A Pope Preview Pope’s 4 Pillars Academics Athletics Fine Arts Service and Leadership Things we like to brag about… Academics 85% of students attend a 4-year university after graduation; another 5% attend 2-year colleges and then transfer. 75% of students have a 3.00 or above 20% of students have a 4.00 or above SAT 1666 (Georgia 1445; National 1497) ACT 24.8 (Georgia 20.8; National 21.0) 68% of the Class of 2014 qualified for the HOPE Scholarship; 21% qualified for Zell Miller Scholarship Last year, 77% of AP exams taken earned a 3, 4, or 5 Things we like to brag about… Academics Pope scored a 92.6% on the 2013 CCRPI index – one of the highest scores in a traditional high school in the state. Newsweek ranked Pope as one of the top high schools in the nation, ranking us 377th overall and 6th in the state of Georgia. Pope is AP Certified, an AP STEM Achievement and AP Honor School 7 National Merit Semi-finalist and 6 Finalist in 2012; 8 Semi-Finalists in 2013; 4 Semi-Finalists in 2014 Class of 2014 qualified for over 3 million dollars in scholarships. This does not include The Hope Scholarship. 91.9% Graduation Rate - Highest in the district 3 years in a row We have sent students to Governor’s Honors Program in Math, Spanish, Social Studies, Visual Arts, Music and Percussion, and Design. Things we like to brag about… Athletics Pope was Region Champion in Wrestling, Boys & Girls Track, Girls Soccer Pope won the 2014 Director’s Cup for best overall athletic program in Georgia based on state playoffs in multiple sports Region 7 AAAAA All Sports Award & GEMC Spirit Sportsmanship Award Region AAAAA 3rd time in 4 years Wrestling won Duals State Champion for 3rd year in a row; 2 Individual State Champions; Traditional Team came in 3rd Many teams made the state playoffs this past year Fastpitch Softball taking 4th in the state Boy’s Tennis finished 2nd in the state Girl’s Cross Country finished 10th in the state Girl’s Track took 2nd place in the state championship: 1 Individual Girls’ State Champion in Track Competition Cheerleading top 12 in State Girls’ Soccer made it to the Final Four Things we like to brag about… Fine Arts Band, Orchestra, and Chorus Superior Ratings in GMEA performance evaluations Marching Band over 400 awards for field shows and performances in national and international parades Award winning Winter Guard and Indoor Percussion groups School and community performances by over 20 different types of ensembles Over 25 Pope graduates are now music teachers Last 7 years, we have sent 7 students to GHP for Visual Arts All AP Studio Art students have passed the AP Exam with most scoring a 4 or 5. Things we like to brag about… Service and Leadership SWAG raised over $20,000 enabling us to spend $150 on 150 needy children each for the holidays. In memory of Matt Hobby, Pope contributed over $19,000 last year and over $27,000 THIS year to Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. The 8-year total is over $130,000! Habitat for Humanity continues to be a very popular program for Pope students and we will be building our 16th house this year. Over 8000 student volunteer hours were recorded at Pope last year. 8th Grade Articulation Timeline October 2 – 7:00pm “A Pope Preview” Student/Parent Meeting in Pope Theater Nov 1 – Freshman Academy applications available online Nov 6 – 7:00pm Freshman Academy Information Meeting in Pope Theater Dec 5 – Freshman Academy application deadline Feb 20 – Freshman Academy acceptance notifications Mid February – Window for CCSD students to apply for HB 251 transfer (CCSD website) February 23/25 – Pope Presentation to students at Dodgen & HTMS February 27 – Registration materials go home to Dodgen & HTMS students March 3 – 7:00pm “Parent Curriculum Meeting” in Pope Theater - Registration questions addressed - Subject Dept. Chairs available to answer questions March 6/9 – Pope counselors available for individual appointments w/ parents at Dodgen/HTMS for specific registration questions March 11 – Registration materials completed and returned to MS March 23 - Freshman Academy commitment deadline Week of April 13 – Private, transfer and homeschool registration appointments begin August TBD – Freshman Orientation at Fall Madness Freshman Academies @ Pope Four Freshman Academies follow a prescribed curriculum with their cohort throughout their four years. Applications required. Advanced Math & Science Academy begins with Accelerated Geometry B/Advanced Algebra and AP Environmental Science in 9th grade ending with 4 AP Science classes and 2 AP Math classes plus Multivariable Calculus. Student completes STEM Certificate & Capstone Senior Research Project. Engineering Academy begins with Accelerated Coordinate Algebra/ Geometry A or Acc Geom B/Adv Alg and AP Env Sci in 9th grade and includes Engineering classes each year. Student participates in Robotics competition, completes STEM Certificate & Senior Project. Globalization Academy begins with Honors 9th Literature and AP Human Geography ending with 2 English AP & 4 Social Studies AP classes plus 4 years of World Language. Includes Senior Project. Culinary Arts Academy includes Culinary classes each year with competitions starting second year. Culinary Internship Senior Year. Pope High School Schedule 1919 students Traditional, 7 period schedule 6 classes, plus lunch ○ 4 Core (English, Math, Science, Soc. St.) ○ 2 Electives, usually 1 is Foreign Language ~50 minute classes 2 Academic Opportunity periods per week Early Release X Block Wednesdays Who Will Help You Decide Your Classes at Pope? 8th Grade Teachers and