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1 Alpharetta High School ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT NIGHT FOR 8 th GRADE PARENTS Class of 2016 Building the Foundation Course Registration & Scheduling for Alpharetta High School will be nationally competitive in academics, arts, athletics, and service to the community.

2 ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT NIGHT FOR 8 th GRADE PARENTS Presented January 24 th and 25 th Alpharetta Theater Alpharetta High School will be nationally competitive in academics, arts, athletics, and service to the community. TAG Information Session 6:30 pm AHS TAG Program Tracey Eick, TAG Teacher (Tuesday) Allison Tubiak, TAG Department Chair (Wednesday) Presentation Academic Advisement 7:00 pm Welcome Shannon Kersey, Principal AHS AthleticsKirk Alexander, Athletic Director A Word of AdviceReuben Lack, Student Body President School Information & CourseClair Greenaway, Assistant Principal & Scheduler Registration for School Year Guided Tour & Activities Fair7:40 pm TourRaider Ambassadors Q&A TableAHS Counselors

3 NEXT STEP: HIGH SCHOOL HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR RISING FRESHMANS HIGH SCHOOL YEARS Alpharetta High School will be nationally competitive in academics, arts, athletics, and service to the community.

4 Class of 2016 The freshman class of will be made up of students from Webb Bridge Middle School and Hopewell Middle School. Students who have attended private schools and local charter schools through eighth grade will also join your student for freshman year.

5 What to Expect: Daily Life Class Schedule – 6 periods every day and students take 6 classes – Classes are 57 minutes long with 5 minutes in between classes – Lunch is 45 minutes during 4 th period 4 th Period Class / Lunch Lunch / 4 th Period Class – Some of your students classes will be yearlong 9 th Grade Lit, Math, Biology, World Languages and some electives – Some of your classes will be just a semester American Government/Civics, Health, and some electives

6 What to Expect: Academics Homework is assigned every day in most classes. AHS has very rigorous classes so it is important for students to stay on top of their assignments. Recommendations: Agenda for assignments Teachers syllabus and website Home Access Center - check it regularly Extra help sessions with teacher

7 What to Expect: More Academics Highly Competitive – Honors and AP (Advanced Placement) courses provide rigorous preparation for college – Excellent Career Tech Training – Great Test Scores: Third Highest SAT Score of Fulton Schools Third Highest ACT Score of Fulton Schools – Named one of the Top All Around High Schools by Atlanta Magazine Ranked Seventh among Atlanta area schools

8 What to expect: Faculty & Staff Administration: Duties & Responsibilities Discipline (An Assistant Principal assigned to just the Freshman class) Supervision of Instruction/Curriculum Textbooks Lockers Counselors: Students in grades 9 – 12 are assigned a counselor by their last name: Dee Webb A – CHN Keisha Iton CHO – GRAM Matt Garrett GRAN – LED Shari Frankel LEE – O Susan Chamberlin P – SH Karen Bolt SI – Z

9 Individual Counseling Classroom guidance College & Career Planning Coordinate Conferences with Parents, Teachers and Students Scheduling / Registration Information Nights Academic Advising Study Skills support What To Expect From Your Counselors A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.... Forest Whitcraft

10 Graduation Requirements 23 units of credit required for graduation: 4 units of ENGLISH 4 units of MATHEMATICS 4 units of SCIENCE 3 units of SOCIAL STUDIES 3 units required from: WORLD LANGUAGE* and/or CAREER TECHNOLOGY and/or FINE ARTS 1 unit in HEALTH/PERSONAL FITNESS 4 units of ELECTIVES * Students planning to enter or transfer into a 4-year college in Georgia must take at least 2 units of the same World Language Each year students have the potential to earn 6 credits

