Virtual High Schools: Has the State Set a Cap on the Number of Courses a Studentent May Take?
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Virtual High Schools: Has the State Set a Cap on the Number of Courses a Studentent May Take?

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)?
Alabama No
Arizona No
Arkansas No
California No
Colorado No
Florida No
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.
Maryland No
Michigan No
Mississippi No
Missouri Six credits per year
New Mexico No
North Carolina No information available
North Dakota No
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.
Utah No
Virginia No
West Virginia No
Wisconsin No

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