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NDC Disclaimers

The SRVUSD Personalized Learning Options provide students with much flexibility and choice.  Please be aware of the following when making choices about your program of study:

When you take a course outside of the district, the content curriculum may differ from same or similar courses offered within SRVUSD.  You may not learn all of the material that is covered in the SRVUSD course.  

In addition, at this time you may or may not be aware of the future colleges to which you might apply during your senior year.  However, you need to be able to make careful and informed decisions.  Please note that many private colleges do not permit students to earn dual credit for college courses taken while in high school.  For example, this means that if a student takes a transferrable course at DVC and elects to place that course/credits/grade onto her/his SRVUSD transcript, then the student attends a private college directly after high school, the student will not be awarded college credit for the course, and will need to retake the course in college.  Ultimately, it is a student's college application GPA that is factored into a college's admissions decision, not her/his high school transcript GPA. GPAs are recalculated by the college during the admissions process, according to the admission requirements for that particular school.  The college application GPA will include all college preparatory work completed at any accredited and approved institution, according to that college's admissions standards. 


Non-District Courses

srvusd students may choose to take a non-district course (ndc) for one, or more, of the following reasons:
  1. Advancement (to get into a higher level course in the following academic year)
  2. Enrichment (for personal interest; taking this course does not impact student's schedule for next year)
  3. Graduation Requirement Fulfillment (to replace taking a graduation requirement during the school year)
  4. Remediation (to earn a higher grade for a course in which a D or F was originally earned)
SRVUSD Non-District Course Policy
  1. During the academic year, students must be enrolled in a minimum of five classes at their SRVUSD high school. A NDC can be taken as a sixth or seventh course.
  2. It is the responsibility of the student/family to ensure that the NDC/institution meets the following criteria:
    1. WASC/ASC accredited
    2. UC/CSU approved
    3. The institution provides a letter grade and academic credits for the course
    4. The institution provides an official transcript ("official academic record" or "official grade report" is not sufficient)
  3. Students wishing to remediate a grade of D or F may do so by enrolling in an equivalent NDC for high school credit. Both the original (SRVUSD) grade, as well as the remediated (NDC) grade, will appear on the SRVUSD transcript.
  4. Post-secondary courses of 1-2 credits will earn five credits on the SRVUSD transcript; post-secondary courses of 3+ credits will earn ten credits on the SRVUSD transcript.
  5. Students are able to put up to 40 credits of non-SRVUSD coursework on their their high school transcript, but are limited to 20 credits per academic year, and 20 credits in any given subject area.
  6. Upon completion of the NDC, an official transcript showing course completion must be submitted to the student's high school, along with an "Application to Place Non-District Coursework on the SRVUSD Transcript" form that has been completed by the student and parent/guardian.  For NDC being taken for High School Graduation Fulfillment, if transcript information is not received by the end of the marking period (semester for Community College courses; year for online high school courses), a grade of "I" (Incomplete) will appear on the student's SRVUSD transcript for the NDC until the official transcript has been submitted.  If a transcript is not received by the end of the academic year, the "I" will change to a "NM".
  7. During COVID, official transcripts can be mailed to the attention of the Registrar at your school site. Alternatively, If the institution offers an email option to send it directly to your school, this is acceptable and will be considered an official copy. (Transcripts emailed from a student/parent are not considered official.) Here are the links to the school sites' registrars:

           California High - Heidi Barker,

           Dougherty Valley High - Kathleen O'Grady,

           Monte Vista High - Sarah Sirota,

           San Ramon Valley High - Barbara Murray,

           Venture Independent Study - Kelly Estes, 





Non-District Course Intent Form

* New non-district course requests for the summer session are no longer being accepted.

* The form will remain available for students wishing to take a NDC in the fall.

Completing this application notifies the counseling office at your student's school that they are intending to take a course outside of SRVUSD for one of the four reasons listed above.  It is important for sites to have this information for planning purposes.

Please note that the automated email confirming your student's submission will be the only confirmation you will receive. 


Adding a Course to the SRVUSD Transcript 

Once a course is complete, students must request that it be added to their transcript via the application below.

Deadlines for the 2020-2021 school year will be posted here.

