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HIGH SCHOOL 101
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO
SUCCEED IN HIGH SCHOOL
Park Vista Community
High School
•Opened doors August 2004 as a comprehensive high school
•828 Freshmen + 713 Sophomores + 699 Juniors + 702 Seniors = 2942
total students
•225 Faculty & Staff
•5 choice academy programs: Medical, Auto Service, Auto Collision, TV &
Film, Information Technology
•Placed in the top 6% of public schools in the country; a distinction earned
by just over 1,600 schools of the approximately 27,000 public high schools
in the United States. This is the second consecutive year Park Vista was
named in Newsweek’s Top Schools list.
•Students attending 4-year colleges: 63%
•Students attending 2-year colleges: 30%
•An “A” rated school by the State of Florida
GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS
I. A total of 24 credits are needed for graduation. These credits must include:
ENGLISH:
4 credits
MATHEMATICS:
4 credits (must include 1 full Algebra credit)
SCIENCE:
3 credits (must include 1 Biology and 1 Physical Science credit)
SOCIAL STUDIES:
3 credits (must include 1 World History, 1 American History, ½
American Government, ½ Economics credit)
PHYSICAL EDUCATION:
1 credit (½ credit of PERSONAL FITNESS and ½ credit of a
P.E. class)
PERFORMING/FINE ART:
1 credit
ELECTIVES:
8 credits
24 credits total
II. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is needed in ALL high school credit courses.
III. A passing score is needed on the 10th grade FCAT Reading.
iV. 20 hours of community service/volunteer hours completed in high school are required before graduation.
• THE PREVIOUS WERE THE MINIMUM
REQUIREMENTS NEEDED FOR HIGH
SCHOOL GRADUATION.
• STATE OF FLORIDA UNIVERSITY
ADMISSIONS HAVE ADDITIONAL
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
INCLUDING A MINIMUM OF 18
ACADEMIC CREDITS TO INCLUDE AT
LEAST 4 CREDITS IN MATH AT OR
ABOVE THE ALG I LEVEL IN ADDITION
TO TWO YEARS OF THE SAME
FOREIGN LANGUAGE.
STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM MATRIX
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TALLAHASSEE
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FAU
BOCA RATON
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FGCU
FT. MYERS
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FIU
MIAMI
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U
FSU
TALLAHASSEE
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NCF
SARASOTA
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U
UCF
ORLANDO
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U
UF
GAINESVILLE
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U
UNF
JACKSONVILL
E
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USF
TAMPA
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U
UWF
PENSACOLA
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DU
TOTAL ENROLLMENT
12,274
27,707
11,105
40,455
39,785
825
53,644
