Kamehameha Schools Kapālama
Dual Credit Program
Policies and Procedures
Updated as of 09/2023
1. Could any Kamehameha Schools Kapālama (KSK) high school student take dual credit courses?
Yes, dual credit courses are available to ALL KSK high school students. ALL KSK students may request dual credit (DC) courses. Please see “course scheduling preferences” policy (policy # 8). To confirm dual credit course registration(s) at KSK and HPU, parents and students need to sign a Dual Credit Acknowledgment and Agreement Form on Infinite Campus each school year. Students new to taking DC courses and students who have not taken a DC course in the span of 1 calendar year must complete a special DC Program HPU application.
2. Are there any special prerequisites for DC courses?
Certain DC courses may have a prerequisite/other enrollment requirements (such as a placement test) that need to be met for KSK and/or HPU. Please see the individual course descriptions in the KSK high school course catalogue or the “Current Course Offerings” dropdown option under the Courses/Registration tab for specific prerequisite information.
3. What is expected of a DC student?
All DC courses earn both high school and college credit and therefore require student responsibility and maturity. DC courses are rigorous. DC courses may also require higher time commitments to complete readings and assignments compared to non-DC course options. Students need to check and respond to emails in a timely manner, monitor their own course progress, and reach out for support if needed. Students should also save a copy of each DC course syllabus that they complete. Colleges and universities may need to see these syllabi to transfer DC credits into their systems.
4. How much will a DC course cost me?
DC courses are provided for KSK students at no cost to ʻohana. All HPU credit hour costs and associated fees are paid by KSK. Should a student fail or not complete the course, KSK may bill the student’s KSK account $100 per college credit (all KSK DC courses are a minimum of 3 credits).
5. How do I register for DC courses?
The first step to registration is a course request. In order to secure DC courses in your schedule, you must select courses that indicate “(DC)” with the specific DC course number. Click here to view current course offerings and course numbers.
6. Am I guaranteed a DC course if I request one?
Like any other course request, requesting a DC course does not guarantee that you will get the course in your schedule. Not only must the course fit in with your other course requests, additionally, you must meet all course prerequisites, have a kumu recommendation (if required), as well as complete all additional paperwork or course eligibility requirements by the deadline set by the DC Program.
7. I requested a DC course, how do I know if I got it?
Your schedule is confirmation of your DC course(s) and is typically available in the weeks before the start of the semester.
8. Who gets priority IF there are more course requests than DC course seats available?
Student who apply and are accepted into the AA Cohort receive preferential registration into DC courses. AA Cohort preferential registration also takes into account class standing. Seniors in the AA Cohort receive first preference, followed by Seniors, AA Cohort Junior, Juniors, AA Cohort Sophomores, Sophomores, and then Freshman.
9. Will taking DC courses negatively impact my college athletic eligibility?
College athletic eligibility is not impacted by taking DC courses. A student athlete’s “clock” doesn’t start until the student is a Freshman at a college campus.
10. May I take DC courses if I am not working towards an AA degree?
Yes, students may choose to take DC course offerings in their area of interest. Once students earn more than 18 college credits their status will change at HPU to “degree seeking.”
11. After successfully completing a regular KSK high school course, am I able to retake the same course for DC?
No. Due to current resources, course requests and seat availability, this is not allowed. This policy stands even IF the DC course was not available at the time the student was enrolled in the regular KSK high school course.
12. I am 18, can I sign my own documents?
Even if a student is 18, we require a parent/guardian signature on any KSK DC forms because parents/guardians are responsible for their student’s KSK account.
13. What happens if I miss the published deadline?
Failure to adhere to deadlines may result in your ineligibility to receive dual credit and/or removal from a DC course.
14. Am I really a college student?
Yes! Dual credit students are concurrently enrolled at KSK and our partner college HPU. Should a student wish, they may get a College ID (which often comes with additional benefits and discounts). Additionally, the college library and other academic resources such as the writing lab, advising etc. may be available to dual credit KSK students who visit the college campus or reach out for additional support.
15. Do I need to follow the partner college policies?
Yes, DC students are required to follow ALL KSK and partner college policies.
16. Will credits transfer to every college?
Each post secondary institution has their own policies regarding acceptance of transfer credits, and these policies are subject to change. The DC Office does not provide this information to students or ʻohana. We recommend that students and ʻohana check with each college they are interested in pursuing and inquire directly with the institution’s admissions office. To make this inquiry they will need to download an unofficial HPU transcript and be clear that credits are earned at Hawaiʻi Pacific University. Many schools provide transfer credit policy information on their websites and some have online based course transfer databases.
17. Can I drop a DC class? When am I able to drop a course?
Students must adhere to both KSK and HPU course add/drop timelines (click here to view the HPU Academic Calendar).
18. Does the college have an attendance policy?
Attendance for DC courses follow KSK policy unless the department or kumu have set additional expectations. Please read each DC course syllabus carefully to be sure you understand the attendance policy and its potential impact on your success in the course. Please note that KSK Summer School has their own policy.
19. My child has a documented disability, how will they be supported in their DC course?
Currently all college partner instructors are vetted KSK kumu who follow the ADA policy in the KSK HS Student & Parent Handbook (link). Additional college level supports may be available to the student should they choose to visit the college campus.
20. Are the policies different if I take a DC course during the summer?
Summer school students must also follow all DC policies as well as any policies included in the Summer School handbook.
21. What if I am unable to attend school due to medical leave or documented hardship?
Your options will depend on when your medical leave begins and how long you will be out. If you leave within the add/drop period, you may opt to drop the class with no penalty. If you leave after the add/drop period, the ultimate determination of your options, which may include an “I”ncomplete or a “W”ithdraw, will be made in conjunction with the DC student support team, kumu and counselor, KSK administration, and partner college, on a case-by-case basis. If the terms of the “I”ncomplete are not fulfilled by the agreed upon deadline, it may result in a permanent “F”ailure on both the KSK and HPU transcripts.
22. What happens if I am asked to leave KSK (or choose to leave) after I have enrolled in a DC course?
Please notify the DC Program directly and in a timely manner if you leave KSK. If a student leaves KSK within the add/drop period, they can easily opt to drop the DC courses. If the student leaves after the add/drop period, the ultimate determination of your grade, an “I”ncomplete or a “W”ithdraw, will be made in conjunction with the dual credit student support team, kumu and counselor, KSK administration and partner college, on a case-by-case basis.
23. What if I am academically dishonest?
Consequences may be leveled at both institutions. Refer to KSK and HPU Handbooks.
24. What if I am concerned about my grades or final exam?
Final exams are given at the discretion of the instructor on record. If you have any concerns regarding grades or final exams, please contact your instructor.
Implications of not completing or failing a course
25. What happens if I earn a grade marking of “F”ailure in my DC course?
If you fail, consequences will include: repayment to KS $100 per college credit (billed directly to your student account regardless of Financial Aid status), an “F” on your KSK high school and college transcript (which may impact future college admissions, as well as your ability to receive federal aid at the college level), in addition to potentially impacting your KSK graduation if you fail a required course.
26. If I fail a course, will I be able to retake the course for DC or take another DC course?
If a student fails a DC course, the repayment policy will be enforced. Additionally, the student will not be allowed to retake the same course for dual credit. DC eligibility for future courses may be jeopardized by failing a DC course.