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F F o o r r t t D D e e f f i i a a n n c c e e H H i i g g h h S S c c h h o o o o l l Course Guide & Graduation Requirements For 2019-2020 The Augusta County School Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, or gender in its programs and activities and provides equal access to Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies. Section 504 Coordinator Title IX Coordinator Douglas W. Shifflett, Jr., Ed.D Ms. Jill R. Martin Assistant Superintendent for Administration Director of Personnel 18 Government Center Lane 18 Government Center Lane P.O. Box 960 P.O. Box 960 Verona, VA 24482 Verona, VA 24482 540-245-5108 540-245-5107 Educational programs and services will be designed to meet the varying needs of all the students and will not discriminate against any individual for reasons of race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, or gender. Students and school personnel are protected against retaliation. Mission Statement and Beliefs Our mission at Fort Defiance High School is to prepare our students to be lifelong learners and contributing citizens. We believe: Students at Fort Defiance High School have the opportunity to achieve and mature in a safe, healthy, and orderly environment. Fort Defiance High School strives to provide a continuum of programs and services to meet the needs of all our students. Fort Defiance High School seeks to provide instruction to all students through an appropriate and challenging curriculum. The stakeholders of Fort Defiance High School commit to the needs of the learning environment. Fort Defiance High School aims to provide access to technology and to resources which enhance life skills. The Indian Way “Together we build community and make a positive difference through tradition, respect, and responsibility.” School Counselor Assignments (Grades 9-12) Last Names: A - Go Ms. Hope Stevens Last Names: Gr - O Mr. Jeff Farthing Last Names: P - Z Mrs. Ann McMillan Fort Defiance High School 195 Fort Defiance Road Fort Defiance, Virginia 24437 540-245-5050 (phone) 540-245-5054 (fax)

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    The Augusta County School Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability,

    or gender in its programs and activities and provides equal access to Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The

    following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies.

    Section 504 Coordinator Title IX Coordinator Douglas W. Shifflett, Jr., Ed.D Ms. Jill R. Martin Assistant Superintendent for Administration Director of Personnel 18 Government Center Lane 18 Government Center Lane P.O. Box 960 P.O. Box 960 Verona, VA 24482 Verona, VA 24482 540-245-5108 540-245-5107

    Educational programs and services will be designed to meet the varying needs of all the students and will not discriminate

    against any individual for reasons of race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, or gender. Students and school

    personnel are protected against retaliation.

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    Our mission at Fort Defiance High School is to prepare our students to be lifelong learners and contributing citizens. We believe:

    Students at Fort Defiance High School have the opportunity to achieve and mature in a safe, healthy, and orderly environment.

    Fort Defiance High School strives to provide a continuum of programs and services to meet the needs of all our students.

    Fort Defiance High School seeks to provide instruction to all students through an appropriate and challenging curriculum.

    The stakeholders of Fort Defiance High School commit to the needs of the learning environment. Fort Defiance High School aims to provide access to technology and to resources which enhance life skills.

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    “Together we build community and make a positive difference through tradition, respect, and

    responsibility.”

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    Last Names: A - Go Ms. Hope Stevens

    Last Names: Gr - O Mr. Jeff Farthing

    Last Names: P - Z Mrs. Ann McMillan

    Fort Defiance High School 195 Fort Defiance Road

    Fort Defiance, Virginia 24437 540-245-5050 (phone)

    540-245-5054 (fax)

  • Grading Scales and Grading

    As of August 2013, teachers use a 10-point grading scale to determine final letter grades in all courses.

    10-point grading scales

    A+ 98-100 4.3333 D+ 68-69 1.3333 A 92-97 4.0000 D 62-67 1.0000 A- 90-91 3.6667 D- 60-61 0.6667 B+ 88-89 3.3333 F 0-59 0.0000 B 82-87 3.0000 I Incomplete B- 80-81 2.6667 NM No Mark C+ 78-79 2.3333 W Withdraw C 72-77 2.0000 WF Withdraw Failing C- 70-71 1.6667 NG No Grade

    P Pass + / - Grades for Exceptional Learner courses

    To receive credit for a course, the marking period scores and final exam score must average to at least 59.5%. The final grade for a semester course is based on a calculation of 80% from the marking periods and 20% from the final exam. The final grade for a year-long class is based on the numeric average of the two semester final grades. When students are exempt from a course’s final exam, each marking period grade counts as a higher percentage of the total score. The final grade for the course is based entirely on the numeric scores. Students should be aware that a “0” on an assignment, test, etc. can have a significant impact on their scores and thus on the final grade for the course.

    Some courses earn only semester and final grades; those include all classes taken at Valley Career & Technical Center or through the After School Program. They do not earn nine-week marking period grades, and thus those courses are not included in marking period GPA calculations except at the end of the semester. Classes taken through Virtual Virginia earn only final grades which are awarded either at the end of the semester or end of the year.

    Some classes last the entire year, and the impact of those grades at the terms and end of semesters can vary. Year-long 45-minute classes have half as much impact in terms of credit and weight as block classes, which are 93 minutes for one semester. AP and other year-long classes taken here, and all year-long classes taken at Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School, earn term and/or semester grades but only the final end-of-year grades appear on the transcript.

