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Curricula

 

FOUR-YEAR PLAN
Each student enrolling as a freshman should complete a four-year plan based on the student’s goal for post-secondary options and/or future career goals.
 
FULLY ENROLLED STUDENT
Students must be enrolled in at least six (6) credit courses. There is no provision for part-time status. If a student’s withdrawal from a class, by choice or by disciplinary reason, results in less than the six (6) required classes, they may be expected to withdraw or be dismissed from school under the due process procedure. Note: Seniors who take at least four college level courses in a semester may qualify for the Senior Flex Schedule.
 
CLASS SCHEDULES
  • Counselors will meet with students early in the second semester to assist in selecting classes for the next year. The FHS course catalog is accessible online for student reference.
  • Students should work with their parents and their counselor to select their courses carefully. The selections made will play a critical role in the student's future options in further education and in career choices.
  • Questions regarding schedules should be directed to the student's counselor. 
SCHEDULE CHANGE REQUEST PROCEDURE 
Students and parents should carefully consider all course requests prior to meeting with their school counselor to schedule courses for an upcoming school year. Students leaving for summer vacation should consider course requests made at the time of scheduling as final for the entire 2021-2022 school year.
 
Schedule changes after June 1 will be administratively granted under the following circumstances:
  • Administrative error in scheduling (i.e. original student requests were not entered correctly)
  • Need to balance class sizes
  • Student failed a second semester class or summer school class in a required subject
  • Students with seven classes may drop one class for a study hall during the first eight days of the semester with a parent’s written request and provided that class is not an Honors, dual-credit, or AP course
  • Documented physical or mental condition requires a modification in the schedule
  • Special education considerations
  • Student is academically misplaced in the course (has not completed pre-requisites, new enrollee misplaced)
  • Administrative discretion
Students may not change their schedules due to instructor preference or the order of classes. (Approval of all schedule change requests is subject to consideration involving maximum and minimum class size.) Except under very special circumstances, any student who withdraws from a class after the second week will receive a “WF” (Withdrawal Failure) as a semester grade for that class.
 
Year-long and semester classes are included in this policy.
 
Students enrolled in dual credit courses in which college credit may be granted, must research and consider the application of credit at other universities carefully prior to scheduling. Changes in college entrance status will not be considered in granting schedule change requests.

ONLINE COURSES AND SUMMER SCHOOL ENROLLMENTS
  • To take online courses or summer school courses for credit, students must have prior approval by the Guidance Department or principal. 
  • Grades for online courses MUST be received by May 15 if they are to be counted toward graduation eligibility.
  • A maximum of four (4) credits from online courses or summer school classes taken from institutions other than Fishers High School may apply toward graduation.
GRADING PHILOSOPHY
Fishers High School will report pupil progress using methods that are comprehensible to parents and students. The method used will be a fair measure of students’ intellectual and creative achievement. The school corporation believes that progress is the very foundation of education and recognizes the school’s obligation to provide reports of students’ advancement through the system.

GRADING SCALES
The classroom grading scale used at Fishers High School is shown below:


GRADE POINT
To calculate a cumulative grade point, the semester final grade of each class is assigned a point value as indicated below. This total is then divided by the number of credits attempted, with the results being carried out three decimal places. This calculation is done for each student after every semester. The grading system at Fishers High School is shown below.



FORMULA FOR CALCULATING GPA OF WEIGHTED COURSES
Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) classes, and dual credit courses to a four-year university will receive weighted grades. For students who have taken Honors courses, their GPA is adjusted upward using the following formula: .096 multiplied by the number of semester Honors courses passed divided by the number of semesters of high school completed. This quotient is then added to the GPA. All AP and IB classes will carry a weight of .143, unless otherwise noted in the Curriculum Guide, which will be multiplied by the number of semester AP and IB courses passed divided by the number of semesters of high school completed. Both quotients will be added to the GPA.

CUMULATIVE GRADE POINT AVERAGES EXAMPLE
G.P.A. is computed using the semester grades. This would be the grade point average with no grade weighting.



GRADE WEIGHTING
This student has 1 credit, English 9 Honors, which is weighted. 0.096*1 = 0.096
Divide by the number of semesters completed                              0.096/1=0.096 
Add that to the total unweighted G.P.A.                               3.445+0.096 = 3.541
                                                                                  New G.P.A. for the student

CLASS RANK
The cumulative grade points of all the students in each class are listed in order from highest to lowest. This ranking is done each semester after the grade points are calculated. Although rankings are not posted, they can be requested through the guidance office.
 
GRADE REPORTS
  • Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, final semester grades will be determined by counting the semester work as 80 percent and the final exam grade (or culminating activity as approved by the building principal) as 20 percent.
  • Midterm benchmarks and quarterly grade updates will be available to students and families in Skyward. 
Note: Specific subject-wide exceptions may be made with administrative approval. Any exceptions to the semester grade computation will be communicated in the teacher’s syllabus.
 
GRADUATION COMPETENCIES WAIVER REQUIREMENTS
Students in the class of 2023 (or any student in the class of 2022, as requested) can graduate using the Graduation Pathways waiver described here: https://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/graduation-pathways/grad-pathways-101-full-112718.pdf. A student may receive a waiver from the Postsecondary-Ready Competencies

(1) If:
     a. the student was unsuccessful in completing the postsecondary readiness competency by the conclusion of the senior year, including a student who was in the process of completing a competency at one school that was not offered by the school to which the student transferred;
     b. the student attempted to achieve at least three separate postsecondary readiness competencies;

OR

(2) If a student transfers to a school during the senior year from a non-accredited nonpublic school or an out-of-state school and the student:
     a. attempted to achieve at least one postsecondary readiness competency and
     b. was unsuccessful in completing the attempted competency.

