Lockland High
School
Incoming Freshmen
Welcome to the big leagues!
Introduction to High School
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Grades 9-12
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10 point grading scale
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9th grade = freshmen
10th grade = sophomore
11th grade = junior
12th grade = senior
90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
59 or lower = F
Exams
◦ 10% of your final grade!
◦ Your homework/assignments/tests/quizzes prepare you for exams!
◦ Keep notes to study for your exams!
Grading Timeline
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Grades are reported at the end of 1st quarter, 2nd quarter, 3rd quarter
& 4th quarter.
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Exam reported at the end of 1-2nd quarter
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Exam reported at the end of 3-4th quarter
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True or False?
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Grades don’t matter 9th grade year of high school.
◦ FALSE!!! Grades matter 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade!!!
◦ Need at least 20 high school credits to graduate!
◦ At Lockland, we like you to take 21 high school credits
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Must meet Ohio’s graduation requirements:
◦ 1. Credit Requirement
◦ 2. State Testing Requirement
Credits
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What is a credit, and how do I earn one?
◦ Credit is proof that you completed a course with a passing grade
of a D (60%) or above.
◦ You need at least 20 credits to graduate from high school.
◦ For each yearlong course you take and pass, you receive 1 credit
◦ For each semester course you take and pass, you receive 1/2
credit
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What if I fail a course/class?
◦ You receive no credit
◦ MUST re-take class!
◦ MUST pass!
Credit Requirements
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Students must earn a total of at least 20 credits to graduate!
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Credits must be composed of:
◦ 4 English Language Arts Credits
◦ 1/2 credit of Health
◦ 1/2 credit of Physical Education
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PE I or PE Waiver (must complete PE Waiver Form)
◦ 4 Mathematics credits
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Must include 1 credit of Algebra II
◦ 3 Science credits
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Must include 1 credit of Physical Science
Must include 1 credit of Life Science (e.g. Biology)
Must include 1 credit of Advanced Study (e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy)
◦ 3 Social Studies credits
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Must include 1/2 credit American History (e.g. US Studies)
Must include 1/2 credit of American Government
◦ 5 Elective Credits
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Must include 1 credit Fine Arts
All students must receive instruction in financial literacy & economics (e.g. Personal Finance)
Additional elective credits can include Foreign Language, Business, Fin e Art, Career Tech
Education, other classes that exceed the credit requirements for a certain subject area.
Honors Diploma
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Student must meet all requirements for a state of
Ohio diploma and
Student must meet 7 out of the following 8 criteria:
◦ 4 English Language Arts Credits
◦ 4 Mathematics credits (including Algebra I, Geometry,
Algebra II, or equivalent & another higher level course)
◦ 4 Science credits (including physics & chemistry)
◦ 4 credits of Social Studies
◦ 3 credits of Foreign Language (could be 3 credits of one
foreign language or 2 credits each of 2 foreign languages)
◦ 1 credit of Fine Arts
◦ GPA of a 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale
◦ ACT score of 27 or higher, or SAT score of 1210 or higher
(excluding scores from the writing section)
State Testing Requirements
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“Per the new law, Ohio will cease the use of PARCC tests in mathematics
and English language arts. The department will develop Ohio-specific tests
using our existing contract with the American Institutes for Research (AIR)
— which currently provides science and social studies tests — to provide
Ohio’s math and English language art tests. We are striving for a seamless
transition and the new tests will use the same platform that AIR already
provides to Ohio. These will be Ohio’s tests and will align to Ohio’s
standards using a vendor that has served our schools for more than a
decade. The assessments will be shorter than those given last year and will
be offered during a single testing window. We appreciate all the hard work
of educators across the state who devoted countless hours to the
development of a new generation of tests. This knowledge will guide our
work in developing new tests for the 2015-2016 school year. We will provide
more information as it becomes available. As part of the transition to a new
test, the legislature extended a number of safe harbor provisions. The
department will also be communicating further with districts about this
issue.” http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/2015_2016-State-TestsUpdates
Transcripts
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What is a transcript?
◦ A running record of EVERY course you have taken during
high school
◦ Updated throughout the year and at the end of each year
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What will my transcript include?
