Rising Freshman Orientation 2014

Report
“A School of Higher Learning”
Welcome
North Springs String Quartet
North Springs Charter High School has a long
tradition of academic excellence and a history of
attracting talented, diverse students and teachers.
North Springs Charter High School is “A School of
Higher Learning” where our focus is on Student
Achievement for all students
North Springs Charter High School is a school
community committed to providing Excellence,
Equity and Excitement in Education.
To Ensure that All Students Succeed,
WE are committed to the Following:
• Providing every student with a quality, well-rounded
high school education.
• Creating a personalized course of instruction that
best meets each student’s individual interests.
• Creating multiple pathways to rigor and relevance
based on students’ individual strengths.
• Recognizing all students, faculty, staff and community
members for their achievements.
• Using data to identify what is essential to know.
• Setting high expectations that hold students and
adults accountable for improvement.
To Ensure that All Students Succeed,
WE are committed to the Following:
• Providing students with real-world applications of
skills and knowledge..
• Creating a curriculum framework that drives
instruction.
• Providing sustained professional learning focused on
improving instruction.
• Recognizing, hiring, and retaining experienced faculty
with expertise in their field.
• Establishing and maintaining a safe and orderly
school
About
North
Springs
• Named 2013 Best School in Newsweek and
US News & World Report
• Named 2013 Sandy Springs Education Force
Partner of the Year recognizing NSCHS’
support of 3rd Annual STEM event with
Georgia Tech Research Institute
• Named 2014 AP Honor School, 6th
consecutive year recognizing honors in
Advanced Placement, AP Merit and AP STEM
categories
• Named 2014 National Beta School of
Distinction
• 2013 SAT Score rise 87 points
• 2013 End of Course Test rise significantly in
Biology, US History, and Economics
• 3 - 2014 National Achievement Finalists
About
North
Springs
• 7 - 2014 National Merit Finalists
• 4 – 2014 National Merit Scholarship
Recipients
• 8 – 2014 National Merit Commended
Scholars
• 2014 – 4 students chosen Governor’s Honors
Finalists
• 2013 Grad Rate increases – 4.6%
• 2 seniors chosen 2014 UGA Bernard Ramsey
Scholars; 1 named 2014 UGA Foundation
Fellow
• Sophomores Lily Sandler and Juliana Abel
named to Georgia’s 20 under 20 class of 2014
• 35 Athletic Sports Teams
• 48 Student
Clubs/Organizations
• Water Polo – 6th in State
• State Swim Meet – 13th in
state - Rebecca Cohen
• Girls Track Team going to
state
• Award Winning
Performing and Visual
Arts Department
• Traditional Schedule
• 7- Period Day
8:30am- 3:30pm
• Core & Elective
classes:
On-level, honors,
advanced placement
and dual enrollment
26 credits required to
graduate
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SAT Prep/ACT Prep
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Tutoring After School
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GRAD Prep
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PSAT – AP Potential
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Center for coaching and
modeling lessons
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Poetry Jam
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College Essay Night
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Writing Contests
• Focus on Academics
• Challenge yourself
• Get Involved
• Your GPA counts
• Take Advantage of Freshman Success
• Ask Questions
The Freshman Success Class will Lead to:
• An academic environment focused on trust, effort
and results.
• Increased student achievement in all classes
• Increased advancement to tenth grade
• Improved transition from middle school through a
focused, structured setting
• Encouraged class identity which increases student
ownership and pride.
• Increased graduation rate and test scores
4 smaller learning communities with
a specific academic and career focus:
• Career Technical & Leadership
• Humanities
• Math & Science
• Visual & Performing Arts
Find Yourself Here!
through your core classes and elective choices
hands on learning, internships, clubs and activities
that enrich and support your Academy focus
Our Mission:
Understanding where we come from, knowing where we are
going and looking forward to where we are going through the
lenses of history, literature and language.
Language Arts:
9th grade Literature /Composition regular or honors
Social Studies:
AP Human Geography
Geography
World Languages:
Chinese
French
Latin
Spanish
Other electives:
Journalism
Opportunities include:
• Journalism - award winning Oracle,
Echo,
• Yearbook
• Mock Trial
• Model UN
• Foreign Travel
• Honor Societies
• Competitions
Our Mission
To inspire and develop emerging arts patrons, arts critics, and arts
professionals.
The VPA Academy includes elective courses for magnet and non
magnet students.
Magnet students must take 8 VPA electives over
4 years and classes include:
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Band
Choral Music
Musical Theatre
Dance
Drama (Acting)
Technical Theatre
Orchestra
Visual Arts:
• 9th grade art fundamentals
• 2 D and 3 D design
• drawing, printmaking, sculpture
Recent highlights:
Orchestra Performance at Disney
Sophomore Josh Achiron wins 1st chair
guitar in National Jazz Band
Junior Christine Cummins performs at
Carnegie Hall
Ruthless the Musical wins 2 – 2014 Shuler
Hensley Awards and 4 honorable mentions
Our Mission
Inspiring a lasting depth of knowledge in math and science
through logic, research and applications.
