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1 GUILFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS 2011/12 HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION

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3 Table of Contents GENERAL INFORMATION Letter from the Superintendent...4 Introduction...5 Steps for Completing the Registration Process...5 Planning for High School Registration...5 Course Requirements and Beyond...7 Graduation Requirements...8 NC Scholars Program...8 Preparing for College...9 COURSE INFORMATION Course Credits...10 Course Loads...10 Course Withdrawal Penalty...10 Grading Scale...10 Grading Periods/Interims/Report Cards...10 AP Course Credit...10 Promotion Requirements...10 Attendance...10 Transfer Credit...11 Transferring Between High Schools...11 Early Graduation...11 OTHER INFORMATION Enrollment in Off Campus Courses...12 Distance Learning...12 Learn and Earn...12 Honors/AP...12 Advanced Placement Testing Advanced Placement Program...13 Recognition of Honor Graduates...13 Communities in Schools...13 Non-Credit Driver Education...13 Home/Hospital Services...13 cfnc.org...13 Futures for Kids...13 EXTRACURRICULAR Requirements for Athletic Participation...14 College Bound Student Athlete...14 NCAA Eligibility Center...14 TESTING EOC Testing...15 Writing Assessment...15 PSAT...16 SAT...16 ACT...17 CTE EOC...17 HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS High School Options Chart...18 High School Options Career Academies...25 GCS Saturn Program...25 High School Ahead Academy...25 Twilight School...25 Career & Technical Education/College Tech Prep College Tech Prep Pathways College Tech Prep Career Clusters Arts Education Concentration COURSE DESCRIPTIONS Arts Education Career & Technical Education English/ Language Arts English as a Second Language...73 Exceptional Children Health & Physical Education...79 Mathematics Media/Communications...85 Military Science Science Social Studies World Languages Miscellaneous Community College Articulation Agreement Planning for College POLICIES Attendance Policy Grading Scale Withdrawal from an EOC Course High School Course Planning Worksheet Careers Pathways Worksheet Index General Information 3

4 Dear Students, We are now in a 21st-century world where competition for jobs and academic opportunities is at its highest, but at Guilford County Schools, we are dedicated to help you succeed. Our varied high school course offerings can help expand your skill sets and provide you with specialized abilities that can set you apart from the crowd. However, it will also take your own dedication to your education and future. From science to mathematics, business to technology and arts to college tech prep, I am confi dent that you will fi nd course offerings that pique your interest and prepare you for your future beyond GCS. Please talk to your parents, counselors and teachers about your courses to make sure you are on the best educational track for you. In this ever-changing world, I encourage you to take advantage of the district s unique academic opportunities, and challenge yourself to rigorous coursework. I am confi dent that you will continue to have a successful education in GCS. Sincerely, Maurice Mo Green Superintendent 4

5 General Information Welcome to the spring registration process for the school year. Guilford County Schools Student Registration Bulletin contains information needed to register and is designed to help you and your parents or guardians make the best choices for your high school education. You ll find many exciting options for you as a high school student in this book. Read through it carefully. It will be especially important for you to talk with your counselors, parents and teachers concerning your course selections. Choices that you make in high school affect your options for study and career after your time in high school has ended, so please give serious consideration to your course choices. In order to earn a high school diploma you must meet all course, credit and test requirements of at least one course of study. These courses of study are designed by the state to prepare students for a multitude of post-high school opportunities from entry-level careers to highly technical studies at community colleges, colleges and universities. You are encouraged to follow the most challenging diploma pathway in which you can be successful. REGISTRATION IS A COMMITMENT to take the courses you have selected. Remember, when you complete your registration sheet you are requesting a specific course, NOT specific teacher, time or place. Every effort will be made to grant requests by linking you with schools which will offer special courses within guidelines to be established by the school board. You may choose the courses you would like to take in the next school year; however, your schedule may change pending final grades in the courses you are currently taking and your End-of-Grade (EOG) or End-of-Course (EOC) scores. Steps for Completing the Registration Process Study the General Information section of this registration book. Know the requirements for the diploma pathway(s) you intend to pursue. Read the course descriptions of both required courses and electives in which you are interested, and make sure you meet the prerequisite requirements. Use the High School Plan developed by you and your counselor to select the courses you want to take. Talk with your school counselors and teachers for help in determining the courses you need. School staff members will make recommendations to you by using several criteria such as your previous performance, test scores and the AP Potential results based on your PSAT information. 5 Meet with your counselor to make your course selections on your registration form. Have your parent or guardian double check your selections to make sure you have registered for the courses you need. Return the registration sheet to the school after you and your parent or guardian have signed it. The information provided in this book is current at the time of printing. It is recommended that you work closely with your school counselor during the registration period to be aware of any changes. Planning for High School Registration Selecting Requires Planning The electives you choose should be selected based on your career and educational plans. Electives related to your planned college or community college course of study may be helpful to you later. You may also decide to choose electives based on an area of interest. If you plan to seek employment immediately after graduation, select elective courses that may better prepare you to enter the workforce. IMPORTANT...Registration is the student s opportunity to request appropriate courses. All courses may not be available at the student s home school. Every effort will be made to grant requests by linking students with schools offering those courses. Alternates should be chosen very carefully and will be considered part of the student s final selection of courses.

