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General Academic Info

In order to attend college in Kentucky, a student must fulfill the basic graduation requirements as well as accumulate a minimum of 24 credits. These credits include 17 required credits plus 7 electives. Required courses include social studies (3), science (3), mathematics (3), language arts (4), foreign language (2), visual and performing arts (1), health (1/2), and physical education (1/2). Electives should be in academic or career interest based on the student’s individual learning plan.

 

FRESHMAN

  1. Religion I
  2. English I
  3. STEM Explorations / Biology
  4. Algebra / Geometry
  5. Health / Physical Education
  6. Global & Digital Citizenship / AP Human Geography
  7. (ELECTIVE)

SOPHOMORE

  1. Religion II
  2. English II
  3. Biology
  4. Geometry / Algebra II
  5. World Civilization
  6. (ELECTIVE)
  7. (ELECTIVE)

JUNIOR

  1. Religion III
  2. English III
  3. Algebra II / Algebra III / Precalculus
  4. United States History
  5. Chemistry* / (ELECTIVE)
  6. (ELECTIVE)
  7. (ELECTIVE)

SENIOR

  1. Religion IV
  2. English IV
  3. Government / Economics
  4. Math Course
  5. (ELECTIVE)
  6. (ELECTIVE)
  7. (ELECTIVE)

*Chemistry should be taken during the junior year as the student’s third science credit. The exception would be if the student is taking Geometry as a junior. The student would then take Algebra II and Chemistry as a senior.

 

For the purpose of class standing, certain classes will have weighted value. The weighted average will only be reflected in the student’s GPA and not on the report card as a grade in that particular course. Any course listed in the Course of Study as an AP level class will carry a weight of 1.08 times the grade earned in that class. Any course listed in the Course of Study as an honors level class will carry a weight of 1.04 times the grade earned in that class.

 

 

At SHDHS, courses are divided into two categories: building and non-building. There is a definite distinction between building and non-building courses. A building course is one in which the basics of the first semester are required in order to succeed in the second semester. A non-building course is one in which the material in the second semester is not necessarily dependent on the first semester.

In building courses, a full credit will be given when a second semester grade can offset a first semester failure by producing a yearly average of seventy (70) or more. However, a second semester failure can only be made up by repeating the entire year. If a yearly average is below seventy (70), while the second semester average was passing, only the first semester needs to be repeated. In courses not required for graduation, credit will be awarded for each semester passed. The building courses include:

Algebra I, II, III
College Algebra
STEM ExplorationsLatin I, II, III
AP Latin

GeometryEnvironmental ScienceSpanish I, II, III
AP Spanish
Accounting I, IIPhysics, AP PhysicsGlobal & Digital Citizenship
PreCalculusChemistry, AP ChemistryComputer Science
AP Computer Science
Calculus, AP CalculusHuman Anatomy & PhysiologyDigital Art & Design
AP Statistics

All other courses are considered non-building courses. In non-building courses, credit will be granted separately by semester. That is, one-half (1/2) credit will be given for each semester passed. In making up a failure in a non-building course, only the semester failed needs to be repeated.

There are also several semester courses in the curriculum. Partial credit will not be awarded in these semester (1/2 credit) classes. The entire semester must be repeated following a failure to receive credit.

 

 

93 – 100 = A
85 – 92 = B
77 – 84 = C
70 – 76 = D
0 – 69 = F

All grades are rounded using standard rounding.

The following number of credits is necessary to advance to the next grade level:

  1. At the end of the freshman year, a student must have five credits to be classified a sophomore for the coming school year.
  2. At the end of the sophomore year, a student must have eleven credits to be classified a junior for the coming school year.
  3. At the end of the junior year, a student must have seventeen credits to be classified a senior for the coming school year.

A student who has been held back because of a lack of credits may request to advance to his/her proper class standing at semester break. This student must earn enough credits by mid-year that would put the student back on track with his/her original classmates at the conclusion of the current school year.

Credits may be earned each summer through an approved summer school. School permission is required for all make-up work.

 

The following is the pre-college curriculum requirements in the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

Subject Credits Course Description
Language Arts 4 English I, II, III, IV (or AP English)
Social Studies 3 World Civilization, US History, and Economics/Government
Mathematics* 3 Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, a Math elective *Students are required to take 4 years of math.
Science 3 Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth/Space Science (at least one lab course)
Health 1/2
Physical Education 1/2
Fine Arts 1 Visual or Performing Arts
Foreign Language* 2 Two years of the same foreign language

In addition to the state requirements, St. Henry District High School requires the following courses for graduation:

Religion I | Religion II | Religion III | Religion IV
Global and Digital Citizenship OR AP Human Geography (Taken Freshman Year)

*Please note: The information listed above is the pre-college curriculum requirements in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The minimum high school graduation requirements in Kentucky is 22 credits where students are not required to take the 2 years of a foreign language.

Students must also meet the following obligations before graduation:

  • Return all library materials
  • Pay any fines or fees not yet paid
  • Turn in any delinquent absentee notes
  • Pass each semester of Senior English, Religion, and Government/Economics
  • If necessary, register for summer school
  • Return all school-issued textbooks
  • Return all athletic equipment
  • Pay all financial obligations to the school
  • Continue to follow all school rules and regulations

 

 

Exams are administered to the entire student body at the conclusion of each semester. These exams are comprehensive for the entire semester in which they are given. Separate exam marks are given and recorded on the report card for these exams. Students are exempt from a second semester exam if they have a 95 average for 3rd and 4th quarters, or 93 for all four quarters.

Students who take an AP exam may be exempted from the end-of-the-year exam, per the teacher’s discretion.

Students who miss an exam because of an absence must make up that exam by the end of the week in which exams are given. Exceptions to this must be approved by the administration.

 

The school year is divided into four grading periods of nine weeks each. Report cards are made available to students and parents at these times. St. Henry District High School operates on a numerical grading system. A grade of seventy or higher is passing. While report cards list four separate quarter marks, only the first and second semester averages are recorded on the student’s permanent record.

Semester averages are calculated by using the following formula: forty percent of each quarter grade in a given semester plus twenty percent of the semester exam grade from that semester. The yearly average is calculated by using the following formula: twenty percent of each quarter grade plus ten percent of each exam.

All report cards will be mailed to the parents.

Beginning with the second quarter report cards, report cards may be held for any delinquencies to the school. Final transcripts will also be held with any delinquencies. Report cards and final transcripts will be released as soon as all delinquencies are made up.

Progress Reports
Progress reports are available on-line through a website called Schoology. All students and their parents will be given an account with a password that gives access to that student’s information. Grades will be posted by the teachers on a regular basis. Students and parents can then access that information at any time during each quarter.

 

Unsatisfactory conduct calls for consideration and discussion on the part of the parent, student, and the teacher concerned. The numbers one through five are used as a code to indicate the following behavioral evaluations by the teachers:

  1. outstandingly cooperative and mature
  2. on occasion conduct is outstanding
  3. acceptable behavior
  4. behavioral problem in class
  5. serious behavioral problem in class

A mark of four or five is considered unacceptable classroom behavior. Additional specific comments numbered six through twenty may be made.

 

A student who fails to have the required number of credits per his/her grade level at the end of the school year is expected to make up the deficit in some manner. Working with the Credit Recovery Program and/or registration for the following year are possible ways of making up this credit. A school counselor must approve these options. English and Religion failures must be made up by the start of the next school year.

Please see the Building vs. Non-Building information in the Academic section of the website to determine how a failure will be determined.

In the Credit Recovery Program the maximum grade recorded will be a seventy percent. For enrichment courses, the actual grade for that class will be recorded.