Information Night for Parents of
Rising Freshmen
Briar Woods High School
The Class of 2010
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71% are attending 4-year colleges
19% are attending 2-year school
6% are in the military or other postsecondary training/schools
4% went directly into the work force
The Class of 2010
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Earned over 3.1 million dollars in
scholarships and grants (283 seniors)
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76% enrolled in one or more Advanced
Placement classes while in high school
College & University Attendance
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Accepted by 192 different colleges and
universities and are currently on 86 different
campuses
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Attend school in 26 different states and four
countries
Agenda
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Rising 9th Grade Scheduling Process
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Diploma Types & Graduation Requirements
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Selecting Courses for Next Year
Scheduling Process
BWHS counselors will visit the middle schools:
February 14 & 15: Stone Hill
February 16 & 17: Eagle Ridge
Scheduling Process
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Students will receive the 2011-2012 Program
of Studies & course selection information
BWHS counselors will review:
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Transitioning to high school
Graduation requirements
The high school schedule
Advanced Placement courses
Activities & sports
Classes for next year
Scheduling Process
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There is a different process for scheduling at
each middle school
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The end result is the same: Students and
parents will select their courses with the input
and assistance of their current counselors
and teachers
Scheduling Process at Stone Hill
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On February 14 & 15, BWHS counselors will
meet with students in large groups
Students will then meet with SHMS
counselors:
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Students will be scheduled into teacher
recommended core courses
SHMS counselors will help students pick their
electives
Parents can log onto the Family Connection
online program to make changes
Scheduling Process at Eagle Ridge
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ERMS will schedule students into teacher
recommended core courses
On February 16 & 17, BWHS counselors will meet
with students in their science classes to review
their core courses options and help students
select their electives
Students will bring their course selection forms
home for your review
Please sign the form and send it in with your child
– along with any changes if necessary
Scheduling Process
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If you may change your child’s course
selections
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SHMS – Use Family Connections
ERMS – Send in a note or email the counselor
If you disagree or do not understand why a
level was recommended – please consider
contacting your middle school counselor or
teacher
Scheduling Process
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Changes can be made until June 30, 2011
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After June 30th schedule changes may not be
possible!
Scheduling for Students New to LCPS
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New students usually begin enrolling in
mid-April
The information and materials needed to
enroll an new student can be found on the
BWHS and LCPS websites
New students and their parents will select
their courses with a BWHS counselor when
they enroll
Diplomas
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Standard Diploma
Advanced Studies Diploma
Standard Technical Diploma
Advanced Technical Diploma
Diploma and
graduation requirement changes
begin with the Class of 2015
Standard Diploma
Academic Areas
Credits
SOL Verified Credits
English
4
2
Social Studies
3
1
Mathematics
3
1
Science
3
1
Health/Physical Education
2
Foreign Language, Fine Arts, or Career &
Technical Education
2
Economics and Personal Finance
1
Electives
4
Student Selected Verified Credit
Total
1
22
6
Standard Technical Diploma
Academic Areas
Credits
SOL Verified Credits
English
4
2
Social Studies
3
1
Mathematics
3
1
Science
3
1
Health/Physical Education
2
Foreign Language or Fine Arts
1
Economics and Personal Finance
1
Career and Technical Education sequence
4
Electives
1
Student Selected Verified Credit
Total
1
22
6
Advanced Studies Diploma
Academic Areas
Credits
SOL Verified Credits
English
4
2
Social Studies
4
2
Mathematics
4
2
Science
4
2
Foreign Language
3-4
Health/Physical Education
2
Fine Arts or Career & Technical Education
1
Economics and Personal Finance
1
Electives
3
Student Selected Verified Credit
Total
1
26
9
Advanced Technical Diploma
Academic Areas
Credits
SOL Verified Credits
English
4
2
Social Studies
4
2
Mathematics
4
2
Science
4
2
Foreign Language
3-4
Health/Physical Education
2
Fine Arts or Career & Technical Education
1
Career & Technical Education sequence
3
Economics and Personal Finance
1
Student Selected Verified Credit
Total
1
26
9
SOL Courses
Reading (Eng. 11)
Writing (Eng. 11)
Earth Science
Biology
Chemistry
Algebra 1
Geometry
Algebra 2
World History 1
World History 2
US History
Course Options for Freshmen
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English 9:
World History 1:
Earth Science:
Math:
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Health & Physical Education 9
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Elective
Elective
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Honors, Academic, or General
Pre-AP or Academic
Honors, Academic, or General
Follows sequence
Course Levels
Honors and Pre-Advanced Placement
Course content is rapidly paced with additional
depth. Lessons are often designed to be
complex, abstract, and open-ended.