    Dual enrollment, Governor’s School, and AP courses are “weighted,” so they earn an additional 1.0 on the grading scale (not including F’s). The only Governor’s School courses that are not weighted are GS Capstone Project and GS Electric Vehicle. FDHS courses designated as “advanced” are not weighted unless they are in one of the listed categories.

    An Incomplete grade means that significant work is missing and the student must make arrangements with the teacher to make up missing work within fifteen days of the end of the marking period. Parents should contact the teacher or an administrator for a possible extension in case of serious illness, family emergency, etc. An Incomplete overrides any other grades in the class so the student will not earn credit for the class until the Incomplete is resolved. Students who “skip” a final exam (except seniors who earned exam exemption) will get an Incomplete and will not earn credit in the course. In almost all cases, Incompletes not resolved by the end of the school year will become permanent. This could affect the student’s grade point average, academic standing, athletic eligibility, and even eligibility for graduation.

    Honor rolls and class ranks are based on grades that teachers have submitted at the end of the marking period. An Incomplete is equivalent to an F in GPA calculation so will usually prevent honor roll eligibility. Resolving the

  • Incomplete after honor rolls and ranks have been run will update the GPA and rank but will not change honor roll eligibility.

    Report cards show the GPA for the nine-week grading period. Semester GPA’s include the exam grade. Report cards also show a cumulative GPA, but at mid-semester it is not yet updated so it is the GPA from the end of the previous semester. Transcripts show the cumulative GPA once they have been updated after the end of the semester. Students in year-long classes earn an interim grade for each semester but the final grade for the year, as calculated by the computer system based on the average of the two semester scores, is the official grade for the course. Students cannot earn a “half” credit for passing only half of a one-credit class, whether it’s a semester or year-long course.

    Seniors with an average of 90 or above in a class will be exempt from that class’s final semester examination. That average is computed by averaging course grades from each grading period. AP and Dual Enrollment classes usually require semester and/or final assessments, regardless of the student’s average.

    For transfer students, credits and grades awarded by other public schools or by accredited private school or accredited home school programs will be accepted based on county policy guidelines. Reported credits and grades for courses taken through unaccredited programs will be evaluated and validated based on county policy, which may include the use of standardized tests and end-of-course exams. Credits from unaccredited programs which are validated through that process will earn a grade of “P” for Passing. Those “P” grades reflect a credit earned but they are not included in cumulative GPA calculations.

    Grades earned for certain Exceptional Learners courses in the Exceptional Education program are designated as “-, /, or +,” rather than as letter grades. These evaluative grades on student progress are not included in any GPA calculations.

    Class Rank – Juniors and Seniors Only

    Class rank is calculated at the beginning of junior and senior year and again after graduation. The rank is based on final grades students earn in all courses for which high school credit is awarded, including certain credits earned in grade 8. Grades excluded from the calculation are pass/fail grades, the lower grades from classes which were repeated, and grades from Classroom Driver’s Education. Ranks are calculated only for students working toward a Standard or Advanced diploma, so the actual junior and senior class sizes are usually a little larger than the number of students who are ranked. Students who have been determined to be eligible for “credit accommodations” still earn a Standard diploma and thus are included in class ranks, but those who are working toward an Applied Diploma or Certificate of Completion or who are in the GED/ISAEP program are not ranked.

    Because credits and grades for some year-long classes don’t appear on the transcript until a final grade is calculated at the end of the school year, official ranks are not calculated at mid-year (following first semester). The "official" class rank is now static and is determined at the beginning of the junior and senior year and is updated at the end of the school year. Students need to obtain their "official" class rank from their school counselor. The rank displayed on the transcript is a "floating" rank and fluctuates based on semester grades, students who transfer students in or out, etc. Once the first semester ends, the floating rank is not shared with colleges or outside the counseling office. This Augusta County policy related to floating and official ranks took effect in the 2017-2018 school year.

    According to Augusta County Policy, final GPA calculations to determine valedictorian and salutatorian will be determined no sooner than the 165th school day of the year.

  • FDHS Recommended Course Levels and Sequences

    Fort Defiance High School has a long tradition of academic excellence. We encourage our students to challenge themselves and to take every opportunity to prepare well for college, careers, and productive lives. Students planning on college should work towards earning an Advanced Diploma and should take advanced-level courses to prepare them for college-level work. Students not planning on college should take the courses most appropriate to their educational and career goals and in most cases will work towards a Standard Diploma. All students must meet Virginia and Augusta County graduation and diploma requirements. Courses offered at the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School and at the Valley Career & Technical Center may fulfill certain graduation requirements.

    As a general guideline, students planning on an Advanced Diploma should have passed their 8th grade SOL tests and should have earned at least a C in each of their 8th grade academic courses. Advanced-level courses require a strong academic foundation and include more in-depth work. Students who choose to take them must commit to doing the necessary level of work.

