Why would I take an HSDL course?
- Make up credits you need to graduate
- Take courses not offered at your school
- Collaborate with other schools to offer courses through the ICN
- Advance your learning through classes that may not fit in your schedule at school
What courses are available?
- Kirkwood HSDL offers a variety of online and correspondence courses
- Visit our courses page to see what is currently available
How do I register for a course?
- Receive permission from your school to enroll in a HSDL course
- Fill out a registration form
- Send registration form and payment to:
Kirkwood Community College
1030 5th Ave SE, LL100
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
- Wait for materials to be sent to you via email or to your school via USPS mail
How much does it cost?
- $150 – Iowa residents
- $200 – Out-of-state residents
- $60 – Refundable book deposit, if required
- $15 – Lab book fee, if required
Do I need a textbook?
- For correspondence classes and some online classes a textbook is required.
- A $60 refundable book fee is required for classes needing textbooks.
- Students need to return books in good, usable condition to receive their deposit back.
- Grades and credits are not issued until textbooks are returned to the HSDL office.
Is there homework?
- Yes, homework requirements vary with courses
- Correspondence courses have a study guide that is mailed out with welcome materials
- Online courses have reading and unit quizzes
How do I take a test?
- All written tests are done in the presence of a proctor
- For correspondence courses, tests are mailed to the proctor indicated on the registration form
- Students turn in their homework for the chapter/unit over which they are testing
- Proctors mail tests and homework to the HSDL office
- For online courses, there are two tests to each unit.
- The computer-scored test may be taken at any time
- The teacher-scored test requires online facilitators be notified at least 24 hours in advance of taking a test
- Students print off tests in the presence of their proctors
- Proctors mail, email or fax the tests to the HSDL office
What if I fail a test?
- Students are expected to be prepared the first time they test; however, there is one retake allowed per test.
- Students should study for a minimum of one week before testing.
How many classes can be taken at a time?
- We recommend taking one class at a time; however, there is no limit.
How is high school credit awarded?
- Students successfully complete the whole class
- Passes all tests with a minimum score of 60 percent
- Completes all assigned homework
- Returns the textbook to the HSDL office
- An official grade report is emailed to the school with the recommended credit
- Your school will add the credit to your transcript
How can parents help their child(ren) be successful?
- Talk to your child about his/her class
- Assist your child in setting up a study space
- Help your child organize his/her time to complete the course in four months
- Encourage your child to ask for help from his/her proctor, online facilitator or HSDL staff member
What can the school district do to help students be successful?
- Designate someone as a “go-to” person at the school (usually the proctor)
- Check in with the student early and often
- Assist students in organizing their time
- Help the student contact their online facilitator or HSDL staff if they have questions
When is the best time to enroll?
- Anytime!Make sure that sports, drama, band, dance, cheerleading, speech, debate or other activities will not interfere with your ability to finish this class.
- You have four calendar months to complete the course from the day you register
What if I don’t finish the course?
- Students may request an extension of up to one month, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the HSDL specialist
- Students may re-register for a course by completing the registration process again.
- Students withdrawing (requests need to be in writing to the HSDL Specialist) from the course within the first 14 calendar days are issued a 50percent refund.
- Courses are not transferrable to other students.