What is Credit Recovery in High School?

Instructor: Eric Campos

Eric has tutored in English, writing, history, and other subjects.

In high school, credit recovery provides a means for you to make up the missed class credit you'll need in order to graduate. Read on to learn more about how credit recovery works and explore you course options.

Recovering High School Course Credits

Credit recovery involves taking, or retaking, classes that were unsuccessfully completed during the regular school year. This means enrolling in an accredited program in which you study the material outside of regular school hours - whether after school, during the summer or on the weekends - to gain the course credit you didn't obtain originally.

Once you've passed a credit recovery course, you'll be back on track to graduate and ready to move on to complete other classes in the high school curriculum.

Course Options

Credit recovery courses can be taken in person, through a blended format (part in-person, part online), or purely online. Private nonprofit and for-profit organizations typically provide accredited courses online, but you can also find credit recovery programs in any format through schools in your area. Courses's online credit recovery courses offer students the chance to learn at their own pace, and at any time and location, with the help of video lessons and practice quizzes. There are also instructors on standby to answer any questions you might have. Some of the available credit recovery courses are listed below:

Subject Credit Recovery Courses
History US History, World History
Social Sciences Psychology
English 9th Grade English, 10th Grade English, 11th Grade English, 12th Grade English
Science Biology, Physical Science, Physics, Chemistry
Math Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Precalculus

Strategies for Success

Many credit recovery courses are designed to help you study the material at your own pace. Think of aspects about the course you failed that confused you, and try to address them with an instructor or tutor. Online options usually break up the course into specific sections, so you can focus on troubling areas in greater detail.

Take your time when completing the material, making sure that you give yourself plenty of opportunities to commit key information to memory. Using simple study tools like flashcards or notes can also help you remember information more clearly. Lastly, make studying fun. Create games with your friends that rely on the material you're studying or, if you're taking an online course, review lessons to help the info sink in.

Earning College Credit

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