For the past 15 years, Primavera Online High School has worked to serve students throughout Arizona with a quality online educational experience. Concurrent enrollment (enrolling in additional courses through another school), allows students the ability to catch up or get ahead on credits while remaining at their current schools. However, confusion among parents and students arises as many school registrars, administrators and counselors provide misinformation, stating that they do not allow concurrent enrollment or that they do not accept credits from Primavera.
These types of statements are untrue, and contrary to the law. Arizona Revised Statute (A.R.S) § 15-808 and A.R.S § 15-701 are laws specifically created to allow concurrent participation and ensure credits are accepted in schools throughout Arizona. Here is an overview for anyone interested in catching up or getting ahead in their education by taking online courses.
About Transferring Credits: Answers to Common Questions
The following frequently asked questions should help parents better understand what Arizona law says about the rights they have with respect to these issues:
How Concurrent Enrollment Works With Primavera
Primavera’s course structure is separated into six-week blocks. Full-time students enroll in two courses every six weeks, and part-time or concurrent students enroll in one course every six weeks (Learn more here). Because Primavera courses are 100% online, you can complete weekly assignments and coursework on your time. Primavera is accredited and rigorous, which means our classes won’t be easier, but they will be more flexible to your schedule.
Other Things to Know About Primavera:
- We are a public charter school and tuition free
- We receive accreditation from AdvancED and are NCAA approved
- Our online curriculum is rigorous, engaging and award winning
- We have highly qualified teachers who remain in constant contact with students
Tips for Students Enrolling With Primavera Concurrently
We want to provide concurrent students the ability to not just catch up or get ahead on credits, but to enjoy a quality online educational experience as they do so. That’s why we’re working to make the transition as smooth as possible. Here are some tips you can follow in order to alleviate headaches.
Tip #1: Talk With Your Counselor Before Enrolling With Primavera
While the law prevents schools from completely rejecting your credits, it’s best to check with guidance your counselor first and see what their policies are. Many schools are easy to work with, and yours could be one of them.
Tip #2: Talk With Our Enrollment Advisors
If you need to enroll in a specific course, make sure you let our enrollment advisor know when you talk to them, that way they can get you enrolled and started on the right track.
Tip #3: Once Enrolled With Primavera, Reach Out To Your School Counselor Again
Once you get enrolled in a course, reach out to your guidance counselor once more and let them know exactly which course you are taking. If possible, try to get in writing from them that they are aware of the courses you’ve enrolled in and that they will accept these credits once you earn them.
Tip #4: Notify Your School ASAP Once You’ve Earned a Credit With Primavera
Once you (or your child) successfully complete and pass the course at Primavera, don’t hesitate. Immediately notify your school counselor and submit transcripts as soon as you can. This will ensure you have ample time should any problems arise.
What to Do if Your School Isn’t Letting You Transfer Credits
Above all, call us immediately at 480.456.6678. Your Primavera guidance counselor and enrollment advisors are ready to help, and know exactly what to do in these situations. You can follow the steps below on your own, but we want to help you through the process:
1. Refer to the Law
Arizona law requires that all Arizona public schools (including charter schools) must recognize all of the credits transferred from other charter schools, including Primavera. A.R.S § 15-701(H). We have found that when challenged, most schools will back off of these types of statements and allow you to remain enrolled at their school, while participating in online instruction at Primavera.
2. If your schools says they will grant elective credit only, act immediately
If your school claims they will only accept the credits your earned at Primavera as elective credit, you have a right to see a full list of credits your school considers elective and core. A.R.S. § 15-701.01(I). Ask for it right away. Once you have it, you have ten days to request to take an examination in each particular course in which core credit was denied. If you pass the test, your school must accept the Primavera credit as core credit. A.R.S. § 15-701.01(I).
Why Take a Tuition-Free Class Concurrently With Primavera?
- Catch up or get ahead on credits
- Learn from award-winning curriculum
- Finish a course in six weeks
- Access your classes wherever you have access to a computer and internet
- Get personalized support from highly qualified teachers, guidance counselors and advisors
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