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SCHEDULING

PRESENTATION

Oakland Catholic High School
2017-2018 School Year
• Ms. Marchese
• Ms. Orbin
• Ms. Long (Director of College Counseling)
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
• Minimum Graduation Requirements
– 26 credits
• All students must carry a minimum of 6
courses each semester.

• JOA Students must complete different
requirements.
– Requirements are listed on the website.
– Ms. Day will provide additional documentation
regarding JOA requirements.
Graduation Requirements
• A student must earn a minimum of 26 credits of passing
course work in order to receive an Oakland Catholic High
School diploma. Each student must carry a minimum of
six (6) courses per semester. JOA Scholars have
additional course requirements each year and should
consult with the Director of the JOA Society of Scholars
and Guidance to confirm that they are complying with all
criteria of the program.

*The Fine Arts requirement must include 1 Music Class and 1
Art Class.

**All students must have a scheduled lunch period each day.
Graduation Requirements
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
(CONTINUED)

Religion: 4 credits
English: 4 credits
Social Studies: 4 credits
Mathematics: 3 credits
Science: 3 credits
Foreign Language: 2 years of same language
Fine Arts (Music & Art Appreciation): 1 each
Health: 1 class (.5 credits)
Physical Education: .5 credits
Electives
Typical Course Load
Recommended Sequence
Freshman Credits
Religion 1
English 1.5
Social Studies 1
Math 1
Science 1
Language 1
Fine Arts 1
Physical Education .25

Total 7.75
Recommended Sequence
Sophomore Credits
Religion 1
English 1
Social Studies 1
Math 1
Science 1
Language 1
Health .5
Physical Education .25

Total 6.75
Recommended Sequence
Junior Credits
Religion 1
English 1
Social Studies 1
Math 1
Science 1
Language 1
Electives
Recommended Sequence
Senior Credits
Religion 1
English 1
Social Studies 1
Electives
ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS
4 Credits
9th Grade CP or Honors Freshmen
English
&
Communication Skills
10th Grade CP or Honors World
Literature 10
11th Grade CP or Honors American
Literature
Or
AP English Language
12th Grade CP or Honors Research
Methodology and Academic
Writing
&
Creative Writing, Text and
Popular Culture,
Comparative Mythology, CE
Communications or CE
Argumentation
Or
AP English Literature and
Composition
MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENTS
Three credits

All students must successfully
complete a math course at least 3
years of high school.
– We strongly encourage a fourth
year of a math.
Mathematics Sequence
• Algebra I
• Geometry
• Algebra II
• Trigonometry/PreCalculus
• Honors Calculus
• AP Calculus

• Electives:
– Electives can be found in the course catalogue and on the
website.
• Electives Include:
– Probability and Statistics
– AP Statistics
– Engineering and CAD (At Central)
» Plan for two periods
SCIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Students are required to take three credits
of Science.

•9th: Biology
•10th Chemistry
•11th Physics
•12th Science Elective
– Bioinformatics
– Anatomy and Physiology
– EPIC
SOCIAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

Four Credits
– 9th: World History (CP or Honors)
– 10th: World History II (CP or Honors)
– 11th: American History (CP, Honors, or AP)
– 12th: Government and Economics (CP or Honors) or AP
U.S. Government and Politics or AP Human Geography.

– Electives:
• Global Insights
• Honors Introduction to Philosophy
• Psychology I and II
• AP Psych
• Sociology
PHYSICAL EDUCATION &

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
• .5 credits of Physical Education is required for
graduation

• .5 credit of Health is required for graduation

• Band/Sports do not fulfill the requirement

 Summer gym is by invitation only
FINE ARTS REQUIREMENTS
One credit of Fine Arts is required for graduation. All
students must complete one Art and one Music class.
•Studio I is a prerequisite for Studio II, Ceramics, and
Painting.
•Courses that fulfill the Freshman Music Requirement:
– Freshman Chorale (a singing ensemble),
– Music Appreciation
– Theatre Arts
– Concert Band (Collaboration with Central Catholic Music
Department)
How do you know what level
course you should take?
• Things to consider
– Recommendation of teacher
– Prerequisite grade
– Amount of summer work required for AP and CE courses
• Teachers make course recommendations based on student
performance in class and their knowledge of expectations and rigor
of the high school courses in their curricular area.
• It is suggested that the students have a conversation with the
current teacher about the course recommendation so there is an
understanding of the rationale behind the teacher recommendation.
• While we always want to encourage students to take the most
challenging courses they can, it is critical for students to understand
the expectations and rigor of classes. In addition, it may not be
possible to transfer out of the course due to scheduling limitations.
College and Career Readiness

• Colleges will look at your course progression from
9-12 grade
– Level of courses and how rigorous are they
– The more selective the college, the more rigorous
schedule they want to see 
• Challenge yourself and take classes that push you
to be a better student
• Important to know your limits and what you can
handle
  
College and Career Readiness

• Taking care of yourself is important!
• Colleges want to see a well-rounded student
• Not just math/science if you want to be an
engineer
• Stick with your language classes if you can!