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1 Mineral Wells High School Course Selection Information 2015-2016
2 3 Requirements to Graduate 1. Earn 26 State Credits2. Pass Required State Courses3. Pass STAAR (EOC) tests
3 STAAR Requirements for Graduation Students pass 5 EOC tests:English 1Algebra 1BiologyEnglish 2U. S. History“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”– Mahatma Gandhi
4 TranscriptsA transcript is the official record showing courses you have earned credit forTo request a transcript, see Mrs. Hernandez, in the front office
5 Remember a transcript is like a resume! Bragging to the world!!The type of Endorsements and Performance Acknowledgements your child earns will be written on their:DiplomaTranscriptRemember a transcript is like a resume!
6 Grade Point Average (GPA) Grade point values are awarded at the end of each semester for each course that is successfully completed and recorded on your transcript. Grade points are calculated for the semester averages only, not 6 weeks grades. Local credits do NOT count in GPA.“You have BRAINS in your HEAD.You have FEET in your SHOES.You can STEER yourself anyDIRECTION you CHOOSE.”~Dr. Suess
7 Class RankAfter all grade points are averaged, students are ranked from those with the highest GPA to the lowest GPA.
8 Top 10 Percent RuleA Student is eligible for automatic admission to a college or university as an undergraduate student if the applicant earned a GPA in the top 10% of the student’s high school graduating class, or the top 7% for admission to the University of Texas at Austin. Students must also complete the requirements for the Recommended High School Program or the Distinguished Achievement Program
9 Distinguished Level of Achievement This is earned by going beyond the just the Foundation. It requires a total of 26 course credits, including Algebra II, a fourth science credit and an endorsement.4 year colleges are really looking for4 credits in each of the core classes(4x4)
10 Performance Acknowledgments Students may earn an additional acknowledgment on their diploma because of outstand performance in:dual credit courses (JR & SR)Bilingualism (now)Advanced placement (AP) (JR & SR)PSAT or PLAN (can take this year!)SAT or ACT
11 5 endorsement areas (areas of specialized study or career pathways) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & MathArts & HumanitiesPublic Service Business & IndustryPublic ServiceMulti-disciplinary Studies (smaller districts may only offer this endorsement)
12 Endorsements Available at MWHS Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)Health ScienceHospitality TourismAgriculture, Food and Natural ResourcesArchitecture & ConstructionBusiness Management & AdministrationFinanceInformation TechnologyManufacturingTransportation, Distribution & LogisticsArts, A/V Technology & CommunicationsHuman ServicesMultidisciplinary
13 [i] Course Requirements for Endorsements ENDORSEMENTS SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATHBUSINESS & INDUSTRYARTS & HUMANITIESPUBLIC SERVICESMULTIDISCIPLINARYEnglish Language ArtsEnglish I, II, IIIAdvanced English*MathematicsAlgebra I, Algebra IIAlgebra IGeometryadvanced math*2 advanced math*ScienceBiologyChemistry*, PhysicsIPC or chemistry or physics*1 advanced science*2 advanced science*Social StudiesWorld Geography & World HistoryUS HistoryGovernmentEconomicsLanguages other than Englishchoice of language I, IIOther required coursesTechnology, Physical Education, Health, Speech, Fine ArtsElectives appropriate for programs of study in the Texas Career Clusters (or student’s career of choice)STEM-mathAgriculture, Food & Natural Resources (Animal or Plant)Arts, A/V Technology & CommunicationsHuman Services4 credits in AP, dual credit selected from English, Math , science, social studies, economics or LOTESTEM-scienceArchitecture & ConstructionWorld LanguagesHealth SciencesComputer ScienceBusiness Management & AdministrationFine Arts-Art, Theatre, Dance & MusicEngineeringFinanceInformation TechnologyManufacturingHospitality & TourismTransportation, Distribution & Logistics
15 What Courses Count for Math? (4 Credits needed for Graduation) ***Algebra 1***GeometryMath Models***Algebra 2Advanced Quantitative ReasoningPrecalculusCalculus APStatistics APCollege Algebra***Required for Graduation“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” – Dr. Suess
16 Endorsements Available at MWHS Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)Health ScienceHospitality TourismAgriculture, Food and Natural ResourcesArchitecture & ConstructionBusiness Management & AdministrationFinanceInformation TechnologyManufacturingTransportation, Distribution & LogisticsArts, A/V Technology & CommunicationsHuman ServicesMultidisciplinary
17 What Courses count for Science? (4 Credits needed for Graduation) ***BiologyIPC-Integrated Physics and Chemistry***Chemistry***PhysicsAdvanced Animal ScienceEnvironmental SystemsAnatomy & PhysiologyAP Chemistry 2 AP Physics 2 **Dual Credit: General Botany General Zoology
18 What Courses Count for Fine Arts? (1 credit needed for Graduation) DanceBandArtFloral DesignChoirColor GuardTheater
19 What Courses count for Technology Credit? AnimationGraphic Design & IllustrationDigital & Interactive MediaWeb TechnologiesBusiness Information Mgmt IComputer ScienceAudio/Video ProductionITECHNOLOGY
20 Making Changes to Schedules Parental and teacher consent is required to drop from an AP or PAP course.Sponsor/Coach and parent consent is required to quit a program, such as band, athletics, choir, etc.
21 CHECKLISTLook over the MWHS course catalog available online (on MWISD home page)--- paper copies availableComplete your Course Request Sheet and 4 year plan. Don’t forget to get parents signature on both!!Turn it into your teacher next Monday!! Otherwise you can’t build your schedule.