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It is important to understand that the information in the 2014-15 Course Description Booklet is the most accurate and up-to-date information available at the time. As course offerings, Department of Education mandates, and curricular updates occur information in this document may become outdated. The most current version of the Course Description Booklet is posted on the Jasper High School Website. The on-line version of the Course Description Booklet takes precedent over any older published versions.


Are you ready for all of the choices that you have to make?

  • The things you do in high school will determine the things you can do after high school.
  • College 2yr. or 4yr.
  • Technical School
  • Military
  • Workforce
basic preparation
Basic Preparation
  • Meet ECA requirements in English 10 and Algebra I
  • Earn a diploma
    • Core 40 diploma
    • Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
    • Core 40 with Technical Honors diploma
gqe requirements
GQE Requirements
  • Meet ECA standards in Algebra I and English 10
  • Waiver
    • Retest at least once a year
    • Complete all remediation provided by school
    • Maintain 95% attendance rate
    • Achieve a C- average (1.5 GPA) in the 34 credits specifically required for graduation
    • Complete all graduation requirements
    • Complete requirements for “Evidence-based” waiver or “Work-readiness” waiver
additional considerations for academic honors diploma
Additional considerations for Academic Honors Diploma:

Must complete ONE of the following:

  • 4 AP credits and corresponding AP exams –OR-
  • Dual HS/college courses resulting in 6 college credits from the DOE Dual Credit Priority Course list –OR-
  • 2 AP credits and corresponding AP exam and a dual HS/college course resulting in 3 college credits –OR-
  • 1750 or higher on SAT(3 sections, no score less than 530 on any section –OR-
  • ACT composite of 26 or above, must include writing
indiana department of education guidance document for priority dual credit courses
Indiana Department of EducationGuidance Document for Priority Dual Credit Courses
  • Jasper High School Course Credit Hours University Agreement
  • Automotive Services Technology I and II 12 Ivy Tech
  • Early Childhood 6 Ivy Tech
  • Principles of Business Management 3 Ivy Tech
  • Computer Integrated Man.-PLTW 3 Ivy Tech
  • Digital Electronics-PLTW 3 Ivy Tech
  • Engineering Design and Development-PLTW 3 Ivy Tech
  • Intro. To Engineering Design-PLTW3 Ivy Tech
  • Principles of Engineering-PLTW 3 Ivy Tech
  • Welding Technology I and II 15 Ivy Tech
  • Precision Machine Technology 18 Vincennes University
  • HOSA (Medical Terminology) 3 Vincennes University
  • Criminal Justice 6 Vincennes University
  • Human Body Systems-PLTW 3 Missouri S&T
  • Medical Interventions-PLTW 3 Missouri S&T
  • Principles of Bio. Med.-PLTW 3 Missouri S&T
  • Anatomy and Physiology (Adv. Science A&P) 6 Oakland City University
  • AP Government 3 Oakland City University
  • US History Honors 6 Oakland City University
  • Economics Honors 3 Oakland City University
  • Psychology 3 Oakland City University
  • Spanish 4 4 Oakland City University
  • German 4 4 Oakland City University
  • French 4 4 Oakland City University
  • English Literature 3 Oakland City University
  • Adv. Speech and Comm. 3 Oakland City University
additional requirements for core 40 with technical honors
Additional requirements for Core 40 with Technical Honors
  • For the Core 40 with Technical Honors diploma, students must:
  • Complete all requirements for Core 40.
  • Earn 6 credits in the college and career preparation courses in a state-approved College & Career Pathway and one of the following:
    • 1. State approved industry recognized certification or credential, or
    • 2. Pathway dual credits from the approved dual credit list resulting in 6 transcripted college credits.
  • Complete one of the following,
  • 1. 4 AP credits and corresponding AP exams –OR-
    • Dual HS/college courses resulting in 6 college credits from the DOE Dual Credit Priority Course list –OR-
    • 2 AP credits and corresponding AP exam and a dual HS/college course resulting in 3 college credits –OR-
    • 1750 or higher on SAT(3 sections, no score less than 530 on any section –OR-
    • ACT composite of 26 or above, must include writing

2. Earn the following minimum score(s) on Accuplacer: Writing 80, Reading 90, Math 75.

general diploma
General Diploma
  • Beginning with students who enter high school in 2007-2008, completion of Core 40 becomes a graduation requirement.
  • A general diploma is only available to students whose parents feel students are unable to complete the Core 40 curriculum.
  • To graduate with less than Core 40, a formal Opt-out process must be completed.
  • Beginning in fall 2011, Core 40 will be an admissions requirement to attend a public four-year university in Indiana (Core 40 is a minimum requirement – colleges may have additional admissions requirements).
core 40 opt out triggers
Core 40 Opt-Out Triggers
  • A parent may request that a student be exempted from the Core 40 curriculum and be required to complete the general diploma to graduate, or
  • The student does not pass at least three (3) courses required under the Core 40 curriculum, or
  • The student receives a score on the graduation examination that is in the twenty-fifth percentile or lower when taking the graduation exam for the first time.

