Enrollment in Off Campus Courses
All high school students are expected to attend school on a full-time basis. Students who have advanced beyond all of the course offerings of MCS in the areas of English, mathematics, science, social studies and/or world languages (courses above Level IV) may request principal permission to attend classes on college campuses.
Written approval from the high school principal must be obtained during the spring semester high school registration period. No approval will be granted after the end of the registration period.
NC Virtual Public Schools (NCVPS)
North Carolina Virtual Public Schools (NCVPS) and MCS provides students with expanded academic options by offering online courses and online services such as test preparation and career planning services at NO COST to your student.
By virtue of online course delivery, students have access to courses taught by highly qualified teachers. Students will be taught by NC certified teachers and the grades that they earn in their online course will transfer to their school and become part of their academic record. MCS and NCVPS provide courses that augment a student’s program of study as offered by the home school.
MCS accepts credits from regionally accredited schools only. Any summer coursework completed by distance learning (as defined by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) must be completed prior to the opening of school each fall. High school principals and guidance counselors must approve any distance learning prior to the student’s enrollment in the program.
The examples of the course offerings listed below are not inclusive of all offering through NCVPS.
The following are examples of courses currently offered by NCVPS
English Language Arts
- English I, Honors English I English II, Honors English II English III, Honors English III English IV, Honors English IV
- Advanced Functions and Modeling NC Math 1
- NC Math 2, NC Math 2 Honors NC Math 3, NC Math 3 Honors
- American History: Founding Principles, Civics and Economics
- Honors American History: Founding Principles Civics and Economics Psychology, Honors Psychology World History, Honors World History
- Honors Anatomy & Physiology Biology, Honors Biology Chemistry, Honors Chemistry Earth and Environmental Science
- Honors Earth and Environmental Science
- Forensic Science I, Forensic Science II Physical Science
- French I, French II
- Latin I, Latin II, Honors Latin III Spanish I, Spanish II
- Honors Spanish III, Honors Spanish IV
Career and Technical Education
- Entrepreneurship I Marketing
- Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, Publisher Microsoft Excel/Access
- Scientific Visualization I
- Digital Photography I Digital Photography II Journalism
- Music Appreciation
Other courses include courses for credit recovery and Occupational Course of Study (OCS)
Career and College Promise
The Career and College Promise program is designed to provide seamless dual enrollment educational opportunities for eligible North Carolina high school juniors and seniors in order to accelerate completion of college certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees that lead to college transfer or provide entry-level job skills.
MCS students may take community college course work at Montgomery Community College and/or at Sandhills Community College in one of the following pathways:
- College Transfer Pathway
- Career and Technical Education Pathway
College Transfer Pathway
The College Transfer Pathways provide several hours of tuition free college credits as part of the Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) courses, which are guaranteed to transfer for general education equivalency credit to each of the 16 UNC institutions. Juniors and seniors may take courses in one of four areas leading to a minimum of 30 hours of college transfer credit. Many courses can be used to provide dual credit to meet both high school and college requirements.
Career and Technical Education Pathway
Career and Technical Education Pathways are programs of study to provide expanded opportunities for eligible high school students to participate in Career and Technical Education tuition free courses and to expose students to a variety of high-skill career options. Juniors and seniors may take courses in designated areas leading to a certificate or diploma aligned with one of sixteen Career Clusters. Courses may be used in partial or complete fulfillment of a four-unit high school Career Cluster.
For more information about the Career and College Promise program, including courses offered and eligibility requirements, please visit the MCS Career and College Promise webpage at www.ncmcs.org (click Academics, Career and Technical Education, Career and College Promise).
Opportunities for academic challenge are offered to students through Advanced Placement (AP) options and the Honors program. The Honors curriculum and the AP curriculum (as established by the College Board) have a more demanding and rigorous instructional approach than regular classes.
The overall purpose of Honors courses is to provide students opportunities in which the instruction is expanded and special activities focus appropriately on both depth and breadth of content. Instructors place additional emphasis on the application of content within each course and across related disciplines. Honors courses require advanced reading lists, advanced writing assignments, and independent study/projects.
Additional activities may include follow-up assignments on enrichment activities and a portfolio collection of work. Students may enroll in an Honors course if they possess the appropriate prerequisite courses and choose to participate in this more rigorous course of study.
