Course Information

  • REVISED RETENTION POLICY FOR GRADES 9 – 12

     

    The retention policy for students in grades 9 – 12 is revised to reflect the following:

    1.     Once a student has successfully completed a course, this credit will count towards the required graduation total.

    2.     The courses failed will have to be satisfactorily completed in an accredited program.

    3.     Any student failing physical education must make up this credit in summer school.

    4.     Students in grade nine will not be eligible for Vocational Education without a minimum of 5. 25 core course credits successfully completed.

    The principals will review the records of any pupil subject to repeating credits.

     


    Credit Deficiencies

     

    A credit deficiency, which occurs through a subject failure, may be resolved by repeating the course the following year or by attending an accredited summer school.  Students who have accumulated credit deficiencies will be notified of the deficiencies at the end of the year.  It is the responsibility of the student to reschedule credit deficiencies.

     

    Senior students who fail a required course or who lack sufficient credits for graduation may attend an accredited program or return to South Allegheny High School as a full time student the following semester.

     

    Course Request Change/Withdrawal from Class

     

    Although the deadline for course request changes is June, we recognize that there may be circumstances which arise that necessitate a change in a selected course.  When valid reasons are presented and the parent requests a change in his/her child’s program in writing, adjustments may be made.  For the 2007 – 2008 school year, all such requests must be received June 24, 2007. 

     

    Please note:  There are times when the student’s course change request cannot be met due to full classes, unavailability of classes at appropriate times necessary to meet the student’s needs, or other similar circumstances.

     

    Course Selections

     

    Decisions regarding course selections should be based on academic abilities and post-secondary plans.  A variety of resources are available to assist students in career and post-secondary planning:  faculty, counselors, post-secondary school representatives, career speakers, videos, and Internet websites.  Listed below are some of the websites students can access to explore post-secondary options and plan high school coursework.

     

    Course Difficulty Rating

     

    Courses have been assigned a value so that the level of difficulty of a given course will be clearly understood by parents and students.  Most of the courses list a range of one or two levels of difficulty.   Counselors are required to sign the course selection of their students on the course selection form.  This process will help to ensure that the student has selected the appropriate academic level in order to meet with success.

     

     

    Level 1:         Advanced Placement (A.P. Exam) or College in High School (C.H.S.)

                            Focuses on college-level studies based on the College Board Advanced Placement program which recommends that all students should select these courses if they “are willing to accept the challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum.”  These courses emphasize level 2 skills and include an additional workload which sets these courses apart from regular high school courses in the same subject.  Students can earn college credit based on the AP exam. Teacher recommendation based on evaluation of student work is needed. 

    Level 2:         Honors or Advanced or Advanced Placement (No A.P. Exam)

                            Focuses on application of concepts learned and the development of higher level thinking skills.  Concentrate on critical-thinking, writing and research skills at an accelerated pace.  These courses are recommended for students who are capable of independent work and are preparing for post secondary education.

    Level 3:          Academic

                            Focuses on basic skills and develops an educational foundation by mastering fundamental concepts.  Continue to develop and enhance basic skills by completing moderately complex tasks to prepare students for post secondary training or work force.

    Level 4:         Vocational

                            Steel Center Vocational Technical School produces students who contribute to the larger community by learning how to learn fundamental academic skills, by having self-discipline, by embracing the work ethic, and by possessing a craft which will provide employment in the job market.  Attendance at Steel Center does not guarantee admission to most colleges and universities.  

     

    Administration will attempt to include every course in the schedule that is listed in this booklet.  However, if the demand for a course exceeds available space or the demand is too limited, students may be asked to make an alternate choice.

     

    COURSE SELECTION BY INTEREST

     

    Gr General Steel-Center College Prep
    9

    English – Comm./Eng I

     

    Social Studies – American Cultures I

     

    Math – Pre-Algebra  or Algebra I

     

    Science – Earth & Space Science

     

    Int. App./Modular Electronics/PE

     

    Art I/Career Exploration/Family Consumer Science/Reading & Writing Enrichment

     

    Electives – 2 Credits Required

    English – Comm./English I or Honors English 9

     

    Social St. –Am. Hist. & Geo. I or Honors History 9

     

    Math – Pre-Algebra or Algebra I

     

    Science – Earth Space Science or Honors Biology

     

    Int. App./Modular Electronics/PE

     

    Art I/Career Exploration /Family Consumer Science/Reading and Writing Enrichment

     

    Elective – 1 Credit Required

     

    Arts & Humanities – 1 Credit Required

    English – Comm./English I or Honors English 9

     

    Social Studies – Am. Hist. & Geo I or Honors History 9

     

    Math – Algebra I or Geometry 9

     

    Science – Earth Space Science or Honors Biology

     

    Foreign Language I

     

    Int. App./Modular Electronics/PE

     

    Art I/Career Exploration/ Family Consumer Science/Reading and Writing Enrichment

     

    Elective – 2 Credits Required
    10

    English – Comm./English II

     

    Social Studies – Modern World History

     

    Math – Algebra I or Geometry

     

    Science – Biology/Ecology

     

    PE/Health

     

    Elective – 2 Credits Required

    English – Comm./ English II, College Prep English 10, or Honors English 10

     

    Math – Algebra I or Geometry

     

    Science – Biology/Ecology

     

    Physical Education/Health

     

    Steel Center

    English – College Prep English 10 or Honors English 10

     

    Social Studies – Modern World History or AP European History

     

    Math – Geometry 9 or Algebra II

     

    Science – Biology, Honors Biology, Chemistry I, or Honors Chemistry I

     

    Foreign Language II

     

    Physical Education/ Health

     

    Elective – 1 Credit Required
    11

    English – Comm./English III

     

    Social Studies – Am History & Geo II

     

    Math – Geometry, Algebra II

     

    Science – Living Science or Intro. to Chem. And Physical Sci.

     

    Physical Education

     

    Elective – 3  Credits Required

    English – Comm./English III, College Prep English 11 or AP English 11

     

    Social Studies – Am History & Geo II or AP Am History

     

    Math – Geometry, Algebra II

     

    Science – Living Science or Academic Chem & Phys

     

    Steel Center

    English – Comm./English III, College Prep English, AP English 11

     

    Social Studies – Am Cultures II, AP Am History

     

    Math – Algebra II, College Alg/Trig., or Probability & Statistics/Trig

     

    Science – Chemistry I, Marine & Aquatic Biology, Chemistry II, Bio II, Physics I

     

    Foreign Language III

     

    Physical Education

     

    Elective – 1 Credit Required
    12

    English – Comm./English IV

     

    Social Studies - POD/Economics

     

    Science – Intro to Chem. & Physics or Living Science

     

    Math – Algebra II

     

    Physical Education

     

    Elective – 3 Credits Required

    English – Comm./English IV or College Prep English 12 or AP English 12

     

    Social Studies - POD/Economics or AP Comparative Government

     

    Science – Intro to Chem. & Physics or Life Science

     

    Physical Education - 1/2 Credit Required

     

    Steel Center/Technical Math

    English – Comm./English IV, College Prep English 12, AP English 12

     

    Social Studies - POD/Economics, AP Comparative Government

     

    Math – College Alg/Trig, Probability & Statistics/Trig, Calculus

     

    Science – Marine & Aquatic Biology, Chemistry II, Physics I or II, Bio II, or Geo-Chem.

     

    Foreign Language IV

     

    Physical Education

     

    Electives – 1 Credits Required