Placement and Matriculation - What are the requirements for Placement into a course, or Matriculation to the next-level course?
To place into a course, the student must meet the listed Prerequisites for that course, including required prior courses or placement tests. The student has one week from enrollment to submit placement materials (questionnaires, tests, essays). Placement is part of the "Teacher Approval" process for any course.
Most upper-level core courses require "successful completion" of a prior course.
- New Student: If the student did not take the prior course from TPS, a placement test will be required. Because course content and evaluation varies greatly from one organization to another, and because TPS courses are on the more challenging end of that spectrum, it has proven to be in the best interest of incoming students to assess readiness through a placement test.
- Automatic Matriculation: If the student took the prerequisite course from TPS, the student must maintain the Final Score listed in the Prerequisites (usually 80% or higher) to automatically matriculate to the next-level course(s) in the sequence.
- Conditional Matriculation: If the student took the prerequisite course from TPS with a "passing" Final Score (70% or higher) that was not high enough for automatic matriculation (usually 80%) to the next-level course(s) in the sequence, the student may still apply for the next course, but matriculation will require teacher approval based on assessment of prior work, a placement test, summer remedial work, and a placement test at the end of the summer remediation. Note that a seat cannot be scheduled or held for the student until after remediation and placement are complete.
- Course Recovery: If the student took the prerequisite course from TPS with a Final Score below 70%, the student will not be allowed to matriculate to the next-level course(s) in the sequence. In this case, the student must re-take the unsuccessful course (from TPS or elsewhere) to be considered for further advancement in that subject within TPS.