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Handbook: Academics

 

Academic Centers and Support

Central High School has four student centers designed to provide instructional support in the development of academic and study skills. Students may use the centers during their posted hours of operation or during class time with the permission of their classroom teachers. Individual conferences and tutorials with teachers are additional means of academic support for students.

Academic Support Center (ASC)

The ASC, in G127, is provided for students with special learning needs. A teacher is available each period of the day to assist students with tutoring individually or in small groups.

Academic Center for Applications of Technology (ACAT)

ACAT, in G202, is a computer lab designed to allow students to complete assignments from any course requiring research and/or technology. The ACAT Facilitator will assist with both software and hardware to optimize student learning and assessment.

Except during the facilitatorÂ’s lunch period, the ACAT is open from 7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

Academic Center for Talented and Gifted

The Academic Center for Talented and Gifted Students, in G124, provides options for students to enrich their educational opportunities by utilizing their higher order thinking skills. Creative critical thinking is encouraged and supported through teacher and/or peer interaction.

Library Media Center

The Library Media Center is open from 7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Students may use the library media center before or after school or during class time with the permission of the teacher.

A student I.D. is required to check out materials from the library. Fines are 10 cents per day for items that are circulated for two weeks and 25 cents per period for items that are circulated overnight. The maximum fine for any one item is $5 or the cost of replacing the item.

For more information, please visit the Library Media Center web page at http://hs.Central.org/library/index.cfm.

Conferences with Teachers

Ongoing communication among teacher, student, and parent is essential to student success. Parents may communicate with teachers via phone or email or a personal conference. Each classroom teacher has a period each day designated for conferences and/or teacher preparation. Parents may also contact the teacher to schedule an appointment for an extended conference.

Office Hours/Academic Help

Teachers will be available before and/or after school for student conferences and academic assistance. Office/Tutoring hours will be posted in teachersÂ’ classrooms, on class information sheets, and on teachersÂ’ web pages.

Specific office hours for all teachers may be found at http://hs.Central.org. On the school web page, select “Staff Directory, ” then the teacher’s name.

Incomplete Grades

Students are expected to make up a grade of “I” for incomplete work within two weeks after the end of the grading period. Incompletes not made up after two weeks will be converted to a grade of 50. Extensions for truly extenuating circumstances must be approved by the appropriate administrator and will be considered on an individual basis. Students who have an Incomplete are ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activities until the “I” is replaced by a passing grade.

Schedule Changes

The master schedule of classes at CentralHS is based on specific course requests by students. It is very important that students discuss course choices with their parents, teachers, and counselor because teachers are hired and assigned so that students have the opportunity to take the courses they request.

Every attempt will be made to schedule the student into the course he/she chooses. Students should not ask for schedule changes unless a genuine mistake was made in the selection of courses that will affect the studentÂ’s graduation plan. Students should not ask to have their schedules changed merely because a subject is difficult or because they do not wish to have a certain teacher or to have lunch at a particular time of day. Such requests will invariably be refused.

All schedule change requests must be initiated by the student with the studentÂ’s counselor. Until the counselor has officially changed the schedule and both the student and the teachers involved have been notified, the student is required to attend all classes on the original schedule. Students are not allowed to miss classes in order to go to the Counseling Office to get a schedule change.

VALID CRITERIA FOR SCHEDULE CHANGES

  1. The student is a senior and is not scheduled in a course required for graduation.
  2. The student is misplaced in a course - no prerequisites, previously earned credit, etc.
  3. The school may change student schedules in order to balance class sizes or to accommodate teacher workloads.

Dropping or Adding Classes

Requests to drop or add a class must meet the above criteria to be considered and may be granted or denied based on space availability. General guidelines for dropping and adding classes are based on UIL eligibility rules.

Students may add or drop a course only within the first 9 days of the semester. Students must meet state laws and Central policy governing class attendance in order to receive credit for each course. Eligibility for extracurricular activities is also based on student attendance requirements in each course. Therefore, no drops or adds will be approved after the 9th day of the semester.

Level Changes

Students enrolled in Pre AP, TAG or AP classes may request a change to a standard level course at the end of the first six weeks grading period or at the end of the first semester. Approval to exit a class at these levels will be determined by the studentÂ’s performance, the teacherÂ’s and counselorÂ’s recommendation, and parent and administrator approval.

Schedule change guidelines must meet state attendance laws, district and campus policies, and UIL eligibility rules.

Eligibility

A student's eligibility to represent the school in any extracurricular event is determined by the eligibility rules of the University Interscholastic League and the District's Code of Conduct. Additional standards of eligibility may be required by the various organizations, such as the National Honor Society and the Student Council. Students must be passing ALL courses in order to participate in any extracurricular activity.

Course Loads

Students in grades 9-11 are required to be enrolled for a full 8-period day. Only seniors are allowed to have an open period. Lunch is considered one period. Students in grade 12 are required to be enrolled in a minimum of five (5) credit-bearing classes both semesters.