50,691
16,719
40,267
11,184
MIDDLE RANGE GPA
ACCEPTED
(RECALCULATED)
FALL
2.74-3.41
SUMMER
2.31-3.41
FALL
3.2-3.8
SUMMER
3.0-3.5
FALL
3.07-3.73
SUMMER
3.03-3.58
FALL
3.4-4.1
SUMMER
3.2-3.8
FALL
3.6-4.2
SUMMER
3.3-3.9
FALL
3.73-4.28
NO SUMMER
FALL
3.5-4.2
SUMMER
3.3-3.8
FALL
4.1-4.4
SUMMER
3.8-4.2
FALL
341-4.1
SUMMER
3.31-3.7
FALL
3.51-4.12
SUMMER
3.17-3.66
FALL
3.1-4.0
SUMMER
2.8-3.9
QUALITY POINTS ADDED
TO GPA FOR AP, HONORS,
DUAL ENROLLMENT
1.0 QP FOR AP
0.5 QP FOR
HONORS
1.0 QP FOR DUAL
ENROLLMENT
1.0 QP FOR AP
0.5 QP FOR HONORS
1.0 QP FOR DUAL
ENROLLMENT
1.0 QP FOR AP
0.5 QP FOR HONORS
1.0 QP FOR DUAL
ENROLLMENT
1.0 QP FOR AP
0.5 QP FOR
HONORS
1.0 QP FOR
DUAL
ENROLLMEN
T
1.0 QP FOR AP
0.5 QP FOR
HONORS
1.0 QP FOR DUAL
ENROLLMENT
1.0 QP FOR AP
0.5 QP FOR
HONORS
1.0 QP FOR
DUAL
ENROLLMENT
1.0 QP FOR AP
0.5 QP FOR
HONORS
1.0 QP FOR
DUAL
ENROLLMENT
1.0 QP FOR AP
0.5 QP FOR
HONORS
1.0 QP FOR
DUAL
ENROLLMENT
1.0 QP FOR AP
0.5 QP FOR
HONORS
1.0 QP FOR
DUAL
ENROLLMENT
1.0 QP FOR AP
0.5 QP FOR
HONORS
1.0 QP FOR
DUAL
ENROLL
1.0 QP FOR AP
0.5 QP FOR
HONORS
1.0 QP FOR
DUAL
ENROLL
MIDDLE RANGE SAT
ACCEPTED
FALL
1300-1540
SUMMER
1130-1340
ALL 3 SECTIONS
FALL
1510-1720
SUMMER
1420-1620
ALL 3 SECTIONS
FALL
1450-1680
SUMMER
1410-1630
ALL 3 SECTIONS
FALL
1630-1810
SUMMER
1450-1530
ALL 3 SECT
FALL
1750-1970
SUMMER
1660-1870
ALL 3 SECTIONS
FALL
1220-1390
NO SUMMER
V & M ONLY
FALL
1700-1890
SUMMER
1550-1700
ALL 3 SECT
FALL
1870-2100
SUMMER
1640-1910
ALL 3 SECT
FALL
1140-1270
SUMMER
1020-1110
V & M ONLY
FALL
1620-1910
SUMMER
1490-1700
ALL 3 SECT
FALL
1000-1180
SUMMER
1030-1080
V & M ONLY
MIDDLE RANGE ACT
ACCEPTED
FALL
18-22
SUMMER
16-19
FALL
22-26
SUMMER
21-24
FALL
20-24
SUMMER
20-23
FALL
24-27
SUMMER
21-22
FALL
26-30
SUMMER
24-28
FALL
27-31
NO SUMMER
FALL
25-28
SUMMER
22-25
FALL
28-32
SUMMER
24-29
FALL
23-26
SUMMER
21-23
FALL
24-28
SUMMER
21-25
FALL
21-26
SUMMER
19-24
% OF APPLICANTS
ACCEPTED FALL OF 2010
61%
54%
66%
48%
48%
49%
44%
41%
42%
44%
67%
% FALL 2009 FTIC IN TOP
10% OF HS CLASS
N/A
15%
13%
14%
34%
52%
35%
77%
22%
35%
15%
% FALL 2009 FTIC IN TOP
20% OF HS CLASS
N/A
34%
31%
30%
69%
76%
75%
93%
44%
60%
38%
PREFERRED TIME TO
APPLY
SEPT.
FALL
SEPT 1-NOV 15
JUL -DEC 1
PRIOR TO OCT 15
BY FEB 15
FALL
JUL-NOV 1
NOV 19
PRIOR TO
JAN 2
FALL
ADMISSION
NOTIFICATION PLAN
ROLLING
ROLLING
ROLLING W/FEB 15TH
PRIORITY DEADLINE
MODIFIED
ROLLING;
DEC 1
PRIORITY
DEADLINE
2 NOTIFICATION
DATES
12/8 & 3/16
DECISION 4/1 &
4/25
ROLLING
FEB 11
DECISION
DATE 11/19
ROLLING
AFTER THAT
MODIFIED
ROLLING
ROLLING
TOP 3 MAJORS FOR
UNDERGRADUATES
BUSINESS,
PHARMACY,
CRIMINAL
JUSTICE
ELEMENTARY ED,
ACCOUNTING,
BIOLOGY
MANAGEMENT,
BIOLOGY,
COMMUNICATIONS
BUSINESS,
LIB ARTS,
ENGINEERIN
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BUSINESS,
BIOLOGY, PSYCH
PSYCH,
BIOLOGY,
POLI SCI
BUSINESS,
PSYCH,
ENGINEER
PSYCH,
FINANCE,
POLI SCI
BUSINESS,
PSYCH,
COMMUN
BIOMEDICAL,
PSYCH,
BIOLOGY
BIOLOGY,
BUSINESS,
EDUCATION
ARE LETTERS OR REC
REQUIRED?
