“How Fast Can I Get Caught up on Credits With Primavera?”

It’s a common question we hear, and it makes sense. When you’ve fallen behind in courses, you’re worried about graduating high school on time, or even graduating at all.

If you fail a class, the traditional route would be to make it up during the summer. Or, you could take that class next year and either fall behind or have a crazy workload. That’s why oftentimes, students end up in credit recovery courses, where you sit at a computer after school and try to retake a class online. And although you previously failed, somehow, you’re expected to pass a test on your own with no help.

When your current options are being stuck in a class all summer, falling behind or losing your mind out of boredom in “credit recovery,” the future might look a little dim.

That’s what Primavera is here for.

We know students often don’t just fail one course. And when students are performing poorly academically, they need greater focus and better support from teachers.

“How fast can I get caught up on credits with Primavera?”

About 43% of Primavera students come to us already behind in credits. So it’s no wonder so many want to know how quickly they can recover credits.

The answer is not quick or simple. But we’ll explain it below.

About Primavera’s six-week block structure

Catching up on credits with Primavera is not better because it’s online (although that helps!), it’s actually due to the six-week block structure. Best for credit deficient 11–12th grade students, six-block courses are just two courses every six weeks. At the end of six weeks, Primavera students complete two semester courses. In one semester Primavera students take the same classes as traditional students, it’s just split up differently.

If a student is behind on credits, they could (with counselor approval) take an additional class each block. That means three courses every six weeks.

For students not needing to catch up on credits, we offer semester-long courses, which you can learn more about here.

The maximum amount of credits you could recover, through the story of Bob

For this story, we’ll go with the absolute best-case scenario. This is definitely not going to be the result for everyone.

Let’s say a student’s name is Bob. Bob likes long walks on the beach and movies. He is going to be a junior in the fall. But the past two years, he did not do well in his old school. At all. As a result, Bob has a lot of classes to make up.

Bob comes to Primavera and enrolls in three courses every six weeks for a full school year (August–May). By the end of the year, Bob will have taken an extra seven courses.

Keep in mind a semester course counts for one-half credit. So in a full school year, Bob will complete 3.5 extra credits to his regular schoolwork.

But wait, Bob! That doesn’t include summer school.

“How fast can I get caught up on credits with Primavera summer school?”

Summer school courses are a little different from the school year.

They are still free and online. But they last four weeks. And students take just one course. There are three blocks this  summer:

  • June 3
  • July 1

If Bob decided to take all summer courses too, he’d end up with another 1.5 credits. (Remember a semester is a half credit).

That gives Bob another seven credits in a full school year.

Best case scenario, and probably not the best solution for everyone. But there’s the answer!

What many students don’t know is you have until you are 21 to earn your high school diploma. Catching up on credits is important, we won’t deny that. But if you’ve fallen behind, you don’t need to overextend yourself to graduate as fast as possible. You can take your time to truly focus, earn a higher GPA and graduate by 21.

Getting started on catching up with Primavera

  • Enroll With Primavera. You can learn more here.

  • Complete one block of courses with passing grades

  • Get guidance counselor approval to add courses

  • Catch up on credits and graduate!


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