2Understanding High School 1/16 SemesterAverageCredit/Unit (1/2 credit = 1 semester)Graduation Plans (3)4-year PlanDiplomaGPA (grade point average)
3Understanding High School Required CoursesElective CoursesBlock ScheduleSingle BlockDouble Block“A” Day“B” DaySTAAR End-of-Course Exam (EOC)
4Understanding High School-1/17 Prerequisite – what is required before taking a courseCourse Code – a combination of letters and numbersCourse Description – a brief summary of the classOverall Grade Point Average – all semesters average together of all classes
5Understanding High School Career Pathways (Career Clusters)Certificate Programs (17 available)IB Program (International Baccalaureate)AVID Program(Advancement Via Individual Determination)
6Understanding High School Early College High SchoolAdvanced Placement (AP) CoursesAP ExamsDual Credit CoursesCollege TuitionPost Secondary – after high schoolTechnical Schools2-year College – associates degree4-year CollegeMilitary
7What does it take to get to high school from junior high? 1/21 Pass 8th grade MathPass 8th grade EnglishPass 8th grade Social StudiesPass 8th grade ScienceHave an overall average of 70% in all other classesSummer School may not be enough!
8Two big differences between Junior High & High School Semesters in Junior high are average togetherIf you fail any semester of a required course in junior high school, you can still improve the next semester to bring your early average up to 70 or betterYou will get credit for the first semester course by passing the second semester courseEach semester stands alone rather than having a yearly average.If you fail any semester of a required course in high school, you have to take that course again for that semesterYou will not get credit for the first semester course by passing the second semester course
9Foundation High School Plan All students enter 9th grade on the Foundation High School PlanRequires 22 credits for graduationEvery 9th grade student must declare an endorsement (There are 5)Graduating with an endorsement requires 26 credits
10Courses Required on Foundation High School Plan 1/22 English 4 CreditsEnglish 1 (each semester is ½ of a credit)English 2English 3English 4 or other 4th year EnglishMath 3 CreditsAlg. 1GeometryAn Advanced Math Course* Algebra II may still be required by the College Board for students going to college
11Courses Required on Foundation High School Plan Science 3 creditsBiologyIPC or an advanced science courseAny advanced science coursePhysical Education 1 creditFine Arts 1 Credit
12Courses Required on Foundation High School Plan Social Studies 3 CreditsWorld History or World Geography or combined World History /w. GeographyU. S. HistoryU. S. Government (one-half credit)Economics (one-half credit)
13Courses Required on Foundation High School Plan Languages Other Than English 2 CreditsElectives 5 CreditsEquals 22 Credits
14EndorsementsA student may earn an endorsement by successfully completing:Curriculum requirements for the endorsement4 credits in mathematics4 credits in science2 additional elective credits
155 Endorsements Categories You must choose 1 STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)Business and IndustryPublic ServicesArts and HumanitiesMultidisciplinary Studies
16Distinguished Graduation Four credits in math, including credit inAlgebra II (still in question)Four credits in scienceCurriculum requirements for at least one endorsement
17Performance Acknowledgement For outstanding performanceIn a dual credit courseIn bilingualism and bi-literacyOn an AP test or IB examOn the PSAT, ACT-Plan, SAT, ACTFor earning a nationally or internationally recognized business or industry certification or license
18To get your high school diploma you must also. . . You must pass the End of Course Exams for each grade level (9th -12th grades).End of Course Exams Include:EnglishMathSocial StudiesScience
19AP vs. Dual CreditStudents that make a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam may be given credit for that course at a college or UniversityDual Credit students earn college credit if they pass the courseStudents that take dual-credit courses may participate in the Maverick Accelerated Bachelor Degree Program (UTA)
20International Baccalaureate Program Incorporates international curriculum, inter-cultural understandingProvides university-entry credentialsFosters responsible, compassionate citizensIB courses begin in the junior yearStudents are required to complete 150 hours of community service, write an extended essay, and take the IB examsStudents wishing to graduate with an IB diploma are encouraged to take all of the required courses as Pre-AP/AP and complete four years of a foreign language
21Early College High School (TCC) Beginning in Fall 2014Total enrollment first year will be 125 studentsHave to meet one of criteria for enrollmentIdentified as at-riskEnglish Language Learner1st generation to attend collegeLow income and/orUnderrepresented student
22Graduation Requirements for Classification 18126Classification CreditsThe grade you’re in is determined by how many credits you have earned.Example: to be a 10th grader, you must have earned 6 credits
23How do they calculate your GPA? Regular Grade Points121110987654Honors Grade Points151413121110987Numerical Grade97-10093-9690-9287-8983-8680-8277-7973-7670-720-69Letter GradeA+AA-B+BB-C+CC-FA breakdown of how a student’s GPA is calculated.
