We here at The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education are starting off the summer with some truly great news. Beginning in June, we’ll be offering students who successfully participate in any of our Teen Adventure courses the opportunity to earn high school credit.
This most excellent announcement is the result of the NCOAE curriculum having just now receiving the seal of approval from Blueprint Education — a private nonprofit accrediting body.
Founded in 1969, Blueprint is an accredited distance learning school for grades 7 through 12 with the primary mission of inspiring students to make better choices and to be champions of their own learning. Blueprint itself is accredited by AdvancED, the unified organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation & School Improvement (NCA CASI), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
And as a result of this latest announcement, all NCOAE Teen Adventures are eligible for qualifying high school credit from Blueprint Education. Each and every one of these credits are elective and available in the following categories:
- Physical Education: For having learned about and shown proficiency in mountaineering, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, alpine, or backpacking activities during an NCOAE Teen Adventure course
- Outdoor Leadership: For having learned about and shown proficiency in interpersonal development, small group dynamics, critical thinking, decision making, and more during an NCOAE Teen Adventure course.
- Environmental Studies: For having learned about and shown proficiency in water conservation, astronomy, environmental sustainability sustainability, Leave No Trace (LNT), cycle of rain clouds, oceanography and more during an NCOAE Teen Adventure course.
Students can earn .5 or 1.0 Carnegie Units (credit hours) for each topic depending on how many hours were put into teaching each one. Our staff has its pencils out, doing the math on how hours will be taught for each class and how that matches up with state and national standards.
As for the breakdown of available credits for each course, we are also in the process of determining how the state and national standards coincide with the NCOAE core curriculum.
And while there’s no test, credits must be approved by NCOAE before the class is taken and then transferred from Blueprint to the student’s high school.
Evaluation of a student’s work will be performed by NCOAE instructors and will consist of a pass/fail at the end of the course. Journaling, presentations, participation in the course’s activities and self-evaluations are all methods that our instructors will use to evaluate students.
Credits will cost students about $150 per credit and $75 per half credit.
Again, we’re excited about this educational benefit and our ability to now offer additional tangible outcomes for each student. Once available starting in June, these credits will align with national standards for physical education and leadership classes at the high school level.
In addition, since registration and payment for these credits are due at the same time NCOAE course registration is due, students have the benefit of going into their course knowing what’s on the line — high school credit!
Have questions about any of this? Give us a call at NCOAE Headquarters: (910) 399-8090.