2007-2008
GRADUATION GUIDELINES & COURSE REQUIREMENTS

High School Graduation Programs

The Secondary School Redesign Act, also known as the “A++ Plan for Education,” was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by the Governor to become effective on July 1, 2006. Several provisions of this new law will start immediately, such as academic course requirements at the middle school level to better prepare middle school students for senior high school. In order to increase the rigor and relevance of the senior high school experience and to prepare high school students for college and the workplace, the high school instructional program has been changed significantly.
Ninth graders entering high school in the 2007-2008 school year and thereafter will be required to earn 16 core academic credits and eight elective credits in order to graduate with a high school diploma. Core requirements consist of four credits in English and mathematics; three credits of science and social science; one credit of fine arts; and one credit of physical education and health. To better engage students in planning and making decisions for their future, they will select an area of interest as part of their personalized education and career plan. Students will earn four credits in a major area of interest, similar to college students, which may be in the arts, advanced academic studies, or career preparation. The remaining four elective credits may be used to earn a second major area of interest, a minor, or for other elective courses.
Currently, there are five options for high school graduation and earning a diploma, two of which are accelerated options. Students and their parents may select from one of the five options, although if the student and his/her parents do not select a graduation option, the student will be considered to have selected the four-year, 24-credit standard program. In order to graduate all five options require students to earn a passing score on the 1 0 grade FCAT, earn a specific grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, and successfully complete the required courses listed in the chart entitled 2007-2008 Graduation Options and Requirements.”


The graduation options are as follows:

• A four-year, 24-credit standard program;
• A three-year, 18-credit college preparatory program;
• A three-year, 18-credit career preparatory program;
• The International Baccalaureate program; and
• The Advanced International Certificate of Education program


Prior to selecting one of the two accelerated programs the following requirements must be met:


      1. The requirements, advantages, and disadvantages of each graduation option are to be explained to the student and his/her            parents.

      2. A signed parental consent form (FM-6911) must be submitted to the principal and guidance counselor to enroll in either one of the           accelerated programs.

The requirements for the two accelerated options have been changed twice by the Florida Legislature since these options became available to students in 2003-2004. Students who selected an accelerated program prior to July 1, 2004, may continue that program and be responsible for the requirements of the program at that time. Students who selected the college preparatory program prior to July 1, 2006 may also continue that program and be responsible for the requirements of the program at that time. Students selecting the college preparatory program after July 1, 2006 will have to meet new requirements for that program.

The requirements for the four-year, 24-credit program were changed by the Florida Legislature for students entering the 9 grade in 2007-2008. Students who enroll in the four-year, 24-credit program prior to July 1, 2007, may continue that program and be responsible for the requirements at that time.

High school courses successfully completed by a student in grades 6 - 8 can be applied to the requirements for graduation. However, the student and his/her parents are reminded that high school credits earned prior to 9 grade as well as through the adult education program are generally not recognized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) toward a student’s

eligibility to participate in college athletics. For information regarding athletic scholarships and eligibility, it is recommended contact be made with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at www.ncaa.org or the athletic director at the studen school.

A student selecting either of the two accelerated options must be enrolled in high school for a minimum of three school year upon graduation, this student will be eligible to apply for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, if he/she has met the prograrm=s requirements.

A student. who has selected one of the three-year, 18-credit options and is considering enrollment in a magnet school/progrE career-focused academy, or career technical education preparation program. will need to inquire about the requirements of specific program. There are certain programs which have requirements that would not be able to be met within either accelera option. Staff from the individual programs will be able to explain the requirements of a given program and whether or not it wo be possible to meet those requirements within the accelerated option.

In order to graduate. a student who has selected the four-year, 24-credit standard program. must demonstrate mastery of Sunshine State Standards, including basic computer literacy skills, and complete a community service project. In order to designated as a 10 grade student, a 9 grade student must have earned a minimum of four credits, which must include one cr in English/ESOL or one credit in mathematics. To be designated as an 11 grade student, a lOgrade student must have earne minimum of 10 credits. which must include two credits in English/ESOL and two credits in mathematics. To be designated as a grade student. an 11 grade student must have earned a minimum of 16 credits, which must include three credits in English/ES and three credits in mathematics.