Course Levels
Academic
Course content and expected student
performance require additional reading and
writing at a rigorous level.
Academic is a “college-bound” level.
Course Levels
General
Course content and student performance are
commensurate with the student’s grade level.
Middle school personnel will speak to parents
directly if a general-level course is
recommended.
“Lesson in Balance”
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Challenge the student vs. Overloading the
student
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Finding balance in the students course load
“Lesson in Balance”
Take the most challenging classes you
can handle.
“Lesson in Balance”
Take the most challenging classes you
can reasonably handle.
“Lesson in Balance”
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How much time do you have available to
study and do homework?
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Do you play sports?
Are you involved in activities?
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What does your track-record indicate?
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How committed and disciplined are you?
“Lesson in Balance”
Think long-term:
It’s easier to improve your schedule each year
by taking more challenging classes…
than it is to improve a damaged GPA!
Johnny LateStarter
Grade 9:
English
C
2
History
C
2
Math
D
1
Science
D
1
HPE
B
3
Elective
C
2
Elective
C
2
Cumulative GPA = 1.86
Grade 10:
English
B
3
History
A
4
Math
C
2
Science
B
3
HPE
A
4
Elective
A
4
Elective
A
4
Cumulative GPA = 2.64
Grade 11:
English
B
3
History
B
3
Math
B
3
Science
B
3
HPE
A
4
Elective
A
4
Elective
A
4
Cumulative GPA = 2.76
Grade 12:
English
A
4
History
A
4
Math
B
3
Science
B
3
HPE
A
4
Elective
A
4
Elective
A
4
Cumulative GPA = 2.89
Sara StudyHard
Grade 9:
English
B
3
History
B
3
Math
B
3
Science
C
2
HPE
A
4
Elective
A
4
Elective
A
4
Cumulative GPA = 3.29
Grade 10:
English
B
3
History
A
4
Math
C
2
Science
B
3
HPE
A
4
Elective
A
4
Elective
A
4
Cumulative GPA = 3.36
Grade 11:
English
B
3
History
B
3
Math
B
3
Science
B
3
HPE
A
4
Elective
A
4
Elective
A
4
Cumulative GPA = 3.38
Grade 12:
English
A
4
History
A
4
Math
B
3
Science
B
3
HPE
A
4
Elective
A
4
Elective
A
4
Cumulative GPA = 3.46
The Importance of the Freshman Year
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The difference between a 2.89 GPA and a
3.46 GPA can be the ninth grade year!!!
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The student with the “Slow Start” would have
to earn straight A’s in grades 10, 11, and 12
just to match the student who had a stronger
freshman year.
“Lesson in Balance”
Don’t forget to consider the student’s
interests when determining his/her
course load!
Reminder…
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Changes can be made until June 30, 2011
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After June 30th schedule changes may not be
possible!
Review
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Rising 9th Grade Scheduling Process
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Graduation & SOL Requirements
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Selecting Courses for Next Year
Upcoming Meetings
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March 28: Athletics & Activities EXPO
May: Sports meeting for parents
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Week before school begins
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Freshman Orientation
Parent Meeting
First week of school
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See BWHSports.org
Freshman meeting
Monitor our website and look for our
newsletter!
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Information Night for Parents of Rising Freshmen