What happens if my student doesn’t finish their core course by the end of the trimester or school year?

Students will have the option to take a two week study hall intensive at the end of each trimester. This study hall intensive gives students two additional weeks to focus on their coursework and complete any necessary make-up work. This intensive does not earn them an additional .5 credit. If at the end of the school year students have still not completed their coursework, they will have the option to enroll in summer school. Only core classes are offered during summer school (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies). Summer school is $75 per course with fee waivers available for those who qualify.

What happens if my student doesn’t finish their elective course by the end of the trimester or school year?

Elective courses must be finished by the end of the school year that the class was taken in. If classes are not completed, no credit will be awarded. Elective classes are not offered during summer school. Any plans to submit late work after the trimester needs to be arranged with the teacher of record for the course.

My student is behind in credits needed for graduation, what can they do?

Students not only have the chance to earn any necessary make-up credits through AISU either during the school year or through summer school, but EHS and BYU Independent Study are additional resources that can be used to help students that are deficient in credits and need to work on earning credits needed for graduation. You can also contact your geographically assigned high school to find out about any packet programs their school might offer.

What if my student wants to get ahead?

Once a student completes a course at AISU, students have the option to enroll in the next level of the course. EHS and BYU Independent Study are additional resources that can be used to help students get ahead. Be sure to not bite off more than you can chew!

Should my student graduate early?

This is a personal decision. However, it is recommended that if students can complete the majority (or all) of their graduation requirements that they stay enrolled in high school so that they can enroll in SLCC’s Concurrent Enrollment program at the high school student price. It’s the cheapest college tuition you can get!

How long can students add or drop classes?

Students will be able to add/drop classes without permanent academic consequence during the first week of each trimester. Beginning the second week of a trimester, if students still wish to drop classes, it will be marked as a “Withdraw/No Grade” (this will show up on the student’s transcript but will not affect their GPA). Beginning the third week of each trimester, students will no longer be able to drop classes. If a class is dropped, it will appear as a “Withdraw/Failing” on their student transcript. For an intensive, students have one day to add or drop an intensive. No class change requests are guaranteed. Class changes depend on what classes are available and if there is room in the class.

Who do I contact if I’m having trouble logging into Aspire/Buzz/FuelEd/Dashboard/etc.?

Questions about Aspire should go to our registrar, Elyse Bennett (elyse.bennett@aisutah.org)

Questions about our online platforms should go to April Todd (april.todd@aisutah.org)

What classes does my student have to take for graduation?

Students need four years of English to graduate. English 9 and 10 are required. In 11th grade, students have the option to begin taking AP English level courses or concurrent enrollment courses. If a student takes three years of a foreign language (it must be the same foreign language), then the third year language course can substitute a fourth year of English. Certain intensives can also be used to substitute a fourth year of English. Pre-approval forms must be filled out for any substitution credits. However, most colleges require four years of English as admission requirements. Make a list of colleges or universities that your student is interested in attending and verify their admission requirements before making any credit substitution decisions.

Students need three years of math to graduate. Secondary Math I and Secondary Math II are required. In lieu of Secondary Math III, students have the option to begin taking AP level courses or concurrent enrollment courses. Certain intensives can also be used to substitute for Secondary Math III. Pre-approval forms must be filled out for any substitution credits. However, many colleges are requiring four years of math as admission requirements. Make a list of colleges or universities that your student is interested in attending and verify their admission requirements before making any credit substitution decisions.

Students need three years of science to graduate. Two years of science must be selected from: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. For a student’s third year of science, students have the option to begin taking AP level courses or concurrent enrollment courses. Certain intensives can also be used to substitute for the third year of science. Pre-approval forms must be filled out for any substitution credits. However, many colleges are requiring three years of lab based science as admission requirements. Make a list of colleges or universities that your student is interested in attending and verify their admission requirements before making any credit substitution decisions.

Students admitted in 2015 and later need 3.5 of social science credits to graduate. Graduation requirements are as follows: 1.0 Human Geography, .1.0 World History, 1.0 of US History, and .5 of US Government. For students admitted to AISU in the 2014-2015 school year, graduation requirements are as follows: .5 Human Geography, .5 World History, 1.0 of US History, and .5 of US Government.

Students need two years of a foreign language to graduate. Foreign languages should be progressive. Exemptions to this requirement can be submitted to our principal. However, many colleges are requiring two years of a progressive language as admission requirements. Make a list of colleges or universities that your student is interested in attending and verify their admission requirements before making any exemption requests.

