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Zachary High School Class of 2012 Parent Meeting February 22, 2011.

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1 Zachary High School Class of 2012 Parent Meeting February 22, 2011

2 Objectives for the Meeting To review graduation requirements To review TOPS curriculum and requirements To prepare for registration To share information regarding Journey to College and Career

3 Core 4 Graduation Requirements English 4 Units English I, II, III, and IV Mathematics4 Units Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and 4 th Math Science4 Units Biology, Chemistry, 3 rd and 4 th Science Social Studies4 Units World Geography or World History, Civics & Free Enterprise, American History, and 4 th Social Studies Physical Education 1½ Units Can substitute ROTC Health ½ Unit Foreign Language 2 Units Two years in the same language Art Elective 1 Unit Fine Art Survey, Art, Music, or Drama Electives 3 Units Total: 24 Units

4 TOPS Requirements English 4 Units English I, II, III and English IV Mathematics 3 Units Algebra I, Algebra II, and one of the following: Geometry or Advanced Math or Calculus or Discrete Math Science 3 Units Biology, Chemistry, and one of the following: Physical Science or Environmental Science or Earth Science or Biology II-AP or Chemistry II-AP or Physics or Agriscience I & II Social Studies 3 Units American History, Civics/ Free Enterprise, and either World Geography or World History Addtl. Math/Science 1 Unit Geometry, Advanced Math, Calculus, Discrete Math, Physics, Biology II-AP, or Chemistry II-AP Foreign Language 2 Units Two units in the same language Fine Arts Survey 1 Unit … or 2 units of visual/performance arts … or one additional unit from TOPS core Computer ½ Unit Total: 17½ Core Units Opportunity Performance/Honors 2.5 Core GPA 3.0 Core GPA ACT Score: 20 ACT Score: 23, 27

5 Basic Core vs. Core 4 After sophomore year, students have the opportunity to change from the Core 4 curriculum to the Basic Core curriculum. Both curriculums earn the same standard diploma; the difference is the coursework taken. Core 4 prepares students for entry into a 4-year college or university and Basic Core prepares students for community college, technical college, other training, and employment. Requires approval by parents, student, and school.

6 Career Clusters Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Architecture and Construction Arts, A/V Technology, and Communication Business, Management, and Administration Education and Training Government and Public Administration Human Services Health Science Information Technology Manufacturing Marketing

7 Rigorous Coursework Honors  Independent student learning  Faster pace Advanced Placement (AP)  Possible college credit  AP test  12 th grade courses: English Literature, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Biology II, Chemistry II, World History, History Dual Enrollment  College-level courses taught by BRCC professors and held at ZHS  Students must have at least an 18 on the ACT  Psychology (1 semester) and Sociology (1 semester); Count as high school social studies course and will count for college credit if earn “C” or better  Anticipate offering College Algebra and English Composition I next year

8 Honor Programs Blue Ribbon Academic Curriculum  10 Honors or AP courses  3.25 cumulative GPA by mid-term of senior year  23 ACT by April 1 st of senior year  Recognition at graduation National Honor Society  3.5 cumulative GPA  By invitation junior and senior year  Must have attended ZHS for the previous year  Four characteristics: Leadership*, Scholarship, Service* and Character

9 Honor Programs Academic Letter  Junior and/or senior year  3.5 cumulative GPA  3.0 core GPA  Must have attended ZHS for the previous year

10 Registration Information Course selections should be driven by the student’s career interest and postsecondary plans. Course Offerings Current 9 th graders – February 23 rd – 25 th Current 10 th graders – February 28 th – March 2 nd Current 11 th graders – March 9 th – 11 th

11 Journey to College and Career (JTCC) Goals Worksheets  Junior year  Senior year Volunteer Opportunities   ZHS Counseling Department website Important dates, essential information, helpful links Summer enrichment activities Scholarship database



14 Questions? Tiffany Montelepre, Counselor This PowerPoint and any handouts will be posted online at

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