Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options
The right graduation program for a particular student is one that best fits the abilities, interests, and goals of the individual student. Families should consider the educational benefits of each program and choose the program that will best prepare the student for his or her post secondary education or career plan. Families and students should work with their school counselor on a regular basis to get more information about graduation programs, financial aid opportunities, acceleration programs, and college or career plans to help make this important decision.
Please note that each student is governed by the policies from the year in which they first entered ninth grade. This year of high school entry is referred to as a student’s “cohort.” Each cohort has different graduation requirements. The charts on the following pages should be used as a guide when planning your academic program. It is very important that students become aware of the specific graduation requirements for their diploma option and cohort.
*For specific graduation requirements please view attachments
High School Grading Scale
Grading system in the high schools and the interpretations of the letter grades, which represent the equivalent numerical grades, are as follows:
A 90 – 100
B+ 87 – 89
B 80 – 86
C+ 77 – 79
C 70 – 76
D+ 67 – 69
D 60 – 66
F 0 – 59
Semester Grades Calculation
At the high school level, credit is granted on a semester basis. One-half credit is given for passing a semester’s work in a course. One semester is equivalent to an eighteen-week period of time. To receive a passing mark for the semester grade in a subject, the student should earn at least a passing mark in the two quarter grading periods and the semester examination.
The weight of each quarter grade is 37.5% of the final semester grade. The weight of the semester examination is 25% of the final semester grade. Any student with a GPA below 2.5 shall have their parent or guardian notified that good work is necessary to ensure that high school graduation requirements are met. Students will be assisted in meeting these requirements through a variety of options which may include, but are not limited to:
• forgiveness policy,
• extended learning,
• special counseling,
• volunteer and/or peer tutors,
• school-sponsored help sessions,
• homework hotlines,
• study skills classes, and/or
Honors/Advanced Placement Classes
Honors courses are offered for academically proficient students. Course content and course requirements are rigorous. Placement in honors classes is based on standardized achievement tests, teacher recommendation, and previous academic history.
HONORS LEVEL POLICY:
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN HIGH SCHOOL HONORS LEVEL OR MIDDLE SCHOOL ADVANCED LEVEL COURSES MUST EARN A SEMESTER GRADE OF “A” OR “B” AND HAVE A SCORE OF LEVEL 4 OR 5 IN THE END OF COURSE EXAM AND THE FSA ASSESSMENT IN THAT SUBJECT IN ORDER TO BE PLACED IN SUBSEQUENT HONORS/ADVANCED LEVEL COURSE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. STUDENTS EARNING “C” OR LOWER IN ANY SEMESTER, WILL BE PLACED IN A REGULAR COURSE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.
This policy does not apply to the following courses:
· Electives (ALL honors level)
· Foreign Language (Level 3)
· Marine Biology
Middle School students enrolled in Advanced level courses must earn a final grade of an A or a B in an Advanced level class and a level 4 or 5 on the End of Course Exam and the FSA assessment in that subject in order to be placed in the subsequent High School Honors course in 9th grade or Middle School Advanced level course the following school year. Students earning C’s or lower on their final course grade and level 3 or lower on their FSA or EOC will be placed in a regular course for 9th grade or the following Middle School grade.
Middle School students enrolled in a High School level course must earn a semester grade of an A or a B each semester and a level 4 or 5 on the End of Course Exam and the FSA assessment in that subject to be placed in the subsequent High School level Honors course the following school year. Students earning C’s or lower on their final course grade will retake the same course again for GPA purposes. They will not be placed into the subsequent course instead they will be placed into the same course again for grade forgiveness.
Honors Courses to Earn Quality Points
• All courses which are clearly labeled as “honors,” and “advanced placement,” are consistent with State Frameworks and/or district guidelines and coded as such in the Broward Course Code Dictionary, shall carry one quality point.
• Academic foreign languages above the second year are included in this category, (classes labeled “conversational” are not included in this category.)
• Dual Enrollment: Students enrolled in college courses at the 2000 level and above shall earn two quality points for courses completed with a grade of “C” or above. Dual Enrollment courses below the 2000 level can only earn one quality point.
• An additional point may not be earned in honors class if the grade received is below a “C.”
Advanced Placement Courses to Earn Quality Points
• All classes that are clearly labeled “Advanced Placement” shall receive two quality points if the grade received is “C” or above.
• Students will be required to take the Advanced Placement examination
In order to receive two quality points. If a student elects not to take the Advanced Placement examination, he/she will receive one quality point for a grade of “C” or higher.