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1 Information Night for Parents of Rising Freshmen Briar Woods High School

2 This Information is Online! BWHS School Counseling >>> Presentations  Tonight’s parent presentation PPT – key points will be headlined in red  Program of Studies  Rising freshman course selection worksheet – lists 9 th grade academic courses and electives  LCPS Course Curriculum information  Student presentation PPT (will be online in Early February)

3 Agenda Accomplishments and Expectations Rising 9 th Grade Scheduling Process Diploma Types & Graduation Requirements Selecting Courses for Next Year

4 Accomplishments and Expectations

5 The Class of % are attending 4-year colleges 20% are attending 2-year school 1% are in the military or other post- secondary training/schools 4% went directly into the work force

6 The Class of 2012 Earned over 5.5 million dollars in scholarships and grants (344 graduates) Approximately 75% enrolled in one or more Advanced Placement classes while in high school

7 College & University Attendance To date, accepted by approximately 200 different colleges and universities and are currently on approximately 90 different campuses Attend school in over 25 different states and four countries

8 Rising 9 th Grade Scheduling Process

9 Scheduling Process There is a different process for scheduling at each middle school The end result is the same: Students and parents will select their courses using information from the high school counselors, and with the input and assistance of their current middle school counselors

10 Scheduling Process at Stone Hill Late January – SHMS counselor will review 6-year plans and course options for next year February 7 – BWHS counselors will meet with students in large groups to share information Week of February 11 – Students will meet with SHMS counselor in smaller groups:  The SHMS counselor will guide students through the selection of their courses for next year using Family Connection  Parents can log onto Family Connection to review and make changes until February 22, 2013  After February 22, 2013, parents may contact the SHMS counselor to make changes

11 Scheduling Process at Eagle Ridge February 8 & 11 – BWHS counselors will meet with students in their science classes to select courses using Family Connection  Student will receive a letter which will provide their parents with instructions to log onto Family Connection  Parents can log onto Family Connection to review and make changes until February 22, 2013  After February 22, parents may contact their ERMS counselor to make changes  The ERMS counselor will review academic plans with students

12 Scheduling for Students New to LCPS New students usually begin enrolling in mid-April The information and materials needed to enroll an new student can be found on the BWHS and LCPS websites New students and their parents will select their courses with a BWHS counselor when they enroll Enrollments are by appointment

13 Diploma Types & Graduation Requirements

14 Diplomas Standard Diploma Advanced Studies Diploma The Standard Technical Diploma and the Advanced Studies Technical Diploma never arrived!

15 Diplomas Diplomas are based on:  Standard Units of Credit – 140 clock hours of instruction & passing grade  Verified Units of Credit – Standard unit of credit plus passing the end-of-course SOL associated with that class

16 Standard Diploma Academic AreasCreditsSOL Verified Credits English42 Social Studies31 Mathematics31 Science31 Health/Physical Education2 Foreign Language, Fine Arts, or Career & Technical Education 2 Economics and Personal Finance1 Electives4 Student Selected Verified Credit1 Total226

17 Advanced Studies Diploma Academic AreasCreditsSOL Verified Credits English42 Social Studies42 Mathematics42 Science42 Foreign Language3-4 Health/Physical Education2 Fine Arts or Career & Technical Education1 Economics and Personal Finance1 Electives3 Student Selected Verified Credit1 Total269

18 SOL Courses = Verified Credits Reading (Eng. 11)Earth Science Writing (Eng. 11)Biology Chemistry Algebra 1World History 1 GeometryWorld History 2 Algebra 2US History

19 Breaking News from the VA DOE Beginning with this class:  All students must take an online course while in high school We are not yet sure exactly what this means – The details! The details! This might be Economics & Personal Finance in the 11 th grade

20 Breaking News from the VA DOE Beginning with this class: Standard Diploma students must pass a board- approved “technical education credential”  More information to follow soon

21 Selecting Courses for Next Year (and beyond)

22 Course Requests We cannot make changes to course requests after the deadline of June 14, 2013 Requests for changes should be directed to the middle school until the last day of school, June 6 Between June 7 and June 14, requests for changes should be directed to BWHS.