6 Guilford County Schools Course Requirements for High School Graduation Content Area College/University Prep AND College Tech Prep (CPCT) College Tech Prep (CTP) College/University Prep UNC System Requirements (CUP) Occupational Course of Study (OCS) English 4 Credits Required English I English II English III English IV 4 Credits Required English I English II English III English IV 4 Credits Required English I English II English III English IV 4 Credits Required OCS English I OCS English II OCS English III OCS English IV Mathematics 4 Credits Required* Algebra I Geometry Algebra II Additional Math Course for which Algebra II is a prerequisite 4 Credits Required Algebra I Tech Math I or Geometry Tech Math II or Algebra II Additional Math Course 4 Credits Required* Algebra I Geometry Algebra II Additional Math Course for which Algebra II is a prerequisite 3 Credits Required OCS Intro to Math I OCS Algebra I OCS Financial Management Science 3 Credits Required Earth/Environmental Science A Physical Science Biology 3 Credits Required Earth/Environmental Science A Physical Science Biology 3 Credits Required Earth/Environmental Science A Physical Science Biology 2 Credits Required OCS Applied Science OCS Biology Social Studies 3 Credits Required World History Civics and Economics US History 3 Credits Required World History Civics and Economics US History 3 Credits Required World History Civics and Economics US History 2 Credits Required Social Studies (Government/US History) Social Studies II (Self-Advocacy/Problem-Solving World Languages 2 credits in the same second language required Not required for CTP 2 credits in the same second language required Not required for OCS Health and Physical Education 1 Credit Required 1 Credit Required 1 Credit Required 1 Credit Required Career/Technical 4 Credits must be selected from the same Career and Technical Education Pathway. At least one course must be a level II completer course. 4 Credits must be selected from the same Career and Technical Education Pathway. At least one course must be a level II completer course. Not required for CUP only 4 Credits Required Occupational See CTE course requirements for each pathway listed at the beginning of the Career and Technical Education Section. See CTE course requirements for each pathway listed at the beginning of the Career and Technical Education Section. Electives in Career and Technical Education courses are recommended Occupational Preparation 6 Credits Occupational Prep I Occupational Prep II A and B Occupational Prep III A and B Occupational Prep IV Electives Electives 1 Elective Credit Required at Grimsley, Northern, Northwest, Page and Western 7 Elective Credits Required at all other high schools Electives 3 Elective Credits Required at Grimsley, Northern, Northwest, Page and Western 9 Elective Credits Required at all other high schools Electives 5 Elective Credits Required at Grimsley, Northern, Northwest, Page and Western 11 Elective Credits Required at all other high schools Electives 1 Elective Credit Required at Grimsley, Northern, Northwest, Page and Western 7 Elective Credits Required at all other high schools Other Requirements Pass EOC tests in English 9, Algebra I, Biology, US History and Civics and Economics Pass EOC tests in English 9, Algebra I, Biology, US History and Civics and Economics Pass EOC tests in English 9, Algebra I, Biology, US History and Civics and Economics Computer proficiency as specified in the IEP Completion of IEP objectives Career Portfolio required 300 In-school work hours 240 Community-based work hours 360 Competitive paid work hours Total 28 Credits (block schools) 22 Credits (traditional calendar schools) 28 Credits (block schools) 22 Credits (traditional calendar schools) 28 Credits (block schools) 22 Credits (traditional calendar schools) 29 Credits (block schools) 23 Credits (traditional calendar schools) * All College/University and College Tech Prep (CPCT) or College University Prep (CUP) Course of Study students planning to apply to any university in the UNC system must choose the additional math course from one of the following specifi c Courses: Advanced Functions and Modeling, Pre-Calculus, Discrete Mathematics, IB Mathematics Level II, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC. * Beginning in the school year, students who pass mathematics or foreign language courses during grades 6-8 that are described in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for grades 9-12 must achieve level III or IV on an EOC, if available, to meet the high school graduation requirement. The courses will count toward graduation requirements but the students GPA will be computed with courses taken during the high school years. 6

7 Guilford County Schools Course Requirements for High School Graduation and Beyond Content Area Future Ready Core UNC System Requirements Occupational Course of Study (OCS) English 4 Credits Required English I English II English III English IV 4 Credits Required English I English II English III English IV 4 Credits Required OCS English I OCS English II OCS English III OCS English IV Mathematics 4 Credits Required* Algebra I Algebra II Geometry Additional Math Course to be aligned with the student s high school plan 4 Credits Required* Algebra I Algebra II Geometry Additional Math Course for which Algebra II is a prerequisite 3 Credits Required OCS Intro to Math I OCS Algebra I OCS Financial Management Science 3 Credits Required Earth/Environmental Science A Physical Science Biology 3 Credits Required Earth/Environmental Science A Physical Science Biology 2 Credits Required OCS Applied Science OCS Biology Social Studies 3 Credits Required World History Civics and Economics US History 3 Credits Required World History Civics and Economics US History 2 Credits Required Social Studies (Government/US History) Social Studies II (Self-Advocacy/Problem-Solving World Languages Not required for graduation but required for admission to the UNC System 2 credits in the same second language required Not required for OCS Health and Physical Education 1 Credit Required 1 Credit Required 1 Credit Required Career/Technical Occupational 6 Credits Required 2 elective credits of any combination from either: Career and Technical Education (CTE), Arts Education or World Languages 4 electives credits (strongly recommended) from one of the following: CTE, Arts Education, Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate, World Languages, College Courses and JROTC Electives in Career and Technical Education courses are recommended 4 Credits Required Occupational Preparation 6 Credits Occupational Prep I Occupational Prep II A and B Occupational Prep III A and B Occupational Prep IV Electives Electives 1 Elective Credit Required at Grimsley, Northern, Northwest, Page and Western 7 Elective Credits Required at all other high schools Electives 5 Elective Credits Required at Grimsley, Northern, Northwest, Page and Western 11 Elective Credits Required at all other high schools Electives 1 Elective Credit Required at Grimsley, Northern, Northwest, Page and Western 7 Elective Credits Required at all other high schools Other Requirements Pass EOC tests in English 9, Algebra I, Biology, US History and Civics and Economics Pass EOC tests in English 9, Algebra I, Biology, US History and Civics and Economics Computer proficiency as specified in the IEP Completion of IEP objectives Career Portfolio required 300 In-school work hours 240 Community-based work hours 360 Competitive paid work hours Total 28 Credits (block schools) 22 Credits (traditional calendar schools) 28 Credits (block schools) 22 Credits (traditional calendar schools) 29 Credits (block schools) 23 Credits (traditional calendar schools) * All Future Ready Core Course of Study students planning to apply to any university in the UNC system must choose the additional math course from one of the following specifi c Courses: Advanced Functions and Modeling, Pre-Calculus, Discrete Mathematics, IB Mathematics Level II, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC. * Beginning in the year school year, students who pass mathematics or foreign language courses during grades 6-8 that are described in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for grades 9-12 must achieve level III or IV on an EOC, if available, to meet the high school graduation requirement. The courses will count toward graduation requirements but the students GPA will be computed with courses taken during the high school years. 7