ADDING A NON-DISTRICT COURSE TO AN SRVUSD TRANSCRIPT - Transcripts for courses taken outside of SRVUSD to be placed onto the student's SRVUSD transcript are due to the student's high school counseling office as follows:

  • By Friday, August 14, 2020 - for students wishing to use a NDC for advancement purposes

  • By Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - for students wishing to put a Summer, 2020 NDC onto their SRVUSD transcript

  • By Friday, January 22, 2021 - for students wishing to put a Fall, 2020 NDC onto their SRVUSD transcript

  • By Friday, May 21, 2021 - for students wishing to put a Spring, 2021 NDC onto their SRVUSD transcript


  • For current eighth grade students wishing to put a NDC on their high school transcript, the course must have been completed after June 1, 2020.  
  • Please complete the form in the link above and attach it to your transcript.


NDC Courses and Institutions: Advancement & Grad Fulfillment

Please note the Sample of Approved Outside Institutions for Non-District Courses (link below) is NOT a complete list. SRVUSD maintains data of students who have taken courses outside of our district and the following is a list of the most commonly used institutions. If you do not find your preferred institution on this list, it does not necessarily mean it is not approved.

In addition, it is the student's/parent's responsibility to verify that institutions still have the necessary accreditation and that courses are still UC approved by visiting the proper links prior to enrolling in a course. (Accreditation and UC approval can change from year to year.)

This list is NOT a complete list of courses that can be taken and may not include the most up-to-date approved courses.  Institutions are submitting approvals for courses regularly; therefore, it would be impossible to compile a list that would include every course that could be taken. If there is a course that you would like to take but it is not listed, then make sure:

  • The Institution is WASC accredited
    • Institutions that have only Supplemental accreditation do not qualify (i.e. Art of Problem Solving, John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Language Bird, etc.)
  • The course is UC Approved 
  • The Institution issues letter grades
  • The Institution issues official transcript

If the course does not meet even one of the above criteria, then it cannot be used. 

Effective January 1, 2020, students may  not use an online PE class to satisfy SRVUSD graduation requirements. 

If there is any question as to whether or not a particular course that you are interested in taking is okay to use for high school credit, be sure to check with your counselor.


NDC Policy Explained

SRVUSD will provide credit towards graduation for completion of accredited online courses, off-campus courses and college courses. A total of 40 credits from non-district courses can be included on the official SRVUSD transcript.

  • Students are able to put up to 40 credits of non-SRVUSD coursework on their high school transcript  but are limited to 20 credits per academic year, and 20 credits in any given subject area.

    • Heritage language school credits are not included in the 40-credit total.
    • Courses taken at SRVUSD Summer School for remediation, high school graduation requirement completion, or summer advancement are not included in the 40-credit total.
    • A 1 to 2 credit college course is the equivalent to 5 SRVUSD credits.  A 3 credit course (or higher) is the equivalent to 10 SRVUSD credits.
  • Students will have two opportunities each year to submit official transcripts in order for  non-SRVUSD coursework credit to be placed on their SRVUSD transcripts:

    • September 15 for the previous spring and summer semesters.
    • March 1 for the fall semester of the current academic year.
    • The form for submitting non-SRVUSD coursework will be available in the fall.
  • Once a non-SRVUSD course has been placed onto a student’s official SRVUSD transcript, it cannot be removed.

  • A student taking a graduation requirement outside of SRVUSD (e.g. Algebra I) must place that grade on the transcript.

  • It is the responsibility of the parent/student to determine if the non-District course is accepted by the UC/CSU system, private colleges and universities, out-of-state institutions, or NCAA as fulfilling entrance requirements. It is the responsibility of the parent/student to check with an admissions officer from each campus to which you intend to apply.

  • Courses taken through providers that are WASC-accredited as Supplementary Ed will not be accepted for credit.

  • SRVUSD will not proctor outside exams.

Middle School Students:

  • Eighth grade students are welcome to start (and complete) a course for advancement in the spring; however, it will not be put on the student’s high school transcript for credit (a note will be made in the comments section: “math course taken for advancement”, if applicable)

  • If current eighth grade students wish for a summer course to be put on their high school transcript, they must complete the course after they promote from middle school, in the summer after eighth grade.

  • Algebra 1 is a graduation requirement, so it must be completed AFTER promotion from 8th grade.  

Weighted Class (Board Policy):

According to School Board Policy:

(1) Grades from non-district courses will be weighted if:

(a) The equivalent course is offered and weighted in SRVUSD or

(b) A comparable course is not offered and the course being taken is transferable to the UC and/or CSU systems for college credit.