To receive a waiver from the Postsecondary-Ready Competencies, the student must:
1.  maintain at least a “C” average or its equivalent throughout the high school career in courses required to graduate;
2.  maintain a school attendance rate of at least 95% with excused absences not counting against the rate;
3.  satisfy all other state and local graduation requirements beyond the postsecondary readiness competency requirements; AND
4.  demonstrate postsecondary planning (approved by school principal), including:
     a.  college acceptance;
     b.  acceptance in an occupational training program;
     c.  workforce entry; or
     d.  military enlistment. 

ACADEMIC RECOGNITION
 
ACADEMIC DEAN’S LIST
The Dean’s List will be compiled each semester. To attain the Dean’s List a          student must have a 3.33 or higher weighted current semester GPA. The              Dean’s List will be posted on the FHS website. 
 
ACADEMIC DISTINCTION
Academic Distinction Lists will be compiled at the end of each semester and posted on the FHS website.
Based on the student’s Cumulative GPA, the following categories will be used for academic recognition:
 
Summa Cum Laude              4.30 and above
Magna Cum Laude                4.00 - 4.29
Cum Laude                            3.67 - 3.99
 
Seniors achieving the designation of Summa Cum Laude of the senior class after seven semesters will be honored at an award banquet in the spring. Seniors achieving any of these three distinctions after the seventh semester will be recognized at graduation.
 
Underclass students earning a designation of Summa Cum Laude after first semester in each grade will be honored at the Underclass Awards Ceremony in the spring. 
 
CLASS RANKING
  • A student who transfers will be ranked with their class the semester following two full semesters of attendance at Fishers High School.
  • Every year the graduating senior with the highest cumulative grade point is recognized as the class valedictorian. The student with the next highest cumulative grade point is named salutatorian. These awards carry a special medallion to be worn over the graduation robe. Students eligible for consideration of this honor must have been enrolled in Fishers High School for the 6th, 7th, and 8th semesters of high school and must be a fully enrolled student during the 8th semester.
  • Eighth-semester grades are used to establish final class rank and cumulative GPA. These are requested by colleges even after acceptance. 
INCOMPLETES
Incompletes will only be given with persmission from the principal or designee. 
 
SCHOOL CODE NUMBER FOR COLLEGE FORMS: 151041
This is the ETS (Educational Testing Service) number to be used for the SAT and ACT applications from Fishers High School. It may also be requested on college applications.
 
SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
  • The Guidance Department provides scholarship and financial aid information to all seniors. Scholarships will be annouced. Students can visit the FHS website, Naviance, or the Guidance Office for more details. Students are also encouraged to utilize Naviance for scholarship searching.
  • Each year several organizations offer awards and scholarships to graduating seniors. Most of these are presented at Senior Awards Night. 
GRADUATION CEREMONY POLICY
  • To be eligible for graduation, a student must meet all requirements set forth by the Hamilton Southeastern Schools and the State of Indiana.
  • A student who is under suspension, expulsion, or exclusion at the time of graduation or one who receives a disciplinary penalty for acts which took place after exams were completed may not participate in commencement ceremonies.
  • Graduating students MUST attend commencement practice to qualify for the commencement ceremony.  
SIXTH OR SEVENTH SEMESTER GRADUATION
It is advisable to complete four (4) years of high school. Graduation may be achieved after six or seven semesters if all forty-two (42) required credits have been completed. This must be planned when the classes are being selected for the student's final year of high school. A form requesting sixth or seventh semester graduation must be filed with the student's counselor. This form must be signed by both student and parent in the spring prior to the student's final year. A sixth or seventh semester graduate may participate in end of the year senior activities. Participation in graduation exercises requires attendance at the scheduled graduation practice. Seventh semester graduates are not eligible for Valendictorian or Salutatorian honors given at the end of the year. Sixth semester graduates will be ranked with their cohort (junior class) and are eligible for Senior Academic Distinction but not Valedictorian or Salutatorian. 
 
PERMANENT SCHOOL RECORDS (TRANSCRIPTS)
An academic record is kept on file in the Guidance Office for each student showing the final grade for each semester in every class taken while in high school. The total number of absences each year is recorded, along with the cumulative grade point at the end of each semester. These facts are utilized whenever recommendations are required by colleges or prospective employers.
 
COURSE AUDITING TO IMPROVE A GRADE
If a student receives a grade lower than a C- in an advanced, honors, or AP course, that student should continue to progress through the natural sequence of courses. If the student is interested in replacing that grade to qualify for the Academic Honors Diploma, the student may—with administrator approval—take the regular version of the class, if available, they have previously taken at the Honors level (earning a D+ or lower) with both grades being recorded on the transcript. The second grade, if a C- or higher, can be used for the Honors Diploma requirements.  
 
DISSECTION
Participation in hands-on science is important to learning science, and students are expected to participate in dissection activities that are part of the curriculum.  Schools will provide alternative activities for students who have objections to animal dissections.  Students need to understand that by nature, the alternative activities will not be able to provide the same laboratory experience, although the alternatives will allow the students to master the same concepts.
 
STUDY HALL
Students are to bring study materials to all study halls. Students should conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to normal classroom time.
 
STUDENT AIDES
Students scheduled as aides must have all “C’s” or above. Any grade of “D” or “F” will result in the student being placed in study hall. Semester grades take precedence over those from a nine-week grading period. Teachers are asked to have only one student aide per period; special exceptions can be made with administrator approval.
 
 

Fishers High School

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