Program of Studies Book (Scheduling) Grove City Area Senior High School



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2017 - 2018 Program of Studies Book (Scheduling)
Grove City Area Senior High School
Dr. Rae Lin Howard, Principal

Mr. Brendan Smith, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Deanna Christopher, School Counselor

Mrs. Courtney Essa, School Counselor


Board of Directors


Mrs. Roberta Hensel - President

Mr. Paul Gubba – Vice President

Mrs. Heather Baker

Mr. William Norris

Mrs. Carolyn Oppenheimer

Mr. Darrell Reppart

Dr. Armando Sciullo

Mr. John Scott Somora

Mr. Scott Somora




District Administration
Mr. Jeffrey Finch, Superintendent

Dr. Joshua J. Weaver, Assistant Superintendent





Table of Contents:
Art 13

Awarding of Credit 8

Business Technology 18

Class Standing and Graduation 9

Community Service 32

Course Changes/Scheduling 11

Course Planning Worksheet 34

Course Pathways 4

Credit Deficiencies 9

Cyber Services 32

Driver Training 32

English 14 Family and Consumer Science 16

Foreign Language 16

Graduation Requirements (Class of 2018) 2

Graduation Requirements (starting w/ Class of 2019) 3

Health and Wellness 19

Mathematics 19

Mercer County Career Center 30

Music 22

NCAA Eligibility 12

Scheduling 11

Science 24

Social Studies 26

Technology & Engineering 28




Graduation Requirements

Starting with the class of 2018
A minimum of twenty-four (24.0) credits based upon course work completed in grades nine through twelve is required for graduation. These credits must be earned at the high school level and include the following:
Credit Requirements:
4.0 Credits in English – Completion of:

World Literature and Composition

American Literature and Composition

British Literature and Composition or Technical Reading (non-college preparatory)

Creative Contemporary Literature & Writing or

AP English Literature or

Writing in the Workplace (non-college preparatory)
3.0 Credits in Social Studies – Completion of:

Emergence of America

20th Century American History

World Civilizations
3.0 Credits in Mathematics (3) – Completion of:

Algebra I or the completion of Algebra I A and Algebra I B or Keystone Algebra

Algebra II and/or Precalculus and/or Statistics and/or Applied Mathematics (non-college preparatory)

Geometry
3.0 Credits in Science – Completion of:

Principles of Science

Biology


One more Science course Elements of Chemistry, Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, Physics,

AP Chemistry, AP Physics 1 or Environmental Science (non-college preparatory)




  1. Credits in Wellness


1.0 Credit in Arts or Visual Arts or Music
.5 Completion of Financial Literacy
.5 Completion of Complex Communications
7.0 Credits in electives of student choice
24. 0 Total credits for graduation
Students must carry a minimum of 6.4 credits worth of classes each year
Graduation Requirements

Starting with the class of 2019
A minimum of twenty-four (24.0) credits based upon course work completed in grades nine through twelve is required for graduation. These credits must be earned at the high school level and include the following:
Credit Requirements:
4.0 Credits in English – Completion of:

World Literature and Composition

American Literature and Composition

British Literature and Composition or Technical Reading (non-college preparatory)

Creative Contemporary Literature & Writing or

AP English Literature or

Writing in the Workplace (non-college preparatory)
3.0 Credits in Social Studies – Completion of:

Emergence of America

20th Century American History

World Civilizations
3.0 Credits in Mathematics (3) – Completion of:

Algebra I or the completion of Algebra I A and Algebra I B or Keystone Algebra Geometry

Algebra II

* If you had Algebra I in 8th grade, then one more math course – Trigonometry, Statistics or Precalculus

* Applied Math may count as a third math credit for non-college preparatory students
3.0 Credits in Science – Completion of:

Principles of Science

Biology

One more science course Elements of Chemistry, Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, Physics,



AP Chemistry, AP Physics 1 or Environmental Science (non-college preparatory)


  1. Credits in Wellness


1.0 Credit in Arts or Visual Arts or Music
.5 Completion of Financial Literacy
.5 Completion of Complex Communications
7.0 Credits in electives of student choice
24. 0 Total credits for graduation
Students must carry a minimum of 6.4 credits worth of classes each year

Course Pathways
Often students and parents ask what courses students should study. Because of the wide variety of student interests, there is no one answer to this question. In an effort to help, the administration and school counseling department have organized the following suggested pathways. Each pathway is designed to prepare a student for a different career, goal or objective after high school. These are not required, but are offered as a starting point for parents, students and counselors to develop meaningful programs of study relative to the student’s interests.

