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Central High School Academic Page. Our mission is to give every student the highest
level of education in the state of Missouri. Please follow the links on the left
to find out more information concerning each academic area. Each department includes
the curriculum and teacher information.
2010-2011 ACADEMIC CALENDAR
First day of semester.....August 11
End of Quarter 1...........October 1
Semester Exams...........December 17-21
First day of semester.....January 4
End of Quarter 3...........March 9
Semester Exams...........May 20 - 24
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Four times during the school year, progress
reports will be issued to all students. A progress report is issued approximately
4 1/2 weeks after the beginning of each quarter. Each student will receive a letter
grade and behavioral comments from each teacher. A copy of the progress report
will be given to the student to take home.
PROGRESS REPORTS - SEMESTER EXAM SCHEDULE 2010 - 2011*
First Day of Semester. . . . . . . . . . . Wednesday, August 11
End of Quarter 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday, October 1
Semester Exams......... Friday, December 17- Tuesday, December 21
First Day of Semester. . . . . . . . . . .Tuesday, January 4
End of Quarter 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wednesday, March 9
Final Exams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Friday, May 20 - Tuesday,
End of Semester. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tuesday, May 24.
exam dates may vary due to adjustments for snow days, etc.
Grade cards will be distributed to each student four times a year, approximately
ten days after the end of each quarter. Grade cards for each semester will be
The following is the official grading scale for secondary
schools in the Francis Howell School District and is to be used by all teachers:
90-100% - A; 80-89% - B; 70-79% - C; 60-69% - D; 59-0% - F
Parents may examine all official records of their children. An
appointment should be made beforehand with the appropriate counselor or principal.
In addition, parents/legal guardians may request an amendment to educational records
if the parents/legal guardians believe the record is inaccurate, misleading, or
violates the privacy or other rights of their child. Parents/legal guardians may
register a complaint with the U.S. Office of Education if they feel the district
is in violation of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.
CREDIT BY SEMESTER
Credit for graduation will be awarded upon the successful completion of a
semester's course of study in each class. Credit will not be awarded by quarter.
The semester grade will be based on a combination of the two quarter grades and
the semester examination grade.
Final examinations are given at the end of each semester. Only students who are
ill on the actual examination day(s) are allowed to make up examinations. Examinations
must be made up during the approved exam make-up period. PARENTS MUST CONTACT
THE SCHOOL ON THE DAY THE STUDENT IS ABSENT FROM THE FINAL EXAM. IF THE SCHOOL
IS NOT CONTACTED, THE STUDENT CANNOT MAKE UP THE EXAM! Attendance for each period
on 1/2 day exam dates is required regardless of study hall assignments.
honor roll is computed twice per year at the end of each semester. A student must
have earned a 3.0 grade point average (G.P.A.) for the semester to be included
on the honor roll. Excluding "Honors" courses, grade point averages
are determined by the following system: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0. In Honors courses:
A=5, B=4, C=2, D=1, F=0.
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NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
shall be open to qualified sophomores, juniors and seniors.
2. A cumulative
GPA of 3.75 is used for determining scholastic eligibility.
3. All four criteria,
scholarship, leadership, character and service, shall be considered in the selection
process of new members.
4. Leadership, character and service qualifications
shall be determined by teacher recommendations, student activity information forms
and the 5 member Faculty Council appointed by the Principal.
5. The scholastically
qualifying student must complete and return the student activity information forms
and give the teacher recommendation forms to their choice of three teachers. The
completed forms are then returned to the NHS sponsors by the required date. The
sponsors then assemble the Faculty Council to review each student's qualifications.
24 TOTAL UNITS (REQUIRED AND ELECTIVE) NECESSARY
17 REQUIRED UNITS
4 units of English/Communications Arts
3 units of Social Studies
3 units of Science
3 units of Mathematics
1 unit of Fine Art
1 unit of Practical Art
1 unit of Physical Education
.5 unit of Health
.5 unit of Personal Finance
7 ELECTIVE UNITS
See the current Parent/Student Handbook for further details.
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MINIMUM CREDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR PROMOTION
Grade 9 to 10 - 5
Grade 10 to 11 - 11 Credits
Grade 11 to 12 - 17 Credits
ACADEMIC AND SPECIAL AWARDS
The Missouri Department of Education presents the MISSOURI COLLEGE
PREPARATORY STUDIES CERTIFICATE to all students graduating who complete
a more rigorous academic program. This program is highly recommended for
students entering college in order for them to meet high school curriculum
requirements at most universities. The minimum program requirements are:
The following awards will be bestowed upon qualified graduates of Francis
Howell Central High School:
Missouri College Preparatory Studies Certificate
President's Award for Educational Excellence
Standard of Academic Accomplishments Award
Cum Laude Procedures
The criteria for these awards are outlined below. Students are encouraged
to plan accordingly and to PETITION FOR THE AWARDS FOR WHICH THEY QUALIFY
during the spring of their senior year. Additional information regarding
these awards is available in the Guidance Office.
