Lloydminister Public School Division

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Lloydminster, Alberta T9V 1R4

Administrative Procedures

Administrative Procedure 218

Special Project Credits

Background

The Lloydminster Public School Division will recognize three (3) Special Project Credits per student for out of school initiatives, on the basis of work proposed and completed by an individual student.  Students must complete the credit(s) during grades 10-12 and the Special Project Credit(s) may be used to fulfill elective requirements for graduation.  Granting of credit for approved out of school initiatives recognizes student achievement in areas outside the regular Secondary Level program.  While students may use programs currently in place (ie: Cadets, post-secondary courses) to develop their personal learning proposal, it is recommended that the proposal be developed to meet the needs and interests of the individual student.

Procedures

  1. A Special Project Credit may include the following:
    1. Work proposed and completed by an individual student outside the regular and extra curricular program.;
    2. The individual student is primarily responsible for the selection, planning, and
      organization of the learning associated with their special project credit.;
    3. Acceptable areas of study may include but shall not be restricted to the following:
      1. Community service;
      2. In depth research in an academic field;
      3. Skill development in a technical field, the performing arts or athletics; or
      4. An entrepreneurial pursuit.
  2. General Requirements:
    1. The Special Project Proposal must be in place and approved prior to the student
      beginning the project.
    2. Special Project(s) may be used up to three (3) times as electives to meet the twenty-
      four 24 credit requirement for graduation or once to meet the Adult 12 graduation
      requirement.
    3. The content of the Special Project(s) need not be related to a specific school subject.
      If a special project is related to a specific school subject, the content of the project
      shall be distinct from and in addition to regular course requirements.
    4. Special Projects must require a minimum of one hundred (100) hours of work.
    5. Special Projects shall be carried out under the supervision of a teacher.
    6. Student activities that would be considered a normal part of extra
      curricular activities generally offered by a school may not be given Special Project
      recognition.
  3. Application and Monitoring:
    1. Students are required to complete a clearly planned Special Project Proposal using
      the Ministry of Education’s Template Appendix D: Special Project Proposal Template.
    2. Assessment strategies for the Special Project shall be developed jointly by the student and supervising teacher.  Each student completing the Special Project Credit shall present, for final evaluation, evidence of personal growth in the project’s stated goals and objectives.
    3. Schools shall establish procedures to communicate to parents/caregivers and students the availability, procedures, outcomes, and assessment strategies for Special Projects.
    4. The Lloydminster Public School Division shall retain a copy of each Special Project Proposal on file for a minimum of five (5) years.
    5. Where a project takes a student off campus, pertinent provisions of the Work Experience Education Guidelines shall apply.
  4. The Principal shall have the authority to approve, disapprove, or defer all special project credits.  Approvals shall be based on such factors as follows:
    1. The proposals conformity to all stated requirements.
    2. The Principal’s assessment of the student’s commitment and ability to complete theproposed project.
    3. The availability of suitable professional staff to support the project and monitor the student’s achievement.
    4. The relevance of the credit proposal to the student’s personal, educational, or career development plans.
  5. Upon approval of all Special Project Proposals by the principal, the principal shall submit all Special Projects Proposals to the Superintendent of Education for final approval.
  6. The Principal, in consultation with the supervising teacher, shall be responsible for withdrawing approval status related to a project should such an action be deemed, by the Principal, to be appropriate.
  7. Upon successful completion of the project, a grade will be submitted to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education in the same manner as for other courses of study.  The course designation (10, 20, 30) shall be determined by the year of completion of the project.  A final mark of SG will be awarded and appear on the student’s official Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement.
  8. Special Project Credits 10, 20, and 30 can be attained using the same project subject, if the student can demonstrate that each project clearly identifies new learning and is distinct from previous special project submissions.  The Special Project Credit(s) shall be named Special Project 10, Special Project 20, or Special Project 30.
  9. The Superintendent of Education shall be responsible for considering and ruling on any student or parent/caregiver appeal of a school level decision related to Special Project Credits or the application of this procedure. The decision of the Superintendent of Education may not be appealed.

Revised
June 2017
August 2023