Option II

Overview

Overview of Option II for Graduation Requirements


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 three scenarios:

1. The student failed the course and must remediate.

2. The course/experience is not offered at Ridge High School.

3. Students participating in Ridge Athletics or an approved off-site activity may apply for Option II for Physical Education.


All academic courses that will count toward graduation, including health, must be taken at Ridge. Exceptions may be made for those students who are enrolled in the Shared-Time program with Somerset County Vocational-Technical High School.

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.


Students who plan on pursuing coursework for credit under Academic Option II (Independent Study, Senior Internships, Remediation) must submit an application by June 28, 2021. Students who plan on pursuing Athletic Option II for Fall 2021 must submit their applications by July 23, 2021.

Academic Option II

District Approved Providers for Academic Option II Courses include the following:




Remediation

  • Information: Students who fail a course, lose credit, or fail to meet the requisite grade for moving on to the next level can choose to remediate the course during the summer instead of taking it during the following school year. The application must be completed and approved prior to enrollment into the course. Course credits must be earned through an approved provider. Grades are recorded on the student's transcript and do not replace any grade already earned. Remediation grades are not included in the calculation of GPA if they are completed via an approved provider outside of Ridge High School. Credit for courses passed through remediation, that were formerly failed, can count towards graduation. If you retake the course at Ridge, you are awarded credit and the new grade would factor into the GPA.

  • Deadline: June 28, 2021

  • Notes: The course must meet for a minimum of 60 hours to qualify.

  • Supervisor(s): Curriculum Area Supervisors

  • Application linked HERE

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. The Class of 2025 should not register for courses over Summer 2021, as any course taken prior to the start of freshman year will not be in the official high school transcript.

  • Deadline: The deadline is June 28, 2021 for Summer and Fall 2021 courses, and for Full-Year 2021-22 courses. The deadline is November 12, 2021 for Spring 2022 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

  • Application linked HERE

Internships

  • Seniors may only apply for internships during their senior year, and 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 must meet with the senior internship coordinator as needed, keep a timesheet, submit monthly journals and they will be evaluated by a supervisor. Full year and partial-year internships are available.

Senior Internship Program (SIP)

  • Runs: Full Year or May – June
    No Credit – Pass/Fail
    Prerequisites: Open to members of the senior class who have a minimum cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, achieve a grade of C- or higher during all marking periods for all junior year courses (Full Year SIP) or all senior year courses (May-June SIP), successfully meet graduation credit and attendance requirements for all classes, has not lost credit in any class due to attendance, is able to independently assume all the duties and responsibilities of their internship site, able to work all required internship days as stated on your schedule (Full Year) or on the internship calendar (May-June), acknowledge that you have met the civil and social expectations of Ridge and that suspensions, detentions, or other disciplinary infractions will be considered for ineligibility, and completes the SIP Checklist with signature approvals on or before the stated deadline.
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    additional information about this program.

  • Deadline: June 28, 2021 for Full-Year 2021-22 and Fall 2021 internships; November 12, 2021 for Spring 2022 internships

  • Notes: Grade 12 only. Examples: Intern in an elementary school classroom, volunteer in a hospital, or intern with a company.

  • Senior Internship Coordinator: Mr. Brum

  • Application linked HERE

Independent Studies

Independent study can be an academically enriching experience for both the student and the teacher, but it is not meant to replace an existing course in the Program of Studies. The student will have the opportunity to master an academic area through his/her own initiative, self-discipline, and self-reliance, while learning at the same time to what extent and in what ways he/she is in need of a teacher. Independent study for credit is available to any student who has a sound reason for this option providing:

  • The student has completed 60 credits towards graduation;

  • The student has achieved a grade of C or better in all available courses in the subject requested;

  • The student has obtained written approval of his/her parent/guardian, the teacher, the counselor, the department supervisor, and the building principal prior to beginning the independent study arrangement via the Academic Option II form;

  • The student must carry at least 6 courses plus Physical Education/Health/Option II each semester before an independent study may be considered during the regular academic school year.

  • The nature of the course makes independent study feasible;

  • The course must be scheduled during a period of the student’s day with the approved teacher assigned

  • An independent study course will receive a Pass/Fail grade, which will be recorded on the student’s grade transcript for no credit and will not be calculated in the GPA.

  • Deadline: The deadline is June 28, 2021 for Full Year 2021-22 and Fall 2021 independent studies. The deadline is November 12, 2021 for Spring 2022 independent studies.

  • 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

  • Application linked HERE

Ridge Athletics

For more information on all Ridge Athletics, visit our webpage here.


General Information

  • Students who are cut from a Ridge Sport after they apply and wish to switch to an Off-Site activity can email the Option II Coordinator Ms. Cheryl Howarth (chowarth@bernardsboe.com) 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 the Option II Coordinator immediately. Injuries must also be reported to the Ridge Health Office 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.

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

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

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


Fall Athletes

  • Students playing Option II Fall Sports will be awarded 1.75 credits through Option II at the conclusion of the second marking period.

  • Participation in a fall sport will allow students to take study hall in lieu of PE for Marking Period 1 (assuming they do not have Health, Project Adventure or Driver’s Education).

  • 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 Marking Period 1 .

  • The student’s schedule/transcript will read “Option II Fall Sport” with the P (for pass) or E (for fail) grade issued for Marking Period 1 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 Marking Period 2 or Marking Period 3 (assuming they do not have health). Students will choose the marking period they would like to schedule Option II on the application form.

