Option II establishes alternate pathways for pupils of the District to satisfy requirements for high school graduation and meet the Common Core Standards in accordance with New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1(a)2).The purpose of Option II is to provide educational experiences that are meaningful and relevant, and that provide pupils with opportunities to explore and achieve at high levels. In order to maximize student achievement and meet diverse pathways for learning, Option II permits pupils to employ alternative learning experiences that are stimulating and intellectually challenging, and that enable pupils to fulfill or exceed the expectations set forth in the Common Core Standards.
Employment of Option II may include, but is not limited to, one or more of the following alternatives: student exchange programs, interdisciplinary or theme-based programs, independent study, internships, community service, accredited college course work, concurrent enrollment at Raritan Valley Community College, meaningful research, and structured learning experiences.
Option II alternatives requested by eligible pupils must meet or exceed the Cumulative Progress Indicators (CPI) established by the Common Core Standards, receive prior approval by the principal and/or the Option II Review Committee, and demonstrate satisfactory performance as measured by District approved competency assessment instruments in order for credits to be awarded.It is understood that participation in Option II alternative experiences is voluntary. Pupils may fulfill the requirements for graduation by pursuing credits earned through the traditional classroom environment (N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1), through alternative learning experiences availed by Option II[N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1(a)2], or through a combination of both programs. However, approved participation in Option II activities implies student and/or parent responsibility for attendance, transportation, personal safety and well being, specialized equipment, and any and all costs not otherwise provided by the school.