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1 Leander High School PRIDE Night 8 th Grade Parent/Student Night Senior Class of 2019 (2015 Freshman)

2 Welcome Tiffany Spicer @lhsROAR

3 Introductions Shandalyn Porter – Dean of Instruction Counselors: Julie Cooper (Lead Counselor/IB Coordinator) Brent Parsons (Last Names A – F) Deborah McKenna (Last Names G – J, AVID) Duane Teets (Last Names K – Q) Marsha Simmons (Last Names R – Z) Melissa Wood – Transition Coordinator

4 Tonight’s Topics Credits and GPA Top 10%- Automatic Admissions FAFSA/TASFA Graduation Requirements Freshman Curriculum Athletics Fine Arts Advanced Program options Endorsements Performance Acknowledgements Student Success

5 A/B Block Schedule MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY ABABA HOLIDAYBABA BABAB A DayB Day 1.PE5. Elective 2. English 16. Biology 3. Prof. Comm.7. Elective 4. Algebra 18. W Geography A Day B Day 1.Football/Band5. Football/Band 2. English 16. Biology 3. Prof. Comm.7. Elective 4. Algebra 18. W Geography Sample Schedule Athletics or Band Sample Schedule

6 Credits & Grade Point Average 26 credits are required for graduation Credits are earned when you pass (70 or higher) a class. 1 semester grade =.5 Credit Fall semester + Spring semester = 1 credit Student must have 90% attendance to get credit for class, so student cannot miss more than 4 class meetings You have the possibility to earn 7- 8 credits per year depending on double blocked courses like band and athletics. GPA Based on a 6 point weighted scale Begins the first day of 9 th grade More information is available in course catalog

7 (26 CREDITS) English4 Credits – English 1, 2, 3, 4 Math4 Credits – Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, 4 th Math Science4 Credits – Biology, Chemistry, Physics, 4 th Science Social Studies4 Credits – World Geo., W. Hist., US Hist., Government & Economics Foreign Language3 Credits – same language PE1 credit* - Band/Cheer/ROTC/Athletics/Dance Professional Communications or AVID 1 credit Fine Arts1 credit Electives4 credits  EndorsementCredit requirements specific to at least one endorsement

8 Graduation Plans Available Graduation Plans: 1. Foundation with Endorsements 2. Distinguished Level of Achievement 3. LISD Distinguished with Honors All students will enter 9 th grade on the LISD Distinguished with Honors Graduation plan. Other options are available after the student’s sophomore year or through ARD committee decisions.

9 Distinguished Level of Achievement Allows you to compete for Top 10% Automatic Admission eligibility at any Texas public university. May allow you to be eligible for the Texas Grant (if you qualify financially). Ensures you as a more competitive applicant at the most selective colleges & universities, since it: Requires more Math & Science than the Foundation High School Program 4 Math credits (Including Algebra 2) 4 Science credits Successful completion of 1 or more Endorsements

10 Top 10% Automatic Admission Policy Any student ranked in the Top 10% of their graduating high school class, after completing their junior year OR during their senior year Who will graduate under the Distinguished Level of Achievement graduation plan (or above) Is eligible for automatic admission into ANY Texas state college/ university ( with the exception of the University of Texas at Austin). Class of Top 7%/ Class of Top 8% Example: 520 in the senior class……. #1-52 would be eligible for automatic admission

11 What is the FAFSA? Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)(FAFSA) The form that must be filled out (based on your income and/ or tax information) during your child’s Senior year in high school. Qualifies students for federal student loans, grants, the work-study program, scholarships and student/ parent loans (subsidized & unsubsidized). Many universities require the FAFSA be filled out, in order to be eligible for scholarships. The FAFSA should be completed if you are a: U.S. Citizen Permanent U.S. resident with an Alien Registration Card (I-551) Conditional permanent U.S. resident with visa type I-551C Eligible noncitizen with an Arrival/Departure Record (I-94) showing you as a : (a) Refugee (b) Asylum granted (c) Parolee (d) Cuban-Haitian entrant

12 What is the TASFA? The TASFA is the Texas Application for State Financial Aid. If you're an undocumented student in Texas wondering about your college prospects, keep this in mind: Texas allows undocumented students to apply for state financial aid and state tuition under certain conditions. To be filled out during the Senior year in high school Is currently only available in paper form See your counselor for additional information

13 Endorsement Areas Arts & Humanities Business & Industry Multi-disciplinary Studies* Public Service STEM *All students will begin freshman year with the Multi-disciplinary Studies Endorsement and may change/add endorsements as desired.

