Skyline Course Selection & Planning
Class of 2019
Speakers
Julie Lee, Assistant Principal
Diane Hogle, Guidance Department
Chairperson
Important Dates
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Friday, March 13
Counselors will present at middle schools
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Tuesday, March 17
Freshmen Welcome Night at Skyline at 6:00 PM
– Sessions begin at 6:30
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Wednesday, March 18
SHS Counselors will be at the middle schools during
lunches for Q & A
Online Resources
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2014 -2015 Course Catalog
Class of 2019 High School & Beyond Plan
Course Selection Timeline
Student Access step-by-step instructions
Student Access step-by-step video
Classroom PowerPoint presentations
www.shs.issaquah.wednet.edu
Graduation Requirements
Class of 2019
Requirements
Please see course catalog for
specifics
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Satisfy graduation credits and classes
Complete High School & Beyond Plan each
academic year
How will I earn HS credits?
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A transcript is the official record of your high
school classes & credits
1 year = 2 semesters (18 weeks each)
A semester course = 0.5 credit
A year-long course = 1.0 credit
High School Credits
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By passing all of your classes each
semester, you earn 6.0 credits every year of
High School
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6.0 credits/year x 4 years = 24.0 credits
Total number of credits needed for
graduation = 24.0 credits
Required Credits
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Language Arts 4.0
Social Studies 3.0
Mathematics 3.0 (*Algebra II is grad requirement– may go beyond it)
Science 2.0
Health 0.5
Physical Education 1.5
Fine/Applied Arts 1.0
Career & Technical Education 1.0
Electives/Additional Core 6.0
TOTAL 22.0
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Northwest Studies (taken in grade 7-12)
Course Planning Sheet
Selecting Freshman Courses
What do I take in 9th Grade?
(Be sure to attend breakout sessions on specific
subjects at Freshmen Welcome Night)
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Literature and Composition 1
World History 1/Civics
Math
Science
Elective - PE, Health
Elective (1 year-long class* or 2 semesterlong classes)
*Most common are World Language, Music, PE
Humanities Option #1 – BLOCK
Literature and Composition 1 and World
History 1/Civics
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1 classroom
2 consecutive periods (i.e. 1st & 2nd periods)
2 teachers
Humanities Option #2 –
HONORS BLOCK
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1 classroom, 2 consecutive periods
2 teachers
A successful honors student should be
intellectually curious, enjoy reading & read
on a regular basis, possess strong study
habits and be able to write a five paragraph
essay
Humanities Option #3 – SPLIT BLOCK
Literature and Composition 1 and World
History 1/Civics
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2 separate classrooms
2 separate periods – may or may not be
back to back
Same students in both classes
Math
The math sequence (non-IEP) is:
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CC Algebra I
CC Geometry
CC Algebra II
Advanced Algebra, Pre-calculus, IB Pre-HL Math,
Statistics, or Financial Algebra
Algebra 1 Lab & Geometry Lab –support classes for
students who struggle with math; must be taken
concurrently with Algebra 1 or Geometry
Science
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Biology (Year-long class)
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Biology is recommended in 9th or 10th grade
Chemistry Laboratory Methods (Semester class)
Physics Laboratory Methods (Semester class)
Physical Education (PE)
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1.5 credits = 3 semesters
1.0 MUST be done through classes
The remaining .5 credits can be done outside
of school:
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School Sports (.25 waived for each school sports
season, 2 season maximum)
Outside credit
Course Options
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World Languages
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Spanish1A and 1B (Spanish 1 taken over 2 years)
Spanish I, Spanish II
French I
Japanese I
Mandarin Chinese 1
PE
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Spartan 360, Intro to Fitness
Course Options (continued)
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Career & Technical Education (CTE)
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Graphic Design 1 & 2, Police Forensics 1 & 2, TV Productions,
Child Development
Health
Intro to Computer Science
Website Design
Fine Art
Equivalency Courses
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There are some courses that satisfy more than one
graduation requirement.
(example: Health course satisfies both Health & 0.5 CTE
requirement)
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These equivalent courses do not reduce the number
of credits required for graduation, but may change
the courses needed to fulfill graduation
requirements.
Outside Credit Options
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Students are able to take up to 4.0 credits
outside of Skyline, but only 2.0 per school year
(such as online courses, private accredited
institutions, etc.)
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50% of any graduation requirement must be met
through Issaquah School District courses
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Students must receive written pre-approval to
earn outside credit
Course Selection
Things to keep in mind when selecting course
requests:
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Balance - consider academic load & outside
involvements; sports, clubs, home, etc.
Learning Recommendations for sequential
courses
Graduation requirements
College requirements
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Typically 2-3 years of World Language
Math based Science (such as yearlong Physics or yearlong Chemistry)
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