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3 Mesa Public Schools HIGH SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTION CATALOG G R A D E S GOVERNING BOARD Mr. Michael Hughes Mr. Michael Nichols Mr. Steven Peterson Mrs. Michelle Udall Dr. Ben Whiting ADMINISTRATION Dr. Michael Cowan, Superintendent of Schools Mr. Bruce Cox, Associate Superintendent Dr. Suzan DePrez, Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum & Instruction School directory may be found at or call the Mesa Public Schools main phone number at
5 GENERAL INFORMATION Courses Offered Registration High School Grade Classifications Graduation Program Planning Diploma Requirements Additional Course/Credit Guidelines Transfer of Credits From Other Schools Outside MPS High School Credit for Coursework Prior to 9th Grade Concurrent Enrollment College Courses Computer-based/Distance Learning Programs Outside MPS Summer and Night School Programs Outside MPS Outside School Activity Credits (9th-12th grade) EXPLANATION OF GRADES Course Grades Pass/Fail and Audit Designations Weighted Course Grades Grades When Students Register After the 20th Day of a Semester Grades When Students Withdraw From School/Courses Grades When Students Transfer Into a Mesa Public School (9th-12th grade) Courses Taken a Second Time Grades Impacted by Attendance College Core/Class Rank SEQUENCE OF COURSES English Courses Mathematics Courses Science Courses Social Studies Courses ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Advanced Placement (AP) Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Biotechnology Academy Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs of Study Cooperative Education and Internship Programs Credit Recovery Program Dual Enrollment College Courses East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) International Baccalaureate (IB) MPS Correspondence Courses MPS Independent Study Mesa Distance Learning Program (MDLP) Service Learning - Honor for Excellence ADMISSION TO COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES HIGH SCHOOL COURSES Aerospace Science/Leadership Art Career And Technical Education English English Language Development (ELD) Mathematics Military Science/Leadership Army JROTC Music/Performing Arts Physical Education Reading Science Social Studies Traffic Safety World Languages Student Assistant Program Non-Credit Special Course Numbers Independent Study Career Exploration Program Apprenticeship/Internship Programs Additional Academic Courses EAST VALLEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (EVIT) COURSES COURSE PLANNING TABLE OF CONTENTS I
7 GENERAL INFORMATION 1 GENERAL INFORMATION This course catalog contains a list of high school (9th-12th grade) courses offered in Mesa Public Schools. Graduation requirements, as well as other pertinent information, are included in the catalog. The contents of this catalog supersede previous catalogs. Students should contact school counselors if they have questions regarding the specific applicability of program changes. Mesa Public Schools curriculum provides an emphasis on the academic skills needed by all students, as well as opportunities to expand their personal and academic achievement through higher level classes. Graduation diploma requirements include satisfactory attendance, completion of class credit requirements and attainment of a "passing" score on the state assessment as determined by the Arizona State Board of Education. Please note that the (AIMS) Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards is the required state test for high school graduates through At the time this catalog was printed specific information on state testing requirements for high school graduation beyond 2016 was not available. Courses Offered This catalog lists courses offered by Mesa Public Schools and is provided to assist in planning students schedules. The courses listed may not be offered at every site and may not be offered both semesters. In addition, courses may be cancelled due to a lack of enrollment or may be limited to specific grade levels. Student requests determine if a specific course is offered as an "A" or "Z" period class or offered during the regular school day. Please refer to school-based information sheets or contact a counselor at your school. It is important to make course selections carefully. Classes are formed based on student requests during pre-registration. Courses may not be available if sufficient pre-registration requests are not received. Registration Student registration for courses may vary at each school. Pre-registration is conducted at each school during the spring for the next school year. Each school mails registration materials early in July. These materials include student emergency information forms, a list of student-selected courses, optional course materials information and fees, food and nutrition forms and other requests for information. Parents should return the required forms with payment for any needed optional materials by the date indicated in the packets. Mesa Public Schools also provides an online payment option for your convenience. High School Grade Classifications High school students are expected to graduate by completing a four (4) year program of study. The freshman (9th grade) year begins the four year sequence. Each year, students move from one grade classification to the next regardless of the number of credits he/she has earned. Students are expected to be in six classes per semester to be considered on track for graduation. Graduation Program Planning The purpose of this catalog is to help students and their families plan to meet academic and career goals. In addition to the catalog, Mesa Public Schools students will develop an Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP). An ECAP reflects a student's current plan of coursework, career aspirations and extended learning opportunities. The ECAP helps to personalize our students' education and enables them to maximize the opportunities available upon high school graduation. All special education students are required to complete the course of study as prescribed in their Individual Education Plan (IEP).
