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Curriculum Guide

 Curriculum

Salome High offers college bound courses including a Gifted Program, on campus and on-line college courses, Honors level math and science sections, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs in  Culinary Arts, Construction Technology, Accounting, and Business Operations and Assistant Services. The school also boasts an exceptional Band and Art program, as well as Special Education, Migrant Education, and English Language Learner programs.

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 Grades

The following grades may be earned: 
A (100% - 90%) = Outstanding achievement;
B (89% -80%) = Above average achievement;
C (79% - 70%) = Average achievement; 
D(69% - 60%) = Below average achievement 
F (59% - 0%)= Failing performance. 
NC = No Credit is given when a student enters too late in the semester to award credit for the class or loses credit. 
W = Withdrawal is given when a student withdraws from a course prior to the end of the grading period.  No credit is awarded when a student withdraws. 
P = Pass
F = Fail.

 G.P.A. (Grade Point Average)

Numeric values are assigned to letter grades:  A = 4.0; B = 3.0; C= 2.0; D = 1.0; and F = 0.  A GPA is calculated by adding points for each grade earned and dividing the total by the number of classes taken.  All classes may not be used to calculate a GPA.  For example, some colleges may only calculate the GPA of core classes.  The GPA is recorded on the student transcript each semester and is often used for determining eligibility for the Frog Challenge, Honors Academy, scholarships, college entrance , student ranking, insurance reduction and participation in extra –curricular activities including sports and employment.  A GPA for a transcript is cumulative (grades are calculated beginning from the first semester grades in 9th grade to the student’s present semester grades).  SHS does not weight grades. 

 Class Ranks

Students in each class (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior) are ranked using their GPA’s.  Students with the highest (4.0) GPA are ranked #1.  When a tie for ranking is determined, students will share the honor.  When using the same rank for multiple students is not possible, additional criteria will be used to determine rank.

 Credits

Twenty-three (23) Carnegie units/credits are required for high school graduation beginning with the class of 2009.  (English – 4;  Math- 4;  Social Studies --3.5;  Sciences – 3;  Physical  Education & Health – 1.5;  Vocational or Fine Arts -= 1 and Electives 6).  Transfer credits are evaluated and awarded to meet SHS requirements whenever possible. 

GENERAL  INFORMATION

 Graduation Requirements

Class of 2013-2015

Twenty-two credits distributed among eight curriculum areas are required for graduation from Salome High School.  The following SHS courses meet the requirements for the areas under which they are listed.

English (4 credits required)
English 9, 10, 11, &12

Mathematics (4 credits required)
Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, AIMS Mathematics Preparation, Geometry, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus

Science (3 credits required)
Physical Science, Biology, Earth Science, Honors Chemistry, and Honors Physics

Social Studies (3 credits required)

World History 1 Credit

U.S./AZ History 1.0 Credit

U.S./AZ Government .5 Credit

Free Enterprise .5 Credit

Physical Education (1.0 credit required)
Physical Education

Health (.5 credit required)
Health

Fine Arts/Vocational Ed. (1 fine art credit OR 1 vocational credit required)
Intro to Art, Advanced Art, Band, or any Career and Technical Education Classes

Electives: (5.5 credits required)
Any class listed above which exceeds the credit required for an area may be applied toward elective credit. Band, Spanish I, II, Media Assistant, Office Assistant, and Strength Training are also elective courses.

 Career and Technical Education Programs

All courses earn one-half credit for successful (a grade of A, B, C, or D) completion of each term (usually one semester).  No credit is awarded for a failing grade or when a student withdraws from a course.  In most cases, if a course is taken more than once (repeated) only one term of credit will be awarded.  Some classes may be repeated for credit.  If so, the notation “May be repeated for credit” is made next to “Credit” in the course description section of this publication.

 Honors Academy

Students who meet the following criteria will be considered active and recognized members of the Salome High School Honors Academy.