11 What to expect: Graduation Requirements Required Tests for graduation: Must pass the GHSGT-Writing Must pass the courses that require the End of Course Tests (EOCT). They must take the EOCT and it will count as 20% of the course grade. EOCT is comprised of the following content area assessments: English Language Arts – 9th Lit/Comp and 11 th American Lit/Comp Science – Biology and Physical Science Mathematics - CCGPS Algebra and CCGPS Geometry Social Studies - United States History and Economics

12 What if a class is failed? Retention Policy To be promoted to the next grade, students need the following number of credits: 5 units = 10 th grade 11 units = 11 th grade 17 units = 12 th grade STAY ON TRACK to graduate all 4 years by PASSING THEIR CLASSES Making Up Failed Courses In schedule Online PLATO Summer School

13 Advanced Level Courses Honors/Gifted (Gifted - available to 9 th and 10 th graders in the TAG program) Advanced Placement (AP) College Courses Seven (7) additional points are added at the end of each semester to passing grades in advanced level courses.

14 TAG Program In 9 th grade, take a seminar OR course in area of interest Seminar – mini-courses that meet once a week and rotate through class periods Course – Freshmen in the TAG Program pick ONE area of interest out of four areas: English - Gifted 9 th Lit/Comp H Math - Gifted GPS Accelerated Geometry H or Gifted GPS Accelerated Pre-Calculus H Science - Gifted Biology H Social Studies - AP Government/Politics – U.S. or AP Human Geography GIFTED COURSES are taught using the honors curriculum for the course with enhancements and enriched activities – research component

15 TAG Program 10 th Grade and Beyond… Seminar Courses: Gifted and AP Internships Directed Studies Individual Projects Look for updates at the TAG Department WebsiteTAG Department Website

16 Advanced Placement (AP) Available to 9 th – 12 th graders Program of college-level courses Opportunity to receive exemption or credit in college through successful completion of an AP exam Required to take the AP exam if taking and passing the course

17 Language Arts 4 Units 9 th Grade Lit/Comp (On-level, Gifted, or Honors) 10 th Grade Lit/Comp (On-level or Honors) 11 th American Lit/Comp (On-level, H, AP Lang) 12 th Grade Lit/Comp (On-level, AP Lit, College English)

18 COURSEPREREQUISITE 9 th Grade Lit/CompNone; 8 th Grade Language Arts 9 th Grade Lit/Comp Honors 85+ in Advanced or TAG 8 th Grade Language Arts or 95+ in on-level 8 th Grade Language Arts and 8 th Grade Language Arts teacher recommendation Gifted 9 th Grade Lit/Comp Honors Same as 9 th Grade Lit/Comp Honors plus enrollment in TAG Program; application/ selection as content area for gifted participation *FOR GIFTED COURSE PLEASE NOTE: The student has to be recommended for honors where appropriate; for example a TAG student who was recommended for 9 th Lit, cant select science as their area and take Gifted 9 th Lit Honors

19 Mathematics 4 UNITS 9 th GRADE10 th GRADE11 th GRADE12 th GRADE CCGPS Algebra & Algebra Support GPS Geometry & Geom. Support GPS Advanced Algebra GPS Pre-Calculus or AMDM *not required for SEC CCGPS AlgebraGPS GeometryGPS Advanced Algebra GPS Pre-calculus or AMDM or AP Statistics CCGPS Accelerated Algebra Honors GPS Accelerated Geometry Honors GPS Accelerated Pre-Calculus Honors AP Statistics or AP Calculus AB or BC or Dual Enrollment GPS Geometry Honors GPS Advanced Algebra Honors GPS Pre-Calculus Honors AP Statistics or AP Calculus AB or BC GPS Accelerated Geometry Honors GPS Accelerated Pre-Calculus Honors AP Statistics or AP Calculus AB or BC or Dual Enrollment AP Statistics or AP Calculus AB or BC or Dual Enrollment GPS Accelerated Pre-Calculus Honors AP Statistics or AP Calculus AB or BC or Dual Enrollment AP Statistics or AP Calculus AB or BC or Dual Enrollment AP Statistics or AP Calculus AB or BC or Dual Enrollment