8 2 COURSE AND CREDIT INFORMATION Diploma Requirements Students must earn 22 credits (16) required and 6 electives) and meet or exceed Arizona's designated assessment requirements in order to graduate from a Mesa high school. Transfer students must be enrolled in classes that place them on track for graduation and be enrolled through the semester of graduation. These students must have earned at least five (5) credits in an MPS high school to be eligible for an MPS diploma unless they transfer in the final semester of their high school experience. Students who transfer during the final semester of their senior year must earn three (3) credits to be eligible for a Mesa diploma. Students must check with the school counselor or the registrar for specific details. Students may participate only in commencement ceremonies held at the high school in which they were enrolled when graduation requirements were satisfied. A chart is presented below listing the curriculum requirements/recommendations (credit hours). Please note that the (AIMS) Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards is the required state test for high school graduates through At the time this catalog was printed specific information on state testing requirements for high school graduation beyond 2016 was not available. CURRICULUM ENGLISH (see sequence for English courses) * MATH (see sequence for Math courses) MESA SCHOOLS STANDARD DIPLOMA MESA SCHOOLS SCHOLASTIC DIPLOMA (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and an additional math) 4 (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and an advanced math) ** SCIENCE (see sequence for Science courses) 3 Lab Sciences (Biology and physical science + an additional science) 4 Lab Sciences Biology, Chemistry + SC 09 and/or advanced science(s) *** SOCIAL STUDIES (see sequence for Social Studies courses) 3 (World History, American History, Government and Economics) 3 (World History, American History, Government and Economics) WORLD LANGUAGE 0 2 (same language) ARTS 1 (fine and/or practical arts) 1 (fine art) **** PHYSICAL EDUCATION 1 1 ELECTIVE COURSES 6 3 TOTAL REQUIRED COURSES GRADE POINT AVERAGE No minimum GPA 3.0+ GPA (must include a minimum of 2 weighted credits) ***** AIMS (Arizona s Instrument to Measure Standards) Reading Math Writing (Meets or Exceeds) AZ UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE English: 4, Math: 4, Science: 3, Social Studies: 2, World Languages: 2, Fine Arts: 1, Grade point average: 3.0+ For details, see Page 14 or the website for the college of your choice. Reading Math Writing (Meets or Exceeds) ***** CLASS OF 2017 AND BEYOND "STATE ASSESSMENT" To be determined To be determined * Advanced math is a math course with Algebra II as a prerequisite. ** "Advanced science" includes SC 36, SC 46, SC 48, SC 52, SC 54, SC 55, SC 72, SC 75, SC 77, SC 79, SC 80, SC 81, SC 90, SC 92, SC 93, SC 94, SC 95, SC 96 and SC 97, AG 31, AG 35, HE 71, HE 72 and HE 73. Students are required to successfully complete a course in SC 49 Biology or AG 30 Applied Biological Systems in the 9th or 10th grade AND take the AIMS Science assessment at the completion of this course. *** Students must complete American/Arizona History before taking American/Arizona Government or Principles and Practices of Economics. AG 77, BE 53, BE 77, FS 77 and IT 77 may substitute for Principles and Practices of Economics SS 57 and will count toward the scholastic diploma. **** AS 35 and MS 35 can substitute for P.E. courses. Two semesters of MU 81 may substitute for ½ credit of the P.E. requirement. ***** Specific requirements are set by the Arizona State Board of Education. Previous scholastic science requirements will be honored for the classes of and
9 COURSE AND CREDIT INFORMATION 3 Additional Course/Credit Guidelines 1. One (1) unit of credit is granted for work completed in a subject that meets one period daily for the academic year. One-half ( 1 2) unit of credit is granted for work completed in a subject that meets one period daily for one semester of the academic year. 2. Students are expected to be enrolled in six classes per semester to be considered on track for graduation. 3. Students may enroll in a total of seven (7) ("A" hour or 7th hour) classes at their home school. 4. High school students who register for additional classes beyond six credits through Mesa Distance Learning Program (MDLP), Community Education, etc., will be assessed tuition of $150 per course per semester and must have prior parental and school administration approval. 