24School Day School hours are from 7:35AM to 2:45PM. Classes are 90 minutes in length with approximately 7 minutes between classes for passing periods.We are on an A Day/B Day Block schedule.A Day = Periods 1 – 4B Day = Periods 5 - 8
25Sample Schedule (with double-blocked sport) A Day B Day1 – English I 5 – Algebra I2 – Biology 6 – World Geo.3 – 1 sem. Elective 7 – 1 sem. Elective4 – Athletics 8 – Study Hall(double blocking ofsport)
26Athletics & BlockingAthletics is a full year program consisting of single-blocked (meets every other day) and double-blocked (meets every day) sports.Single-blocked – Cheerleading, Drill Team, Golf, TennisDouble-blocked – Basketball, Cross Country (Fall), Football, Gymnastics, Swimming, Track (Spring), WrestlingSingle-blocked Fall / Double-blocked Spring – Soccer (Boys), Soccer (Girls), Softball, BaseballDouble-blocked Fall / Single-blocked Spring - Volleyball
27PE Courses ROTC Athletics Band Cheerleading & Drill Team Choose the first sport played in the school yearBandCheerleading & Drill TeamChoose PE since these are try-out activities
29How to read a high school course description. MA1245 – GEOMETRY This course includes a study of measurements, constructions and terminology essential to geometry. It is designed to develop deductive thinking, and emphasizes problem solving by means of logical proofs and definitions while integrating algebraic concepts. Relations, properties, and measurements of surfaces, lines and angles in one, two and three-dimensional figures are investigated.Grade Placement: unit Prerequisite: Algebra I
30SchedulingChoose your 4 Core Subjects – English, Math, Science & Social Studies.Next, choose your PE or Athletic Program, Band, or ROTC.Then choose your other electives and “alternate” courses
31Scheduling on Career Cruising You can begin scheduling your classes now on any computer that has Internet access.Register at Click on Student Info.Click on the Career Cruising icon to view aCourse Planner informational video, the StudentCourse Guide, or to log in to CoursePlanner.
32Scheduling on Career Cruising Register at Click on the Student Info tab. Click on the Career Cruising icon to log in to your course planner.
33You will add your course selections in the first box – Year 9 Career CruisingYou will add your course selections in the first box – Year 9
34Plan Ahead – Dual Credit Dual Credit courses are courses that receive high school and college credit and are open to students entering their Junior or Senior year.*******To be eligible to enroll in a Dual Credit class, students must have a 7.0 overall grade point average on a 12 point scale (a “B” average).********Taking Dual Credit Core & Elective classes at an Arlington high school as a Junior or Senior can lead to earning a Bachelors Degree for under $10,000.00!Interested?Information about the Maverick Accelerated BachelorsDegree ProgramCan be Found in the CTE Accelerate publication
35FAQ’sSummer School?Watch for summer school dates, class times, and class fees on the Arlington ISD website.Forms will be available in May from junior high counselors.Athletic Study Hall?When a student is in a double-blocked sport, the sport will appear on their A Day schedule, but Study Hall will appear on their B Day schedule.