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Credit Recovery

Credit Accrual Program (CAP)

What is the Credit Accrual Program (CAP)?
Credit Accrual Program (CAP) is a credit recovery program offered by the high school district. Students who need to remediate academic deficiencies (failed classes) may re-take courses in an online format. Students work with their counselors to determine academic needs and enroll in the appropriate course(s), which could be scheduled during or, more often, outside of the regular school day. Students enrolled in CAP are supervised by a credentialed teacher, but work independently to complete their coursework.

Who can take a CAP course?
Students who can answer yes to the following questions are eligible to take a CAP course:

  1. Am I behind in credits and/or requirements?
  2. Am I willing to stay after school and/or give up elective/intervention time to work on credit recovery?
  3. Can I read and follow detailed instructions on my own?
  4. Am I comfortable using the Internet as a means of learning, communication and research?
  5. Am I motivated to work hard so I can graduate from high school?

What are the expectations?
After you have been enrolled in the online course, you will be expected to regularly attend the CAP session to which you have been assigned and complete assignments daily. Although you may work on the course lessons from home, all assessments must be taken in class.

What if I feel like it’s not for me?
The CAP online format is not a great fit for all students. If you have made little progress after 3-4 weeks (only completing 1-3 Units), then please see your counselor so that you can explore other options to remediate credit.

How do I sign up?
You will need to contact your school counselor to check on the availability of the course(s) you need and get the required CAP contract. A parent signature is required before you can be enrolled.

Alternative Education

The Merced Union High School District offers various alternative education sites to meet students' individual needs, including credit recovery for those that are significantly behind. These sites are: Sequoia High School, Yosemite High School, Independence High School and Merced Adult School. Descriptions of these schools and their programs can be found at the Merced Union High School District home page.

Students and parents who believe that their needs may be better met by transferring to another site should contact the student's assigned counselor for information and availability. Space is limited, and decisions about placement are made on a case-by-case basis.