Students need 3.5 credits of directed coursework to graduate. This includes .5 of Financial Literacy, .5 of Computer Technology, 1.5 of Fine Arts, and 1.0 of CTE.

Students need 2.0 of health/physical education to graduate. This includes .5 of Health, .5 of PE Lifetime Sports, .5 of PE Participation, and .5 of Fitness for Life. If your child participates on a team sport through a club team or another school, this can be used to substitute the .5 PE Participation credit only. Pre-approval is required from our director of physical education.

For more information about recommended courses to take during high school, please read the Step Up College Guide and review the grade by grade checklist.

What credits can I use the intensives for?

Intensive credits will be listed in the course description sent out to students before intensive registration opens on Aspire (usually two weeks prior to the start of an intensive). During each intensive period, there will be opportunities to take an intensive that earns them necessary credits towards graduation (English electives, Math electives, Science electives, Fine Arts, CTE, Health and PE, etc). For example, if students take a math intensive and would like to substitute part of their required third year math course (the only year of math that can be substituted), then they need to submit a pre-approval substitution form signed by the teacher of record for their intensive as well as the Secondary Math III teacher of record. As another example, if students take an English intensive and would like to substitute part of their required fourth year English course (the only year of English that can be substituted), then they need to submit a pre-approval substitution form signed by the teacher of record for their intensive as well as the English 12 teacher of record. All forms are submitted to the high school counselor after all of the needed signatures have been obtained.

Students also have the opportunity to design their own intensive based on their personal interests and career goals. If a student wishes to design their own intensive, and intensive proposal must be submitted to Mr. Justis (nathan.justis@aisutah.org) two weeks prior to the start of the intensive.

 If my student substitutes credits from intensives, are they still eligible for the Regents’ Scholarship?

NO! Students who are interested in the Regent’s Scholarship should very carefully review the Regents’ Scholarship requirements when making their course selections. Because of how specific the Regents’ Scholarship about courses taken, it is strongly encouraged that parents and students meet directly with a Regents’ Scholarship representative in their tenth grade year to plan the courses they need to take though their senior year to be eligible for this renewable scholarship.

Where can I check my student’s course progress?

Student progress can be monitored through the AISU Dashboard for any classes that have an online learning platform. For classes that have a mix of online and offline content, the AISU Dashboard and Aspire should be monitored regularly to verify that students are on pace to successfully complete their course. Your student’s success coach is another resource to ask for help if you need help understanding the AISU Dashboard and/or Aspire. The best resource is the student’s teacher. If you have questions about an assignment or how your child is doing in a class, please contact the teacher directly. Teacher’s emails are always as follows: firstname.lastname@aisutah.org. Teachers can also be contacted directly through the AISU Dashboard, or through Aspire.

Is my child on track for graduation?

Through Aspire, you can click on “College and Career Plan.” Here you can see which graduation requirements have been fulfilled and which graduation requirements have not been met.

How do I know if my student has received credit for a class they have completed?

Through Aspire, you can click on “College and Career Plan.” For example, if your student has recently finished an English class, then you can click the English requirement on the right hand side of the page. All of the credits that count towards this English graduation requirement will then be highlighted. If the course that your student has completed does not appear as a highlighted course, then that means a grade has not been finalized. Please contact the teacher of record for the course if you feel there is an error.

What is concurrent enrollment and how do I enroll?

For any concurrent enrollment classes that are not offered through AISU, all registration must go directly through SLCC. Juniors and seniors are the only students eligible to take concurrent enrollment credits. Please visit their website directly for specifics pertaining to earning an Associate’s Degree while in high school and any other prerequisites the college may require. After selecting classes students would like to take as concurrent enrollment, they should review these courses with their high school counselor to determine which classes can be used to fulfill specific high school graduation requirements.

How do concurrent enrollment credits transfer?

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all outside credits they received through any outside agency are sent to AISU. Until an official transcript is received, credits will not transfer. A 3 credit hour class at SLCC translates to .5 high school credits.

Do my CTE credits from middle school count for high school?

No. Middle school classes DO NOT count towards high school graduation requirements.

Are students allowed to go off campus for lunch?

We have a closed campus. Students are only allowed off campus for lunch if they have a special permission form signed by a parent or legal guardian. Students can lose this privilege if they repeatedly return back from lunch late, are having behavioral issues at school, or are not performing academically. Students must check out before leaving campus.