  1. Continuous enrollment and successful completion of 4 courses in English, Math, and Science at SHS.
  2. Complete at least 2 years of foreign language.
  3. Maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5.
  4. Attempt to Exceed AIMS standards.

 Arizona University Admissions Requirements

Freshmen are admitted to Arizona’s universities in one of two ways: unconditionally or conditionally.

UNCONDITIONAL  ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS:
Students must meet the aptitude requirements with a minimum 2.5 GPA in the core curriculum (16 courses listed below OR rank in the upper 50% of their high school graduating class OR achieve a required standardized test score on the ACT or SAT.

Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) Core Curriculum Requirements (16 units total):

  • English:  4 units/credits in grammar, composition and literary analysis (one transferable 3 credit college English course may substitute for one unit)
  • Math:  4 units/credits including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and an advanced math for which Algebra II is a prerequisite (one 3 credit college course for which Algebra II is a prerequisite may substitute for one unit)
  • Laboratory Science:  3 units/credits including biology, chemistry, earth science and physics.  (three 4 credit transferable college lab science courses may substitute for up to 3 units)
  • Social Studies:  2 units/credits including one course of American history; one additional unit from European/world history; economics, sociology, geography, government, psychology or anthropology.  (one 3 credit transferable college American history course and one more transferable 3 credit social science course may be substituted for up to two units

Note:  3.5 social studies credits are required for high school graduation

  • Foreign Language: 2 units of the same foreign language.  A third is recommended (one year of transferable college study in the same foreign language may be substituted for 1 unit).

CONDITIONAL ADMISSIONS POLICY:
If a student has a deficiency or needs to fulfill one unit in one or two different subject areas (except math or science), coursework may be completed during the first year at the university or through summer school or a community college.   Additional coursework required by a college major is not considered part of the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) requirements for admission and may either be completed before enrollment or during the student’s first year at the university.

Students must complete coursework requirements within one calendar year of their first enrollment or they will not be permitted to register for subsequent terms. Admission is based on the grade-point average (GPA) of the 16 unit ABOR requirements, not the entire student curriculum.

 Commencement Participation

Participation in Salome High School commencement exercises requires that a student has successfully completed all State of Arizona and BUHSD #76 School Governing Board graduation requirements prior to the graduation ceremonies.

Any student who still has credit or coursework to complete, disciplinary obligations to fulfill, or financial obligations to settle with the school district will not be allowed to participate in the commencement exercises.  

 Early Graduation

Students desiring early graduation must:

  • Alert the Student Services Director of plans to graduate early as soon as possible.
  • Submit a written request to the Superintendent during the first nine weeks of the graduating year.  The requested early graduation should have parent/guardian approval.
  • With parent/guardian make an appointment with the principal to discuss the early graduation plan.

Diplomas will be awarded only at the completion of the spring semester.  Final transcripts, however, will be provided as soon as all requirements have been met.

 Assistanceships

MEDIA  ASSISTANT:  Assistantship is an elective work-study opportunity.  Under the supervision of the librarian, media assistants assist at the circulation desk, maintain the book shelves and magazine stacks, help process new books, assist with the inventory, assist students with reference and research projects, assist students with media center computers and Internet research, arrange bulletin boards, send out overdue notices and carry out other routine tasks of the Media Center.
Grade Level: 11, 12
Course Length: 1 Year
Prerequisite: Librarian Approval
Credit: 1 Elective Credit

TEACHER ASSISTANT: Assistantship is an elective work-study opportunity.  Under the supervision of a classroom teacher, media assistants assist at the circulation desk, maintain the book shelves and magazine stacks, help process new books, assist with the inventory, assist students with reference and research projects, assist students with media center computers and Internet research, arrange bulletin boards, send out overdue notices and carry out other routine tasks of the Media Center.
Grade Level: 11, 12
Course Length: 1 Year
Prerequisite: Librarian Approval
Credit: 1 Elective Credit