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9th Grade Scheduling Information

Sessions
Objectives:
Students will acquire the
knowledge and skills to select
appropriate 9th grade courses.
Discuss requirements for
graduation and introduce
official high school
transcript
Review course offerings and
descriptions
Explain course selection
process

PA Career Education and Work Standards


13.1.11.B, C, F
ASCA National Standards I.B, II.A

Counseling Services
Mrs.

Weber and Mrs. Helfrich will be


your counselors for 9th and 10th grade.
A-Lio Mrs. Helfrich
Lip-Z Mrs. Weber
You can reach us by email, phone or
you can stop in the office in the CRC on
the first floor.
You will see us for scheduling
problems, career information,
academic issues or anything that may
be getting in the way of your success.

Vocabulary for
Credit
Today

QPA/GPA
Transcript
Required courses
Elective course
Prerequisite

Welcome to High
School
Every course you pass counts toward
graduation.
At NH every grade you earn will be
used to calculate your QPA.
The more difficult the course the
higher the QUALITY POINTS.
Your QPA is an important piece of
information colleges use to make their
selection.

Grading Scale

DESCRIPTOR
LETTER GRADES
Advanced Work A
100 - 93
Advanced Work A92 - 90
Proficient Work B+
89 - 87
Proficient Work B
86 - 83
Proficient Work B82 - 80
Proficient Work C+
79 - 77
Basic Work
C
76 - 73
Basic Work
C72 - 70
Basic Work D
69 - 65
Below Basic Work E
64 - 0

%RANGE

Quality Points
Percentage

Grade

AP QP

CHS QP

Honors/Pre AP
QP

Standard QP

100 93

4.60

4.40

4.20

4.00

92 90

A-

4.50

4.25

4.00

3.75

89 87

B+

4.00

3.75

3.50

3.25

86 83

3.75

3.50

3.25

3.00

82 80

B-

3.50

3.25

3.00

2.75

79 77

C+

3.00

2.75

2.50

2.25

76 73

2.75

2.50

2.25

2.00

72 70

C-

2.50

2.25

2.00

1.75

69 65

1.00

1.00

1.00

1.00

64 0

Official High School Transcript


Each of your courses, grades, credits, and
your daily attendance is recorded on
your High School Transcript.
An Official Transcript sent to each college or
technical/vocational school that a student
applies to, but a review can also be
requested by:

Branches of the military


Employers
Scholarship agencies
NCAA

Pop Quiz:
How many credits are
needed to graduate from
North Hills Senior High?

24

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
4

credits of English must include:

1 credit of English 9

1 credit of English 10

1 credit of American Literature and Composition in grade 11 -or AP English Language

1 credit AP English Literature- or 2 of the following semester courses: Adventure & Quest, Apocalyptic Literature, Female Perspectives,
Questioning the Self, Classic to Modern Literature or Social Class Warfare- or English Lab 12
4credits

of Social Studies must include:

1 credit of American Studies

1 credit of World History

1 credit of American Government -or AP US History, AP European History, AP Government and Politics

1 credit from the following courses AP US History, AP European History, AP Government, Social Studies 12, Other SS electives.

credits of Mathematics must include:

1 credit of Algebra 1

1 credit of Geometry

1 credit of Algebra 2

credits of Science must include:

1 credit of Biology

1 credit of Chemistry

1 credit of Science Elective courses

credits of Physical Education - 0.5 credit each year

0.5
2

credit of Health

credits of Arts/Humanities

5.5

credits of electives

Pass

Keystone Algebra, Biology, and Literature Exams

WHAT DO I HAVE TO
TAKE IN 9TH GRADE?
Required

Math
1 credit
English
1 credit
Science
1 credit
Social Studies 1 credit
PE
credit
TOTAL
4.5 credits

What Do I get to Pick?


Electives!
You

must carry 7 credits


(4.5 required 2.5 your choice)
You may carry 7, 7.5 or 8 credits
You can not take more than 8 credits
(4.5 required and 3.5 your choice)
You can choose 2.5, 3 or 3.5 credits of
electives from the arts, business,
technology, language, family and consumer
science and music. Your choice!

Course Selection Process


February:

Mrs.Helfrich and Mrs. Weber make


classroom visits, students receive Program of
Studies
February 4th: Curriculum Night at NHSH
February 4th-15th: You can log-on to Progress
Book and make your course selections
In May, before you leave for the summer, you
will receive a tentative schedule to review.
This will be the time to check everything and
make any changes you need to.

How do we pick our


classes?
Use

the Program of Studies.


Explore all of the options and
decide on the level of required
courses and write the course
numbers on the worksheet.
Look at your elective choices and
add the course numbers to the
worksheet.
This is what your worksheet will
look like

How To Read The Program of


Studies

Count credits not courses!

Plan ahead!

Count

credits not
classes
Do not worry about
how they fit together
Talk to your teachers
about which classes
are a good fit.
Think ahead to 10th
grade and beyond.
You must have 7
credits, you may have
up to 8 credits.

Course Request
Procedures
This year parents and students will have the opportunity to complete the course request
process via the internet and the District ProgressBook system from any computer with
internet access.
Step 1: Complete the Student Course Selection and Individual Academic Plan Worksheet to
assist you in scheduling and future course planning process.
Step 2: Open the internet and log into your personal ProgressBook account. You may
access the Course Request site by using either the parent or student log-in and
password. If you do not have a current username and password, please contact
by Mr. Don Clark by e-mail at clarkd@nhsd.net
Once you have logged into the system, your home page screen will display the Course
Requests tab on the left hand side. Click on this tab.

This will take you to the Course Catalog - Add Courses Menu

Courses will come up


in numerical order.
Click on the box(s) of
the courses you have
selected.
Click the done
button.
Check your list
carefully.
Continue to add or
drop courses as
necessary.
Click Submit. This
step is final and your
course requests can
no longer be
changed.
Print your screen, if
you would like a
copy.

Final steps

Schedule Change Requests

No schedule change is guaranteed.


No schedule changes will be approved for
teacher preference, or time/period
preference.
Once the school year has begun, only those
requests deemed to be crucial will be
approved.
Elective swapping is not permitted once a
semester has begun. Requests for dropping
electives to move to a study hall will be
considered.

SAME

Different

You

Homeroom

will have your


own locker in the
senior high
You will have 9
periods in the day
Most of you will eat
lunch together in the
senior high

will be
during your first
period class
All academics will be
in the Senior High.
World Language,
World Foods, Health,
and Teen Transitions
will be in the World
Affairs Wing of the
Middle School.

THE SENIOR HIGH IS EASY TO LEARN.

High School Orientation


April 22, 2015

Students and parents


interested in learning
about the high school can
speak with counselors and
take a tour of the senior
high building.
7:00 P.M. IN THE
JUNIOR HIGH LGI