Two online course providers that meet the academic rigor expected by Shorecrest students, parents, and faculty are utilized by the Upper School. The first provider is a consortium of independent schools called The Hybrid Learning Consortium
(HLC). We selected HLC because we believe in their mission. HLC brings together independent school teachers and independent school students to create a truly global classroom.
Our second partnership is with Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Online
(CTYOnline). Johns Hopkins University needs no introduction to our school community, but their Center for Talented Youth Online is relatively new when compared to the university itself.
Only sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be eligible to apply to take online courses. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Chris Powers, Director of Online Learning, at firstname.lastname@example.org
STATEMENT ON ONLINE COURSEWORK AT SHORECREST 2016-2017
We believe very strongly that being a student at Shorecrest means being an active direct participant in the life of our school community — its classrooms, online learning communities, extracurricular, and service programs. The following guidelines apply to Shorecrest students taking courses online:
- The Director of Online Learning and the Upper School Administration must approve all online coursework in advance.
- Shorecrest students who wish to take online classes must illustrate an academic history of independence, good communication, and time-management skills.
- Students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA to enroll in an online class. Students with a GPA below 3.0 may petition to take an online class with the support of a current teacher in the subject area and their advisor.
- Only courses not currently offered in the Upper School curriculum may be considered for approval, unless approved by the Upper School Administration for students pursuing a talent or interest that requires time flexibility or travel, medical situations, family emergencies, etc.
- Shorecrest is a member of the Hybrid Learning Consortium (HLC). HLC courses will appear on Shorecrest transcripts. HLC courses are selected through the Upper School course selection process every spring.
- Shorecrest is a partner school of Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth (JHUCTY). Shorecrest students may take courses not offered at Shorecrest if they qualify and are accepted by JHUCTY.
- Other than HLC and JHUCTY, online course providers must be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency such as SACS or SAIS and have the approval of the Director of Online Learning.
- Students entering the Upper School (9th grade or transfer student) should spend their first full year on campus in traditional classes in order to learn and understand the culture, expectations and standards at Shorecrest.
- Shorecrest retains the right to require that online course assessments be administered and proctored on campus.
- The grade earned for an online course (excluding HLC courses and online courses offered by Shorecrest teachers) will not be included in the Shorecrest GPA. Other transcripts for online work will be attached to Shorecrest transcript.
- No more than five credits of online coursework may be earned toward graduation.
- No more than four credits may be earned in online summer course work for failed coursework at Shorecrest.