Dear Eligibility Coach:
I am confused on what counts as a core course. Please explain.
To be considered a core course the following standards must be met:
- Must be an academic course that receives high school graduation credit in a combination of theses areas: English, mathematics, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy;
- Four-year college preparatory course;
- At or above the high school’s regular academic level; and
- Taught by a qualified instructor.
It is important to understand what is not a core course:
- Course in non-core areas or vocations courses, e.g., Driver’s education, keyboarding, editing;
- Course that prepares students for the world of work, or for a two-year or technical school, e.g., personal finance, consumer education;
- Course that is taught below grade lever, at a slower pace, with less rigor or depth;
- Course that is not academic in nature,e.g., film study, video editing, management;
- Computer science technology courses, software applications, spreadsheets, web site construction, computer repair, or other tech prep computer courses;
- Miscellaneous non-academic courses such a physical education, leadership, community service, weight lifting, study skills, marching band, software applications; and
- Fine arts courses such as art, music, dance, acting/theatre.