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CURRICULA

 

FOUR‐YEAR PLAN 

Each student enrolling as a freshman should complete a four‐year plan based on the student’s goal for post‐secondary options and/or future career goals.
 
FULLY ENROLLED STUDENT


Every student enrolled is to be a full-time student. Students must be enrolled in at least six credit courses. If a student’s withdrawal from a class, by choice or by disciplinary reason, results in less than five classes, the student may be expected to withdraw or be dismissed from school under the due process procedure.
 
ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE CENTER

The HS “Academic Assistance Center” is a supplementary program designed to assist general education students in individualizing learning in the content areas of mathematics and language arts through a homework tutorial service, teacher designed learning prescriptive and extended learning opportunities. Placement in AAC is determined by Guidance and Administrative staff.  In the area of assessment, the HS Academic Assistance Center works with teachers to design remedial opportunities for students. 
 
Overall, the focus of the HS Academic Assistance Center is to help students achieve the following:
  • Help students understand their own learning styles, the teaching styles of their teachers, 
  • Boost the self‐reliance and confidence of students
  • Design a learning plan with specific steps to gain the skills needed to become a successful student
  • Develop the skills and proficiencies necessary for fast and efficient learning
 
CLASS SCHEDULES
 
  1. Counselors will meet with students early in the second semester to assist in selecting classes for the next year.  The HS course catalog is accessible on line for student reference. 
  2. Students should work with their parents and their counselor to select their courses carefully.  The selections made will play a critical role in the student’s future options in further education and in career choices.
  3. Questions regarding schedules should be directed to the student’s counselor.
 
SCHEDULE CHANGE REQUEST PROCEDURE

Students and parents should carefully consider all course requests prior to meeting with their guidance counselor to schedule courses for an upcoming school year.  Students leaving for summer vacation should consider course requests made at the time of scheduling as final, for the entire 2020-2021 school year.
 
Schedule changes after May 29 will be administratively granted under the following circumstances:
  • Administrative error in scheduling (i.e. original student requests were not entered correctly)
  • Need to balance class sizes
  • Student failed a second semester class or summer school class in a required subject
  • Students with seven classes may drop one class for a study hall during the first ten days of the semester provided that class is not an Honors, ACP or AP course
  • Documented physical or mental condition requires a modification in the schedule
  • Special education considerations
  • Student is academically misplaced in the course (has not completed pre‐requisites, new enrollee misplaced)
  • Administrative discretion
  
Students may not change their schedules due to instructor preference or the order of classes.  (Approval of all schedule change requests is subject to consideration involving maximum and minimum class size.)  Except under very special circumstances, any student who withdraws from a class after the second week will receive a “WF” (Withdrawal Failure) as a semester grade for the class.
 
Yearlong and semester classes are included in this policy.
 
Students enrolled in dual credit courses in which college credit may be granted, must research and consider the application of credit at other universities carefully prior to scheduling.  Changes in college entrance status will not be considered in granting schedule change requests.
 
COURSE AUDITING TO IMPROVE A GRADE

If a student receives a grade lower than a C- in an advanced, honors, or AP course, that student should continue to progress through the natural sequence of courses.  If the student is interested in replacing that grade to qualify for the Academic Honors Diploma, the student may-with administrator approval-take a regular version of a class they have previously taken at the Honors level (earning a D+ or lower) with both grades being recorded on the transcript.  The second grade, if a C- or higher, can be used for the Honors Diploma requirements.
 
ONLINE COURSES AND SUMMER SCHOOL ENROLLMENTS
 
  1. To take classes for credit, including correspondence courses, students must have prior approval by the guidance department or principal.
  2. Grades MUST be received by May 15 if they are to be counted toward commencement eligibility.
  3.  
  4. A maximum of four credits from night school, correspondence courses, or summer school classes taken from institutions other than the High School may be allowed to apply toward graduation.
 
GRADING PHILOSOPHY

The High School will report pupil progress using methods that are comprehensible to parents and students.  The method used will be a fair measure of students’ intellectual and creative achievement.  The school corporation believes that progress is the very foundation of education and recognizes the school’s obligation to provide reports of students’ advancement through the system. 
  
GRADE POINT

To calculate a cumulative grade point, the semester final grade of each class is assigned a point value as indicated below.  This total is then divided by the number of credits attempted, with the results being carried out three decimal places.  This calculation is done for each student after every semester.  The grading system at the High School is shown below. 
 
A+ = 4.33 points   Excellent
A = 4.00 points
A- = 3.67 points
     
B+ = 3.33 points Above Average
B = 3.00 points
B‐ = 2.67 points
     
C+ = 2.33 points Average
C = 2.00 points
C‐ = 1.67 points
     
D+ = 1.33 points Below Average
D = 1.00 points
D- = 0.67 points
     
F = 0 points Failure
W/F = 0 points Withdrawal/Failure
I = 0 points Incomplete
 
 
FORMULA FOR CALCULATING GPA OF WEIGHTED COURSES
 
Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Dual Credit classes from higher ed. institution will receive weighted grades.  For students who have taken Honors courses, their GPA is adjusted upward using the following formula: .096 multiplied by the number of semester Honors courses passed divided by the number of semesters of high school completed.  This quotient is then added to the PGA.  All AP, IB, and Dual Credit classes from a higher ed. institution will carry a weight of .143, unless otherwise noted in the course description, which will be multiplied by the number of semester AP, IB, and Dual Credit courses from a higher ed. institution passed divided by the number of semesters of high school completed.  These quotients are then added to the GPA.
 
