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1 MISSION STATEMENT West High School provides a safe, orderly, and respectful learning environment that fosters open-minded and caring young people. Students are provided a diverse, international curriculum, a student- centered schedule, and an environment of accountability where instruction and assessments are research-based and data-driven.

2 West High School International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and Honors Program Full Diploma 7 IB courses in junior and senior year 7 IB courses in junior and senior year Complete Biology, Chemistry, Algebra 1, 2 and Geometry, 2 years of World Language by end of 10 th grade Complete Biology, Chemistry, Algebra 1, 2 and Geometry, 2 years of World Language by end of 10 th grade Honors and AP in 9 th and 10 th Honors and AP in 9 th and 10 th Apply in January of 10 th grade Apply in January of 10 th grade Certificate Courses Students choose courses in which they have an interest Students choose courses in which they have an interest Must satisfy prerequisites Must satisfy prerequisites Apply in January of 10 th grade Apply in January of 10 th grade

3 Pre-IB  Aim - PIB is a freshman full-year elective course for students serious about and on track for the full diploma program designed to target the skills students will need to prepare for the rigor of IB coursework.  The utilization of inquiry based standards to drive assignments and assessments will focus students’ efforts on the research and writing experience they need.  Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, & Think critically  Topics – Worldviews (may vary slightly year to year)  Christian Theism  Confucianism  Islamic Theism  Secular Humanism  Postmodernism  Culminating in a final Ethnography Project designed to preview the requirements of the IB Extended Essay.

4  Reading and writing intensive course  Focuses on improving students’ reading skills, developing students’ writing proficiency, honing students’ knowledge of grammar, and enriching students’ vocabulary.  Topics-  Summer Reading Assignment  Novel Study  Informational Texts  Poetry  Drama (Plays) English I Honors

5 Freshman Honors Social Studies Honors World History and Geography  Aim – to provide students with a survey of World History and Geography from 17 th century to modern era, provides students with a foundation to continue in US and European AP/IB classes  Topics-  Absolutism  Industrialism  Nationalism and Imperialism  World War I and Interwar Years  World War II and Cold War  Modern Era

6 Two options: -Honors Algebra I -Honors Geometry (Requires a credit in Algebra I) Honors Math

7 Two options: -Honors Biology I -Honors Chemistry (Requires a credit in Algebra I) Honors Science

8 IB Diploma Program Questions? For further questions regarding the IB Diploma Program (for 11 th and 12 th graders), please contact Sarah Bast, IB Coordinator sarah.bast@knoxschools.org (865) 594-4492

9 { Rising 9 th Grade Curriculum Night February 19, 2009 March 3rd, 2015

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11 Welcome Class of 2019 West High School Welcome Class of 2019 Planning For the 2015/2016 School Year and Beyond

12 Registration Calendar Course Selection and Sequencing Graduation Requirements Focused Plan of Study Determining Course Readiness Student and Family Support Topics

13 Registration Calendar April 10: 8 th Grade Visit Day June/July: Schedule rough draft mailing and adjustments August 7: Freshman Orientation August 10: 1st ½ day of school TBD: Counselors visit Bearden Middle TBD: Counselors visit West Valley Middle TBD: Counselors visit Northwest Middle Counselor Nights- Cancelled due to inclement weather Private School Students may register beginning March 3 rd. April 10: 8 th Grade Visit Day – 8:45-11:30 Email Mrs Roberts at lisa.roberts@knoxschools.org and provide own transport if not being bused by BMS, NWMS, or WVMS lisa.roberts@knoxschools.org June-July: Schedule adjustments – schedule concern forms will be available online and in person on Wednesday mornings the summer August 7: Freshman Orientation ½ Day August 10: 1 st day of school

14 Course Selection Sheet Overview

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16 New IB Middle Years Programme at West High School: Entering 9 th graders at West High School should choose 6 of 8 of the MYP areas.

