Handbook: The Guidance Program
Central High School provides a comprehensive developmental guidance program. This program provides group as well as individual assistance in a proactive manner which emphasizes the response to students' expected developmental needs at a time when those needs can be most effectively met.
The Guidance Department consists of seven (7) guidance counselors who work with students according to their last names. The Director of Guidance for Central chairs the high school guidance department and directs the K-12 guidance program throughout the district.
Each student has on file in the RegistrarÃ‚â€™s Office an academic achievement record with grades, graduation credits, attendance, grade point average, and standardized test scores recorded from the beginning of the freshman year. This transcript is required for admission by most secondary and post-secondary institutions. A transcript may not be released without the student's or the parents' written request. Request forms are available in the RegistrarÃ‚â€™s Office. Students must have met all school obligations and have a clear record in order to get a transcript.
An official transcript will be mailed to another educational institution of the student or parent. An unofficial transcript is one delivered by written request to the student or the parent. The cost of each transcript is $4.00.
The Central High School code number for College Board and American College testing is 441740. This code number is used for school identification on the SAT and ACT college registration forms.
To be eligible to participate in the May graduation exercises, seniors must
At the beginning of the fall semester, students must have 15 completed credits appearing on the permanent record to be classified as seniors and to be eligible for their picture to appear in the senior section of The Central Yearbook.
At the beginning of the spring semester, students who are in their fourth year of high school and who have 17 completed credits appearing on their permanent record may be reclassified as seniors.
A student transferring to Central from another school at the beginning of or during the first semester of the senior year will be expected to meet all Central High School graduation requirements as well as pass (or provide evidence of already having passed) the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test. TAKS is a high school exit-level test given to all juniors (11th grade) in the spring. Students who do not receive a passing score on the test taken in the spring of their sophomore year have four more test dates on which to take the test: October and March of the junior year, and October, March, and May of the senior year.
A student transferring to Central from another school after the beginning of the second semester of the senior year is expected to receive a diploma from the school previously attended. The student should make the necessary arrangements with the former school to ensure enrollment at Central in the subjects required for graduation from the former school.
All students are required to complete 50 hours of community service as part of their Government course requirement in order to graduate from Central High School. In order to maximize student learning and community benefits, students should complete approximately 12 hours in each of their four years. Students are permitted to work on this requirement during the summer. Service completed after June 1 is applied to the succeeding school year. Students may not receive credit for service hours completed prior to their enrollment as a student at Central High School or transfer hours from another school. Transfer students must complete 6 hours of community service for each semester enrolled at Central High School.
Volunteer work alone does not fulfill this requirement. Projects must benefit those in need. Some of the resources that students may use for community service credit include hospitals, social service agencies, fundraising organization for health causes, schools, service projects, and others. There is no limit to the number of hours that may be earned on an individual project. Service opportunities will be posted in the Community Service Room.
Service hour monitoring sheets should be turned in within 30 days after the completion of the project in order to receive credit. An updated record of community service hours will be posted at the beginning of each month in the Community Service Room. Seniors must complete all 50 hours before they will be eligible to participate in graduation exercises.
A studentÃ‚â€™s rank in class shall be determined according to the following:
Determination of rank in class shall include all courses except the following:
Local credit courses, credit-by-exam grades and all courses taken outside Central High School. Summer courses taken in Central High School shall be computed into the grade point average.
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