GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS English 4 credits Mathematics 3 credits Science (1 life, 1 physical) 2 credits Social Studies 3 credits American History 1 credit World History/Global Perspective 1 credit Civics.5 credit Social Study Elective.5 credit Physical Education 1.5 credits Financial Literacy.5 credit Health.5 credit Electives 9.5 credits Total Credits = 24 All students should be enrolled in six classes per semester. In addition to the credits listed above, students will be required to demonstrate proficiency by earning one credit of grade C or better in grades 9-12 in English, mathematics, science and social studies. Students must also demonstrate skill in writing by achieving a score of “5.0” or higher on the writing portion of the tenth grade WKCE or by scoring “2.5” or higher on the District Writing Assessment during grades 9-12. Community Service Project Requirement – 20 hours All Lincoln High School graduates are required to complete a community service project. The service project requires a minimum of twenty(20) hours of service to community organizations, churches or governmental agencies that normally depend upon volunteers. An approved, completed project verification form must be on file before graduation. NOTE: IB Diploma Program students have their service project incorporated into their curriculum. Only hours served after the sophomore year are counted for IB.
Course Recommendations & Academic Rigor Serious & rigorous academic preparation in high school is necessary to prepare students for their post-secondary option of choice. With support from their school counselor & parents, it is the responsibility of each Lincoln student to take a sincere & participatory interest in their high school program of study in order to prepare for the wealth of opportunities available to them upon graduating from Lincoln High School. English 4 years: one year each of literature, composition, standard language usage, and essay/theme writing. One semester of preparing a research paper One semester of speech. Mathematics 3 years: one year each of Integrated Algebra, Integrated Geometry, Integrated Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry A fourth year, Pre-Calculus or Statistics, is recommended. Science 3 years: one year each of biology, chemistry, physics, or an integrated science program. Social Studies 3 years: one year of American History, one year of World History, one semester of Civics, & one semester elective. Recommendation for College Bound Students Although college entrance requirements vary a great deal, a sound academic background is very important in preparing to do college-level work. Even though you might be admitted to college without some of the courses recommended, you will find it much more difficult without the proper background in these areas. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with specific college entrance requirements and to plan a high school program, with the assistance of their parents, teachers, and counselors, to meet the various entrance requirements. General Recommendations English - 4 years: one year each of literature, composition, standard language usage, and essay/theme writing. You should also include one semester of preparing a research paper and one semester of speech. Mathematics - 3 years: one year each of Integrated Algebra, Integrated Geometry, Integrated Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry. A fourth year, Pre-Calculus or Statistics, is recommended. Science—3 years: one year each of biology, chemistry, physics, or an integrated science program. Social Studies—3 years: one year of American history, and two other social studies credits. Foreign Language—2 years: one language. Computer Literacy - Students should be comfortable in using a word processing package. Electives—In addition to the subjects recommended above, you are advised to choose electives from the fields of art, music, business education, family and consumer education, foreign language, and technology education for a well-rounded program. Advanced Placement Courses—AP courses are college-level courses taught in high school following a special curriculum. If the student passes an exam given in early May, many colleges grant college credit. AP courses are offered in the following subjects: AP EnglishAP Biology AP U.S. HistoryAP Psychology AP CalculusAP U.S. Government AP Chemistry IB Courses—are rigorous college-prep level courses taught as part of the IB Diploma Program (see page 31). Students not pursuing the IB Diploma may also enroll in IB courses and earn certificates upon successful completion of IB exams taken each May. Many colleges give credit for IB courses. English HL/SLHistory of Modern World SLChemistry SL Mathematics HL/SL French HL/SLHistory of Europe HLEnviron. Systems SL Theatre Arts HL/SL German HL/SLPsychology SLPhysics SL Visual Arts HL/SL Spanish HL/SLBiology HLMathematical Studies SL Special Recommendations Liberal Arts Majors:2 or more credits of foreign language Engineering Majors:2 or more credits in drafting and possibly electronics Health Majors:Additional science courses Testing Recommendations Students are advised to complete the PLAN (pre-ACT) during their sophomore year and the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) during their junior year. These tests assist with preparation for the ACT and SAT, respectively, which are used for college admission at many universities. Some students may wish to take the PSAT during their sophomore year as well in order to become familiar with the exam. PSAT scores completed during the junior year are used for qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship program. The ACT and/or SAT should be completed at the end of the junior year or during the senior year depending on factors such as specific university admission requirements and the school’s competitiveness. All University of Wisconsin system schools require the ACT for admission and placement. Some programs require ACT or SAT test scores for admission considerations as early as September of the student’s senior year. Please consult with your counselor or the university in which you are seeking admission for specific requirements.
Course Recommendations & Academic Rigor (Continued) Foreign Language 2 years: one language. Computer Literacy Students should be comfortable in using a word processing package. Electives You are advised to choose electives from the areas of art, music, business education, family & consumer education, foreign language & technology. Advanced Placement (AP) Courses - Rigorous college-level courses taught at Lincoln that follow a special curriculum. If the student passes an exam taken in May, many colleges & universities grant college credit for AP courses. 1.AP English 2.AP Biology 3.AP U.S. History 4.AP Psychology 5.AP Calculus 6.AP U.S. Government 7.AP Chemistry International Baccalaureate (IB) Courses - Rigorous college-prep courses taught as part of the Lincoln IB Program. Students may pursue either the IB diploma or earn certificates upon passing an IB exam taken each May. Many colleges & universities grant credit for IB courses. IB information meeting on Thursday, Jan. 12 th from 6:30–7:30pm in Lincoln auditorium. 1.IB English 2.IB History of Modern World 3.IB Design Technology 4.IB Physics 5.IB French 6.IB History of Europe 7.IB Ecosystems and Societies 8.IB Theatre Arts 9.IB German 10.IB Psychology 11.IB Business Management 12.IB Visual Arts 13.IB Spanish 14.IB Biology 15.IB Mathematical Studies 16.IB Mathematics
Academic Awards 1. Students earn academic award points based upon their semester grade point averages and grades in certain qualifying courses. Qualifying courses are listed on p. 8 of the course bulletin and are identified as academically demanding and earn an additional.25 points per semester when completed at the A and B level. 2. Points earned are credited toward the academic award only, not graduation credits. 3. A GPA of 3.999+ earns 3 points. 4. A GPA of 3.5-3.9 earns 2 points. 5. A GPA of 2.9-3.4 earns 1 point. 6. Students who earn 9 points receive the school letter. 7. Students who earn 12 points receive an award pin. 8. Students who earn 16 points receive an award plaque.
Class of 2015 Suggested Testing Timeline 10 th Grade Year ● PLAN – Fall (Pre-Act) ● PSAT – Fall (National Merit Scholarship Qualifier) ● Accuplacer - Technical College Requirement 11 th Grade Year ● Practice ACT – Fall (Great ACT Score Indicator) ● ACT – Fall-Spring (Spring best results) ● SAT – Fall-Spring (Spring best results) ● PSAT – Fall – (National Merit Scholarship Qualifier) ● ASVAB – Fall (Military Entrance) ● Accuplacer – Technical College Requirement 12 th Grade Year ● ACT – Fall ● SAT – Fall ● ASVAB – Military Requirement ● Accuplacer Technical College Requirement