Presentation on theme: "Scheduling Night for Parents of Rising Freshmen"— Presentation transcript:
1Scheduling Night for Parents of Rising Freshmen Briar Woods High School
2Evening Agenda 6:45 – 7:30 Presentation 7:30 – 8:30 Scheduling Fair in the CafeteriaCore departmentsElective departmentsSchool Counseling department
3This Information is Online! BWHS School Counseling >>> Student Scheduling forTonight’s parent presentation – key points will be titled in redStudents’ presentationProgram of StudiesRising freshman course selection worksheetsLCPS Course Curriculum information
4Presentation Agenda Rising 9th Grade Scheduling Process Questions? School counseling tableDiploma Types & Graduation RequirementsSelecting Courses for Next YearQuestions? Department tables
6Current LCPS Middle School students We will visit both middle schools on February 10 & 11, and walk students through their course selections class-by-class.The middle school will send home your student’s course selections for your reviewYou will have until June 19, 2015 to make changesEach middle school will have additional actions or activities
7Students 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 websitesNew students and their parents will select their courses with a BWHS counselor when they enrollEnrollments are by appointment
10Diplomas Diplomas are based on: Standard Units of Credit – 140 clock hours of instruction & a passing gradeTranslation: Pass the class, get a creditVerified Units of Credit – Standard unit of credit plus passing the end-of-course SOL associated with that classTranslation: Pass the class and SOL, get a verified credit
11Standard Diploma Academic Areas Credits SOL Verified Credits English 4 2Social Studies31MathematicsScienceHealth/Physical EducationForeign Language, Fine Arts, or Career & Technical EducationEconomics and Personal FinanceElectivesStudent Selected Verified CreditTotal226
12Advanced Studies Diploma Academic AreasCreditsSOL Verified CreditsEnglish42Social StudiesMathematicsScienceForeign Language3-4Health/Physical EducationFine Arts or Career & Technical Education1Economics and Personal FinanceElectives3Student Selected Verified CreditTotal269
13SOL Courses = Verified Credits Reading (Eng. 11) Earth ScienceWriting (Eng. 11) BiologyChemistryAlgebra 1 World History 1Geometry World History 2Algebra 2 US History
14Additional Requirements See the Program of Studies for the “fine print” details
15Additional Requirements VA Department of Education: All students must receive online instruction while in high schoolThere is an online instructional component within the required “Personal Finance” class which satisfies this requirement!
16Additional Requirements VA Department of Education: Standard Diploma students must pass a board-approved “technical education credential”There is a credential component within the required “Personal Finance” class!
18The four most emotional topics… PoliticsReligionShould my child take Honors or Academic classes?The difference between Earth Science and Biology?
19Course Options for Freshmen Please relax!!!You have until June 19th to make your final decision!!!
20Course Options for Freshmen English 9: Honors or AcademicWorld History 1: Pre-AP (Honors) or AcademicEarth Science *: Research (Honors) or AcademicMath: Follows sequenceHealth & Physical Education 9Elective – usually a foreign languageElective
21Academic is a “college-bound” level. Course LevelsAcademicCourse content and expected student performance require additional reading and writing at a rigorous level.Academic is a “college-bound” level.
22Course LevelsHonorsCourse content is rapidly paced with additional depth. Lessons are often designed to be complex, abstract, and open-ended.
