Cooperative Education, known to some simply as "Co-Op," is a partnership between and among students, parents, the school, and area employers. Participating in Co-Op allows a student to earn high school credit for a part-time job or internship.
How many hours a student works is only one part in determining how many credits one can earn. Students must work a minimum of 140 hours for each credit earned. That works out to about 3.5 hours per week from August to May. The other factor to consider is the student's schedule. For example, if a student is taking four core classes (common) and two electives, there is room in the schedule for one section of Co-Op - equating to one credit.
Students may earn a maximum of four credits for Co-Op. This can be achieved in Junior or Senior years - or even during the summer.
See more on Spain Park High School's Cooperative Education.