Navigating through high school
HS Graduation Requirements... Scheduling... Grading... Report Cards... Honor Roll... Testing... Student Timeline
HS Graduation Requirements
A course which meets 5 class periods a week for the entire school year is worth 1 credit. A student will need a minimum of 26 ½ credits to earn a high school diploma from Lake Holcombe. The credits need to be met as follows:
4 - English
3- Social Studies (World History, American Government, US History)
3- Math (Pre-Algebra, Applied Math, Algebra 1, Geometry, Alg 2, PreCalculus, or Calculus)
3- Science (Physical Science, Biology; and Chemistry, or Anatomy, or a year ag science)
½ - Health
1 ½ - Lifetime Sports
11 ½ - Electives
Scheduling for courses takes place in the spring. Students choose courses for the following fall and a copy of the courses chosen is available through Family Access.
Each student is required to register for a minimum of 7 credits per year. Providing there are openings in a course, changes to a student’s schedule may be made within the first week of school for first semester and prior to the first day of class for 2nd semester. If it becomes clear during the semester that a course was a poor choice for the student, a teacher or parent can initiate a schedule change through the office.
Course offerings are listed on the school’s website. Some courses are offered on alternate years. The following is a list of courses required at each grade level; electives are selected to complete a 7 credit schedule. This basic schedule will meet the requirements for high school graduation, additional credits in subject areas are needed for college and some tech college programs.
English 9 English 10
World History American Government
Biology Physical Science or Chemistry
PreAlgebra/Algebra/Geometry Algebra/Geometry/Algebra 2
Phy Ed* Health (9th or 10th grade)
2 ½ credits electives Phy Ed*
2 credits electives
English 11 1 credit high school English (English 12 or Novels & Brit Lit)
US History (Phy Ed*)
(Phy Ed*) 6 credits electives
Science or Ag Credit
3 credits electives
*1 ½ required Phy Ed credits may be taken any time during the four years of high school; PE may or may not be in a student’s schedule every year. When space is available in a class, additional phy ed courses may also be taken as electives.
The following is the grading scale for the Class of 2017 and beyond. Listed are percentage grade, letter grade and points.
98-100 = A+ = 4.00 points
93-97 = A = 4.00 points
92-90 = A- = 3.67 points
89-87 = B+ = 3.33 points
86-83 = B = 3.00 points
82-80 = B- = 2.67 points
79-77 = C+ = 2.33 points
76-73 = C = 2.00 points
72-70 = C- = 1.67 points
69-67 = D+ = 1.33 points
66-63 = D = 1.00 points
62-60 = D- = 0.67 point
<60 = F = 0 points
Report Cards &
Report cards are mailed to your home about 1 week after each quarter ends. Grades are listed by quarters and by semester. Only the semester grades appear on a transcript.
Transcripts list the student’s courses and grades by subject areas (example- English, science, math, etc.). Transcripts also list total credits, cumulative grade point average, class rank and attendance. Grade point and class rank are updated at the end of semesters, not quarters. Transcripts are sent to colleges and technical school when a student applies to the school. Transcripts are also used for scholarships.
The following is an explanation of terms and alternative letter grades that may show up on a transcript or report card.
“I” - stands for “incomplete”. This grade is generally given if work is not completed by the end of the term due to illness or excused absence. Students are allowed 2 weeks to make up the incomplete. If work is not completed, the grade may turn into a F.
“E” - stands for effort. The teacher has the option of assigning an E grade if the student has done everything to obtain a passing grade but the student's best effort was not enough to reach 60%. Administrative approval is required. A student still receives credit for an E grade.
“M”- this grade may be given if a student needs to drop a course for doctor recommended medical reasons. No credit will be given for the course but the “M” grade will not effect GPA.
“P”- stands for passing. This grade is assigned for tutoring courses and may be used for special education students when directed by their IEP. The student receives credit, but the grade does not impact the GPA.
“F”- a F is given if the student fails to achieve 60% in a course. A semester grade of F in a required course will mean that the course for that semester must be repeated, usually the following year.
“GPA” - stands for “grade point average.” Each letter grade is assessed a number, with A+ being equal to 4 points. This is considered a 4.0 scale. The ‘grade points’ for all semester courses are averaged together to give the GPA for the semester. The ‘cumulative GPA’ averages all grade points during a students high school career.
“Class rank” - Class rank is displayed on the transcript and figured based on the grade point average of semester grades. Class rank is often used by colleges and universities as a factor in acceptance.
Honor Roll- Honor roll is based on the quarter grade point. Student with a 3.0-3.499 grade point earn a spot on the honor roll; 3.5-4.0 is designated as High Honor Roll. Students with a “F” in any class will be ineligible for the honor roll that term. Keep in mind that an incomplete can have an effect on GPA and honor roll status, so make sure incompletes are made up as soon as possible.
Testing in High School
District, state and national testing is conducted throughout a student’s years in school. Here are the state and national assessments your child will take during high school:
9th grade- ASPIRE, spring. Tests reading, math, English, science and writing. Offers an "ACT predictive" score.
10th grade- Forward Tests social studies, spring.
ASPIRE, spring. Tests reading, math, English, science and writing. Offers an "ACT predictive" score.
11th grade- ASVAB, December. Entrance test for the military; used as career assessment.
ACT, March. Required state testing for all students; no cost to student; may be used for college admission.
Work Keys, March. A job skills assessment. Click here for ACT informational brochure.
PSAT, October; optional. A very competitive test, used as the qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Student fee for the test.
UW Placement Testing- may be required for English Composition if scheduled for Senior year.
12th grade- Depending on the school a student is planning to attend, a Senior will need to take placement tests for college; the Accuplacer test are used for tech admission and placement (WITC).
ACT may be taken again to improve score; test given at Holcombe October, December, April and June.
Click here for information on the ACT.
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