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Handbook: Academics (cont.)


Distinguished Achievement Program Requirements

The Distinguished Achievement Program recognizes students who demonstrate levels of performance equivalent to college work. Professionals in the arts, sciences, business, and industry or in community service must judge other measures.

Requirements: Students must complete the Central High School Recommended Graduation Plan, earn 3 credits of the same language other than English and receive any combination of four of the following advanced measures (examples: 2 AP examinations, 1 college course, 1 research project or 4 AP examinations). Advanced measures include:

Original Research/Project:

  • judged by a panel of professionals in the field that is the focus of the project; or
  • conducted under the direction of mentor(s) and reported to an appropriate audience;

Test Data:

  • a score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement examination;
  • a score of 4 or above on an International Baccalaureate examination;
  • a score on the PSAT that qualifies a student for recognition as a Commended Scholar or higher by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation; as part of the National Hispanic Scholarship Program of the College Board; or as part of the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The PSAT score may count as only one advanced measure regardless of the number of honors received by the student;

College Courses:

  • a grade of 3.0 or higher on courses that count for college credit, including tech prep programs;


  • a license awarded by a professional board or association. (This item may count for only one advanced measure, regardless of the number of licenses received.)

The PSAT may count as one advanced measure regardless of the number of honors received from the PSAT score.

Enrollment and Registration

Students entering high school should study the requirements for graduation and plan a course of study in line with occupational and college interests. Late planning restricts the availability of courses that may be required for college or that prepare students for a specialized occupational goal.

Students already enrolled in high school request their following year's schedule during the spring semester. All students prepare a schedule of the courses for the entire year.

Students completing their work at Central Middle School meet with the guidance counselors from both middle school and high school early in the spring of their eighth grade year. Students are given information necessary to develop a graduation plan. Later in the spring semester, the guidance counselors again assist the students in making a selection of courses for the following year.

The high school's master schedule is built on the choices students make in the spring for the following year's courses. As a result of this master schedule formation, students are not likely to be able to change their course selection in the fall or spring; therefore, pre-planning is very important. This restriction is especially true of elective courses.

Course Credit

One-half (.5) unit of credit will be given for successful completion of a course each semester. To successfully complete a course, a student must maintain a grade average of at least 70 on a scale of 100 and fulfill attendance requirements as specified by the state of Texas.

Procedures for Crediting High School Courses Taken in Middle School

Course Grade Credit Graduation Credit
Algebra 1 7 1.0 Math
Algebra 1 8 1.0 Math
Algebra 2 8 1.0 Math
Geometry 8 1.0 Math
Health 8 .5 Health
Commun. Application (Speech) 8 .5 Speech
Integrated Phys./Chem. 8 1.0 Science
Languages Other Than English 7, 8 1.0 LOTE

Pre-Approval of Selected Courses

For certain courses, students must secure permission to enroll from the appropriate department chair, teacher, or counselor. These courses are identified in the Academic Planning Guide.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

Students enrolled in courses designated AP are required to take the AP exam. Students should refer to the Academic Planning Guide or meet with their counselor for more information. Financial assistance for AP exams may be available through the counselor if requested at the beginning of the course.

Talented and Gifted

The high school classes for identified gifted students fulfill requirements for graduation. These courses focus on the utilization and development of higher order thinking skills, strategies that engage diversified thinking and reasoning, methodology that enhance creativity, and problem solving. TAG courses are offered within the English, Math, Social Studies, Science, and Fine Arts departments.

Credit By Exam

Students may earn a maximum of two (2) credits toward graduation through credit by exam. Credit may be earned two ways:

1. Credit by exam with prior instruction:

  • received a grade of at least 60 in the course.
  • must not have lost credit due to excessive absences.
  • earn at least a 70 on the exam.
  • must be taken the semester immediately following the semester in which the course was failed.

2. Test for Acceleration without prior instruction:

  • receives a grade of 90 or above on the exam.
  • tests dates are in August, 2003 and May, 2004.

Dual Credit, Correspondence, and On-Line Courses

Dual credit refers to a scheduling arrangement through which a high school student may receive college level instruction and earn both high school and college credit at the same time.

Eligible dual-credit students are those who:

  • are at least 16 years of age.
  • meet the approved college/university requirements.
  • gain approval of their high school academic counselor.
  • are enrolled in five credit-bearing courses at Central prior to enrolling in dual credit courses at the college level.

Correspondence courses may be taken through Texas Tech University Extended Studies program. On-line courses must be administered through a State of Texas accredited public school district. A maximum of 4 credits may be earned through dual credit, correspondence and on-line courses. Enrollment in dual-credit, correspondence and on-line courses must have prior approval from the studentÂ’s CentralHS counselor. The student and his or her parents are responsible for all costs related to the dual credit, correspondence and on-line coursework. They are also responsible for transportation to and from the course site, which may be held on the college/university campus or at Central High School. These courses must be taken outside the regular school day.