20 COURSEPREREQUISITE CCGPS Algebra Passed Math 8 or Math 8 Advanced CCGPS Algebra Support Passed Math 8, level 1 on CRCT, take with CCGPS Algebra CCGPS Accelerated Algebra Honors Passed Math 8 Adv, level 3 on CRCT; Passed Math 8 with 90+, level 3 on CRCT GPS Geometry Passed GPS Algebra GPS Geometry HonorsGPS Algebra Honors; 9 th grade students only GPS Accelerated Geometry HonorsPassed GPS Accelerated Algebra Honors GPS Gifted Accelerated Geometry Honors Passed GPS Accelerated Algebra H; TAG Program; application/selection as content area for gifted participation

21 COURSEPREREQUISITE GPS Advanced Algebra Passed GPS Geometry GPS Advanced Algebra Honors GPS Geometry Honors; 10 th grade students only GPS Accelerated pre- calculus Honors Passed GPS Accelerated Geometry Honors GPS Gifted Accelerated pre- calculus Honors Passed GPS Accelerated Geometry Honors; TAG Program; application/ selection as content area for gifted participation

22 Science 4 UNITS Biology (on-level/Gifted/Honors/AP) Physical Science or Physics (on-level or AP) Chemistry (on-level/Honors/AP), Earth Systems, Environmental Science, or Human Anatomy 4 th Science

23 BiologyNone Biology Honors85+ in Advanced Science or 95+ in on-level Science and 85+ in Math 8A or 95+ in Math 8 or enrolled in higher level of math Gifted Biology HonorsBiology Honors prerequisites and enrolled in TAG Program; application/selection as content area for gifted participation

24 Social Studies 3 UNITS 9 th Grade American Gov/Civics On-level or AP (1 semester) 10 th Grade World History On-level or AP 11 th Grade U.S. History On-level or AP 12 th Grade Economics On-level or AP Macroeconomics (1 semester) No honors classes in SS

25 COURSEPREREQUISITE American Government/CivicsNone AP Government/Politics (Freshmen) Freshman; 85+ in advanced or 95+ in on-level 8 th Grade Language Arts and 90+ in 8th Grade Social Studies; ITBS reading score above the 85 th percentile; Teacher Recommendation; AP Commitment Contract AP Human Geography (Freshmen) *Not a required social studies class for graduation but the course can be taken as an academic elective Freshman; 85 or higher in advanced or 95 or higher in on-level 8 th Grade Language Arts and 90 or higher in 8th Grade Social Studies; ITBS reading score above the 85 th percentile; Teacher Recommendation; AP Commitment Contract

26 WORLD LANGUAGE and/or CAREER TECHNOLOGY and/or FINE ARTS 3 UNITS Graduation Requirements

27 World Language Students planning to enter or transfer into a 4-year Georgia college must take a minimum of 2 units of the same world language World Languages offered at AHS Chinese French German Latin Spanish WORLD LANGUAGE Ni hao Salve

28 COURSEPREREQUISITE Chinese 1None Chinese 2Chinese 1 Chinese 2 H90+ in Chinese 1; Teacher Recommendation French 1None French 2French 1 French 2 Honors90+ in French 1; Teacher Recommendation German 1None German 2German 1 German 2 H90+ in German 1; Teacher Recommendation

29 COURSEPREREQUISITE Latin 1None Latin 2Latin I Latin 2 Honors90+ in Latin I; Teacher Recommendation Spanish 1None Spanish 2Spanish 1 Spanish 2 Honors90+ in Spanish 1; Teacher Recommendation

30 General Health/ Personal Fitness 1 Unit General Health (1 semester) Personal Fitness (1 semester)

31 CAREER TECHNOLOGY Career Pathways o Architectural Engineering Drawing & Design o Broadcast & Video Production o Business & Computer Science o Culinary Arts o Engineering

