Unit of Credit: Lincoln-Way High School awards credit on the basis of the “Carnegie Unit.” The Carnegie Unit is the amount of credit given for the successful completion of a course which meets for a minimum of 40 minutes daily, 5 days per week, for a least 36 weeks or the equivalent amount (120 clock hours) of time within the school year. All regularly scheduled courses at Lincoln-Way meet for a minimum of 50 minutes per day, 5 days a week for at least 36 weeks. Academic courses offered in summer school fulfill the 120 clock hour requirement. Successful completion performance criteria, student achievement, and student attendance is defined by the instructional staff of the respective disciplines.

Transfers: Students transferring into Lincoln-Way will have their transcripts evaluated by the school’s counselor/registrar and credits will be converted to our system. Transfer students must meet all graduation requirements (at least seven semesters of high school attendance, 22 credits and all required courses) before these students are eligible for a Lincoln-Way diploma. Also, all transfer students must be in attendance at Lincoln-Way High School during the regular school year for at least one full semester of their senior year to receive a diploma from Lincoln-Way High School. Homeschooled students seeking Lincoln-Way credit must submit information about the organization providing work, including a detailed syllabus of course work and samples of student’s completed work. The Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction will evaluate all submitted documents for approval.

Correspondence Courses: District #210 will accept a maximum of three credits from schools approved and certified by the State Board of Education. Students may use only three credits which they have obtained away from Lincoln-Way High School through correspondence, an approved summer school or night school program, which meets Lincoln-Way’s Carnegie unit requirements, in meeting the required 22 graduation credits. Correspondence courses may be taken in a student’s senior year when it has been determined that the student needs the correspondence credit to meet the graduation requirements. Correspondence classes taken prior to the senior year must be approved by the building principal. All courses taken outside of Lincoln-Way High School must be approved by a Lincoln-Way counselor/PPS Director prior to registration for the course if the student wishes to use the credit from this course toward meeting graduation requirements. Correspondence courses may not be used toward early graduation, unless approved by the building principal.

Proficiency Exams: District #210 will not award credit solely on the basis of a proficiency exam. District #210 will participate in any proficiency exam authorized by the Illinois State Board of Education which allows students to proficiency out of a mandated course. The student passing the proficiency exam will not receive credit toward meeting the graduation requirements, but will receive a waiver for the specific course for which he/she demonstrated proficiency.

Military Experience: District #210 will evaluate credit earned through military programs on the basis of the State Board of Education’s regulations and recommendations.

Correctional Institution Education Programs: District #210 will evaluate credit earned through correctional institution programs on the basis of the State Board of Education’s regulations and recommendations.

Grade School Courses: District #210 will not grant high school credit for courses taken during grade school. Certain high school level classes taken in grade school will appear on the high school transcript for no credit. Beginning in 2008-09, certain advanced high school classes, taken by grade school students on site at District #210 schools, may receive credit.

Life and/or Non-Formal Experiences: District #210 will not grant credit on the basis of life and/or other non-formal experiences.


Summer school offerings are at the option of District #210. Summer school is not tax supported and a tuition fee is assessed for students who attend summer school to cover the cost of the teacher’s salary and materials. Information regarding summer school courses is available in the spring through the PPS Department.