Credit Recovery: The Importance of Dropout-Prevention
Today’s school system doesn’t give a lot of leniency for students who don’t grasp a concept the first time that it is introduced. As the rest of the students move on, a student who doesn’t yet understand the material is left further and further behind. For students who have fallen behind in or failed a class, credit recovery provides an opportunity to have a second chance.
Credit recovery is a strategy that allows students to redo coursework or retake a course through an alternative means. This strategy allows students to avoid failing the course and still earn academic credit.
How Does Credit Recovery Work?
When a student fails a course that they need to graduate, they must either retake the class or find a way to make up it up. Credit recovery programs provide an alternative way to regain credit for courses that were previously failed. In essence, credit recovery is a fancy term for retaking a course. These courses are considered equivalent to the previously failed courses.
At some schools, credit recovery must be completed through that school. These courses are often only offered in the summer. However, other schools might allow outside credit recovery courses to transfer to the students’ transcripts.
No matter how they go about it, students who participate in credit recovery courses are less likely to drop out of school.
How Does Credit Recovery Prevent Students from Dropping Out?
For students who fail classes that they need to graduate, dropping out when they become old enough can seem like an enticing option. Unfortunately, students who drop out of high school are more likely to become unemployed than those who finish high school. And when you consider that 2.1 million, or 5.4 percent of, students were considered dropouts in 2017, it becomes clear that there needs to be a system in place to help these students get back on the path to graduation.
Credit recovery courses allow students to make up the previously failed course credit, often with additional support. This helps students who may otherwise give up on their academic success the option to give it one more try.
For students who have failed more than one course, it can seem like a challenge to make up these credits, but if your school allows online credit recovery, you have the ability to complete the coursework in the time that you need.
Credit Recovery at Acellus Academy
Acellus Academy courses can be taken for credit recovery by any student who didn’t pass the course the first time—this goes for Acellus students and students in public and private schools. Our credit recovery courses are self-paced, which allows students to complete the coursework in the evening, on the weekends, or during summer.
The self-paced nature of our classes helps to prevent students from falling behind. Students have the flexibility to take an Acellus Academy course while also pursuing a full course load from their home high school. We also use a special technology that allows us to detect when students are struggling with a concept and provide extra instruction and help videos before moving on to the next topic.
After a student completes one of our courses, the parent may request that the course transcript be sent to the student’s school of record. The transcript provides documentation to the receiving school of the credit earned and the grade.
Credit recovery courses through Acellus Academy are fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
If you are looking for a way to recover credits and stay on track for graduation, check out our credit recovery program.