Student/Parent Handbook

Table of Contents

Scheduling Procedures, Regulations, & Guidelines
3
Graduation Requirements
4
College Prep Requirements
5
A-G UC and CSU Approved College Requirements
6
Recommended High School Educational Plans
7-10

Student Parent Handbook


Scheduling Instructions Procedures, Regulations & Guidlines:


Procedures-

  1. Make a tentative list of courses for all future high school years. Include requirements and electives. You will have opportunities each year to make changes.
  2. Circle the classes on your worksheet that you plan to take next year. Realistic and acceptable alternatives must also be listed. Discuss your choices with your parents and obtain their approval.
  3. Turn in and discuss your course selections with your counselor. These courses will become your schedule unless you and your counselor make changes with written permission from a parent or guardian.
  4. It may be necessary for the school to change your selections because of:
    1. Ineligibility (past grades, test scores teacher recommendations, year in school)
    2. Over-subscribed courses
    3. Conflict in schedule (two or more classes taught at same time)
    4. Cancelled classes due to lack of enrollment
  5. Ordinarily, you will be contacted and these changes will be discussed with you. However, if you are not available or time does not permit, a change will be made based upon the alternatives you have listed and what appears to be appropriate for your best interests. A list of the courses will be mailed home in July for parent review, and final revisions will be made during the first three weeks of August. This selection then constitutes the student’s Academic Program for the following year.

REGULATIONS

  1. All students must take a minimum of six classes (three classes each term) The normal school day is period 1 through 3 for juniors and seniors and 2 through 4 for freshmen and sophomores.
  2. All classes receive 10 credits per semester or 5 units per term with a passing grade. Some courses such as school service or some fine arts courses may give variable credit based on time committed to the course work.
  3. Repeating Courses. Credit will be counted only once for repeated classes. Exceptions: Graphic Publications (Yearbook), Drama, Ceramics, Painting, Woodshop, Music courses, School Service (Maximum 20 credits). (See School Service under General Ed.)
  4. All course selections run for two terms except for Specific Applied Arts and PE courses, which are a combination of two term courses taught back-to-back. Students are encouraged to choose courses carefully and to be aware of this semester-long commitment. It is very difficult to change classes after school begins.
  5. Grade/Course Prerequisites. Success in many courses is dependent on previous course and grade prerequisites. Some prerequisites can be met by a department signature and / or recommendation. Please refer to the prerequisites listed within the course descriptions in this guide.
  6. Courses with the title “Sheltered” are classes that are taught by teachers who have been trained to teach to a variety of learning styles and are designed to support students with limited English skills.

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Graduation Requirements


Course Credits Required

English-(30 Credits Required)

Fine & Applied Arts-(25 Credits Required)


10 credits must be fine arts

5 credits must be applied arts

10 credits may be from fine or applied arts and/or world language

9th Grade Core (health/technology) -(10 Credits Required)

Earns 5.0 Health and 5.0 Applied Art or General Education credit

Mathematics (must pass Algebra equivalent) -(20 Credits Required)

PE -(20 Credits Required)

Science

  1. Life -(10 Credits Required)
  2. Physical -(10 Credits Required)

Social Studies

  1. World Civilizations (10th grade) -(10 Credits Required)
  2. US History (11th grade) -(10 Credits Required)
  3. American Government (12th grade) -(5 Credits Required)
  4. Economics (12th grade) -(5 Credits Required)

Additional Elective Credits

Minimum Credits Required to Graduate 220

Courses equal 5 credits per term and 10 credits per semester for passing grades **In order to graduate all students must pass an Algebra equivalent course. Beginning with the class of 2006, students must pass the California High School Exit Exam in English and Math.


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SANTA CRUZ HIGH SCHOOL
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

COURSE
CREDITS REQUIRED
English
30
Fine & Applied Arts

25

10 credits must be fine arts
5 credits must be applied arts
10 credits may be from fine or applied arts and/or world language

9th Grade Core (health/technology)
10
Earns 5.0 Health and 5.0 Applied Art
or General Education credit

Mathematics (must pass Algebra equivalent)
20
PE
20
Science
  • Life
10
  • Physical
10
Social Studies
  • World Civilizations (10th grade)
10
  • US History (11th grade)
10
  • American Government (12th grade)
5
  • Economics (12th grade)
5
Additional Elective Credits
65
   
Minimum Credits Required to Graduate
220

Courses equal 5 credits per term and 10 credits per semester for passing grades
**In order to graduate all students must pass an Algebra equivalent course. Beginning with the class of 2006, students must pass the California High School Exit Exam in English and Math.

