Klein Forest High School
2013-2014
Course Registration
for Current
9th, 10th, & 11th Graders
3 Requirements to Graduate:
1. Earn 26 State Credits.
2. Pass required State Courses.
3. Pass required End Of Course
(EOC) exams.
Graduation Requirements – EOC
(EOC = End of Course Exams)
You must successfully pass at a Level II or above
12-15 EOC tests over 3 years
• 9th grade:
English 1 – Reading/Writing,
World Geo, Algebra 1, Biology
• 10th grade:
English 2 - Reading/Writing,
World History, Geometry, Chemistry
• 11th grade:
English 3 - Reading/Writing, US
History, Algebra 2, Physics
• For more information go to: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/
Credits
• State Credits – count toward graduation
– 26 state credits needed to graduate;
– 1 Full Year class = 1 credit
– 1 semester class = .5 credit
• Local Credits – do not count toward
graduation (office aide, student leadership)
• Denied Credit – student does not earn credit
due to excessive absences, even if passing
grade in course
Transcripts
• A Transcript
is the official
record
showing HS
courses you
have earned
credit for
while in
middle
school and
high school.
How Do I Earn Grade Points?
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Apply to semester
grades only
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Pre-AP, AP, GT, DC,
and Advanced
classes receive
more grade points.
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A high grade in any
class helps your
GPA more than
doing poorly in a
class with more
GPA points.
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“How to Calculate
your GPA” Power
Point is online at
KFHS website- link
to Counseling>
College & Career.
CLASS RANK
After all grade points are averaged for all students
at the end of the 6th semester or Junior year,
students are ranked from those with the highest
GPA to the lowest GPA.
Students also receive a temporary rank at the end
of their sophomore year, so they can make plans
and set goals for raising their GPA.
Plan For Your Future
2 Year College
Military
4 Year University
Work
Whatever you do NOW determines where you go in
the future – choose wisely!
High School
GRADUATION PLANS
• Recommended Plan
• Distinguished Plan
“To be eligible for admission at a
Texas Four-Year Public Institution,
students must successfully
complete the Recommended or
Distinguished high school
program.”
--Texas Education Code (state law)
Graduation Plan Requirements
Discipline
RECOMMENDED
DISTINGUISHED
English
4
4
Math
4
4
Science
4
4
Social Studies
4
4
Foreign Language (same)
2
3
Comm. Application
.5
.5
Fine Art
1
1
P.E./P.E. Equivalent
1
1
Additional Electives
5.5
4.5
TOTAL CREDITS
26
26
4 X 4 Distinguished Grad 4 – yr Plan Course of Study (DAP)
9th
10th
11th
12th
English I
English II
English III
English IV
Algebra I
Geometry
Algebra II
Pre-Calculus (or
additional 4th yr
math)
Biology I
Chem./Physics
Chem./Physics
4th year lab science
World Geography
World History
U.S. History
Govt./Eco
•3rd year of same Foreign Language
•4 Advanced Measures
•AP scores, Dual Credit courses, Articulated courses, National Merit on PSAT
•IPC will count as an elective, not science credit for DAP
4 X 4 Recommended Grad 4 – yr Plan Course of Study (RAP)
9th
10th
11th
12th
English I
English II
English III
English IV
Algebra I
Geometry
Algebra II
Pre-Calculus (or
additional 4th yr
math)
Biology I
IPC/Chem./Physics
Chem./Physics
Chem./Physics or 4th
year lab science
World Geography
World History
U.S. History
Govt./Eco
IPC may count as one of the 4 years of science credit needed for RAP
BUT must be taken before Chemistry and Physics
Required Coursework
2 years of Foreign Language
• – Spanish
• – French
• – German
*Must take 2 years of the same language
Required Coursework
1 year of Fine Art
• – Art
• – Band
• – Orchestra
• – Choir
• – Theater (Performance or Technical)
• – Dance
• – Color Guard/Winter Guard
• – Floral Design
Some classes require Audition and/or Group-Director Approval
Required Coursework
1 year of PE or Equivalent
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– PE
– Athletics
– Cheerleading (S1 only, S2 Local)
– ROTC (S1&S2 waiver)
– Drill Team (S1 only, waiver)
– Marching Band (S1 only, w)
–Color Guard (S1 only, w)
• Can earn up to 4 PE credits
Career & Technical Education (CTE)
Why take CTE?