8 Graduation Requirements North Carolina Graduation Project This performance-based assessment provides students with a vehicle to demonstrate what they know and are able to do as they prepare to graduate from high school. It also provides students the opportunity to connect what they have learned throughout their school career, the skills they have acquired and work habits to real-world situations and issues. Students have the opportunity to showcase the skills and knowledge that they have been building their entire school career. North Carolina Graduation Project Components The North Carolina Graduation Project consists of four components: A paper demonstrating research and writing skills A product created through the use of knowledge and skills to accomplish a goal A portfolio, a learning record of the student s process and progress through all the steps of the graduation project An oral presentation during which the student will present information on the chosen topic to a review panel. The Graduation Project grade will count as the final exam grade in English 12, AP English 12 or IB English 12. Future-Ready Core Beginning with the ninth grade class, all students will be expected to meet the requirements outlined under the Future-Ready Core Course of Study. Under the six total elective units required for graduation, it is strongly recommended that four elective credits be taken from one of the following areas of focus: Career and Technical Education, JROTC, Arts Education, World Languages or any other subject area (e.g. mathematics, science, social studies, English). The remaining two electives must be any combination from Career and Technical Education, Arts Education or World Languages. By taking elective credits in a concentrated area, students can tailor their course concentrations to fi t their interests and goals while building a strong academic foundation. For some students with learning disabilities, the Occupational Course of Study will remain an option. These students should have the Occupational Course of Study identified in their Individualized Education Program. NC Academic Scholars Program Units / Program Area GPA Unweighted Overall Requirement English - 4 Units - English 9, English 10, English 11 and English 12 Mathematics - 4 Units Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and a higher level math course with Algebra II as a prerequisite, OR Integrated Math I,II, III and a higher level math course with Integrated Math III as prerequisite Science - 3 Units Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and an Earth/ Environmental Science course Social Studies - 3 Units Civics and Economics, World History, US History Foreign Languages - 2 Units - Recommended at least two course units in one foreign language with one course unit taken in 12th grade. Healthful Living - 1 Unit Career and Technical Education - 1 Unit Arts Education - 1 Unit Dance, Music, Theatre Arts or Visual Arts 5 Electives Two second-level or advanced level courses required 24 TOTAL Units (+ Local Requirements) 8

9 Preparing for College in North Carolina The UNC System Admissions Requirements To enroll in any of the 16 universities listed below which make up the University of North Carolina, undergraduate students must meet the minimum requirements outlined in the following chart: Course Requirements English - 4 Units English 9, English 10, English 11, English 12 Mathematics - 4 Units Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and 1 additional unit beyond Algebra II Science - 3 Units A physical science course A life or biological course At least one laboratory course Social Studies - 2 Units US History One additional course Foreign Language - 2 Units Recommended at least two course units in one foreign language with one course unit taken in 12th grade Electives Additional electives must be included to meet local graduation requirements The 16 Campuses of the University of North Carolina Appalachian State University Elizabeth City State University NC A&T State University NC School of the Arts UNC-Pembroke UNC-Chapel Hill UNC- Greensboro Western Carolina University East Carolina University Fayetteville State University NC Central University NC State University UNC-Asheville UNC- Charlotte UNC-Wilmington Winston-Salem State NOTE: Each university may require other courses in addition to these requirements; therefore, prospective students should refer to the catalogs and contact the admissions offi ces of any universities to which they plan to apply. In determining the admissibility of each applicant, institutions also consider factors other than courses completed. Other factors may include high school grades, rank in class, scores on college entrance examinations and recommendations. Graduation Requirements Preparing for College in N.C. 9

10 Course Information Course Credits Specific course required for graduation (e.g., Algebra I) may be taken during middle school. Beginning in the school year, students in grades 6-8 who pass mathematics or foreign language courses that are described in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for grades 9-12 must achieve level III or IV on an EOC, if available, to meet the high school graduation requirements and high school course credit will be earned. The student s GPA will be computed with courses taken during the high school years (9th -12th). Course Loads Students are expected to attend school full-time and take a full load of courses. Exceptions are made for students approved for work-based learning experiences taken in conjunction with Career Technical Education courses and for those taking dual enrollment courses in post-secondary schools. Course Withdrawal Penalty Students attending a block schedule school may drop a course only during the first 10 days of the semester; students attending a traditional calendar school may drop a course only during the first 20 days of the school year. Students withdrawing after that time will receive a grade of F for that course. Grading Scale QUALITY POINTS LETTER GRADES STANDARD HONORS AP/IB COURSES COURSES COURSES A B C D F GRADING SCALE A = D = B = F = 69 and below C = I = incomplete AP Course Credit Students have an option to take the AP exam in a given subject. Students are highly encouraged to take the AP exam associated with the course in order to earn college credit. AP science and art portfolio courses require a co-requisite lab in order to earn course credit. Students taking AP lab courses may opt to take the course as Pass/Fail, which does not affect the student s GPA, or for a non-weighted grade which is included in calculating GPA. An AP Lab Waiver Form must be signed by the student and parent prior to enrolling in the lab course with the understanding that graded classes will be averaged into the student s grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 weighted scale. Students earn AP quality points in all AP courses, regardless of taking the AP exam. Promotion Requirements Students will be required to meet current promotion requirements as determined by board policy: High Schools 9-12 Block Schedule for Incoming Freshmen: Grade 9 to 10 A minimum of 6 units cumulative must be earned Grade 10 to 11 A minimum of 13 units cumulative must be earned Grade 11 to 12 A minimum of 20 units cumulative must be earned Graduation - A minimum of 28 units and successful completion of any other state standards must be earned according to School Board Policy IHF High Schools 9-12 Traditional Schedule Grade 9 to 10 - A minimum of 5 units cumulative must be earned Grade 10 to 11 - A minimum of 10 units cumulative must be earned Grade 11 to 12 - A minimum of 16 units cumulative must be earned Graduation - A minimum of 22 units and successful completion of any other state standards must be earned according to School Board Policy IHF Attendance Good school attendance is critical in high school. In order to be successful in school and to earn course credits, students must be present. Schools attendance policy may be found on pages Grading Periods / Interims / Report Cards Report cards are issued to students every nine weeks. Interim reports are issued to all students at the mid-point of the nineweek periods. 10