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
The AP program offers able and ambitious students an opportunity to study college-level course curriculum. Students may study challenging subjects of interest in a variety of areas: arts, English, world language, mathematics, science, and social studies and to prepare for a national AP exam, which is an expectation of all students enrolled in an AP course.
AP examinations are administered free of charge in the spring of each school year. Many colleges grant college credit or advanced placement or both based on AP exam scores. Honors and AP courses receive weighted credit in computing the student’s grade point average (GPA).
Each student is required to take the appropriate EOC assessment the first time the student takes the course even if the course is an Honors or AP Course.
Students enrolled in Honors courses will be allowed to continue in those courses if they transfer from one high school to another within Moore County Schools.
Advanced Placement (AP) Testing
The College Board will coordinate the national administration of the Advanced Placement exams during May in the following areas: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, Economics-Macro and Micro, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language and Culture, German Language and Culture, Government & Politics - U.S. and Comparative, Human Geography, Japanese Language and Culture, Latin, Music Theory, Physics 1 and 2, Physics C, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art: Drawing and Design, 2-D, 3-D, US History, and World History.
AP Course Credit
Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses are expected to take the AP national exam administered in May, which is provided at no cost to the student. Students earn AP quality points in all AP courses, regardless of their performance on the AP exam. Potential college credit or advanced placement opportunities are dependent solely upon AP exam results.
Most AP science and art portfolio courses require a co-requisite lab in order to earn course credit. Students taking AP lab courses may opt to take the lab as Pass/ Fail, which does not affect the student’s GPA, or for a non-weighted grade which is included in calculating the GPA. An AP Lab Waiver Form must be signed by the student and parent prior to enrolling in the lab course with the understanding that graded classes will be averaged into the student’s grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 weighted scale.
Students may pursue the MCS Distinguished Scholar Endorsement, which requires the student to complete all state and local content graduation requirements and a minimum of 28 credits. Criteria for the MCS Distinguished Scholar Endorsement can be found within the MCS Policy 5540, Graduation Requirements.
In addition, the NC State Board of Education has approved the recognition of five high school diploma endorsements for students graduating from high school in 2015 and later.
NC SBE Academic endorsements are:
- North Carolina Academic Scholar Endorsement
- North Carolina Career Endorsement
- North Carolina College Endorsement
- North Carolina College/UNC Endorsement
- North Carolina Global Language Endorsement
Criteria for each of these State Board of Education endorsements can be located within the State Board of Education Policy GCS –L-007.
Recognition of Honor Graduates
A revised senior recognition process will be implemented for the class of 2019; the class of 2020; and the class of 2021
Valedictorian(s) will be recognized based on the GPA (All students with the top grade point average (GPA) will be recognized as a Valedictorian.)
Additional Student Recognition will be implemented as follows based upon a weighted GPA designation;
- 4.75 or higher: Summa cum laude;
- 4.57-4.74: Magna cum laude;
- 4.25-4.56: Cum laude;
Graduation Speakers (from the pool of valedictorians) will be selected by a committee comprised of school staff and students.
A revised senior recognition process will be implemented for the class of 2022 (current 8th grade students). All student recognition will be based on the following weighted GPA designation:
- 4.75 or higher: Summa cum laude;
- 4.57-4.74: Magna cum laude;
- 4.25-4.56: Cum laude; and
Graduation Speakers (from the pool of students who have achieved the summa cum laude designation) will be selected by a committee comprised of school staff and students.
Non-Credit Driver Education
Extended-day driver education classes will be available to students who are 14 ½ years old by the starting date for the Driver Education Class.
During the traditional school year, classes begin 15 minutes after school ends and run three (3) hours. Times vary by school, so home schooled or private school students should contact Pinecrest High School , Union Pines High School or North Moore High School for times.
Class schedules are subject to change. If changed, announcements will be made at the home school. Classes are not held on early dismissal days, workdays or if school activities are cancelled due to inclement weather or unforeseen situations.
Summer driver education will be available for students who will be 14 1/2 years old by the starting date of the Driver Education Class. Driver Education information may be accessed on the MCS Webpage under Student and Parent Resources.