14 Endorsements are earned by successfully completing at least one of the Programs of Study listed below:

15 Performance Acknowledgements Passing Dual-Credit/ Articulated Classes Being Bilingual or Bi-literate Earning Qualifying Scores on a College Board Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam Specific Scores Achieved on the PSAT, ACT- PLAN, SAT or ACT Earning a Nationally or Internationally Recognized Business or Industry Certification and/or License

16 In addition to earning the required number of credits, each student must pass the required STAAR assessments to graduate!

17 Graduation Requirements and STAAR In addition to earning the required number of credits, each student must achieve the necessary score on the STAAR Assessment System to graduate. Students will take the STAAR tests for: English I and II, Algebra I, Biology, and US History. Students will have the opportunity to retest in any subject area where they do not meet the passing standard.

18 What Classes do Freshman Take? 9 th Grade Required Courses: 4 Academic Courses * (English, Math, Social Studies & Science) Professional Communications or AVID PE or equivalent course Fine Arts/Endorsement Elective Elective/ Foreign Language *Students have the opportunity to take a Pre-AP/AP/ or Pre-IB course for these subjects.

19 Course Suggestions- 4 Academic Courses English Math Science Social Studies Based on data points Parents will be given paperwork showing how the recommendation was made when verification forms go out. If a course is not “Suggested” for your child, please look at the data points to determine “WHY?”. However, please note that Parents/ Guardians ALWAYS have the option to self-select courses and override what was suggested.

20 Data Points Used for 4 Academic Course Suggestions:

21 English Suggestions: English 1 English 1 Pre-AP English 1 Pre-IB English 1 QUEST Pre-AP/IB

22 Math Suggestions: If in 8 th grade Math= Algebra 1 If in Algebra 1= Geometry Pre-AP/IB If in Geometry= Algebra 2 Pre-AP/IB

23 Biology Suggestions: Biology 1 Biology 1 Pre-AP Biology 1 Pre-IB

24 Geography Suggestions: World Geography AP Human Geography Students taking AP Human Geography should feel comfortable with challenging college prep curriculum..

25 Foreign Language Options Students need 2 years of the same foreign language for ALL graduation plans under the Foundation Program. Students need 3 years of the same foreign language for the LISD Distinguished with Honors Graduation Plan. Students who take and pass Spanish 1 in 8 th grade should take Spanish 2 in 9 th grade.

26 Students are not required to take a foreign language in 9 th grade. A student can begin in 10 th grade. Foreign Language Choices include: American Sign Language French Latin Spanish

27 Lee Bridges – Boys Athletic Coordinator Jonathon Lamb – Girls Athletic Coordinator See LHS Athletics Webpage for more information regarding specific sportLHS Athletics Webpage

28 PE or Equivalent Course PE Band Dance Dance Team Prep ROTC Girls Basketball Girls Volleyball Girls Soccer Girls Softball Boys Football Boys Basketball Boys Soccer Boys Baseball Cross Country Golf Swimming Tennis Wrestling Sports Medicine Students may choose from the following courses: (Band and Athletics meet every day, so they count as 2 classes.)

29 Fine Arts Choices Art 1 General – Beginning Art 1 class Art 1 Studio – Experienced Art 1 class, this student is planning to take more Art 1 classes and planning to do Art in college. Band – Band directors will come to middle school for tryouts Choir – Choir director will come to middle school for tryouts Dance 1 – PE/Fine Arts credit, survey of dance class Dance 1 Team Prep – prepares to try-out for Blue Belles Theater 1 - Acting Theater Tech – Building sets, lighting, etc.

