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How to Earn Credit

Productive periods vs Unproductive periods

What is a Productive Period?

A productive class period is essential to succeed at Cal Hills. A productive period suggests a student is participating in class, completing the classwork assigned, and showing good behavior towards teachers, staff and other students.

What is an Unproductive Period?

Unproductive periods are detrimental to a student's success at Cal Hills. What constitutes an unproductive period is if a student refuses to do classwork or participate in class activities or displays disrespectful behavior towards teachers, staff and other students.

Other Ways to Earn Credit

 Credit Contracts (Contracts are either Productive work hour based or Competency based) – students contract with teachers to complete work and projects over and above classroom assignments. Ask teachers at Cal Hills, including those that are not your current teacher.

 Work Experience – (15 hours = 1 credit) Students obtain a work permit from the attendance secretary and applies for credits through our Work Experience Teacher. Bring in your pay stub to Ms. Quiroz.

 School Athletic Teams (up to 3.0 credits)

 Career and College Day Assignment (1.0 credit) student arranges with advisor

 Senior Accelerated Program (SAP-formerly known as SEM) - student arranges with their advisor – 50 additional credits in English, Mathematics, Science and Social science.

 SWAG (Seniors with Achievable Goals) - a semester long course that offers students an additional 2.5 credits for the second quarter.

 Student Programs, e.g. Student Council, Various Clubs, etc. (up to 1.0 credit) - student arranges with advisor

 Adult Education – Up to 20 credits can be earned in adult education for courses that students have previously failed. Students sign up for adult education classes through their advisor. Courses include; English, mathematics, algebra, geometry, history, science, economics, American Government, art, drawing, etc. 1:45 – 3:45 p.m. – Monday-Thursday (Cal Hills students only) 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Monday-Thursday 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Tuesday & Thursday

SVCTE (Silicon Valley Career Technical Education-Formerly known as CCOC)– vocational training program.

 Community College Courses – students arrange with counselor in Counselor’s office. Local community colleges include Mission College, De Anza, and San Jose City. Students at Cal Hills are eligible for reduced admission “Current enrollment.” Earn up to 10 credits at Cal Hills per college course.

 CROP class allows students to earn up to 10 credits per quarter.

 Summer School- Students can make up 10 credits of previously failed classed as part of MUSD's summer school program.

Fly Program- Students earn 5 credits for attending a class on Wednesdays on the criminal justice system and student rights.

 

Productive Day Breakdown

8-15 productive days = .5 credits

16-21 productive days = 1 credits

22-29 productive days = 1.5 credits

30-36 productive days = 2 credits

37-44 productive days = 2.5 credits

45-51 productive days = 3 credits

 

Tips for being a Productive student

  • Coming to school everyday on time
  • Participate in classroom and school activities
  • Being supportive and courteous to fellow students, teachers and staff
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