For a student enrolled in either one of the two accelerated graduation programs. the student must earn at least five credits by end of grade 9 and 11 credits by the end of grade 10.



2007-2008 GRADUATION OPTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 10 - I2

SUBJECT AREA STANDARD HIGH
SCHOOL 4-YEAR
PROGRAM
COLLEGE
PREPARATORY 3
YEAR PROGRAM
CAREER
PREPARATORY 3
YEAR PROGRAM

English/ESOL
4 credits (major
concentration in
composition & literature)

4 credits (major
concentration in
composition & literature)

4 credits (major
concentration in
composition & literature)

Mathematics

3 credits (Algebra I, Geometry. & a course at the Algebra I level or higher)

3 credits (Algebra I, Geometry, & a course at the Algebra I level or higher)

3 credits (Algebra I. Geometry, & a course at the Algebra I level or higher)
Science 3 credits (Earth! Space
Science,            Biology.         &
Chemistry or Physical Science)
3 credits (Earth! Space
Science,            Biology.         &
Chemistry or Physical Science)
3 credits (Earth! Space
Science,            Biology.         &
Chemistry or Physical Science)

Social Science
3 credits (World History.
American            History.
American Government, & Economics)
3 credits (World History.
American            History.
American Government, & Economics)
3 credits (World History.
American            History,
American Government, & Economics)
Foreign Language Not required for graduation. but is required for admission to state universities 2 credits in same
second            language
or            demonstrated
proficiency
Not required

Performing Fine Arts

0.5 credit

Not required

Not required
Practical Arts
0.5 credit

Not required

Not required
Life            Management
Skills

0.5 credit
Not required

Not required
Physical Education 1 credit (0.5 credit in Personal Fitness & 0.5 credit in a Physical Education elective) Not required Not required
Career Technical Education (CTE) Not required Not required

3 credits in a single CTE program; or 3 credits in CTE certificate dual enrollment program; or 5 credits in CTE courses

Electives 8.5 credits 3 credits 2 credits, unless 5 credits are earned in the option above
Total 24 credits 18 credits 18 credits
State Assessment Requirement Passing score on grade 10 Passing score on grade 10 Passing score on grade 10
Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement Earn a cumulative GPA 2.0 on a 4.0 scale Earn a cumulative GPA 3.5 on a 4.0 scale Earn a cumulative GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

EXPLANATORY NOTES:

English/Language Arts
English I, II, Ill, and IV or English -IV Through ESOL are required to meet the English/Language Arts graduation requirement. This requirement applies to all three graduation options. Additional ESOL credit may be counted as elective credit.
Mathematics Algebra I should be completed by the end of 9 grade, Geometry by the end of 10 grade, and a course at the Algebra I level or higher by the end of 11 grade for students selecting the four-year, 24-credit standard program and the three-year, 18-credit accelerated programs. Informal Geometry meets the graduation requirement for mathematics, but does not meet the minimum entrance requirement to the Florida State University System.
Science For students selecting any one of the three graduation options, the required courses include Earth/ Space Science, which should be completed by the end of 9 grade, Biology I by the end of 10 grade, and Chemistry I or Physical Science by the end of 11 grade. Integrated Science will also meet the graduation requirement for science by taking Integrated Science I and two additional science courses.
Social Science For students selecting any one of the three graduation options, the required courses include American History, World History, American Government, and Economics.
Foreign Language For students selecting the college preparatory program, they are to complete any two sequential courses in the same foreign language, including American Sign Language, or demonstrate foreign language proficiency at a level equivalent to two years of high school foreign language. The school must document this foreign language proficiency.
Performing Fine Arts For students selecting the four-year, 24-credit option, they may select any art, dance, theatre, music, speech, or debate course classified as performing fine arts (performing and visual arts) See note on following page.
Practical Arts For students selecting the four-year, 24-credit option, they may select any career and technical education course, any district-approved annual computer course, or journalism course. See note on following page.
Physical Education For students selecting the four-year, 24-credit option, this requirement is fulfilled by successful completion of Personal Fitness or Adaptive Physical Education and any other approved physical education semester course listed in the Florida Course Code Directory. Participation in an interscholastic sport at the junior or senior varsity level for two full seasons will satisfy the one-credit physical education requirement, the student passes the Competency Test on Personal Fitness with a score of “C” or higher. If a student satisfies the physical education graduation requirement through the interscholastic sport option, ti student must take one additional elective credit since no credit is granted for an interscholastic junior senior varsity sport.
Completion of one semester with a grade of “C” or better in a marching band, JROTC drills course or in a physical activity course, e. g., eurhythmics, flag corps, dance corps, that requires participate in marching band activities as an extracurricular activity shall satisfy a one-half credit requirement physical education. This one-half credit can NOT be used to satisfy the one-semester Personal Fitness course or Adaptive Physical Education under an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan.For those students whose physical condition, as certified annually by a physician, prevents participating in the regular program, a modified or adaptive physical education will be provided.
Electives