YES - 2
NO
NO
NO
NO
YES - 1
NO
NO
NO
NO
NO
1ST YEAR RETENTION
RATE
78%
79%
78%
82%
90%
86%
86%
96%
83%
86%
71%
6 YEAR GRADUATION
RATE
38.56%
39%
45%
46%
71.4%
60%
63%
82%
49%
48%
47%
2010-2011 TUITION & FEES
FOR 30 CREDIT HOURS
$3993
$4794
$4945
$4580
$5238
$5348 FOR 36
HRS
$5021
$5020
$4909
$5200
$4794
NCAA SPORTS DIVISION
DIV 1
DIV 1
DIV 1
DIV 1
DIV 1
N/A
DIV 1
DIV 1
DIV 1
DIV 1
DIV 2
SENATE BILL 4
DISCUSSION
HOW ARE GRADE POINT AVERAGES (GPA)
AND HONOR POINT AVERAGES (HPA)
CALCULATED?
ALL LETTER GRADES ARE AWARD POINTS
Regular Classes
A = 4.00
B = 3.00
C = 2.00
D = 1.00
F = 0.00
Honors Classes
A = 4.500
B = 3.375
C = 2.250
D = 1.125
F = 0.000
Advanced Placement Classes
A = 6.00
B = 4.50
C = 3.00
D = 1.50
F = 0.00
2 EXAMPLES
EXAMPLE #1
ENGLISH I
B
3.00
ALGEBRA I
C
2.00
EARTH/SPACE SCIENCE
A
4.00
WORLD CULT GEOGRAPHY D
1.00
SPANISH I
C
2.00
P.E.
A
4.00
INTRO TO INFO TECH
A
4.00
TOTAL POINTS
20.00
GRADE POINT AVERAGE = 20.00 / 7 = 2.8571
HONOR POINT AVERAGE = 2.8571 (SAME BECAUSE OF NO HONOR
OR AP CLASSES)
2 EXAMPLES
ENGLISH I HONORS
GEOMETRY HONORS
BIOLOGY HONORS
AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
SPANISH I
P.E.
INTRO TO INFO TECH
TOTAL POINTS
EXAMPLE #2
GPA
B
3.000
C
2.000
A
4.000
A
4.000
C
2.000
A
4.000
A
4.000
23.000
GRADE POINT AVERAGE = 23.000 / 7 = 3.2857
HONOR POINT AVERAGE = 26.125 / 7 = 3.7321
HPA
3.375
2.250
4.500
6.000
2.000
4.000
4.000
26.125 (WEIGHTING)
PROMOTION
REQUIREMENTS
FROM 9TH TO 10TH = AT LEAST 5 CREDITS
FROM 10TH TO 11TH = AT LEAST 11 CREDITS
FROM 11TH TO 12TH = AT LEAST 17 CREDITS
DISCUSSION
FREE TUTORING
MATH, ENGLISH, SCIENCE, SOCIAL
STUDIES AND WORLD LANGUAGES
TUESDAYS
&
THURSDAYS
3:00—4:00
ROOM 3-101
NEW THIS YEAR!!!!!
ALGEBRA & GEOMETRY TUTORING
EVERY DAY DURING BOTH LUNCHES
ROOM 4-106
ALL ALGEBRA & GEOMETRY
STUDENTS WELCOME
EIGHT STEPS TO IMPROVE YOUR GRADES
1. GET ORGANIZED. Utilize “assignment sheets” or an agenda book daily to write down assignments for each class. Share this with your
parents each night.
2. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Set a specific, designated time, each day that you dedicate solely to homework and studying. Be consistent;
make this a routine. After you complete your daily work, show it to your parent so that they can check it and see that you did the work on your
assignment sheets or agenda book.
3. STUDY FOR A SET AMOUNT OF TIME AND AT THE SAME TIME EACH DAY REGARDLESS IF YOU HAVE HOMEWORK OR NOT.
Even if you have “no homework”, which should be very rare, you should still study for upcoming test, work on future projects, review class notes,
vocabulary, reread textbook chapters, etc. Studying needs to become habitual, like brushing your teeth.
4. CHECK YOUR GRADES REGULARLY ON EDLINE. Students and parents should check Edline weekly. Edline is updated each Thursday
morning. Check for missing assignments and upcoming tests, quizzes, or projects. If you see something that you have a question about,
contact the teacher. Your parents can even email the teachers through Edline.