5. Students who are co-enrolled in a Mesa Public School designated Joint Technological Education District (EVIT) will be provided an opportunity to enroll in a total of four credit bearing classes through their home campus or other MPS educational services. Students who need additional credits may enroll in Mesa Public Schools tuition based community education programs. Transfer of Credits From Other Schools Outside MPS Transfer students who plan to graduate from a Mesa Public School will be held responsible for MPS graduation requirements. All coursework completed outside MPS will be evaluated to determine if credit will be awarded. The acceptance of credits from other schools is based upon a variety of factors, such as the grades earned in the sending schools, the number of days or hours the courses met, the alignment of course content between the sending schools and the receiving Mesa school, and the regional accreditation status of the sending schools. It is advisable that students have transferring credits evaluated prior to registering. Mesa Public Schools reserves the right to require entering students to take placement tests to determine the most appropriate placement or to demonstrate minimum competency for core credit transfer. It is an expectation that all transferring students will meet MPS graduation requirements to receive a Mesa Public Schools diploma. High School Credit for Coursework Prior to 9th Grade Credits applied toward high school graduation must be earned in grades 9 through 12. The only exceptions are Algebra I, and Geometry. Grades earned in these classes will be recorded on the senior high school transcript, included in the student's GPA, and they will not be removed. Prospective college student athletes should be aware that the NCAA only recognizes approved high school courses taken in grades Credits earned in seventh grade or prior years are not accepted by the NCAA. Concurrent Enrollment College Courses Concurrent enrollment courses are college courses completed at a college while a student is enrolled in a high school. Acceptance of college courses toward high school graduation requirements may be considered if the course is at a higher level than the course taught at the high school, or the high school is not able to offer the required or elective course. The district determines if the subject matter of the college course is appropriate to the specific high school requirement. Prior approval is required by the high school from which the student intends to graduate. NOTE: This includes summer school. Computer-based/Distance Learning Programs Outside MPS The district will accept the transfer of credits from schools/districts other than Mesa Public Schools to meet the district's high school graduation requirements as follows: The same course or similar course is offered in the MPS curriculum. Religious study courses and courses such as study hall may not be accepted for transfer credit. Courses are accepted as elective credit only, unless a request is made by the parent/student within 10 days following receipt of a transfer credit evaluation form to test for consideration of "core" credit. Students may request to take an endof-course/semester exam in core courses required for graduation (mathematics, language arts, reading, social studies, science and world languages). Upon demonstrating minimum competency (70%) core credit may be granted. Summer and Night School Programs Outside MPS Coursework in accredited summer and night school programs may be accepted toward graduation requirements. Students must obtain approval by the principal or designee prior to enrolling in the course. Students attempting to earn credits from sites other than the school campus from which the student intends to graduate need to exert care and caution. Acceptance of transfer credits from sources outside Mesa Public Schools is not automatic. Through careful planning, disappointments and confusion can be avoided. Please consult your counselor.
10 4 COURSE AND CREDIT INFORMATION Outside School Activity Credits (9th-12th grade) Rarely, students may be granted credit for activities outside the school. The criteria for granting credit are as follows: 1. The activity (class, session, etc.) is scheduled for a specific time frame. 2. The instructor must be a certified teacher. 3. Significant new learning must take place. 4. Time spent in activities outside school should be equal to or greater than the time spent in a regular MPS class. 5. Request for credit for activities outside of school must be made to the principal prior to, but no later than the 20th day of the semester in which the activity will occur. 6. One elective credit toward high school graduation is allowed for classes/courses considered to be a part of the district curriculum. 7. A pass/fail grade will be issued upon receipt of attendance and grading record. 8. Credit for activities outside of school will not count toward the Scholastic Diploma.
