Option II

The 120 credit requirement set forth may be met in whole or in part through program completion (commonly referred to as "Option II"). The January 2004 amendment to N.J.A.C 6A:8-5.1(a)1 clarifies that the Board of Education, in developing their graduation requirements may use a combination of Option I and Option II rather than limiting themselves to only one of the Options. Under Option II, the Board of Education may utilize performance or competency assessment to approve student completion of programs aimed at meeting or exceeding the Core Curriculum Content Standards at the secondary level, including those occurring all or in part prior to a student’s high school enrollment. 

Courses may be taken for credit through Option II only under one of the following three scenarios: 

1.  The student failed the course and must remediate. 
2.  The course/experience is not offered at Ridge High School. 
3.  The student wishes to fulfill the State’s Financial Literacy graduation requirement by 
      taking Financial Literacy with an approved online provider that assigns a grade.

All academic courses that will count toward graduation, including health, must be taken at Ridge. With the exception of Financial Literacy, Option II courses cannot be used to fulfill a graduation requirement. Exceptions can also be made for those students who are enrolled in the Shared-Time program with Somerset County Vocational-Technical High School, and for certain seniors for whom the law was changed with regard to Financial Literacy. 

The name of the course/experience, Pass/Fail grade, and appropriate credits will be recorded on the RHS transcript for students approved for said alternative course work upon completion of the course. Students will be responsible for sending an official transcript confirming the successful completion of the course to the Counseling Office. The grade will be recorded as Pass/Fail, and no adjustment will be made to the student’s GPA. The expectation is that the courses will be completed during the time specified on the approval form. The transcript will denote coursework as per the protocol described in the RHS Program of Studies under "Grade Reporting." 

All courses must be approved prior to enrolling; students may not apply for Option II after they have completed a course. Courses taken prior to the official start of a student’s freshman year (September 1st) will not appear on the Ridge transcript under any circumstances.  Courses/experiences must be paid for by the student's parent(s) or guardian(s).

Any student interested in Option II opportunities should read the descriptions of qualifying activities carefully before beginning an application.  

Remediation

  • Information:   Students who fail a course, or lose credit for any reason, can choose to remediate, or “make up,” the course during the summer, instead of taking it during the following school year.  
  • Deadline:  July 15, 2016
  • Notes:  The course must meet for a minimum of 60 hours to qualify.
  • Supervisor(s):  Curriculum Area Supervisors


Financial Literacy
  • Information  Students may fulfill the State’s Financial Literacy graduation requirement by taking Personal Finance with one of the following approved online providers:  NJVS or Educere (see "Providers" tab).  Please do not register with the online provider until you've received approval from Ridge via email after completing the application below.
  • Deadline  November 15, 2016 for Spring 2017 Courses
  • Notes  Courses taken prior to the official start of a student’s freshman year (September 1st) will not appear on the Ridge transcript under any circumstances and will not count toward graduation requirements. This application must be completed prior to enrollment in the course.  No credit will be given for a course without prior approval.
  • Supervisor(s)  Mr. Fackelman 


Courses Not Offered at Ridge
  • Information  Students may choose to take courses related to an area of interest, elective courses and/or courses that are not offered at Ridge.
  • Deadlines  November 15, 2016 for Spring 2017 Courses
  • Notes  Examples = Marine Biology or Astronomy. Applications must be completed prior to enrollment in the course.  No credit will be given without prior approval.
  • Supervisor(s)  Curriculum Area Supervisors

Internships
  • Information  Seniors may only apply for internships during their senior year.  The student is responsible for arranging his/her own placement at an internship site, and for transportation.  There will be no special parking accommodations at Ridge.  Seniors do not receive credit for internships, but the experience will appear on the transcript with a Pass/Fail grade.  Internships do not count toward the GPA.  Internships may take place outside of the school day, or seniors may request “release time” during school hours to intern (no more than 3 periods per day).  Those granted release time have additional responsibilities.  They are required to attend meetings with Mr. Howlett, and to keep a time sheet and monthly journal.  Download and read the additional information about this program.
  • Deadline  June 15, 2016 for 2016-17
  • Notes  Grade 12 only.  Examples:  Intern in an elementary school classroom, volunteer in a hospital, or intern with a company. 
  • Supervisor(s)  Mr. Howlett