Determining Eligibility for First Six-Weeks of the School Year

Grade 9:
Students must have been promoted from the 8th grade.

Grade 10:
Five accumulated credits. *

Grade 11:
Ten accumulated credits or five credits during the previous 12 months.*

Grade 12:
Fifteen accumulated credits or five credits during the previous 12 months.*

*All credits must count toward state graduation requirements. Credit by exam does not count for U.I.L. eligibility.

Extracurricular Activities and Course Load

Any student who wishes to represent the school in any extracurricular activity, such as a UIL sport or scholastic event, must be enrolled in five credit-bearing courses and must pass all courses each six weeks to be eligible for extracurricular activities the following six weeks.

Eligibility to hold office is determined by provisions set forth in the Constitution of the Student Council.

Losing Eligibility

If a student fails any course with a grade less than 70, he/she will lose eligibility seven calendar days after the END of the grading period. For example: if the grading period ends on Friday at 3:30 p.m., a student with a failing grade will lose eligibility the following Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Ineligible students shall not travel with the school organization to a contest, sit with them, or wear uniforms during a contest.

Incomplete Grades and Eligibility

Students with an "incomplete" grade ( I ) are ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities until the "I" is replaced with a passing grade.

Students are expected to make up incomplete work within two weeks after the end of the grading period. Extensions for truly extenuating circumstances must be approved by the appropriate administrator and will be considered on an individual basis.

Eligibility restored: Students with an incomplete in a course may regain their eligibility when the "I" is replaced with a passing grade, provided:

  • The "I" was due to an excused absence.
  • The work was made up in the amount of time written school district policy allows.

The only situations in which a student's originally recorded failing grade may be changed to passing and the student's eligibility restored are: a) there was a mechanical error in averaging or recording the original grade, or b) the teacher's grading procedure violated either local policy or state rule, and the student would have received a passing grade if the correct procedure had been followed.

Extra credit work or late work turned in after the grading or evaluation period is over, except for work to make up an excused absence, cannot be counted when determining a student's eligibility for extracurricular activities.

Attendance and Restrictions from Extracurricular Activities

Students who are assigned full day In-school Suspension (ISS), District Alternative Education Program (DAEP), Off-campus Suspension (OCS) are prohibited from attending or participating in a school-sponsored activity any day during this disciplinary assignment.

Students must be present in school in order to participate in any extracurricular activity, sport, or contest during the school day or in the evening.

Regaining Eligibility

Students may regain eligibility at the end of the last school day of the three-week evaluation period if the Principal and teachers have determined the student is passing ALL courses (not just the failed course).

Grades

Academic grades at Central High School reflect academic performance and achievement of individual students. Campus grading standards require a minimum of six grades during a six-weeks grading period. Each department has established grading categories which are available on the website and individual syllabi. No one grade will reflect more than 40% of the total available points.

A teacher has the discretion of deducting a maximum of ten percentage points as a penalty for failure to follow teacher specified form and/or directions in completing an assignment, paper, or test.

By law in the State of Texas, an examination or course grade issued by a classroom teacher is final and may not be changed unless the grade is arbitrary, erroneous, or not consistent with school district grading policy, as determined by the Board of Trustees. The BoardÂ’s decision may not be appealed.

Grade Classification

Students are eligible to enter the ninth grade when they have successfully completed the eighth grade. Grade classification is based on the number of accumulated units of credit as follows:

Minimum

Tenth 5
Eleventh 10
Twelfth 15

Grade Point Averages

The cumulative grade point average is computed on the basis of final semester grades from the ninth grade through the twelfth. The cumulative grade point average is used to determine a student's weighted rank-in-class.

Class of 2004 and 2005
Numeric Value Regular Grade Points PreAP/TaG Grade Points AP Grade Points
95-100 8 9 9.25
90-94 7 8 8.25
85-89 6 7 7.25
80-84 5 6 6.25
75-79 4 4 4
70-74 3 3 3
60-69 2 2 2
50-59 1 1 1
Below      

 

Class of 2006 and Beyond
Numeric Value AP* Pre-AP Honors* State-Approved Courses State-Approved Courses w/Modified Curriculum Locally Developed Courses Sub. for Grad. Credit
97-above 5 4.5 4 3.5 2.5
93-96 4.8 4.3 3.8 3.3 2.3
90-92 4.6 4.1 3.6 3.1 2.1
87-89 4.4 3.9 3.4 2.9 1.9
83-86 4.2 3.7 3.2 2.7 1.7
80-82 4 3.5 3 2.5 1.5
77-79 3.8 3.3 2.8 2.3 1.3
73-76 3.6 3.1 2.6 2.1 1.1
71-72 3.4 2.9 2.4 1.9 1
70 3 2.5 2 1.5 1
60-69 1 1 1 1 1
Below 60 0 0 0 0 0

*TAG designated courses in these areas carry the same weighted grade points.

