What is Option II?
The New Jersey Department of Education created Option II to provide a degree of flexibility for students who want to challenge themselves with educational experiences that fall outside of the regular program offered in a school or to pursue higher levels of coursework. As stated in the Department of Education’s guidelines on the subject (click here to access the state site), “Option II, or program completion, permits district boards of education to determine and establish curricular activities or programs aimed at achieving the Core Curriculum Content Standards for promotion and graduation purposes. Option II serves as an alternative to traditional high school courses and involves in-depth experiences that may be provided by school district personnel or instructors not employed by the school district. Option II allows local school districts to design and implement curricular programs that meet the needs of all students. The regulations support student participation in deep and meaningful learning experiences that advance student learning and focus on student interest and abilities."
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