For students who select the three-year, 18-credit College Preparatory Program, the three elective credits:
must meet the academic admissions requirements of the Florida State University System.
Any senior high school course listed in the current Florida Course Code Directory will fulfill the elects graduation requirement for any of the three graduation options except study hall and other courses list as non-credit (NC), Adult Basic Education, and GED preparation.
In selecting elective courses students are encouraged to focus on a special interest or a career goal. GPA For students enrolling in the College Preparatory Program the required GPA was changed students entering 9 grade in 2006-2007 from 3.0 to 3.5.

Miscellaneous Notes:

•     Students who satisfactorily complete selected career and technical education job preparatory programs may substitu one or more of the following courses for a required English/Language Arts, mathematics, or science course: Busine English I, Business English II, Business Mathematics, General Science, BiologyTechnology, and/orAnatomy & Physioloç Career technical education course substitutions shall not exceed two (2) credits in each of the required academic are of English, mathematics, and science and may apply to only one area.
              o   For students enrolled in the three-year, 18-credit college preparatory program, at least six
              o   (6) of the 18 credits must be dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Advanc International                    Certificate of Education, or Level 3 courses.

•     Students are required to receive instruction in the areas of human growth and development, substance abuse educatic and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. This instruction is incorporated into various courses.

•     Students will not be granted credit toward graduation for any Level 1 course, as designated in the Florida Course Co Directory, unless the student’s assessment indicates a more rigorous course of study would be inappropriate, in whi case a written assessment of the need must be included in the student’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP), or in a Progra Monitoring Plan (PMP), signed by the principal, guidance counselor, and parent of the student. Remedial/compensato courses can be counted only as elective credit.

•     For students selecting the four-year, 24-credit program, completion of a community service project is an additior graduation requirement, but it is not required for students selecting either one of the three-year, 18-credit graduatk programs.

•     State statute provides for three methods by which high school students enrolled in the four-year, 24-credit, standard program can meet the Performing Fine Arts! Practical Arts graduation requirement. M-DCPS students are to earn 0 credit in Performing Fine Arts j3j0.5 credit in Practical Arts. However, students transferring to M-DCPS from anoth Florida school district can meet the Performing Fine Arts! Practical Arts graduation requirement if they have met one the other two methods provided in state statute, i. e., 1.0 credit in Performing Fine Arts or 1.0 credit in Practical Arts.

2007-2008 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS

ENTERING GRADE 9

 

SUBJECT AREA STANDARD HIGH SCHOOL 4-YEAR PROGRAM CREDITS REQUIRED
English or English Through ESOL 4.0
Mathematics 4.0
Science 3.0
World History 1 .0
American History 1 .0
American Government 0.5
Economics 0.5
FineArts 1.0
Physical Education 1.0
Major, Minor, or Electives 8.0
Total Number of Credits Required 24
State Assessment Requirement Passing score on the Grade 10 FCAT Reading, Math and Writing Exams
GPA Requirement Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale

EXPLANATORY NOTES:
English/Language Arts
English I, II, III, and IV or English I-IV Through ESOL are required to meet the English/language arts graduation requirement.

Mathematics
Algebra should be completed by the end of grade, Geometry by the end of 10 and two additional courses at the Algebra I level or higher. Informal Geometry meets the graduation requirement for mathematics, but does not meet the minimum entrance requirement to the Florida State University System.

Science
The required courses include Earth/Space Science, which should be completed by the end of 9 grade, Biology I by the end of 10 grade, and Chemistry I or Physical Science by the end of 11 grade. Integrated Science will also meet the graduation requirement for science by taking Integrated Science I and two additional science courses.