** Courses coded “S” indicates modifications from the state required curriculum.

Honors courses and contracts are approved annually by the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum.

Grades in courses which are not based on Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills are reflected on a studentÂ’s transcript but are not included in the calculation of the grade point average. Such courses include, but are not limited to, Library Aide, Office Aide, Teacher Aide, and Supervised Study.

Honor Graduates

Honors at graduation include the following:

Valedictorian - #1 Ranking Graduate

Salutatorian - #2 Ranking Graduate

Top Ten Graduates - Graduates Ranking 1-10

Summa Cum Laude - Top 5 percent

Magna Cum Laude - Top 10 percent

Cum Laude - Top 15 percent

The valedictorian and salutatorian shall be the two students with the highest weighted grade point averages who have been enrolled in the District continuously for all four years of high school.

The Top Ten graduates shall include the top ten students who have been continuously enrolled in CentralHS throughout high school, and also any transferring students who fall within the top ten ranking students of the graduating class.

Grade Reports

Grade reports will be distributed at the close of each six weeks period with numeric grades of 70 to 100 used to indicate the quality of passing work. Grades below 70 indicate failure. The grades of three six weeks periods are averaged with the semester examination grade to constitute the semester average. Each grading period will be one-fourth of the semester grade, and the final exam will count as one-fourth.

Progress Reports

Progress reports will be distributed to parents during the fourth week of each grading period. While these reports usually carry an approximate grade average, their primary purpose is to give the impressions of teachers as to specific attitudes, weaknesses, and strengths, scholastic or otherwise, which may influence a student's progress. It may be possible for a pupil to be passing at the end of the three weeks period and not be passing at the end of the six weeks; therefore, after progress reports are distributed, teachers are required to notify parents of problems in student academic performance at any time their student's performance approaches failure.

Progress reports must be signed by the parents and returned to the school.

Graduation Requirements

To receive a diploma and to participate in commencement exercises, the student must:

Class of 2005 and Beyond

  • Pass all sections of the exit-level TAKS test.
  • Complete 50 service hours.
  • Complete one of the Central High School graduation programs.

Class of 2004

  • Pass all sections of the exit-level TAAS.
  • Complete 50 service hours.
  • Complete one of the Central High School graduation programs.

Graduation Requirements

(For Graduating Classes of 2004, 2005, and 2006)
Academic Core High School School Program Recommended High School Program
English 4.0 4.0
Mathematics (Algebra I, II, Geometry) 3.0* 3.0*
World Geography/World History 1.0+ 2.0
United States History 1.0 1.0
United States Government .5 .5
Economics .5 .5
Languages Other Than English (1 credit earned at Middle School may count) 2.0 2.0**
Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) 3.0* 3.0
Health .5 .5
Physical Education (or equivalent) 1.5 1.5
Technology Credit 1.0 1.0
Fine Arts (Art, Music, Theatre, Dance) 1.0 1.0
Communication Applications .5 .5
Electives 4.5 3.5
 
TOTALS 24.0 24.0

+ World History or World Geography may be selected for the High School Program. Both are recommended for exit level TAKS exam preparation and for college admissions.

* Three credits of math must be earned during grades 9-12. Biology and a physical science must be included for the High School Program. An exception to the minimum graduation requirements may be granted through approval of an ARD or SST committee.

** Two credits of the same foreign language are required by the State for the Recommended Program. Central High School recommends three for selective college admissions. The Distinguished Achievement Program requires 3 credits of the same foreign language.

*** All students who wish to complete the Recommended High School Program are encouraged to take Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC) may also be used to fulfill this requirement. Students who take IPC are encouraged to take another higher-level science.

Graduation Requirements

(For Graduating Class of 2007 )
Academic Core Recommended High School Program
English 4.0
Mathematics (Algebra I, II, Geometry) 3.0*
World Geography 1.0
World History 1.0
United States History 1.0
United States Government .5
Economics .5
Languages Other Than English (1 credit earned at Middle School may count) 2.0**
Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) 3.0
Health .5
Physical Education (or equivalent) 1.5
Technology Credit 1.0
Fine Arts (Art, Music, Theatre, Dance) 1.0
Communication Applications .5
Electives 3.5
 
TOTALS 24.0

* Three years of math are required in grades 9-12.

** Two of the same language other than English credits are required by the State for the Recommended Program. Central High School recommends three for selective college admissions. The Distinguished Achievement Program requires three (3) credits of the same foreign language.

***All students who wish to complete the Recommended High School Program are encouraged to take Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Integrated Physics & Chemistry (IPC) may also be used to fulfill this requirement. Students who take IPC are encouraged to take another higher-level science.

An exception to the Recommended High School Program may be granted through the approval of an ARD or Assessment Committee.

 

 


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