11 COURSE AND CREDIT INFORMATION 5 EXPLANATION OF GRADES Course Grades All courses taught for credit receive a letter or a pass/fail grade. Homework may not count for more than 10% of the final grade. Homework will be defined by the teacher in accordance with Administrative Regulation IKB-R. Final examinations may not count for more than 20 percent of the final grade. Grade point values and the percentages used to determine each grade are listed below. Letter Percentage Grade Grade Point value = A = Consistently meets curriculum standards at an outstanding level = B = Generally meets curriculum standards at a high level = C = Meets curriculum standards at a satisfactory level = D = Meets some curriculum standards = D- = Minimum Progress (teacher discretion) < = F = Fails to meet curriculum standards. If courses are credit bearing, no credit toward graduation is granted to a student receiving a final grade of "F" in the course. P = Pass (reserved for designated pass/fail courses) I = Incomplete (maximum length of time to make up a course is one semester) If not completed the incomplete turns to "F" U = Audit (student may only use this option if it has been approved by the teacher and an administrator during the first 20 school days of the semester.) W = Withdraw W/P = Withdraw with a passing grade (not calculated in GPA) W/F = Withdraw with a failing grade (calculated as an "F") NC = No Credit (student did not meet course attendance requirement). If the student would have received an "F", then the F is given and calculated into the student's GPA. With the exception of the D, no plus or minus notations are used on the report card. Pass/Fail and Audit Designations A pass/fail grade is awarded to limited district-designated classes. Students may not apply for a pass/fail option. A student may request to audit a class to preview or review the content of a course. Students are eligible for this option only if the course which they are requesting to audit has previously been taken for credit or the course will be taken again for credit at a later time. Student requests regarding the audit option are limited to the first 20 days of enrollment in a course. All students who audit a course will receive the grade of U when the course is completed. This is the only grade provided for an audited course. Audit courses shall appear on a student s permanent record. There is no cost for the course if taken during the school year and only if the student is enrolled in less than seven (7) courses at his/her school. If the student is taking seven (7) or more courses and requests to audit another course, there is a fee. If the course is taken during summer vacation, there is a fee. Weighted Course Grades Certain advanced/accelerated high school courses (9th-12th grades only) taken in the Mesa Public Schools receive weighted grade point values. Weighted grade point values are possible because of higher expectations and greater rigor required in the work. The grade point values for these courses are: A = 5.0, B = 4.0, C = 3.0, D = 2.0, D- = 1.0 and F = 0. Weighted grades are only granted when the student completes the entire course. Otherwise, no weighted grade point value is applied. Grade point average (GPA) for transferring students is computed according to courses earning weighted grades at the receiving MPS school. This ensures that each student's GPA at any Mesa high school is computed the same way.
12 6 EXPLANATION OF GRADES Grades When Students Register After the 20th Day of a Semester The student may have the opportunity to earn credit if missed work is made up to the specifications of the teacher/s. The Credit Recovery Program or Mesa Distance Learning may also be an appropriate option. Students should check with the Counseling Office for options. Grades When Students Withdraw From School/Courses Students requesting to withdraw from a course while remaining enrolled in MPS must receive administrative approval. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors are expected to enroll in six (6) courses. Seniors must be enrolled in at least four (4) courses per semester and maintain progress toward high school graduation in four years. Approved withdrawals from courses will be posted on the student s transcript according to the following timeline: Schedule changes within the first ten (10) days of the semester will not be reflected on the transcript. Withdrawals from the 11th day to the end of the quarter in each semester will be posted with a w. Withdrawals between the quarter of the semester to twenty (20) days prior to the end of the semester will be posted as W/P or W/F. No withdrawals are permitted within the last twenty (20) days of the semester. Grades When Students Transfer Into a Mesa Public School (9th-12th grade) The grades earned in courses from an accredited high school will be averaged with the grades earned in the Mesa receiving school. The grades earned in courses from a non-accredited high school will be evaluated by the receiving school to determine grades and transfer credits accepted. Courses Taken a Second Time Students requesting to repeat a high school (9th-12th grade) course for credit should consult with MPS counseling/ administration. Grades Impacted by Attendance Satisfactory attendance at school is essential to learning, and regular attendance is a key to academic success. Satisfactory attendance at school is the responsibility of the student and his or her family. A student must attend at least 90 percent of class sessions to earn credit. Failure to meet this standard may lead to withholding of credit. Cases involving prolonged illness or unusual circumstances will be reviewed