***If the decision is made to opt-out of Core 40, the student is required to complete the course/credit requirements for a general diploma and the career/academic sequence the student will pursue is determined.

core 40 opt out process
Core 40 Opt-Out Process
  • The student, the student’s parent/guardian, and the student’s counselor meet to discuss the student’s progress.
  • The student’s career/course plan is reviewed.
  • The student’s parent/guardian determines whether the student will achieve greater educational benefits by completing the general curriculum or the Core 40 curriculum.
a change from middle school
A Change from Middle School
  • At the end of a semester, if you complete courses with a passing grade of D- or better, you earn one credit in each of those courses.
  • If you fail a required course - you must repeat each semester of all required classes until you earn the credit.
course retake grade replacement

A grade retake/replacement occurs when a student retakes a class that he/she has already taken to hopefully receive a better grade. A student who receives below a C- on a course may retake that course for credit. The second grade earned will replace the original grade—no matter what the grade—and shall count for grade point average and class rank. The original grade will remain on the transcript with the credit for that class being transferred to the second class. A student may take advantage of this option up to two times in his/her high school career. This would allow a student trying to earn an Indiana Academic Honors diploma an opportunity to retake a class where he/she might have received below a C-, thus giving him/her an opportunity to keep his/her Academic Honors diploma.

Students may not use on-line credit recovery classes for retakes

not to worry
Not to Worry
  • We have seven periods in each day.
  • If you take just six classes each semester, and pass all your classes, you will graduate with 48 credits.

Course RecommendationsIn a move to make all course offerings available to our students, we are removing prerequisites from most course offerings at Jasper High School. On its merit, this move is designed to give any student an opportunity to take the most rigorous course offerings at our school. It is also designed to give students an opportunity to take the courses that best fit into their future opportunities. The teacher of each course has built course recommendations for the curriculum required within each course. These recommendations should be taken seriously as the rigor of a course will not be adjusted to fit students who might not be academically talented enough to handle the rigor of our most challenging content offerings.  It is our belief that the student and his/her parents must have the opportunity to select course offerings that best suit the student’s individual needs. It will be necessary for patrons to approach the selection of courses for their student with a realistic mindset.

ninth grade enrollment decisions
Ninth Grade Enrollment Decisions








Biomedical Sciences


Family/Consumer Science

Language Arts



World Languages


English 9 or English 9, Honors

ENGLISH 9, HONORS: includes all of the requirements for the regular English 9 class and more—with major emphasis being placed on the reading of classic world literature texts. Students in the honors class will write extensively, and all written work must exceed normal expectations in terms of creativity, development, clarity, structure, and mechanical precision. Vocabulary development will concentrate on an extensive study of Greek and Latin derivatives as preparation for the SAT. Students in this class will participate in several projects and engage in a variety of speaking situations. It must be clearly understood that honors students will be held to a higher academic standard overall. Students who cannot work independently, those who do not complete assignments correctly or on time, and those who do not wish to participate fully in the spirit of the class should not enroll. Honor students are defined by their exceptional reading ability and their enjoyment of and competence in writing. Successful students must be mature individuals who are willing to put in the time necessary to do quality work. A summer reading assignment is required for this course. This course is NOT required for the academic honors diploma.


Math Lab, College Prep(formerly pre-algebra)

Algebra I

Algebra I, Honors

Geometry, Honors

mathematics guidelines
Mathematics Guidelines
  • State guidelines require that all students complete Algebra I as two of their math credits required for graduation.
  • Eighth grade math teachers will make the math placement recommendation.
eighth grade algebra
Eighth Grade Algebra
  • Completion of Algebra in the 8th grade is required for Geometry, Honors
  • All grades earned in the 8th grade (for high school credit)will go on the high school transcript thus starting the student’s GPA
  • Grades earned in 8th grade Algebra will NOT go on the transcript if the student takes Algebra I, Honors in the 9th grade

Biology Ior

Biology I, Honors

All PLTW BioMed classes will count for a science credit.

health pltw option
Health-PLTW option
  • Completion of PRINCIPLES OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE and HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS will count as the Health requirement for all students. Students registering for the PRINCIPLES OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES will not be required to signup for Health. Students using PRINCIPLES OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES and HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS as their Health requirement will not receive a grade or credit for a traditional Health class. Students completing PRINCIPLES OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES without completing HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS will be required to take a one semester Health class in a traditional manner.

All students are required to obtain 2 PE credits for before graduation

P.E. – one traditional credit by the end of freshmen year.