Accelerated College Prep

Pathway

9th Grade

World Literature and Composition

Emergence of America

Geometry - Honors

Principles of Science

Wellness


Foreign Language

Elective – 2 credits


10th Grade

American Literature and Composition

20th Century American History

Algebra II – Honors

Biology

Wellness


Foreign Language

Financial Literacy

Complex Communications

Elective – 1 credit


11th Grade

British Literature and Composition

World Civilizations

Precalculus

Advanced Chemistry/Physics/Advanced Biology

Wellness


Foreign Language

Elective – 2 credits



PSAT Recommended

SAT Recommended

ACT Recommended

If you are an athlete, create an account on the NCAA website.
12th Grade

AP English Literature or Creative Contemporary Literature and Writing

AP American Government and/or AP U.S. History

AP Calculus AB/AP Calculus BC/AP Stats/Statistics

AP Chemistry/AP Physics

Wellness


Foreign Language

Elective – 2 credits




College Prep

Pathway
9th Grade

World Literature and Composition

Emergence of America

Algebra 1 or Geometry

Principles of Science

Wellness

Foreign Language

Elective – 2 credits


10th Grade

American Literature and Composition

20th Century American History

Geometry or Algebra II

Biology

Wellness


Foreign Language

Financial Literacy

Complex Communications

Elective – 1 credit


11th Grade

British Literature and Composition

World Civilizations

Trigonometry or Statistics or Geometry or Algebra II

Advanced Chemistry or Elements of Chemistry or Physics

Wellness


Foreign Language

Elective – 2 credits

PSAT Recommended

SAT Recommended

ACT Recommended

If you are an athlete, create an account on the NCAA website.


12th Grade

Creative Contemporary Literature and Writing

Sociology

Precalculus or Trigonometry or Statistics or AP Statistics

AP Chemistry or AP Physics or Advanced Biology

Wellness


Foreign Language

Elective – 2 credits



Technical or Career

Pathway
9th Grade

World Literature and Composition

Emergence of America

Algebra 1 or Geometry

Principles of Science

Wellness

Foreign Language

Elective – 2 credits


10th Grade

American Literature and Composition

20th Century American History

Geometry or Algebra II

Biology

Wellness


Foreign Language

Financial Literacy

Complex Communications

Elective – 1 credit


11th Grade

Technical Reading

World Civilizations

Statistics

Elements of Chemistry

Wellness


Elective – 2 credits
12th Grade

Writing in the Workplace

Sociology

Applied Mathematics or Trigonometry

Environmental Science

Wellness


Elective – 2 credits

Awarding of Credit Toward Graduation
Credit for a high school course is awarded upon completion of the course with an overall percentage grade average of 61% or higher.
Student Acceleration Opportunities:
Students may accelerate in meeting graduation requirements as appropriate. See your School Counselor.
State Graduation Requirements
Students shall demonstrate proficiency in Literature, Algebra, and Biology.
To be eligible to graduate, seniors must meet all state requirements at the time of commencement.
The State Board of Education has revised curriculum regulations that establish academic standards for all students.
Graduation Requirements
The local school entity decides its graduation requirements. The requirements shall include course completion and grades, completion of a culminating project, and proficiency on state and/or local assessments of academic standards as set by the state. At a minimum the students must demonstrate proficiency in literature, biology and algebra in accordance with the academic standards. Culminating projects will consist of a written paper – done in Senior English classes - that reflect higher order thinking skills.
Students with disabilities who complete a special education program based on an Individualized Education Program developed by a designated team shall be granted and issued a regular high school diploma by the school entity.
Graduation Ceremonies
Participation

Participation in graduation exercises is limited to students who have successfully completed all graduation requirements including those established by the State and who are in good academic and disciplinary standing. These requirements must be met by first day of graduation practice.


Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Both Valedictorian and Salutatorian are recognized at graduation ceremonies as the 1st and 2nd ranked students in their graduating class. To be eligible for this distinction, students must be Grove City Area Senior High School students in their last two consecutive years.


Graduation with Honors

Three honor levels are recognized at graduation. Students who have achieved an overall average of 96% or higher are recognized as distinguished scholars. Those students achieving an average of 91% are graduated with high honors and those achieving an average of 86% are graduated with honors.