Independent Studies
  • Information  Students may choose to work with a Ridge faculty member to further explore an area of interest.  Students will not receive any credit for independent studies.  The experience will appear on the transcript with a Pass/Fail grade, but does not count toward the GPA.  Prior to applying for Option II/Independent Study, the student and faculty member should discuss the experience in its entirety. 
  • Deadline  June 15, 2016 for 2016-17
  • Notes  Grades 11 or 12 only.  Examples:  Portfolio Development (with a member of the Art Department), Astrophysics (with a member of the Science department), International Relations (with a member of the Social Studies Department).
  • Supervisor(s)  Curriculum Area Supervisors

 

Option II Athletics Policies and Procedures 2016-17

Please read carefully before applying:

  • General Notes for all Option II Athletes

    • RHS Dance Team/Collective and Ridge Rugby are considered Off-Site experiences, as they are not coordinated through the Athletics Department.

    • Any student participating in Marching Band or Color Guard may apply for Option II Ridge Sports during the fall.

    • Applications must be submitted online; no paper copies will be accepted.

    • Students may replace PE with a study hall only (two study halls are acceptable); students may not replace PE with a class.

    • Students are not eligible for Option II during the marking period they have health:

      • Seniors - MP2

      • Juniors - MP4

      • Sophomores - MP1

      • Freshmen - MP3

    • Freshmen also are ineligible for Option II during Project Adventure (MP1).

    • Students who do not earn a minimum of 5 credits of PE/Health each school year, for whatever reason, will need to be scheduled for a makeup class(es).  Makeup PE must be taken at Ridge; Option II will not fulfill this requirement.

  • In addition to the above, the following rules also apply for Ridge Sports:

    • Fall Athletes

      • Students playing Option II Fall Sports will be eligible to earn 1.75 credits through Option II after successful completion of the season.  
      • Participation in a fall sport will allow students to take study hall in lieu of PE for MP1 and MP2 (assuming they do not have health or Project Adventure).
      • Coaches will complete the Option II rubric at the end of the season for each athlete, which will result in a one-time Pass or Fail grade for MP1.
      • The student’s schedule/transcript will read “Option II Fall Sport” with the P/F grade issued for MP1 upon receipt of the rubric from the coach.
    • Winter Athletes

      • Students playing Option II Winter Sports will be eligible to earn 1.75 credits through Option II after successful completion of the season.

      • Participation in a winter sport will allow students to take study hall in lieu of PE for MP2 and MP3 (assuming they do not have health).

      • Coaches will complete the Option II rubric at the end of the season for each athlete, which will result in a one-time Pass or Fail grade for MP3.

      • The student’s schedule/transcript will read “Option II Winter Sport” with the P/F grade issued for MP3 upon receipt of the rubric from the coach.

      • Should a student be cut from a Winter or Spring team, they will be returned immediately to PE class and have the opportunity to earn credit during the school day.

    • Spring Athletes

      • Students playing Option II Spring Sports will be eligible to earn 1.75 credits through Option II after successful completion of the season.  

      • Participation in a spring sport will allow students to take study hall in lieu of PE for MP3 and MP4 (assuming they do not have health).

      • Coaches will complete the Option II rubric at the end of the season for each athlete, which will result in a one-time Pass or Fail grade for MP4.

      • The student’s schedule/transcript will read “Option II Spring Sport” with the P/F grade issued for MP4 upon receipt of the rubric from the coach.

      • Should a student be cut from a Winter or Spring team, they will be returned immediately to PE class and have the opportunity to earn credit during the school day.

    • Students who are cut from a Ridge Sport after they apply and wish to switch to an OffSite activity can email Mrs. Shadis for further information.  Students who quit a Ridge Sports team or decide not to try out are not eligible for Option II until the following marking period.

    • Any change in status on a team-- cut, quit, injury, etc.-- must be reported to Mrs. Eckel or Mrs. Shadis immediately.  Failure to do so may result in a failing grade for the marking period and/or the need to make up a quarter of PE.

  • In addition to the above, the following rules also apply for Off-Site PE:

    • A new application must be completed prior to the start of each marking period.

    • Students who participate in an athletic activity unaffiliated with Ridge High School for a minimum of 150 minutes per week can be approved to take a study hall in lieu of PE.

    • Combined activities, with the exception of Ridge Dance Collective & Ridge Dance Team, will not be considered.  A student must participate in one activity with one supervisor to fulfill the 150 minute criteria.

