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PROGRAM OF STUDIES
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword . . . . . . . . . . 2 Policies:
Mission Statement . . . . . . . . 2 Graduation Requirements . . . . . . . . 3
College Entrance Recommendations . . . . 4
CCCTC Requirements . . . . . . . . 4
Honors Diploma Requirements-Vocational (Ohio) . . . . . 4
Credit Flexibility . . . . . . . . 5 . Independent Study . . . . . . . 5
Testing Out Options . . . . . . . 5
Correspondence Courses . . . . . . . 5
Summer School . . . . . . . . 6
Tutoring for Credit . . . . . . . 6
Post-Secondary Enrollment Option Program . . . . . 6
Seniors To Sophomores . . . . . . . 6
Virtual Learning Academy . . . . . . 6 Course Load Requirements . . . . . . 7 Grade Point Average . . . . . . . . 7
Academic Recognition (CHS) . . . . . . . 8
Comparison of Diplomas With Honors Criteria . . . . . 9A
Four Year Plan . . . . . . . . 9B
NCAA Quick Reference Sheet . . . . . . . 9C
What It Takes To Earn An Ohio Diploma . . . . . . 9D
Eligibility Criteria For Award of Merit . . . . . . 9E
Career Instruction Technology . . . . . . 10 Communications . . . . . . . . 11 Computer/Business . . . . . . . 12 English . . . . . . . . 14 Fine Arts . . . . . . . . 17
Health and Physical Education . . . . . . 19
Mathematics . . . . . . . . 20
Science . . . . . . . . . 24
Social Studies . . . . . . . . 27
World Languages . . . . . . . . 29
In view of the complex nature of our society, the high school must assume the responsibility for providing adequate educational opportunities for every student. Each course in the curriculum has been designed so that every student, according to their own ability, may attain academic competence, vocational proficiency, and personal satisfaction. It is intended that all students’ programs of study be carefully planned to meet their particular abilities, aptitudes, and interests. Parents and students are urged to study this booklet and to use counseling services available to insure that each student selects the best possible course of study.
A. Mission Statement
The mission of Columbiana High School and the community at large is to educate students to achieve their highest individual academic potential, as well as cultivate a sense of personal integrity.
This mission was created on March 24, 2004 by the CHS School Improvement
Committee made up of staff, students and community members.
Twenty-one (21) units of credit are required for graduation. Required subjects are:
English 4 credits
Social Studies 3# credits
Mathematics 3 credits
Science 3 credits
Health 1/2 credit
Phys Ed 1/2 credit
Electives 7 credits
TOTAL 21 credits
A course must be completed in its entirety to receive credit.
#Must include American History and U.S.Government.
**Graduation requirements will change for the class of 2014.
Courses fulfilling credit requirements in English, Math, and Science are as follows:
English IX Integrated Math 9
English X Integrated Math 9A
English XI or A.P. English XI Integrated Math 10
English XII or A.P. English XII Integrated Math 10A
Pre-AP English X Integrated Math 11
Integrated Math 11A
Integrated Math 12
Science AP Calculus
Integrated Science Statistics
Anatomy & Physiology
*Note: Speech & Journalism do not fulfill requirements in English.
Diplomas: Only students who have successfully obtained the number of credits required for graduation and have passed all required sections of the 10th grade Ohio Graduation Test are eligible to participate in commencement and receive a diploma.
Recommended for College Entrance:
Not every college will insist that all entering students have all the courses recommended below--though most will expect students to acquire them before undertaking further study or, perhaps, during the course of their college career. Some colleges will expect more at the outset. The goal, however, is to provide quality preparation for as many college entrants as possible.
4 credits English
4 credits Mathematics (Advanced Prep)
3 credits Science (laboratory sciences)
3 credits Social Studies
2 credits of the same World (foreign) Language
1 credit Fine Arts (selected from Theatre Arts, Band, Chorus, or Art)
The admission status of students to college may be affected if these recommendations are not met. The admission status varies with each college, as some colleges take into account college entrance examinations and grade point average as well as the student’s course of study. Students should check with specific colleges for special entrance requirements.
Current CCCTC program offerings and applications are posted on the Career Center web page which can be found at http://www.ccctc.k12.oh.us/.
1. A student is required to complete 8 credits to enroll at CCCTC. Columbiana High School recommends that the following 9 credits be completed:
English 2 credits
Math 2 credits
Science 2 credits
Health 1/2 credit
Phys Ed 1/2 credit
Western Civ 1 credit
Am History 1 credit
TOTAL 9 credits
2. All vocational students must complete the total number of course and credit requirements for graduation from Columbiana High School.
3. Vocational subject credits will fulfill the majors and additional elective credits required for graduation from CHS.
Students who complete an intensive vocational or technical education curriculum in the high school may also distinguish themselves by meeting at least nine of the following ten criteria to receive a State of Ohio Honors Diploma-Vocational:
(a) Earn four units of English which may include one unit of applied communication;
(b) Earn three units of mathematics which will include algebra and geometry, or a sequence of courses that contain equivalent content;
(c) Earn three units of science that develop concepts for physical, life, and earth & space sciences;
(d) Earn three units of social studies;
(e) Earn two units of a foreign language, or two units of business/technology, or one unit of each;
(f) Earn three units in the student’s vocational or technical education curriculum;
(g) Earn two additional units in (a) through (f) or fine arts;
(h) Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale up to the last grading period of the senior year;
(i) Complete a career passport that reflects achievement of the occupational proficiency benchmark established for the Ohio Vocational Competency Assessment;
(j) Obtain a composite score of 27 on the American College Testing Program Tests (ACT)or an equivalent composite score on the Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT).