All students must earn 4 core science units and 4 core math
units over 4 years
Magnet students must take 4 additional math or science
electives over 4 years
9th grade courses include:
• Earth systems or honors biology
• CCGPS Coordinated Algebra or
• Accelerated Coordinated Algebra
• Recent highlights include:
• Junior Veronica Sondervan presents at World
Food Prize Global Youth Institute’s; wins
2014 Wallace-Carver Fellowship to study
food insecurity
• 2014 Science Olympiad team goes to State
• 2014 STAR Student is Math Magnet student
Jake Busby
• North Springs’ 2014 Teacher of the Year and
finalist for FCS teacher of the year is physics
teacher Zach Luna
Our Mission
Is to create leaders with an accomplished understanding of current
business, industry, technology and service careers to equip them with
the knowledge and skills for success in post-secondary academia,
community and the global workforce.
The Academy offers elective classes and pathway certification for
students completing a 3 course pathway ending with a work-based
learning or internship opportunity
Program clusters and pathways include:
• Business Management
• Entrepreneurship Pathway
• Information Technology
• Web and Digital Design Pathway
• Healthcare Science Career
• Allied Health Pathway
• Leadership JROTC Pathway
• Arts, Audio-Visual Technology & Communications
• Audio-Video, Technology & Film Pathway
• Graphic Design Pathway
Human Services Career cluster- Food & Nutrition Pathway
• Designed to increase school-wide
learning and performance
• The mission is to ensure all students,
especially students in the middle
complete a college preparatory path
• Help students succeed in rigorous
curriculum
• Encourage students to participate in
school activities.
• Increase number of NSCHS students
enrolling in four-year universities and
colleges.
• Help students to become educated
and responsible as well as leadears in
school and society.
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7 classes per semester
Grades can be accessed and viewed via Home Access
Final grades posted at the conclusion of each semester
Yearlong Course = 1.0 credits
One Semester Course = .5 credits
Grading Scale:
* A (90-100)
* B (80-89)
* C (70-79)
• 7 additional points are added to a final grade higher than 70
in approved Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses
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CLASS of 2018: 26 credits required
• English – 4 credits
• Math – 4 credits
• Science – 4 credits
• Social Studies – 3 credits
• CTE/World Language/Fine Arts* – 3 credits
*Note: 2 or 3 years of World Language credits may be required
for college admission
• Health/Personal Fitness – 1 credit (each .5)
• Electives – 7 credits
• Promotion /Retention Credits
• 10th: 5 credits 11th: 12 credits 12th: 19 credits
• Graduate: 26 credits to graduate
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9th Lit./Comp
Biology H or Earth Systems
CCGPS Coord Algebra
F. Lang (French, Spanish, Latin, Chinese)
Health- .5 / Personal Fitness-.5
World Geo-.5 / Freshman Focus-.5
Elective
(If your child is in the Magnet program their schedule will be reflected
according to their teacher recommendations and specific elective
choices.)
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If a student fails 1st or 2nd semester of a required course for
graduation, then summer school is needed to earn course credit.
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HOPE Scholarship Program will average failing grades and
passing grades in ALL core classes.
College Prep pathway students will need a 3.0 core GPA –
(partial pay)
Vocational/Career Tech students will need a 3.2 core GPA
Honors points will be taken out for the HOPE average. Only
Advanced Placement courses will carry additional points (5
on a 4.0 scale) toward the HOPE average.
Changes:
HOPE Wants to see Advanced classes in Math, Science, Lang. Arts ,
Social Studies and Language. This includes more AP and Honors
courses . Zell Miller Scholarship 3.7+ GPA-
• A Nationally Standardized
Program of College-Level
Courses and Exams for
Secondary School Students
• 25 AP Courses
Offered
• Broaden your intellectual
horizons.
• Gain an edge in college
preparation
• Emphasize students
commitment to academic
excellence
If you receive score of a 3 or
better on the AP exam, you could
earn credit for the equivalent
course at a participating
institution.
Reduce the cost of college by each
credit earned in high school.
Boys Team
Girls Teams
Fall Sports
Football
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Water Polo
Softball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Volleyball
Water Polo
Winter Sports
Basketball
Wrestling
Swimming
Air Rifle
Basketball
Swimming
Air Rifle
Spring Sports
Baseball
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Track
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Track
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21st Century Leaders
Academic Bowl
Animal Pack
Anime Club
Beta Club
Book Club
Chinese Club
Chorus Class Council
Classical Music Club
Echo - Lit Mag
Executive Council
FBLA – Future Business Leaders of
America
Writer’s Circle
FCA Fellowship of Christian Athletes
French Club
Interact
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Invisible Children
Jewish Culture Club
Junior Class Council
Latin Club
Marching Band
Math Team
Model UN
My Little Brony
National Art Honor Society
Philosophy Club
Sci-Fi Club
Science Bowl
Speak/GSA
Student Ambassadors
Thespians Society
Tri-M
Water Polo
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Spartans are leading the way in
Parent Communications
 No More Paper Forms!
 Online Payments
 Fewer RoboCalls
 Two Way Communications
Parent Communications in 2014
Spartan Style
Grab your phone and
send email to:
[email protected]
Your First & Last Name
as the subject line
Spartan Gear-up Days
for Freshman
August 7th
8:30-10:30am (Seniors)
10:45-1:00pm (Senior Boot Camp)
2:00-4:00pm (Juniors)
August 8th
8:30-10:30am (Sophomores)
12:00-4:00pm (Freshmen)
Summer School
June
nd
2
– June
th
27
8:10 – 3:45pm
Sandy Springs Middle
School
• Health and PE Credit
“A School of Higher Learning”

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