General Information

Mission Statement: La Salle High School

The mission of La Salle High School is a Catholic school in the LaSallian tradition, preparing young men to achieve their full potential in body, mind and spirit.

Vision Statement:

Students will be guided to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.

CURRICULUM GUIDE

This curriculum guide has been prepared to assist you in planning your years at La Salle High School. Consideration has been given to individual differences in interest, abilities, and future objectives. The resources of the school and community are available to help you achieve your goals.

Course Selection

Students should confer with their teacher(s) and counselor(s) regarding the choice of subjects for the next school year. Parental approval is requested for final course selection. Final scheduling of course offerings for the current school year will be determined by the student enrollment/optioning process. Insufficient student enrollment in a specific course may result in course cancellation.


Graduation Credit Requirements

Graduation Credit Requirements for Class of 2018, 2019, 2020 and beyond

A minimum of 26 credits are required for graduation class of 2018

A minimum of 25.75 credits are required for graduation class of 2019

A minimum of 25 credits are required for graduation class of 2020 and beyond, including the following

  • Religion 4 Credits
  • English 4 Credits
  • Math 4 Credits
  • Social Studies 3 Credits
  • Science 3 Credits
  • Fine Arts 1 Credit
  • Physical Education .5 Credit
  • Health .5 Credit
  • Computer Literacy .5 Credit
  • Additional Electives 4.5 Credits
  • A minimum of 60 Christian service hours is required outside of regular school hours.
  • All students must participate in Kairos Retreat as a Junior; and participate in a service immersion trip, be a Kairos leader, participate in a Called to Serve Retreat, or be a leader for freshman or sophomore day of renewal in their Senior Year.


All students must take the following end of course exams:

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Biology
  • American History
  • American Government
  • English I
  • English II

And meet one of the following testing requirements:

1. Earn a cumulative passing score on seven end-of-course exams. The scores will be set by the State Board of Education.

2. Earn a “remediation-free” score on a nationally recognized college admission exam such as ACT or SAT. The state of Ohio will pay for all 11th grade students to take the exam free of charge on a given date during the school year.

Students studying Advanced Placement (AP),may take assessments aligned to those course in lieu of end-of-course exams to avoid double testing.


State Board Of Education Approved Criteria: Academic Diploma With Honors

Each school shall award the Diploma with Honors to any student graduating who completes the college preparatory curriculum in high school and meets at least seven of the eight criteria.

High School Academic Diploma with Honors for Graduating Classes of 2011 and Beyond

Students need to fulfill only 7 of the following 8 criteria


Subject

Units

English

4 units


Mathematics

4 units, including Algebra I,

Geometry, Algebra II or

equivalent and another higher

level course or a four-year

sequence of courses that contain

equivalent content


Science

4 units, including physics and

chemistry


Social Studies

4 units


Foreign Language


3 units (must include no less

than 2 units for which credit is

sought) i.e., 3 units of one

language or 2 units each of two

languages


Fine Arts

1 unit


Grade Point Average

3.5 on a 4.0 scale


ACT/SAT Score [excluding

scores from the writing sections]*



27 ACT / 1210 SAT


Course Sequence

Courses listed with Arabic or Roman numerals are sequential in nature. Successful completion of the preceding course is normally required prior to entering the following one. If a prerequisite is necessary for entering a course, it is indicated in the course information section.

Grade Levels

In order for students to remain in their proper developmental sequence, many academic and elective courses are offered for specific grade levels. Except in unusual cases, students take only those courses designed for the grade level in which they are enrolled.

Foreign Language

Most colleges require applicants to complete two or three years of the same foreign language while in high school.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Unweighted GPA Scale:

90%-100% = 4.00

89% = 3.86

88% = 3.71

87% = 3.57

86% = 3.43

85% = 3.29

84% = 3.14

83% = 3.00

82% = 2.88

81% = 2.75

80% = 2.63

79% = 2.50

78% = 2.38

77% = 2.25

76% = 2.13

75% = 2.00

74% = 1.80

73% = 1.60

72% = 1.40

71% = 1.20

70% = 1.00

≤69% = 0.00

Grade Indication

A = 90 – 100% indicates outstanding work

B = 83 – 89% indicates above average work.