 

High School, 2-year and 4-year College Prep Requirements
SANTA CRUZ HIGH SCHOOL: GENERAL EDUCATION / VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL COURSES
DEPARTMENT
CREDIT
“X” box when course has been successfully completed
English
30
Eng 1
9
Eng 1
9
Eng 2
10
Eng 2
10
AmLit
11
AmLit
11





Social Studies
30
WC
10
WC
10
USH
11
USH
11
Govt.
12
Econ.
12





Fine/Applied Art
25
Fine
Fine
Appl
F/A/WL
F/A/WL






Math
(Algebra req.)
20











Science
20
Phys
Phys
Life
Life







PE
20
Core PE
9

Core PE
9

PE Elec.
PE Elec.







9th Grade Core
10
Health/Tech
Health/Tech









Electives*
65











 












*The above subject requirements equal 155 credits. The remaining 65credits, to total a minimum of 220, may be taken in subject areas that will best prepare students for their specific post graduation plans. (Fine Arts are courses in art, music, and drama. Applied Arts are courses in business, technology, and industrial arts.)

COMMUNITY COLLEGE - CABRILLO COLLEGE
Students who are planning to attend a community college (C.C.) after graduation from high school should plan their high school classes to best prepare for the particular vocational or transfer program they intend to complete at the community college. Community Colleges will accept students upon high school graduation or after turning eighteen. Students may attend C.C. for the purpose of completing a one- or two-year vocational program or completing the required 60 units (approximately 2 years of full time school) of general education course work for transfer to a four-year university as a junior. Students who intend to transfer to 4-year universities are encouraged to meet as many of the university minimum subject requirements (described below) as possible while still in high school. Such classes will also provide the best preparation for taking the Assessment Tests, which will determine the English and math classes students can enroll in when they enter the community college. See your counselor or the Career Center for more information.

NOTE: All college prep classes must have a grade of ‘C’ or better. Any grade of ‘D’ or ‘F’ must be validated by repeating the same course or by passing the next higher-level course in the same academic area. See your counselor for details.


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CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY AND UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA Minimum Subject Requirements
DEPARTMENTS CREDITS List or “X” course in box when course has been successfully completed
A HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES
20
WC
WC
USH
USH




B ENGLISH
(Check the list of UC approved courses)
40








C MATH (Alg. 1, Geo., Alg. 2; or Math Acad. 1&2 – 4 years of math are recommended)
30








D LAB SCIENCE (Biology, plus Chemistry or Physics-both recommend)
20








E FOREIGN LANGUAGE
(Must be in the same language)
20








F VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
10

 






See the SCHS handout “UC & CSU Approved College Prep Subject Requirements” to determine SCHS’s approved “a-g” courses.
G COLLEGE PREP ELECTIVES*
20
Econ
Govt






In addition to the above subject requirements, both university systems require two terms of category “g” College Prep Electives to be chosen from the following subject areas: history, social science, English, advanced math, lab science, world language, and fine arts. Consult the SCHS approved “a-g” course list.

  Indicates courses required for graduation from Santa Cruz High School that also meet university minimum subject requirements if the course work is college prep level and passed with a “C” grade or better.


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Santa Cruz High School 2003-2004
UC and CSU Approved College Prep Subject Requirements

NOTE: Only the underlined “a-e” category courses will receive an extra honor point when the GPA is recalculated by the university: A=5, B=4, C=3.

“ a” – HISTORY
American Government (also sheltered)
Global Issues (also sheltered)
Postwar Amer. History (not offered @ SCHS after 2001-02)
Special Studies: Amer. Government
U. S. History (also bil., & sheltered)
U. S. History (AP)
World Civilizations, Intensive (World Civ, Int., Shelt.)

 

“e” – FOREIGN LANGUAGE
French 1-3
French 4 (AP)
Spanish 1-4
Spanish (AP)
Spanish Core Lit. 1, 2 = Span. 1-3

 

 

“b” - ENGLISH
Courses with (**), allow 1 unit with other English ESL, Shel, etc. courses
Advanced Composition
Amer. Lit. Experience (also sheltered**)
American Literature (H)
English 1 (also sheltered**)
English 1, Intensive
English 2 (also sheltered**)
English 2, Intensive
English Compostion
English Literature (AP)
ESL 3**
Special Studies in English
Transitional English**
World Literature (also sheltered**)

 

“ f” – VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
(Fine Arts)
1 year (a 2-term course at SCHS) of Visual and Performing Arts is required by both CSU and UC for admissions eligibility. The following SCHS Fine and Performing Art courses have been approved:
Art* Photography*
ROP Photography*
Ceramics 1*, 2, 3 Santa Cruz Singers*
Computer Graphics (ROP)* Sculpture*
Guitar (Acoustic)* Special Studies Art*
Jazz Ensemble* Theater Arts, Advanced Theater
Jewelry Design* Varsity Band*
Painting,
Advanced Painting AP Studio Art

 

 