11 1. The parent must provide attendance records and, if a home school student under age 16, proof of the home school s approval by the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education. 2. Documentation must be provided to the receiving GCS schools by the sending school as to the courses taken, materials used, total number of contact hours per course, and scores of any standardized tests the student has taken. 3. Grades will be recorded as Pass (P) or Fail (F) and will be identified on the transcript as non-gcs grades. 4. Grades and credits will not be included in the calculation of GPA nor class rank. Students transferring from a non-public school not accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations* or from a home school may take a test in reading and a test in math when they enroll in a GCS high school. These tests are used to determine placement in courses for that school year. Course Information * Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Southern, and Western Associations of Colleges and Schools Transferring Between High Schools If students transfer between high schools that have different schedules (block or traditional), the following formula is used to compute graduation requirements: (# of years at block x 8) + (# of years at traditional x 6) minus 3 = number of units required for graduation Transfer Credit Students transferring into a GCS high school from another school, private or public, a home school, or an alternative school may receive credit toward graduation for courses successfully completed at the sending school. Students transferring from another public school system, a charter school or a non-public school accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations* into the GCS will receive: Early Graduation Students who have completed all graduation requirements including specific course and testing requirements, an appropriate diploma pathway, and total number of courses required, may request to graduate early. Talk with your school counselor to determine if this is possible for you and to discuss post-high school opportunities. Early graduation requires principal approval. 1. Credit for all courses approved by the sending school. 2. Weighted credit for a course designated by the sending school system as Honors or AP only if a comparable course is designated Honors or AP in the current GCS High School Registration book. Students transferring from a non-public school not accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations* or from a home school may receive credit toward graduation for courses successfully completed in the non-accredited, non-public school according to the following guidelines: 11

12 Other Information Enrollment in Off Campus Courses All high school students are expected to attend school on a full-time basis. Students who have advanced beyond all of the course offerings of GCS in the areas of mathematics, science and/or foreign languages (courses above Level IV) may request principal permission to attend classes on college campuses. Written approval from the high school principal must be obtained during the spring semester high school registration period. No approval will be granted after the end of the registration period. Distance Learning NC Virtual Public Schools North Carolina Virtual Public Schools (NCVPS) provides students with expanded academic options by offering online courses and online services such as test preparation, and career planning services at NO COST to your student. By virtue of this online course delivery, students from all areas of the state have access to courses taught by highly qualified teachers, in subjects students may not have available at their home school. Students will be taught by NC certified teachers and the grades that they earn in their NCVPS course will transfer to their school and become part of their academic record. NCVPS provides courses that augment a student s program of study as offered by the home school. For more information on North Carolina Virtual Public Schools in Guilford County, contact your high school s counseling office to speak with their Distance Learning Advisor (DLA). GCS accepts credits from regionally accredited schools only. Any summer coursework completed by distance learning (as defined by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) must be completed prior to the opening of school each fall. High school principals must approve any distance learning prior to the student s enrollment in the program. Learn and Earn GCS offers students an opportunity to get a jumpstart on college while they are attending high school. Learn and Earn Online is a program in North Carolina that allows high school students who have completed the prerequisite courses to take online college level classes at no charge. Upon successful completion of each Learn and Earn Online course, students are awarded both high school and college credit. Students do not have to be enrolled in an existing Learn and Earn middle college high school to take advantage of Learn and Earn Online. For more information, please visit GCS is committed to bringing educational opportunities into every community for all families. UNC ischool is an award-winning, nationally accredited program that gives high school juniors and seniors a head start on their college education at no cost. Students participate in university classes online as part of the regular school day and earn credit from both their high school and UNCG. With a UNCG transcript and a grade of C or higher, students may transfer credit-hours earned to the college or university of their choice*. These are college courses, and as such, require student motivation and academic responsibility. The N.C. State Legislature funds both tuition and textbooks for UNC ischool students in North Carolina s public high schools. For an interactive course catalog, demonstration and instructions on how to register, visit *The decision as to which credits are transferable is at the discretion of the attending college. For more information on Distance Learning or Learn and Earn opportunities in Guilford County Schools, contact your high school s counseling office to speak with their Distance Learning Advisor (DLA), or you may call William Morgan, Director of Virtual Learning Opportunities, at Honors/AP Opportunities for academic challenge are offered to students through Advanced Placement (AP) options and the Honors program. The Honors curriculum and the AP curriculum (as established by the College Board) have a more demanding and rigorous curriculum than regular classes. The AP program offers able and ambitious students an opportunity to study one or more college-level courses and prepares these students to take the AP exam in May. Many colleges grant college credit based on AP exam scores. Honors and AP courses receive weighted credit in computing GPA: AP courses receive two additional quality points and honors courses receive one additional quality point. Each student is required to take the appropriate EOC assessment the first time the student takes the course even if the course is an honors or AP Course. Students enrolled in Honors courses will be allowed to continue in those courses if they transfer from one high school to another within Guilford County Schools. Advanced Placement (AP) Testing The College Board will coordinate the national administration of the Advanced Placement exams during May in the following areas: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB & BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Computer Science A, Economics - Macro and Micro, English Language and English Literature, Environmental Science, European History, French Language, German Language, Government & Politics - U.S. and Comparative, Human Geography, Japanese Language and Culture, Latin: Vergil, Music Theory, Physics B and Physics C, Psychology, Spanish Language & Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art: Drawing and Design, US History, and World History. 12

