VISD High School Parent Night COURSE SELECTION Course Selection Students will receive: Transcript Course Selection Guide Selection Sheet AP Potential English II & III Classes: • Day I: Presentation of Information • Day II-VI: Individual guidance/selection • Verification sheets mailed home • Return changes Schedule Changes • Procedures for Schedule Changes All students are given the opportunity to select their courses for the next school year during the pre-registration process. The master schedule is then designed to accommodate the students’ requests. Schedule changes can result in overcrowding of classes, which reduces teacher availability for addressing individual student needs. Schedule changes will be made for the following reasons: • Course for graduation is not scheduled • Already have credit for a course • School error Schedule Changes Level Changes: Before any level schedule changes (i.e. a Pre-AP/AP course to a regular course) are considered, the following interventions and/or strategies are required: • • • • Schedule parent-teacher conference Attend class daily Complete missing assignments Attend tutorials before and/or after school The grades earned at the previous level of the course will transfer with the student to the new course. Failure to complete required summer assignments will not be considered for a schedule change. Foundation High School Program Eligible for general admission to institutions of higher education Foundation Curriculum + Endorsement = 26 credits English Language Arts (4 credits) • English I* • English II* • English III • Advanced English Course Physical Education • One credit Mathematics (3 credits + 1 endorsement math credit) • Algebra I* • Geometry • Advanced Mathematics Course • Math Endorsement Course Languages Other Than English • Two credits in the same language Or • Computer Science I & II Science (3 credits + 1 endorsement science credit) • Biology* • IPC or Advanced Science Course • Advanced Science Course • Science Endorsement Course Fine Arts • One credit Social Studies (3 credits) • World Geography or World History • U.S. History* • U.S. Government (1/2 credit) • Economics (1/2 credit) Health • ½ credit *Course has a required EOC assessment Speech ½ credit Electives • 4 credits + 2 endorsement elective credits (Page 2 of the Graduation Toolkit) Enhancements Additionally, a student may earn the Distinguished Level of Achievement and/or a Performance Acknowledgment for outstanding performance. The Distinguished Level of Achievement must be earned to be admitted to a Texas public university under the Top 10 percent automatic admission law. Distinguished Level of Achievement Performance Acknowledgments • Foundation Program requirements • dual credit courses • 4 credits in math including Algebra II • bilingualism and biliteracy • 4 credits in science • PSAT, ACT’s Plan, SAT or ACT • at least one endorsement • Advanced Placement • earning a nationally or internationally recognized business or industry certification or license Endorsement Offerings (Page 5 of the Graduation Toolkit) Page 10 of the Course Guide Career and Technical Education • Engineering • Oil and Gas Production • Health and Medical • Auto Technology • Law Enforcement • Collision Repair • Fire Fighting • Agriculture Science • Information Technology • Career Preparation • Instrumentation and Electronics • Construction Technology • Process Technology • Cosmetology • Welding • Education and Training • Video Game Programming • Architectural Design • Graphic Design • Business *Page 58 of the Course Guide Page 64 of the Course Guide College and Career Readiness • Dual Credit offerings-45 courses (page 17 of the course guide) • Over $3 million in scholarships were awarded to VISD students in 2013-14 • College Resource Handbook • Interest Inventories- Career Cruising & My Plan • College Access and Resource Success Center (CARS) College advisors at East and West High School College readiness Pre-AP Courses English* – 6th, 7th, & 8th grades, English I, English II Math – 6th, 7th, & 8th grades, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus Social Studies – 6th, 7th & 8th grades, World Geography Science – 6th, 7th & 8th grades, Biology, Chemistry, Physics * Students enrolled in Pre-AP English classes (8th – 10th grades) will be required to complete a summer reading assignment. Advanced Courses Advanced Academic Skills & TPSP (AP weight) ACT/SAT Preparation (1/2 credit, Pre-AP weight) Forensic Science, Animal Science, Anatomy & Physiology, Engineering Design & Problem Solving (Pre-AP weight) College readiness Advanced Placement Courses English* –English Language & Composition (English 3), English Literature & Composition (English 4) Math – Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Computer Science Social Studies – World History, US History, Government & Politics, Macroeconomics, Psychology, European History, Human Geography Science – Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science Fine Arts – Art History, Music Theory, Studio Art: 2D Design, Studio Art: 3D Design, Studio Art: Drawing Foreign Language – Spanish Language & Culture • Students enrolled in AP English classes will be required to complete a summer reading assignment. • All students enrolled in AP courses will take the corresponding AP exam. Why is the PSAT so important? • PSAT/NMSQT – 11th Grade • Testing opportunities begin in 8th grade • AP Potential • Aligned to the redesigned SAT • National Merit Scholarship Competition – 11th grade • Semifinalist & Finalist– many universities offer scholarship packages to students • National Merit Scholars receive National Merit, corporate and university scholarships College Readiness • SAT Prep classes – offered multiple times throughout the year in the evenings • SAT & ACT Boot Camps – offered during the school day • SAT/ACT Prep course – ½ credit, receiving advanced weighting for GPA SAT/ACT Preparation January 27, 2015 East HS Beginning January 26, 2015 West HS Free online test prep https://www.khanacademy.org/sat VISD Proud!