5. GET EXTRA HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT. Go to your teachers when you are having trouble with a class and ask them for the extra help
that you need. We also offer free tutoring as follows:
MATH, ENGLISH, SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES AND WORLD LANGUAGE TUTORING
TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS
3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
ROOM 3-101
ALGEBRA I & GEOMETRY TUTORING
MONDAYS – FRIDAYS
DURING BOTH LUNCH
ROOM 4-106
6. SET GOALS FOR YOURSELF. Set short and long term goals for yourself.
Short term goals
Daily; fill out assignment sheets completely, complete homework, study.
Weekly; improve your grades on Edline, complete all assignments for the week, and improve test grades.
Long term goals
Quarterly; pass all classes with at least a “C”, raise GPA.
Yearly; earn the credits necessary to stay on track for graduation and be promoted to the next grade.
7. DEVELOP A CONTRACT WITH YOUR PARENTS. Sit down with your parents and develop a contract incorporating your short and long
term goals. Set up rewards and consequences based on achieving your short and long term goals. It is important for you and your parent(s) to
stick to the contract for this to work.
I AGREE TO…….
REWARD
CONSEQUENCE
complete assignment sheets daily
__________________________________________
complete my daily assignments
_____________________________
complete all assignments for the week
improve my grades for the week
_____________
____________________________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
8. DECIDE THAT EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT. Decide that education is important. Make it a priority and embrace it a as a core value.
Understand that there is a pay-off at the end for you, and consequently you will take it more seriously and perform better.
EDLINE
• CHECK EDLINE WEEKLY
• ASK YOUR CHILD FIRST IF YOU HAVE ANY
QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR GRADES
• USE THE TEACHER EMAIL LINKS ON EDLINE
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR
CONCERNS ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S
PERFORMANCE OR OTHER ISSUES IN THE
CLASSES
• CONTACT YOUR CHILD’S GUIDANCE
COUNSELOR IF AFTER YOU CONTACT
THEIR TEACHER THE ISSUE IS NOT
RESOLVED
DISCUSSION
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IMPORTANT DATES
SEMESTER EXAMS
DECEMBER 14TH PERIOD 1 EXAM
DECEMBER 15TH PERIODS 2 AND 3 EXAMS
DECEMBER 16TH PERIODS 4 AND 5 EXAMS
DECEMBER 17TH PERIODS 6 AND 7 EXAMS
REPORT CARD DATES
OCTOBER 29
JANUARY 19
APRIL 4
JUNE 9 (MAILED)
ADVANCED PLACEMENT/DUAL ENROLLMENT
JANUARY 19TH PARENT NIGHT
JANUARY 28TH APPLICATIONS DUE TO AP TEACHERS
FEBRUARY 11TH LISTS OF ACCEPTED STUDENTS POSTED
2011-2012 REGISTRATION DATES
FEBRUARY 8TH AND 9TH ASSEMBLIES
FEBRUARY 25TH COURSE SELECTION SHEETS DUE TO TEACHER
APRIL 18-29 STUDENTS MEET WITH GUIDANCE COUNSELORS TO FINALIZE COURSES
PSYCHOLOGY TODAY ARTICLE
Behold the wholly sanitized childhood, without skinned
knees or the occasional C in history. "Kids need to feel
badly sometimes," says child psychologist David Elkind,
professor at Tufts University. "We learn through
experience and we learn through bad experiences.
Through failure we learn how to cope."
Messing up, however, even in the playground, is wildly
out of style. Although error and experimentation are the
true mothers of success, parents are taking pains to
remove failure from the equation.
"Life is planned out for us," says Elise Kramer, a Cornell
University junior. "But we don't know what to want." As
Elkind puts it, "Parents and schools are no longer geared
toward child development, they're geared to academic
achievement."
DISCUSSION
PSYCHOLOGY TODAY ARTICLE
Enter: grade inflation. When he took over as president of
Harvard in July 2001, Lawrence Summers publicly
ridiculed the value of honors after discovering that 94
percent of the college's seniors were graduating with
them. Safer to lower the bar than raise the discomfort
level. Grade inflation is the institutional response to
parental anxiety about school demands on children,
contends social historian Peter Stearns of George
Mason University. As such, it is a pure index of emotional
overinvestment in a child's success. And it rests on a
notion of juvenile frailty—the assumption that children
are easily bruised and need explicit uplift," Stearns
argues in his book, Anxious Parenting: A History of
Modern Childrearing in America.
DISCUSSION
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