Selecting Courses for 9th Grade &
Choosing Electives
Begin with the end in mind:
• Which college do you want
to attend?
• What do you want to
study?
• What are your career goals?
Schedule
• 2 semesters
• 7 classes—Choose classes with your
future in mind
• Approximately 47 minutes
• Some classes change at the semester
(i.e., Health, Communication
Applications, etc.)
Schedule
• Semester 1 schedule will look different
from Sem 2 schedule
• Lunches – 3 lunch shifts (either period 4,
5, or 6) – no such thing as a “freshmen”
lunch – all grade levels on all lunch
periods – we do not take requests for
lunch changes
A Quick, Important Definition:
Credit:
A credit is what you receive when you pass a
full year of one subject. Passing one semester
(or half a year) will earn you a ½ credit.
Example: English I = 1 credit
Comm Apps. = 0.5 credit
You need a total of 26 credits over 4 years.
Every Class Counts
6 credits = Sophomore
13 credits = Junior
19 credits = Senior
**You retake only the courses you fail.
***It takes 26 credits to graduate and you
can only earn 28 credits in your four years
at BNHS!!
Graduation Requirements:
Recommended
Distinguished
4 Credits
4 Credits
4 Credits
(Algebra I, Geometry,
Algebra II + 1 other)
4 Credits
(Algebra I, Geometry,
Algebra II + 1 other)
4 Credits
(Biology, Chemistry,
Physics + 1 other)
4 Credits
(Biology, Chemistry, Physics
+ 1 other)
3 ½ Credits
(W. Geography, W.
History,
US History,
Government)
3 ½ Credits
(W. Geography, W. History,
US History, Government))
1/2 Credit
1/2 Credit
1 Credit
1 Credit
2 Credits (same
language)
3 Credits (same language);
Other measures are
necessary to graduate on
this plan. See following slide.
1 Credit (same course)
1 Credit (same course)
1/2 Credit
1/2 Credit
20 ½ Credits
21 ½ Credits
General Electives
5 ½ Credits
4 ½ Credits
Total Credits
26 Credits
26 Credits
English (I, II, III,
IV)
Mathematics
Science
• 4 years of each
core subject (4 x 4)
-more core classes
translates to fewer
electives, so more
thorough planning
is important
Social Studies
Economics
Physical Education
Other Language
Fine Arts
Communication
Applications
Total Core
Subjects
**Plus meet Level III Performance Standard on
Eng 3 and Alg 2 STAAR/EOC
STAAR/EOC TESTS
• Must take these tests to graduate
• English 1 – Reading
• English 1 – Writing
• English 2 – Reading
• English 2 – Writing
• English 3 – Reading
• English 3 – Writing
• Grand Total = 11,700 (determined by
TEA)
STAAR/EOC TESTS
• Math – Alg 1, Geometry, Alg 2
• Grand Total = (Phase-in 2) 11,250 (determined by TEA)
 (Phase-in
1) 10,500
• Science – Biology, Chemistry, Physics
• Grand Total = 11,250 (determined by TEA)
• Social Studies – Wld Geog, Wld Hist, US
History
• Grand Total = 11,250 (determined by TEA)
The GPA Game!
What are the rules???
How do you play to win???
Weighted GPA
• Calculated on a weighted scale
• Used to determine CLASS RANK
• Based on semester grades in:
1) core subjects,
2) world languages, and
3) any elective under core
subject areas (for example: AP
Human Geography is a Social
Studies elective)
Weighted GPA
• Appears on official high school transcript
• Regular courses = up to 5 points
• Pre-AP = up to 6 points
• Advanced Placement (AP) = up to 7 points
Unweighted GPA
• Calculated on a 4.0 scale
• Required on all college applications
• Based on semester grades in ALL courses
attempted
• Appears on official high school transcript
PreAP? What are the
Benefits
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Better preparation for college
College entrance
Better preparation for SAT/ACT
Scholarship opportunities
Preparation for AP classes - can help
you earn college credits
Discuss this option with your parents
and teachers.
Freshman Core Classes
English: PreAP, GT, or Regular English
Math: Algebra 1, Geometry, PreAP
Algebra I, or PreAP Geometry
Social Studies: PreAP, GT, or Regular
World Geography
Science: PreAP or Regular Biology
Required Credits Needed
for All Graduation Plans:
World Language: 2 credits
PE: 1 credit (2 semesters)
Fine Arts: 1 credit
Communication Applications: ½ credit
Other Languages
* $$, online
Recommended Plan = 2 credits
Distinguished Plan = 3 years
Spanish
Chinese*
German
French
Athletics
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Football
Wrestling
Basketball
Volleyball
Swimming/Diving
Soccer
Cross Country/Track
Baseball/Softball
Golf (will not appear on your schedule until you make
the team)
• Tennis
 If you play more than one sport, select the
sport that occurs first in the school year.
Athletics
• Coach Polk will host parent meetings at
both Tidwell and Medlin in the Spring.
• Coach Polk will send out informational
letter to all incoming 9th graders this
summer.
PE Options for the Non-Athlete
• Dance 1
• Aerobic Fitness
• Individual Sports
• Team Sports
• Outdoor Education
• Foundations of PE (weights)
• Band (fall semester)
PE Credit
• Cheer info at
www.bobcatcheerleading.com or contact
Sarah Chambers
• Drill Team – www.bobcatdazzlers.com or
contact Natalie Eddleman
• Color Guard – Parent Meeting May 30;
pick up flyer tonight after this meeting
• Athletic Trainer – appl on BNHS website
under “Doug Barnes”; submit to ms
counselor
Fine Arts
Art
Dance (also counts as PE!)
Band (receives 0.5 PE credit)
Choir
Orchestra
Theatre Arts I
Floral Design (10th-12th)
AP Art History (10th-12th)
AP Music Theory
9th Grade Course Request Form
• # = Pre-requisite (required criteria
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necessary for certain courses, i.e., Art I
is required for Art II)
* = Teacher approval (i.e., band, upper
level courses, etc.)
= One semester course (i.e., Comm.
Apps., Health, PE courses, etc.)
The 8 alternate classes
are classes you pick in
case one is unavailable.
They are very
important—choose
them carefully, too.
Academies
Chef DeShazo
Ms. Sommerhauser
High School Course Selection
Guide 2013-2014
http://www.nisdtx.org/Page/42134
-Go to NISD web page
-Click on “Information”
-Click on “High School Course Selection
Guide”
Getting Involved!
Clubs and Organizations
Tammy McClure
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