13 Students in GCS who are enrolled in Advanced Placement courses are highly encouraged, though not required, to take AP exams. Advanced Placement Program Students may choose to earn a GCS AP/International Baccalaureate (IB) Distinguished Scholar Diploma or Cool to Be Smart. The AP/IB Distinguished Scholars Program is designed to reward students who participate in a variety of AP courses and achieve well on the AP exams in those courses. To qualify for the GCS AP/IB Distinguished Scholar Diploma and to be invited to the Cool to Be Smart celebration, a student must achieve a grade of 3 or higher on AP examinations in any of five AP courses. In addition, a student s mean score in all of his/her AP examinations must be 3.0 or higher to earn an AP/IB Distinguished Scholar Diploma. Under Dropout Prevention/Drivers License legislation passed in 1998, students under the age of 18 who drop out of school or do not pass 70 percent of their courses are subject to having their permit/license suspended. Home/Hospital A GCS student may be eligible for home/hospital services if he/she is medically or physically unable to attend school for four weeks or longer as documented by a physician. Home/ Hospital placement is temporary with a goal of returning the student to a less restrictive environment within the school year unless there is medical information which would require the service to be extended. Home/hospital provides instructional services so that the student can return to school with the knowledge and skills sufficient to maintain his/her previous level of academic performance. For more information, please contact your school counselor. Other Information Recognition of Honor Graduates GCS recognizes honor candidates during graduation ceremonies in the following format: seniors with a weighted GPA of * are Cum Laude candidates, seniors with a weighted GPA of * are Magna Cum Laude candidates and seniors with a weighted GPA of 4.5* and higher are Summa Cum Laude candidates. Each high school will also recognize a valedictorian and salutatorian. * averages are not rounded up Communities in Schools Communities in Schools is a comprehensive public/private partnership which offers school-age children support and encouragement to attend school daily, make passing grades and have a positive attitude. The CIS partnership between the local business community, human service agencies, the school system and volunteers works together to provide young people the support services necessary to stay in school until graduation and to become successful and productive young adults. In Guilford County, CIS is currently serving students at Ferndale Middle, Welborn Middle, Andrews High, High Point Central High, and Dudley High. Interested students should contact a teacher or their school counselor to see if they are eligible. Non-Credit Driver Education Extended-day driver education classes will be available to students who are 14 1/2 years old by the starting date for the Driver Education Class. Summer driver education will be available for students who will reach their 14 1/2 birthday by the starting date of the Driver Education Class. These classes are offered through independent driving schools who make information about their programs available to parents and students through the individual high schools. cfnc.org College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is a comprehensive, free information service provided by the state of North Carolina to help families plan, apply and pay for college. The goal of CFNC is to help every student in the state prepare successfully for education beyond high school and fi nd the best fi nancial aid alternatives. Resources and information on careers, more than 100 NC colleges, college admission, scholarships, grants and other financial assistance are available online at CFNC.org or by calling toll-free CFNC. High school students and their parents are encouraged to take advantage of this service and Guilford County school counselors are trained to assist them. CFNC is made available by College Foundation, Inc., the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority and Pathways, a partnership that includes the State Department of Public Instruction, the North Carolina Community College System, the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities and the University of North Carolina System. Futures for Kids Futures for Kids, or F4K, is an online career exploration tool that uses technology to connect students with people and employers across North Carolina to show them the relevance of high school graduation to their future success. F4K utilizes a concise interest assessment to give students a starting point for career exploration, providing comprehensive information on more than 500 careers including average salary, working conditions and job outlook by state. Students can view companies that hire for a particular career and connect with those companies plus more than 700 Career Coaches via discussion board to ask questions and gain insight. Students and their parents are encouraged to take advantage of this program. School Counselors and Career Development Coordinators are trained to assist students. For more information go to www. f4k.org. 13

