Rising Upperclassmen Curriculum Night Presentation

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Curriculum Night 2015
 AUDITORIUM
 6:00-6:40
Program for Parents of Rising 9th
Graders
 6:45-7:45
Program for Parents of Current WSHS
Students
 CAFETERIA
 6:45-7:45
Curriculum Fair
• Focus: Rising 9th Grade Electives
 7:45-8:45
Curriculum Fair
• Focus: Certain AP Courses
• Focus: Electives for Upperclassmen
Curriculum Night 2015
 Program for Parents of Upperclassmen
 Welcome & Overview of the evening
 PowerPoint for Students – key points
 Overview of the Course Selection Process
 Where to Find Further Information
 AP Specific Information
Curriculum Night 2015
 Program for Parents of Upperclassmen
 Welcome & Overview of the Structure of Tonight
 PowerPoint for Students – key points
 Overview of the Course Selection Process
 Where to Find Further Information
 AP Specific Information
West Springfield High School
Course Orientation 2015
 Overview of the
Registration Process
 Graduation Requirements
 Course Sequences
 Curriculum Updates
West Springfield High School
Course Orientation 2015
 Find this presentation on our website:
 www.fcps.edu/westspringfieldhs/studentservices/cre
ditsandcourses.html
Sophomore Year
As an experienced WSHS Student, you should;
Be Familiar with Academic Resources
Identify Extracurricular Activities
Improve or Stabilize Grades
Diploma Requirements for Class of 2018
STANDARD DIPLOMA
(22 CREDITS)
ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA
(26 CREDITS)
4
3
4
4
Algebra 1, Pt 1
NO, Elective Credit Only
NO, Elective Credit Only
Computer Sci
Yes, must include a CTE completer (i)
Yes, only if Alg 2 is completed; must include CTE
completer (i)
World Language
3
4
2
N/A
4
4
2
3 or 2+2
Fine Arts OR CTE
2 (can include 1 WL)
1
Econ & Personal Fin
1
1
Electives (must
include seq
electives)
3
3
CTE Credential (ii)
YES
NO
Virtual Course
YES
YES
Subject
English
Math
Science
History
Health/PE
Diploma Requirements for Class of 2018
VERIFIED CREDITS
VERIFIED CREDITS = Pass course + End of Year SOL
STANDARD DIPLOMA
(22 CREDITS)
ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA
(26 CREDITS)
2 (both during Junior year)
1
2 (both during Junior year)
2
Science
1
2
History
Student Choice
1
1
2
1
TOTAL:
6
9
Subject
English
Math
Schedule for
th
10
Grade
Courses for a 10th Grader who has PASSED his/her Pre-Requisite Courses
1. English 10 / English 10 Honors
2. World History 2 / World History 2 Honors / AP World
3. Health and PE 10
4. Math (Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus) [HN Available at all levels]
5. Chemistry or Chemistry Honors (Active Physics if you fail Algebra 1)
6. World Language (Advanced Diploma) or Elective
7. Elective (Economics and Personal Finance??)
Junior Year
As an experienced WSHS Student, you should;
Access Academic Resources
Develop a schedule that reflects Post-Secondary Plans
 Choose challenging courses; consider Honors or AP
courses in area(s) of strength/interest.
 Consider attending an Academy, or completing a career
sequence.
Improve or Stabilize Grades
Diploma Requirements for Class of 2017
STANDARD DIPLOMA
(22 CREDITS)
ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA
(26 CREDITS)
4
3
4
4
Algebra 1, Pt 1
NO, Elective Credit Only
NO, Elective Credit Only
Computer Sci
Yes, must include a CTE completer (i)
Yes, only if Alg 2 is completed; must include CTE
completer (i)
World Language
3
4
2
N/A
4
4
2
3 or 2+2
Fine Arts OR CTE
2 (can include 1 WL)
1
Econ & Personal Fin
1
1
Electives (must
include seq
electives)
3
3
CTE Credential (ii)
YES
NO
Virtual Course
YES
YES
Subject
English
Math
Science
History
Health/PE
Diploma Requirements for Class of 2017
VERIFIED CREDITS
VERIFIED CREDITS = Pass course + End of Year SOL
STANDARD DIPLOMA
(22 CREDITS)
ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA
(26 CREDITS)
2 (both during Junior year)
1
2 (both during Junior year)
2
Science
1
2
History
Student Choice
1
1
2
1
TOTAL:
6
9
Subject
English
Math
Schedule for
th
11
Grade
Courses for a 11th Grader who has PASSED his/her pre-requisite courses
1. English 11 / English 11 Honors / AP Language
2. US History / US History Honors / AP US History
3. Math (Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus , Prob/Stats, Comp Sci*)
4. Physics, Geosystems, or Chemistry (if completed Active Physics)
5. World Language (Advanced Diploma) or Elective
6. Elective (Economics and Personal Finance???)
7. Elective
Senior Year
As an experienced WSHS Student, you should;
Access Academic Resources
Develop a schedule that reflects Post-Secondary Plans
 Choose challenging courses; consider Honors or AP
courses in area(s) of strength/interest.
 Consider attending an Academy, or completing a career
sequence.
