For years, we have promoted the CVEP (Credit Verification and Evaluation Program) as a proactive way for parents to plan for high school graduation without STAAR. The CVEP program permits the student to attend and participate in all their local high school activities without ever taking STAAR. After completing their credits, the student then “transfers” the credits to The Oaks Private School (TOPS), and after completing a short course, they receive their accredited diploma. Texas parents have used this process to complete their high school diplomas and even to meet military enlistment requirements. The program is legitimate and the school is regionally accredited.
The two questions we get the most are (a) can I still graduate with my local high school and (b) how much does it cost. Graduation participation depends on your local school policies. If they permit students who have completed all graduation requirements other than state assessments to participate in graduation, then your student likely can participate also. If they don’t you will have to forego the local ceremony. Please note, a ceremony is not graduation, it is only a ritual. It should also be noted that your local school board can change this policy, so parents should actively lobby their district to permit all students who have completed credits to participate in graduation. For your local school’s policies, check Board Policy FMH (Local) (See example for Georgetown ISD). As to the cost, the CVEP program is exceedingly affordable. If paid in full, the cost is only $450. TOPS also has payment options, and if utilized the final cost is $500.
In this interview, the principal of The Oaks Private School, Marilyn Bennett, joins us to discuss the CVEP program. Please note, Marilyn’s opinions are her own. We do not share the belief that students/parents should participate in or attempt the STAAR EOCs because of the punitive and discriminatory use of the results. However, we fully support CVEP and the excellent people at TOPS. Please note, parents looking for an online, private option for a full, accredited at home curriculum may also wish to visit with Marilyn about their full time enrollment programs.
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