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3101 Course Credit/Independent Study/Internship

In support of Wilkes County Board of Education policy 3115, Curriculum and Instructional Guides, and the Board of Education’s encouragement of expanded curriculum development, the following Board of Education requirements are adopted in order for students to earn units of credit at Wilkes County High Schools for courses offered outside the regular school program. In the event that multiple courses are combined to equal one unit of high school credit, the grades for those courses will be averaged by the high school personnel and a grade will be assigned consistent with the following criteria:
  • The course must be approved for credit in advance by the high school principal.
  • The course must be taught by a bona fide, certified instructor.
  • The course will receive an alpha/numeric grade.

Independent Study Courses

To earn credit for independent study, students must follow these criteria:
  • The course must be approved in advance by the high school principal.
  • A current member of the high school faculty must supervise the student in his/her independent study work.
  • The designated supervising high school faculty member must verify:
    1. the content of the subject matter to be taught
    2. a syllabus from the course instructor which includes course goals, objectives, course activities, and grade requirements
    3. the student’s alpha/numeric performance level in the course each term

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) shall be available to students in grades 9-12 for high school courses and in grades 6-8 for high school courses offered in middle school. Students shall demonstrate mastery through a multi-phase assessment, consisting of a standard examination and an artifact which requires the student to apply knowledge and skills relevant to the content standards. A committee identified by the district will determine if the student has a deep understanding of the standards for the course or subject area, as defined by the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, thereby earning credit for the course without experiencing it in the school setting. Some courses are excluded from Credit by Demonstrated Mastery. For a complete list refer to SBE policy GCS-M-001.


Students may apply for internship course during their high school careers. To earn credit for an internship, the following criteria must be met:
  • Internships may be offered on both the standard and honors level.
  • The student must apply for a Career & Technical Education internship with the Career Development Coordinator.
  • Students may be required to go through an interview process to be placed in an internship.
  • The student must complete the required number of hours appropriate for the Internship and approved by the Career Development Coordinator.
  • The student must follow all rules, regulations, and guidelines of the Internship Program.
  • All other internships must be approved by the Principal and be assigned a non-CTE course number.
Legal References:  G.S. 115C-36, -47, -81; 16 NCAC 6D .0103
Cross References:  Curriculum and Instructional Guides (policy 3115), Graduation Requirements (policy 3460)
Adopted:  January 9, 2006
Revised:  April 6, 2009, August 4, 2014, September 12, 2016