Class Standing and Graduation
Class standing does NOT determine the year of graduation.
Class standing (grade level) at the senior high school level is easily misunderstood. Students will be promoted each year to the next grade level for data collection purposes. This promotion is NOT an indicator of the number of credits earned and does not indicate if specific graduation requirements are being met. Students and parents are reminded that graduation requires meeting the criteria stated in this book under Graduation Requirements. Therefore, class standing has limited meaning and use at the senior high level.
Primary uses of class standing (grade level) are:

1. Determining class rank

2. Eligibility for student activities and athletics

3. Student processing for scheduling

4. A database for record keeping and reporting data
Having senior class status (12th grade) DOES NOT necessarily mean that a student can or will graduate at the end of the school year.
Credit Deficiencies
In order to receive credit for a course, students must have an overall passing average and complete the mid-term and/or final exam. Arrangements for eliminating credit deficiencies must be made through the School Counseling Office. In all cases, provision must be made for meeting the criteria for course credit, which is an overall passing grade.

Credit deficiencies due to course failure may be eliminated through:

1. Repeating the course.

2. Tutoring/independent study (designated as make-up on transcript)

3. Credit Recovery through the GCASD Online Academy.
Procedures For Receiving Credit Through Make-up Tutoring/Independent Study Procedures
To be eligible for credit recovery, the student must have completed the entire course and failed to receive credit.

A certified teacher in the field of study is required (teacher’s certificate will be submitted). The tutor will meet with the principal to plan the tutoring program. This planning will include input from the teacher of the course being repeated and will follow the Planned Course. A written plan will be submitted for approval from the building principal with input from the teacher of the course. The plan will include the following:



a. A list of learning objectives expected to be achieved by the student.

b. Content and instructional time needed to reach learning objectives. (30 hours minimum)

c. Procedures for evaluation that include a final exam.


National Honor Society (NHS) eligibility
To be eligible for an invitation to join the NHS, students must be in 11th or 12th grade and meet the following GPA (Grade Point Average) requirements:
Cumulative GPA of ≥ 90.4999 AND Marking Period 1 GPA of ≥ 90.4999

Students who meet this GPA criteria will then receive additional application materials which must be completed and returned to the NHS advisor by the specified deadline.


Any 11th or 12th grade student who meets the Cumulative GPA criteria BUT does not meet the MP1 GPA criteria, will have another opportunity to qualify for an invitation based on their MP2 GPA…. provided it is ≥ 90.4999.

How to calculate GPA at GCHS
GPA – Grade Point Average – Total QP divided by Total Attempted Credits

QP – Quality Points – Percent Grade in the class multiplied by the credit value of the class

AP – Advanced Placement classes … add 10 ‘incentive points’ to the class grade before

multiplying by the credit value to get QP



example: AP Chemistry (1.4 credits) grade is 92….add 10 ‘incentive points’… equals

102…multiply by 1.4… equals 142.8 Quality Points (used in the GPA calculation)


College classes, and P/F (Pass/Fail) classes are NOT used in the GPA calculation.

Current P/F classes are: Blended Cyber classes, Professional Field Experience, GCHS Fitness Logs, Work Training, and Lifeskills students’ ‘regular’ classes.

Students can earn credit for all P/F classes at GCHS, but these classes are NOT used in GPA calculations.
For ALL classes except AP, follow this process:


  1. Multiply the percentage grade of each class by the credit value for the class to get QPs for each class.

  2. Add all of the QPs for each class to get a Total QP value.

  3. Add all of the credit values for each class to get a Total Attempted Credits value.

  4. Divide the Total QP value by the Total Attempted Credits to get GPA.

***For AP classes, add the 10 ‘incentive points’ to the percentage grade before multiplying by the credit value of the class to get QP. Then follow steps 2 – 4 above to get GPA.


Credit values for classes are assigned based on class period time per week…. with each class period worth .2 credit.
AP Chemistry and Advanced Chemistry meet 7 periods per week and are worth 1.4 credits.

3-Day Wellness meets 3 days per week and is worth .6 credit.

2-Day Wellness meets 2 days per week and is worth .4 credit.

Classroom Driver’s Ed meets 2 days per week and is worth .4 credit.

Semester classes meet 5 days per week for one half of the year and are worth .5 credit.

All other classes that meet 5 days per week for a full year are worth 1 credit.



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