32 FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT Music – Band – Orchestra – Chorus – Guitar Drama/Performing Arts Visual Art 23 classes offered (4 Advanced Placement Classes)

33 Electives 4 UNITS Art Orchestra Band Guitar Chorus Drama Business Engineering Journalism Culinary Arts Architectural Engineering Drawing & Design Computer Science Broadcast & Video Production Physical Education (P.E.) Speech/Forensics World Language

34 What to Expect: The Registration Process Academic Courses: Window of February 6 th to February 10 th (date to be determined by middle school) the student will walk their academic registration forms around to their teachers for their recommendations Elective Courses: The student will receive their elective registration forms and their elective selection guides The student will take these home to go over them with their parents and return them to school on Friday, February 10 th

35 First SemesterSecond Semester 9 th Grade Language Arts Math Biology American Govt/CivicsGeneral Health World Language or Elective Elective Students receive grades at the end of each semester that is reported on the transcript; the two semester grades for a yearlong class are not averaged together for a yearlong grade

36 What to expect: The Registration Process Course verification forms will be sent home with students in early March for the students and their parents to review their academic courses and the electives they have selected It is important to make sure the student would be happy in any of the electives the student selects because AHS will use his/her registration sheet to pick back-up electives if the student did not get his/her first choice Schedules will be given to students the week before school starts on Alpharetta High Schools Information Day

37 What to expect: Recs and Waiver Forms Students are placed in courses based on specific criteria. Prerequisites reflect skills and levels of achievement needed for success in a desired course. Proper academic placement is essential for academic success; therefore, students will not be placed in courses in which the prerequisites have not been met. Course placement is contingent upon the final unweighted course grade. If a student fails to meet a prerequisite unweighted grade requirement by five points or less and has fulfilled all other prerequisites, a parent may request placement in the desired course by completing a placement waiver. This is the only circumstance for which placement waivers will be offered.

38 What to expect: Events Middle School Nights Tuesday, January 24 th at 7:00 pm Wednesday, January 25 th at 7:00 pm TAG Information Sessions will be held at 6:30 pm each night AP Night Monday, February 6 th at 6:30 pm High School Tour Field Trip Thursday, March 8 th at 9:00 am

39 What to expect: Ways to Get Involved Clubs – Beta – Speech / Debate – Fencing – Equestrian – Student Council – Math Club – Environmental Club – FBLA – FCA – Raider Ambassadors – Key Club – Friends Club – Habitat for Humanity – Medical Club – Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) – National Honors Society – Drama – Science Olympiad – French Club – and many more…

40 What to expect: Ways to Get Involved Athletics (AAAAAA) Baseball Basketball Cheerleading Cross Country Football Golf Ice Hockey Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming & Diving Tennis Track Volleyball Wrestling

41 What to expect: Athletic Eligibility All students entering the 9 th grade in the Fall of 2012 are immediately eligible for the fall semester Coaches will look at the students 8 th grade grades and discipline to determine if they want the student on their team To participate in any sport, the student must pass 5 out of 6 courses the preceding semester – summer school is considered an extension of spring semester All athletes must be on track to graduate at the beginning of each school year Remember: STUDENT comes first in STUDENT-ATHLETE

42 What to expect: Ways to Get Involved Student-Centered Arts Marching Band Color Guard Jazz Band Symphonic Band Show Choir Choral Ensembles Orchestra Chamber Orchestra Drama & Musical Theater

43 Making the Most of Your Students High School Years High School Success Good Attendance is essential Proper Placement in classes Completing Homework Studying Being organized (Keep an agenda) Seeking help when needed Getting involved

44 The End Q & A AHS website: It is the policy of the Fulton County School System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability in any employment practice, educational program, or any other program, activity or service.

45 See you Next Year! Guided Tours of AHS - Raider Ambassadors Activities Fair - Main Hallway


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