“c” - MATHEMATICS
(Courses with (*) may only be used for the “c” requirement)
*Algebra 1A
*Algebra 1B
*Algebra 1 (also shel., & bil.)
*Algebra 2
*Algebra 2/Trig Analysis
Calculus, AB and BC (AP)
Calculus Project, AB and BC
*Geometry (also shel. & bil.)
*Geometry, Yearlong (not offered @ SCHS 2003-04)
*Integrated Algebra 1/Geometry (Math Acad.1)
* Alg 2/TrigAnalysis/ Pre Calculus-(H) (Math Acad.2)
Intro to Calculus
Analytic Geometry/Pre-Calculus

 

“g” - (ACADEMIC) ELECTIVE COURSES
The following College Preparatory Electives meet the UC and CSU guidelines as (academic) electives.
All courses listed under “a-f” categories above, with the exception of math and VP courses with (*), plus the following courses are approved (academic) electives:
English: Creative Writing
Social Science:
Economics (also bil., sheltered) Psychology
Psychology
Sociology

 

 

 

“d” – LABORATORY SCIENCE
Biology (also sheltered, bilingual)
AP Biology
Chemistry (also sheltered)
Chemistry, (H)
Chemistry (AP)
Ocean Ecology
Physics (also sheltered)
Physics, (H)
Physiology
Physiology (H)
 

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RECOMMENDED HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL PLANS

 


PROGRAM RATIONALE
State-mandated minimum competencies and graduation requirements establish the basics for the students’ high school academic planning. However, they fail to provide guidance to students as they select courses to prepare for personal goals beyond high school, job entry and/or admission to a four-year college. Santa Cruz High School believes students should achieve a standard and expectation far above the minimum required.

OVERVIEW
Choosing the most appropriate courses requires careful and informed planning. Students and parents are encouraged to visit the Career Center for assistance in defining interests, career options, and education and training.
Five basic high school educational plans have been developed for students’ consideration:

  • Job Entry
  • Career Education
  • Community College Transfer Program
  • General College Admissions
  • Most Competitive College Admissions

Students will be expected to select one of these five plans. Individual variations in the plan may occur.

Each year counselors provide students with information to assist them in reviewing their plans and goals. Adjustments in individual plans may be necessary because of changes in personal goals or student achievement level. A brief description of each plan and sample four-year programs are provided.


PLAN A
JOB ENTRY PREPARATORY
(Sample Program on page 9)

This plan is for students preparing to go directly to work after high school graduation. High school course work can provide students with skills needed for entry-level jobs. If an individual wishes further training after high school, there are many opportunities to continue training in the same field or enter a new career path.

Students in this plan need to select courses in high school that will provide them with specific job skills. These courses are taught in the following department and programs:

  • Applied Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Music
  • (R.O.P.) Regional Occupational Programs
  • Work Experience Education

 



PLAN B
CAREER EDUCATION PREPARATION
(Sample Program on page 9)

This plan is for students who wish to pursue further education and training in a specific career after high school.

Career education requires a commitment to a training program, which will take from six months to two years to complete. Post high school career training opportunities include:

  • Community College Career Education Program
  • Private Technical Schools
  • Apprenticeship Programs
  • Regional Occupational Programs (R.O.P.)
  • Military Service
 

There are related high school courses that will introduce students to many career programs. Students should select courses that will give them an introduction to their career interests.

 

PLAN C
COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRANSFER PREPARATORY PROGRAM
(Sample Program on page 9)

This program is for the student interested in attending a community college for two years and then transferring to a four-year college. The recommended program in high school would depend on the school to which the student plans to transfer after two years of community college. See Plan D & E on page seven (7) for sample high school programs.

Community Colleges offer opportunities to take four-year college requirements. Honors programs also exist in community colleges, which prepare students for transfer to the most competitive colleges and universities.

Approximately 45% of our high school students enter community college upon graduation.

 

PLAN D
COLLEGE PREPARATORY – GENERAL
(Sample Program on page 10)

Students selecting this plan are preparing for admission to a four-year college directly after high school.

The sample program includes graduation requirements and the minimum courses required for admission to a CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERISTY, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, and comparable PRIVATE AND OUT-OF-STATE COLLEGES.

The academic standards for admission recommend an overall B average and require a minimum C grade in all college prep courses. This admission goal is aimed at the top 30% of the student population. Students in this plan are encouraged to take academic courses beyond the minimum in those areas where they experience the greatest success and in the areas of recommended pre-requisites for intended college majors.

 


PLAN E
COLLEGE PREPARATORY - MOST COMPETETIVE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS
(Sample Program on page 10)

Students selecting this plan are preparing for admission to colleges and universities having the most demanding admissions requirements. Included in this select group are the University of California system and many private and out-of-state schools.