Improve or Stabilize Grades
Diploma Requirements for Class of 2016
STANDARD DIPLOMA
(22 CREDITS)
ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA
(26 CREDITS)
4
3
4
4
Algebra 1, Pt 1
NO, Elective Credit Only
NO, Elective Credit Only
Computer Sci
Yes, must include a CTE completer (i)
Yes, only if Alg 2 is completed; must include CTE
completer (i)
World Language
3
4
2
N/A
4
4
2
3 or 2+2
Fine Arts OR CTE
2 (can include 1 WL)
1
Econ & Personal Fin
1
1
Electives (must
include seq
electives)
3
3
CTE Credential (ii)
N/A
NO
Virtual Course
N/A
NO
Subject
English
Math
Science
History
Health/PE
Diploma Requirements for Class of 2016
VERIFIED CREDITS
VERIFIED CREDITS = Pass course + End of Year SOL
STANDARD DIPLOMA
(22 CREDITS)
ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA
(26 CREDITS)
2 (both during Junior year)
1
2 (both during Junior year)
2
Science
1
2
History
Student Choice
1
1
2
1
TOTAL:
6
9
Subject
English
Math
Schedule for
th
12
Grade
Courses for a 12th Grader who has PASSED his/her pre-requisite courses
1. English 12 / English 12 Honors / AP Literature
2. US Government / US Government Honors / AP US Government/ AP Comp Gov
3. Math (Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Prob/Stats, Comp Sci)
4. 4th Science (Geosystems, Anatomy., AP Bio, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, etc)
5. World Language 3, 4, or AP (Advanced Diploma 3 years or 2+2) or Elective
6. Elective (Economics and Personal Finance???)
7. Elective
Academic Levels
Standard
Honors
AP
Standard
Curriculum
Standard
Curriculum
Standard
Pacing
Faster
Pacing
College
Level
Curriculum
Homework
is for
practice /
review
concepts
from class
More
independent
work to go
more in
depth
Independent
projects
Faster
Pacing
Significant
Independent
reading
Significantly
more HW
How do I choose the
appropriate level?
 Choose Honors/AP in courses where you enjoy the
material and independent learning
 Seek input from teachers, parents, counselors, etc.
 Choose a BALANCED schedule where you are
challenged in areas of interest or desired growth
 Beware of overscheduling; it becomes very difficult to
maintain health and wellness, which is key to academic
and personal success.
Attend Curriculum Night or review AP Expectations
on Blackboard to get a clear picture of the unique
demands of an AP course.
ENGLISH
9
10
11
12
English 9 or English 9 Honors
English 10 or English 10 Honors
English 11, English 11 HONORS or
AP English Language
English 12, English 12 HONORS or
AP English Literature
MATHEMATICS
If you currently have below a “C”, you should work hard to bring up
your grade for second semester. If you’re still unsuccessful, consider
retaking the course or look at other math options (if available).
Listen to your teacher’s recommendation!
9
ALGEBRA 1
PART 1/ ALGEBRA 1
DOUBLE BLOCK
CLASS
ALGEBRA 1
Or
ALGEBRA 1
Honors
GEOMETRY
GEOMETRY
HONORS
10
GEOMETRY
GEOMETRY
ALGEBRA 2
ALGEBRA 2
HONORS
11
ALGEBRA 2
ALGEBRA 2
PRECALC
PROB/STAT
PRECALC
HONORS
12
PRECALC, PROB/STAT,
DISCRETE MATH
PRECALC,
PROB/STAT,
DISCRETE MATH
AP CALC AB
AP STAT
AP CALC BC
AP STAT
SOCIAL STUDIES
9
World History & Geography 1 or
World History & Geography HONORS
10
World History & Geography 2, World History
& Geography 2 HONORS or
AP World History
11
US/VA History, US/VA History HONORS or
AP US History
12
US/VA Government, US/VA Government
HONORS, AP Government or AP
Comparative Government
SCIENCE
Biology or Biology Honors
9
Chemistry, Chemistry Honors, or
10 Active Physics (if the student has not
passed Algebra 1)
11
Physics, Physics Honors, AP Physics
1, Anatomy, AP Biology, AP
Chemistry, AP Physics C,
Geosystems, Geosystems Honors
12
Same as above plus AP Physics 2
and AP Physics B
Caution
For World Languages AND
Mathematics, it is
STRONGLY recommended
that you have a C or better
before moving to the next
course and pass your PALS
If you do not have a C or
better, your parents may
have to sign a permission
slip for you to be allowed
to advance.
Factors to Consider when
Selecting Electives
The purpose of electives is to allow you to explore
subjects that may help you develop a new life or
academic skill, develop career-specific skills or
1.
knowledge, or develop a skill/talent
outside of the core
curriculum areas.
Attending the Curriculum Fair on February 11
Contacting Teachers Directly
Speak with Peers, Siblings, Parents, or Counselor
Academy Courses
1. Check out your options!
Academy website: http://www.fcps.edu/is/cte/academies.shtml
2. Visit the Academy!
During the Day!! Not only is it a great way to check out first-hand what you might be
doing for the year and it is a huge bonus on your application for admittance. See your
counselor to pick up a pass to visit your academy.
During the Night!! Check out one of the Open House Dates. Some even include
Dinner! http://www.fcps.edu/is/cte/academy/documents/academyopenhouse.pdf
3. APPLY!!
Complete this online so it is legible and more
professional looking. A fillable pdf can be found online here,
http://www.fcps.edu/is/cte/academy/documents/StudentInstructions.pdf
What’s next?
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Go to the Course Selection Guide and read
descriptions of the courses.
Participate in the WSHS Electives Fair on Feb 11th
Attend Curriculum Night on Feb 9th
Select 7 Courses Plus 3 Alternatives.
Discuss your 2015-16 schedule with your parents and
have them sign your course selection sheet.
Arrive prepared: Counselor is there for questions,
but pre-planning is a must to have a productive
session.
Important Upcoming Dates
February & March
February 9th
February 11th
Mid-May
June 19th
Registration
Curriculum Night
Electives Fair
“Draft List of Courses”
Last Day for Changes
During the day
6:30 pm
Spartan Time
Mail Out
June 19th - LAST DAY to make any
schedule changes for
2015-16 School Year

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