Placement and Athletic Eligibility of Transfer Students
STUDENTS TRANSFERRING FROM A DIFFERENT ACADEMIC CALENDAR
The high schools in the Tuscaloosa County School System operate on a schedule that allows students to complete seven credits each year. Transfer students who enroll from a different academic calendar will be placed in the most closely matched courses to earn the student the maximum credit possible. Due to state mandates that require a student to pass specific content in the core courses and state guideline that will not allow a student to receive credit for a course for which he/she has already received credit, it will at times be impossible to receive seven credits in a transfer year.
The students must be aware that the later in the semester one enters, the more difficult the task of making up work and/or mastering content necessary for successful completion of all courses. The responsibility for mastering content already presented prior to the student's enrollment rests with the student. Teachers will make information and materials available to stuents and will assist newly enrolled students in any ways which are practical; however, re-teaching of previous content, administering additional tests, or reviewing the course is not practical.
THE FOLLOWING PLACEMENT PROCEDURES SHALL APPLY TO ALL STUDENTS TRANSFERRING INTO THE SCHOOL SYSTEM:
TRANSFERS FROM ACCREDITED SCHOOLS
- A student transferring from a public or non-public school accredited by AdvancED Accreditation Commission (NCA Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, the Northwest Accreditation Commission, and the SACS Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement) will have credits accepted without validation upon receipt of official transcripts (AAC 290-3-1-02 (7)(d)).
- The decision about grade placement (K-12) will be based solely on the grade classification of the student at the school previously attended.
GPA DETERMINATION FOR TRANSFERS FROM ACCREDITED SCHOOLS
- Transfer student coming in with AP/IB courses: Students receive the weight indicated on the transcript for AP/IB courses. The transcript is not changed. However, weight is not to exceed 1.0 for AP/IB and 0.5 for Honors.
- If former school did not give weight for Honors courses, do not give weight. The transcript is not changed. If additional weight was not added for honors courses at former school, no weigth will be added. EXCEPTION - weighted credit of 1.0 may be given for AP/IB courses even if former school did not give weight.
- Students transferring into Tuscaloosa County School System for the senior year are not eligible for valedictorian or salutatorian.
- Accept grades submitted along with grading scale (cannot change a grade - i.e. if grade submitted is 74-D, cannot change this to a C based on Tuscaloosa County School System's grading scale).
- If former school awarded weight for elective courses, no weight will be awarded by the Tuscaloosa County School System. EXCEPTION - weighted credit of 1.0 may be given for AP/IB elective courses if former school awarded weight.
TRANSFERS FROM NON-ACCREDITED SCHOOL SETTINGS
Grades K-5 - Using all available records and nationally standarized tests, if available, from the sending school, the Principal or his/her designee shall determine placement. The process for making decisions about grade placement may take into consideration a variety of factors, including age, maturity, motor coordination, capacity for learning, and academic progress. If there is a question about a transfer student's placement, he/she may be assigned to a lower grade for a three (3) to six (6) weeks evaluation period. Based on the student's performance during this evaluation period, placement may then be changed to the appropriate grade level for a probationary period. Final grade placement will be determined after this probationary period.
Grades 6-8 - Using all available records and nationally standardized tests, if available, from the sending school, the Principal or his/her designee shall determine placement.
Grades 9-12 - To allow transfer of credits and/or determine the appropriate class/grade placement of a student transferring to this system from a non-accredited or home school, the following shall be implemented:
- Credit for all elective courses shall be accepted without validation.
- Uncontested credit for core courses (English, mathematics, science and social studenies) shall be transfers as follows:
Using all available records and nationally standardized tests, if available, the Principal or his/her designee shall determine the appropriate placement and then notify the student and the parent/guardian.
For any initial core course the student completes successfully in this system, he/she shall be permitted to transfer in that subject area all previous credits earned at a non-accredited or home school.
3. Contested credit for core courses (English, matematics, science and social studies) shall be transferred as follows:
The Principal or his/her designee shall supervise the administration of the school systems' content-based course specific validation test. For each validation test passed, the student shall be placed in the next level core course and credit for the prerequisite course(s) shall be transferred. Once a grade-level has been validated, all preceding courses in that content area are recorded as validated.
4. In the event of the existence of controversial records/transcripts and/or the absence of any official or notarized records/transcripts, the Prinicpal or his/her designee shall supervise the administration of the school systems' content-based course specific validation test. For each validation test passed, the student shall be placed in the next level core course and credit for the prerequisite course(s) shall be transferred. Once a grade-level course has been validated, all precedding courses in that content area are recorded as validated (Policy 4.80).SENIOR TRANSFER STUDENTSExcept in a case of bona fide change of residence or other circumstances equally valid for making an exception, a student is not to be graduated from high school unless he/she has been in continuous attendance therein during the entire high school year immediately preceding the date of graduation.STUDENTS ENTERING WHO HAVE NOT ATTENDED ANY SCHOOL PREVIOUSLY THIS YEARStudents who are not seventeen (17) and enter after day five (5): If it can be documented that a student is transferring from a school system which had just started school (no more than five days into the semester) then the student may register. His/her semester average will be calculated by the average of the grades received after registration. The responsibility for mastering content already presented prior to the student's enrollment rests with the student. Teachers will make informaiton and materials available to students and will assist newly enrolled students in any ways which are practical. However, re-teaching of previous content, administering additional tests, or reviewing the course is not practical.If a student has been truant from this or other school systems, the student will receive a zero for each grade that the student has missed. These zeros will be averaged in with the grades he/she earns from that point.Students who are over seventeen (17) and enter after day five (5): Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, students up to age 19 who are on track to graduate can no longer be denied enrollment in county school systems solely based on their age. School personnel will complete a transcript audit with the student to determine the student's standing with credits and needs to meet graduation requirements. Based on the IEP team's decision, students with disabilities may return to the school district up to the age of 21 to address transition services (only applies to students working towards essential and alternative achievement pathways).ALABAMA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (AHSAA) ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY FOR TRANSFER RULE
A student that enrolls in one school and later transfers, or enrolls in, another school shall not be eligible immediately to represent the latter school in any athletic contest. See the section pertaining to Eligibility for Participation in Extracurricular Activities for detailed explaination. The rules and regulations for athletic eligibility for transfers according to the Alabama High School Athletic Association may be found at www.AHSAA.com.