23 Course Options for Freshmen 1. English 9: Honors or Academic 2. World History 1: Pre-AP (Honors) or Academic 3. Earth Science: Honors, Academic, or General 4. Math: Follows sequence 5. Health & Physical Education 9 6. Elective – usually a foreign language 7. Elective

24 Course Levels General – science only Course content and student performance are commensurate with the student’s grade level. Middle school personnel will speak to parents directly if a general-level course is recommended.

25 Course Levels Academic Course content and expected student performance require additional reading and writing at a rigorous level. Academic is a “college-bound” level.

26 Course Levels Honors and Pre-Advanced Placement Course content is rapidly paced with additional depth. Lessons are often designed to be complex, abstract, and open-ended.

27 Electives Available to Freshmen French Spanish German Latin Chinese ASL Tech Ed Applied Tech Computer Info Systems Business & Marketing Creative Writing Theater Arts Technical Theater Journalism Music Theory Music Appreciation Art Guitar Band Strings Color Guard Chorus JROTC (at LCHS) Independent Living Choices Gourmet Foods Human Development Leadership Fashion Design Housing/Interior Design Art/Architecture History

28 Reminders You have five months to change your mind (June 14)! A rising freshman course selection worksheet is online! The Program of Studies is online! Course curriculum information can be found on the LCPS website! The middle school counselors and teachers are a great resource when making these decisions.

29 “Lesson in Balance” Challenge the student vs. Overloading the student Finding balance in the students course load If you figure out the formula for this, create an app! You’ll make millions!

30 “Lesson in Balance” Take the most challenging classes you can handle.

31 “Lesson in Balance” Take the most challenging classes you can reasonably handle.

32 “Lesson in Balance” How much time do you have available to study and do homework?  Do you play sports?  Are you involved in activities? What does your track-record indicate? How committed and disciplined are you?

33 “Lesson in Balance” Think long-term: It’s easier to improve your schedule each year by taking more challenging classes… than it is to improve a damaged GPA!

34 Johnny LateStarter Grade 9:Grade 10: English C2EnglishB3 HistoryC2HistoryA4 MathD1MathC2 ScienceD1ScienceB3 HPEB3HPEA4 ElectiveC2ElectiveA4 Cumulative GPA = 1.86 Cumulative GPA = 2.64 Grade 11:Grade 12: English B3EnglishA4 HistoryB3HistoryA4 MathB3MathB3 ScienceB3ScienceB3 HPEA4HPEA4 ElectiveA4ElectiveA4 Cumulative GPA = 2.90 Cumulative GPA = 3.12

35 Sara StudyHard Grade 9:Grade 10: English B3EnglishB3 HistoryB3HistoryA4 MathB3MathC2 ScienceC2ScienceB3 HPEA4HPEA4 ElectiveA4ElectiveA4 Cumulative GPA = 3.29 Cumulative GPA = 3.36 Grade 11:Grade 12: English B3EnglishA4 HistoryB3HistoryA4 MathB3MathB3 ScienceB3ScienceB3 HPEA4HPEA4 ElectiveA4ElectiveA4 Cumulative GPA = 3.38 Cumulative GPA = 3.46

36 The Importance of the Freshman Year The difference between a 3.12 GPA and a 3.46 GPA can be the ninth grade year!!! The student with the “Slow Start” would have to earn straight A’s in grades 10, 11, and 12 just to equal the student who had a stronger freshman year. This example is not meant to scare you!

37 “Lesson in Balance” Don’t forget to consider the student’s interests when determining his/her course load!

38 Reminder We cannot make changes to course requests after the deadline of June 14, 2013 Requests for changes should be directed to the middle school until the last day of school, June 6 Between June 7 and June 14, requests for changes should be directed to BWHS.

39 After the School Year Begins Elective changes will not be possible Academic level changes  Level change decisions are made case-by-case  Input from a variety of sources will be needed  A class that is “difficult” for a student is not the same as a class that is “too difficult” for a student!  Changing a level often disrupts the student’s entire schedule!

40 Agenda Accomplishments and Expectations Rising 9 th Grade Scheduling Process Diploma Types & Graduation Requirements Selecting Courses for Next Year

41 Upcoming Events April 17: BWHS Activities EXPO (private & homeschool students are welcome!) May: Athletics meeting for parents  See BWHSports.org for details Special education meeting – date TBA Week before school begins  Freshman Student Orientation  Freshman Parent Meeting First week of school – meeting with freshmen Monitor our website and look for our newsletter!


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