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MISSION: To lead an educational partnership with the Community, maintaining an environment that challenges all students to reach their potential as lifelong learners and responsible members of society.

Alternative Credit/Dual Enrollment/Early Release


Bethel Park students may acquire original credit through alternate means.  All alternative credit sources need to be pre-approved by the principal.  The list of options is as follows, but is not limited to this menu:

  • Dual Enrollment – see below

  • Early Graduation

  • Early Release

  • Independent Study

  • Online Learning

The district will assist the student in finding available opportunities that match the student’s interests.  Some courses have associated fees which may be the student’s responsibility.


The Dual Enrollment Program at BPHS provides eligible high school students with the opportunity to take college courses while still in high school. Students wishing to take advantage of the Dual Enrollment Program must have the approval of the High School Head Principal and their parents. The number of courses, as well as the type of courses taken will be determined through a joint approval process. Students may not enroll in more than 12 dual enrollment credits per school year. In some cases, students may be required to take a placement test before being approved to take certain courses at the college.  In addition, if Bethel Park High School courses become eligible for Dual Enrollment status, students may receive both high school and college credit by assuming any course costs and successful completion of the course (as presented by the college/university).  

Students interested in participating in the Dual Enrollment Program must meet all eligibility requirements. To enroll in college courses, students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.  For Penn State Dual Enrollment courses, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students may be required to take a course prerequisite and must complete all necessary forms as required by the college.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the partners are Community College of Allegheny County, Clarion University, California University of PA, IUP, Penn State Greater Allegheny and Waterfront Learning Online (AIU3).  Upon discussion, students may seek out another university for a particular class as long as the university is willing to permit their entrance.

Dual Enrollment fees are paid by the student.  Most colleges and universities offer a lower fee to their students since they are not a full time student at their university.  

What is the student and parent responsibility to the Dual Enrollment Program?

  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (may need a higher GPA depending upon the college or university)

  • Meet with your high school guidance counselor to confirm that you meet the GPA requirement for admission.

  • Discuss what classes you will be taking with your counselor.

  • BPHS will award 1 credit for a class that is not offered at BPHS and is worth 3 credits at the college or university.

  • Fill out the Google Survey https://goo.gl/forms/7q9SsVMPQVl8hmht1

  • Fill out the college or university’s specific paperwork and make sure to get the High School Head Principal’s signature on the form.

  • Obtain a high school transcript through the records department for the college or university.

  • Students who enroll in a Dual Enrollment class are concurrently students of the college. As such, students must follow the "drop and add" schedule for the college. Failure to comply with the college schedule may result in fees assessed to the student/parent.  

  • The student is responsible for their own transportation to the college or university.

  • Students are responsible to make sure that BPHS gets a copy of their transcript from the university so credit can be awarded on their BPHS transcript.

  • Students are responsible to make sure that their 4 year college receives the Dual Enrollment transcript from their program.

  • For more information on the Dual Enrollment, please call the Counseling Office at 412-854-8597 or contact their counselor directly.


A student may find that his/her needs indicate that early graduation is desirable.  Students, who have earned sufficient credits to complete their graduation requirement by the end of the first semester of their senior year, may request early graduation with written parental consent and the approval of the school board.  All diplomas will be awarded at the time of the regular graduation exercises.


Seniors, carrying at least 5 credits,  meeting anticipated requirements for graduation but who wish to remain in school until graduation, may request an abbreviated schedule for an early release.  No early release will be permitted before 7th period.  Final approval will be awarded by the Head Principal.  Reasons for early release include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Dual Enrollment

  • Job Shadow – Internships

  • Employment for financing post-secondary schooling

All requests for early release are subject to the following requirements and conditions:

  • Parent written consent

  • Students who fail to demonstrate proficiency on the Keystone Exam will be ineligible for early release.

  • All early releases are subject to Principal approval.

  • There will be no early release prior to Period 7.

  • Juniors will not be dismissed early, unless early release is a condition of  a pre-approved educational program.


Independent Study: Proposals must be approved by the School Board.  The proposal must detail the objectives and goals of the study as well as delineate the activities associated with the study.  The proposal must provide substantiation of time that would complement the amount of time of a regularly conducted course.  Independent studies cannot be approved as a substitute for a regularly conducted course.  The proposal must include approval signatures of the student, parent, appropriate department curriculum facilitator, and teacher who would work with the student.  The proposal must be submitted two to four weeks prior to the beginning of the requested semester.


The Bethel Park Online Academy offers students currently enrolled in a Pennsylvania cyber charter school an opportunity to attain a Bethel Park High School diploma through a district-coordinated cyber program.  The BPOA provides an opportunity to attend school fully online or to take some online classes and some traditional classes at the high school.  Online Academy students may participate in all school-sponsored activities, clubs, after-school programs, and receive a Bethel Park High School Diploma.  

For more information, please contact Mr. Brian Lenosky, Director of Online Learning at 412-854-8521 or lenosky.brian@bphawks.org.