Under the state’s Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) option, uniquely qualified students may “test out” or bypass a course if they have mastered the content.

The CDM program provides another opportunity for students to learn new content, to challenge themselves with the next level of rigor in a subject, and even graduate early. 

Middle and High School students who wish to pursue CDM will need to show mastery of eligible course content in two phases, an exam and the creation of a product/performance that exhibits deep understanding and application of the subject matter.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools will begin assessing students during the summer months. Additional information related to the dates for the first and second assessments will be given to students by the guidance counselor at each school.




Procedure for requesting CDM


  1. Student and parent/guardian complete the CDM application (parent signature required).

  2. The student must meet with the school counselor to verify eligibility to CDM.

  3. Counselor signs the application to verify eligibility with notation of prerequisite course information.

  4. Application is submitted to the school site CDM coordinator.

  5. The school will schedule the Phase 1 assessment for students.

  6. Notification will be provided to students/parents/guardians of eligibility to move forward to Phase 2.

There is no appeal of the Phase 1 assessment.

  1. The school will schedule the Phase 2 assessment for eligible students.

  2. Notification will be provided to students/parents of met/not met status.

  3. If a student does not meet the standard and the student/parent/guardian wishes to appeal the process, the appeal must be submitted within 10 days to the school coordinator.