Fine Arts
Students may select any art, dance, theatre, music, speech, or debate course classified as performing fine arts (performing and visual arts)
Physical Education
This requirement is fulfilled by successful completion of Personal Fitness or Adaptive Physical Education and any other approved physical education semester course listed in the Florida Course Code Directory. For those students whose physical condition, as certified annually by a physician, prevents participation in the regular program, a modified or adaptive physical education will be provided.

Electives
Eight credits in a major, minor, or electives:
Four credits in a major area of interest, such as sequential courses in a career technical education program, fine and performing arts, or academic content area, selected by the student as part of his/her academic and career plan. A list of district/state-approved major areas will be provided to students in order to make their selection.

Four credits in elective courses selected by the student as part of his/her academic and career plan. These credits may b combined to allow for a second major area of interest, a minor area of interest, elective courses, intensive reading or mathematic intervention courses, or credit recovery courses.
As a result of recent legislation, senior high school graduation requirements are in a state of transition:

• Students who entered 9 grade in the 2003-2004 school year were provided the opportunity to enroll in three graduation options, two of   which are accelerated programs whereby students could complete their coursework in three years. The standard graduation program,   which consists of a four-year, 24-credit program did not change from the previous yea relative to the requirements.
• Students who entered 9 in the 2004-2005 school year, who enrolled in the accelerated graduation programs ha to meet additional   requirements: 1.) in order to enroll in an accelerated program, students had to have earned at least a FCAT reading score of Level 3, an   FCAT mathematics score of Level 3, and an FCAT writing score of 3 on the most recent assessments taken by the student; 2.) the GPA   required for graduation was increased from 2.0 to 3.0 of the 18 credit required for graduation for the college preparatory program, 6   credits must be earned in advanced courses. The standard graduation program, which consists of a four-year, 24-credit program did
  n
ot change from the previous year relative to the requirements.
• Students who enter 9 grade in 2006-2007 and enroll in the three-year, 18-credit college preparatory program, must meet an increased   GPA graduation requirement of 3.5. Also, the enrollment prerequisite of FCAT scores in reading, mathematics, and writing has been   eliminated for both the college preparatory program and career preparatory program The standard graduation program, which   consists of a four-year, 24-credit program did not change from the previous ye relative to the requirements.
• Students entering 9 grade in 2007-2008 who enroll in the standard four-year, 24credit program will have to meet new graduation   requirements. Of the 24 credits required for graduation, 16 credits are to be core curriculum credits (English -4, mathematics -4, science   -3, social science -3, fine arts - 1, physical education 1, and majors, minors, and elective - 8). The two accelerated programs as amended   in the 2004-2005 and 2006-2007 school years did not change relative to the requirements.
• Throughout this transition period, the grade 10 FCAT graduation requirement has not changed. However, students entering 9grade in    2006-2007 will be required to earn a passing score on FCAT Writing+, which will be included as pa of the grade 10 FCAT graduation    requirement beginning with the Spring 2008 administration.

Students in senior high school will be on several tracks depending upon their date of entry into grade 9 and the graduation program they selected. In summary:


SCHOOL YEAR ENTRY DATE STANDARD FOUR- YEAR, 24 CREDITS

COLLEGE PREP THREE-

YEAR, 18 CREDITS

CAREER PREP THREE-

YEAR, 18 CREDITS
2003-2004

15.5 required credits.
8.5 elective credits, 2.0
GPA, passing score
on the grade 10 FCAT,
community service

15 required credits, including 2 foreign language credits, 3 elective credits, 2.0 GPA, passing score on the grade 10
FCAT

15 required credits. 2 foreign language credits, and 3 elective credits in career and technical education, 2.0 GPA, passing score on the grade 10 FCAT

2004-2005 No change from the previous school year The required credits and the elective credits remain the same as well as earning a passing score on the grade 10 FCAT. However, the GPA requirement is 3.0 and prerequisite FCAT scores must be earned to enroll.

The 2 foreign language credits are deleted and replaced with: 3 credits in a single vocational/career education program, or career/technical dual enrollment program, or 5 credits in vocational/ career education courses, and 2 elective credits as well as earning a passing score on the grade 10 FCAT. However, the GPA requirement is 3.0 and prerequisite FCAT scores must be earned to enroll.