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Dear Students,
We are now in a 21st-century world where competition for jobs and academic opportunities is at its highest, but at Guilford County Schools, we are dedicated to help you succeed. Our varied high school course offerings can help expand your skill sets and provide you with specialized abilities that can set you apart from the crowd. However, it will also take your own dedication to your education and future.
From science to mathematics, business to technology and arts to college tech prep, I am confi dent that you will fi nd course offerings that pique your interest and prepare you for your future beyond GCS. Please talk to your parents, counselors and teachers about your courses to make sure you are on the best educational track for you.
In this ever-changing world, I encourage you to take advantage of the district’s unique aca- demic opportunities, and challenge yourself to rigorous coursework. I am confi dent that you will continue to have a successful education in GCS. Sincerely,
Maurice “Mo” Green Superintendent
Welcome to the spring registration process for the 2011-2012 school year.
Guilford County Schools’ Student Registration Bulletin contains information needed to register and is designed to help you and your parents or guardians make the best choices for your high school education. You’ll fi nd many exciting options for you as a high school student in this book. Read through it carefully.
It will be especially important for you to talk with your counselors, parents and teachers concerning your course selections. Choices that you make in high school affect your options for study and career after your time in high school has ended, so please give serious consideration to your course choices. In order to earn a high school diploma you must meet all course, credit and test requirements of at least one course of study. These courses of study are designed by the state to prepare students for a multitude of post-high school opportunities from entry-level careers to highly technical studies at community colleges, colleges and universities. You are encouraged to follow the most challenging diploma pathway in which you can be successful.
REGISTRATION IS A COMMITMENT to take the courses you have selected. Remember, when you complete your registration sheet you are requesting a specifi c course, NOT specifi c teacher, time or place. Every effort will be made to grant requests by linking you with schools which will offer special courses within guidelines to be established by the school board. You may choose the courses you would like to take in the next school year; however, your schedule may change pending fi nal grades in the courses you are currently taking and your End-of-Grade (EOG) or End-of-Course (EOC) scores.
Steps for Completing the Registration Process • Study the General Information section of this registration
book. Know the requirements for the diploma pathway(s) you intend to pursue.
• Read the course descriptions of both required courses and electives in which you are interested, and make sure you meet the prerequisite requirements.
• Use the High School Plan developed by you and your counselor to select the courses you want to take.
• Talk with your school counselors and teachers for help in determining the courses you need. School staff members will make recommendations to you by using several criteria such as your previous performance, test scores and the AP Potential results based on your PSAT information.
• Meet with your counselor to make your course selections on your registration form.
• Have your parent or guardian double check your selec- tions to make sure you have registered for the courses you need.
• Return the registration sheet to the school after you and your parent or guardian have signed it.
The information provided in this book is current at the time of printing. It is recommended that you work closely with your school counselor during the registration period to be aware of any changes.
Planning for High School Registration Selecting Requires Planning The electives you choose should be selected based on your career and educational plans. Electives related to your planned college or community college course of study may be helpful to you later. You may also decide to choose electives based on an area of interest. If you plan to seek employment immediately after graduation, select elective courses that may better prepare you to enter the workforce.
IMPORTANT...Registration is the student’s opportunity to request appropriate courses. All courses may not be available at the student’s home school. Every effort will be made to grant requests by linking students with schools offering those courses. Alternates should be chosen very carefully and will be considered part of the student’s fi nal selection of courses.
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Graduation Requirements
North Carolina Graduation Project This performance-based assessment provides students with a vehicle to demonstrate what they know and are able to do as they prepare to graduate from high school. It also provides students the opportunity to connect what they have learned throughout their school career, the skills they have acquired and work habits to real-world situations and issues. Students have the opportunity to showcase the skills and knowledge that they have been building their entire school career. North Carolina Graduation Project Components The North Carolina Graduation Project consists of four components: • A paper demonstrating research and writing skills • A product created through the use of knowledge and skills
to accomplish a goal • A portfolio, a learning record of the student’s process and progress through all the steps of the graduation project • An oral presentation during which the student will present information on the chosen topic to a review panel.
The Graduation Project grade will count as the fi nal exam grade in English 12, AP English 12 or IB English 12. Future-Ready Core Beginning with the 2009-2010 ninth grade class, all students will be expected to meet the requirements outlined under the Future-Ready Core Course of Study. Under the six total elective units required for graduation, it is strongly recommended that four elective credits be taken from one of the following areas of focus: Career and Technical Education, JROTC, Arts Education, World Languages or any other subject area (e.g. mathematics, science, social studies, English). The remaining two electives must be any combination from Career and Technical Education, Arts Education or World Languages. By taking elective credits in a concentrated area, students can tailor their course concentrations to fi t their interests and goals while building a strong academic foundation. For some students with learning disabilities, the Occupational Course of Study will remain an option. These students should have the Occupational Course of Study identifi ed in their Individualized Education Program.
