Students who enroll in Richard McKenna Online are expected to follow all of the rules, policies and procedures outlined in this handbook, as well as any specific course rules, policies, and procedures developed by the teacher.
To attend Richard McKenna Charter High School:
Students must have completed the 8th grade or provide standardized test scores that demonstrate a student is ready for high school study.
They must have completed Pre-algebra A and B with a grade of “C” or better in each.
Students must be younger than 21 years old.
They may not be enrolled full-time in another public school.
Those who count the student as a dependent on their income tax form must be a resident of Idaho.
Richard McKenna Online provides a free and appropriate public education for all children with disabilities in a variety of specially designed programs. Special education and related services are available for persons who qualify.
Parents, guardians and educators of students attending Richard McKenna Online can refer a student who may be eligible for services and not currently receiving services by contacting the student's teacher, or the school director. The referrals will be made to the special education director for further evaluation.
To Earn your diploma at Richard McKenna Charter High School:
1. Earn 46 semester credits in the following areas:
• 9 English credits (one of which must be speech)
• 6 Math credits (two Algebra 1, two Geometry, plus two credits of math completed during the senior year)
• 6 Science credits (four of which must be lab sciences)
• 5 Social Studies credits (two U.S. History, two U.S. Government, and one Economics)
• 2 Humanities credits
• 1 Health credit
• 17 Elective credits
2. Complete a senior project.
3. Take the ACT, SAT or Compass exam by the end of 11th grade.
4. Be proficient in Reading, Language, and Math on the 10th grade Spring Idaho Standard Achievement Test (ISAT).
5. Earn at least 6 credits through Richard McKenna, regardless of the number of credits
earned at other schools
Students who enroll in the Summer School program must have completed the 8th grade, be younger than 21 years old, and qualify as an at-risk student as defined by Idaho State Code.
Students are considered at-risk if they meet at least three of qualifiers 1-6, and/or one of qualifiers 7-12 listed below:
Has repeated at least one (1) grade.
Has absenteeism that is greater than ten percent (10%) during the preceding semester.
Has an overall grade point average that is less than 1.5 (4.0 scale) prior to enrolling in an alternative secondary program.
Has failed one (1) or more academic subjects.
Is two (2) or more semester credits per year behind the rate required to graduate.
Is a limited English proficient student who has not been in a program more than three (3) years.
Has substance abuse behavior.
Is pregnant or a parent.
Is an emancipated youth.(Is living on his/her own and providing for his/her livelihood.)
Is a previous drop out.
Has serious personal, emotional, or medical problems.
Is a court or agency referral.Demonstrates behavior that is detrimental to their academic progress.
Richard McKenna Online is dedicated to serving all students regardless of race, religion, or disability. However, due to the legal contract associated with an IEP, students with disabilities require different enrollment practices. The following steps must be followed in order for a student with an active IEP to enroll in McKenna Online classes.
• On the initial enrollment form, if a parent or student specifies that the student has a current IEP, the IEP and the eligibility report must be obtained before the student can enroll in classes. At times, obtaining this paperwork from the previous schools may take several weeks. If the parent or student has a current copy of the IEP and eligibility report, he/she may fax it to the school to speed up this process.
• Once the IEP and eligibility reports are obtained, the special education director will contact the parent for an initial orientation. At that time, the special education director will go over the eligibility report and current IEP to discuss the current goals, objectives, services, and accommodations.
• There are times when an IEP that is written in a traditional school setting may not be conducive to the online environment. If this is the case, either a formal or informal meeting will be set at which time the IEP may be amended.
• Once all of the paper work has been completed, the student and parent will have a second orientation with a McKenna Online staff member to go over school policy, the computer system and to choose classes.
• Please be aware that this process may take several weeks depending upon the timely manner in which the school receives the IEP and eligibility report. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Flick, Special Education Director, at (208) 724-1100.