30 Leander HS Choir All 9 th grade students can participate in choir. No audition or prior musical experience needed. Minimal amount of before/after school mandatory requirements. Private voice lessons available during the school day. Focus on how to become a better singer and how to read music. Opportunity to sing a wide variety of musical styles and genres. Travel to renowned musical destinations around the U.S. Questions? (512)

31 Professional Communications The freshman course that serves as a freshman orientation and includes: Knowledge of self in relation to college and career readiness Academic skills like note taking, binder organization, time management, and goal setting Research and planning for high school course selection, endorsements and four year plan development Communication and presentation skills PSAT preparation Student-led conference/portfolio Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Speech course

32 …Or AVID If your student is currently in AVID they can sign up for AVID. Students not currently in AVID must complete an application, and interview process. See your 8 th grade counselor or AVID teacher.

33 Elective Options Freshman will take either one or two electives, depending on whether or not the student participates in band or athletics. Art 1 General Art 1 Studio Theater Arts 1 Tech Theater 1 Girls Choir Boys Choir OR any Endorsement Level I course Principles of Ag, Food, and Natural Resources Principles of Business, Marketing and Finance Business Information Management 1 (BIM 1) Principles of Human Services Principles of Biomedical Sciences Intro. to Engineering Design Journalism/Analysis of Visual Media Computer Science 1 Pre-AP (student must also be taking Geometry Pre-AP/IB concurrently)

34 4 Year Plans Your child will complete a 4 year plan this spring, and Middle School counselors will meet with each 8 th grade student (by the end of the school year), to review their 4 year plan and answer any questions they may have. It is a GUIDE for courses to be taken….with the end in mind!! It is a FLUID document! It will be REVIEWED & UPDATED yearly! Courses and Endorsement Areas can be CHANGED! NOTHING IS PERMANENT!!!

35 High School - Four Short Years “The single most important factor in determining college success is the academic challenge of the courses taken in high school.” David T. Conley, College Knowledge 2005.

36 Advanced Programs Options in Leander ISD Advanced Placement (AP) Shandalyn Porter, Dean of Instruction International Baccalaureate (IB) Julie Cooper, IB Coordinator/Lead Counselor

37 IB Information Meeting February 5, :00 pm Leander High School Little Theater Julie Cooper, IB Coordinator/Lead Counselor

38 Students interested in participating in the LHS IB Diploma Program should… Be prepared to take 4 years of the same language (French, Latin or Spanish) Take Pre-IB/AP classes in all 4 core subject areas both freshman and sophomore years to prepare for the rigor of IB courses junior and senior year. English Math – It is recommended that Algebra 1 be completed in 8 th grade. Science History

39 IB Transfer Policy Any student in LISD may transfer to LHS for the IB Diploma Program. Students are encouraged to transfer as 9 th graders to enable them to participate in extracurricular programs available at LHS. Transportation is provided. Complete the online transfer form on the LISD website beginning _______. Applicants must complete the following: 1.LISD Online transfer form 2.IB Application 3.LHS Course Choice Sheet

40 Advanced Placement (AP) Shandalyn Porter, Dean of Instruction LHS Advanced Programs Night April 14, :30 p.m. Leander High School

41 How Can my Student be Successful in High School? Come to school every day and make sure that you pick up your assignments when you are absent. Do your homework and then turn it in. Create a time and a place at home to study. Use a planner! Go to tutorials. Communicate with teachers and your counselor.

42 Middle School Registration Schedule LHS Counselors will be at middle schools on the following days to do schedules with your incoming LHS Freshman. Leander Middle School January 29 th and January 30 th Running Brushy Middle School February 5 th and 6 th Transfer Students for IB from other Middle Schools Will fill out the Course Request available online.

43 LHS Course Choice Sheet

44 Links to Important Information: LISD Course Guide LISD College and Career Readiness Website

45 Thank you for coming.


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