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9th Grade Course Selection
2010-2011
Hightower High School


  Four Classes a Day (A day/B day)
  Eight-Period Block Schedule (90 min)
  Everyone will have one non-credit
  class
   (Band Lab, Athletics Lab, or 9th Transition)
Credits

  Students entering high school
   in 2010 and after are required
   to complete the following
   listed 26 credits to meet the
   Texas Graduation
   Requirements
Core Courses

 All students are required to take
 • 4 credits of English
 • 4 credits of Math
 • 4 credits of Social Studies
 • 4 credits of Science
 (Pre-AP/GT/AP)
 (On Level/Regular)
2.0 credits of World
Languages
  French I and Spanish for Spanish Speakers
   are available for 9th grade students.

  Spanish I can be taken in the 10th grade only.

  Two years of the same foreign language
   course is needed for graduation.
Speech & Fine Art &
Health Requirements:
  0.5 credits of Speech (Communication
   Applications)
        (#1 on your course selection sheet)
  1 Fine Arts credit
        (#2 on your course selection sheet)
  District Board of Directors approved that ALL
   students will be required to take Health as a
   graduation requirement.

  All freshmen will take PE & Speech
  As well as a Fine Arts credit
1.0 P. E Credits

 All freshman will take their first
  year of P.E unless enrolled in a
  P.E equivalent course, such as
  Band, ROTC, or Athletics
     (#3 on your course selection sheet)
Other Requirements:
 5.0 electives (#’s 4, 5, & 6 on your course selection sheet)

 Principles of Business,         Principles of Architecture &
  Marketing & Finance (1/2)        Construction (1)
 Business Professional           Architectural Design (1)
  Communications (1/2)
 Touch System Data (1/2)         Construction Management (1)
 Principles of Agriculture,      Electrical Technology (1)
  Food & Natural Resources        Business Information
  (1)                              Management 1 (1)
 Wildlife, Fisheries and         Business Information
  Ecology Management (1)           Management 1 CN (1)
 Small Animal Management         Principles of Arts, Audio
  (1/2)
                                   Video Technology and Comm
                                   (1)
Academy Students

  To enroll in academy courses students
   must have applied and been accepted
   into a program.

  Courses for each academy are listed on
   the course selection sheet.
Selecting Courses

  Choose your courses carefully. Sit down
   with your parents and teachers for help.

  There will be no schedule changes after
   June 16, 2010 unless you have earned
   course credit in summer school or there
   is a conflict with your schedule.
Fish Camp

  Watch your mail this summer for flyers
   inviting you to come out to freshman
   orientation.

 There will be plenty of food and games for
  your enjoyment!!!!
Course Selection

  Congratulations! Class of 2014!!
TEXAS STATE
GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS
 …and the
 FORT BEND ISD
 HIGHTOWER HIGH SCHOOL
 GRADING SYSTEM
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  Students will choose one of two graduation plans
     Recommended Plan
     Distinguished Achievement Plan


  Along with the required credits, students must master
   the exit level state exam to march and/or receive a
   diploma at graduation time.
RECOMMENDED GRADUATION PLAN
(Students entering high school
as freshmen in 2010-2011)
 The 26 credits include:
  Four (4) credits of English – English I, II, III, and IV;

  Four (4) credit of Mathematics – Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
   (in this sequence) and at least one course from:
         Math Models with Application (between Geometry & Algebra
        II)
      Any Math course with Algebra II as a prerequisite

  Four (4) credits of Science – One credit must be Biology; two
   credits from Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC), Chemistry,
   and/or Physics. The fourth year of science may be selected from
   other science courses offered (see page 9 – program guide).

  Four (4) credits of Social Studies – World Geography, World
   History, US History, US Government (1/2 credit), and Economics
   (1/2 credit);
RECOMMENDED GRADUATION PLAN
(Students entering high school
as freshmen in 2010-2011) (cont’d)

    One (1) Fine Arts credit
    Two (2) credits of World Language (same language) –
     Spanish or French
    One-half (1/2) credit of Speech (Communication
     Applications)
    One (1) credit of Physical Education Fitness (PE
     equivalent courses)
    Five and one half (5 ½) Elective credits (these are
     additional courses that students elect to take, non-
     specific)
DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT
GRADUATION PLAN

  All of the same specifics for the Recommended Plan except
   students must complete three (3) years of a Foreign Language
   (same language) with four and one-half (4.5) elective credits plus
   additional advanced measures.
  Additional advanced measures should include four of the
   following:
     PSAT*
     Test Data – College Board Advanced Placement Exam*
     College Courses*
     Original Research or Project
             *qualifying score required

 NOTE: Refer to page 9 of the program guide for more details
GRADING SYSTEM and the G.P.A.
There are two levels in the grading system:

                      Regular                     H/Pre-AP/AP/GT
    A        =        5.0                              6.0
    B        =        4.0                              5.0
    C        =        3.0                              4.0
    D        =        2.0                              3.0
    F        =        0                                0
The level of the coursework taken by the student determines the grade point that is
derived from the grade made. Grade point averages are based on sum totals of the
grade points made divided by the number of classes. Grade point averages vary
after each semester. First official class rank is determined by the grade point
average (GPA) of all high school credit courses taken up to the fall semester of
grade 11.
EXAMPLE OF GRADE POINT
AVERAGE CONFIGURATION

 English I (H/Pre-Ap/GT)        90              6.0
 Algebra I (Regular)            90              5.0
 IPC (Regular)                  89              4.0
 W. Geography (H/Pre-AP)        88              5.0
 Spanish I (Regular)            92              5.0
 Orchestra (Regular)            95              5.0
 PE/Found. Of Fitness (Reg.)    100             5.0

  The sum total from grade point is 35.0
  The 35.0 is divided by the number of classes taken
  Which is seven, to make a GPA of 5.0
GRADE POINT AVERAGE
CONFIGURATION (Cont’d)
Letter grades are determined as follows:
         A      =       90-100
         B      =       80-89
         C      =       75-79
         D      =       70-74
         F      =       69-Below
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