Many high school students wish to earn extra credits during summer break in order to enhance their learning, graduate early or make up for failed classes. Though you can almost always take summer school classes at your high school without going through many bureaucratic hoops, you may have to work with the school's administrative office or the school board if you wish to take college courses, home school or take classes online for credit.

Step 1

Meet with a school counselor, administrator or teacher before school ends to discuss options for extra credits through online classes, summer school, college courses or home schooling. Ask about the rules, which vary by school and state.

Step 2

Enroll in a summer school program sponsored by your school district. For example, if you are part of the Springfield school district and Springfield has two high schools, Springfield North and Springfield South, you may usually sign up for summer courses at either school. Replace a year or semester's worth of classes (depending on your school's scheduling system) with a four-credit summer school course.

Step 3

Take a class at your local community college. Fill out the appropriate forms at your high school's administrative office to receive credit for course taken through a local college.

Step 4

Study for an AP test on your own. Take the test and if you get a passing grade, you will receive college credit even if you do not take the AP class. Check with the college you wish to attend for information concerning their specific credit amounts and score requirements.

Step 5

Pass a placement test to opt out of the lower levels of a class, such as first year Spanish. Arrange for a placement test by speaking to a teacher of the class for which you will be testing. Find out if you can receive credit for the class even if you don't have to take it after passing the test.

Step 6

Get any special permission you may need from the office at your school or the school board office for a home schooling or online learning program. Secure parental permission, even if you plan to teach yourself the material, as this may be required. Take an online course or learn the material on your own and take any tests or produce any portfolio required by your school on the material.