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SOON-TO-BE
SENIORS!!!
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO
TAKE TO GRADUATE IN
MAY 2013 ???
ALL SENIORS
All seniors are required to take 6 classes.
Students will take:
• English IV
• One semester of Economics
• One semester of Government
• Must meet all requirements for graduation
• Students may take Late Arrival, Early
Dismissal OR Study Hall
Course Selection at Home
• Click on Course Requests: Courses for
2012-2013
• To choose a course, highlight the course
and click “Add Course”
Course Selection at Home
Select your four core courses
– English
– Math
– Science
– Social Studies
• These courses span two semesters, so
they will appear on two lines in the
“Courses Requested” column
Course Selection at Home
• Add six semesters of other courses– three
for the fall and three for the spring
• Remember your P.E., fine arts,
communication applications, foreign
language requirements for graduation
• You should see “Credits: 7.000” on the
right side of your screen. If you selected
Late Arrival or Early Dismissal you will see
“Credits: 6.000” on the right side of your
screen
Course Selection at Home
• Choose the “Alternates” tab at the top of
the screen
• Choose two alternative electives
• These electives will be used if a desired
elective is closed or cannot fit into your
schedule
Course Selection at Home
• You can change the priority order of your
alternates by clicking on the “Move Up” or
“Move Down” button
• Once you have finished, you can print out
your choices
• Window is open…Jan. 31st-Feb. 13th.
Make your choices wisely
• Check with your counselor if you have
questions
Did you know?
• It takes 17 credits to be a Senior!
Did you know?
CORE COURSES
ARE
REQUIRED
Did you know?
YOU ARE OBLIGATED
TO REMAIN IN
YEAR-LONG CLASSES
ENGLISH IV LEVELS
• IF YOU TOOK ENGLISH III AP/DC this year,
you can take English IV Grade Level or
English IV AP or AP/GT-not English IV DC
• IF YOU TOOK ENGLISH III GL or ACC this
year, you may take English IV Grade Level or
English IV DC-(remember it is not a weighted
course)
GOVERNMENT/
ECONOMICS
• Government
(GRADE LEVEL)
• Government AP/GT
• Government AP
• Economics
(GRADE LEVEL)
• Economics AP/GT
• Economics AP
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.
MATH Continued…
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Algebra II GL
Pre-Cal GL or Pre-AP
Algebra III GL
Statistics AP
College Algebra/Finite
Math DC
• Calculus GL (local
credit, not state
credit)
• Statistics GL
• AP Calculus AB
• AP Calculus BC
MATH Continued…
• You must have
• You must have
completed Preearned at least a 75
Calculus Pre-AP to
in Algebra II to take
take AP Statistics or
Pre-Calculus
AP Calculus. For Pre
• You must earn a 75
Cal Academic
or higher in second
students, you must
semester Algebra II
have teacher
Pre-AP to take Preapproval for these
Calculus Pre-AP
courses
NEW MATH COURSE
Statistics Grade Level can be
taken after Algebra II or Pre Cal.
The number for Statistics Grade
Level is MT511 A&B. Please
speak with your current teacher to
see if this is the choice for your
math your senior year.
MATH Transition
Find your current math course:
• Math Models: You will be in Algebra II GL
• *Algebra II ACC or Pre-AP: You will need to decide
between Pre-Cal, Algebra III, Statistics Academic or
College Algebra/Finite Math DC
• *Pre-Calculus: You will need to decide between
Statistics or Calculus
• *AP Statistics: You will need to decide between AP
Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
* For these decisions you should consult with your
teachers.
SCIENCE
Minimum Plan:
Distinguished Plan:
• Biology I
• IPC *
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Recommended Plan:
• Biology I
• Chemistry I, Physics I
• 4th State Approved Science
Biology I
Chemistry I
Physics I
4th State Approved
Lab Science
– IPC does not count on
the Distinguished Plan
* Chemistry may be substituted for IPC on the Minimum Plan, but must
also take Physics I as the academic elective.
SCIENCE CLASSES
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Chemistry I GL or Pre-AP
AP Chemistry II
Physics I GL or Pre-AP
AP Physics II B
AP Physics II C
AP Biology II
AP Environmental Science
Environmental Systems (GL)
Aquatic Science (GL)
Earth and Space Science (GL)
PHYSICAL
EDUCATION
• You MUST have 1.0 credits of PE
• If you plan to do off-campus P.E., you MUST
make application by the May 1st deadline
• Athletics, Band Semester 1, and Markettes
Semester 1 will count as a PE credit
FOREIGN
LANGUAGE
• RECOMMENDED PLAN:
At least two years of the same foreign
language required
• DISTINGUISHED PLAN:
At least three years of the same foreign
language required, plus the four additional
measures
FINE ARTS
• You MUST have 1.0 credit of Fine Arts
• Both semesters must be in the same Fine Art
• You may choose from Art, Art History,
Orchestra, Band semester 2, Jazz Band,
Choir, Music Theory AP, Photography,
Theatre Arts, Technical Theatre, Floral Design
and Dance
COMMUNICATION
APPLICATIONS
.5 Credit Required (one semester)
Choices are:
• Communication Applications
• Debate I is a full year course (semester 2 can
count as Communications Applications)
LATE ARRIVAL
• ALL SENIORS may choose to take LATE
ARRIVAL OR EARLY DISMISSAL if you have
enough state credits to graduate.
• If you choose Late Arrival you will come to
school at the beginning of SECOND PERIOD.
• If you choose Early Dismissal you will leave
school at the end of SIXTH PERIOD.
• You may take Late Arrival, Early Dismissal
OR Study Hall.
Only ONE of these options should be selected.
SEVEN CLASSES
• Seniors taking a full load of seven classes
first semester of their senior year run the risk
of slightly diluting his/her respective grade
point average (GPA). Students with a GPA
higher than 6.0 taking seven classes during
first semester of their senior year might
negatively affect the GPA. Students with a
GPA less than 6.0 taking seven classes
during first semester of their senior year might
affect the GPA positively
• Choose your courses wisely!
CHEERLEADERS,
FOOTBALL & VOLLEYBALL
PLAYERS
• You will participate in the sport for the FALL
SEMESTER ONLY
• You MUST pick an elective for the SECOND
semester
DISTINGUISHED
TRANSCRIPT
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In addition to three (3) years of foreign
language, four advanced measures are
required:
Four AP exam scores of 3 or higher
Four semesters of Dual Credit earning “B”
or higher
National Merit Semifinalist, Commended
Scholar or National Hispanic Scholar
Any combination of four of the above
Elective Courses
• 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
• The Program of Studies is online at
www.springbranchisd.com
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
SUMMER SCHOOL
• Spring Branch ISD Summer School Dates:
To be determined
• Check www.springbranchisd.com for
information
Your packet includes
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A copy of the PowerPoint for reference
A copy of how to enter courses online
A copy of your transcript
A copy of your credit checklist
A copy of your four year plan
QUESTIONS
• Refer to your SBISD Program of Studies
Online at www.springbranchisd.com
• Email Mrs. Betty Lowry
Betty.Lowry@springbranchisd.com
• Call (713) 251-2539
• Stop by the Junior Office – AD 103
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