by the school administration. Each unexcused absence will result in teacher and/or administrative action. Excessive tardies will result in administrative action. College Core/Class Rank Mesa Public Schools determines a student's class rank by calculating a College Core. The College Core is based on Arizona university entrance requirements, as defined by the Arizona Board of Regents, as well as Arizona State Board of Education graduation requirements. Specifically, the College Core includes: 4 credits in English 3 credits in Laboratory Science 2 credits in World Languages 4 credits in Mathematics 3 credits in Social Studies 1 credit in Fine Arts Students who exceed minimum core area requirements will automatically be evaluated based on the courses with the highest grade points earned in that core area. For specific information and calculation assistance, visit
13 9 th Grade SEQUENCE OF COURSES English Courses (Any 10th, 11th or 12th grade English semester-long course may be taken either semester.) SEQUENCE OF COURSES 7 Additional elective English courses not listed in the sequences below are available and are very appropriate depending upon the academic goals of the student. Please consult a counselor to determine the courses that meet individual and unique needs. 10 th Grade 11 th Grade 12 th Grade Composition Literature Composition Literature Composition Literature ADVANCED CONVENTIONAL BASIC Basic Freshman English EN 19 Freshman English EN 09 Honors Freshman English EN 27 Sophomore Essentials of Reading & Writing EN 38 or Fundamentals of English I EN 31 Literary Explorations EN 51 Sophomore English EN 47 or Principles of English I EN 33 Literary Explorations EN 51 Honors Sophomore English EN 35 or Honors American History and Literature EN 58 (and SS 31/32) Junior Essentials of Reading & Writing EN 37 or Fundamentals of English II EN 32 or Principles of English I EN 33 Principles of English II EN 34 Junior English EN 48 or Literary Explorations EN 51 or Paperback Literature EN 54 American Literature EN 57 Honors Junior English EN 39 or AP English Language and Composition EN 70 Fundamental Writing Lab EN 81 or Principles of English II EN 34 Principles of English III EN 46 or College Prep Writing EN 45 or Critical Thinking & Writing EN 41 Senior English EN 49 or Senior Literature EN 50 or Paperback Literature EN 54 or Approaches to Literature EN 88 British Literature EN 60 or Multicultural Literature EN 56 or Shakespeare EN 40 or World Literature EN 62 or Mythology EN 52 or Humanities EN 80 AP English Literature and Composition EN 71 NOTE: Not all schools offer all courses.
14 8 SEQUENCE OF COURSES Mathematics Courses Additional elective and advanced math courses not listed in the sequences below are available and are very appropriate depending upon the academic goals and math skills of the student. Please consult a counselor to determine the courses that meet individual and unique needs. 9 th Grade 10 th Grade 11 th Grade 12 th Grade ADVANCED CONVENTIONAL BASIC Algebra I MA 27 and Algebra Skill Builder MA 60 Algebra I MA 27 Honors Geometry MA 32 Geometry MA 30 Geometry MA 30 Honors Algebra II MA 41 Algebra Applications MA 38 or Introductory Algebra for Community College MA 95 Algebra II MA 40 Pre-Calculus MA 45 Algebra II MA 40 or Intermediate Algebra for Community College MA 97 Pre-Calculus MA 45 or Trigonometry MA 42 AP Calculus AB MA 50 or AP Calculus BC MA 51 or AP Statistics MA 52 NOTE: The state of Arizona requires students graduating in year 2013 and beyond to satisfactorily complete Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II (or its equivalent) plus a fourth year of mathematics. Students may move from one math sequence to another, subject to teacher recommendation and academic performance. More advanced and specialized math courses are also available. MA 60 is a companion course in connection with MA 27 for some students. MA 60 earns elective credit and does not earn math credit for successful completion.
15 SEQUENCE OF COURSES 9 Science Courses Additional elective science courses not listed in the sequences below are available and are very appropriate depending upon the academic goals of the student. Please consult a counselor to determine the courses that meet individual and unique needs. 9 th Grade 10 th Grade 11 th Grade 12 th Grade BASIC Essential Elements of Science SC 09 *Biology SC 49 or *Applied Biological Systems AG 30 Earth Science SC 33 or Other Lab Science Elective Lab Science Elective CONVENTIONAL Essential Elements of Science SC 09 *Biology SC 49 Chemistry SC 71 Physics SC 81 ADVANCED *Biology SC 49 CP Chemistry SC 72 AP Physics I SC 79 AP Physics II SC 80 or **Other AP Lab Science * The state of Arizona requires a science AIMS test to be administered to students at the end of a high school Biology or Applied Biology course, which must be completed in either the 9th or 10th grade. Students enrolling in Biology in the 9th grade must have successfully completed Algebra I prior to the 9th grade and are expected to continue on the "Advanced" Science sequence noted above. ** "Advanced science" includes SC 36, SC 46, SC 48, SC 52, SC 54, SC 55, SC 72, SC 75, SC 77, SC 79, SC 80, SC 81, SC 90, SC 92, SC 93, SC 94, SC 95, SC 96, SC 97, AG 31, AG 35, HE 71, HE 72 and HE 73. Students are required to successfully complete a course in SC 49 Biology or AG 30 Applied Biological Systems in the 9th or 10th grade AND take the AIMS Science assessment at the completion of this course. ** AP Lab Science courses offered at various campuses: AP Biology (SC 46), AP Environmental Science (SC 52), AP Chemistry (SC 77), AP Physics I SC 79, AP Physics II SC 80 and AP Physics C (SC 90).