14 Requirements for Athletic Participation In order to participate in any sport, a student in a 4 x 4 block schedule must pass three out of four courses for the semester immediately prior to the semester of participation, meet LEA promotion requirements and meet any additional individual school requirements. Students on a traditional schedule must pass five courses the previous semester to be eligible. Lab courses that a student is taking for credit but which are listed as an audit class do not carry a grade and do not count toward passing the minimum number of courses passed per semester. In addition to academic requirements established by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, high school students must also earn a minimum GPA for the previous semester. Students in grades must earn a minimum 2.0 weighted GPA for the previous semester. First-year freshmen have no GPA requirement for their first semester upon entering the ninth grade, but must earn a 1.5 weighted GPA for the first semester in order to be eligible for the second semester. To be eligible for athletic participation, students must also have been in daily attendance 85 percent of the previous semester. Daily absences cannot be made up under any circumstances, even if a student attends Saturday classes, extra help sessions, summer school and/or any other means to make up academic work. In addition to the above listed academic and attendance requirements, there are several other requirements established by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association that govern athletic eligibility in North Carolina. Among those are: Age: A student may not participate in any sport if his or her 19th birthdate comes on or before October 16th of the present school year. Eight Semester Rule: a student may not participate at the high school level for a period lasting longer than eight consecutive semesters, beginning with the student s first enrollment in the ninth grade. Medical Examination: a player must receive a medical examination once every 365 days by a duly licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician s assistant. Promotion Standards: All students must meet local promotion standards set by the GCS. A set number of total units earned must be met in order to be promoted to the next grade level (see page 9 of this book). Residence Requirement: a student is eligible to participate at the school to which he or she is assigned by the Board of Education. Transfers within the GCS administrative district are governed by local Board of Education Policy. The athletic director and coaches at each high school can tell you what sports are offered. Once each school year, high school student athletes and their parents will be required to complete an Athletic Participation Form. The form must be completed and on file with the school prior to participation in a contest. Along with the Athletic Participation Form, parents must submit two documents as proof of residence. College Bound Student Athlete To play sports as a freshman in NCAA Division I and II, you must meet specific standards. You must graduate from high school and make at least the minimum required grade-point average in 16 core academic classes for Division I and 14 core academic classes for Division II. Please note, Division II will require 16 core courses beginning August 1, NCAA Division I Core Academic Course Requirements 4 years English 3 years math (Algebra I or higher) 2 years social science 2 years natural or physical science (including one lab course, if offered by the high school) 1 year of an additional course in English, math or natural or physical science 4 additional years of academic courses in any of the above areas, or in foreign language, philosophy or nondoctrinal religion Beginning with those who enroll in NCAA Division I colleges in 2008 or later, students must meet all of the requirements above with three years of math (Algebra I or higher level) and four additional years of academic courses. NCAA Division II Core Academic Course Requirements 3 years English 2 years math (Algebra I or higher) 2 years social science 2 years natural or physical science (including one lab course, offered at the high school) 2 years additional courses in English, math or natural or physical science 3 additional years of academic courses in any of the above areas, or foreign language, philosophy or nondoctrinal religion The grade-point average requirements are for the 14 core courses, not the overall GPA. Students should work with their high school counselor and coach to make certain their class schedule is on track to meet the NCAA guidelines. NCAA Eligibility Center Certification If the student intends to participate in Division I or II athletics as a freshman, then he/she must register and be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. Fee Waivers High school counselors may waive the application fee if the student has previously qualified for and received a waiver of the ACT or SAT fee. Test-Score Requirements (SAT, ACT) In Division I and II, the student must achieve the minimum required SAT score or ACT score before his/her first fulltime college enrollment in order to qualify. Additional Information Athletic information included is provided as a resource. Specifi c questions or clarifications of athletic information and/or eligibility should be addressed to the school s athletic director. For more information regarding the rules, please go to Click on Academics and Athletes then Eligibility and Recruiting. Or visit the NCAA Eligibility Center Web site at 14

15 Summary of Testing Procedures by Testing Program Students in grades 9-12 take various tests to assess their academic proficiency and progress. A brief description of some of the tests required by the state is provided below. End-of-Course Testing Program The North Carolina End-of-Course (EOC) Tests are used to sample a student s knowledge of subject-related concepts as specified in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and to provide a global estimate of the student s mastery of the material in a particular content area. Students enrolled in the following courses will be required to take the North Carolina EOC tests: Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology, Civics & Economics, English I, Physical Science and U.S. History. All end-of-course tests will be administered at the end of the semester (block schedule) or the end of the year (traditional schedule). Schools shall use results from all EOC tests as at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the student s final grade for each respective course. Each student shall take the appropriate EOC assessment the first time the student takes the course even if the course is an honors or Advanced Placement course. Students who are identified as failing a course for which an EOC is required shall take the appropriate EOC assessment. Students shall take the appropriate EOC assessment at the end of the course regardless of the grade level in which the course is offered. Writing Assessment The North Carolina Writing Assessment, administered in the 10th grade, assesses mastery of the cross-curricular writing skills in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Students are assessed on the informational mode, and the prompt is definition or cause/effect. Extracurricular Testing 15

16 SAT The SAT is an optional test nationally administered by the College Board. It assesses students in three areas: Critical Reading, Math and Writing. Critical Reading skills are assessed by multiple choice questions using: critical reading passages, paired passages, vocabulary in context and sentence completion. Math sections allow the use of a calculator and employ multiple choice questions and constructed responses to measure how well students understand and apply mathematics to new situations and nonroutine problems. The section on Writing includes multiplechoice questions on grammar and usage and a studentwritten essay. The SAT is one of the admissions tests used by postsecondary institutions to assist in selecting students. Testing The SAT is administered at selected sites nationally. Students must pay and register online or by mail several weeks prior to the test date. Registration information is available in the school counselors office at each high school. Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT) The Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) or more often simply called the PSAT is nationally administered by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB), and assesses students in three areas: Verbal, Mathematics and Writing. The NC State Department of Public Instruction or Guilford County Schools pays for the PSAT for all students enrolled in Grade 10 and 11. Students who are enrolled in Grade 9 or in Middle School who wish to take the PSAT may do so at their own expense. ($13.00) Verbal skills are assessed by multiple choice questions using: critical reading passages, paired passages, vocabulary in context, analogies and sentence completion. Math sections allow the use of a calculator and employ multiple choice questions, quantitative comparisons and constructed responses to measure how well students understand and apply mathematics to new situations and non-routine problems. Multiple choice questions in the writing section have students to identify sentence errors and improve sentences and paragraphs. The PSAT is used to help students practice for the Scholastic Assessment Test and to qualify for scholarships and recognition from such programs as: National Merit Scholarships, National Achievement Scholarships for Outstanding African American Students, National Hispanic Scholar Recognition Program, Student Search Service, and some statewide and national industry scholarship competitions. The 2011 PSAT test administration date was not available at the time of printing. Registration information will be available in the school counselors office at each high school. 16 NATIONAL TEST DATES October, 2011 TEST SAT & Subject Tests November, 2011 SAT & Subject Tests - Includes Language Tests with Listening December, 2011 January, 2012 March, 2012 May, 2012 June, Test Dates (Proposed) Saturday Administrations SAT Program Tests SAT & Subject Tests SAT & Subject Tests SAT only SAT & Subject Tests SAT & Subject Tests NOTES: As is customary, Sunday administrations will occur the day after each Saturday test date for students who cannot test on Saturday for religious reasons The Language Tests with Listening are offered in November only. Registration deadlines tend to fall approximately four weeks before each test date