NOTE: Not all universities consider weighted grades.
 
CUMULATIVE GRADE POINT AVERAGES EXAMPLE
Cumulative Grade Point Averages Example
G.P.A. is computed using the semester grades.
    Algebra 1           A‐           1*3.67 = 3.67
    Phys. Ed              B             1*3.0 = 3.0
    World History    B             1*3.0 = 3.0
    Biology               B+          1*3.33 = 3.33
    Study Hall           0
    English 9 Honors     A            1*4.0 = 4.0
    Health                 A‐           1*3.67 = 3.67
                                                 G.P.A. = 20.67 / 6 = 3.445
This will be the grade point average with no grade weighting.

GRADE WEIGHTING   

This student has 1 credit, English 9 Honors, which is weighted.    0.096*1 = 0.096
Divide by the number of semesters completed                         0.096/1=0.096
Add that to the total unweighted G.P.A.                                      3.445+0.096 = 3.541
                                                                                                               New G.P.A. for the student                                                             
NOTE: * = multiply (x)
 
CLASS RANK

The cumulative grade points of all the students in each class are listed in order from highest to lowest.  This ranking is done each semester after the grade points are calculated.   Although rankings are not posted, they can be requested through counseling.
 
GRADE REPORTS
Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, final semester grades will be determined by counting the semester work as 80 percent and the final exam grade (or culminating activity as approved by the building principal) as 20 percent.
 
 
ISTEP AND PATHWAYS WAIVER REQUIREMENTS

Students in the class of 2023 (or any student in the class of 2021 or 2022, as requested) can graduate using the Graduation Pathways waiver described here https://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/gradutions-pathways/grad-pathways-101-full-112718.pdf
 
INCOMPLETES

Incompletes will only be given with permission from the principal or designee.
 
SCHOOL CODE NUMBER FOR COLLEGE FORMS: 

HHS: 151045

FHS:  151041

This is the ETS (Educational Testing Service) number to be used for the SAT and ACT applications from the High School.  It may also be requested on college applications.
 

ACADEMIC RECOGNITION

Academic Deans List

The Dean’s List will be compiled each semester.  To attain the Dean’s List a student must have a 3.33 or higher weighted semester GPA.  The Dean’s List will be posted on the website.

Academic Distinction

The following categories will be used for academic recognition:
 
        Summa Cum Laude                   4.30 and above
        Magna Cum Laude                   4.00‐4.29
        Cum Laude                                  3.67‐3.99
 
Seniors achieving the designation of Summa Cum Laude of the senior class after seven semesters will be honored at an award banquet in the spring.  Seniors achieving any of these three distinctions after the seventh semester will be recognized at graduation.   
 
SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
 
  1. The Counseling Department provides all seniors a scholarship and financial aid guide.  Scholarships are announced, and specific information is available in the Counseling Office.
  2. Each year several organizations offer awards and scholarships to graduating seniors.  Most of these are presented at Senior Awards Night.
  
SENIOR CLASS RANKING
  1. A student who transfers will be ranked with their class the semester following two full semesters of attendance at the High School.
  2. Every year the graduating senior with the highest cumulative grade point is recognized as the class valedictorian.  The student with the next highest cumulative grade point is named salutatorian.  These awards carry a special medallion to be worn over the graduation robe.  Students eligible for consideration of this honor must have been enrolled in HSE High School for the 6th, 7th, and 8th semesters of high school and must be a fully enrolled student during the 8th semester.
  3. Eighth‐semester grades are used to establish final class rank and cumulative GPA.  These are requested by colleges even after acceptance.
 
GRADUATION CEREMONY POLICY
 
  1. To be eligible for graduation a student must meet all requirements set forth by the Hamilton Southeastern Schools and the State of Indiana.
  2. A student who is under suspension, expulsion, or exclusion at the time of graduation or one who receives a disciplinary penalty for acts which took place after exams were completed may not participate in commencement ceremonies.
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SIXTH OR SEVENTH SEMESTER GRADUATION

It is advisable to complete four full years of high school.  Graduation may be achieved after six or seven semesters if all forty‐two required credits have been completed.  This must be planned when classes are being selected for a student’s final year of high school.  A form requesting sixth or seventh semester graduation must be filed with the student’s counselor.  This form must be signed by both student and parent in the spring prior to the student’s final year.  A sixth or seventh semester graduate may participate in end of the year senior activities.  Participation in graduation exercises requires attendance at the scheduled graduation practice.  Seventh semester graduates are not eligible for (Valedictorian or Salutatorian honors) given at the end of the year.  Sixth semester graduates will be ranked with their cohort (junior class) and are eligible for Awards for Academic Distinction awards but not Valedictorian or Salutatorian.
 
PERMANENT SCHOOL RECORDS (TRANSCRIPTS)

An academic record is kept on file in the Counseling Office for each student showing the final grade for each semester in every class taken while in high school.  The total number of absences each year is recorded, along with the cumulative grade point at the end of each semester. These facts are utilized whenever recommendations are required by colleges or prospective employers.
 
DISSECTION

Participation in hands‐on science is important to learning science, and students are expected to participate in dissection activities that are part of the curriculum.  Schools will provide alternative activities for students who have objections to animal dissections.  Students need to understand that by nature, the alternative activities will not be able to provide the same laboratory experience, although the alternatives will allow the students to master the same concepts.
 
STUDY HALL

Students are to bring books and/or study materials to all study halls.  Students should conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to normal classroom time. 
 
 
 

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