Welcome to HHS
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Haverford High School
Ninth Grade Course Selection
Night
February 11, 2013
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Transition to Ninth Grade
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Parent Information Nights
Newsletters
Course Selection Night
Summer Building Tours
Parent/Student Orientation Night in
August
First Day of School – orientation day
Student Handbook
Clubs/Sports/Activities
Technology integration throughout HS
HEART Team
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9
Grade
• 9th grade teachers: Smaller numbers of
students in 9th grade classes than in
other grades.
• Counselors: All counselors will be
involved with students through advisory
assignments.
• Administrators: The 9th grade principal
works to facilitate transition into the high
school.
• Advisors: The HR advisor follows the
students.
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A Typical Student Day at HHS
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7:30 - 8:55 First Class
9:00 – 9:16 Homeroom
9:21 – 10:46 Second Class
10:51 – 12:51 Third Class
• (includes lunch)
• 12:56 – 2:22 Fourth Class
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Ninth Grade
• Core class can be schedule for the
entire year or for ½ of the year.
Students who are scheduled for
multiple math or science classes will
have math or science in the fall and
spring.
• Electives may be scheduled for 9 or 18
weeks.
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Ninth Grade
Supporting Student Achievement
• Beginning with the class of 2017 (incoming 9th grade),
students are required to pass the Keystone Exams in
Algebra I, Literature and Biology in order to graduate.
• Some students will be placed in year long core courses
to ensure successful completion of the Keystone Exams.
• If students are not successful on Keystone Exams, they
may be placed in mandatory classes.
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Ninth Grade
Supporting Student Achievement
• If students are not successful on Keystone Exams, they
will be placed in mandatory classes to prepare them to
retake the Keystone Exams.
• When students are scheduled into these classes, they
are scheduled in lieu of other English, math, or science
courses.
• Students are eligible to take the Keystone Exams in the
fall and spring after completing the specific course or
after completing additional course work in the specific
subject.
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Course Selection
• High School Course Selection Guide
• Found on-line at
http://www.haverford.k12.pa.us then use the
“Select a School” drop down box at the top to
select “Haverford High School”. Next, select
“Counseling department” on the left select
“Course Selection”.
• Important decisions
• Balance of ability and difficulty
• Based on interests & future plans
• Can affect college admissions
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Course Selection
• What level of difficulty?
• Honors (end in #1) EN01001
• Academic (end in #2) EN01002
• Special Education EN00090
• Most Electives are unleveled BU03300
• Your child received a course selection sheet
which has preselected the courses for
him/her. If you disagree with the
recommendation, you will need to attach a
letter indicating that you would prefer a
different level.
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Typical Schedule
• One of each core subject in a year
plus one world language and PE 9.
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English
Social Studies
Mathematics
Science
World Language (French, Italian, Latin,
Spanish)
• PE 9
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4 Classes Needed to Graduate
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Science Requirements
• REQUIRED CORE SCIENCE COURSES:
• All students must successfully complete 4 credits
in science in order to meet the minimum
graduation requirements.
• Science Sequence:
• Inquiry Into the Physical Setting (IPS)
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Elective
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Science Sequence
Graduation Requirements: 4 Courses/4 Credits
Inquiry into the Physical Setting
Biology
Chemistry
Biological
Anatomy & Physiology
AP Biology
Biotechnology
Environmental
AP Environmental
Science
Environmental Science
Marine Ecology
Physical
AP Chemistry
AP Physics
Forensic Chemistry
Physics
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Math/Science
Instructional Philosophy
• Active, student centered
• Standards-based, aligned with Eligible
Content
• Inquiry focused, cooperative work groups
• Project oriented
• Technology oriented - TI 84+ Graphing
calculators and PASCO Probeware
• Real world applications
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Picking Electives
• Departments
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Business Education
Family & Consumer Science
Fine Arts
Music
Physical Education/Health
Special Education
Technology Education
World Language
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How do I choose?
• Consider
• What do you like to do?
• What might you like to learn more about?
• What might you be interested in pursuing
after high school?
• What might prepare you for an advanced
elective?
• Do you need additional academic support
for any particular class?
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Sample Online Registration
• Process is demonstrated for you. Instructions
will be available on the website.
• ClassChoice
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Sample Student Schedule
1st Semester
1st quarter
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2nd quarter
2nd Semester
3rd quarter
Algebra 1
Elective
Elective
PE 9
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IPS
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World Language Elective
4th quarter
English 9
Elective
Elective
West Civ 9
• World Languages are one semester electives.
• Reading/Writing Lab may impact electives.
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Music Students
• Instrumental & vocal music students are
scheduled during 4th block on an A/B
cycle.
• Some instrumental sectionals are
scheduled after school for 0.2 credits.
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Sample Student Schedule
1st Semester
1st quarter
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2nd quarter
Algebra 1
Elective
3rd quarter
IPS
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PE 9
4th quarter
World Language Elective
Elective
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4B
2nd Semester
English 9
Elective
Elective
Creative Writing
Concert Band
• Music will impact 4th block selections.
• World Languages are one semester electives.
• Reading/Writing Lab may impact electives.
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To Graduate
• 26.5 credits (4 English, 4 Social Studies, 4
Math, 4 Science)
• Students are required to schedule a minimum
of 6.5 credits per year.
• Successful completion of Keystone Exams.
• Competitive colleges
• Advanced coursework in mathematics,
science, and social studies
• World Languages
• Most colleges require at least
2 years
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Last Pieces of Information
• Remember to use the Haverford High
School counseling website as a
resource for timelines and information.
• New registrants will complete course
requests after they are registered.
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Get Involved
• Remember when you start thinking about
your courses, you should also be thinking
about joining clubs, activities or sports.
• Please see the high school website for a
list of the activities.
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Any questions?
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Thank you for coming.
Good night
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