High School and Beyond Helping your teenager plan for the future
Planning for Post High School Begins Now • Students begin to expand or limit their future based on choices they make entering high school. • Students should take advantage of opportunities offered in high school that will give them important life experience. • Students need to have a general idea about what they might want to do after high school graduation. • Students need to know that some decisions they make limit their choices for the future.
South Dakota Graduation Requirements • For the Class of 2011, 2012, 2013 are under the previous SD Graduation Pathways of Standard, Advance and Distinguished. • The Graduating class of 2014 and those starting HS thereafter will be under the graduation requirements passed by the SD Board of Education on Nov. 2, 2009. • http://sdhs2025.wikispaces.com/Graduation+Requirements
Personal Learning Plan • The SD high school graduation requirements, state that all high school students should have a personal learning plan with a minimum of 22 credits. • Students create a personal learning plan using SDMylife.com • Students will revisit and update personal learning plans annually. The learning plan is a guide and can be changed and modified at any time.
Language Arts Requirements: • Four unites of Language Arts- must include: • Writing 1.5 units • Literature 1.5 units (which must also include .5 units of American Lit) • Speech or Debate - .5 unit • Language Arts elective .5 unit
District Language Arts Requirement • Freshman: Junior: • - • - • Sophomore: Senior: • - - • - -
Math Requirements: • Three units of Math – must include: • Algebra I 1 unit • Algebra II 1 unit* • Geometry 1 unit* • * With school and parent/guardian approval, a student maybe be excused from this course in favor of a more appropriate course. A student may be excused from Algebra II or Geometry, but not both. If excused 3 units of math is still required.
District Math Requirements • Freshman:Junior: • - - • Sophomore:Other Math offerings: • - • - • -
Science Requirements: • Three units of Lab Science – must include: • Biology - 1 unit • Any Physical Science - 1 unit • Chemistry or Physics -1 unit* • * With school and parent/guardian approval, a student maybe be excused from this course in favor of a more appropriate course. A student may be excused from Algebra II or Geometry, but not both. If excused 3 units of math is still required.
District Science Requirements Freshman: Junior/Senior - - Sophomore: Other Courses Offered: - - • -
Social Studies Requirements: • Three units of Social Studies – must include: • US History - 1 unit • US Government - .5 unit • World History - .5unit • Geography - .5 unit
District Social Studies Requirements Freshman: Junior - - Sophomore: Senior: - -
Do I Want to Take Advanced Classes? • The right planning and scheduling allows student to take more classes in HS • What are the advantages of AP classes? • What are the advantages of dual credit classes? • Students don’t want to go to college without having math for one or two years. • Links for Dual Credit Info: • http://ddnvideo.sd.gov/coursesevents%5B1%5D.htm • http://www.sdvs.k12.sd.us/
Do I Want to Get Involved? • Involvement in HS is important. Getting involved helps you gain skills that colleges and employers look for. • The more you can get involved in the more you expand your options. • You can be involved in school sponsored organizations, athletics or activities outside of school. • Sometimes a part-time job also benefit students in gaining important experiences. • Community service is also a great way to get involved.
Do I Want to Play College Athletics? • Why do I have to think about this now? • NCAA Division I and II eligibility requirements • DI: 16 core courses DII: 14 core courses • ACT/GPA Sliding Scale • NAIA Schools: Graduate from an accredited HS and meet two of the three entry level requirements • A minimum score of 18 on the ACT (860 SAT) • A overall HS GPA of 2.0 • Graduate in upper 50% of HS class
Scholarships: • South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship: • Dakota Corps Scholarship: • Local District Scholarships: • Scholarship Search Engines: • www.fastweb.com • Scholarship America • Mapping Your Future
Resources and Guides: • NCAA Student Resources NCAA Student Guide • NAIA Student Resources NAIA Student Guide • SD College Prep • Search For Majors at SD Post Secondary Schools • SDMylife.com • SD University System Prospective Students
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