Strength and Conditioning-This year we will offer a S/C class for male athletes, female athletes. Must be in season and must have completed a summer PE course before taking the S/C class.

**Students will need to take PE I before taking any other elective PE

pe ii option
PE II Option

Students will be able to count the following for one credit of PE after they have taken a traditional PE course.

**Students MUST turn in PE Waiver form before PE credit will be awarded**

Form is available on guidance website.

Completion of:

  • any athletic season in good standing
  • marching band, including flag corps
  • Cheerleading
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Life Guard Training
summer pe
Summer PE
  • Summer P.E. – June 2 through June 27
  • Cost for Summer P.E. - $135.00
  • Time commitment:
    • Mon.,Tues.,Thurs., and Fri. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    • Wednesdays are 8 hours for special activities

Introduction and Advanced 2D Art

  • This is a full year course.
  • This course is required before taking any other art classes.

First Semester only

Introduction to Business

Second Semester only

Principles of Marketing

May be either First or Second Semester

Intro. to Communications

Preparation for College and Careers*

* Meets Local Graduation Requirement

Full Year course

Interactive Media (Formerly Publications)

family consumer science
Family & Consumer Science

Full year course


Semester Course

Interpersonal Relations

world languages
World Languages

All are two semester classes

French I

German I

Spanish I

Students that have completed Spanish I in the 8th grade may register for Spanish II


Instrumental Music

  • Dance Performance -
    • One semester only
    • Marching guard
    • Audition required
    • If not enrolled in band
  • Band
    • Full year

Vocal Music

  • Beginning Chorus
    • Full year
pltw biomed curriculum
PLTW BioMed Curriculum
  • Principles of the Biomedical Sciences
    • Introductory course in the curriculum
    • Study of human medicine, research processes & intro. to bioinformatics.
    • Investigate human body systems & health conditions
    • Will include engineering principles
    • Determine factors that led to death of fictional person, lifestyle choices & medical treatments

One Semester courses

Fund Engineering 1

Fund Engineering 2

Full Year Course

Intro to Eng Design- PLTW

  • Algebra I required – completed or enrolled in
  • National pre-engineering program
  • Introduction to the scope and rigor of engineering
courses that are weighted receive ap weight all others receive honors weight
Courses that are weighted*Receive AP weight. All others receive Honors weight

English 9, Honors

English 10, Honors

AP Eng. Lang. & Comp.*

AP Eng. Lit. & Comp.*

Eng. Comp.

Adv. Speech and Comm.

World History Honors

AP World History*

U.S. History, Honors

AP U.S. Government*

Economics, Honors




Algebra I, Honors

Geometry, Honors

Algebra II, Honors


AP Calculus*

AP Statistics*

Biology I, Honors

Chemistry I, Honors

Earth/Space Science, Honors

AP Chemistry

Anatomy & Physiology

Physics, Honors

AP Biology*

Spanish IV

German IV

French IV

AP Spanish*

course enrollment decisions
Course Enrollment Decisions
  • Planning to enroll in seven classes each semester?
  • Consider
    • Homework
    • Extra-curricular activities
    • Work
    • Goals
    • Interests
  • Most students take six classes and a study hall.
iu admission requirements
IU Admission requirements
  • 8 credits (semesters) of English, such as literature, grammar, composition, and journalism
  • 7 credits (semesters) of mathematics, including 4 credits of algebra and 2 credits of geometry (or an equivalent 6 credits of integrated algebra and geometry) and 1 credit of pre-calculus, trigonometry, or calculus.
  • 6 credits (semesters) of social sciences, including 2 credits of U.S. history; 2 credits of world history/civilization/geography; and 2 additional credits in government, economics, sociology, history, or similar topics
  • 6 credits (semesters) of sciences, including at least 4 credits of laboratory sciences—biology, chemistry, or physics
  • 4 credits (semesters) of world languages
  • 3 or more credits (semesters) of additional college-preparatory courses. Additional mathematics credits are recommended for students intending to pursue a science degree and additional world language credits are recommended for all students.
purdue admission requirements
Purdue admission requirements
  • Math- 8 Semesters  
  • Lab Science- 6 Semesters For engineering 2 science semesters must be chemistry. For nursing, pharmaceutical sciences, prepharmacy, and veterinary technology, 2 science semesters must be biology and 2 must be chemistry
  • English- 8 Semesters  
  • Foreign Language- 4 Semesters  
  • Social Studies-6 Semesters  
  • Beginning with students who apply for 2011 enrollment, Purdue expects 8 semesters of college-preparatory math.
ap information night march 4 6 30pm jhs auditorium
AP Information NightMARCH 4, 6:30pm JHS Auditorium
  • There will be an informational meeting for any students and parents interested in learning about AP(Advanced Placement) courses available at Jasper High School. The rigor, expectations, and pace of the AP courses will be discussed. AP instructors will be present to answer course specific questions.