Parent Information on Scheduling for 2010 – 2011 School Year FRESHMAN YEAR Fresh Start – New Beginning Time to make a 4 Year Plan “A Successful Student” Good Attendance School Involvement Good Study Habits Parental Involvement WHAT IS DIFFERENT AT HIGH SCHOOL? Credits Semester Grades Exams Levels of Classes GPA Weighted Grades Rank Transcript How does a student earn credit? Can a student earn credit for taking Algebra I and Foreign Language in the 8th grade? Semester Grades Semester Exams Levels in Academic Classes Non-Leveled (N) General (G) College Prep (CP) Honors (H) Advanced Placement (AP) Teacher Recommendations Student effort Student ability Work habits Grades GPA What are weighted classes? CLASS RANK TRANSCRIPT Minimum Graduation Requirements English Mathematics Science Social Studies Health/PE Electives 4 4 3 3½ 1 6½ (1 elective from business/technology foreign language, or the fine arts) Total 22 Pass the OGT 25 hrs. of community service (included in social studies grade) - Pending Board of Education approval What is an elective? Required Classes for Freshmen English 9 Modern World History Math Science Health PE I What about summer Health and PE? Typical 9th Grade Schedule Semester 1 Homeroom 1. English 9 2. Math 3. Science Lunch 4. MW History 5. P.E. I 6. Elective 7. Elective Semester 2 Homeroom 1. English 9 2. Math 3. Science Lunch 4. MW History 5. Health 6. Elective 7. Elective What about study halls? College Bound Students Four Year College Graduation requirements 2 credits of the same foreign language 1 credit of fine arts Selective colleges will want more than the minimum Foreign Language Does a student have to take a foreign language? When should my child begin a foreign language? Who recommends a foreign language? ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY Fall sports - must pass 75% of the classes in 4th quarter of the 8th grade Winter/Spring sports determined by previous quarter in 9th grade Must have a 2.00 GPA for the quarter Must pass at least 5 courses totaling 2.5 credits per semester PE does not count as 1 of the 5 courses PLAN AHEAD National Honor Society Honors Diploma DON’T THROW AWAY THE COURSE GUIDE! My kid is perfect… Well almost! What Do I Do Now? Read the Course Guide Discuss goals with your son/daughter Complete the 4 year Plan Talk to your child’s teacher to answer recommendation questions Talk to the 9th grade counselor to answer high school questions SCHEDULING TIMELINE Students bring forms home – Feb. 16 Students return forms to Nagel – Feb. 25 Students schedule on-line at AHS – March 1-5 Verification forms mailed home – April 9 9th Grade Student Orientation – August Final day to request changes -- June 2 WELCOME TO HIGH SCHOOL!