Under Dropout Prevention/Drivers License legislation passed in 1998, students under the age of 18 who drop out of school or do not pass 70 percent of their courses are subject to having their permit/license suspended.
A MCS student may be eligible for Home/Hospital services if he/she is medically or physically unable to attend school for four weeks or longer as documented by a physician. Home/Hospital services are provided on a temporary basis, and the goal is to return the student to the regular school program as soon as feasible unless there is medical information that would require the service to be extended.
Home/Hospital teachers provide instructional services so that a student can return to school with the knowledge and skills sufficient to maintain his/her previous level of academic performance. For more information, please contact your school counselor.
Students who do not qualify for Exceptional Children’s Services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) may be entitled to support under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
A student may be found disabled under Section 504 if he/she:
- has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activity (i.e., learning, behavior, seeing, walking, and so forth);
- has a record of impairment;
- or is regarded as having an impairment.
Students eligible under Section 504 may be entitled to supports and services that are delivered through a 504 plan. For a list of frequently asked questions about Section 504, please visit http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/504faq.html
The Section 504 Contact for Moore County Schools can be reached by calling (910) 947-2342.
In compliance with federal laws, Moore County Schools administers all educational programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability, marital status, parental status, or gender, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law.
Refer to the MCS Board of Education’s Discrimination Free Environment Policy for a complete statement.
Inquiries or complaints regarding Title IX should be directed to:
Moore County Schools Compliance Officer,
P.O. Box 1180, Carthage, NC 28327
Inquiries or complaints regarding Section 504 should be directed to:
Director of Student Support Services,
P.O. Box 1180, Carthage, NC 28327 (910) 947-2976.
College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is a comprehensive, free information service provided by the state of North Carolina to help families plan, apply and pay for college. The goal of CFNC is to help every student in the state prepare successfully for education beyond high school and find the best financial aid alternatives. Resources and information on careers, more than 100 NC colleges, college admission, scholarships, grants and other financial assistance are available online at CFNC.org or by calling toll-free 866-866-CFNC.
High school students and their parents are encouraged to take advantage of this service and Moore County school counselors are trained to assist them. CFNC is made available by College Foundation, Inc., the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority and Pathways, a partnership that includes the State Department of Public Instruction, the North Carolina Community College System, the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities and the University of North Carolina System.
End of Course (EOC) Testing
Students enrolled in NC Math 1, NC Math III, Biology, and English II are required to take the North Carolina READY End of Course (EOC) test. The EOCs are used to sample a student’s knowledge of subject-related concepts as specified in the NC Standard Course of Study and to provide a global estimate of the student’s mastery of the material in a particular content area.
All EOCs will be administered at the end of the semester (block schedule) or the end of the year (hybrid/traditional block schedule). Schools shall use results from all EOC tests as twenty five percent (25%) of the student’s final grade for each respective course.
Each student shall take the appropriate EOC assessment the first time the student takes the course even if the course is an honors or Advanced Placement course.
Students enrolled for credit must participate in the appropriate EOC regardless of course delivery (e.g., traditional classroom, NC Virtual Public School, etc.).
Students who are identified as failing a course for which an EOC is required shall take the appropriate EOC assessment. Students shall take the appropriate EOC assessment at the end of the course regardless of the grade level in which the course is offered.
Preliminary Scholastic Assessment (PSAT®)Test: National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
The Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) or more often simply called the PSAT® is nationally administered by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB), and assesses students in three areas: Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
The PSAT® is used to help students practice for the Scholastic Assessment Test and to qualify for scholarships and recognition from such programs as:
- National Merit Scholarships,
- National Achievement Scholarships for Outstanding African American Students,
- National Hispanic Scholar Recognition Program,
- Student Search Service, and
- Some statewide and national industry scholarship competitions.
Registration information will be available in the school counselors’ office at each high school.
The SAT® is an optional test nationally administered by the College Board. It assesses students in three areas: Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
The SAT® will undergo revisions during the 2015- 2016 school year. The Redesigned SAT® was administered for the first time in March of 2016. The PSAT® now reflects the redesigned format in order to better prepare students for the new SAT®.
Currently, Critical Reading skills are assessed by multiple choice questions using critical reading passages, paired passages, vocabulary in context and sentence completion.
