The State of Idaho has provided $4,125 for each 6th – 12th grade student to use towards Dual Credit (college credits earned in the high school class), IB exams, and a few other programs that North Star doesn’t use often. This money is a great opportunity for our students to get ahead in their college degrees. The state will pay $75 per college credit being earned and The College of Western Idaho charges $75 a credit. These costs combined with the IB diploma test costs, students will want to make sure they budget their $4,125 appropriately. Feel free to reach out to Mrs. Johnson, Mr. Pettit, or Mrs. Holladay with any questions regarding the costs of credits or exams.
There are 3 steps to using Advanced Opportunities funding:
- Each student must complete and turn in their Fast Forward Participation Form to Mr. Pettit or Mrs. Johnson. You can also scan and email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. This form needs to be turned in one time only from 6 – 12th grade for North Star Charter School. There are certain stipulations around using this funding, so please be sure to read all the specific details outlined in the form.
- Your student must register for their Dual Credit courses online through College of Western Idaho. For North Star’s Dual Credit courses, the registration period is in the spring (January / February), even though the fall semester is part of the overall grade for the courses. The website to register is https://cwi.dualenroll.com/users/sign_in. Students must create an account if they haven’t already done so in a previous school year, and they must register for each Dual Credit class for which they want to earn credits. Teachers do a great job of walking students through this process during the registration period.
- Advanced Opportunities requires a funding request through the State website. The website is: https://advancedops.sde.idaho.gov/StudentEnrollment/StudentLogin If your student has never used this site before, they will need to create an account and wait for it to be approved by the school. Once it is approved, students will login and request funding for each class they want the are the state of Idaho to pay for.