Curriculum & Instructions



Curriculum & Instructions

GENERAL INFORMATION
 Because we view course selection as being very important, we want to emphasize how crucial your choices are to you. Your choices
should reflect your future goals as they relate to college, vocational education, or a combination of the two called Tech Prep. We would also
like to stress that your ability and attitude toward your course work has a bearing on the level of course selection. Your counselor will review
your cumulative folder and use teacher recommendations along with their own experience in registering you for next year’s courses. You should
confer with your teachers as well as your parents in preparation to registering with your counselor. Take the time to read the course descriptions
within the curriculum guide.
 Changing courses after registration will be considered by the Guidance Office if there has been failure of a course or a scheduling
conflict. With sufficient planning and forethought, the courses you register for should be final. Classes are scheduled upon availability and
balanced class sizes. We are unable to honor requests to have a particular teacher. The administration reserves the right to make scheduling
decisions based on individual needs.
 OBTAINING SCHEDULES Information regarding pickup of next year’s schedules will be made available in the spring. Schedules
will not be available until the week prior to school starting in August.
 SCHEDULE CHANGES Students and parents should give careful consideration in developing a sound educational plan and an
appropriate schedule prior to the end of the current school year. The student and parent are urged not to create a program with the idea that it
can be changed later. Because schedule changes can have a serious effect on class sizes, teacher assignments and the overall master schedule,
they will only be made for the exception, not the rule. Therefore, the general rule is NO SCHEDULE CHANGES. If in rare circumstances
a student needs a schedule change, he/she must talk with his/her counselor. It is the decision of the counselor whether or not such a change is in
the best educational interest of the student
 Reasons that May Justify Schedule Changes:
a. Scheduling error, such as the omission of a required course
b. Failure of a course the previous year and/or completion of summer school
c. Scheduling conflicts
d. Improper placement, or level changes based on teacher recommendation after documented efforts to provide intervention
e. Requirements needed for entry to the Warren County Career Center
f. College Credit Plus Courses
g. Extraordinary circumstances
 Students will be given the opportunity to review their schedule choices prior to the last day of school to ensure that everything is as
intended. This will be the last opportunity to make adjustments to course requests for the following school year.
DROPPING A COURSE In circumstances in which the above situation apply, a student may drop a class during the first two weeks of the
semester after a discussion has occurred between the counselor, parent and teacher. Students may not drop a class if it results in a student having
more than two open periods or three open periods for seniors.
The following procedures will be followed to record grades on permanent records for courses that are dropped after school has begun.
1. Up to five (5) school days after mid-terms have been distributed during the first and third quarter, a class that is dropped will not
appear on any permanent record for that semester.
2. From the five days after mid-terms as stated in #1 above until five (5) school days after report cards have been distributed at the end of
the first and third quarter, a class that is dropped will be recorded as "W” indicating withdrawal from the class. This does not affect
the student GPA, but simply indicates that the student was enrolled in the class for more than 50% of the quarter.
3. Classes dropped after the withdrawal period as stated in #2 above will be recorded as a "WF” indicating failure for the semester with
the grade computed in the GPA.
4. Students administratively removed from a class for disciplinary reasons will receive a "WF” for that semester regardless of when it
occurs.
5. For any year-long course dropped after the first 10 days of school, or any semester course dropped after the first 10 days of that
semester, no refund of course fees will be given.
Students and parents should check their transcript to see that all changes have been recorded properly. Any question should be brought to the
counselor’s attention immediately.
 REPEATING A COURSE Students have the option to repeat a previous course during the regular school day if taken the succeeding year,
or if taken in Junior High, then it must be repeated the 9th grade year. Students repeating a previous course during the regular school day curriculum
may replace the original course grade with the higher grade, but shall not lower their previous grade. Students repeating a course through an outside
curriculum (summer school or flex credit) shall have their two grades averaged
(example, original grade F=0, new grade A=4, average would be C, or 2 points on the grading scale OR original grade F=0, new grade B=3,
average would be 1.5=D). The only exception is when the original grade was an F=0, new grade is a D=1, the average would be "D” even though
it calculates at .5. Students may not earn more credit than was scheduled for the original class. If the course is being repeated through "online
credit recovery”, the grade is S/U and the original grade remains on the transcript.