a. The person requesting the DEC is currently enrolled in a school and is making satisfactory progress toward obtaining a high school diploma or its equivalent. Satisfactory progress is defined as passing 70% of the courses in which a student is enrolled (5 out 6 courses on a traditional schedule or 3 out of 4 classes on a 4x4 block schedule each semester). Satisfactory progress attempts to assure that the student will receive a high school diploma or its equivalent. The student must have been promoted to his/her present grade level. A student enrolled in a school but taking less than four (4) classes must pass each class he/she is taking.
Students who have been administratively placed from the eighth grade to ninth grade are to be considered to be making satisfactory progress.
Any incomplete grade must be reconciled before a DEC can be issued or revoked.
A student who is under a long-term suspension or expulsion is not considered to be enrolled in school, therefore is not eligible to maintain or receive a DEC.
b. A substantial financial hardship would be placed on the person or the person's family if the person does not receive a DEC.
c. The person cannot make satisfactory progress toward obtaining a high school diploma or its equivalent. However, this should not be a factor for consideration. All students enrolled in a specific course of study should be capable of maintaining satisfactory progress towards completion of that course of study. If they are not making satisfactory progress, then the course of study needs to be reviewed for its appropriateness by the respective committee at the school.