College Course Policies

 

COLLEGE COURSE POLICIES

Course Loads


In order to meet minimum enrollment requirements, all students must enroll in at least three high school or (3-hour) college courses each semester.  Most Year Three, Four, and Five students will enroll in 4 or 5 courses per semester, including both high school and college courses (one-hour lab courses may be added beyond the 5 courses.)  Our student support team is willing to consider extenuating circumstances that would warrant fewer or additional courses each semester.  

Course Grades

Students must earn a C or higher in order to earn college credit for a course.  A grade of D in a college course will earn high school credit only.  Please also refer to A-B Tech’s Grading System.  

Course Withdrawals

Students will not be allowed to drop any college courses until they have met with the school counselor and have completed our course withdrawal form, including required signatures.  Unless the withdrawal occurs within the first 10 days of the course, students who withdraw from a college course will receive an “F” for that course on their high school transcript.  Students will also receive an F on the high school transcript if they do not attend a course and are considered a “No Show.”  The failing grade will be removed when the student retakes and passes the course. Students are responsible for any textbook fees associated with dropping a course as a no-show or withdrawing.

If withdrawing from a course will leave a student with fewer than three courses, he or she will be assigned to a mandatory College Support block each day for the remainder of the semester.

Consequences for Course Failures and Withdrawals

BCEC and BCMC have high standards for our students and for their success.  We provide many types of support, and we also expect students to take responsibility for their own learning and for their personal pathways.  Therefore, college course failures and withdrawals should be rare.  Course failures and/or withdrawals not only cost us additional dollars for tuition and textbooks, but they also jeopardize a student’s path to successfully complete their degree.

In order to support students to make productive choices and to promote their best efforts, we have developed the following policy and practices:

Initial D, F or Withdrawal:  Academic Supervision

  • Mandatory contact with parent/guardian to share academic status

  • Mandatory College Support or After-School assigned one time per week


Second D, F or Withdrawal:  Academic Probation

  • Mandatory student-led meeting with parent/guardian to discuss barriers and solutions

  • Mandatory weekly check-in with each A-B Tech instructor

  • Mandatory College Support or After-School assigned two times per week

  • Limited college course enrollment

 

Third D, F or Withdrawal:  Academic Suspension

  • Third mandatory student-led meeting with parent/guardian to discuss barriers and solutions

  • Mandatory weekly check-in with each A-B Tech instructor

  • Mandatory College Support or After-School assigned three times per week

  • Restricted college course enrollment

  • High school completion plan may be recommended

Per BCEC/BCMC policy, students who fail one or more college courses will be re-enrolled in the course(s) the following semester and will be responsible for any additional textbook costs associated with repeating the course.  Academic consequences will be lifted after the student has a successful semester, with no Ds, Fs, or Withdrawals.  

Students who are on Academic Suspension for two consecutive semesters will be placed on a high school diploma completion plan and/or the recommendation may be made to return to their base school. 

As always, we reserve the right to consider extenuating circumstances that may have a bearing on any student’s academic performance and therefore propose alternatives to the steps outlined above.

In addition to these BCEC/BCMC guidelines, students are also held to  A-B Tech Standards for Academic Progress:

  • Students who earn less than a 2.0 in college courses in a semester will be placed on academic warning.  

  • Students earning less than a 2.0 in the subsequent semester will be placed on academic probation.  

  • Students with a third consecutive semester of a GPA less than 2.0 will be suspended from enrollment in A-B Tech classes for the next semester.