Online Learning Options

All high school students taking an OSPI/DLD online course will have a required weekly in-person check-in with a teacher/mentor in their building. Details are building-specific and will be communicated during the registration process.

Update May 2014: Starting with the 2014-15 school year the outside credit limit will increase to four credits for grades 9-12 with a maximum of two credits taken in one school year.

Existing district policies apply for all Online Learning opportunities (registration, drop policy, academic integrity, discipline, technology use, etc.) OSPI approved online courses are granted credit in the same manner as other course offerings int eh district. Students are also expected to comply with the OSPI DLD and Online Course Provider policies.


OSPI approved Online Course as part of the Regular School Schedule

  • Who?   Students in grades 7-12 interested in a course that is not offered at their school, does not fit in their schedule or is approved by the principal for good cause.
  • When?  Students are eligible to schedule an online course as part their regular school schedule--as one of their 6 or 8 class periods.
  • What?  Students may select from the OSPI approved course list, and the course is taught by a certificated teacher from the Online Course Provider. **Please confer with a counselor or Online Learning Coordinator regarding which courses are available.
    • Four Credit Limit:   Since the course is taught outside the Issaquah School District, it is still considered part of the four credit limit for outside credits unless the principal approves an exception for good cause.
    • Cost:   No cost to families for tuition when the course is taken as part of a student’s regular schedule, no matter if they remain on or off campus. If a course requires a textbook or materials that are not available at the school, it is the student's responsibility to acquire the item(s).
    • Grade:   Students receive the actual course grade earned (A-F) on their Issaquah School District transcript. Letter grades are granted as given by the provider and may be different than the Issaquah School District grading scale.
    • NCAA Eligibility:   Families are responsible for determining if the course is NCAA approved. Families must retain a copy of the final online course grade report to submit with the transcript to meet NCAA requirements. More information on NCAA eligibility. Not all providers are NCAA approved.
  • Where?   The district will provide a setting during the school day in which the student may connect to a course to the extent that resources are available. An online learning mentor is in contact with the student regularly to ensure he/she is connecting to the coursework and is making satisfactory progress.
    • High School:   Students must declare before class starts whether they will leave campus to do the course work or stay on campus—it cannot vary day to day. A parent permission form must be signed if the student takes the course off campus.
    • Middle School:  Students must plan to complete online course work off campus due to limited supervision resources. A parent/guardian must sign the student in if they arrive late or sign out if the student leaves early.
  • How?  Students meet with their counselor to review their online learning options and to learn if the outside credit they have in mind is acceptable. If the student plans to pursue the outside credit, the signed Request for Outside Credit form is submitted to the counselor for required signatures. The counselor will forward the form to the registration process and the student and guardian(s) will be contacted by email or phone.

OSPI approved Online Course outside of the Regular School Schedule

  • Who? Students in grades 7-12 interested in a course that is not offered at their school, does not fit in their schedule or is approved by the principal for good cause.
  • When?  Students may take an online course beyond their regularly scheduled 6 or 8 period day.
  • What?  Students may select from the OSPI approved course list, and the course is taught by a certificated teacher from the Online Course Provider. **Please confer with the counselor or Online Learning Coordinator regarding which courses are available.
    • Four Credit Limit:    Since the course is taught outside the Issaquah School District, it is still considered part of the four credit limit for outside credits unless the principal approves an exception for good cause.
    • Cost:   The family is responsible for the course fee which must be paid to the school bookkeeper before the student can be registered in the online course. You can check the actual cost by checking the information for your course in the online course catalog or contacting the Online Learning Coordinator. In general, the cost is around $300. There will be a full refund if the course is dropped before the official start date, a 75% refund if a course is dropped within the first 10 school days. No refund for courses dropped after 10 days. If a course requires a textbook or materials that are not available at the school, it is the student's responsibility to acquire the item(s).
    • Grade:    Students receive the actual course grade earned (A-F) on their Issaquah School District transcript. Letter grades are granted as given by the provider and may be different than Issaquah School District's grading scale.
    • Grade Improvement:    For core subject courses, up to 4 semesters may be taken for grade improvement purposes (see Student Handbook).
    • NCAA Eligibility:    Families are responsible for determining if the course is NCAA approved. Families must retain a copy of the final online course grade report to submit with the transcript to meet NCAA requirements. More information on NCAA eligibility. Not all courses are NCAA eligible.
  • Where?  Off campus, outside the regular school day. An online learning mentor is in contact with the student regularly to ensure he/she is connecting to the coursework and is making satisfactory progress.
  • How?  Students meet with their counselor to review their online learning options and to learn if the outside credit they have in mind is acceptable. If the student plans to pursue the outside credit, the signed Request for Outside Credit form is submitted to the counselor for required signatures.

Online Learning information for Middle School Student

*When an online course is taken in addition to a full schedule, outside of the school day, the family is responsible for the tuition cost – approximately $300 per semester course.

Community or Technical College Online Courses

If these online courses are taken during the summer, students must follow the procedures for the college’s summer enrichment program. These courses count as part of the two credit limit, and the student must submit a Request for Outside Credit form to their counselor before taking the course. (Visit the Bellevue College Summer Enrichment site for more information about their program.)

If students take Community or Technical College online courses during the school year, they are accessed through Running Start and are not considered outside credit.

Online Course through Outside Provider not approved by OSPI

Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, only online courses approved by OSPI or Community and Technical Colleges will be eligible for credit from the district unless an exception is approved by the principal and district for good cause.

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