Graduation Requirements 4 English (1, 2, 3, and 4) 4 Math 4 Social Studies 3 Science 1 Health/PE 12 electives Must have 28 credits to graduate
Foreign Languages Foreign Language is NOT required for graduation Almost all NC colleges require at least 2 years of the same foreign language. Most recommend 3 years. Some SC colleges require 3. If you want to go to a particular college, look on their website to see what classes are required.
English 1 or English 2 Math (Math 1, Math 2 or Math 3) Earth Science World History Health/PE 3 electives Fill these in on your 4-year plan for 9 th grade
College Prep vs. Honors Classes Most core classes have the option of being taken as College Prep (or CP) or Honors level. Honors level classes are more work, writing, and move quickly. Starting your sophomore year, you can also take AP classes (college level classes for college credit) Junior year, can enroll in the IB program
College Prep vs. HonorsClasses GPA = Grade Point Average Used by colleges for admissions Average of all your high school grades Quality Points All final grades receive a point
Quality Points College Prep A = 4 B = 3 C = 2 D = 1 F = 0
Quality Points College Prep A = 4 B = 3 C = 2 D = 1 F = 0 Honors A = 5 B = 4 C = 3 D = 2 F = 0
Quality Points College Prep A = 4 B = 3 C = 2 D = 1 F = 0 Honors A = 5 B = 4 C = 3 D = 2 F = 0 AP / IB A = 6 B = 5 C = 4 D = 3 F = 0
How do I sign up for Honors? Must be RECOMMENDED by your current teachers Have them sign on your GREEN registration card next to the “CP” or “Honors” level course Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Year- long Spanish If you get recommended for an honors level course, you are not stuck taking honors. You can go down to CP if you would like to. No Math 1 Honors class, only CP. If you need a little more practice in pre-algebra before taking Math 1, we offer Foundations of Math 1. Your teacher can also recommend this for you.
What if I am recommended for CP but I want to take honors? If your teacher recommends you for CP, we HIGHLY recommend you take the CP level course. If you still want to go to honors, you can have your parents sign a waiver to place you into honors level. The students who waive into classes are usually the ones that struggle. It is better to take a CP level course and make an A than take a Honors level course and make a C (remember your quality points!)
Waivers Middle School Counselors will have these forms if you need one (also online) Once you sign the waiver, you will NOT be allowed to drop the class in the fall, even if you are struggling! Some electives are honors courses and will require a waiver. Please pay attention to this in your program of study as you’re choosing electives later on.
Doubling Up in Classes Taking two math or science courses in one school year: Not recommended Only for those planning on taking IB or AP courses Junior and Senior year Colleges want you to take at least 1 math class per year Possibility of some classes being in the same semester Must be recommended for or waive into doubling up
EOCs You will take 3 EOCs in high school: Math 1 English 2 Biology
For College: 9 th – 12 th grade courses are all listed on your transcript Transcript is a summary of all the courses and final grades from high school. Grades are cumulative On your transcript is your GPA (comes from your quality points) SAT/ACT scores Community Service Extracurricular Activities
Differences Between Middle School and High School
Attendance Policy 7 days for fall semester & 7 days for spring semester Once you hit 8 absences, you have to go to recovery or else you automatically fail Exceptions: doctor’s notes, court, or funeral Keeping up with make up work
Athletic Eligibility Attendance Must pass 3 out of 4 classes to be eligible to play sports Fall of Freshman year – all eligible as long as they are promoted to 9 th grade Spring of Freshman year – based off of Fall semester grades
Prerequisites & Corequisites What is a prerequisite? Turn to page 36 and look at Math II
Prerequisites & Corequisites What is a prerequisite? Turn to page 36 and look at Geometry A class you must take BEFORE you are allowed to take a particular course
Prerequisites & Corequisites What is a prerequisite? Turn to page 36 and look at Geometry A class you must take BEFORE you are allowed to take a particular course What is a corequisite? Turn to page 39 and look at Chemistry
Prerequisites & Corequisites What is a prerequisite? Turn to page 36 and look at Geometry A class you must take BEFORE you are allowed to take a particular course What is a corequisite? Turn to page 39 and look at Chemistry A class you must take DURING or BEFORE you are allowed to take a particular course
Band Band is a semester long course You can take it year-long if you would like to Write down band in two spots for electives on your 4-year plan if you want to take year-long If you are interested in marching band, sign up for fall If you only want to do concert band, sign up for spring You do not have to be recommended for band
Alternates Some classes will be full and you will not be able to take them until your sophomore, junior or senior year. You will need to choose 3 classes you wouldn’t mind taking if you can’t get one of the electives you choose
Marking your Registration Card Go home and talk to your parents about the classes you wrote down on your 4-year plan After they approve it and your get your teacher recommendations: Mark the 8 classes you want to take with a “X” Mark the 3 classes you want as alternates with an “A” or list them at the bottom of your registration card, clearly labeled as “Alternates”
Important Dates April 3rd, 6:30pm in the HS auditorium Rising 9 th grader Parent Information Night April 7 th, Math Class Turn in your registration cards and waiver April 8-10 th Meet with HS counselors to go over your classes April 22 nd Waiver deadline
Choosing Electives Fill in your 4-year plan with your 3 electives and 3 alternates Electives should match your interests: art, drama, computers, animals, fashion, etc. CHECK FOR PREREQUISITES If you are unsure if you can take a class or not, look at your green registration card. It will be listed if you are allowed to take it as a freshman.
Choosing Electives Foreign Languages: Chinese, German, French, Spanish, Latin (online). Visual Arts 1 = Art 1 You must take Visual Arts 1 in order to take Photography or Pottery/Ceramics.
Important Pages Core courses start on page 29, Math on page 35, Science on page 39, Social Studies on page 42, Languages on page 48. Fine Arts courses start on page 52 CTE courses start on page 89