NC Academic Scholars Program Units / Program Area GPA Unweighted - 3.5 Overall Requirement
• English - 4 Units - English 9, English 10, English 11 and English 12 • Mathematics - 4 Units Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and a higher level math course with Algebra II as a prerequisite, OR Integrated Math I,II, III and a higher level math course with Integrated Math III as prerequisite • Science - 3 Units Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and an Earth/ Environmental Science course • Social Studies - 3 Units Civics and Economics, World History, US History • Foreign Languages - 2 Units - Recommended at least two course units in one foreign language with one course unit taken in 12th grade. • Healthful Living - 1 Unit • Career and Technical Education - 1 Unit • Arts Education - 1 Unit Dance, Music, Theatre Arts or Visual Arts 5 Electives Two second-level or advanced level courses required 24 TOTAL Units (+ Local Requirements)
Preparing for College in North Carolina
The UNC System Admissions Requirements To enroll in any of the 16 universities listed below which make up the University of North Carolina, undergraduate students must meet the minimum requirements outlined in the following chart:
Course Requirements
• English - 4 Units English 9, English 10, English 11, English 12 • Mathematics - 4 Units Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and 1 additional unit beyond Algebra II • Science - 3 Units A physical science course A life or biological course At least one laboratory course • Social Studies - 2 Units US History One additional course • Foreign Language - 2 Units Recommended at least two course units in one foreign language
with one course unit taken in 12th grade • Electives Additional electives must be included to meet local graduation
The 16 Campuses of the University of North Carolina
Appalachian State University • Elizabeth City State University • NC A&T State University • NC School of the Arts • UNC-Pembroke • UNC-Chapel Hill • UNC-
Greensboro • Western Carolina University • East Carolina University • Fayetteville State University • NC Central
University • NC State University • UNC-Asheville • UNC- Charlotte • UNC-Wilmington • Winston-Salem State
NOTE: Each university may require other courses in addition to these requirements; therefore, prospective students should refer to the catalogs and contact the admissions offi ces of any universities to which they plan to apply. In determining the admissibility of each applicant, institutions also consider factors other than courses completed. Other factors may include high school grades, rank in class, scores on college entrance examinations and recommendations.
Course Information
Course Credits Specifi c course required for graduation (e.g., Algebra I) may be taken during middle school. Beginning in the 2007-2008 school year, students in grades 6-8 who pass mathematics or foreign language courses that are described in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for grades 9-12 must achieve level III or IV on an EOC, if available, to meet the high school graduation requirements and high school course credit will be earned. The student’s GPA will be computed with courses taken during the high school years (9th -12th).
Course Loads Students are expected to attend school full-time and take a full load of courses. Exceptions are made for students approved for work-based learning experiences taken in conjunction with Career Technical Education courses and for those taking dual enrollment courses in post-secondary schools.
Course Withdrawal Penalty Students attending a block schedule school may drop a course only during the fi rst 10 days of the semester; students attending a traditional calendar school may drop a course only during the fi rst 20 days of the school year. Students withdrawing after that time will receive a grade of F for that course.
Grading Scale
A 4 5 6 B 3 4 5 C 2 3 4 D 1 2 3 F 0 0 0
GRADING SCALE A = 93 – 100 D = 70 – 76 B = 85 – 92 F = 69 and below C = 77 – 84 I = incomplete
Grading Periods / Interims / Report Cards Report cards are issued to students every nine weeks. Interim reports are issued to all students at the mid-point of the nine- week periods.
AP Course Credit Students have an option to take the AP exam in a given subject. Students are highly encouraged to take the AP exam associated with the course in order to earn college credit. AP science and art portfolio courses require a co-requisite lab in order to earn course credit. Students taking AP lab courses may opt to take the course as Pass/Fail, which does not affect the student’s GPA, or for a non-weighted grade which is included in calculating GPA. An AP Lab Waiver Form must be signed by the student and parent prior to enrolling in the lab course with the understanding that graded classes will be averaged into the student’s grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 weighted scale. Students earn AP quality points in all AP courses, regardless of taking the AP exam.
Promotion Requirements Students will be required to meet current promotion requirements as determined by board policy:
High Schools 9-12 Block Schedule for Incoming Freshmen: • Grade 9 to 10 – A minimum of 6 units cumulative must be
earned • Grade 10 to 11 – A minimum of 13 units cumulative must
be earned • Grade 11 to 12 – A minimum of 20 units cumulative must
be earned • Graduation - A minimum of 28 units and successful
completion of any other state standards must be earned according to School Board Policy IHF
High Schools 9-12 Traditional Schedule • Grade 9 to 10 - A minimum of 5 units cumulative must be
earned • Grade 10 to 11 - A minimum of 10 units cumulative must
be earned • Grade 11 to 12 - A minimum of 16 units cumulative must
be earned • Graduation - A minimum of 22 units and successful
completion of any other state standards must be earned according to School Board Policy IHF
Attendance Good school attendance is critical in high school. In order to be successful in school and to earn course credits, students must be present. Schools attendance policy may be found on pages 102-104.