17 Test Dates ACT Program Tests TEST DATES REGISTRATION LATE DEADLINES REGISTRATION (Late fee required) Sept. 10, 2011* Oct. 22, 2011 Dec. 12, 2011 Feb. 11, 2012 April 14, 2012 June 9, 2012 The ACT registration deadlines and late registration dates were not determined at press time. You may obtain this information at the following web site: * The September 2011 test date is offered only within the 50 United States and D.C. ** No test centers are scheduled in New York for the February test date. Registration deadlines for will be announced in March CTE EOC Career Technical Education (CTE) EOC assessments are end-of-course tests provided by the Department of Public Instruction and are required in all CTE courses. These assessments provide documentation of the individual student s attainment of technical competencies based on the goals and objectives of the Standard Course of Study. Scores are reported to the Department of Public Instruction and used to evaluate programs and the system-wide attainment of performance standards as required by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Students who receive a raw score of 80 or better on the CTE EOC post-assessment and make a B or better in a CTE course that is articulated with the North Carolina Community College System may receive advanced placement credit. Testing ACT The American College Testing Assessment is administered by the American College Testing Program and used by postsecondary institutions for admissions purposes. The instrument includes four tests of educational development: English, Mathematics, Science and Reading. An optional Writing Test measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. The High School Course/Grade Information questionnaire, ACT Interest Inventory and Student Profile Section are also included in the ACT. The ACT tests are optional. The ACT is one of the admissions tests used by postsecondary institutions to assist in selecting students. The ACT is administered at selected sites nationally. Students must pay and register by mail several weeks prior to the test date. Registration information is available in the school counselors office at each high school. High Schools That Work The High Schools That Work assessment consists of 12thgrade-level achievement tests in reading, mathematics and science and is based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) frameworks. The HSTW Assessment serves to link student performance to a set of key practices that helps schools improve students academic and technical performance. School leaders and staff use the information to assist them in revising instruction, graduation requirements, curricula, guidance practices and extra-help programs. The HSTW assessment is given on alternate years to a random sample of seniors who meet the requirements to complete a College Tech Prep course of study. Students who meet the national goals in each area of reading, mathematics and science qualify for the HSTW Award of Educational Achievement. 17

18 High School Options HIGH SCHOOLS THEME GRADES Andrews Dudley The Early College At Guilford Greensboro College Middle College Grimsley Doris Henderson Newcomers School High Point Central The Academy at Central The Middle College at Bennett The Middle College at GTCC - Greensboro The Middle College at GTCC - Jamestown The Middle College at NC A&T State U. The Middle College at GTCC - High Point Page Penn-Griffi n Southern Smith The Academy at Smith Weaver Aviation Health Sciences Engineering, Education, and Health Sciences Advanced High School/Post-Secondary Study High School/Post-Secondary Study International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme English Language Learning International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Business & Information Technology and Health Sciences. High School/Post-Secondary Study High School/Post-Secondary Study High School/Post-Secondary Study High School/Post-Secondary Study High School/Post-Secondary Study International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Performing and Visual Arts Education Agricultural Science Health Sciences International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Electrical Trades and Health Sciences Performing and Visual Arts and Advanced Technology GCS is a national leader in providing specialized schools and instructional programs designed to meet the educational needs of a culturally diverse citizenship. The district offers parents and guardians a wide variety of choices for their student s education choices that build on or stimulate educational interests, foster academic achievement and support cultural and ethnic diversity. Students who are visual or performing artists, students who are interested in the sciences, students who want to begin their college study early, and students who enjoy small learning environments can all find a place designed just for them. The next few pages of this book outline the different schools and programs available to our students. For more information, speak with your school counselor or visit The Andrews Aviation Academy Location: Andrews High Supported by the federal Magnet School Assistance Program Grant, Andrews Aviation Academy is open to enrollment for students from across the district. Students learn in an aviationthemed environment that is inquiry-driven, technologyenhanced and problem-based. Students analyze and solve real problems in creative and logical ways, collaborate with team members, engage with teachers and mentors, and access college programs. Additionally, the Academy links its students to the higher education and business communities through presentations, short-term internships, job-shadowing experiences and career mentoring. Students also have the opportunity to take aviation classes at the Aviation Center of Guilford Technical Community College upon successful completion of the college placement test. Students are encouraged to apply during the application period. 18