16 10 SEQUENCE OF COURSES Social Studies Courses Additional elective social studies courses not listed in the sequences below are available and are very appropriate depending upon the academic goals of the student. Please consult a counselor to determine the courses that meet individual and unique needs. 9 th Grade 10 th Grade 11 th Grade 12 th Grade BASIC *World History/ Geography SS 21/22 *World History/ Geography SS 21/22 Social Studies Elective **American/ Arizona History SS 34/35 ***American Government SS 51 and ****Principles & Practices of Economics SS 57 CONVENTIONAL *World History/ Geography SS 21/22 *World History/ Geography SS 21/22 Social Studies Elective **American/ Arizona History SS 34/35 ***American Government SS 51 and ****Principles & Practices of Economics SS 57 ADVANCED *Honors World History/Geography SS 28 or ***AP World History SS50 or ***AP Social Studies Elective *Honors American History & Literature SS 31/SS 32 (and EN 58) or ***AP World History SS 50 or ***AP Social Studies Elective ***AP United States History SS 39 and/or ***AP Social Studies Elective ***AP United States Government and Politics SS 52 or AP Microeconomics SS 86 and/or AP Macroeconomics SS 87 * World History/Geography must be completed in either the 9th or 10th grade year as determined by the student's respective school's sequencing of courses. ** Students must complete one (1) credit of American/Arizona history before taking American/Arizona Government or Principles and Practices of Economics. *** AP Social Studies courses offered at various campuses: AP United States History (SS 39), AP World History (SS 50), AP United States Government and Politics (SS 52), AP Comparative Government and Politics (SS 56), AP European History (SS 64), AP Human Geography (SS 67), AP Psychology (SS 79). AP United States Government and Politics and We the People fulfill the requirements of government and economics necessary for high school graduation. Please note that AP Human Geography (SS 67) does not satisfy the World History graduation requirement. **** AG 77, BE 53, BE 77, FS 77 and IT 77 may substitute for Principles and Practices of Economics SS 57 and will count toward the requirements of the scholastic diploma.
17 ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS 11 ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS Mesa Public Schools offers specialized programs designed to meet the needs of specific high school students. Students should see school counselors for more specific information. Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) AVID is a junior through senior high school college readiness system designed to prepare self-determined students, who have demonstrated average achievement for college readiness. The program enrolls students in rigorous courses and provides them intensive support to ensure their success. The major component is a daily AVID elective class that students must attend. During this class, students receive training in effective note taking, organizational skills, and goal-setting strategies. Extensive writing and reading instruction is also provided. AVID students are academically capable students who would typically be the first in their families to attend college. Placement is done through an application process. Advanced Placement (AP) Advanced Placement (AP) courses are available at all high schools. AP courses prepare students to take the National Advanced Placement Examination administered in late spring each school year. Students may be granted advanced placement status and/or college credit based on their performance on these tests. Information regarding AP courses and examinations is available from the Counseling Office at each high school. Students enrolled in AP courses will be required to take the appropriate AP examination at the end of the course. There are fees for AP exams. Students seeking fee assistance should speak with his/her Counseling Department or AP teacher. However, students are not required to take an AP course to be eligible to take an AP examination. Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Students involved in AIA competition programs must pass all classes and maintain a minimum class load of five classes through the end of each grading period (except 7th and 8th semesters). Student athletes must be enrolled in a minimum of five courses during the first six semesters and be on target to graduate in the 7th or 8th semester. Fewer than five classes are permitted in the 7th and 8th semesters if students remain on track for graduation. Counselors have details and/or possible changes in registration procedures. Biotechnology Academy This academy prepares students with the laboratory skills and knowledge necessary to make a seamless transition from high school to a community college, university, technical school or related position within the bioscience industry. Science, math and technology are taught through applied lab and research opportunities. The academy is located on the Mesa High School campus and accepts applications from any high school student seeking a complete academic/workforce program. Students interested should contact the academy coordinator at or see a school counselor. Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs of Study The purpose of CTE is to help students acquire technical skills, make informed decisions about occupational program options, and make a seamless transition to post-secondary programs. Mesa Public Schools participates with the Maricopa Community College District in many articulated programs in which students may receive college credit for courses taken in high school. These courses are part of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department. CTE programs include: Agricultural Science, Automotive Technologies, Biomedical, Biotechnology, Construction Technologies, Culinary Arts, Design & Merchandising, Digital Photography & Publications, Drafting & Design Technologies, Engineering, Financial Services, Computer Technology, Robotics through Electronics, Sales & Marketing, Sports Medicine & Rehab Services, Theater Design and Management, Video Production and Welding. More information can be found at: Cooperative Education and Internship Programs Career and Technical Education (CTE) Cooperative Education and Internship Programs are the capstone classes to all CTE programs. These programs provide CTE students an opportunity to engage in learning through participation in a structured work experience that involves the application of previously developed CTE knowledge and skills. CTE programs of study include: Agricultural Science, Automotive Technologies, Biomedical, Biotechnology, Construction Technologies, Culinary Arts, Design & Merchandising, Digital Photography & Publications, Drafting & Design Technologies, Engineering, Financial Services, Computer Technology, Robotics through Electronics, Sales & Marketing, Sports Medicine & Rehab Services, Theater Design and Management, Video Production and Welding.
18 12 ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS Credit Recovery Program Credit Recovery is available at all MPS high schools. Students who need to recover credit from a failed core academic course required for graduation may do so through the afternoon/evening program. Credit Recovery also provides an opportunity for students under the age of 22, who are not enrolled in a full-time program in MPS, to complete required courses for graduation. See a counselor for more information. NOTE: Colleges and universities may not allow credit recovery courses to be used to meet entrance or NCAA requirements. Dual Enrollment College Courses Dual enrollment courses are college courses that are taught on the high school campus through a Dual Enrollment Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with a community college. Dual credit courses require payment of college tuition and successful completion of a college test. Successful completion of a three (3) hour dual credit course is equal to one-half (1 2) high school credit. East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) Mesa Public Schools cooperates with the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT). EVIT is a separate school district apart from Mesa Public Schools offering technical training in vocational areas. Completion of a series of courses culminates with a Skill Profile indicating the degree of competencies for entry level job positions. EVIT vocational/technical training can also lead to advanced education in students chosen fields of study. EVIT students attend vocational/technical courses one-half of each day. The other half is spent at their home high school for academic courses. Shuttle bus transportation is available between home schools and EVIT. The EVIT Course Catalog is included at the back of the MPS Course Catalog. International Baccalaureate (IB) The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, available at Westwood High School, provides students with challenging and rigorous coursework leading to the IB Diploma. Students may be granted advanced placement status and/or college credit based on completion of IB Diploma requirements. The IB Middle Years Programme (grades 9-10) prepares students for a successful transition into the IB Diploma Programme (grades 11-12). Students participating in the IB Diploma Programme at Westwood must be seeking the IB Diploma and are required to take an IB course to be eligible to take an IB exam. IB students must take courses from each of the following groups: English, World Languages, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics and an elective. IB students will also experience a Theory of Knowledge (philosophy) course, participate in school-wide service groups and with the help of a personal adviser, complete a college-level research paper. If you would like more information regarding this internationally recognized program, visit the IB website at MPS Correspondence Courses MPS correspondence courses allow students to learn at home via written assignments. Bowling and Personal Development are the correspondence courses offered through MPS. These courses require prior approval from the school administration and sponsorship by an MPS teacher at the home school. Credits from MPS correspondence courses may be accepted toward graduation requirements. Students must contact the administration at their high school for approval. High school seniors, please be advised of earlier deadlines for MPS correspondence course completion in order to fulfill graduation requirements. MPS Independent Study Independent Study provides students opportunities to study areas of content not offered as part of the regular curriculum. Courses offered in the regular curriculum cannot be taken as Independent Study, nor can an Independent Study course be substituted for a specific graduation requirement. Generally, Independent Study courses carry elective, nonweighted credit. Independent Study must be pre-approved by MPS school administration and sponsored, monitored, and graded by an MPS staff member. Students may accrue up to two elective credits of Independent Study to fulfill graduation requirements.
