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Presentation given to all BHS students on February 9, 2012 to prepare for course selection for the 2012-2013 school year.

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Course selectionsfinal

  1. 1. Course Scheduling 2012/2013 BHS Program of Studies can be found on the BHS Guidance Blog
  3. 3. New Courses Digital Publishing Team, Gr. 9-12, 5 Credits (Microsoft Office no longer offered) Fashion Design, Gr. 10-12, 5 Credits Prerequisites: None (preference goes to students who have taken Design) Geology, Gr. 11 & 12, 2.5 Credits Prerequisites: 2 years of sciences with at least a C average The Earth and the Atmosphere, Gr. 11 & 12, 5 Credits Prerequisites: 2 years of sciences with at least a C average Young Adult Fiction (CPI & Hon), Gr. 9 & 10, 2.5 Credits AP Psychology, Gr. 11 & 12, 5 Credits Prerequisites: Successful completion of biology (B+ or better, or petition to the Department Head), strong writing skills, and the ability to discuss complex readings on sensitive topics within a classroom setting. Pre-Calculus (CPI), Gr. 11 & 12, 5 Credits Prerequisites: Algebra II (225) or Dept. Head approval Work Study
  4. 4. New Courses (continued) Student Technology Integration, Gr. 10-12, 2.5 Credits Prerequisites: Prior understanding of Apple OS, Microsoft Windows OS, and the iPad iOS Freshman Health Education, Gr. 9, 1 Credits Required for all grade 9 studentsNEW P.E. Electives: Women’s Wellness, Gr. 10-12, 2 Credits Advanced Recreation Games, Gr. 12, 2 Credits Exploring Personal Fitness, Gr. 10-12, 2 Credits Movement Studies, Gr. 10-12, 2 Credits
  5. 5. Courses to be Modified Introduction to Architecture (was Interior/Exterior Design) Gr. 10-12, 5 Credits Prerequisite: Design Creative Writing I – Fiction (was Creative Writing) Gr. 10-12, 2.5 Credits Creative Writing II – Poetry (was Creative Writing II) Gr. 11 & 12, 2.5 Credits Prerequisites: Creative Writing I with a B or higher average Calculus (now a full year course) Gr. 12, 5 CreditsOTHER: Intro to Computer Science (was Visual Basic) Computer Science I (was C++) Media Production and Advanced Media Production (now open to Gr. 11 & 12)
  6. 6. ChangesChange to Senior Health Requirement: Seniors are required to enroll in one of the following courses. Each course meets the BHS Senior Health Graduation Requirement. • Introduction to Sports Medicine • Introduction to Health Occupations • Senior Wellness**Juniors enrolled in one of the above are still responsible to take a senior health requirement.AP Program Change for Juniors and Seniors: Juniors and Seniors may take fewer credits if enrolled in two or more AP courses. • See your counselor for more information.
  7. 7. Preparing for GraduationCourse CreditsEnglish 20Mathematics 20Science: 155 credits in Life Science5 credits in Physical ScienceSocial Studies 15US History I & IIWorld History IIWorld Language: 2 year sequential program 10Electives from Courses #500s - 900s 10Physical Education/Health 10Specific Requirements Total 100(excluding additional electives)Total Required for Graduation 110 This information can also be found in the BHS Program of Studies online.
  8. 8. Course Selection Process Course selection discussions begin today • All online – portal opens March 6 Should be rigorous for college bound students 5 Academic Subjects recommended by teachers 32 or 34 credits - depending on grade level and # of AP courses Counselors will be available for online chats on publicized dates.
  9. 9. Additional OpportunitiesCollege Credit/Dual Enrollment Options Bay Path College - available to Juniors and Seniors. Calculus course at BHS (now full year) - only for Seniors. Applications and details will be communicated periodically throughout the school year
  10. 10. Virtual High School (VHS)What is VHS? Offers a variety of online courses for high school students all around the world. The courses require a REAL commitment. Priority is given to Seniors and Juniors. VHS courses are listed on your transcript, but do NOT count toward rank or GPA. The Administration and Guidance Department may recommend VHS courses to accommodate specific, unusual individual student needs (i.e., irresolvable scheduling conflicts or transfer situations).How do I find out more info about VHS? Talk to your guidance counselor. Students may read the online course catalog on the BHS Guidance website and visit the VHS website and take a demo course to get a feel for VHS.What next? When considering a VHS course, you must still register for a full courseload. Fill out a VHS application and turn it in to your guidance counselor. Only upon approval will you be allowed to drop an elective and be assigned to the library to complete coursework.
  11. 11. Using Naviance Career & College Planning Site Overview
  12. 12. 4 Year Planner on Naviance Grade 11 :: edit Subject Credits Needed Planned Courses Credits Planned Courses Completed Credits Earned Credit Gap Art (Courses #500s- #900s) 0 --- - --- - Business (Courses #500s- #900s) 0 --- - --- - Computer Technology & Application Course 0 --- - --- - English 5 --- - --- - -5 Family & Consumer Science (#500s-900s) 0 --- - --- - Foreign Languages 0 --- - --- - Interdisciplinary (Courses #500- #900) 0 --- - --- - Mathematics 5 --- - --- - -5 Music (Courses #500s- #900s) 0 --- - --- - Physical Education & Health 4 --- - --- - -4 Science 0 --- - --- - Social Studies 5 --- - --- - -5 TOTAL 19 - - -19 ON YOUR NAVIANCE PROFILE CLICK THE “COURSES” TAB
  13. 13. What Can Students Be Doing Right Now?• Talk to teachers and counselor about appropriate course selections.• Expand involvement in school and community activities.• Explore career options.• Use the Naviance Program• It’s not too early to begin looking at colleges – either online or in person.• Get a part-time job or volunteer, especially during the summer.• Get the best grades you can!