  • 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 the season, reflected under Marking Period 2 or Marking Period 3.

  • The student’s schedule/transcript will read “Option II Winter Sport” with the P (for pass) or E (for fail) grade issued for Marking Period 2 or Marking Period 3 upon receipt of the rubric from the coach.

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 Marking Period 4 (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 the season, reflected under Marking Period 4.

  • The student’s schedule/transcript will read “Option II Spring Sport” with the P or E grade issued for Marking Period 4 upon receipt of the rubric from the coach.

Offsite HPE Option II

Option II Offsite Physical Education Application & Criteria

All applications will be reviewed by an Option II Offsite Physical Education committee for approval.


The following criteria must be adhered to when applying for Option II Offsite Physical Education:

  • The student is in grades 10, 11, or 12 and is enrolled in Physical Education for the respective marking period (student must enroll in Health)

  • The student has not failed marking period of Physical Education and/or Option II.

  • The student must submit an application to the Option II Physical Education Committee for approval of the proposed activity. The activity should meet the following guidelines:

    • The activity must make progress towards meeting the NJ Physical Education Core Standards:

      • Movement Skills & Concepts: How to effectively and safely move our bodies

      • Physical Fitness: How strength & conditioning and fitness principles are applied to movement

      • Lifelong Fitness: The importance of engaging in activities throughout the lifespan

    • The activity requires a commitment of time and energy that significantly limits the student’s ability to meet academic demands, such that the student would benefit from additional time during the school day to maintain academic progress. These programs:

      • include continuous high-level training, practice, performance, and/or competition in an athletic or physical activity;

      • prepare student/athletes for an end-goal or culminating event;

      • meet at least three/four days a week for a minimum average of 150 minutes per week;

        1. if you feel your activity meets this requirement within a different structure, please apply and it will be reviewed.

      • meet throughout the duration of the marking period in which the student applied for

      • are overseen by an adult (not a parent of the student) who is a trained professional in a field related to wellness/physical fitness.


Athletic Option II - Application Procedures

Option II Athletics Policies and Procedures 2021-2022

Please read carefully before applying:


General Guidelines for Option II Physical Education (Ridge Athletics and Off-Site)

  • 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 as follows:

    • Sophomores - MP1, 1st 3 weeks of MP2

    • Seniors - MP2 (and MP1 for Peer Leaders)

    • Juniors - MP3

    • Freshmen

  • Students must complete a two part application process:

    • Fall Option II applications must be completed by August 6, 2021.

      • Fall Sport Option II Application linked HERE

      • Winter Sport Option II Application linked HERE

      • Spring Sport Option II Application linked HERE

      • Offsite PE Option II Application linked HERE

    • Students must submit a new application each marking period by the following deadlines:

      • MP2: October 8, 2021

      • MP3: December 17, 2021

      • MP4: March 4, 2022

  • Students and parents/guardians will be required to complete a Genesis form outlining the Option II requirement.

  • Students will attend an Option II orientation meeting at the start of each season/marking period. A video will review the approval process and grading policies for parents and students as well as guidance on potential challenges for students participating in off-site Option II.

  • Should a student be cut from a team/off site activity, they must immediately notify the Option II Coordinator, Ms. Cheryl Howarth (chowarth@bernardsboe.com) and will be returned to PE class for credit.

  • Students who sign up for Option II Sports and do not complete the tryout process, will fail Option II for the marking period unless they let the Option II Coordinator within the first week of the marking period.

  • Should a student quit a team/off-site activity, the student must immediately notify the Option II Coordinator, Ms. Cheryl Howarth (chowarth@bernardsboe.com) and may not earn credit.

  • Option II is a pass/fail course. Students must meet the minimum program requirements in order to earn a passing grade. A pass will be reflected as a P on their report card/transcript, and a failure will be recorded as an E.

  • Students will be required to complete and hand in an end of marking period self-assessment/ reflection along with the evaluation form

  • Students at Ridge High School are required to earn a minimum of 3.75 credits of PE/Health each school year. If a student fails to earn a minimum of 3.75 credits of PE/Health for whatever reason, the student will need to be scheduled for a makeup class(es). Makeup PE must be taken at Ridge; Option II will not fulfill this requirement.

  • The majority of correspondence regarding Option II takes place via email. Students should be accessing their @bernardsboe email accounts regularly for current Option II information.

  • Visit the Ridge Sports tab, for information about the Option II Ridge Athletics program.

  • Visit the Option II PE tab, for information about the Option II Off-site PE program.

Quick Links

      • Fall Sport Option II Application linked HERE - Deadline: August 6, 2021

      • Winter Sport Option II Application linked HERE - Deadline: October 8, 2021

      • Spring Sport Option II Application linked HERE - Deadline: March 4, 2022

      • Offsite PE Option II Application:

          • MP2: New Off-site PE Applications HERE - Deadline October 8, 2021

          • MP2: Re-applications for students approved for MP1 Off-site PE Option 2 HERE - Deadline October 8, 2021

        • Sample Off-Site Activity Description (needed for off-site application) linked HERE

        • Deadlines:

          • Marking Period 1 - August 6, 2021

          • Marking Period 2 - October 8, 2021

          • Marking Period 3 - December 17, 2021

          • Marking Period 4 - March 4, 2022