• Introduction and Guidelines

    Students come into language courses from a multitude of backgrounds and experiences. Students also have many personal and academic circumstances that affect their preparation and performance in any given course. With these factors in mind, the World Language Department has developed the following transfer guidelines:

    • There are two kinds of transfers: upward transfer and downward transfer
      • Upward transfer means switching course levels from a lower level into a higher level
      • Downward transfer means switching course levels from a higher level into a lower level
    • There are two deadlines within the transfer guidelines: 2-week deadline and 4-week deadline
      • 2-week deadline: the student's grade does not follow them, make-up work is not required
      • 4-week deadline: the student's grade does not follow them, make-up work may be required (teacher may exempt some or all of the work)
    • Transfers cannot take place after the fourth week of the new trimester

    Credit for Upward Transfer

    Students in an upward transfer situation do not automatically receive credit for the course they are departing. They are exercising the option to self-accelerate. However, students wishing to receive credit for a course they are departing may do so by officially testing out of the course. Please see the testing-out guidelines for more information.

    Credit for Downward Transfer

    Students in a downward transfer situation do not receive credit for the course they are departing, at the time of the departure. However, students may return to this course and receive credit if they subsequently enroll in and achieve a passing score in the original course they departed.

    Graduation Requirement

    Please be aware that transferring language courses may have an impact on graduation requirements. The BPS graduation requirements are two credits of the same language, with at least one credit coming in grades 9-12 and that last credit being a higher course level than the last middle-school credit earned. 

    Two common examples:

    • A 9th grader in Spanish 2 transfers to Spanish 1 within the first four weeks, they still need to pass Spanish 2 within the next three school years in order to fulfill the BPS graduation requirements for languages
    • A 9th grader in Spanish 3 transfers to Spanish 2 within the first four weeks, they still need to pass Spanish 3 within the next three school years in order to fulfill the BPS graduation requirements for languages

    Please consult with the counseling staff or the department chair if you have any questions.