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Students who must leave their overseas military school within 20 days of the end of the semester can tackle courses at an accelerated pace so credits transfer to their new school, school officials said.

Such students are eligible to complete advance assignments and examinations and receive credit for that semester in the accelerated program, said Maggie Menzies, a spokeswoman for Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe.

While the option is not used often, it exists for those who really need it, Laurel Eisinger, education division branch chief, said through the spokeswoman.

Usually, commands work with the departing servicemembers, letting them stay on station the extra days while students finish up the required number of classroom days before the end of a semester.

In order to take advantage of the program, students must already have a passing grade for each class in which they seek acceleration. Students, parents and teachers of each of the student’s classes must also develop an individualized plan for the student. The request also must be approved by the principal, Menzies said.

The policy applies to students transferring before the end of a semester on permanent change of station orders, or in emergency situations.

“It must be for an appropriate reason, deemed appropriate by the school principal,” Menzies said.

DODDS-Europe offers these guidelines for parents and students:

· The sponsor must provide the school with a copy of PCS orders no later than 30 days before moving.

· Students, sponsors and teachers must sign a contract that provides students with advance assignments and due dates, exams, and final projects. Students are on their honor not to share with other students information such as test questions or answers.

· Students seeking accelerated work should have at least a 2.5 grade-point average.

· During the acceleration period, students absent from school may jeopardize acceleration privileges. Principals reserve the right to make changes to the acceleration program.

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