    Schedule Changes

    Schedule change requests should be initiated through the Guidance Office. In most cases, once the semester has started, course changes need to be approved by an administrator and a parent must give written permission. Schedule changes should be made as soon as possible, usually within the first two weeks of the semester. Changes between electives are not allowed after the first 10 days of school. Progress reports are issued after the 15th day of each marking period and students will not be allowed to change courses after the 20th school day of the semester (except in special circumstances, such as major medical problems). Students are not normally allowed to drop classes solely due to low grades. Changes in course level within a department (e.g. from English 11A to English 11, or from Geometry-semester to Geometry part 1) will be considered on a case by case basis. Any request for a teacher change must be made in writing by a parent and must be submitted to the principal for review.

    Students taking year-long courses (such as AP classes) may petition for a later schedule change if circumstances warrant. Students earning D’s or F’s at the end of first semester in year-long courses may be required to drop the course and will not earn partial credit for the high school course. Students taking semester-long Dual Enrollment courses are not permitted to drop the courses after the 20th day of the high school semester (except at the principal’s discretion), regardless of the colleges’ deadlines for withdrawing from courses.

    When schedule changes between related courses (e.g. two math or two English courses) are made, the grades will transfer from the original class. When changes are made between unrelated courses (e.g. from English to Art) then the grades from the original class will be dropped. Exceptions are at the discretion of the principal. In most cases, students joining a class after the beginning of the semester will not be required to do “make-up” work and the final grade for the new unrelated course will be based on grades earned from the date of joining the class. Note: Seniors who change courses after the 20th day will forfeit the privilege of exam exemption in the new course, regardless of grades earned.

    Fees already paid for courses dropped after the 20th day of the semester will not be reimbursed to the student. In some cases however, students joining an elective course late will need to pay a materials fee so necessary supplies can be purchased for them. Fees paid for AP exams (but not for AP course materials) may be reimbursed if the course is dropped before exams have been ordered in the fall. Refunds for dropped dual enrollment classes will not be made by the high school if the college has already billed the high school for that course.

  • Athletic Eligibility According to the Virginia High School League scholarship rule, students must pass a minimum of three of four subjects in the semester (or equivalent in year-long classes) prior to the semester in which the student wishes to participate in athletics or other VHSL activities. Athletes must also be enrolled in at least three courses (or equivalent in year-long classes) in the semester in which they are playing VHSL sports. Any subject that a student has previously passed for credit cannot be considered for repeat credit under this scholarship rule. Students who participate in school athletics or other VHSL activities must also satisfy the Age Rule: A student shall not have reached the age of 19 on or before the first day of August of the school year in which he/she wishes to compete.

    Students who intend to apply for NCAA athletic eligibility following graduation should carefully consider NCAA standards when planning their course schedules each year. High school GPA and the GPA calculated by the NCAA for eligibility determination will be very different since the NCAA considers only core courses and has certain other requirements and restrictions. Students and their parents are strongly encouraged to review both VHSL and NCAA requirements with their coaches, guidance counselor and the Athletic Director, as well as to study the VHSL and NCAA websites.

    Note: Any failing grade or Incomplete on a progress report, nine-week marking period, or semester grade may affect eligibility to play in a current athletic activity until it is resolved. School policy on this issue is determined by the Athletic Director.

    Promotion/Retention Policy

    High school students earn credits for each course which is successfully completed. Students attending FDHS

    normally have the opportunity to attain as many as eight (8) credits per year, four (4) per semester. Per county

    policy, a maximum of 9 credits per year may be earned, with a possible exception when more required courses are

    needed in senior year to meet graduation requirements. Graduation is determined by completion of all

    requirements set by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Students must have earned the following credits to progress from:

    Grade 9 to Grade 10 ……………….. 5 credits

    Grade 10 to Grade 11 ……………. 10 credits

    Grade 11 to Grade 12…………….. 14 credits (Students should also have completed US & VA History or English 11) Grade level exceptions may be made for students in the GED/ISAEP program or at the principal’s discretion in special circumstances.

    SOL Requirements

    Standards of Learning (SOL) requirements for verified credits are shown below the listing of diploma requirements for each class year and diploma type. Details on all graduation requirements may be found on the Virginia Department of Education website at www.doe.virginia.gov. Go to “for students” and “graduation requirements.”

    End-of-course SOL tests are offered at FDHS in the following courses: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, World Geography, World History I (to 1500 AD), World History II (from 1500 AD), VA/US History, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and English 11. There are two required English 11 tests—one in Reading and one in Writing.

  • Once students have passed the required number and type of SOL test needed for their graduation cohort and diploma track, additional SOL’s will not be administered (exceptions may be discussed with testing coordinator).

    Certain standardized tests may be used to substitute for some of the required SOL tests. These include specified Advanced Placement tests, ACT and SAT I sub-tests and SAT II Subject tests, the CLEP test, WorkKeys tests and numerous industry certifications. Listings of approved substitute tests and scores required to qualify may be found on the Virginia Department of Education website at www.doe.virginia.gov. Students wishing to use a substitute test in place of an SOL test should consult with their school counselor and the testing coordinator.

