Rising Upperclassmen Curriculum Night Presentation

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Curriculum Night 2015

AUDITORIUM

 6:00-6:40 

6:45-7:45

Program for Parents of Rising 9 th Graders

Program for Parents of Current WSHS Students

CAFETERIA

 6:45-7:45 

7:45-8:45

Curriculum Fair • Focus: Rising 9 th Grade Electives

Curriculum Fair

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Focus: Certain AP Courses Focus: Electives for Upperclassmen

Curriculum Night 2015

Program for Parents of Upperclassmen

Welcome & Overview of the evening

 PowerPoint for Students – key points  Overview of the Course Selection Process  Where to Find Further Information  AP Specific Information

Curriculum Night 2015

Program for Parents of Upperclassmen

 Welcome & Overview of the Structure of Tonight 

PowerPoint for Students – key points

 Overview of the Course Selection Process  Where to Find Further Information  AP Specific Information

West Springfield High School

Course Orientation 2015

Overview of the Registration Process

Graduation Requirements

Course Sequences

Curriculum Updates

West Springfield High School

Course Orientation 2015

Find this presentation on our website:

www.fcps.edu/westspringfieldhs/studentservices/cre ditsandcourses.html

Sophomore Year

As an experienced WSHS Student, you should;

Be Familiar with Academic Resources Identify Extracurricular Activities Improve or Stabilize Grades

Diploma Requirements for Class of 2018

Subject English Math Algebra 1, Pt 1 Computer Sci Science History Health/PE World Language Fine Arts OR CTE Econ & Personal Fin Electives (must include seq electives) CTE Credential (ii) Virtual Course STANDARD DIPLOMA (22 CREDITS)

4 3 NO, Elective Credit Only Yes, must include a CTE completer (i) 3 4 2 N/A 2 (can include 1 WL) 1 3 YES YES

ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA (26 CREDITS)

4 4 NO, Elective Credit Only Yes, only if Alg 2 is completed; must include CTE completer (i) 4 4 2 3 or 2+2 1 1 3 NO YES

Diploma Requirements for Class of 2018 VERIFIED CREDITS

VERIFIED CREDITS = Pass course + End of Year SOL Subject English Math Science History Student Choice TOTAL: STANDARD DIPLOMA (22 CREDITS)

2 (both during Junior year) 1 1 1 1 6

ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA (26 CREDITS)

2 (both during Junior year) 2 2 2 1 9

Schedule for 10

th

Grade

Courses for a 10 th Grader who has PASSED his/her Pre-Requisite Courses

1. English 10 / English 10 Honors 2. World History 2 / World History 2 Honors / AP World 3. Health and PE 10 4. Math (Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus) [HN Available at all levels] 5. Chemistry or Chemistry Honors (Active Physics if you fail Algebra 1) 6. World Language (Advanced Diploma) or Elective 7. Elective (Economics and Personal Finance??)

Junior Year

As an experienced WSHS Student, you should;

Access Academic Resources Develop a schedule that reflects Post-Secondary Plans  Choose challenging courses; consider Honors or AP courses in area(s) of strength/interest.

 Consider attending an Academy, or completing a career sequence.

Improve or Stabilize Grades

Diploma Requirements for Class of 2017

Subject English Math Algebra 1, Pt 1 Computer Sci Science History Health/PE World Language Fine Arts OR CTE Econ & Personal Fin Electives (must include seq electives) CTE Credential (ii) Virtual Course STANDARD DIPLOMA (22 CREDITS)

4 3 NO, Elective Credit Only Yes, must include a CTE completer (i) 3 4 2 N/A 2 (can include 1 WL) 1 3 YES YES

ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA (26 CREDITS)

4 4 NO, Elective Credit Only Yes, only if Alg 2 is completed; must include CTE completer (i) 4 4 2 3 or 2+2 1 1 3 NO YES

Diploma Requirements for Class of 2017 VERIFIED CREDITS

VERIFIED CREDITS = Pass course + End of Year SOL Subject English Math Science History Student Choice TOTAL: STANDARD DIPLOMA (22 CREDITS)

2 (both during Junior year) 1 1 1 1 6

ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA (26 CREDITS)

2 (both during Junior year) 2 2 2 1 9

Schedule for 11

th

Grade

Courses for a 11 th Grader who has PASSED his/her pre-requisite courses

1. English 11 / English 11 Honors / AP Language 2. US History / US History Honors / AP US History 3. Math (Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus , Prob/Stats, Comp Sci*) 4. Physics, Geosystems, or Chemistry (if completed Active Physics) 5. World Language (Advanced Diploma) or Elective 6. Elective (Economics and Personal Finance???) 7. Elective

Senior Year

As an experienced WSHS Student, you should;

Access Academic Resources Develop a schedule that reflects Post-Secondary Plans  Choose challenging courses; consider Honors or AP courses in area(s) of strength/interest.

 Consider attending an Academy, or completing a career sequence.