C = 75 – 82% indicates average work

D = 70 – 74% indicates below average and unsatisfactory academic work.

F= <70% is considered a failing grade and indicates that the student does less work than the minimum required in class.

Weighted GPA Scale:

For weighted GPA calculations, College Board AP and College Credit Plus courses are based on a 5.0 scale; Honors courses are based on a 4.5 scale; and all other courses with numerical grades are based on the 4.0 scale.

Schedule Changes

In order to allow time for proper planning, students and parents are asked to make course choices well in advance of the next school year. These choices are finalized on the basis of thorough student, teacher and parent consultation, examination of the Course Guide booklet, and opportunities for student-counselor-parent conferences. First priority is given to the five core courses (Religion, Science, Mathematics, Social Studies and English) for all students. Electives are then scheduled with priority order given to seniors, followed by juniors, sophomores, and freshmen. While every effort is made to provide students with their top choices, this is sometimes impossible. For the 2017-2018 school year students requesting a schedule change for any class after the selection have been finalized will be subject to a $50.00 fee for processing the schedule change.

Advanced Placement Opportunities

La Salle High School offers Advanced Placement courses in English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, U.S. Government and Politics, U.S. History, Human Geography, Physics (Mechanics), Chemistry, Biology, Spanish Language, French Language, Latin, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics.

To determine your eligibility for such a course, consult the Course Guide under the appropriate department or talk with the teacher of the course(s) or the department chairperson. Generally stated, admission to an Advanced Placement course is based upon current and previous teacher recommendation, satisfactory grade point average, results of appropriate placement testing, and indication of serious intent and/or ability evidenced by an interview or written statement. Once enrolled, a student must remain in an Advanced Placement class through the end of the first quarter. After that, we may be able to change a student to a different level of the course. If none is available, a student may be placed in a study hall.

Advanced Placement Regulations - The Advanced Placement (AP) Program consists of the curriculum of the individual AP courses and the nationally administered Advanced Placement examination given at the conclusion of the course. La Salle High School endorses the

Advanced Placement Program as a quality one and believes our students and the school benefit from participation in the program.

Significant to note is that Advanced Placement exams are expensive ($93.00 per test in 2017), a cost borne by the student and his parents. However, the student who earns a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP exam typically receives college credit with a dollar value far exceeding the cost of the exam. (AP students with acute financial need are eligible for a fee waiver or fee reduction. Please contact your counselor prior to March 15 for information relating to fee reduction policies.)

Please note that individual colleges and universities decide the amount and type of credit awarded for each course.


College Credit Plus

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

College Credit Plus (CCP) has been established to permit qualified students, in grades 7-12, the opportunity to earn high school and college credit simultaneously through completion of college courses. Students are permitted to take up to 30 college credit hours per school year, but not more than 120 credits throughout their high school career. The 30 credit calculation includes high school credits taken during the planned CCP school year. Any student admitted to a course by an institution of higher education will be expected and required to perform at the same level as the institution's regular students. No special courses will be designed for high school or middle school students. Students can participate in CCP only if they have been accepted by a college or university in accordance with guidelines set up by the individual colleges and universities.

Prior to March 1, the district will provide information about the College Credit Plus program to all students in grades 7-12. An informational session will be held and all colleges and universities within a 30-mile radius will be invited to attend before March 30. If you cannot attend, schedule an appointment with your school counselor. A formal application of "intent to participate" must be received in the La Salle High School Guidance Office by April 1st of the year preceding enrollment in CCP.

CCP students can enroll in summer, fall, and winter courses. The courses available through CCP are college courses including college courses taught online. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee the student will get the courses they desire. The student will receive both high school and college transcripted credit for all courses taken. The courses will figure into the student’s high school and college GPA. CCP courses will calculate into the high school GPA at the same rate as an AP course. However, colleges do not weight courses and a college transcript will not reflect any weight. Credits may transfer upon graduation depending on the institution to which the student ultimately matriculates. The student is responsible for his own transportation to and from the institution. Should a student choose to attend a participating private college or university, the student’s fee will not exceed $153/credit hour. Students/parents must submit a College Credit Plus letter of intent to the school by April 1st.

CROSSWALK TO GRADUATION POINTS

CCP Grade Ohio Graduation Points
A or B5
C4
D3



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