The district will offer online course work, if we are unable to provide an in-person course. Courses within the course list may be moved to online courses due to insufficient requests or the inability for students to schedule specific courses. Online courses are determined by the district based on scheduling. The majority of online courses are taught by Marion Center staff members using the Edgenuity platform. Students taking online courses will be assigned to the Online Learning Lab in the High School IMC. The district reserves the right to eliminate courses, either in-person or online, based upon insufficient course requests or the inability to assign a teacher to a course due to scheduling. World Language courses, with the exception of Spanish, are offered online. These courses are taught by Edgenuity teachers. Students will be scheduled in the Online Learning Lab for one period a day to complete their coursework. Assigned periods will be based on availability within the learner’s schedule.
Students have four (4) options to recover credits for courses that they did not successfully complete.
- Retake the course the following year. This would be a no cost option, but sometimes makes it difficult for the learner to keep up with all of his/her course work, as it is an additional course built into their schedule. For some students, completing the course in the summer allows for a more manageable workload throughout the school year.
- Keystone Credit Completion - Keystone’s credit recovery program offers a print or an online option to recover credits. Costs of either option are the responsibility of the learner or parent/guardian and must be paid prior to the start of the course. More specific information on enrollment and deadlines will be provided with failure letters at the end of the school year.
- Print Option - Tuition for the print option is $116 for a 1 credit course. The print option is mailed directly to the student and must be mailed back by the date provided in failure letters sent out in June.
- Online Option - Tuition for the online option is $155 for a 1 credit course and $116 for a semester course. The online recovery courses are broken into Part A and Part B. Students must complete both parts to receive 1 recovery credit.
- Marion Center Cyber Academy - Summer coursework offered by Marion Center Cyber Academy MAY be scheduled, but is the financial responsibility of the learner or parent and must be paid prior to the start of the course. The cost of a summer cyber course is $275 for a semester course (.5 credit) or $550 for a full credit course. Course options will be offered based upon staff availability.
- Independent Tutor - Families can hire an independent tutor for credit recovery purposes. The payment to the tutor is the responsibility of the learner or parent/guardian. The tutor must have a Pennsylvania teaching license in the subject area of recovery and provide at minimum 60 hours of instruction/tutoring. The district requires a copy of the tutor’s teaching certificate, documentation of 60 hours of tutoring, and a list of the concepts covered during the tutoring sessions.
Grades for courses recovered through any of the options listed above will show on the student’s transcript as “P” for pass or “F” for fail.
According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Chapter 14 of PA School Code, schools are allowed to modify graduation standards for individual students through the IEP or Section 504 plan. The team has the authority to set graduation standards for students with disabilities based upon their individual needs and goals. This authority exceeds any district or building policy or procedure. The team needs to discuss accommodations and modifications in the areas of required courses and testing. Any accommodations or modifications that are decided upon by the team should be written into the student’s IEP. IEP teams can determine that a student will earn a diploma by meeting district graduation requirements, or by meeting their goals in their IEP. This option is most commonly used in the case of students who are attending high school past the end of their 12th grade year. Students who continue to receive special education past the end of 12th grade usually have functional skills that still need to be developed (IEP goals have not been met) or because the student has missed a lot of school and needs to make up credit requirements.
According to Pennsylvania School Code, students may be excused from their senior year if they have completed the district’s required graduation requirements and have been accepted into a post-secondary accredited college or university prior to the start of their 4th year of high school. Students may accumulate credits prior to their senior year by taking more than 6 credits per year and/or enrolling in accredited college courses which count for Marion Center graduation credits throughout the school year or during summer sessions. Unless granted permission by the administration, students are not permitted to take more than 9 credits per school term. All accredited college course work costs are the responsibility of the learner or parent/guardian. Summer coursework offered by Marion Center Cyber Academy may be scheduled, but is the financial responsibility of the learner or parent. The cost of a summer cyber course is $275 for a semester course (.5 credit) or $550 for a full credit course. Course options will be offered based upon staff availability.
If juniors complete their graduation requirements prior to the end of the current school term, they can participate in graduation activities with the current senior class and receive their diploma at the conclusion of their junior year. If the learner completes their requirements during the summer following their junior year, he/she may receive their diploma at the time of completion and may participate in graduation activities with their graduating class. Students graduating early and planning to participate in graduation activities are required to attend all preparation activities. Students choosing not to be enrolled for their fourth year in high school due to early graduation are not eligible to participate in athletics, based upon WPIAA regulations.
Students choosing to graduate early and want to be included in the senior class ranking as a junior, must indicate their plans to graduate early by the conclusion of their 10th grade year. If the decision is made at a later date, the student will not be considered in the graduating class rank.