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On The Road To Graduation and Beyond. Kari Kite, A-C Cheryl Chenet , E-J Rebecca Andrews, K-N Eric Chancy, R-U Melissa Schwartz, D, O-Q, V-Z John Hayden, Dean of Students Michelle Pittelli , Student Assistance Program Coordinator Steve Sapienza , Social Worker

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On the road to graduation and beyond

On The Road To Graduation and Beyond

  • Kari Kite, A-C

  • Cheryl Chenet, E-J

  • Rebecca Andrews, K-N

  • Eric Chancy, R-U

  • Melissa Schwartz, D, O-Q, V-Z

  • John Hayden, Dean of Students

  • Michelle Pittelli, Student Assistance Program Coordinator

  • Steve Sapienza, Social Worker

  • John Evans, Career Development Coordinator

High school differences

High School Differences

  • Block Scheduling

  • FRC Graduation Requirements

  • Promotion based on credits earned

  • Grade Point Average (GPA)

  • Athletic Eligibility

Block scheduling

Block Scheduling

  • Attendance is vital – one period is equal to two days

Hs graduation requirements

HS Graduation Requirements

  • Complete the “Future Ready Core Graduation Requirements:”

    • 26 credits required for class of 2015, 2016

    • Pass 3 EOC assessments

      • Common Core Math I

      • Biology

      • English 10

Future ready core requirements

Future-Ready Core Requirements

Courses Credits

  • English: English I, II, III, IV 4

  • Math: 4

    • Math Courses to be aligned with post high school plans

  • Science: Earth/Environmental Science , Biology, and a Physical Science 3

  • Social Studies: World History, Civics & Economics, US History (2 credits) 4

  • Foreign Language: German, French, or Spanish 0

    • 2 credits required to meet min. admission requirements for UNC

  • Healthful Living 1

  • Electives: 2 Elective credits of any combination from either: 6

  • Career and Technical Education, Arts Education, Second Languages

  • 4 Elective credits strongly recommended: Career and Technical Education, Arts Education (e.g. theatre, music), Any other subject area (e.g. math, science)

    Total 26

Promotion requirements

Promotion Requirements

  • To go to 10th grade:

    • Complete 6 credits

    • English I

    • 2 out of 3 in Math, Science, or Social Studies

    • 3 additional credits

Retention concerns

Retention Concerns


  • (English, math, science, or social studies?)

  • It must be retaken before graduation.

  • Summer options exist.

Grade point average gpa

Grade Point Average (GPA)

  • What does GPA stand for?

  • What are quality points?

  • How do I calculate it?

Quality points

Quality Points

Standard, Honors, Advanced Placement (AP)

Grade (Standard) (Honors) (AP)

A 4 5 6

B 3 4 5

C 2 3 4

D 1 2 3

F 0 0 0

How to calculate your gpa

How to Calculate Your GPA

  • Add the number of quality points earned for the final grade in each course

  • Divide the total number of quality points by the number of courses taken

  • The result is the grade point average—GPA

Athletic requirements

Athletic Requirements

  • 85% Attendance required during the semester prior.

  • Under 19 on or before October 16th

  • Must have passed 3 of 4 courses during the previous semester, and pass English each year

  • Must maintain overall 1.5 GPA

  • Must not be convicted of a felony



Registration process

Registration Process

  • Course Offerings

  • Timeline

Course qualifiers

Course Qualifiers

  • Courses for specific grade levels

  • Courses with prerequisites

  • The Program Planning Guide (online)

  • Course Offerings (online at apexhigh.com)

English courses

English Courses

  • English 9

  • Honors English

  • Intro to Communication & Mass Media

  • Speech I

  • Trends & Movements in Young Adult Literature

Math course offerings

Math Course Offerings

  • Foundations of Algebra & Introductory Math

  • Common Core Math 1A & 1B

  • Common Core Math 1

  • Special Topics in Math

  • Common Core Math 2

  • Honors Common Core Math 2

  • Honors Algebra 2

Possible 1 st year math course

Possible 1st Year Math Course

On the road to graduation and beyond

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Apex High School 2013-14

On the road to graduation and beyond

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Science courses

Science Courses

  • Biology (H)

  • Academic Earth Science

  • Earth Science (H)

Social studies courses

Social Studies Courses

  • World History

  • World History (H)

  • Geography

Healthful living courses

Healthful Living Courses

  • Healthful Living

Foreign language courses

Foreign Language Courses

  • Spanish I

  • Spanish II *

  • French I

  • French II *

  • German I

  • German II *

Second languages

Second Languages

  • The UNC college system requires a minimum of 2 credits in the same foreign language. Three credits are recommended. (Honors credit is earned for Level III and above). Level III is an immersion class.

  • Levels I and II are taken the same year whenever possible.

  • Unless students are continuing the study of a language from middle school, or wish to take second language each year of high school, they are advised to wait until Grade 10 or 11 to begin their foreign language sequence.

Visual and performing arts

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Visual Arts I

  • Art History

Visual and performing arts1

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Choral Ensemble (Girls) (fall and spring)

  • Concert Chorus (Boys) (fall and spring)

  • Band I (fall and spring)

  • Orchestra (Strings) (fall and spring)

  • Guitar I

  • Guitar II **

  • Guitar Ensemble **

  • Theatre Arts I

Career and technical education business information technology courses

Career and Technical EducationBusiness & Information Technology Courses

  • Microsoft IT Academy (H) (Word, PowerPoint, Publisher)

  • Microsoft IT Academy (Word, PowerPoint, Publisher

  • Computer Engineering Technology I

    (Alg 1 Prerequisite)

Career and technical education marketing courses

Career and Technical EducationMarketing Courses

  • Fashion Merchandising

  • Marketing

  • Principles of Business & Finance

Career and technical education agricultural courses

Career and Technical EducationAgricultural Courses

  • AgriscienceApplications

Career and technical education health occupation courses

Career and Technical EducationHealth Occupation Courses

  • Health Team Relations

Career and technical education family consumer science courses

Career and Technical EducationFamily & Consumer Science Courses

  • Apparel Development I

  • Teen Living

  • Foods I

  • Interior Design I

Career and technical education trade industrial courses

Career and Technical EducationTrade & Industrial Courses

  • Construction Tech I (Must have 8th grade certification)

  • Drafting I (Recommended pre-requisite—Algebra I

  • Automotive Service

If you plan to take a course anywhere other than apex hs you must

If you plan to take a course anywhere other than Apex HS you must:

  • Speak with your counselor first and make sure that we will be able to add that course to your AHS Transcript

  • Fill out the Dual Enrollment Form. Return to counselor. We will request approval from Principal.

  • As soon as your course is completed, you must bring an official copy of the grade report to your Counselor- If you do not do this, we will have to add an “F” to your AHS Transcript.

Postsecondary planning

PostSecondary Planning

  • Tests

  • Useful Websites

  • Academic Preparation

Looking ahead what do colleges look at

Looking Ahead: What do Colleges Look At?

  • Grade Point Average (GPA)

  • Difficulty of Course Load

  • SAT/ACT scores

  • Class Rank

  • HS and community activities, involvement

  • Recommendations

  • Writing -- Essay

Please check your information

Please check your information

  • Look at the demographic information in SPAN and PLEASE update any incorrect home and/or mobile phone numbers, addresses, and e-mail addresses.



  • Apexhigh.com

  • Cougar notes – on AHS website

  • Twitter - @AHSCounselors

  • Phonemaster (not helpful if your phone number is incorrect)

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