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SOON-TO-BE
JUNIORS!
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO
TAKE TO GRADUATE IN
MAY 2013?
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• AP: Advanced Placement - a weighted credit
that is equivalent to a college course
• AP/DC: Advanced Placement with Dual Credit You will receive college credit through Houston
Community College
• GT: Gifted and Talented - You must be tested in
order to be placed into this class
• ACC: Accelerated - the level between Advanced
Placement and on Level Courses. You do NOT
receive weighted credit
ENGLISH III LEVELS
• IF YOU TOOK ENGLISH II Pre-AP this year, you
may take English III Accelerated, English III AP,
AP/GT, or AP/DC. If you are unsure, consult your
current English II teacher
• IF YOU TOOK ENGLISH II Grade Level this year,
you may take English III Accelerated. You may
also consider taking English III AP, AP/DC. Talk with
your current English teacher about this change
SOCIAL STUDIES
• US HISTORY Grade Level
• US HISTORY AP or US HISTORY AP/GT
• US HISTORY AP/DC
Important: After the first six weeks, students
CANNOT transfer between AP and Grade Level
US History
If you already have US History credit, see your counselor.
ENGLISH III
• ENGLISH III AP or ENGLISH III AP/GT
• ENGLISH III AP/DC
• ENGLISH III ACCELERATED
MATH CLASSES
Minimum Plan:
• Algebra I
• Geometry
• Math Models or
Algebra II
Recommended &
Distinguished Plans:
• Algebra I
• Geometry
• Algebra II
• 4th State Approved Math *
* Math Models will suffice, but must be taken before
Algebra II. Most students will move from Algebra II
to Pre-Calculus.
MATH Continued…
• You must have
earned a 75 in
Algebra I to take
Algebra II
• You must earn an 80
or higher in second
semester Algebra II
Pre-AP to take PreCalculus Pre-AP
• You must have
• You must have
completed Preearned at least a 75
Calculus Pre-AP to
in Algebra II to take
take Statistics AP
Pre-Calculus
Math Class Transition
• *Geometry: You need
to decide between
Math Models and
Algebra II
• Math Models: You will
be in Algebra II
• Algebra II: You will
move to Pre-Calculus
• Pre-Calculus: You will
move to Statistics AP
• Find the current math
course you are taking
to decide what you
need for next year
* For these decisions
you should consult
with your teachers
SCIENCE
Minimum Plan:
• Biology I
• IPC *
You may take Chemistry
in place of IPC, but if you
do it is required you take
Physics.
Recommended &
Distinguished Plans:
• Biology I
• Chemistry
• Physics
• 4th Science
IPC does not count as a 4th science
for the distinguished plan.
CHEMISTRY CLASSES
• Chemistry I Grade Level, ACC or Pre-AP
– must have completed or be concurrently enrolled
in Algebra II
• Chemistry II AP
– must have completed Chemistry I Pre-AP
PHYSICS CLASSES
• Physics I Grade Level or Pre-AP
– must have completed or be concurrently enrolled
in Pre-Cal
• Physics II B AP
– see your science teacher
OTHER SCIENCE
CLASSES
• Aquatic Science
– must have completed Biology I & Chemistry I
• Environmental Systems Grade Level
• Biology II AP
Science Transition
• IPC and Environmental Systems: You will move
to Chemistry I
• *Chemistry I Accelerated: You will move to
Physics, Aquatic Science.
• *Chemistry I Pre-AP: You will move to Physics
or Chemistry II
* Consult with your teachers to
make these decisions
PHYSICAL
EDUCATION
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You MUST have 1.0 credits of PE
Dance will no longer count as a PE credit
Athletics counts as a PE credit
Markettes and Band will count as a PE credit
first semester and Fine Arts second semester
FOREIGN
LANGUAGE
RECOMMENDED PLAN:
• At least two years of the same foreign
language is required
DISTINGUISHED PLAN:
• At least three years of the same foreign
language is required
Foreign Languages
• The following languages are offered at
Memorial: Spanish, French, German
and Latin
• Japanese is offered through Spring
Branch ISD on Saturdays at
Westchester Academy
FINE ARTS
• 1.0 credit of a fine art (both semesters
must be in the SAME fine art)
• You may choose from Art, Art History,
Electronic Media, Orchestra, Band, Jazz
Band, Choir, Music Theory AP, Theatre
Arts, Technical Theatre and Dance
Note Regarding Photography
• You may NOT take photography as a
junior
• Photography will count as fine arts credit
but may only be taken senior year
• You are NOT guaranteed a spot in
photography even in your senior year
• Have a back up course for fine arts credit
in mind
COMMUNICATION
APPLICATIONS
.5 Credit Required (one semester)
Choices are:
• Communication Applications
• Debate I (full year)
DISTINGUISHED
TRANSCRIPT
In addition to three (3) years of Foreign
Language, 4 advanced measures are
required:
• 4 AP exam scores of 3 or higher
• 4 semesters of Dual Credit earning B
or higher
• National Merit Recognition
• Any combination of the above
Elective Courses
• Please review your Program of Studies
• New courses are being offered next year
– There is an SAT prep class offered at MHS
• Make sure the course has MHS or Guthrie
written beside it. Otherwise, it is not
available to you
• It is EXTREMELY important to put an
alternative elective. Not all courses will
receive enough interest to be offered
REMINDERS
• Only state credits will satisfy graduation
requirements. Choose your classes wisely
• You are obligated to remain in yearlong
courses for the entire school year. Again,
choose your classes wisely
• Check www.springbranchisd.com for summer
school information
Summer School
• Spring Branch summer school dates:
Session 1: June 13th to 28th
Session 2: June 29th to July 18th
Northbrook High School
QUESTIONS
• Refer to your SBISD Program of Studies
• Email Mrs. Betty Lowry
Betty.Lowry@springbranchisd.com
• Call (713) 251-2519
• Stop by Sophomore Grade Level Office
What you are receiving
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A copy of an up-to-date transcript
A credit check sheet
A sample four year plan
A course selection sheet
A copy of the power point
An information page regarding registration
Your Program of Studies
Reminders
There is an Advanced Placement meeting
on Monday February 7th
in the auditorium.
Your parents are welcome to attend.
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