Repeating a Course

If a student repeats a course due to a previous failure, the grade earned in the original course will be averaged with the new course grade in calculating the student's GPA. Courses with a passing grade may not be repeated for credit or GPA purposes.

Transfer Students - Evaluation of Credits

Central High School accepts credits from any public high school accredited in the State of Texas. Credits from high schools outside the State of Texas will be evaluated according to state and local graduation guidelines.

Transfer students who enroll after the beginning of the semester will be expected to meet Central standards and requirements from the day of enrollment, including the final examination. Six-weeks grades are not included in the student's cumulative grade point average. Only grades earned at Central High School will determine the student's rank-in-class and GPA.

Final Examinations

Exemption Policy

A senior may be eligible each semester for exemption from final exams if he/she:

  • Maintains an 80 or above in each class (course average equals the average of the three six-weeks averages);
  • Has zero (0) unexcused absences per class;
  • Has no more than four (4) excused absences per class for any reason other than those defined as "school-related absences" or the allotted four (4) official college visits;
  • Has no more than 3 tardies per class;
  • Has not been assigned to full-time (all-day) In-School Suspension (ISS), Out of School Suspension (OSS), or assigned to Alternative Education Program (DAEP) at any time during the senior year.

A student who wishes to take a final exam may waive senior exemptions. Exemptions are determined for each class separately. A student may be exempt in one class and not in another.

The senior exemption policy applies to AP classes as well as to regular classes. Taking an AP exam is not an automatic exemption.

Schedule of Semester Exams for 2003-2004

Fall Semester Examinations:
Wednesday, December 17

8:00 – 8:25

  8:30 – 10:30 2nd Period
  10:30 – 11:00 Break
  11:00 – 1:00 3rd Period
  1:00 – 1:30 Break
  1:30 – 3:30 7th Period
Thursday, December 18

8:00 – 8:25

  8:30 – 10:30 4th Period
  10:30 – 11:00 Break
  11:00 – 1:00

5th Period

  1:00 – 1:30 Break
  1:30 – 3:30 6th Period
Friday, December 19

8:00 – 8:25

  8:30 – 10:30 1st Period
  10:30 – 11:00 Break
  11:00 – 1:00 8th Period

Spring Semester Examinations:

Wednesday, May 19

8:00 – 8:25

  8:30 – 10:30 2nd Period
  10:30 – 11:00 Break
  11:00 – 1:00 3rd Period
  1:00 – 1:30 Break
  1:30 – 3:30 7th Period
Thursday, May 20

8:00 – 8:25

  8:30 – 10:30 4th Period
  10:30 – 11:00 Break
  11:00 – 1:00

5th Period

  1:00 – 1:30 Break
  1:30 – 3:30 6th Period
Friday, May 21

8:00 – 8:25

  8:30 – 10:30 1st Period
  10:30 – 11:00 Break
  11:00 – 1:00 8th Period

Changing Exam Date

All requests for changing the date of a semester exam is made directly to the teacher. Each teacher will report all exam changes to the department chair. Exams, except by special exception of the Principal, must be administered during the three assigned final examination days.

Students who are absent during final exams must take the test within two weeks after the exam date. Exceptions for truly extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Principal.

Withdrawal from School

A parent may withdraw a student from school through the Counseling Office. The Administration may withdraw a student for non-attendance if the student is absent for ten consecutive days with no contact from the parent or student.

Summer School at Central High School

Central High School will provide summer school courses when student enrollment is sufficient to ensure the courses are economically feasible. A student may normally earn a maximum of two semesters of credit (one unit) in one summer.

Summer School Schedule for 2004

First Session

Tuesday, June 1, 2004 - Friday, June 18, 2004
7:30am – 1:10pm

Second Session

Monday, June 21, 2004 - Monday, July 9, 2004
7:30am - 1:10pm
July 5th is a holiday

Credit for Summer Work in Other High Schools

Credit earned by students in summer school programs in state accredited school districts shall be transferable and must be accepted by all Texas school districts.

CentralHS students are advised to attend summer school classes at CentralHS rather than at other area high schools. Summer courses vary and the student may be placed at a disadvantage when continuing work at CentralHS based on a summer course taken elsewhere.

Grades earned in courses at other schools do not count in calculating the studentÂ’s GPA. Course work completed at schools other than CentralHS without prior written permission or in a school not meeting comparable Central High School standards cannot be accepted. Students must complete an OFF CAMPUS SUMMER SCHOOL FORM prior to attending an off campus school to assure acceptance of the credit. Courses that are not regularly offered at Central High School must be approved individually by the student's counselor. Summer school permission forms are available in the counseling office. It is the student's responsibility to see that transcripts from other schools are mailed to Central High School.



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