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 5 courses per semester, including both high school and 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 elective 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 school, students who withdraw from a college course will receive an “F” for that course on their high school transcript. The failing grade will be removed when the student retakes the course.

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 has 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 three times 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 AB Tech instructor

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

  • Limited college course enrollment may be considered, including no Summer courses

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 AB Tech instructor

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

  • Restricted college course enrollment, including no Summer courses.  

  • High school completion plan may be recommended

Per BCEC 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.

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 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.

Online and Minimester Class Policy

AB-Tech offers a number of online and mini-mester courses that are available to Buncombe County Early College students.  However, these formats requires a different degree of time management and academic skill because of the independent nature or fast pace of the coursework.  Therefore, in order to better ensure student success, we have established several guidelines to determine who is eligible to take online or mini-mester courses.

  1. A-B Tech online or minimester courses are available to students beginning in Spring Semester of Year 3.

  2. Students must have a minimum 3.0 college GPA and a minimum 3.0 unweighted high school GPA in order to enroll in an AB-Tech online or minimester course.

  3. Students on Academic Probation or Suspension are not eligible to take online or  mini-mester courses.

  4. If a student fails or withdraws from on online or minimester courses, they must repeat the course the following semester in a face-to-face format.

  5. Year 2 students who are on the 4-year plan may be eligible to enroll in one online Summer course if they have the required GPA and with approval from the principal.  

In some cases, students may choose to take an online or minimester course that we do not recommend.  Our recommendations for courses are based on students’ past academic performance and/or whether or not the particular course is required for a student’s degree pathway.  If we don’t recommend that a student take a particular online or minimester course, but the student and his or her family feel strongly that the student should take the course anyway, the student and family are responsible for the cost of any course textbooks or materials.


Summer Courses

Students in good academic standing may enroll in Summer courses at A-B Tech.  Currently, tuition for these courses is covered through BCEC. Students are still responsible for textbook rental costs.  All course policies, including withdrawals and failures, apply to courses taken in the Summer.

Textbooks

Textbooks and materials, including calculators, for high school classes are provided for student use.  If any items are lost, stolen, or damaged, students are responsible for any fees or replacement costs.


Buncombe County Early College is currently able to greatly subsidize the cost of college textbooks for our students.  Students are only required to pay a $10 per book rental fee. At the beginning of each semester, students will be issued the textbooks for their courses when they have paid the rental fees and have submitted the required forms.  


The following is the approximate textbook rental fee structure for our students:


Year One = $10.00/yr for CIS 110 textbook

Year Two = $20.00/yr for MUS 110 and HEA 110 textbook

Year Three, Four, and Five = Varies on college course load


In order to expedite the college textbook rental process, Year Three, Four, and Five students should first complete the BCEC College Textbook Rental Request form, which is accessible via email and from our school website.

Students must return all textbooks and materials at the end of each semester.  If a student loses a book or does not return materials, they cannot be issued textbooks for their courses the following semester until they have paid the associated fines.  


In some cases, students may choose to take a course or courses that we do not recommend.  Our recommendations for courses are based on students’ past academic performance in that subject and/or whether or not the particular course is required for a student’s degree pathway.  If we don’t recommend that a student take a particular college class, but the student and their family feel strongly that the student should take the course anyway, the student and family must pay for the textbook themselves.  


Students who fail or withdraw from a course will be re-enrolled in that course the following semester.  Also, if a new textbook is required for the course they are repeating, students will be responsible for those costs.  As always, we will consider special circumstances as the need arises.


A-B Tech Fees and Fines

Most A-B Tech fees and labs for specific courses are paid by BCEC.  However, if students are taking a course that we do not recommend or if they are retaking a course that they have failed or withdrawn from, students will be responsible for these fees.  

Students are responsible for any fines the incur from the A-B Tech Library, including overdue fines and usage fees.  Student are also responsible for any parking fines they receive from A-B Tech Police.