Earning Credits for Graduation

Students are classified according to the number of credits they have earned. Required classification credits are listed below.

Classification

Grade

Credits

Freshman

9th

1-4 Credits

Sophomore

10th

5-9 Credits

Junior

11th

10-14 Credits

Senior

12th

15+ Credits

Graduate

22 Credits – Foundation Plan

Graduate

26 Credits – Foundation Plan + Endorsement(s)

Graduate

26 Credits – Foundation Plan + Endorsement(s) + Distinguished Plan

Reclassifications are made at mid-year in January and at year-end in June. Determinations are made by the counselor and principal.

Retrieving Credit for Prior Instruction – Credit By Exam

A student who has failed a course may take credit by examination to regain credit. A grade of 70 or higher is required to regain credit for the course in which the exam was attempted. A student must have attempted the course for which the exam is being taken in the semester immediately prior to taking the CBE.

Earning Credit without Prior Instruction – Credit By Exam

  • Student cannot take an exam for credit in a course in which they are currently enrolled.
  • Student cannot take an exam for credit out of sequence, all prerequisites must be satisfied.
  • Student must have written approval from their parent/guardian and a recommendation letter from their teacher before they will be allowed to register for a CBE.
  • Students must score 90% or better on the CBE to be awarded credit.
  • CBE exam score will be used for ranking and GPA purposes for the course in which the exam is taken and substituted for.

Rusk High School and Rusk ISD will administer Credit By Exams 2 times per year, once in December and once in March. Region 7 will offer credit by exam testing opportunities in June and July.

Students must see their counselor for specific yearly dates.

Students wishing to take a CBE must notify their counselor by October 1 for the December test date, and April 1 for the June test date.

Rusk ISD also contracts with Region VII Educational Service Center in Kilgore for additional opportunities to test.

Credit By Exam is a fee based program. Fees are borne by the student/student’s family.

Retrieving Credit for Prior Instruction – Learning Recovery

Rusk High School provides credit recovery for students who wish to recover credits for graduation. On-campus credit recovery utilizes the E20/20 online educational program. It is a full curriculum program. This is a fee based program. All courses required in the Foundation Program are offered via the E20/20 program.

Earning Additional Credits

  • Summer School for initial credit and for regaining credit is a fee based program. Students will use the E20/20 online educational program.
  • Correspondence courses must be taken within the district’s guidelines. Rusk ISD accepts correspondence courses from The University of Texas and Texas Tech University.
  • College dual credit taken within the school day – Rusk High School offers dual credit courses to students classified as 10th, 11th, and 12th graders respectively who meet college readiness and enrollment standards.
  • College dual credit taken outside the school day – Rusk High School does accept courses taken outside the traditional school time frame for dual credit purposes. Rusk High School’s acceptance of this type of course requires prior approval from the counselor and principal.