Math sections allow the use of a calculator and employ multiple choice questions and “constructed responses” to measure how well students understand and apply mathematics to new situations and non-routine problems. The section on Writing includes multiple- choice questions on grammar and usage and a student- written essay.
The focus of the Redesigned SAT® shifts to evidence- based reading and writing and application-based math questions. The reading section no longer contains sentence completions and the vocabulary is less esoteric. Passages are pulled from significant historical or scientific documents and focus on support for answers based on evidence in the passages. Math problems deal with problem-solving and data analysis. The essay is optional.
The SAT® is one of the admissions tests used by post- secondary institutions to assist in selecting students. The SAT® is administered at selected sites nationally. Students must pay and register online or by mail several weeks prior to the test date. Registration information is available in the school counselors’ office at each high school and at www.collegeboard.org.
The ACT® college readiness assessment is a curriculum and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college. All students in grade 11 take the ACT Plus Writing free of charge. The test has five sub scores: four multiple-choice tests covering skill areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science; and the Writing Test measuring skill in planning and writing a short essay.
Students in grade 10 take the ACT PLAN test. This test is designed to help students prepare not only for high school coursework, but for college and career success. The ACT PLAN contains four curriculum-based assessments: English, mathematics, reading, and science. It also contains an Interest Inventory that will match a student’s interests and skills with college and career goals.
The ACT® is also administered at selected sites nationally. For these administrations, students must pay and register by mail several weeks prior to the test date. Registration information is available in the school counselors’ office at each high school. In the U.S., the ACT® is administered on six national test dates: in September, October, December, February, April, and June. There is no charge for the state administration of the ACT® or PLAN. More information is available at www.actstudent.org.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) post- assessments are end-of-course tests provided by the Department of Public Instruction and are required in most CTE courses.
These assessments provide documentation of the individual student’s attainment of technical competencies based on the goals and objectives of the CTE Essential Standards document. Scores are reported to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and are used to evaluate programs and the system-wide attainment of performance standards.
Such assessment information is also a requirement of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The Perkins Act is a federal program that provides increased focus on the academic achievement of Career and Technical Education students, strengthens the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improves state and local accountability.
For CTE courses included in either the North Carolina Community College Articulation Agreement or the MCS/Sandhills Community College (SCC) and MCS/Montgomery Community College (MCC) Local Articulation Agreement, students who earn a score of 93 or better on the CTE post-assessment and make a B or better in the course may receive articulation credit.
ACT WorkKeys® is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. ACT WorkKeys® tests help students determine if they have the skill levels required for various careers. ACT WorkKeys® assessments will be administered to CTE Concentrators during their graduating year at no cost to the student.
The ACT WorkKeys® includes three assessments: Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information. Taking the ACT WorkKeys® assessments is an important first step to prepare for education, training or a career. For more information on ACT WorkKeys®, see www. act.org/workkeys.
NC Career Readiness Certificate (NCCRC)
The North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate (NCCRC) ensures that an individual student has obtained certain foundational skills that are important across a range of occupations. The NCCRC offers students, parents, individuals, employers and educators an easily understood, conveniently attained and universally valued credential that will contribute to the state’s workforce and economic development objectives.
Recipients are awarded certificates of Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze depending on their skill levels in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information. The certificate can complement diplomas, degrees and resumes. It also can potentially provide job seekers an advantage in the interview process.
W.I.D.A. and ACCESS for ELLs 2.0®
The North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) approved the adoption of the WIDA Consortium English Language Development Standards beginning with the 2008–2009 school year. The administration of this assessment is a requirement for all students who identify a language other than English during the Home Language Survey process.
The test functions as a screener used for both the initial assessment and the English as a Second Language (ESL) program placement of students identified as limited English Proficient (LEP). The annual test, Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs 2.0®), is North Carolina’s required assessment that complies with Title III of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation.
This annual assessment of all students identified as Limited English Proficient measures student English language proficiency, performance and progress in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and comprehending English [ref. Title I, SEC. 1111 (a) (7)], including students who receive special education services.
Because of this federal legislation, all students identified as LEP are tested annually, during an established testing window as designated by the NCDPI, on the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 or the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs.