2017 Summer Credit Recovery Program

The goal of the district's credit recovery program is to help more District 49 high school students graduate by giving those who have fallen behind the chance to "recover" credits. Credit recovery refers to a student passing, and receiving credit for, a course that the student previously attempted but was unsuccessful in earning academic credit towards graduation. The student can then "recover" the credit by satisfying requirements for the course in which they were unsuccessful, and can focus on earning credit based on competency of the content standards for that particular course.

The credit recovery summer program is designed for high school students, grades 9-12, who are credit deficient, or not on track to graduate. The 2017 summer program will take place June 1-27, 2017, at Vista Ridge High School (6888 Black Forest Drive in Colorado Springs). All coursework is due no later than 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Extensions past June 27 will not be granted, and refunds will not be provided.

Register Here (Google Form)

All students must carefully read the information on this page, including the open lab and orientation information.


Deadline for initial enrollment is Thursday, June 1. Late registration requests will not be processed. Students may register for up to three courses requiring credit recovery, or the courses determined by their school counselor. They can only complete one course at a time, so they only get billed for one course at a time. If time permits before the end of summer school, students will be enrolled and billed for other requested courses. To process a registration, all fields on the registration form must be filled out, and the “submit” button must be clicked.

Paying Costs

The credit recovery summer program costs $100 per semester course. A fee is posted to the student's account in Infinite Campus after an enrollment is processed. Parents only need to sign into their parent portal account and follow the prompts. Parent portal information is available here. Once a parent signs into their parent portal, the 2016-2017 summer school tuition fee is posted in the payment section. Families that prefer not to pay online must pay during orientation. The accepted forms of in-person payment include cash, money order or cashier’s check. Money orders and checks must be for $100 and addressed to "D49 Summer School 2017." We cannot accept debit or credit cards in person.

During the summer, District 49 accepts payment for one credit recovery course at a time. When a student successfully completes a course, and it is determined there are enough days remaining in summer school to complete another course, the student can be enrolled in an additional course. At that point, the student will be charged an additional $100 for the second course. Please remember that students will be dropped from a course if a payment isn't made in time. Students will not be enrolled into additional courses after Monday, June 19.
Fees are waived for seniors who did not graduate with their class in May 2017.
Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch may have their fee waived by showing a copy of the approval letter. Beginning June 1, letters can given to the summer school coordinator at the Vista Ridge High School. The letter only needs to be seen by the summer school administration, as proof of qualification. Summer school personnel will not keep a copy. For more information about the district-provided letter, contact nutrition services at 719.495.1106. Parents should not contact summer school personnel or a student's school of attendance for this information. It may only be obtained by contacting nutrition services, due to requirements under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Available Courses

Prior to registering, contact your counselor for the correct courses to enroll. District 49 provides highly qualified teachers in the Vista Ridge High School media center each day as student support coaches and mentors for each of the four core content areas. Remember, a student must have failed a course before taking it as a credit recovery course. Refunds will not be granted for students registering for incorrect courses.
Language Arts
 Social Studies
  • English 1A; English 1B *
  • English 2A; English 2B *
  • English 3A; English 3B *
  • English 4A; English 4B *
* A novel will be required reading for these courses.
  • American Government *
  • American History A; American History B
  • Economics *
  • Geography A; Geography B
  • World History A; World History B
* One semester courses only
  • Algebra 1A; Algebra 1B
  • Algebra 2A; Algebra 2B
  • Geometry A; Geometry B
  • Biology A; Biology B
  • Earth Science A; Earth Science B
  • Physical Science A; Physical Science B

  • Health *
  • Physical Education *
  • Spanish 1A; Spanish 1B **
* One semester courses only
** Requires headphones and microphone
A = 1st Semester
B = 2nd Semester

Required Orientation, Open Lab

Students are required to attend orientation and study sessions June 1 and 2 for one hour each day. If they were in ninth grade in 2016-2017, they must attend 8-9 a.m. Prior 10th-graders attend 10-11 a.m., followed with 11th-graders and 12th-graders attending from noon to 1 p.m. Students who do not attend a both days will be dropped from the summer school roster, unless prior arrangements were made with the program coordinator.

From June 6-27, students may work on their coursework with a highly qualified teacher Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. Regardless of their grade level, they can participate in this open lab tutoring time in the Vista Ridge High School media center for as long as they need, or keep working from home. Highly qualified teachers in each core area will be available for tutoring in the Vista Ridge High School media center from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, until June 27, the last day of summer school.

Successful Completion

To recover lost credit, students must complete all required coursework, and must have a cumulative grade of at least 59.5 percent by June 27 at 9:30 p.m. Requests to complete coursework after June 27 at 9:30 p.m. will not be granted. Transcripts will be marked with a "P" for pass or an "F" for fail. Students who receive a "P" on their transcript are awarded one-half credit for their summer school course. 

Summer School Overview

For many students, summer is an opportunity to continue courses as part of an academic program, or simply for professional or personal development purposes. For the latter, parents and students can browse our summer opportunities page. Participation in summer programs may have substantial beneficial effects on a child's educational progress. For remedial purposes, elementary and middle school families should first consult their teachers for recommendations. High school students who've fallen behind should register for the district's summer credit recovery program to get back on track for graduation. When registration is open, links to online forms are available at on each high school's website.
Jim Bonavita
Online Learning Coordinator
Office: 719.491.4033