Taking Classes for High School Credit

Some West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) students have the option to take classes for high school credit before entering high school. The courses offered for the 2018-19 school year include:

  • Algebra C (MTH831)
  • Geometry C  (MTH41)
  • Algebra II/Trig C (MTH305)
  • Adv. Physical Science (SCI852)
  • Spanish I (FRL801; not required for graduation, see below.)

Here are some helpful notes and reminders for students and families for ANY class that is taken for high school credit:

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General

  • Students who earn a passing grade can move to the next course level the following year. The grade received will be recorded on the student’s transcript.
  • Students have the option to retake the following year. The higher grade will be recorded on the student’s  transcript. Students are not required to retake for a higher grade.

Pass/No Pass

  • Students can take Spanish I as Pass/No Pass  since Spanish I is not required for graduation.
    • No course that is required for graduation or offered as DMACC credit can be taken as Pass/No Pass until that graduation requirement is completed.
  • Before the end of the first nine weeks of any semester and by the end of the seventh day of class for all summer school courses, the Pass/No Pass decision must be made.  
  • Credit may be earned on a Pass/No Pass basis. Students must obtain a parent’s signature for approval, plus their counselor’s and instructor’s signatures to indicate their awareness of the student’s intentions.
  • When filling out the Pass/No Pass contract, students can elect to remain on a grade basis If the earned grade for the semester is an A, B or better, or C or better.

Pass/No Pass contract forms may be obtained in the Counseling Center or online.  

Print a Pass/No Pass contract form

Audit (No Credit-No Grade) Basis

  • Students may take any course not offered for DMACC credit on an audit (no credit-no grade) basis.
  • The 5.5 required credits each semester may not be taken on an audit basis.
  • The decision to audit a course must be made before the semester in which the course is taken.
  • No grade is given for a course taken on an audit basis, but students who earn a passing grade  can move to the next course level the following year.

Students and families are encouraged to collaborate with their school counselors and/or building administration when making decisions regarding courses of high school equivalency.