The academic standards for admission recommend an overall A- grade average and require a minimum C grade in all college prep courses. These highly competitive schools receive many more applications than they can accommodate and, therefore, are able to select the most highly qualified applicants.

To be admitted to a highly competitive university, it is recommended that a student take the most rigorous academic program possible. Every student does not have to take every course listed in the sample program, but they are encouraged to take as many courses as possible.


Plan A
Job Entry Preparation-Sample Program

9th
10th
11th
12th
  • English 1
  • 9th Grade Core
  • Math*
  • Fine Art*
  • P.E.
  • Elective
  • English 2
  • World Civ.
  • Math*
  • Life Science*
  • P.E.*
  • Elective
  • Amer. Lit.
  • U.S. History
  • Physical Science*
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective / ROP
  • Govt/Econ
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective / ROP


Plan B
Career Education Preparation - Sample Program

9th
10th
11th
12th
  • English 1
  • 9th Grade Core
  • Math*
  • Fine Art*
  • P.E.
  • Elective
  • English 2
  • World Civ.
  • Math*
  • Life Science*
  • P.E.*
  • Elective
  • Amer. Lit.
  • U.S. History
  • Physical Science*
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective / ROP
  • Govt/Econ
  • Elective
  • Elective (ROP)
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective / ROP


Plan C
Minimum Entrance Requirements to a Four-Year College – Sample Program
Recommended for Community College & transfer to a 4-year College

9th
10th
11th
12th
  • English 1
  • 9th Grade Core
  • Algebra 1
  • World Lang. 1*
  • Fine Art*
  • P.E.
  • English 2
  • World Civ.
  • Geometry
  • Biology*
  • World Lang. 2*
  • P.E.*
  • Amer. Lit.
  • U.S. History
  • Algebra 2
  • Chem. or Physics*
  • Elective
  • Elective / ROP
  • English
  • Govt/Econ
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective/ROP


* Indicates courses that can be taken any time during the four-year program.
These are sample schedules only. Variations must fit within a three period day.


College Prep for Math/Science Majors – Sample Program

9th
10th
11th
12th
  • English 1
  • 9th Grade Core
  • Math Acad. 1 (fall)
  • Math Acad. 1 (spr)
  • Biology
  • P.E.
  • English 2
  • World Civ.
  • Math Acad. 2 (fall)
  • Math Acad. 2 (spr)
  • World Lang. 1*
  • Chemistry (Honors)
  • Amer. Lit.
  • U.S. History
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Biology or AP Chemistry
  • World Lang. 2*
  • Fine Art
  • English
  • Govt/Econ
  • Physics Honors
  • P.E.*
  • World Lang. 3*
  • Elective

 

Plan D
College Preparatory (General) – Sample Program

9th
10th
11th
12th
  • English 1
  • 9th Grade Core
  • Algebra 1
  • World Lang. 1*
  • Fine Art
  • P.E.
  • English 2
  • World Civ.
  • Geometry
  • Biology *
  • World Lang. 2*
  • P.E.*
  • Amer. Lit
  • U.S. History
  • Algebra 2
  • Chemistry or Physics*
  • Elective
  • Elective / ROP
  • English
  • Govt/Econ
  • Trig.
  • Chemistry or Physics
  • Elective
  • Elective / ROP

 


Plan E
College Preparatory (Most Competitive College Admissions) – Sample Program

9th
10th
11th
12th
  • English 1 Int.
  • 9th Grade Core
  • Math Acad. 1 (fall) or Alg. 1 or Geometry
  • Fine Art [or Math Acad. 1 (spr)]
  • World Lang. 1
  • P.E.
  • English 2 Int.
  • World Civ. Int.
  • Math Acad. 2 (fall) or Geometry or Alg. 2
  • P.E.* [or Math Academy 2 (spr)]
  • Biology*
  • World Lang. 2
  • Amer. Lit. Honors
  • U.S. History AP
  • AP Calc. or Trig. /Pre.Calc.or Alg. 2
    Chemistry (Honors) or Physics (Honors)*
  • World Lang. 3
  • Elective/AP Chem. (PE or Fine Art if previously substituted with Math Academy)
  • English AP
  • Govt/Econ
  • Trig. or AP Calc.
  • AP Chem.or Physics Honors*
  • World Lang. AP
  • Elective (PE or Fine Art if previously substituted with Math Academy)

(Chemistry or Chemistry Honors should be taken in the same year as AP Chemistry for best sequence.)
* Indicates courses that can be taken any time during the four-year program.


PENCIL IN YOUR FOUR-YEAR PLAN HERE
Requirements for each year are already indicated

9th
10th
11th
12th
  • English 1
  • 9th Grade Core
  • P.E.
  • English 2
  • World Civ.
  • P.E.
  • Amer. Lit.
    U.S. History
  • Govt/Econ