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9 th grade parent night on the road to graduation beyond february 22 2010
9thGrade Parent Night“On the Road to Graduation & Beyond”February 22, 2010

A-C Julia Taylor

E- J Cheryl Chenet

K-O Rebecca Andrews

R-U Eric Chancy

D,P,Q,V – ZMelissa Schwartz

John Hayden, Dean of Students

Barbie Green, Counseling Intern*

Michelle Pittelli, SAP

Tony Wilson, IC*

*not pictured

i graduation process




GPA, etc.

hs graduation requirements
HS GraduationRequirements

Successfully complete Future Ready Core requirements with stated credit distribution:

26 credits required for class of 2013

Pass 5 EOC assessments

*Algebra I*Biology*English 1

*Civics & Econ *US History

future ready core requirements
Future-Ready Core Requirements

Courses Credits

  • English: English I, II, III, IV 4
  • Math: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II 4

4th Math Course to be aligned with post high school plans

  • Science:Earth/Environmental Science , Biology, and physical science3 physical science, chemistry, or physics
  • Social Studies: World History, Civics & Economics, US History 3
  • Foreign Language: (2 credits required to meet minimum admission requirements 0

for UNC system.)

  • Health/Physical Education 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. dance, music)
          • Any other subject area (e.g. math, science)

Total 26

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

What if a 9th grader fails a required course?

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

It must be retaken before graduation.

Summer options exist that are free.

the gpa

What does GPA stand for?

What are quality points?

How do I calculate it?

quality points
Quality Points

Grade Standard Honors AP

(Regular) (Advanced) (Advanced Placement)

A 4 5 6

B 3 4 5

C 2 3 4

D 1 2 3

F 0 0 0

calculating the grade point average gpa
Calculating the Grade Point Average (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
  • Must maintain overall 1.5 GPA
  • Must not be convicted of a felony
  • Must live in the school district and enroll no later than the 15th day of the present semester
ii registration process


Course Offerings


10 th grade core classes
English II

Civics and Economics



Math sequence is changing –Geometry will be taken before Algebra II

10th Grade Core Classes
lenguas extranjeras
Lenguas Extranjeras
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Spanish for Native Speakers
  • Students should register for Level I & II during the same year
second languages
Second Languages
  • The UNC college systemrequires a minimum of 2 credits in the same foreign language. 3 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
  • 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.
apex high school fine arts program
Apex High School Fine Arts Program

Visual Arts

Music (Vocal or Instrumental)

Theatre Arts (Performance or Tech Theatre)

apex high school cte program areas
Apex High School CTE Program Areas

Business & Information Technology Education

Commercial & Artistic Production Technologies

Construction Technologies

Transportation Technologies

Health Occupations

Engineering Technologies

Family & Consumer Sciences Education

elective concentrations
Elective Concentrations
  • The Future Ready Core Course of Study recommends that students earn 4 credits in a subject area concentration
  • To earn the designation as a CTE completer, students must have 4 CTE credits, one of which is an advanced class in the same program area
about course qualifiers
About Course Qualifiers
  • Courses for specific grade levels
  • Courses with prerequisites
  • Courses requiring applications ( due Feb. 24 )
  • The Program Planning Guide ( online )
  • Course Offerings ( online & in student folder received in classroom presentation)
registration timeline

February 23 – 25 - classroom presentations

March 8 – students can go on SPAN to register for courses for 2010-2011 *students will receive instructions in homeroom

March 19 – signed registration form is due to current math teacher or Mrs. Salpietro

April 28 – students check course verification on SPAN -- 8 primary courses and 3 alternates; changes can be made

June 23 – last day to make changes

iii getting ready for college


Required Tests

Useful Websites


PSAT-previously released SAT test

Given at AHS in October

Free to all sophomores

$15 for juniors who sign up

Students receive a test booklet, a profile sheet with the correct answers, the student’s answers, and suggestions for improvement

sat or act
SAT or ACT ?
  • Critical Reading, Math, & Writing
  • www.collegeboard.com
  • Check with the individual schools to see if they have a preference
  • Interested in a 4 yr school? Good idea to take one by the end of junior year

English, Reading, Math, Science Reasoning, & Writing (optional)


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


Writing -- Essay

take note
Take Note
  • For the class of 2013, the GPA required for a NC university entry is 2.5 .
  • The minimum SAT combined Critical Reading & Mathematics score required for a NC university is 800.
  • The minimum ACT composite score is 17.
  • It’s time to start thinking colleges and careers!
  • There are many universities and community colleges---find the one that fits you!
spring college and post secondary opportunities fair saturday march 6 2010
Spring College and Post Secondary Opportunities Fair  Saturday, March 6, 2010

Panther Creek HS

6770 McCrimmon Pkwy

Cary, NC 27519

10:00-11:30am for students from:

Panther Creek HS, Green Hope HS, Middle Creek HS, & Apex HS

  • Representatives from NC public & independent colleges/universities & community colleges will be available to answer questions from parents and students.
  • Special presentation, “College 101– Tips for College Admission,” by Dave Meredith, Assistant Director of Admissions at UNC Chapel Hill. (10:30am/12:00pm in PCHS auditorium)
www collegeboard com

Question of the day

Research careers & majors

Research schools—sizes, costs, test scores, majors, requirements

My college Quick Start (uses PSAT results)

www cfnc org

College Foundation of North Carolina

Every current 9th grader should have an account

Research any North Carolina 2 or 4 yr school

Common college application possibilities

Take career surveys, SAT & ACT practice, college funding information, high school planner

communication communication


Cougar Notes

Phone Master

Follow us on Twitter


Teacher e-mails

3 week interims every quarter

Student Parent Access Network (SPAN)

For 2010 – 2011 all teachers will use SPAN



  • Use CFNC– “High School Planner”
  • Test Scores Awards Received
  • Offices Held Activities & Honors
  • Volunteer Work Courses Taken& Grades
  • Graduation Plan
  • Research Colleges, Practice SAT questions
  • Student Services will be here to support you.
  • There are all kinds of jobs, community colleges, and colleges out there. It’s about finding the shoe that fits you.
remaining program
Remaining Program
  • Q & A
  • Please fill out Evaluations & place them in boxes in the lobby.