Counselors Pope Counselors (assigned by alphabet): A–C D – Hi Ho – Mc Me – Sc Se – Z Mrs. Kathryn Sax Ms. Patty Hays Mrs. Leslie Shearstone Mrs. Angie Bruce Mrs. Jamie Hamrick Pope AP for Curriculum and Instruction: Loretta Clune Marti Schmitz, clerk Pope Department Chairs & Specialty Area Leads What are “Course Levels”? Pope offers 3 basic levels of rigor: College Prep – on-level Honors – College Prep, more rigorous Advanced Placement - College level, most rigorous, possible to earn college credit An IEP may determine other possible levels depending on a student’s needs. Opportunities for All Students Pope offers a range of options for students: Advanced Placement (AP) classes Honors in most subject areas Academic Honor Societies & Competitions Student special interest Clubs & Organizations Special Services for students with IEPs, RTI or 504 Academic Opportunity (AO) during “homeroom” Peer Tutoring College and Career Center Comprehensive School Counseling Curriculum Opportunities continued…. Foreign Language Opportunity This is an opportunity for students who did not have the option to learn French or German prior to high school. This program will get your student on track with peers who began foreign language in middle school without losing any time or credit by switching languages How does it work? Contact: Fall 2015: take accelerated French I* or German I* Spring 2016: take accelerated French II or German II [email protected] cobbk12.org Schoolyear 2016-2017: The students in this program will be in French III or German III and on track with their peers who began a language in 8th grade. C’est parfait! Das ist perfekt *Prerequisite: successful completion of level I of ANY language How are Students Placed? CRCT scores determine promotion to the 9th Grade Level/course placement is based on 8th Grade teacher recommendations, considering: Pope guidelines based on historical data Test/quiz/project grades Quarter middle school grades Standardized test scores Motivation, work ethic, etc. Sample Schedules Average Student 1. Spanish I 2. CCGPS Coordinate Algebra 3. Biology 4. Lunch 5. World Geography 6. 9th Literature 7. Chorus Honors Student 1. CCGPS Coordinate Algebra/ Geometry A 2. Honors Biology 3. Honors World or AP Human Geography 4. Honors 9th Literature 5. Lunch 6. French II 7. Engineering Note that Freshman Academy students have specific course requirements with different sequencing Elective Options Culinary Arts Video Production Graphic Arts Engineering Business Computers ROTC World Languages (French, German, Spanish) Fine Arts (Art, Band, Orchestra, Chorus) Academic Electives Physical Education Electives Student Clubs & Organizations Book Club, Creative Writing Debate, Drama, Guitar Fantasy Literature, Lit Mag Fashion, Film, Fishing Jewish Club, FCA Helping Hounds, Interact Habitat, Key Club, Hounds for Heroes Mock Trial, Model UN Octagon, Philosophy Yearbook, Newspaper Student Government FBLA, FLOP Math Team, Academic Bowl Band, Chorus, Orchestra NHS, Beta Club Science NHS, English National Honor Societies Spanish, French, German Honor Societies Environmental Club, Robotics Ice/Roller Hockey, Fencing, Rugby Athletics Basketball (Boys & Girls) Cheerleading Football Cross Country (Boys & Girls) Fast Pitch Softball Swim/Dive Volleyball Wrestling Baseball Winter & Colorguard Golf (Boys & Girls) Gymnastics Lacrosse (Boys & Girls) Soccer (Boys & Girls) Tennis (Boys & Girls) Track (Boys & Girls) Good to know… Academic Opportunity (AO) is held twice a week. Students report to their AO (or homeroom) for ~35 minutes Students can study, get tutoring from teachers, work in media center, rehearse with fine arts groups, etc. X-Block is on Wednesdays, and students are released at 2:15 so teachers can plan collaboratively. Students who stay at Pope can receive peer tutoring in the media center or study in the cafeteria and ride the bus at 3:30. Parent Vue & Student Vue are available to view grades online. Progress Reports come out every 6 weeks, but grades are not permanently recorded on transcript until the end of each semester (December and May). High School Tips Grades are based mostly on tests and quizzes, rather than completion of homework. Students will attend classes in all parts of the building and will mingle with all grade levels. Lunches are eaten with all grade levels and students don’t have “assigned” seating. Personal responsibility and taking initiative are keys to success. Encourage your student to self-advocate. If you have a concern or question about a class, please contact the teacher; email is the preferable method. Pope’s College Trends Two thirds of Pope students attend Georgia Colleges, one third go out of state. Pope students regularly matriculate at: UGA, Georgia Tech, Emory, Georgia College, KSU, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Southern Poly, U of West GA, Berry, Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, U of SC, FSU, UF, LSU, Ole Miss, App State, College of Charleston, Jacksonville State, etc. In the past 3 years, we have also sent students to schools such as: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Washington and Lee, Georgetown, Wesleyan, Berkley, Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, Brigham Young, Le Cordon Bleu, Vanderbilt, West Point, Coast Guard Academy, Wake Forest, Elon, UCLA, NYU, Furman, and many more. Stay Informed www.popehigh.com You are welcome and encouraged to visit the Pope Website at for additional information about specific programs, activities, and classes. 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