Guidelines for the Utilization of Option II 2018-19 - Delran School District

N.J.A.C. 6A: 8-5.1(a) 2

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) recognizes and acknowledges that all students will not achieve all the required NJDOE approved learning standards in the same manner and/or with the same level of success.  To this end, the Delran Township Public School District is permitted to allow students with individualized learning opportunities, outside of the traditional classroom, that are stimulating and challenging and that enable students to meet or exceed the NJDOE approved standards.  This is commonly referred to as, “Option II.”  Participation in Option II is predicated on the application process through which students seek approval.

Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A: 8-5.1 adopted in June 2009, district boards of education shall establish a process to approve individualized student learning opportunities that meet or exceed the Student Learning Standards.  This regulation requires a set of policies and procedures that permit a student or group of students to meet or exceed the standards in any subject area through alternative activities.  Documentation of the student’s achievement of the curricular objectives is required.

Courses may be taken for credit through Option II only under one of the following five scenarios:

  1. The student failed the course and must remediate.   Students who fail a course, or lose credit for any reason, can choose to remediate, or “make-up” the course during the summer instead of taking it during the following school year.  Please see credit recovery guidance for required hours.

  1. The course/experience is not offered at Delran Township Public Schools.  Students may choose to take courses related to an area of interest, elective courses, and/or courses that are not offered at Delran High School, for example Marine Biology, AP Psychology, etc.  An application must be completed prior to enrollment in the course.  No credit will be given without prior approval.  With the exception of Personal Financial Literacy, all academic courses that will count toward graduation, including Health and Drivers Education, must be taken at Delran High School.  Option II is not intended to replace offered courses rather it is to enhance the existing curriculum.

  1. Further their study.  Students may choose to take courses to move ahead in a subject either online or an accredited summer program.  

  1. The student may opt to enroll in college level courses.

  1. Independent Study.  Independent study program is intended for an individual who seeks intense study in an academic area not currently offered by the Delran High School curriculum.  Independent studies may not replace a course listed in the DHS Program of Studies.

Graduation Requirements of the

Delran Township Public School District

To graduate from Delran High School, it is necessary to complete 130 credits (these may be a combination of full-year or semester courses.)  These requirements include the successful completion of the following:

  1. Four full-year English courses
  2. Three full-year Mathematics courses (or the equivalent)
  3. Three full-year Science courses (or the equivalent)
  4. One full-year course each in World History, US History I and US History II
  5. One full-year course in World Languages
  6. One year of Health and Physical Education (including Driver Education) for each year in attendance
  7. One half-year course in personal financial literacy (covered by Freshman Seminar)
  8. One year of Visual or Performing Arts (or the equivalent)
  9. One year of 21st Century Life and Careers or Career-Technical Education (Business, Technology or Culinary Arts)
  10. 15 hours of community service to be completed during US History II

Note:        In addition to the above requirements, each student must meet the required standardized testing requirement as outlined by the NJDOE

Each student shall pursue a minimum of 7 academic courses per year with the exception of Cooperative Business Education (CBE) students who must be enrolled in five (5) academic classes or Senior Option students who must be enrolled in six (6) academic courses.  


Delran Township School District

Instructions for the Application for Option II Credit

N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1(a) 2

  1. Eligibility
  1. Option II Credit is available to students in grades 9-12
  2. Receipt of completed Option II Credit Application by the Assistant Principal
  3. Acknowledgement of student, parent, and advisor/mentor (if applicable) responsibilities expectations and means through which the credits will be reported in the student’s permanent record
  4. Student may only use Option II Credit for one (1) course per academic area of study over the course of four years without Principal approval.
  5. Independent Study is limited to students who have completed Grade 10. BOE Policy 2320
  1. Complete Application
  1. Obtain an application from assigned school counselor or download forms online at www.dhs.delranschools.org
  2. Complete Sections 1, 2, and 3 of the Application for Option II Credit form.  Submit application to the appropriate Department Supervisor for completion of Section 4.  Independent Study requires the completion of additional application forms.
  3. Secure an advisor/mentor, if applicable.
  4. Obtain all signatures required in Section 5 of the Application for Option II Credit.
  5. Optional – include additional information that will assist the Assistant Principal in evaluating the request.
  6. Submit completed application to the Assistant Principal.
  1. Application Review/Approval
  1. The Assistant Principal will review completed applications and a determination will be made.
  2. Notification of the Assistant Principal’s decision to approve or disapprove will be sent to the student and parent.
  1. Certification of Option II Credit
  1. If approved, the student shall participate in the Option II Credit experience and submit necessary documents to verify completion.  These documents shall include any or all of the following and deemed necessary by the Assistant Principal: official transcript; evaluation report; attendance report; completed project; and any other elements agreed to in the Option II application agreement.
  2. Following the final review of the Option II Credit experience by the Assistant Principal, notice will be sent to the student, parent, and school counselor regarding the decision to award credit.  The student’s transcript will be amended as necessary.
  3. Appeals – students and parents have the right to appeal the decision of the Assistant Principal to the Principal.  Such appeals must be submitted within 3 days of the decision.  The appeal should address the specific reason(s) cited by the Assistant Principal in reaching his/her decision.  Appeals can be made regarding eligibility and/or regarding the awarding of credit.

Delran Township Public School District

Application for Option II Credit

N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1(a) 2

Section 1

Student Name: ______________________                Current Grade: ___________________

School Counselor: ___________________                Date of Application: _______________

Section 2

Name of Course/Program: ____________________________________________________

Section 3:

Reason for Request (Please check one box):

Rationale for Request (attach additional sheets as necessary)

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Start Date: ___________________                        Credits Requested: __________________

**End Date: __________________                        

**Documents verifying completion of Option II experience must be submitted within two(2) weeks of the end date.

Section 4:

I have reviewed the request for Option II credit and have determined the following:

Comments: ____________________________________________________________________

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Academic Supervisor Signature: ___________________________                Date: ________________


Section 5:

Signatures below acknowledge that you have read and understand the responsibilities and requirements for participation in Option II Credit Attainment:

Student Signature: ________________________________                        Date: ________________

Parent/Guardian Signature: _________________________                        Date: ________________

Advisor/Mentor Signature: _________________________                        Date: ________________

School Counselor Signature: ________________________                        Date: ________________


Section 6:

Approved in the following category:

Comments: ____________________________________________________________________

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Assistant Principal Signature: ______________________                        Date: __________

Principal Signature: ______________________________                        Date: __________

Superintendent Signature: _________________________                        Date: __________


Delran Township School District

Option II Credit – Independent Study

          N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1(a) 2

Student Name: ______________________________                Current Grade: ________________

School Counselor: ___________________________                Date of Application: ____________

Title of Independent Study: _____________________________________________________________

Start Date: _______________________                        End Date: ___________________________

Credits Requested: _______

Proposal (explain in detail, attach additional sheets as necessary) – the following should be addressed in the proposal:

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Option II Credit – Independent Study

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Expected Outcome (explain in detail, attach additional sheets as necessary) – the following should be addressed in the outcome:

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Will this Independent Study occur during regular school hours?  ____ Yes        ____ No

If yes, indicate how often (Daily, weekly, etc.) you will meet with your advisor, where (classroom) and during which period?

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** Independent Studies approved during regular school hours require that the student report to a specified classroom – this will be indicated on his/her DHS Schedule.

Student Signature: ________________________________________                Date: _____________

Parent/Guardian: _________________________________________                Date: _____________

Advisor Signature: ________________________________________                Date: _____________

School Counselor Signature: ________________________________                Date: _____________

Department Supervisor Signature: ____________________________                Date: _____________