through the ConVal School District website and the ConVal Regional High School Student Handbook.

It is the policy of the Board that alternative methods for the awarding of credit may include:

  • Competency testing in lieu of enrollment under the provisions of Board policy ILBAA
  • Interdisciplinary credit
  • Satisfactory completion of course requirements at:
    • an approved school under the provisions of Board policy IK;
    • an approved home education program (see Board policies IK and Board policy IHBG, and N.H. Dept. of Education Rule Ed 315).
  • Demonstration of mastery of required coursework and material, pursuant to Board policy IK.
  • Extended learning opportunities under the provisions of Board policy IHBH
  • Distance, online, or virtual learning opportunities under the provisions of Board policy IMBA
    College Credit, including credit earned through Dual and/or Concurrent Enrollment under Board policy IHCD/LEB
  • Early Graduation under Board policy IKFA
  • 7th and 8th grade coursework meeting the standards of Board policy IMBD

If a student demonstrates knowledge and abilities on a placement pre-test developed by the school district for a particular course, the student shall not receive credit for the course, but shall be allowed to take a more advanced level of the subject or an elective.


Unless otherwise recommended by the Superintendent and approved by the Board, under ordinary circumstances students or their parents/guardians are responsible for all related expenses including tuition and textbooks. The District may pay the fee for expelled students who are permitted to take courses in alternative settings. If paid by the District and the course is not completed, the student must reimburse the district for the expenses.

Legal References:
RSA 193-A, Home Education
RSA 193-E:3-f, Approval of Courses and Programs
N.H. Dept. of Education Administrative Rules:
Ed 306.04(a)(13), Alternative Means of Earning Credit
Ed 306.14(a)(14), Alternative Means Of Demonstrating Achievement Of Graduation Competencies
Ed 306.21, Alternative Programs
Ed 306.26(f), Credit for 7th & 8th Grade Course Work
Ed 306.27(ad), Early Graduation
Ed 315, Home Education Programs

Category: Priority/Required by Law


District Policy History:
1st Read: June 3, 2014
2nd Read: August 19, 2014
Adopted: August 19, 2014

District Revision History:
1st Read: March 15, 2022
2nd Read: April 5, 2022
Adopted: April 5, 2022