    • Students must participate in 150 minutes of activity each week of the marking period.  The time is not cumulative over the course of the marking period.

    • The activity must last for the entire duration of the marking period.

      • MP1 = September 4 - November 9, 2016

      • MP2 = November 14, 2016 - January 25, 2017

      • MP3 = January 26 - March 31, 2017

      • MP4 = April 3 - June 16, 2017

    • Parents/guardians may not serve as coach/instructor for their own child(ren), as the coach is responsible for issuing grades.  Current high school students are not eligible to serve as coaches, even if they are 18 years of age.  Students may not self-coach or self-monitor.

    • Any change in status on a team/in an activity-- cut, quit, injury, change of coach, etc.-- must be reported to Mrs. Eckel or Mrs. Shadis immediately.  Failure to do so may result in a failing grade for the marking period.

    • Gotta Dance has asked us only to accept applications signed by Olivia Allen (office@gotta-dance.com).  

    • Somerset County YMCA

      • New for 2016-17: PreCor tags no longer qualify for Option II. Students must take classes in order to be approved and fulfill their hours at the YMCA. The YMCA also has their own procedure for log sheets, in addition to the Ridge paperwork. Download and read the YMCA requirements before applying.
      • Should you have questions or need additional information, contact Lisa Pensabene at lpensabene@somersetcountyymca.org or call 908-766-7898 x548.
      • YMCA class forms must be signed Ms. Pensebene.  YMCA swimming forms must be signed by Ms. Riegler.

Applications and Instructions

Off-Site PE

Ridge Sports

Deadlines

2016-17 Deadlines:

MP1:  August 8, 2016

MP2:  October 12, 2016

MP3:  December 23, 2016

MP4:  March 3, 2017


2016-17 Deadlines:

Fall Sport:  MP1, Aug. 8

Marching Band:  MP1, Aug. 8

Color Guard:  MP1, Aug. 8

Fall/Winter Sport:  MP2, Oct. 12

Winter/Spring Sport:  MP3, Dec. 23

Spring Sport:  MP4, Mar. 3

Applications

The application deadline for MP3 has passed.  MP4 applications will be posted mid-January.

The application deadline for MP3 has passed.  MP4 applications will be posted mid-January.

Notes

Off-Site applicants will be notified via email when their request has been approved/ denied. Applicants must also print a copy of their application form prior to submitted to keep as a "receipt."

RHS Sports applicants will receive a confirmation pop-up message and email upon submission.  These students are automatically approved, as long as they make and remain a part of the Ridge team.  Applicants must also print a copy of their application form prior to submitted to keep as a "receipt."

Supervisor

Mrs. Shadis (Secretary - Mrs. Eckel, room 628)


FINANCIAL LITERACY

The following courses have been pre-approved for Option II.

  • Educere:  
    • Personal Financial Lit/Econ - NJ (Course Number:  DCHSP3857; self-paced)
    • Note:  Educere's Summer Course end date is 8/19/16.  This date was set to allow enough time for grades to be sent to Ridge so schedules may be changed, if necessary, for the first day of school in September.
    • The Ridge HS code to register for any Educere course is F6CBIDHQ.
  • NJVS:  

PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER FOR ANY COURSES UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE FINANCIAL LITERACY APPLICATION ON THE "ACADEMICS" TAB AND RECEIVED APPROVAL VIA EMAIL.  EDUCERE AND NJVS WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO REGISTER FOR THE SUMMER SESSION UNTIL CLOSER TO THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.


 

REMEDIATION*

The following providers offer credit recovery courses, but no course is pre-approved.  You must have the course approved through Ridge before you register.

For traditional classroom-based summer school courses, please see our Summer Programs page.


 

COURSES NOT OFFERED AT RIDGE*

The following providers offer original/full credit courses, but no course is pre-approved.  You must have the course approved through Ridge before you register.

  • Educere  (The Ridge HS code to register for any Educere course is F6CBIDHQ.)
  • NJVS
  • RVCC

*These are not the only online course providers; with prior approval, you may use others not on this list.


 

CONTACTS

  • Educere:  
    Eric Rocchino, Personal Learning Coach
    erocchino@educere.net
    215-283-0380

    The Ridge HS code to register for any Educere course is F6CBIDHQ.