Online College in the High School (Version 1.5)
Online College in the High School (OCHS) is an interactive course or program that delivers instruction to a student by computer. OCHS is provided for by an agreement between RLCC and the providers of OCHS. Students may choose to enroll in one or more courses which come from on-line programs and providers approved by the Minnesota Department of Education. Students applying to OCHS must: 1) have an adequate g.p.a. and class rank, 2) achieve college level assessment scores.
Eligibility by Grade Level
- Sophomore (10th grade): A student who will participate as a sophomore must be in the top 10% of his/her class and must meet or exceed the 8th Grade MCA Reading assessment standard minimum score of 850. If the MCA test was not taken, the student can take the ACCUPLACER® Reading Comprehension test. A 3.2 cumulative GPA is recommended, and the student must successfully complete the online workshop. Note: In their first semester, eligible 10th grade students will be allowed to enroll in one (1) Career and Technical Education (CTE) course provided they meet specific course requirements and pre-requisites. If a sophomore receives a grade of C or better in their course, the student will be allowed to take additional CTE courses in their second semester. Minnesota Transfer Curriculum General Education courses are limited to Junior and Senior students.
- Junior (11th grade): A student who will participate as a junior must be in the top 25% of his/her class and must meet minimum ACCUPLACER®, ACT®, SAT or MCA scores and is recommended to have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA.
- Senior (12th grade): A student who will participate as a senior must be in the top 50% of his/her class and must meet minimum ACCUPLACER®, ACT®, SAT or MCA scores and is recommended to have at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA.
Coursework Available by Grade Level
- Sophomore (10th grade): students may take one OCHS credit in the fall and two in the spring. Courses are available only in Career and Technical Education (CTE).
- Junior (11th grade)
- Returning junior students in the fall semester may take 4 OCHS or 5 OCHS (if taking both OCHS World History and OCHS Comp/Lit)
- New junior students to the OCHS program may take 3 (or 4 if one is OCHS World History or OCHS Comp/Lit) If successful, they may take up to 5 OCHS courses in the spring.
- Senior (12th grade)
- Returning senior students may enroll in 5 OCHS (if one is OCHS Comp/Lit)
- New senior students may take 3 (or 4 if one is OCHS Comp/Lit) in the fall, and if successful, they may take up to 5 OCHS courses in the spring.
**If a student fails an OCHS course, the parent is responsible for re-paying the district for the cost of the course. The student is also eligible for 1 less OCHS course the following semester.
**Extenuating circumstances: A student may retest with the AccuPlacer test once annually. Admission to the program without “college level” AccuPlacer scores may be attained by entering the waiver process, where the High School Principal would consider any extraordinary circumstances.