19 ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS 13 Mesa Distance Learning Program (MDLP) The Mesa Distance Learning Program (MDLP) is an NCA accredited Internet instructional program sponsored by Mesa Public Schools and used by several Arizona school districts. Courses are available for kindergarten through high school, and a student may earn a high school diploma upon successful completion. MDLP is a state-of-the-art concept in education. The traditional classroom is replaced with online instructors who stay in regular contact with students to promote success. The curriculum is interactive and motivating for students. MDLP courses are written by certified teachers and are aligned to state and national standards. Students must complete all assignments and pass an end-of-course assessment with minimum competency to receive course credit. MDLP is NCAA accredited for athletes interested in playing Division I or II college sports. High school seniors should be advised of earlier deadlines for MDLP course completion to fulfill graduation requirements. For more information about the Mesa Distance Learning Program, please go to or call Service Learning - Honor for Excellence Students will be eligible for the Honor for Excellence in Service Learning upon completion of 150 hours of approved service learning throughout their four years of high school. Students may earn hours from a combination of curriculum based service learning and extracurricular service sponsored by school clubs or community organizations.
20 14 ADMISSION TO COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ADMISSION TO COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES Students planning on higher education should determine the entrance requirements of the particular school they wish to attend. Admission requirements to colleges and universities vary greatly. Students should consult the catalog of the college or university they are interested in attending to determine the exact requirements. Catalogs may be obtained from the colleges and universities. Many catalogs are available in the counselors offices and/or the Career Centers. Applicants for Arizona universities must meet the following general requirements: 1. For assured admission, the universities will admit applicants who meet basic aptitude and competency requirements. To meet aptitude requirements, students must rank in the upper 25% of their high school graduating class. To meet competency requirements, students must demonstrate academic competency in each of the required subjects. For delegated admission, students must be in the upper 50% of the graduating class and must lack no more than one credit in no more than two basic competency subjects. 2. The ACT or SAT examination is required for admission to all state universities. It is highly recommended that these exams be taken during the spring of the student s junior year. In addition, it is recommended that students take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) prior to taking the ACT or SAT. The PSAT may qualify students to enter competitions for scholarships and participate in recognition programs through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 3. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility: All prospective student athletes who intend to participate in Division I or II athletics as freshmen in college must register and be certified by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse by June 15 upon completion of their junior year. A specific group of courses is required by NCAA. NCAA approved high school courses taken as an 8th grader that appear on the high school transcript may be recognized by NCAA. NCAA will not recognize high school courses taken in 7th grade or prior years. Note: Effective 8/1/10 the NCAA does not accept most non-traditional courses (correspondence, on-line, etc.) 4. GENERAL ARIZONA UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS (as of December 2012): ENGLISH - Four (4) years of high school English (composition/literature based). MATHEMATICS Four (4) years of high school courses (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and an advanced math class for which Algebra II is a prerequisite. SCIENCE Three (3) years of high school laboratory science (one year each from three of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science or Physics. An integrated science or an advanced science may be substituted for one required course). SOCIAL SCIENCE One (1) year of high school American History, and one (1) year of high school social science (e.g., World History, Economics, Government, Psychology, Geography, Sociology or Anthropology). WORLD LANGUAGES Two (2) years of the same high school language, or attainment of a minimum score on a national standardized foreign language test or placement into a third semester college foreign language class based on university placement exam results. FINE ARTS One (1) year of a high school fine arts or a combination of two semesters of high school fine arts. Questions about Arizona university admission requirements should be referred to the Undergraduate Admissions Office at each university. Students entering Arizona four-year colleges and universities, after the year in which they graduated from high school, are expected to have met the entrance requirements in effect in the year they graduated from high school. Certain colleges within the state universities may require additional courses for admission (examples: Nursing and Forestry). Students should check with their counselors for specific course requirements. Weighted grade point values may not be accepted by some universities for determining class rank and/or admission. Students should contact individual universities for specific grading considerations. Out-of-state schools have additional requirements and differ considerably. It is suggested students send for those school catalogs (if not available in the counselors offices and/or Career Center) to see specific requirements.
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