Graduation Requirements Must have at least 24 credits, with 16 credits in required subject areas: ▫4 years of English ▫4 years of Mathematics ▫3 years of Science ▫3 years of Social Studies ▫1 year of HOPE (possible waiver available) ▫1 year of a Performing Art Must have an unweighted Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.00 Must pass the FCAT Reading and Mathematics Must have 4 credits in a Major Area of Interest (MAI)
Major Areas of Interest (MAI) Agriculture/Natural Resources Health Science Information Technology Language Arts Mathematics Music Physical Education Science Social Studies Technology Communication Visual Arts World Languages
What does an MAI mean to me? You need four credits in a MAI, such as sequential courses in a career and technical program, fine and performing arts, or academic content area, in order to graduate. You may revise/change your MAI each year as part of your annual course registration processes. You may earn four credits in more than one MAI if you choose. You are not required to complete four credits in the same MAI, you just need four credits of courses that are in a MAI. However, if you complete four credits in the same MAI you may earn a standard diploma designation reflecting that MAI.
Importance of Grades (School should be your JOB!) College Admissions Scholarships, Bright Futures Helps in getting good recommendations/references Helps in passing the FCAT (part of your graduation requirements) Helps in getting good scores on college admissions tests (SAT or ACT) Admissions to Technical Programs (i.e. nursing, technology, etc.) Helps you feel BETTER about school, which in turn helps you feel BETTER about yourself!
Bright Future’s Scholarships Florida Academic Scholars Award ▫3.50 weighted GPA – academic subjects only, includes foreign language! ▫28/ACT or 1270/SAT – not including the writing score yet! ▫75 hours of community service ▫Pays most of tuition and fees for FL Community Colleges, FL 4-year Universities, and some FL Technical Schools. Florida Medallion Scholars Award ▫3.00 weighted GPA – academic subjects only, includes foreign language! ▫20/ACT or 970/SAT – not including the writing score yet! ▫Pays a large portion of tuition and fees for FL Community Colleges, FL 4-year Universities, and some FL Technical Schools. Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award ▫GPA and test requirements ▫For more detailed information please see your Guidance Counselor.
Develop Good Study Habits! Read your textbook. Review your notes. Use flashcards. Tutoring: Ask if you need help! Ask your teachers for help. Ask your parents for help. Use your planner. Use edline.net to monitor your grades. ▫Will be available at the beginning of the school year. Do your homework and turn it in. Take good notes. Know your limits. Pace yourself.
Attendance is Important! Don’t be sick. If you are sick, make sure to bring in a note within 3 days of returning to school. If you have a medical problem, please let your guidance counselor and the clinic know so that they can best help. The school policy for attendance is: 11 or more unexcused absences result in failure of that class!