Additional Course Opportunities

There are many opportunities and choices available for high school students regarding their educational programs. Students not only have an opportunity to take courses with the District’s curriculum, but may also earn credits by participating in:

  • Youth Options courses at institutions of higher education (IHE) including technical colleges and four-year universities;
  • Course Options by taking up to two courses per term at other high schools, institutes of higher education (IHE), or other DPI approved programs;
  • Career Based Learning activities including work experience, Youth Apprenticeship, or school to work programs; or
  • Online courses or courses taken through distance learning networks or eSchool.

Youth Options

As required by Wisconsin State Statute (118.55), the Appleton Area School District participates in the Youth Options Program. The Youth Options Program allows all public high school juniors and seniors who meet certain requirements to take postsecondary courses at a Wisconsin technical college or institution of higher education. An institution of higher education includes UW System institutions, tribally controlled colleges, and accredited private, nonprofit institutions. A list of qualifying institutions can be found on the DPI website.

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Course Options

As required by Wisconsin State Statute (118.52), the Appleton Area School District participates in the Course Options Program. Course Options law allows a pupil enrolled in a public school district to take up to two courses at any time from an educational institution. Wisconsin Educational institutions are defined under the Course Options statute as:

  • a public school in a nonresident school district;
  • the University of Wisconsin System;
  • a technical college;
  • nonprofit institutions of higher education;
  • a tribal college;
  • a charter school; and
  • a nonprofit organization that has been approved by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

More information on Course Options


High School Credit Review Board

The District recognizes that learning takes place beyond the walls of our schools and the boundaries of our State. Opportunities for students to take courses outside of our State on their own time and at their own expense are prevalent. Because of the varied nature of these opportunities, the high school Credit Review Board will analyze student opportunities and determine if, and how much, high school credit will be awarded. The committee is represented by high school associate principals, a high school counselor, and Assessment Curriculum and Instruction representatives. The Review Board will determine if academic courses completed outside the State are eligible for high school credit in required content areas, are eligible for elective credits, or are not appropriate for acceptance of credit toward graduation.

Credit from educational institutions outside of Wisconsin will be paid for by the student and may include any post secondary course taken at technical colleges, universities and other institutions of higher education outside of Wisconsin that is comparable to a course offered in the District. 


Comparison between Course Options and Youth Options
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