New Hampshire Homeschooling Resources
(on DOE letterhead)
June 11, 1997
David M. Brown
School Administrative Unit #10
18 South Main Street
Derry, NH 03038
This is to confirm in writing information relative to earning high school credits that was shared with you during a recent meeting with Commision Twomey and myself.
Ed 306.23(e) of the New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules (Minimum Standards for Public School Approval) provides that the 19 3/4 units of credit or, at local option, a greater number of credits required for graduation from high school must be earned, with one exception, for courses or alternative experiences that took place subsequent to entering grade 9. (See Ed 306.23(f) for the distribution of the 19 3/4 units of credit.) The single exception is the 1/2 unit of credit in computer education which may be earned by successfully completing a computer education program prior to grade 9 (see Ed 306.23(g)).
Therefore, pursuant to Ed 306.40(a), the Department of Education has made an administrative determination that subject to local school board approval or, in the case of public academies, subject to approval by the appropriate governing board students may be awarded high school credits beyond the number required for graduation for courses or alternative experiences completed prior to grade 9. This limitation applies both in aggregate to the total number of credits required for graduation and to the course specific minimums established in Ed 306.23(f). For example, a credit for a course in Algebra I, completed in grade 8 can only be counted if a students earns, subsequent to entering grade 9, more than the total number of credits required for graduation and at least two units of credit in mathematics.
If you need further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Willam B. Ewert
Administrator, Policy Development
Document source: New Hampshire Department of