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Postsecondary Enrollment Options

The Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act (Chapter 261 C, Iowa Code) was enacted to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wider variety of options to high school students by enabling 11th and 12th grade students to enroll part time in nonsectarian courses in eligible postsecondary institutions of higher learning in Iowa. A 9th or 10th grade student who is identified as a gifted and talented student according to the school district's criteria and procedures may participate under this act. Students who are eligible for Early Graduation will be permitted to participate under this Act for the remainder of the Senior year. 

Only certain courses will be eligible under this Act. Students may NOT enroll if a comparable course is offered at North Tama. The North Tama County Community Schools will pay the college or university for the cost of tuition, textbooks and fees up to $250 for one course only. Any additional costs will be assumed by the student. The student is responsible for their own transportation. 

Students who have completed the eleventh grade and have not completed the graduation requirements of North Tama may take courses at postsecondary institutions during the summer and earn graduation credit. The STUDENT, not the North Tama County Community Schools, is responsible for paying the cost of attending courses taken during the summer at the postsecondary institution. 

Grades received for courses taken under this Act will be recorded as Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory for the student's high school records. This will NOT be counted as part of the student's high school grade point average. Normally, six (6) college semester hours of credit will translate to one (1) high school unit of credit or two (2) semester credits. Normally, nine (9) college quarter hours of credit will translate to one (1) high school unit of credit or two (2) semester credits. More credit may be awarded if the Principal so determines. 

By March 1 of each year, the school will provide information on this Act to 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students. Students wishing to participate under this Act should register with North Tama by March 15. Necessary forms may be obtained from the Counselor or Principal. Students must submit usual application materials as required by the postsecondary institution. 

More detailed information, including a copy of the law and Department of Education guidelines, is available on request. Contact the Counselor, Principal or Superintendent.