Q. What is the goal of the 8 in 6 program?
A. To assist students in completing high school graduation requirements at an accelerated rate. Once graduation requirements are satisfied, students can stay in high school and take college credits paid for by the state (under Dual Credit for Early Completers) and graduate with their peers.
Q. Can a student start the 8 in 6 program at any time between grades 7-12?
A. Yes. Students in grades 7 through 12 may enroll throughout the 2013-2014 school year. The enrollment form can be found Here.
For the 2014-2015 school year students in grades 7 through 12 must enroll by July 1, 2014. Participation in this program is limited to no more than ten percent (10%) of students in each grade level (7-12) by district. Students may enroll in 8 in 6 courses once students begin the fall semester of their 7th grade year.
Q. Student completed online course prior to July 1, 2013, would this course qualify in the 8 in 6 program?
A. Course completion date must be on or after July 1, 2013 to qualify for reimbursement in the 8 in 6 program.
Q. If a student participates in the 8 in 6 program; does that eliminate them from participating in the Early Completers program?
A. No, the 8 in 6 Program dovetails with the Dual Credit for Early Completers Program. Once students satisfy Idaho high school graduation requirements (except the senior project and any other course that the state board of education requires to be completed during the final year of high school), participation in the Dual Credit for Early Completers Program is encouraged.
Q. Is there a road map of required classes a student should be taking if they are going to participate in the 8 in 6 program?
A. As each student’s course map and academic aspirations are different, there is not a typical road map of courses predetermined for a student; each student should work with their parents and school counselor to determine their best course for future coursework.
Q. If a high school course is taken by a junior high student does the high school need to accept the credit?
A. If a student completes a required high school course offered by an accredited provider with a grade of C or higher before entering grade nine (9), then the student has met the high school content and credit area requirement for such course.
Q. Will the state reimburse for any online course?
A. Provided the student is enrolled in the 8 in 6 program, the SDE will reimburse eligible course costs that meet the following criteria: 1.) non-sectarian in nature, 2.) a majority of instruction is delivered electronically, 3.) offered by an Idaho public education provider or, 4.) is accredited by Northwest Accreditation Commission / AdvancED.
To verify the accreditation requirement search for the provider at the following website: http://www.advanc-ed.org/oasis2/u/par/search Eligible providers will be identified in the institution search (if not present, they are not eligible). IDLA courses are eligible for 8 in 6 reimbursements.
Q. Will the SDE reimburse students directly or the district?
A. Typically, school districts or public charter schools pay for the courses; the SDE then reimburses these costs to the school districts or public charters. School districts and public charters have the discretion to require students / parents / guardians to pay the initial course costs and submit for reimbursement.
Q. If someone other than the district pays for the course, who is responsible to reimburse the payee?
A. The SDE will only reimburse school districts and public charters for 8 in 6 course costs; if someone other than the district pays it will be the responsibility of the district to reimburse the payee.
Q. How do districts and public charters identify student in the 8 in 6 program?
A. Students in 8 in 6 are identified in the “student demographic” file in ISEE. 8 in 6 course details are reflected in the “course enrollment” file in ISEE.
Q. Are dual credit or AP courses eligible for reimbursement under 8 in 6?
A. Dual Credit, advanced placement and concurrent enrollment courses are not eligible under this program. The 8 in 6 program assists students in completing high school graduation requirements at an accelerated rate.