These policies relate to states' decisions to set a cap on the number of credits a student may take in a given semester (or year or high school career). Some states, it should be noted, do not set a cap on credits.
Why does it matter?
|Has the state set a cap on the # of courses a student may take (either per semester or during high school career)?|
|Georgia||One semester course during regular school year. Limits on enrollment are based on program resources for classes taken outside the regular school day.|
|Hawaii||Students are limited to two classes per semester.|
|Idaho||Local school district determines.|
|Illinois||No; however, it is not unusual for the local school districts to establish policy in this area.|
|Iowa||Local school district determines.|
|Kentucky||Local school district determines.|
|Louisiana||Yes, since no course fees are charged, Louisiana Virtual High School used a three-phase registration system that initially caps course registrations from any single school.|
|Missouri||Six credits per year|
|North Carolina||No information available|
|Oregon||Local school district determines.|
|South Carolina||Yes, a student may take a maximum of three credits per school year, and a maximum of twelve credits throughout his/her high school career. However, a student may appeal to the school district and obtain a waiver to exceed the course limits.|
|South Dakota||Local school district determines.|
|Texas||No; however, students who reside in Texas but who are not enrolled in a school district or open-enrollment charter school as a full-time student may not enroll in more than two electronic courses through the virtual school network.|
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