19 Andrews Early College of Health Sciences Location: Andrews High Through a collaborative program developed by GCS and area colleges and universities, students have the opportunity to pursue college credit while in high school. Students in the program select a rigorous high school curriculum during their fi rst three years of high school to prepare them for dual enrollment as high school seniors. During the student s senior year in high school, he or she is awarded a scholarship equivalent to tuition and books at Guilford Technical Community College which can be used toward tuition at any participating university of the student s choice. If students choose to attend a university/college other than GTCC, parents must cover the difference in tuition. Students must apply and be admitted by the university in order to receive the scholarship. Andrews Early College of Health Sciences offers an opportunity for motivated rising ninth and 10th graders to prepare for a future career in the field of health sciences to include nursing, biotechnology, respiratory, therapy physical therapy, pharmacy or medicine to name a few. Students will have the opportunity to participate in internships to gain practical experience in their field of interest. The Academy at Central Location: High Point Central High The Academy at Central is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make a successful transition to college and/or a future career. The Academy at Central s Medical Careers program is designed for students interested in becoming health care professionals. Students are introduced to the health field, the concepts of personal, family, and community health and disease control through classroom instruction, case studies, hands-on activities, interactive computer modules and internships. Students, under the supervision of teachers, complete internships in which they work with actual patients in a medical facility. Students must also master more than 60 individual patient care skills with 100 percent accuracy and successfully pass a written exam to qualify as a Certified Nursing Assistant I (CNA I). Honors level classes are offered to prepare students for success at the college level. Spanish and Latin languages are offered to give students an opportunity to earn dual diploma status and be eligible to attend a four year college or university after graduation. The Academy provides information technology electives that are tailored to expose students to 21st century skills. Students have the opportunity to earn Microsoft certifications in these courses that make them more marketable to future employers. This rigorous preparation serves as an excellent foundation of knowledge and skills for students who enter the workforce after high school and those who wish to continue medical study beyond high school. While completing their pathway, students are able to complete all graduation requirements by the end of 11th grade in preparation for enrollment in college courses during the senior year. All tuition expenses are paid by GCS, allowing students to earn one year of college credit tuition-free! 19 The Academy at Smith Location: 2225 South Holden Road The Academy at Smith was developed to provide relevance, rigor and much-needed relationships for students who are eager to distinguish themselves from the competition. Our goal is to ensure that students receive a world-class education while gaining advanced training in a choice of one of two pathways: Medical Careers or Construction Technology. Medical Careers students prepare for careers including biologists, nursing assistants, pharmacists, physicians, radiologists, nurses, surgeons, dentists, dental hygienists and veterinarians. Construction Technology students prepare for potential careers as electrical engineers, electricians, builders, contractors, inspectors, entrepreneurs and many more. Students will complete core subject area classes and requirements for a high school diploma. Students may earn dual credits during their junior and senior year at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC), which may be transferred to other colleges and universities, or students may graduate from high school in three years and apply to a college or university of their choice. The Academy at Smith builds on this foundation with an opportunity for students to gain practical experience and dual-enrollment in both high school and college courses. Academy students will graduate with the competitive edge needed to be successful in a new global economy. The Academy serves grades nine through 12. Classes are small with no more than 20 students. Students are offered opportunities to take Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Students have opportunities to earn national certifi cations such as Certifi ed Nursing Assistant I (CNA I) in their career pathway. Students complete required job shadowing, apprenticeships, and/or clinicals in their selected career pathway. The Academy at Smith is located less than a quarter of a mile away from Smith High School on Holden Road. The students who experience the most success are students who apply because they desire to attend the school. Dudley Early College Academies of Education, Engineering, and Health Sciences Location: James B. Dudley High School GCS offers an exciting academy program through a collaborative partnership with area colleges and universities. Students begin an approved rigorous course of study in the ninth grade preparing them for dual-enrollment as high school seniors and fi rst-year college students. The courses for the programs are set for each Academy area with some opportunity for student selection. They are able to participate in an internship during the 11th grade, and they each must complete a minimum of 150 hours of volunteer service before graduation. High School Options

20 A highlight of the senior year experience is the opportunity to spend their final year of high school studying on a local college or university campus. GCS pays for tuition and books at NC A&T State University for students in the Early College Academy of Engineering. GCS pays for tuition and books at Guilford Technical Community College or students in the Education and Health Science Academies or the equivalent amount can be used toward tuition at any participating university of the student s choice. During this year, students are encouraged and supported in applying for scholarships to pay to continue their undergraduate education (e.g., monies for tuition and fees) once they graduate from high school. All graduates of the Academies will be College Prep and College Tech Prep completers which will provide them the opportunity to continue in their chosen area of study tuitionfree in certain career areas at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC). Highly motivated rising ninth graders who are interested in a rigorous academic program that leads to a future career are excellent candidates. To be considered for the Dudley Early College Academies, applicants should have scored at Level III or IV on Math and Reading End-of-Grade (EOG) tests, the Algebra I End-of-Course (EOC) test, and passed the NC Test of Computer Skills. Students must meet any college/university entrance requirements for the dual-enrollment year. In grades 11 and 12, students take college courses with undergraduate students taught by college professors. Academic advisors work with students to build course schedules to meet high school and college requirements. Students may register for a wide variety of courses as long as they have the prerequisite courses and skills. Eleventh- and 12th-grade students are dually enrolled in course offerings and take at least four college courses each semester. Students graduate with a high school diploma and up to two years of college credit from Guilford College. The Early College at Guilford has many clubs, academic teams and activities in which students are able to get involved. The various opportunities for involvement provide enriching experiences and foster leadership, service and collaboration. The school does not offer an athletic program; however, students may participate in sports at their sender or zoned high school. Students who thrive in the learning environment at The Early College at Guilford are described as self-motivated, responsible and independent thinkers and learners. Students are selected to attend the school through a holistic process that evaluates academic achievement, standardized test results, academic recommendations, personal essays and self-reported interests and activities. Successful candidates typically have scored at or above the 93rd percentile on standardized tests, have a minimum 3.5 GPA overall, and have chosen courses that provide a high level of rigor in middle/high school. Students must be formally advanced/admitted to college studies at the end of the 10th grade year. For more information, visit the school s Web site at earlycollegeatguilford. Doris Henderson Newcomers School Theme/Program: English Language Learning GCS is proud of its diversity. Across the district, GCS students speak more than 100 languages and dialects. Approximately 6,000 English language learners are enrolled in GCS, and we expect those numbers to increase. When we strive to provide an environment that meets the needs of English language learners, we give these students a better opportunity for success. The Early College At Guilford Location: Guilford College The Early College at Guilford is North Carolina s first early college high school and an Honor School of Excellence. The school offers a writing-intensive, fast-paced curriculum in partnership with Guilford College, a selective, national liberal arts institution. The school offers a rigorous academic experience for students with a solid record of academic performance. Students in the ninth and 10th grades take Honors and Advanced Placement courses taught by teachers from Guilford County Schools. Teachers engage students in learning experiences which require critical and creative thinking. Courses are taught on a block or modified block schedule. Students are enrolled in eight courses per year. The challenging curriculum prepares students for a smooth transition to Guilford College. 20 Doris Henderson Newcomers School is designed for students in grades three through 12 who have recently arrived in the United States and are considered novices on the North Carolina language test. The goal of the school and its staff is to accelerate literacy skills and prepare English language learners to bridge the gap between a newcomer setting and the assigned school. The school operates on a 10-month schedule. Students generally attend the school for one year, but may attend for a longer or shorter time depending on individual achievement and progress. When students arrive at the school, they are assessed to determine their academic and language skills and are placed into classrooms that best meet their needs. The school also provides adult English language instruction, K-12 tutoring, babysitting and family outings on Saturdays. 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