Frequently Asked Questions
Q.1: May a special education student pursue the optional curriculum?
A.1: This is not a special education law. A special education student must satisfy the
two eligibility requirements in order to pursue the optional curriculum.
Q.2: When must a student request the optional curriculum?
A.2: Any time after attending two years of high school and prior to graduation.
Q.3: If a student qualifies for, and is pursuing, the optional curriculum, but his or her
grade point average improves so the student is no longer in the lowest 25th percentile,
may the student continue to pursue the optional curriculum?
A.3: Yes. The student must satisfy either of the two eligibility requirements at the time of
Q.4: Who should participate in the meeting to determine eligibility?
A.4: It is recommended the student, student’s parent(s), school counselor, school
administrator, and teachers participate in the meeting to determine eligibility.
Q.5: Must school personnel automatically grant eligibility to a student requesting to
pursue the optional curriculum?
A.5: No. The decision will be made by those present at the meeting following the student’s
request. The school may grant the request, deny the request, or postpone a decision
until agreed upon stipulations are met. (1–2 excused absences allowed in a semester;
0 unexcused tardies; all homework turned in; no disciplinary referrals; etc.).
Q.6: Does the student pursuing the optional diploma receive a different diploma?
A.6: No. However, a notation may be printed on the official transcript indicating the course
of study followed an optional curriculum and may not meet university entrance
Q.7: May a school require more than the 21 units of credit for the optional curriculum?
A.7: Not at this time.
Q.8: If a student is 18 years of age, is a parental signature required?