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19 WHS Science Sequencing 9th grade placement 10th grade placement 11th grade placement 12th grade placement Honors ChemistryHonors BiologyIB Year OneIB Year Two Honors BiologyChemistry Honors or CP IB Year OneIB Year Two Biology CPChemistry CPScience elective*Science elective** Environmental ScienceBiology CPChemistry A/BScience elective** *Current science electives include: IB Chemistry HL, IB Biology HL, IB Physics HL, IB Environmental SL, AP Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, Ecology, Marine Ecology **Only three science credits are required for graduation, a 4th year is not required after 3 credits are earned.

20 CP World History and Geography Honors World History and Geography AP Government and AP US History Combined AP European/IB European History (Year 1) Combined IB European History (Year 2) Combined PLUS Economics/ Personal Finance US History CP Economics/ Personal Finance AP Government and AP US History AP European/IB European History (Year 1) Combined Social Studies Electives include: AP Psychology, IB Psychology, Film Studies, Pre-IB Elective

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22 Graduation Requirements EOCs count 25% of course grade. 22 of 28 total credits are prescribed.

23 Sample Four Year Plan Sample Four Year Plan (Focused Plan of Study) Ask your counselor about NCAA Guidelines 9 th Grade (8 credits) 10 th Grade (8 credits) 11 th Grade (8 credits) 12 th Grade (8 credits) English 9 English 10English 11English 12 Math: Math: Science: Science: Science OR Elective: World History and Geography US Government/ Test Prep US History Economics/Personal Finance Lifetime WellnessElective: Elective: Elective: Elective:

24 Elective Focus Guidelines

25 Determining Course Readiness Achievement Data These types of data include TCAPs, Explore, PLAN, ACT, etc. Course grades Grades achieved in previous courses are strong indicators of a students ability level. Teacher recommendation Teachers must recommend a student for the next level in course work. This is an extremely important factor because teachers can weigh extenuating circumstance, student behavior, motivation level, etc. This allows a teacher to recommend a level up or down from the student’s current level in a subject.

26 1.Recommendations from middle school/testing 2.High school review 3.Final placement decisions 4.Academic Release (on WHS Course Selection Sheets) Honors Placement

27 Student Transition Support Freshman Academy, WISE, and Upper House Free tutoring is available in every subject Study and organizational skills are incorporated into our standard teaching practices Parent communication: Aspen Parent Portal, Student Portal, School Messenger, 3 week marking periods Recognition wall: Success is celebrated! Academy Achievers = Passing all classes Dean’s List = All A’s and B’s from most recent marking period Your School Counselor is here to help

28 ACT Preparation for 9 th Grade Students: 1) ACT Fridays: ACT style questions as part of their warm up on Fridays 2) 9 th Graders will practice ACT test in the spring

29 Next steps: School Families Zoned for West High School: Contact Mrs. Roberts, 9 th Grade Counselor, with any questions. Private School Families Zoned for West: Private School Families Zoned for West: pick up a yellow course selection sheet and take it back to your middle school to receive recommendations from teachers for math, English, science and social studies. You may enroll starting in March for next year. pick up a yellow course selection sheet and take it back to your middle school to receive recommendations from teachers for math, English, science and social studies. You may enroll starting in March for next year. IB Magnet Transfer Candidates: IB Magnet Transfer Candidates: you will be hearing back from the KCS transfer department about your transfer status as soon as possible. Bring your acceptance letter to Ms. Harden in our Student Services Office any time starting in March to enroll. you will be hearing back from the KCS transfer department about your transfer status as soon as possible. Bring your acceptance letter to Ms. Harden in our Student Services Office any time starting in March to enroll. Questions?

30 Lisa Roberts, M.S.S.W., Ed.S. Freshman Academy Counselor, West High School An International Baccalaureate World School lisa.roberts@knoxschools.org (865) 594-4492 - office (865) 594-4457 - fax I can send you a copy of tonight’s presentation upon request. Welcome to West! For More Information, Contact:


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