    Dual Enrollment

    Dual Enrollment courses enable students to earn high school credit and college credit at the same time. These students are usually juniors and seniors, but occasionally younger students may qualify. All dual enrollment grades are weighted. Availability of any DE course depends on student requests, staffing needs, and policy guidelines. FDHS offers DE Horticulture, DE Floral Design (alternate years), DE Landscaping (alternate years), DE Technical Drawing/Design, DE Engineering Drawing/Design, DE Architectural Drawing, DE Athletic Training I and DE Athletic Training II, DE English 12A (College Composition I & II), DE Science I & II: Biology, and DE Western Civilization as dual enrollment courses. In alternate years, a dual enrollment Biology II Advanced Topics-Advanced Ecology course may be offered; that course awards credit in Forestry 105 though Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. Dual enrollment courses at FDHS are offered through Blue Ridge Community College or Dabney Lancaster Community College. Students enrolled in the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School may take certain courses as dual enrollment through James Madison University, University of Virginia, and BRCC. Students accepted to the BRCC Career Pathways Academy take selected courses as dual enrollment. Some classes at VCTC offer a dual enrollment option through BRCC or DSLCC. The community colleges usually substantially discount the tuition fees for dual enrollment courses. It is important that students taking DE courses be familiar with deadlines and policies from the college in which they are enrolled. Grades from DE courses will appear on both high school and college transcripts. This will be the beginning of the student’s college GPA. In most cases a student must earn at least a “C” in a college course in order for the credit to be transferable to other colleges and also to remain in the Career Pathways program for a second semester. Students should consult with colleges of interest about the potential transferability of credits when choosing AP and dual enrollment courses. While earning college credits during high school can have many benefits, credits are not automatically and universally transferable to all colleges, especially those out of state

    Concurrent Enrollment

    Concurrent Enrollment means that the student is taking one or more college courses at a college (or online) for college credit. In all such cases, the student must complete a Concurrent Enrollment application at the high school and obtain school approval before enrolling in the college class. FDHS students will not be approved to take college courses at the college if the same or equivalent DE course is available to the student at FDHS. In some cases, with an official signed agreement and pre-approval by the high school, a student may choose to earn both high school and college credit for one or more concurrent college courses. Those courses must award at least three hours of college credit to be considered for concurrent high school credits. Concurrent college classes can affect high school and college GPA, graduation requirements, and athletic eligibility, so all arrangements must be finalized with the high school and college before the course starts.

  • AP Program

    The Advanced Placement (AP) Program through the College Board is recognized and respected by colleges and universities. It allows students to experience college-level work and possibly earn college credit while still in high school. FDHS currently offers several AP courses: AP United States Government & Politics, AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition (tentative), AP Spanish Language, AP French Language, and AP Studio Art (Drawing or 2-D Design). Availability of AP courses each year depends on the number of requests and staffing considerations. Recommended criteria for students planning to enroll in AP courses include grades in previous course work, teacher recommendations, motivation, educational plans, and test scores. Grades in all AP classes are weighted. As an integral part of the rigor of the course, each AP student should take the AP exam in that course in May. Any exceptions to this plan must be arranged with the teacher and approved by the principal by the end of the first marking period of the AP course. Colleges and universities may award credits, based on their own criteria, for AP exam scores. Each student is responsible for the AP exam fee, which is approximately $95. Students demonstrating financial need may qualify for financial assistance for AP exam fees. Virtual Virginia provides access to certain online Advanced Placement, world language, and elective courses for students across the state and nation. More information about the program, including course descriptions, textbooks, prerequisite classes, resources, and required technical specifications, is available at www.virtualvirginia.org. Seniors wishing to take a course through Virtual Virginia must make arrangements with the guidance counselor by the previous spring. Except in special circumstances (and at the principal’s discretion), requests to take VVA courses that are otherwise reasonably available through normal scheduling at FDHS will not be approved.

    Academic Recognitions

    Honor Roll (Grades 9-12)

    Fort Defiance High School students, in accordance with Augusta County School Board policy, will be recognized each marking period for outstanding academic achievement. Two honor rolls will be recognized each marking period. At FDHS, students achieving at the highest level with a marking period grade point average of 4.00 or higher will be on the “High Honors” list and will earn a “Blue Card.” Students achieving a marking period average between 3.667 and 3.99 will be on the “Honors” list and will earn a “White Card.” Since courses at VCTC and SVGS, as well as certain others, do not earn grades except at each semester and/or at year-end, GPA’s for the interim marking periods will be based entirely on any other courses taken. Students who have a semester grade point average of 4.0 or higher will be recognized on the county’s Superintendent’s List. Academic Awards (Grades 9-12)

    Students who meet the following requirements will qualify for an Academic Certificate at the awards program in the spring:

    Eligibility is based on recent academic achievement rather than on cumulative GPA. Grade averages considered are only the final Fall semester grades from the current school year and the final Spring semester grades from the previous school year. For freshmen, only the final Fall semester grades from the current year are considered.

