8-6 Program

What is it?

The 8-in-6 program (House Bill 426) was approved by the Idaho Legislature in 2012 to help Idaho students take advantage of the dual credit opportunities provided by the Dual Credit for Early Completers. The 8-in-6 program is designed to help students complete 8 years of schoolwork (2 years of middle school, 4 years of high school, and 2 years of postsecondary or trade school) in just 6 years. Students accomplish this by taking online courses over the summer and by taking online overload courses during the school year. It is important to note that 8-in-6 does not reduce the amount of time students spend in the classroom; it simply increases learning time throughout the year.

 

Is it Right for Me?

Overload and summer courses will be taken through IDLA – Idaho Digital Learning Academy (http://www.idahodigitallearning.org/).  Students must take a full 6-period day schedule IN ADDITION to their IDLA overload course in order to qualify for this program.  Students must have the motivation and interest in completing these courses as it requires an ample amount of time and commitment outside of the school-day. 

 

In order to register for the 8 in 6 program or the IDLA overload course, students MUST meet with their counselor.  Students can sign up for 8 in 6 at any time from 7th to 12th grade.  Students are required to have an average to above average GPA, excellent time management skills, and self-motivation.  Once students are registered they will remain in the 8 in 6 program – even if they are not currently taking any overload courses for that year – until they complete an 8 in 6 withdraw form.  If students fail an IDLA overload course, they will not be able to continue in the 8 in 6 program until they have successfully increased their GPA.

 

 

Process for signing up for the 8-6 Program:

 

  • Parents AND student must meet with the counselor and decide if the program is right for you (On Line Learning Expectations)
  • Complete the 8 in 6 Registration Form (see counselor)
  • Counselor will send the form to the District Office and keep a copy in a file at the school
  • Counselor and Parent/Student will map out a 6-year plan (Jr. High)  or 4-year plan (High School)  to ensure students complete graduation requirements early
  • Parent must pay $75 course fee for IDLA up front; Student must pass course with a C or better in order to be reimbursed the cost of the course
  • Student will be registered for IDLA course
  • Once IDLA course is completed, parent will take proof of course completion and final grade to WBCSD Central Office Business Manager in order to receive reimbursement

Six or four-year plan will be updated annually

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The state will reimburse for up to 2 online summer courses and 2 online overload courses per student per school year, for a maximum of 4 courses per year. The state will reimburse for a maximum of 8 credits of online summer/overload courses per student during their participation in the program. The state will reimburse up to $225 per online course. If the cost of the online course exceeds $225, the student will be responsible to pay the difference.

 

 

WHY SOULD I DO IT?

The 8-in-6 program dovetails with the Dual Credit for Early Completers Program (http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/advancedOpp/). If students complete their high school graduation requirements early through 8-in-6, they can participate in the Early Completers Program. Through the Dual Credit for Early Completers Program, the student can take dual credit courses paid for by the state while still in high school.

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