Students may earn credits by:
Listed below are the educational options available to students at CHS. Educational options can provide an opportunity for students to learn in an independent or individual setting and to study or work with recognized experts in specific fields. This is subject to school and parental approval.
1. Independent Study is a method of study designed for students who are interested in pursuing a topic not adequately treated in a regular course. The student should apply for the program through the guidance counselor, detail in writing the nature of the study, enlist the services of a faculty advisor, and sign an Independent Study Contract Agreement wherein the student assumes full responsibility for the completion of the project and his/her activity during the program. Because of the unusual amount of unsupervised time associated with Independent Study, the students who apply must have demonstrated the required self-discipline in other courses. Students who enroll in this project must be recommended by a teacher in the most closely related field, the guidance counselor, and the principal. Independent Study must also be approved by the District Superintendent.
2. No Independent Study can be taken in a subject being offered in the current year’s schedule unless as a result of an irreconcilable conflict; also, Independent Studies are in addition to the minimum course load requirements.
3. Independent Study Contract forms are available in the office and must be completed prior to starting an Independent Study program.
Testing Out Options
1. Summer school courses must meet the State of Ohio standards and a student must have approval of the CHS principal prior to registration.
2. No summer school classes may be taken to substitute for the same course offered at CHS unless the student has failed the course previously, wishes to take an advanced course at CHS for which the summer school course is a prerequisite, or to meet requirements for early graduation.
Tutoring for Credit
1. Any plan for a student to earn credit by tutoring must be approved in advance by the CHS Principal and District Superintendent. Tutoring for credit will normally be approved only for courses previously failed.
2. Qualifications of the tutor must be approved by the CHS Principal.
3. The burden of finding a certificated tutor for subject credit rests with students and their parents.
4. An educational plan for tutoring which includes objectives, assessment procedures, and required work must be approved by the CHS Principal. This must be in writing to the building principal prior to any work being started.
5. Credit will be granted upon written certification that all work has been completed satisfactorily as recommended by the tutor and approved by the CHS Principal. All completed work and tests are to be given to the building principal for inclusion in the student’s permanent record.
Post-Secondary Enrollment Option Program
Qualified students will be able to consider this option which allows students to enroll at a college or university on a full- or part-time basis to complete nonsectarian courses for high school and/or college credit.
Students and parents or guardians must attend a counseling session at Columbiana High School scheduled annually in early March or make their intentions known by the date of the meeting. Policies and regulations will be given out at the counseling session. Since new legislation is currently changing these regulations, we will constantly be updating our policy. The latest information will be available on file in the High School Office and/or you may want to call the Guidance Office to discuss this particular program.
Seniors to Sophomores
Seniors to Sophomores is a dual enrollment program, which enables academically qualified high school seniors to earn both high school and college credit at the same time. Students who participate in Seniors to Sophomores will be enrolled in college classes on a University System of Ohio campus and will have the opportunity to earn a year’s worth of both high school and college credit. Seniors may attend Kent State University – Salem Campus, and earn up to 24 college semester hours.
Virtual Learning Academy - (VLA)
Students that wish to make up credits or take courses that are not offered at Columbiana High School may choose to take classes via the internet. Courses are offered by Jefferson Community college through Columbiana High School. A List of courses and applications are available in the Guidance Office. No VLA classes may be taken to substitute for the same course offered at CHS unless the student has failed the course previously, wishes to take advanced courses at CHS for which the virtual class is a prerequisite to meet requirements for early graduation or to reconcile schedule conflicts.
COURSE LOAD REQUIREMENTS
All students are required to carry a minimum of 6 classes each semester. By OHSAA regulations, students participating in athletics are required to be passing 5 full credit courses both the grading period prior to and all grading periods during the sports season. (Physical Education or any other course which meets all year for only 1/2 credit are not full credit courses).
GRADE POINT AVERAGE
1. A grade point average (GPA) is determined by: quality points
2. Quality points are determined by: credits X grade value
3. Grade values are as follows: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.
4. All subjects graded as in #3 above, including summer school, independent studies, tutoring for credit, correspondence courses, Post-Secondary Enrollment Option Program courses if taken for high school credit, subjects failed, subjects repeated, No-Credit-Attendance subjects (NC), and subjects which are incomplete are counted toward a student’s GPA except Post-Secondary Enrollment Option Program courses if taken for college credit only. PLEASE NOTE: As stated above, Post-Secondary Enrollment Option Program courses would not count in a student’s GPA if taken for college credit; they would count if taken for high school credit.
5. Only final grade averages are used in determining a GPA.
6. Neither a plus (+) nor a minus (-) is counted in determining a GPA.
7. Students may repeat a course to improve their knowledge or for a better grade. Both final grades are figured into a student’s grade point average; however, only the credit from one course will apply toward graduation requirements. A repeated Advanced Level course does not count twice for the fulfillment of achieving more than half of the upper level courses.
8. See following for examples.
A.P. English 1 credit A = 4 points
Anatomy & Physiology 1 credit B = 3 points
U.S. Government 1 credit A = 4 points
Integ Math 11 1 credit A = 4 points
Sociology 1/2 credit B = 1-1/2 points
Physics 1 credit A = 4 points
5-1/2 credits 20-1/2 points
20.5 = 3.7272 = GPA
Example: English X 1 credit B = 3 points
Integ Math 9 1 credit C = 2 points
Art I 1 credit A = 4 points
Health 1/2 credit B = 1-1/2 points
Biology 1 credit F = 0 points
American History 1 credit C = 2 points
Physical Education 1/2 credit B = 1-1/2 points
Environ. Science 1/2 credit B = 1-1/2 points
6-1/2 credits 15-1/2 points
Example: English 1 credit B = 3 points
(CCCTC) Auto Body
Lab 3 credits B = 9 points
Related 1 credit B = 3 points
5 credits 15 points
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