    Academic as well as non-academic grades are considered equally. Student must be in a diploma program (Advanced, Standard, or Applied Studies). Semester GPA’s for the qualifying semesters must average at least 3.50.

    http://www.virtualvirginia.org/

  • National Honor Society (Grades 11, 12) Juniors and seniors who achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher (effective in 2018-2019) and meet other criteria established by the National Honor Society will be eligible to apply. The NHS is a national organization that recognizes outstanding academic achievement, character, leadership and service. Applications from eligible students are reviewed by a faculty committee. Once admitted, members must continue to meet NHS standards in all areas. Students who wish to be considered for NHS membership should take advantage of opportunities for service and leadership beginning with their freshman year. Honor Graduate (Grade 12) Students who have completed diploma requirements and have a 3.3 or higher final cumulative grade point average at the end of senior year will be recognized as Honor Graduates at graduation. GED and other certificates do not meet this criterion. Early College Scholar Certificate (Grade 12)

    Earn an Advanced Studies Diploma with a Governor’s Seal Complete the requirements for the Advanced Studies Diploma Earn a “B” average or higher; and

    Earn at least 15 transferable college credits while enrolled in high school. College credits toward completion of certificate requirements will be considered earned by:

    Completing dual enrollment/dual credit courses and earning a “C” or better in the course or completing advanced placement courses (AP courses) and scoring a “3” or higher on the AP exam or completing college-level courses and documenting credit awarded

    Apply and be accepted to a college or university

    Diploma Seal Options

    Local Diploma Seals

    National Honor Society Seal

    National Honor Society members in good standing at the time of graduation will earn an NHS seal.

    Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School Seal

    Seniors who have met the SVGS two-year program requirements will earn an SVGS diploma seal.

    Commonwealth of Virginia Diploma Seals

    Board of Education Seal

    Seniors who have completed the requirements for a Standard Diploma or Advanced Studies Diploma with an average grade of “A” will earn this seal.

    Governor’s Seal

    Seniors who have completed the requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma with an average grade of “B” or better; AND

    Successfully complete college – level course work that will earn the student at least nine transferable college credits in Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment (DE), International Baccalaureate (IB), other college courses, and/or Cambridge examinations.

  • Career and Technical Education Seal

    Earn a Standard Diploma or Advanced Studies Diploma; AND One of the following:

    Complete a prescribed sequence of courses in a career and technical education concentration or specialization and maintain a “B” or better average in those courses OR

    Pass an examination or an occupational competency assessment in a career and technical education concentration or specialization that confers certification from a recognized industry, trade, or professional association OR

    Acquire a professional license in that career and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia

    Advanced Mathematics and Technology Seal

    Earn a Standard Diploma or Advanced Studies Diploma; AND Satisfy all the mathematics requirements for the Advanced Studies Diploma (four units of credit

    including Algebra II; two verified units of credit) with at least a “B” average AND One of the following:

    Pass an examination in a career and technical education field that confers certification from a recognized industry, trade, or professional association OR

    Acquire a professional license in a career and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia OR

    Pass an examination approved by the Board that confers college-level credit in a technology or computer science area

    Excellence in Civics Education Seal

    Satisfy the requirements to earn a Standard Diploma or Advanced Studies Diploma; AND Complete Virginia & U.S. History AND Virginia & U. S. Government courses with a grade of “B” or higher;

    AND Complete 50 hours of voluntary participation in community service or service-oriented extracurricular

    activities. Activities that would satisfy these requirements include; (a) volunteering for a charitable or religious organization that provides services to the poor, sick, or less fortunate; (b) participating in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or similar youth organizations; (c) participating in JROTC; (d) participating in political campaigns or government internships, Boys State, Girls State, or Model General Assembly; or (e) participating in school-sponsored extracurricular activities that have a civic focus. Any student who enlists in the United States Military prior to graduation will be deemed to have met this community service requirement; AND

    Have good attendance and no major disciplinary infractions as determined by local school board policies.

    Seal of Biliteracy

    Earn a Board of Education-approved diploma; AND Pass all required End-of-Course Assessments in English Reading and Writing at the proficient or higher

    level; AND Be proficient at the intermediate-mid level or higher in one or more languages other than English, as

    demonstrated through an assessment from a list to be approved by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

    For this seal, “World Language” means a language other than English and includes American Sign Language.

    For most students, documentation will involve earning a “3” or higher on the AP exam for that language, a

    600 or higher on the SAT Subject Test in Latin, or a specified proficiency level on a designated American

    Sign Language assessment. A complete list of acceptable evidence of the required proficiency is available on

    the Virginia Department of Education website (www.doe.virginia.gov).

    http://www.doe.virginia.gov/

  • Graduation Requirements in the Commonwealth of Virginia http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/graduation

    Requirements for the Class of 2020 and 2021

    Discipline Area Standard Diploma

    Course Credits

    Standard Diploma Verified Credits

    (SOL)

    Advanced Diploma Course Credits

    Advanced Diploma Verified Credits

    (SOL)

    English 4 2 4 2

    Mathematics 3 1 4 2

    Laboratory Science 3 1 4 2

    History and Social Sciences

    3 1 4 2

    Health and Physical Education

    2

    2

    Foreign Languages Not Required 3/4

    Fine Arts or Career & Technical Education

    2

    1

    Economics and Personal Finance

    1

    1

    Electives 4

    3

    Student Selected Test

    1

    1

    Total Credits: 22 6 26 9

    A verified credit is based on a course credit plus a passing score on the end-of-course Standards of Learning (SOL) test or state approved substitute test. End-of-course SOL tests are offered in World Geography; World History 1; World History 2; US History; Algebra 1; Algebra 2; Geometry; Earth Science; Biology; Chemistry; English Writing; and English Reading. Students transferring to FDHS from either a private or out-of-state school may have altered requirements for earning verified credits based on when the student transferred and the credits that the student has earned at a previous school.