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Credits earned
Grades earned
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Class rank
Test scores (ACT/SAT)
Attendance/Tardies
How is my GPA calculated?
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Unweighted
◦ Regular, non-honor classes
◦ Calculated on a 4.0 scale
◦ A = 4; B = 3; C = 2; D = 1
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Weighted
◦ Honors classes (Honors English, Honors Math, Pre-Calculus, Math III,
Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy, Foreign Language)
◦ Calculated on a 5.0 scale
◦ A = 5; B = 3.75; C = 2.5; D = 1.25
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Advanced Placement (AP)
◦ AP classes (AP English, AP Math)
◦ Calculated on a 5.5 scale
◦ A = 5.5; B = 4.25; C = 3.0; D = 1.75
How do you calculate GPA?
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To Calculate…
◦ 1. Figure out if your class is regular, honors, or AP
◦ 2. Take the letter grade for each class
◦ 3. Convert it to the appropriate number
◦ 4. Add them together
◦ 5. Divide by the total number of classes you added
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Example: You receive 3 A’s, 2 Bs, and 2 C’s all in regular classes
(unweighted courses).
◦ 4+4+4+3+3+2+2 = 22
◦ 22/7 = 3.14 GPA
What do colleges/careers look
for?
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What separates you from the rest?
◦ Course selection
◦ Club activities
◦ Grades
◦ Volunteering
◦ Must earn a high school diploma
◦ Foreign language
 Most schools like to see 2 years of a foreign language
How to become involved
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Clubs
◦ Anthony Munoz Leadership Group
◦ National Honors Society
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Extra-curricular activities
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Volleyball
Cheerleading
Baseball/Softball
Football
Track
Athletic Eligibility
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Grades Matter!!!
◦ To be eligible, students must meet both of the following
requirements:
 1. Receive a passing grade in a minimum of 5 one credit courses or the equivalent
in the grading period immediately proceeding the sports season.
 For example, the eligibility for fall sports season will be determined by 4th
quarter grades.
 This also applies to grades earned during the 4th quarter of 8th grade.
 2. Board policy dictates that an athlete must maintain a GPA of 1.50 or higher in
the preceding grading period of the sports season to be played.
 Athletes who are ineligible for a particular sports season will not be able to regain
eligibility until the following sports season. He/she will not be able to
participate in any practices or activities during this time. For example, if an
athlete becomes ineligible for the winter sports season, he/she will not be able to
splay in a sport until the spring season.
 Athletes should refer to the Lockland Athletic Handbook for further information
on guidelines and rules.
Stay organized, study, manage
your time!
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Helpful tips
◦ Turn-in your homework/assignments ON
TIME!!!
◦ Study for quizzes/tests
◦ Ask for help
◦ Arrive to class ON TIME!
◦ Don’t be absent from school!
◦ Be involved in extra-curricular activities
and clubs!
Other options available
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Great Oaks Institute of Technology
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Apply in 10th grade in order to attend 11th & 12th grade year
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Cosmetology, Digital Arts and Design, Surgical Technology, Sports Rehabilitation and
Therapy, etc.
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Talk to school counselor for more information
College Credit Plus (CCP)
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7th-12th; can take college courses while still in high school
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Must sign “letter of intent” by April 1st if interested
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Must take college placement test and get accepted into college
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Paid by district unless you fail course(s), then you pay
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UC Blue Ash, Miami Hamilton, Cincinnati State, etc.
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Talk to counselor for more information
Credit Flexibility
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Alternate way to earn graduation credits outside of regularly scheduled classes
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Taking class online or testing out of a course by showing mastery content
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You MUST talk to the school counselor between Feb.-March for more information and to
let her know that you are interested. Applications due to school counselor by April 1st!
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Must take:
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Grade Courses
English 9 – 1 credit (full year)
Algebra I – 1 credit (full year)
Physical Science – 1 credit (full year)
PE I – 1/2 credit (full year)
Health – 1/2 credit (1/2 year/one semester)
Foreign Language (Spanish I or French I) – 1 credit (full year)
Electives you can take:
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Art – 1 credit (full year)
Chorus – 1 credit (full year)
Band – 1 credit (full year)
Crafts (1/2 year/one semester)
3-D Design(1/2 year/one semester)
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