Directory of Distance Learning Opportunities, K-12

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Division of Continuing Education Independent Learning Program

178 UCB, 1505 University Avenue

Boulder, CO 80309-0178

Phone: (800) 331-2801 Fax: (303) 492-3962



Institution Description: The Division of Continuing Education at the University of Colorado offers courses to supplement the programs of high schools and to make education at the high-school level available to all individuals. High school students may use the credits earned to enrich their high school programs. These guided study independent learning courses provide special opportunities for students to meet college entrance requirements, to accelerate graduation, or to meet high school graduation requirements.

High school credit and diplomas are awarded only by high schools. Students working for credit must study under the direction of a supervisor approved by the high school awarding credit.

Official(s): Dr. John Dunn, Director

Geographic Access: Worldwide

Delivery: Print-based

Grade Level: High School

Admission: Any high school student may enroll for credit with permission from their counselors, supervisors, or principals. Courses may also be taken for no credit by anyone wishing to refresh skills, learn new subject matter, or to stimulate and enrich minds.

Tuition/Fees: $80 per course. Tuition is the same for Colorado residents and nonresidents. Fees for special course materials are listed with the course descriptions below. Textbooks and syllabi must be ordered separately by the student and can be obtained from the CU Bookstore (303-492-6411). MasterCard, Visa, or American Express accepted.

Enrollment Period: Students may register at any time and have one year to complete course work. If more time is needed, a twelve-month extension will be granted upon payment of a $30 extension fee. Overseas students have twenty-four months to complete a course with no additional fee. No further extensions of time will be allowed.

Equipment Requirements: High school independent learning courses utilize a guided study syllabus, textbooks, specific writing assignments, work sheets, and examinations. Some courses require kits; others have optional tapes or records.

Credit and Grading: Credit is awarded in Carnegie units. One semester’s work is equal to ½ Carnegie unit. Examinations must be taken under the supervision of a monitor. The supervisor may not be a relative of the student and is usually an approved high school counselor or principal. All papers are graded and corrected by instructors serving the Division of Continuing Education. Letter grades are assigned. Students pay the postage on all work sent in for grading. Airmail service to students outside the U.S. is available and must be paid at the time of enrollment (Canada and Mexico $21; Central and South America, West Indies $44; other overseas $50). Letter grades are assigned.

Library Services: Students in Colorado who are officially registered have access to the University of Colorado libraries. Students outside Colorado are encouraged to utilized local library facilities and the resources to be found on the Internet.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools



Biology 1: This course includes a basic understanding of biology; basic chemistry; structure of cells and how they communicate; energy conversions; cell reproduction; genetics; ecosystems and succession; environmental problems and solution; and the classification of living things. (½ unit)

Biology 2: This course continues the study of the kingdoms of living organisms. Students further their understanding of fundamental biological concepts as they learn about the characteristics of representative members of various phyla and classes of the plant and animal kingdoms. Students learn about the anatomy and physiology of the human body, and also consider such health-related topics as nutrition, disease, and harmful drugs. (½ unit)

Biology 3: Advanced Biology: A systems approach to living organisms is used in this course. Students learn about the characteristics and classification of living organisms, basic chemistry, cellular organization, biochemistry, and energy use and release of living systems. They apply this knowledge while examining specific biological processes, including gas exchange, food utilization, and excretion. Option 1 includes work with microscope; Option 2 without microscope. (½ unit)


Office Systems: This course prepares students for duties as receptionists, messengers, support staff personnel, clerks, and cashiers. Students become familiar with filing and office machine systems; incoming and outgoing funds and bank statements; and sales and accounts payable, inventory control, and payroll systems. (½ unit)

Consumer Education and Economics: In this beginning level course, students learn about their rights and responsibilities as a consumer. They discover how personal goals and values affect their choices; how they can develop reliable decision-making skills for spending, saving, and investing; how they can evaluate alternatives in the marketplace; and how they can maximize their resources. (½ unit)

Beginning Accounting 1: Studies in accounting terminology, concepts, principles, and practices give students a solid foundation both for a career and for financial success. After becoming acquainted with the various applications, they reinforce their understanding of accounting procedures by working through realistic accounting cycles for a proprietorship and a partnership. (½ unit)

Beginning Accounting 2: Students learn that effective business decisions can be made only when their information is current, accurate, and complete. They apply their knowledge of business decision-making processes while studying the accounting system of a corporation that uses special journals. The final section emphasizes the functions of accounting control systems. (½ unit)

Business English and Communication: Students need to have a knowledge of basic grammar to be successful in this course. They focus on the common language skills necessary to good expression in such business communications as letters, memos, and reports. Coherent writing, sentence structure, and vocabulary building are stressed. (½ unit)


Civics: In this course, students develop and understanding of their role as American citizens. They examine their rights and responsibilities in state and local governments, the home and school, the economy, and the world. By examining certain contemporary problems, students gain the ability to analyze the social and political issues of a democratic society. (½ unit)


Basic Grammar: Students learn the terminology and the structure of the English language in an easy-to-understand, step-by-step fashion. Parts of speech, sentence structure, choice, and use of words, capitalization, and punctuation are covered. (½ unit)

Intermediate Grammar: This course challenges students with an in-depth study of grammar. Students review parts of speech and usage, sentence patterns, basic punctuation, and capitalization. They study clauses, phrases, and sentence problems; and complex pronoun, verb, and adverb forms. (½ unit)

The Short Story: The form of the short story is the central concern of this course. As students read the assigned stories, they study such aspects of form as plot, character, and theme. (½ unit)


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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Introduction v
  • Academy of Home Education 1
  • Independent Study in Idaho 94
  • Jeffconet Academy 107
  • Oklahoma State University 158
  • Star Schools 187
  • University of Colorado at Boulder 217
  • Subject Index of Courses Offered, by Level 283
  • Course Level Index 299
  • Geographic Index 301


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