Hightower H.S 9th Grade Course Selection 2010-2011
Hightower High School • Four Classes a Day (A day/B day) • Eight-Period Block Schedule (90 min) • Everyone will have one non-credit class • (Band Lab, Athletics Lab, or 9th Transition)
Credits • Students entering high school in 2010 and after are required to complete the following listed 26 credits to meet theTexas Graduation Requirements
Core Courses All students are required to take • 4 credits of English • 4 credits of Math • 4 credits of Social Studies • 4 credits of Science (Pre-AP/GT/AP) (On Level/Regular)
2.0 credits of World Languages • French I and Spanish for Spanish Speakers are available for 9th grade students. • Spanish I can be taken in the 10th grade only. • Two years of the same foreign language course is needed for graduation.
Speech & Fine Art & Health Requirements: • 0.5 credits of Speech (Communication Applications) • (#1 on your course selection sheet) • 1 Fine Arts credit • (#2 on your course selection sheet) • District Board of Directors approved that ALL students will be required to take Health as a graduation requirement. • All freshmen will take PE & Speech • As well as a Fine Arts credit
1.0 P. E Credits All freshman will take their first year of P.E unless enrolled in a P.E equivalent course, such as Band, ROTC, or Athletics • (#3 on your course selection sheet)
Principles of Business, Marketing & Finance (1/2) Business Professional Communications (1/2) Touch System Data (1/2) Principles of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources (1) Wildlife, Fisheries and Ecology Management (1) Small Animal Management (1/2) Principles of Architecture & Construction (1) Architectural Design (1) Construction Management (1) Electrical Technology (1) Business Information Management 1 (1) Business Information Management 1 CN (1) Principles of Arts, Audio Video Technology and Comm (1) Other Requirements: 5.0 electives(#’s 4, 5, & 6 on your course selection sheet)
Academy Students • To enroll in academy courses students must have applied and been accepted into a program. • Courses for each academy are listed on the course selection sheet.
Selecting Courses • Choose your courses carefully. Sit down with your parents and teachers for help. • There will be no schedule changes after June 16, 2010 unless you have earned course credit in summer school or there is a conflict with your schedule.
Fish Camp • Watch your mail this summer for flyers inviting you to come out to freshman orientation. There will be plenty of food and games for your enjoyment!!!!
Course Selection • Congratulations! Class of 2014!!
TEXAS STATEGRADUATION REQUIREMENTS …and the FORT BEND ISD HIGHTOWER HIGH SCHOOL GRADING SYSTEM
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS • Students will choose one of two graduation plans • Recommended Plan • Distinguished Achievement Plan • Along with the required credits, students must master the exit level state exam to march and/or receive a diploma at graduation time.
RECOMMENDED GRADUATION PLAN(Students entering high school as freshmen in 2010-2011) The 26 credits include: • Four (4) credits of English – English I, II, III, and IV; • Four (4) credit of Mathematics – Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II (in this sequence) and at least one course from: • Math Models with Application (between Geometry & Algebra II) • Any Math course with Algebra II as a prerequisite • Four (4) credits of Science – One credit must be Biology; two credits from Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC), Chemistry, and/or Physics. The fourth year of science may be selected from other science courses offered (see page 9 – program guide). • Four (4) credits of Social Studies – World Geography, World History, US History, US Government (1/2 credit), and Economics (1/2 credit);
RECOMMENDED GRADUATION PLAN(Students entering high school as freshmen in 2010-2011) (cont’d) • One (1) Fine Arts credit • Two (2) credits of World Language (same language) – Spanish or French • One-half (1/2) credit of Speech (Communication Applications) • One (1) credit of Physical Education Fitness (PE equivalent courses) • Five and one half (5 ½) Elective credits (these are additional courses that students elect to take, non-specific)
DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT GRADUATION PLAN • All of the same specifics for the Recommended Plan except students must complete three (3) years of a Foreign Language (same language) with four and one-half (4.5) elective credits plus additional advanced measures. • Additional advanced measures should include four of the following: • PSAT* • Test Data – College Board Advanced Placement Exam* • College Courses* • Original Research or Project *qualifying score required NOTE: Refer to page 9 of the program guide for more details
H/Pre-AP/AP/GT 6.0 5.0 4.0 3.0 0 GRADING SYSTEM and the G.P.A. There are two levels in the grading system: Regular A = 5.0 B = 4.0 C = 3.0 D = 2.0 F = 0 The level of the coursework taken by the student determines the grade point that is derived from the grade made. Grade point averages are based on sum totals of the grade points made divided by the number of classes. Grade point averages vary after each semester. First official class rank is determined by the grade point average (GPA) of all high school credit courses taken up to the fall semester of grade 11.
EXAMPLE OF GRADE POINT AVERAGE CONFIGURATION English I (H/Pre-Ap/GT) 90 6.0 Algebra I (Regular) 90 5.0 IPC (Regular) 89 4.0 W. Geography (H/Pre-AP) 88 5.0 Spanish I (Regular) 92 5.0 Orchestra (Regular) 95 5.0 PE/Found. Of Fitness (Reg.) 100 5.0 • The sum total from grade point is 35.0 • The 35.0 is divided by the number of classes taken • Which is seven, to make a GPA of 5.0
Letter grades are determined as follows: A = 90-100 B = 80-89 C = 75-79 D = 70-74 F = 69-Below GRADE POINT AVERAGE CONFIGURATION (Cont’d)
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