23Course Options for Freshmen English 9: Honors or AcademicWorld History 1: Pre-AP (Honors) or AcademicEarth Science *: Research (Honors), AcademicMath: Follows sequenceHealth & Physical Education 9Elective – usually a foreign languageElective
24Math Sequence See Program of Studies, page 30 Algebra 1 >>> GeometryGeometry >>> Algebra 2 or Algebra 2 w/TrigAlgebra 2 w/Trig is for the “easy straight A” math student!Algebra 2 or Algebra 2 w/Trig >>>Advanced Functions and ModelingAdvanced Algebra/PrecalculusMath Analysis
25* Freshman Science Earth Science – 9th grade course Research/HonorsAcademicBiology – 10th grade courseAcademic is not available for freshmen
26* Freshman Science Earth Science Honors or Biology Honors Most freshmen take Earth Science, 72%.Skipping Earth Science is not recommended by LCPS/BWHS. Students who skip freshman Earth Science will miss important science content – perhaps the most important science content an involved citizen should haveStudents have not had the same level of exposure to this subject in middle schoolAcademy of Science students receive Earth Science instruction and take the Earth Science SOLHonors Research Biology has a strong research component; students first learn the research process through Honors Research Earth ScienceStudents who skip Earth Science may be able to go “higher” in science with less concessions (assuming they want to; and assuming they have the math to do so)
28Science, continuedTalk with your child about what science classes they may be interested in – next year, and beyondUse the plan of studies worksheet/four-year plan (found on our website) to estimate when your child might want to take those classes – the middle schools will also do this with your childWhere will their math be? Math is a prerequisite for some science classesTalk to our science representatives tonight
31Work Load, freshman survey All Academic = 8+ hours of work outside of schoolAll Honors = 12+ hours of work outside of school
32Electives Available to Freshmen FrenchMusic AppreciationSpanishArtGermanGuitarLatinBandChineseStringsASLColor GuardTechnical Drawing & DesignChorusTechnology FoundationsJROTC (at LCHS)Materials & ProcessesIndependent LivingComputer Info SystemsChoicesBusiness & MarketingGourmet FoodsCreative WritingHuman DevelopmentTheater ArtsLeadershipTechnical TheaterFashion DesignJournalismHousing/Interior DesignMusic TheoryArt/Architecture History
33Reminders A rising freshman course selection worksheet is online A plan of studies worksheet is onlineThe Program of Studies is onlineCourse curriculum information can be found on the LCPS websiteThe middle school counselors and teachers are a great resource when making these decisions
34Course Options for Freshmen One more time…Please relax!!!3-4 honors/academic decisions in 3-4 months!English, science, social studies; maybe mathYou have until June 19th to make your final decision!!!
35“Lesson in Balance”The Goal: Challenge the student vs Overloading the studentIf you figure out the formula for this, create an app! You’ll make millions!
36Take the most challenging classes you can handle. “Lesson in Balance”Take the most challenging classes you can handle.
37Take the most challenging classes you can reasonably handle. “Lesson in Balance”Take the most challenging classes you can reasonably handle.
38“Lesson in Balance”How much time do you have available to study and do homework?Do you play sports?Are you involved in activities – both in or outside of school?What does your track-record indicate?Do you complete your work with little prompting?How committed and disciplined are you?What are mom and dad prepared for?
39than it is to improve a low GPA! “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 low GPA!
40Johnny LateStarter Grade 9: Grade 10: English C 2 English B 3 History C 2 History A 4Math D 1 Math C 2Science D 1 Science B 3HPE B 3 HPE A 4Elective C 2 Elective A 4Cumulative GPA = Cumulative GPA = 2.64Grade 11: Grade 12:English B 3 English A 4History B 3 History A 4Math B 3 Math B 3Science B 3 Science B 3HPE A 4 HPE A 4Elective A 4 Elective A 4Cumulative GPA = Cumulative GPA = 3.12
41Sara StudyHard Grade 9: Grade 10: English B 3 English B 3 History B 3 History A 4Math B 3 Math C 2Science C 2 Science B 3HPE A 4 HPE A 4Elective A 4 Elective A 4Cumulative GPA = Cumulative GPA = 3.36Grade 11: Grade 12:English B 3 English A 4Math B 3 Math B 3Science B 3 Science B 3Cumulative GPA = Cumulative GPA = 3.46
42The Importance of the Freshman Year The difference between a 3.12 GPA and a 3.46 GPA can be the ninth grade year!!!When they apply to college they will use their junior year GPA: 2.90 vs 3.38The 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.
43The Importance of the Freshman Year These examples are not meant to scare you!
44Looking Beyond the Freshman Year Student often mix and match honors-level classesStudents are not stuck on an honors or academic “track”They can move “up” or “down” from year-to-year in most subjects (notable exceptions are math and foreign language)
45“Lesson in Balance”Don’t forget to consider the student’s interests when determining his/her courses and overall course load!
46Course Options for Freshmen OK… and one more time…Please relax!!!3-4 decisions in 3-4 months!English, science, social studies; maybe mathYou have until June 19th to make your final decision!!!
47About that deadline While you do have until June 19th…. We cannot make changes to course requests after the deadline of June 19, 2015.
48After the School Year Begins Elective changes will not be possibleAcademic level changesLevel change decisions are made case-by-caseInput from a variety of sources will be neededA 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!Changing a level is often not possible! Class space is finite!
49Agenda Rising 9th Grade Scheduling Process Questions? School counseling tableDiploma Types & Graduation RequirementsSelecting Courses for Next YearQuestions? Department tables – ask the experts!!!
50Upcoming EventsMarch 27: BWHS Activities EXPO (private & homeschool students are welcome! Adult must supervise)May: Athletics meeting for parentsSee BWHSports.org for detailsSpecial education meeting – date TBAWeek before school beginsFreshman Student OrientationFreshman Parent Meeting – meet the principalFirst week of school – meeting with freshmenMonitor our website and look for our newsletter!