Student Support Services at South Brunswick High School School Guidance Counselors A connection between student, teacher and parent Responsible for permanent records transcripts college application process academic advising post high school planning. Starting resource when students have social and emotional issues
MAKING A BIG SCHOOL FEEL SMALLER The Class of 2013 has: Assistant Principal and Grade Level Office Special Services Supervisor: Mrs. Marilyn Pruce Intervention Services and 504 Coordinator: Mrs. Susan Coyle Student Assistance Counselors: Ms. Lowinger and Ms. Major Nurse B.R.I.D.G.E Center Coordinator: Dr. Diana Salvador Transition Counselor: Erika Stroud Freshman gymnasium and cafeteria Classes mostly held on the 3 rd floor Class Advisors
Additional Support HAP Help & Access Period One block every other day Teacher of each subject available, plus access to library and other facilities. EXCEL More structured and smaller version of HAP run by a math and English teacher to help students achieve. Home Base VTN news and announcements Distribution of passes and other “mail” Homework Help Center After school Monday – Thursday until 4:00 PM Teachers from different subject areas each afternoon. Late bus passes available. Peer Groups: Two trained senior Peer leaders per group Over 15 times during the year Teachers Many teachers have extra help sessions or days of the week set aside to help students after school.
Academic Placement Placement: Determined by high school content area supervisors in: English Mathematics Science Social Studies World Language PLACEMENT IN ACADEMIC COURSES IS FOR FRESHMAN YEAR ONLY
ENGLISH DATA USED: Placement is based upon: 5th, 6th and 7th grade NJASK test scores Student’s grades Crossroads teacher recommendations LEVELS: Eng I w/lab (10 Credits) Eng I Eng I Academic Eng I Honors
MATHEMATICS DATA USED: NJ ASK test scores (grade 7) Course levels & performance in grade 8 Math Input from Crossroads teacher LEVELS: Transitional Algebra Elements of Algebra Algebra I Geometry Advanced Geometry Advanced Algebra II Honors Algebra II
SOCIAL STUDIES DATA USED: NJ ASK test scores (grade 7) Performance in grade 8 Social Studies course Input from Crossroads teacher LEVELS: Government & Economics Government & Economics Academic Government & Economics Honors
SCIENCE DATA USED: Grades in Alg. I + Geom. – if taken Performance in grade 8 science course Input of Crossroads teacher considered LEVELS: Physical & Earth Science Physics I T Honors College Physics AP Physics B
WORLD LANGUAGES SPANISH - FRENCH - LATIN DATA USED: Level of and grades in grade 7 and 8 World Language courses Input of Crossroads teacher Interest of student in continuing study of same language LEVELS: Level I Level II Level IIA (Spanish ONLY)
COURSE /LEVEL SELECTIONS INTENDED FOR : SUCCESS IN NINTH GRADE COURSES BE THOROUGHLY PREPARED FOR THE H.S.P.A. CREATE A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR FUTURE COURSEWORK
SCHEDULE - PLANNING GOAL: CREATING OPTIMUM CHANCE FOR SUCCESS –FOR NEXT YEAR –FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS CONSIDERATIONS: Degree of interest in specific courses Level of commitment to outside activities Study habits and time management skills Past performance Need to build a strong foundation in ninth grade
Structure of SBHS Day A Day Block 1 7:30-8:58 Home Base 8:58-9:08 Block 2 9:14-10:42 Block 3 10:47-12:52 A Lunch 10:47-11:20 B Lunch 11:33-12:06 C Lunch 12:19-12:52 Block 4 12:57-2:25 B Day Block 1 7:30-8:58 Home Base 8:58-9:08 Block 2 9:14-10:42 Block 3 10:47-12:52 A Lunch 10:47-11:20 B Lunch 11:33-12:06 C Lunch 12:19-12:52 Block 4 12:57-2:25
Example of a Typical Schedule A Day BL. 1Academic English 1 BL. 2Help & Access Period (HAP) BL. 3 Physical & Earth Science A Lunch BL. 4French II B Day BL. 1Algebra I BL. 2Physical Education Health BL. 3 Gov’t. & Economics C Lunch BL. 4 Art I (Elective)
What are CREDITS? Credits equate to time spent in a class. Full year / one block every other day = 5 credits Semester (half-year) / one block every other day = 2.5 Full year / one block EVERY day = 10 credits Phys. Ed. = 3.75 credits / Health = 1.25 credits A passing final grade in the class must be achieved in order to receive credit for the course.
REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) Language Arts Mathematics End of course Biology and Algebra I Exams 125 Credits Visual or Performing Art 1 year Technology/Practical Art 1 year English I, II, III, IV Math 3 years Social Studies Government & Economics US History Global Studies Science 1 Physical (PES or Physics) 1 Biological 1 Any other science World Language 2 years same language Physical Education & Health 4 years
What are ACADEMIC UNITS? Full-year courses that are COLLEGE PREPARATORY in content and level of work required are considered ACADEMIC UNITS. Taking 4-5 academic units a year will provide a student with the background needed to apply to a four-year college.
FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS 16 Academic Units (full-year college- prep courses) including: English (4) Social Studies (3-5) College-prep Math (3-5) Lab Science (3-5) World Language (2-5)
NEXT STEPS Read Course Selection Book and Form: Course descriptions Prerequisites Elective HAP World Language Sign your child’s course selection form Return to the Homeroom Teacher by January 26
THEN WHAT? Jan and Feb: Selections will be input May: Supervisors will review final grades to evaluate academic placements June: Class placements sent home Summer: Freshman Orientation at SBHS September: Distribution of final schedule (first day of school)