Transfer Credit Students transferring into a GCS high school from another school, private or public, a home school, or an alternative school may receive credit toward graduation for courses successfully completed at the sending school.
Students transferring from another public school system, a charter school or a non-public school accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations* into the GCS will receive:
1. Credit for all courses approved by the sending school. 2. Weighted credit for a course designated by the sending
school system as Honors or AP only if a comparable course is designated Honors or AP in the current GCS High School Registration book.
Students transferring from a non-public school not accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations* or from a home school may receive credit toward graduation for courses successfully completed in the non-accredited, non-public school according to the following guidelines:
1. The parent must provide attendance records and, if a home school student under age 16, proof of the home school’s approval by the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education.
2. Documentation must be provided to the receiving GCS schools by the sending school as to the courses taken, materials used, total number of contact hours per course, and scores of any standardized tests the student has taken.
3. Grades will be recorded as “Pass” (P) or “Fail” (F) and will be identifi ed on the transcript as non-GCS grades.
4. Grades and credits will not be included in the calculation of GPA nor class rank.
Students transferring from a non-public school not accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations* or from a home school may take a test in reading and a test in math when they enroll in a GCS high school. These tests are used to determine placement in courses for that school year.
* Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Southern, and Western Associations of Colleges and Schools
Transferring Between High Schools If students transfer between high schools that have different schedules (block or traditional), the following formula is used to compute graduation requirements:
(# of years at block x 8) + (# of years at traditional x 6) minus 3 = number of units required for graduation
Early Graduation Students who have completed all graduation requirements including specific course and testing requirements, an appropriate diploma pathway, and total number of courses required, may request to graduate early. Talk with your school counselor to determine if this is possible for you and to discuss post-high school opportunities. Early graduation requires principal approval.
Enrollment in Off Campus Courses All high school students are expected to attend school on a full-time basis. Students who have advanced beyond all of the course offerings of GCS in the areas of mathematics, science and/or foreign languages (courses above Level IV) may request principal permission to attend classes on college campuses. Written approval from the high school principal must be obtained during the spring semester high school registration period. No approval will be granted after the end of the registration period.
Distance Learning NC Virtual Public Schools North Carolina Virtual Public Schools (NCVPS) provides students with expanded academic options by offering online courses and online services such as test preparation, and career planning services at NO COST to your student. By virtue of this online course delivery, students from all areas of the state have access to courses taught by highly qualifi ed teachers, in subjects students may not have available at their home school. Students will be taught by NC certifi ed teachers and the grades that they earn in their NCVPS course will transfer to their school and become part of their academic record. NCVPS provides courses that augment a student’s program of study as offered by the home school. For more information on North Carolina Virtual Public Schools in Guilford County, contact your high school’s counseling offi ce to speak with their Distance Learning Advisor (DLA).
GCS accepts credits from regionally accredited schools only. Any summer coursework completed by distance learning (as defi ned by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) must be completed prior to the opening of school each fall. High school principals must approve any distance learning prior to the student’s enrollment in the program.
Learn and Earn GCS offers students an opportunity to get a jumpstart on college while they are attending high school. Learn and Earn Online is a program in North Carolina that allows high school students who have completed the prerequisite courses to take online college level classes at no charge. Upon successful completion of each Learn and Earn Online course, students are awarded both high school and college credit. Students do not have to be enrolled in an existing Learn and Earn middle college high school to take advantage of Learn and Earn Online. For more information, please visit www.nclearnandearn.gov. GCS is committed to bringing educational opportunities into every community for all families.
UNC iSchool is an award-winning, nationally accredited program that gives high school juniors and seniors a head start on their college education – at no cost. Students participate in university classes online as part of the regular school day and earn credit from both their high school and UNCG. With a UNCG transcript and a grade of C or higher, students may transfer credit-hours earned to the college or university of their choice*. These are college courses, and as such, require student motivation and academic responsibility. The N.C. State Legislature funds both tuition and textbooks for UNC iSchool students in North Carolina’s public high schools. For an interactive course catalog, demonstration and instructions on how to register, visit http://ischool.uncg.edu.
*The decision as to which credits are transferable is at the discretion of the attending college.
For more information on Distance Learning or Learn and Earn opportunities in Guilford County Schools, contact your high school’s counseling offi ce to speak with their Distance Learning Advisor (DLA), or you may call William Morgan, Director of Virtual Learning Opportunities, at 370-3275.
Honors/AP Opportunities for academic challenge are offered to students through Advanced Placement (AP) options and the Honors program. The Honors curriculum and the AP curriculum (as established by the College Board) have a more demanding and rigorous curriculum than regular classes. The AP program offers able and ambitious students an opportunity to study one…