Palmyra Area High School
1125 Park Drive
Palmyra, PA 17078
Greetings and welcome to Palmyra Area High School! This Student Course Planning Guide has been published to assist students and parents in selecting an educational program that best fits each student’s unique educational skills, talents and interests. Please take some time to review the contents so you can plan for a successful and meaningful high school experience. When making course selections, students should think about how their choices blend with their interests and abilities and lead to preparing oneself for life after high school. If you have any questions about any information printed in this catalog, please call the Palmyra Area High School Guidance Office at 838-1331.
1. Students meet all state requirements on Keystone Exams.
2. Teachers utilize 21st century strategies to meet individual student needs. 3. Time is embedded for teacher collaboration and professional development. 4. There is a strong sense of community/ school pride.
All staff must fulfill their professional responsibilities so that....
1. Students can achieve academic success in a safe environment with a rigorous curriculum. 2. All stakeholders are involved in preparing students for the real world. 3. Teacher collaboration is a priority
4. All decisions are data-based and driven by what is best for students.
Eleventh grade students who are not proficient on the Keystone Exams (in Literature, Biology, and Algebra) will be required, without exception, to be scheduled into a remediation class for their specific area of need.
High School Administration
Dr. Benjamin K. Ruby – Principal
Mr. Paul J. Steigerwald – Assistant Principal
Mr. Daryl Reisinger – Assistant Principal
High School Counselors
Students assigned by first letter of last name (-)
Mrs. Jennifer Kulas – (A-F)
Mr. David Watson – (G-J)
Mrs. Jennifer Hilbert – (K-R)
Ms. Teresa Markulike – (S-Z)
GRADUATION CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
Core Electives (Math, Science, SS, or English)
Driver Ed./Career Ed.
3.5 or 4.5 + 6 from CTC = 9.5 or 10.5
Total Credits Required for Graduation
Total Credits Possible
All students in grades 9-11 will be required to take at least one class in each of the four core content areas each year (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.)
Note: Counselors and teachers will work with students concerning course selections. Students are, however, required to monitor his/her own progress towards graduation.
Guidelines for Honors Level courses:
Students considering enrolling in Honors Level courses should consider the following: Honors level courses are highly rigorous and are designed for highly motivated and academically competent students. Students taking Honors level courses should consider their past academic performance. In general students whose grades are typically above 80% in prerequisite Honors course and 90% in prerequisite College Preparation course may consider Honors level course work.
The following classes will be graded Pass/Fail: Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra, and Support Class. A passing grade will not impact GPA; a failing grade will impact GPA.
GRADE PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS
Promotions to the next grade are governed by the following requirements: 10th Grade: 9 earned credits
11th Grade: 18 earned credits
12th Grade: 27 earned credits
Requirements for Marking Period Honor Rolls
Regular Honor Roll - Grade Point Average of 3.0 to 3.699. All students must have earned...
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