    Students pursuing the standard diploma must take two sequential electives in order to satisfy the elective requirement. Students pursuing the standard diploma may substitute a foreign language for one of the fine art or career/technical course requirements. Students pursuing the advanced diploma may complete the foreign language requirement by taking three years of one language or two years of two different languages. Students pursuing the standard diploma must earn a board-approved career and technical education credential to graduate. Credit accommodations provide alternatives for students with disabilities in earning the course and verified credits required to graduate with a standard diploma. Students receiving accommodations must earn the twenty-two course credits and six verified credits required to graduate with a standard diploma. Credit accommodations for students with disabilities may include:

    Alternative courses to meet the standard credit requirements Modifications to the requirements for locally awarded verified credits Additional tests approved by the Board of Education for earning verified credits Adjusted cut scores on tests for earning verified credits Allowance of work-based learning experiences through career and technical education (CTE) courses

    http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/graduation

  • Graduation Requirements in the Commonwealth of Virginia http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/graduation

    Requirements for the Class of 2022 and Beyond

    Discipline Area Standard Diploma

    Course Credits

    Standard Diploma Verified Credits

    (SOL)

    Advanced Diploma Course Credits

    Advanced Diploma Verified Credits

    (SOL)

    English 4 2 4 2

    Mathematics 3 1 4 1

    Laboratory Science 3 1 4 1

    History and Social Sciences

    3 1 4 1

    Health and Physical Education

    2

    2

    Foreign Languages Not Required 3/4

    Fine Arts or Career & Technical Education

    2

    1

    Economics and Personal Finance

    1

    1

    Electives 4

    3

    Total Credits: 22 5 26 5

    A verified credit is based on a course credit plus a passing score on the end-of-course Standards of Learning (SOL) test or state approved substitute test. End-of-course SOL tests are offered in World Geography; World History 1; World History 2; US History; Algebra 1; Algebra 2; Geometry; Earth Science; Biology; Chemistry; English Writing; and English Reading. Students transferring to FDHS from either a private or out-of-state school may have altered requirements for earning verified credits based on when the student transferred and the credits that the student has earned at a previous school.

    Students pursuing the standard diploma must take two sequential electives in order to satisfy the elective requirement. Students pursuing the standard diploma may substitute a foreign language for one of the fine art or career/technical course requirements. Students pursuing the advanced diploma may complete the foreign language requirement by taking three years of one language or two years of two different languages. Students pursuing the standard OR advanced diploma shall either (i) complete an Advanced Placement, honors, or International Baccalaureate course, or (ii) earn a career and technical education credential. Credit accommodations provide alternatives for students with disabilities in earning the course and verified credits required to graduate with a standard diploma. Students receiving accommodations must earn the twenty-two course credits and six verified credits required to graduate with a standard diploma. Credit accommodations for students with disabilities may include:

    Alternative courses to meet the standard credit requirements Modifications to the requirements for locally awarded verified credits Additional tests approved by the Board of Education for earning verified credits Adjusted cut scores on tests for earning verified credits Allowance of work-based learning experiences through career and technical education (CTE) courses

  • Other Diplomas and Certificates:

    Applied Studies Diploma – Available to students who receive Exceptional Education services and complete the requirements of their IEP, and who do not meet the requirements for other diplomas.

    Certificate of Program Completion – Available to students who complete prescribed programs of studies defined by a local school board but who do not qualify for a diploma.

    General Education Development Certificate (GED) – Available to students who complete the GED

    component, the vocational component, pass Economics & Personal Finance, and other requirements of the Individual Student Alternative Education Program (ISAEP).

    Registration Procedure & Timeline

    Information in this section provides procedures and time line for registering your son/daughter for classes in the

    upcoming school year. Based on students’ course requests and requirements, administrative decisions are made

    on staffing and course offerings are finalized. The master schedule is determined based on staff availability and

    efforts to provide the most opportunities for student choices, and with the fewest scheduling conflicts.

    November/December

    Students will receive information from their counselors about course registration. Students will hear about programs such as senior mentorship, Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School (SVGS) and Valley Career & Technical Center (VCTC). Interested students will also have the opportunity to visit SVGS and VCTC.

    Late November to Early February

    Counselors will meet with students individually or in groups to complete course registration for the next year. Fall teachers recommend course levels based on student achievement. The list of the tentative course requests will be available online to parents in the early spring. Parents are invited to meet with their child’s counselor regarding course requests, graduation requirements, and educational/career goals and should contact the guidance office if they wish to set up an appointment. The student, parent, and counselor should approve all course requests or changes in core courses. Please consider choices carefully, as it is difficult to make changes once the master schedule has been completed.

    February to May

    Staffing and course offerings are finalized. Spring teachers recommend appropriate course levels based on student achievement. Master schedule is developed. Counselors may meet with students individually to review plans and make any necessary changes. Students wishing to change any course selections should see their counselor before the end of school.

    May to End of July

    The master schedule and teaching assignments are finalized. Students’ course lists may be revised to reflect previous course failures. Schedule conflicts are resolved and alternate courses are chosen as necessary.

