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Penncrest High School. Middle School Transition Planning January 11, 2011. Guidelines for Course Selection.

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Penncrest high school

Penncrest High School

Middle School Transition PlanningJanuary 11, 2011

Guidelines for course selection
Guidelines for Course Selection

  • Required courses as well as electives are indicated in the grade level sections of the Course Selection Guide. On the projection card, required courses, such as Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts are already printed. Electives are also printed on the card. Students place a check mark in front of the course they are choosing.

  • Use the recommendation list that was sent home to help make your choices.

  • Rising ninth graders will enroll in six major courses (including an elective). Their elective choice will be one full-year course OR two half-year courses. They must also select Physical Education and Health.

  • Be sure to check the descriptions of the courses you are considering. These can be found grouped by department in the last section of the Course Selection Guide.

Course selection and rank level
Course Selection and Rank Level

Rank Level – the classification which indicates the relative difficulty of any course at Penncrest. There are three such levels, 1 being the highest and 3 being the lowest. In the course catalogue section of the Course Selection Guide, rank level is expressed in the course title as a number preceding the name of the course.

Rank level placement in required courses is determined through multiple criteria applied at Springton Lake:


-Algebra Prognostic Tests

-Student Performance

-Teacher Recommendations

-Other Assessments

9 th grade required courses
9th Grade Required Courses

  • English 9

  • Global Studies

  • Environmental Science

  • Physical Education

  • Health

  • Mathematics (choose one)

    - 1 Trigonometry/PreCalc

    - 1 Algebra II

    - 1 Geometry

    - 1 Algebra I


All 9th graders take six courses which meet five days per week, plus Physical Education, Health, and two periods of Study Hall each week. The elective choice will be one full-year course OR two half-year courses. To be on track for graduation, students should earn at least 6.0 credits during freshman year. (A major course is equivalent to 1 credit.) Select from the courses listed to the right. Specific course descriptions begin on Page 18 of the 2011-12 Course Selection Guide.

9 th grade additional required courses
9th Grade Additional Required Courses

  • World Languages

    All students must complete two years of a World Language prior to graduation. Many students will have completed their first year at Springton Lake. Penncrest offerings include Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish.

  • Electives

    Students have the opportunity to sign up for a course of their choice. (It can be in the form of one full-year elective or two half-year electives.)

9 th grade course offerings half year
9th Grade Course Offerings (Half-year)

  • Music

    Musical Theater

    Computers in Music-Aural

    Computers in Music-Notational

  • Technology Education

    Photography (I, II)

    Drafting I (Intro to drafting)

  • Art

    Ceramics (A, B)



  • Family and Consumer Science

    Advanced Food/Nutr (I, II)

9 th grade course offerings year
9th Grade Course Offerings (Year)

  • Special Education


    Intensive Phonology and Fluency

  • Technology Education

    Applied Technology I

    Materials Technology I

    Construction Technology I

    Drafting-Introduction to Drafting

  • World Languages






    (The first world language choice fulfills the graduation requirement, but students may choose an additional world language as an elective.)

  • Art

    Art I

  • Business Education


    Computer Applications for the 21st Century

  • English

    TV Production I

    Critical Reading

  • Mathematics/Computer Science

    Webpage Design

    Computer Programming with Java

  • Music


    UpScale Singers

    Concert Choir

    String Ensemble

A word about prerequisites
A word about prerequisites…

  • Many courses feature prerequisites or other requirements necessary for the successful completion of the respective courses.

    Example of prerequisites:

    Students entering Spanish II must earn a grade of ‘C’ or better in the 8th grade Spanish I program.


    Students should have access to their own 35mm camera with manual capabilities.

    *Students are urged to read course descriptions carefully to avoid any difficulties with course selection or scheduling.

World languages
World Languages

  • Students who are enrolled in French I, Spanish I, German I, Chinese I, or Latin I may elect to earn rank level 1 credit by completing additional, independent course work as determined by the department. Students should indicate rank level preference on their course selection cards.

  • French II, Spanish II, German II, and Latin II are only offered at rank level 1.

Additional information about course selection
Additional Information About Course Selection

  • List at least 2 alternative choices for electives on the projection card. Although we try our best to give you your top choices, scheduling does not always permit this. Please list alternatives in order of preference.

  • If you disagree with the course level that has been recommended, and you wish to take the next higher level, you should initiate the course waiver process through your counselor.

  • Please make wise choices now, because after March 30, we may not grant any requests for changes.

Course selection timeline
Course Selection Timeline

  • January 20: Cards and waiver forms due

  • February 17: Verification Sheets

  • March 30th: Last Day for Changes!

  • Mid August: Schedules Arrive

Penncrest high school

Penncrest High School Offers Great OpportunitiesStudents will have opportunities for valuable learning experiences outside the classroom. Here are just a few examples.CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  • Musical Organizations:

    Band, Chorus, and/or Orchestra

  • Literary Clubs:

    School Newspaper – The Pride

    Literary Magazine – The Gryphon

  • Drama:

    Reader’s Theater


    Children’s Theater

  • Student Government

  • Clubs and Organizations:


    International Club

    Human Relations Club

    Model U.N.

    Tech Club

    Chess Club

    Ceramics Club

    Healthy Community Initiatives (HCI) Club

    Eco Club

    Interact Club

    Fitness Club

    Future Business Leaders of America

Penncrest high school athletics
Penncrest High School Athletics

Fall: Winter: Spring:

Football Basketball Baseball

Soccer Wrestling Softball

Tennis (W) Hockey Track

Field Hockey Cheerleading Lacrosse

Cross Country Indoor Track Tennis (M)

Cheerleading Swimming

Volleyball Diving


Help your teen stay on the road to academic success
Help Your Teen Stay on the Road to Academic Success

Encourage your child and help him or her when it comes to:

  • Getting Organized

    Make sure your child has a planner or calendar to keep track of homework assignments, test dates, and project deadlines. Then help him or her plan how to get the work done on time – and stick to the plan.

  • Following a School and Study Routine

    Make sure your child understands the importance of punctuality and attending school every day. Also:

    • Work together to establish a consistent homework time each day.

    • Help your child set up a good place to study at home. It should be well-lit and free of distractions.

Help your teen stay on the road to academic success1
Help Your Teen Stay on the Road to Academic Success

Encourage your child and help him or her when it comes to:

  • Taking Notes in Class

    In high school, teachers usually expect students to take notes during class lectures. Instead of trying to write every word, your child should learn to jot down main ideas and important terms.

  • Taking Tests

    Cramming the night before is not the best way to prepare. Instead, suggest that your child schedule several study sessions. Offer to quiz your child to help him or her prepare.

Help your teen stay on the road to academic success2
Help Your Teen Stay on the Road to Academic Success

Encourage your child and help him or her when it comes to:

  • Completing Long-Term Projects

    Emphasize the importance of:

    Starting early

    Dividing the big project into smaller parts

    Setting short-term goals and keeping track of progress

  • Communicating with Teachers

    Your child will have classes with several different teachers – each with his or her own teaching style and expectations. Encourage your child to talk with teachers – and to ask for help when needed.

You play an important role
You Play an Important Role

Even as your child changes and matures, he or she looks to you for :

  • Information and Guidance

    Share your knowledge and experiences. With your help, your child can learn to make good decisions and take on more responsibilities.

  • Love and Understanding

    Your child may be worried about making the move to high school and the changes that lie ahead. Let your child know you’re always available to talk. Expressing your support and listening to your child can help ease any concerns he or she may have.

Contact mrs graham
Contact Mrs. Graham

Phone: 610-627-6207