Subject(s) / Unit(s)
English/Communication Arts 4.0
Social Studies 3.0
Personal Finance 0.5
Specified Core Elevtive 3.0
General Electives 4.0
TOTAL MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS 24.0
+ A 3.0 G.P.A. is required in these courses and a score above the National
Average on ACT or SAT tests. Maintain an attendance rate of 95% in grades
9 - 12.
*Required: -- Communication
Arts I, Communication Arts II, Communication Arts III, Communication Arts IV.
-- American Government, American History, World History.
Through Algebra II
****Required: -- Biology and two additional units of
science, two of the three required units in this area must include Biology, Chemistry
*****Strongly Recommended: 2 units in same foreign language
President's Award for Educational Excellence is awarded during the senior
year. A student must meet all specified requirements for the Missouri College
Preparatory Certificate with the addition of the following conditions:
student must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.5 in a 4.0 system and score at or above
the 85TH PERCENTILE on one of the following: A.C.T., S.A.T. or P.S.A.T.
order to receive the STANDARD OF ACADEMIC ACCOMPLISHMENT AWARD,
a student must meet all specified requirements for the Missouri College Preparatory
Studies Certificate with the following additions and exceptions.
A student must participate in at least one co-curricular activity for each of
the four high school years.
A student must have an excellent citizenship/attendance
record in each of his/her four years in high school.
units of approved Mathematics credit may be substituted for Geometry and Algebra
II as required by the Missouri College Preparatory Studies Certificate.
If a student has a G.P.A. less than 3.3 but not less than 2.5 and has
scores at the national average on the A.C.T., S.A.T., Missouri S.C.A.T..
or the P.S.A.T., he/she may still be deemed qualified if the Principal
believes these grades/scores are truly commensurate with the student's
Cum Laude Procedures are as follows:
REQUIREMENTS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CUM LAUDE AWARDS:
Students must accumulate a minimum of 27 credits at graduation, unless
prorated due to Advanced Standing acknowledgment of high school level
coursework successfully completed before grade nine (see NOTES below).
Only high school courses (including Missouri Virtual Instruction Program
(MoVIP) courses)qualify for Cum Laude credit. Classes taken through dual
enrollment, correspondence, night school or in grade eight or below do
not meet this standards.
1 - Students transferring from other school districts must have taken
the maximum amount of credits available at their previous school(s) and
then meet the above credit requirements prorated for the period they attend
high school in the District.
2 - While high school credit is not awarded for college credit earned
through dual enrollment, or for high school level coursework completed
before grade nine, it may be necessary to prorate the number of credits
required for Cum Laude distinction for those students entering ninth grade
with Advanced Standing acknowledgment on their transcripts. Students who
successfully complete the highest level of District coursework available
in any of the four core subject areas may petition to dual enroll at a
local college or university in order to take more advances courses in
said subject area(s). District schedule allowances may be necessary to
accommodate these dual enrollment situations, and the Cum Laude total
credit requirement may be prorated as a result.
Cum Laude GPA requirements are:
*** 4.2 and above = Summa Cum Laude
*** 4.0 - 4.19 = Magna Cum Laude
***3.8 - 3.99 = Cum Laude
NOTE: GPA will be calculated to include all classes taken in grades 9
- 12 (including MoVIP classes), but exclude correspondence, night school
and high school courses taken in grade eight or below. GPAs will not be
Students are required to take a minimum of eight semesters in each of
the core areas: math, communications arts, science, and social studies.
Students are required to earn a minimum of "proficient" on
all but on e MAP/End-of-course exams taken over high school level coursework.
On college entry exams, students are required to attain a minimum of
27 composite score on the ACT or a combined 1220 on two of the three sections
of the SAT.
Cum Laude honors will be announced as students' names are read at commencement.
Students will wear a Cum Laude medallion with the color ribbon selected
by the individual high school.
*** Summa Cum Laude = gold medallion
*** Magna Cum Laude = silver medallion
*** Cum Laude = bronze medallion
A seal will be placed on the students' diplomas indicating the appropriate
Class and will be reported on transcripts only.
Please see Ms. Amy Zykan in Room 2 for full details of the program. .
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