    Early August Teacher assignments and student schedules are finalized. Schedules are available in the main office. Schedule changes at this point should be primarily limited to resolving schedule conflicts.

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

    Agribusiness Systems (0107)

    Animal Systems (0103)

    Environmental Service Sys. (0106)

    Food Products & Processing Systems (0101)

    Natural Resources Systems (0105)

    Plant Systems (0102)

    Power, Structural & Technical Systems (0104)

    Architecture & Construction

    Construction (0202) Design/Pre-Construction (0201) Maintenance/Operations (0203)

    Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications

    A/V Technology & Film (0301)

    Journalism & Broadcasting (0305)

    Performing Arts (0304)

    Printing Technology (0302)

    Telecommunications (0306)

    Visual Arts (0303) Business Management & Administration

    Administrative Support (0405)

    Business Information Mgmt. (0402)

    General Management (0401)

    Human Resources Mgmt. (0403)

    Operations Management (0404) Education & Training

    Administration & Administrative Support (0501)

    Professional Support Services (0502)

    Teaching/Training (0503) Finance

    Accounting (0603)

    Banking Services (0605)

    Business Finance (0602)

    Insurance (0604)

    Securities & Investments (0601)

    Government & Public Administration

    Foreign Service (0703)

    Governance (0701)

    National Security (0702)

    Planning (0704)

    Public Management & Admin. (0707)

    Regulation (0706)

    Revenue and Taxation (0705) Health Sciences

    Biotechnology Research & Development (0805)

    Diagnostic Services (0802)

    Health Informatics (0803)

    Support Services (0804)

    Therapeutic Services (0801) Hospitality & Tourism

    Lodging (0902)

    Recreation, Amusements & Attractions (0904)

    Restaurants and Food/Beverage Services (0901)

    Travel & Tourism (0903) Human Services

    Consumer Services (1005)

    Counseling & Mental Health Services (1002)

    Early Childhood Development & Services (1001)

    Family & Community Services (1003)

    Personal Care Services (1004) Information Technology

    Information Support & Services (1102)

    Network Systems (1101) Programming & Software

    Development (1104) Web & Digital Communications (1103)

    http://careertech.org/career-clusters

    Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

    Correction Services (1201)

    Emergency & Fire Management Services (1202)

    Law Enforcement Services (1204)

    Legal Services (1205)

    Security & Protective Services (1203) Manufacturing

    Health, Safety & Environmental Assurance (1306)

    Logistics & Inventory Control (1305)

    Maintenance, Installation & Repair (1303)

    Manufacturing Production Process Development (1302)

    Production (1301)

    Quality Assurance (1304) Marketing

    Marketing Communications (1404)

    Marketing Management (1401)

    Marketing Research (1405)

    Merchandising (1403)

    Professional Sales (1402) Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

    Engineering & Technology (1501)

    Science & Mathematics (1502) Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

    Facility & Mobile Equipment Maintenance (1604)

    Health, Safety and Environmental Management (1606)

    Logistics Planning & Management Services (1602)

    Sales & Services (1607)

    Transportation Operations (1601)

    Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning, Mgmt. & Regulation (1605)

    Warehousing & Distribution Center Operations (1603)

    http://careertech.org/career-clusters

  • Course Scheduling 2019-2020

    Captain Indian Grade (2018-2019): 10 Counselor: Stevens First Block: Bautista, Maria

    Students, take this form to all of your classes on the Recommendation Day. Each of your FDHS teachers will make

    recommendations for your courses next year based on your current efforts in class this semester. Return this form

    to your fourth block teacher at the conclusion of the Recommendation Day.

    My goal is to receive the following diploma (check one): ⃝ Advanced ⃝ Standard ⃝ Other First Block

    Teacher Recommendation for 2019-2020

    Teacher Comments

    Teacher Initials

    Spanish II

    Spanish 3

    You are making great progress in

    Spanish 2. Keep it up!

    Bautista, Maria

    MB

    Second Block

    Algebra II - Pt 1

    Pre-Calculus

    You can handle pre-calculus!

    Davis, Millicent

    MD

    Third Block

    Biology I Advanced

    Chemistry

    You will have to work hard next year, but you are

    capable.

    Hull, Brent

    BH

    Fourth Block

    Health & PE Driver Ed 10

    Not Required

    If you want to take a PE course, consider Adv. PE

    I.

    Hartley, Patrick

    PH

    To begin the scheduling process, your school counselor needs to know the eight classes you are thinking about taking next year. DO NOT LEAVE THIS BLANK. Write the names of your preliminary course

    choices below. You and your counselor will meet later to finalize your selections and discuss any questions you may have.