  14. 14. MCAS Testing Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System All students are required to pass Math, English and Science Students who score Needs Improvement must follow an Education Proficiency Plan (E.P.P.) Students who Fail must re-take the exam Students who meet qualifying scores may receive a tuition waiver
  15. 15. College Admissions Testing  Freshmen/Sophomore Year: • PSAT – (Oct.) Practice SAT. All sophomores take the PSAT free of charge. • PLAN – Practice ACT. Offered to freshmen and sophomores. • SAT Subject Tests – Required by selective colleges/universities. Students may take in June of whatever year they’re enrolled in a particular class (e.g. Biology for grade 9, Chemistry for grade 10).
  16. 16. College Admissions Testing Junior Year:  Senior Year: • PSAT – (Oct.) Practice • SAT – Take again before SAT. Juniors should STILL January to improve your take this even though taken scores. in grade 10. Some may • SAT Subject – Take before qualify for National Merit January if required by Scholarship. specific colleges or for Koplik • SAT – Offered in Award. March, May or June • ACT – Alternative to • SAT Subject Tests- SAT, take in fall, if needed. Take in May or June. Take if • AP Exams – Take in May required by specific colleges • TOEFL – Test of English as • ACT – Take in spring of a Foreign Language. Register junior year (optional) early (summer or early fall) • AP Exams – Take in May since seats fill up fast!
  17. 17. How are the tests different? Most common in East & CA  Most common in Mid-West  4 subjects: 3 subjects: Critical English, Reading, Science, an Reading, Math, and d Writing (optional) Writing  No penalty for wrong answers ¼ point for wrong answers  Not offered at BHS Offered at BHS (Feb., April, June, Sept., Oct., Dec.) (May, June, Oct., Nov., Dec.) ACT plus WritingSAT + Subject Tests = “All” colleges accept both SATs or ACTs.
  18. 18. Can I still take tests during my senior year? Unless you plan to apply Early Decision/Early Action, then you still have time next year. SAT and Subject Tests are offered each spring and fall. Generally, taking the test twice is sufficient. If you are not happy with your SAT scores, you may want to try taking the ACT – “all” colleges accept SAT or ACT scores. Remember that you cannot take the SAT Subjects the same day as your SAT so plan accordingly.
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  20. 20. Transcript Broken Into Sections
  21. 21. 4 Year College Requirements 4 years English Math through Algebra II 3 years history 3 years of science (2 should be a lab science) 2 years same foreign language
  22. 22. More Competitive Colleges Math through Calculus Biology, Chemistry and Physics 3-4 years of same foreign language Rigorous senior year schedule Please check college websites for specific course requirements
  23. 23. State College Admissions• Minimum of 16 academic courses at BHS• Minimum GPA required: 3.0 for State Colleges and Universities < 3.0 Sliding Scale of GPA / SAT-ACT * No student admitted with GPA less than 2.0 * SAT or ACT Required
  24. 24. Sliding Scale (used when GPA is lower than the minimum required GPA)If an applicant’s GPA falls below the required minimum, a sliding scale will apply. This scale should be used only when an applicant’s GPA falls below the required 3.0 minimum for admission to the state colleges or UMass. Sliding Scale for Freshman Applicants to UMass Weighted High School GPA Combined SAT – CR + M Must Equal or Exceed GPA SAT (Math & Reading only) ACT 2.51-2.99 950 (20) 2.41-2.50 990 (21) 2.31-2.40 1030 (22) 2.21-2.30 1070 (23) 2.11-2.20 1110 (24) 2.00-2.10 1150 (25) NO APPLICANT WITH A HIGH SCHOOL GPA BELOW 2.00 MAY BE ADMITTED TO A STATE COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS. Sliding Scale for Freshman Applicants to a State College Weighted High School GPA Combined SAT-I V&M Must Equal or Exceed GPA SAT (Math & Reading only) ACT 2.51-2.99 920 (19) 2.41-2.50 960 (20) 2.31-2.40 1000 (21) 2.21-2.30 1040 (22) 2.11-2.20 1080 (23) 2.00-2.10 1120 (24)
  25. 25. College Admission Options• Regular Decision (don’t be afraid to apply R.D.) • Most common method • Application deadline from January 1 to March 1 • May 1 candidate reply date• Early Action • For the strongest students • Can apply to several early action schools* • Decision received by the end of December • May 1 reply date in effect* Trend beginning to limit early action applications to one school
  26. 26. College Admission Options (continued)• Early Decision • For students who have a first choice school • Must be a strong candidate for that school • If admitted, student is expected to attend• Rolling Admission • Schools review applications as received • Earlier the better • Offer decisions quickly• Wait List • Safety valve for colleges • Admission only if insufficient number of regular admits