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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.

Academic Achievement Record/Transcript

Each student has on file in the RegistrarÂ’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 RegistrarÂ’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.

College Entrance Test Code Number

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.

Eligibility for Commencement Exercises

To be eligible to participate in the May graduation exercises, seniors must

  1. have completed all state and local graduation requirements (credits, TAAS, TAKS, service hours);
  2. have been enrolled at Central the entire second semester of their senior year.

Exception:

  1. Fifth-year students who have completed all graduation requirements by the end of the first semester need not be enrolled for the second semester.
  2. Students who experience truly extenuating circumstances due to unforeseen emergencies may appeal to the Principal for permission to participate in graduation exercises.

Senior Classification

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.

Senior-Year Transfers from Other Schools

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.

Service Hours

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.

Rank-in-Class

A studentÂ’s rank in class shall be determined according to the following:

  1. Rank shall be determined after semester grades are recorded.
  2. Grade point averages are computed each semester.
  3. Rank shall be reported at the end of the first semester of the sophomore year and every semester thereafter.
  4. Final senior ranking shall be determined after the fifth six-week grading period of the studentÂ’s senior year.
  5. Students enrolling in Central ISD for the senior year only shall receive class ranking from their previous school.

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.

Central Standardized Testing Schedule

TAKS Test Dates

TAKS

Grade

Report Date

01/20/04 to 02/03/04

Field Tests: Writing

4 & 7

None

Field Tests: Spanish Writing

4

Field Tests: Writing

7

Field Tests: Reading

9

Field Tests: ELA

10, 11

2/24/04

Writing

4 & 7

May 14 – 21

Spanish Writing

4

Reading

9

ELA

10, 11

3/3/04

Reading

3

March 19

Spanish Reading

3

4/27/04

Mathematics

3 - 8

May 14 – 21

Spanish Math

3 - 6

Social Studies

10

Mathematics

11

4/28/04

Reading

4 - 8

May 14 – 21

Spanish Reading

4 - 6

Mathematics

10

Science

11

Reading (retest)

3

Spanish Reading
(retest)

3

4/29/04

Science

5

May 14 – 21

Spanish Science

5

Social Studies

8

Mathematics

9

Science

10

Social Studies

11

6/29/04

Reading (retest)

3

July 15

Spanish Reading
(retest)

3

7/6/04

ELA (retest)

 

Aug 4 – 6

7/7/04

Mathematics (retest)

 

7/8/04

Social Studies (retest)

 

7/9/04

Science (retest)

 

 

TAAS Test Dates

TAAS

Grade

Report Date

10-21-03

Writing (retest)

12

12/3/2003

10-22-03

Math (retest)

12

12/4/2003

10-23-03

Reading (retest)

12

12/4/2003

2-24-04

Writing (retest)

12

12/5/2003

2-25-04

Math (retest)

12

Apr 14-16

2-26-04

Reading (retest)

12

Apr 14-16

4-27-03

Writing (retest)

12

May 12-14

4-28-04

Math (retest)

12

May 12-14

4-29-04

Reading (retest)

12

May 12-14

7-6-04

Writing (retest)

12

Aug 4-6

7-8-04

Reading (retest)

12

Aug 4-6

 

SDAA Test Dates

SDAA

Grade

Report Date

1-20-04 to 2-3-04

Field Tests: Reading

9

None

Field Tests: ELA 10

2-24-04

Writing

4 & 7

May 14 to May 21

4-27-04 Mathematics 3 - 8
4-28-04 Reading 3 - 10

5-3-04 through 5-14-04

Field Tests: Writing

4 & 7

None

Field Tests: Reading 3 - 8
Field tests: Math 3 - 10

 

Other Test Dates

Other

Grade

Report Date

10-21-03

PSAT

10 & 11

12/28/2003

Aug 6-7
10-25-03
3-20-04
May 25-26

Exams for Acceleration

K - 12

 

Mar 15 through Mar 26, 2004

RPTE

12-Mar

Apr 30 - May 7, 2004

May 3-14, 2004

AP Exams

   

TPRI

1 & 2

 

TPRI

K

 

TPRI

K, 1 & 2

 

9-29-03 through 10-3-03

CogAT

5

11/21/2003

upon request

ITBS

1,3,5,7

3/20/2004

upon request

ITBS

1,3,5,7

11/8/2003

 

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