Improve or Stabilize Grades

Diploma Requirements for Class of 2016

Subject English Math Algebra 1, Pt 1 Computer Sci Science History Health/PE World Language Fine Arts OR CTE Econ & Personal Fin Electives (must include seq electives) CTE Credential (ii) Virtual Course STANDARD DIPLOMA (22 CREDITS)

4 3 NO, Elective Credit Only Yes, must include a CTE completer (i) 3 4 2 N/A 2 (can include 1 WL) 1 3 N/A N/A

ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA (26 CREDITS)

4 4 NO, Elective Credit Only Yes, only if Alg 2 is completed; must include CTE completer (i) 4 4 2 3 or 2+2 1 1 3 NO NO

Diploma Requirements for Class of 2016 VERIFIED CREDITS

VERIFIED CREDITS = Pass course + End of Year SOL Subject English Math Science History Student Choice TOTAL: STANDARD DIPLOMA (22 CREDITS)

2 (both during Junior year) 1 1 1 1 6

ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA (26 CREDITS)

2 (both during Junior year) 2 2 2 1 9

Schedule for 12

th

Grade

Courses for a 12 th Grader who has PASSED his/her pre-requisite courses

1. English 12 / English 12 Honors / AP Literature 2. US Government / US Government Honors / AP US Government/ AP Comp Gov 3. Math (Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Prob/Stats, Comp Sci) 4. 4 th Science (Geosystems, Anatomy., AP Bio, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, etc) 5. World Language 3, 4, or AP (Advanced Diploma 3 years or 2+2) or Elective 6. Elective (Economics and Personal Finance???) 7. Elective

Academic Levels

Standard Standard Curriculum Standard Pacing Homework is for practice / review concepts from class Honors Standard Curriculum Faster Pacing More independent work to go more in depth Independent projects AP College Level Curriculum Faster Pacing Significant Independent reading Significantly more HW

How do I choose the appropriate level?

 Choose Honors/AP in courses where you enjoy the material and independent learning  Seek input from teachers, parents, counselors, etc.

 Choose a BALANCED schedule where you are challenged in areas of interest or desired growth  Beware of overscheduling; it becomes very difficult to maintain health and wellness, which is key to academic and personal success.

Attend Curriculum Night or review AP Expectations on Blackboard to get a clear picture of the unique demands of an AP course.

ENGLISH

English 9 or English 9 Honors

9 10

English 10 or English 10 Honors

11 12

English 11, English 11 HONORS or AP English Language English 12, English 12 HONORS or AP English Literature

MATHEMATICS

If you currently have below a “C”, you should work hard to bring up your grade for second semester. If you’re still unsuccessful, consider retaking the course or look at other math options (if available). Listen to your teacher’s recommendation!

GEOMETRY HONORS GEOMETRY 9 ALGEBRA 1 PART 1/ ALGEBRA 1 DOUBLE BLOCK CLASS GEOMETRY ALGEBRA 1 Or ALGEBRA 1 Honors GEOMETRY ALGEBRA 2 10 11 ALGEBRA 2 ALGEBRA 2 PRECALC PROB/STAT 12 PRECALC, PROB/STAT, DISCRETE MATH PRECALC, PROB/STAT, DISCRETE MATH AP CALC AB AP STAT ALGEBRA 2 HONORS PRECALC HONORS AP CALC BC AP STAT

10 9

SOCIAL STUDIES

World History & Geography 1 or World History & Geography HONORS World History & Geography 2, World History & Geography 2 HONORS or AP World History 11 US/VA History, US/VA History HONORS or AP US History 12 US/VA Government, US/VA Government HONORS, AP Government or AP Comparative Government

SCIENCE

Biology or Biology Honors

9 10 11

Chemistry, Chemistry Honors, or Active Physics (if the student has not passed Algebra 1) Physics, Physics Honors, AP Physics 1, Anatomy, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics C, Geosystems, Geosystems Honors

12

Same as above plus AP Physics 2 and AP Physics B

Caution

For World Languages AND Mathematics, it is STRONGLY recommended that you have a C or better before moving to the next course and pass your PALS If you do not have a C or better, your parents may have to sign a permission slip for you to be allowed to advance.

Factors to Consider when Selecting Electives

The purpose of electives is to allow you to explore subjects that may help you develop a new life or academic skill, develop career-specific skills or knowledge, or develop a skill/talent outside of the core curriculum areas.

Attending the Curriculum Fair on February 11 Contacting Teachers Directly Speak with Peers, Siblings, Parents, or Counselor

Academy Courses

1.

Check out your options!

Academy website: http://www.fcps.edu/is/cte/academies.shtml

2. Visit the Academy! During the Day!! Not only is it a great way to check out first-hand what you might be doing for the year and it is a huge bonus on your application for admittance. See your counselor to pick up a pass to visit your academy.

During the Night!! Check out one of the Open House Dates. Some even include Dinner!

http://www.fcps.edu/is/cte/academy/documents/academyopenhouse.pdf

3. APPLY!!

Complete this online so it is legible and more

professional looking. A fillable pdf can be found online here, http://www.fcps.edu/is/cte/academy/documents/StudentInstructions.pdf

What’s next?

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Go to the Course Selection Guide and read descriptions of the courses.

Participate in the WSHS

Electives Fair on Feb 11 th

Attend Curriculum Night on

Feb 9 th Select 7 Courses Plus 3 Alternatives.

Discuss your 2015-16 schedule with your parents and have them sign your course selection sheet.

Arrive prepared:

Counselor is there for questions, but

pre-planning is a must

to have a productive session.

Important Upcoming Dates

February & March February 9 th February 11 th Mid-May June 19 th Registration Curriculum Night Electives Fair “Draft List of Courses” Last Day for Changes During the day 6:30 pm Spartan Time Mail Out

June 19

th

- LAST DAY to make any schedule changes for 2015-16 School Year

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