Normal West January 7, 2015 Graduation Requirements English Math 4.0 credits 3.0 credits Science Social Science 2.0 credits 2.0 credits Health/PE Consumer Ed Electives 3.5 credits .5 credits 9.0 credits • Algebra 1 • US History/Constitution Test Junior State Standardized Testing ________ 24 Total Credits CREDITS Credit is based on semester grade D (60%) Minimum grade for passing and receiving credit Each semester class = ½ credit 6 Credits End of Freshman Year 12 Credits End of Sophomore Year 18 Credits End of Junior Year 24 Credits End of Senior Year Freshman Offerings English/Honors English Math (based on level) Biology/Honors Biology Regional World Studies Elective Study Hall or another elective PE Options: Drivers Ed/Swim (Semester) Health (Semester) Foundations of Fitness (Semester) Advanced Aquatics Lifestyle Management (Year Long) *Swim/PE (Semester) designed for students taking drivers ed OUTSIDE of NCWHS Freshman Electives Agriculture Art Business Family and Consumer Science Foreign Language Music Technology Drivers Education Course Last Birthday Allowed DRV101/PHY101 Must turn 15 by the end of quarter 1 (201) DRV111/PHY111 Must turn 15 by the end of quarter 2 (2015) DRV102/PHY102 Must turn 15 by the end of quarter 3 (2016) DRV112/PHY112 Must turn 15 by the end of quarter 4 (2016) Must pass 8 classes during that last 2 grading periods. Quarter grades will be averaged. Summer School option Honors Definition of Honors: “Honors courses are enriched; they offer the same material in greater depth and with a faster pace… Honors courses emphasize critical and independent thinking to produce creative application of ideas… Motivation is the main quality that characterizes an honors student.” (Wikipedia) Level Changes When moving down a level, student must show interventions have been utilized in writing. Forms for this are provided in the counseling office. Administration approval on the form is necessary. Weighted Grading System BASE STANDARD HONORS A=4 A=5 A=6 B=3 B=4 B=5 C=2 C=3 C=4 D=1 D=2 D=3 F=0 F=0 F=0 Grade Point Average & Class Rank To figure GPA, the grades your child earns for the semester are assigned point value. Those points are then added up and divided by the number of classes you have. Course Grade Points Honors English I A 6 Algebra I B 4 Health C 3 A 5 French B 4 Biology C 3 25 points divided by 6 classes = RWS 4.167 GPA Class rank is determined by total grade points using all classes. Study Hall TOTAL POINTS 0 25 What’s Next? January 6-16 Middle School Counselors meet with students to select their freshman classes. February 27th – Copy of course requests will be sent home in the mail. Course Selection Changes MARCH 20th, 2015: Last day to make a change in a student’s course selection by completing a course change form. Before March 20 contact middle school counselor Questions after March 20 should be referred to high school counselor TOP FIVE QUESTIONS What are the foreign languages requirements for college? When do I get my class schedule? Do I have to take swimming? How am I going to find my way around the building? And the Number 1 question: When do I take Drivers Education? IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE A WILDCAT!! Families new to Unit 5 please come to the stage and pick up a Course Description Book and registration information.