– Learn about jobs
– Certifications
2 or 3-period classes require planning!
Career & Technical Education (CTE)
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Agriculture
Auto Tech
Business
Childcare
Cosmetology
Computer
Culinary
Health Science
Vet Tech
Additional classes
Additional Elective Credits
Journalism 1
A survey course in all aspects of journalism. Prerequisite for
Yearbook and Newspaper classes
Students interested in Journalism:
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•Are self-motivated
•Are self-disciplined
•Like to write
•Have a natural curiosity
•Are outgoing
•Like to read newspapers and magazines
•Like to watch or listen to the news
•Are interested in pop culture
Advanced Academics
Pre AP, AP, & Dual Credit
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Rigorous coursework & more homework
Preparation of AP/DC classes
Earn college credit
“Extra” grade points
Be better prepared for college
Advanced Measure for Distinguished Plan
Limited opportunity for schedule changes.
– Consider your schedule, extra-curricular
activities, and other responsibilities.
Advanced Academics
(Consider these guidelines)
• Pre-AP, AP, & DC classes are challenging & demanding!!
• Must be self-motivated & an independent worker!!!
• Must be willing to spend additional hours out of class
completing research, projects & supplemental reading
• Must have/acquire good study skills & time management
(use a planner and keep up with long-term projects)
– Pre-AP classes prepare you to take AP classes during your
sophomore, junior and senior years of high school.
– AP/DC classes are college level, and they allow you to
potentially earn college credit.
Course Selection Process
• PowerPoint Presentation/Course Selection Sheet during
Eagle’s Nest
• Complete Course Selection Sheet/Four-Year Plan with input
from parents
• Course request entry into Gradespeed during eagle’s Nest
• Course Selection Meeting with House Counselor Meet for
final course selection and turn in Course Selection
Sheet/Four-Year Plan
• Check requests on Gradespeed until 3/1/2013
• Course verification in April/May
Deadline to request Schedule Changes is June 14, 2013, as
set by the district
Course Selection Sheet
Key
* = Semester Course
+ = Approval Required
$ = Fee Required
F = Form Required
▲ = Prerequisite Required (must have taken
another course before you can take chosen one)
Checking a course does not mean you
will automatically get that class – you
must chooses alternates also!!!!!
Choosing Courses
• You MUST select 7 classes (4 core classes + 3 electives)
– 4 classes must consist of core courses:
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English
Math
Science
Social Studies
– 3 classes must consist of at least 3 of the following:
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CTE Electives
Foreign Language
Fine Arts
PE/Athletics
Technology Application Electives
• 1 full year class = 1 period
• 2 semester classes = 1 period
You MUST ALSO select 3 Alternatives (in case your 1st choice electives
are not available
Online Data Entry
• Access online Course Selection portal through
Gradespeed using student URL
• Select courses using drop-down menus (with
Course Selection Sheet from previous day)
• Meet with Counselor (in next 2 weeks)
• Bring 4-Year Plan & Course Selection Sheet
• Review at home via Parent Connection
Access to the student/parent portal will end on
Friday, March 1st 2013.
Name_____________________
ID #_________________
Four Year Plan
School Year__________________
• Use pencil.
• Decide on graduation plan.
• Include classes from middle school
where you earned HS credit.
• Fill in the blanks with the classes you
plan to take in HS (some pre-filled).
• Check required classes.
• Turn in with Course Selection Sheet to
your counselor when you are called in
for your course selection meeting.
Tips on High School Success
 ATTENDANCE – cannot learn if you are not present
 Get involved with activities.
 Do service work (volunteer).
Student Council, Key Club, etc.
 Make time to study every night.
 Study before the Exams
 Ask for help from your teachers, before and after
school
 Attend free tutorials before or after school
 Get to know your Counselor!
1. Complete your 4 Year Plan.
2. Complete your Course Request
Selections – on Course Selection Sheet
& online.
3. Turn them in to your counselor when
you are called in for your Course
Selection Meeting.
REMEMBER
NO CHANGES after June 14th, 2013
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