    English 11A Pre-Calculus Economics/Personal

    Finance Chemistry

    US History Adv. Spanish III Sports Marketing Chorus

    I am also interested in … ⃝ Valley Career & Technical Center ⃝ Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School ⃝ Mentorship (rising 12th graders only) ⃝ BRCC Career Pathways (rising 12th graders only)

    FDHS Sample Recommendation

    Day Form

    Career Goals/Pathway

    As of today, what career(s) are you interested in pursuing? What

    interests you? I want to do something with computers. I am interested

    in programming. I like to build computers._______________

  • Fort Defiance High School – Program of Study 2019/2020

    English __English 9B** __(w/Developmental Reading)** __English 9 __English 9A __English 10B __English 10 __English 10A __English 11B** __(w/Composition)** __English 11 __English 11A __AP English 11+ (Yr.) __English 12 __English 12A __DE English 12A+ (Yr.) __Advanced Composition __Yearbook I II III IV __Speech

    Health & PE __Health & PE 9 __Health & PE 10(w/Driver’s Education) __PE 11 (Weight Training) __PE 12 (Weight Training) __Adv. PE I (Recreational PE) __Adv. PE II (Recreational PE) __Athletic Training I (__w/DE option) __Athletic Training II (__w/DE option)

    Mathematics __Algebra I Part I P & Part 2 P** __Algebra I Part I & Part 2 ** __Algebra I (Sem.) __Geometry Part I & Part 2 ** __Geometry (Sem.) __ Algebra Functions & Data Analysis (AFDA) __Algebra II (Sem.) __Algebra II Part I & Part 2 ** __Discrete Math __Math Analysis/Pre-Calculus __Calculus

    Science __Earth Science __Earth Science Advanced __Biology __Biology Advanced __Biology II - Ecology __Biology II - Anatomy/Physiology __DE Science I: Biology __DE Science II: Biology __Biology II – Adv. Topics Ecology __ (w/DE option) __Earth Science II-Astronomy __Chemistry __Integrated Physics (tentative) __Physics I

    Social Studies __World Geography __World Geography Advanced __World History (I) to 1500 A.D. __World History (II) from 1500 A.D. __VA & US History __VA & US History Advanced __AP US History+ (Yr.) __VA & US Government __VA & US Government Adv. __AP US Govt. & Politics+ (Yr.) __Street Law __Psychology __Sociology __DE Western Civilization

    World Languages __Spanish I II III IV V AP __French I II III IV V AP __Latin I II III IV V

    English Learners (ESL) __ESL I II III IV

    Agriculture __Intro. to Animal Systems __Intro. to Natural Resources & Eco. Systems __Intro. to Power, Structural, & Technical Systems __Ag. Production Technology III __ Ag. Fabrication & Emerging Tech. __Equine Science __Small Animal Care I II

    __Horticulture (__w/DE option) __Floral Design (__w/DE option) __Ag Co-op/Work Experience

    Art __Art I II III IV __AP Studio Art (Draw,2D) __Functional Art __Ceramics __Advanced Ceramics

    Band/Chorus/Theatre __Intermediate Chorus __Advanced Chorus __Intermediate Band __Advanced Band __Piano I __Guitar II __Musical Theatre __Adv. Musical Theatre

    Business __Digital Applications __Computer Information Systems __Adv. Computer Information Systems __Design, Multimedia, & Web Tech. __Adv. Design, Multimedia, & Web Tech __Accounting __Sports & Entertainment Marketing __Economics & Personal Finance+ (Yr.) __Economics & Personal Finance (Sem.)

    Family & Consumer Sciences __Individual Development __Independent Living __Family Relations __Nutrition & Wellness __Leadership Development __Child Development & Parenting __Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation I

    Technology __Technology Foundations __Technology Transfer __Manufacturing Systems __Manufacturing Systems Adv. __Technical Drawing & Design __ (w/DE option) __Engineering Drawing & Design __ (w/DE option) __Architectural Drawing & Design __ (w/DE option)

    Exceptional Education __Basic Strategies 9 __Guided Strategies 10 __Implemented Strategies 11 __Transition Strategies 12

    Other Programs __Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School __Mentorship (12

    th Grade)

    __BRCC Career Pathways (12th Grade) __EFE Class/Work Experience I II __GED/ISAEP

    Valley Career & Technical Center

    Two-Year Programs __Auto Technology __Carpentry __Cosmetology __Culinary Arts __Diesel Equipment Technology __Electricity __HVACR __Precision Machining

    __Veterinary Science (__w/DE option) __Welding

    One-Year Programs __Auto Body Technology II __Computer Systems Technology __Computer Network Software App.

    __Criminal Justice (__w/DE option) __Dental Careers __Emergency Medical Technician __Firefighting __Livestock Production Mgt. & Operating the Farm Business __Manufacturing __Masonry __Nurse Aide __Patient Care Technician __Pharmacy Technician __Small Engine Technology __Woodworking & Design

    Semester Programs __Auto Body Technology I __Floriculture __Greenhouse Plant Production Mngt. __Small Engine Technology __Woodworking & Design __Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow __ (w/DE option)

    AP: Advanced Placement DE: Dual Enrollment ** Year-long sequence (2 credits) + Year-long half block (1 credit)

    Non-Discrimination Statement: The Augusta County School Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, or gender in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

    11.12.2018

    2019-2020 Grade: _______ Diploma Goal: _________________________________ English:__________________________________________________

    Mathematics: ____________________________________________

    Science: _________________________________________________

    Social Studies: ____________________________________________

    Health/PE: _______________________________________________

    Foreign Language: ________________________________________

    Electives & Finance: _______________________________________

    ________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________

    Notes:

    Student Name: