HIGH SCHOOL GUIDE 2012-2013
Note to Students and Parents The purpose of this Student Program Guide is to assist students and parents in planning a high school course of study tailored to individual student needs, interests, and aspirations. After an introductory section on graduation requirements, grades, academic placement, and student classification, the program of studies provides a brief description of the prerequisites and content of the high school courses offered by the Fort Bend Independent School District. These descriptions should be consulted in selecting courses for next year. Students and parents with questions regarding courses and the implications of selecting them are encouraged to consult with building counselors. Availability of courses listed in the program guide depends on student requests at each campus. FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT SEEKS TO PROVIDE EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY WITHOUT REGARD FOR RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX OR DISABILITY. Semester System The Fort Bend Independent School District’s high schools operate on a semester system. Each school year is divided into two semesters, and each semester is divided into two grading periods. Most courses vary from one to two semesters in length. Credit for courses is awarded based on EIE policy. Attendance Students must be in attendance a minimum of 90 percent of the days during a semester to receive credit in a course. The State of Texas has provided means of appeal for extenuating circumstances should a student’s absences exceed the maximum allowed each semester. Students may be required to attend Saturday classes to make up absences. Grading System The State Board of Education has set 70 as a minimum passing grade. The statewide grading system is as follows: A = 90-100 B = 80-89 C = 75-79 D = 70-74 F = 69-and below (not achieving mastery)
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Physical Education Substitutions Marching band (fall semester only), cheerleading (fall semester only), JROTC, athletics, and approved Olympic Sanctioned Sports may substitute for the physical education requirement. Students enrolled in physical education and band (fall semester only) or JROTC the same semester, may use both to meet the physical education requirement. Approved Olympic Sanctioned Sports may count as a physical education substitute. Olympic Sanctioned Sports/Off Campus Physical Activity Private or commercially sponsored physical activity programs designed to develop Olympic level capabilities may be substituted for physical education credit in grades 9-12, if approved by the school board and the Texas Education Agency. Students who wish to take Olympic Sanctioned Sports must receive prior approval from his/her registrar, must provide his/her own transportation, and must provide a workout schedule and attendance records. The program will require the student to participate in a program of 80 clock hours for each one-half unit of credit awarded. (Category I requires a minimum of 15 hours per week. Category II requires a minimum of 5 hours per week. Students who wish to take Olympic Sanctioned Sports should see their registrar for approval and for confirmation. Examples of Olympic Sanctioned Sports are: archery, bicycling, equestrian, gymnastics, ice skating, and Tae Kwon Do. Olympic Sanction Sports are individual instruction sports. Requests for this must be made no later than August 1st for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester. Non Credit Courses Additional courses may be taken beyond the totals of each program option described on pages 8 and 9. These courses do not count toward graduation credits. Fort Bend Independent School District offers courses which are calculated as part of the GPA and class rank: PSAT/SAT Prep Course College Prep Transition Math Cheerleading for 3rd-4th credits JROTC - Leadership for any credits above 4 Chemistry III Office Aide (12th grade only. No grade or grade points. Does...
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