Eighth Grade Scheduling Presentation May 1, 2017
Online Registration • Scheduling requests will be entered online at: https://ipassweb.harrisschool.solutions/school/ware/syslogin.html • Students must have their requests in by Monday, May 8th. • Do not stress! It’s a new and exciting time for you!
Minimum Entrance Requirements to 4-Year Massachusetts State College and University • Just because a student meets the “minimum” criteria, does not mean they are automatically accepted to the college or university. • The colleges and universities in the state college system receive thousands, if not tens of thousands of applications for a limited number of spots. Admittance is extremely competitive and students from all over the country and even the world are vying for the same seats. • Individual colleges or universities may have additional entrance requirements for the institution itself, or majors at the institution.
Minimum Entrance Requirements to 4-Year Massachusetts State College and University • English: 4 courses • Math: 4 courses (Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, or Trigonometry, or comparable coursework) • **Students must also take a math class during their last year of high school • Science: 3 courses with a laboratory from Natural and/or Physical Science and/or Technology/Engineering. Continued on next slide
Minimum Entrance Requirements to 4-Year Massachusetts State College and University • Social Science: 2 courses, of which one has to be U.S. History • Foreign Language: 2 courses, of which both are in the same language • Electives: 2 courses from above or from Arts & Humanities and/or Computer Science Resource: http://www.mass.edu/foradmin/admissions/documents/DHEAdmissionsStandardsReferenceGuide%20June%202016.pdf
Minimum Entrance Requirements to 4-Year Massachusetts State College and University • Minimum grade point average: 3.0 **Many majors are very competitive and require higher grade point averages than the minimum grade point average above • SAT and ACT requirements **See your guidance counselor or contact the college/university directly
Private colleges • Many have similar admissions criteria in terms of classes taken during high school as the state colleges and universities do. • Some private colleges will have lower grade point average requirements and some will have much higher grade point average requirements. • Best to check with each college individually to see what their admission requirements are.
High school to college • As ninth graders we all start with a clean slate! • Colleges look at student grades starting in the 9th grade! • Grades and schedule impact college admission and financial aid! • The better a student performs, the more college and financial aid opportunities the student has down the road! • Make the most out of your years in high school. • Students from all over the world are competing for many of the same spots in colleges.
WHS Graduation Requirements English • English 9 or Honors English 9 • English 10 or Honors English 10 • English 11 or AP English • English 12 or AP English Math • Students must take 2 math classes in their freshmen and sophomore years • Students must take at least 1 math class in their junior and senior years • Students must earn at least 4 credits in math to graduate
WHS Graduation Requirements Science • Biology: 10th grade year, must pass this class to graduate along with MCAS test • Students must earn at least two other credits in science to graduate besides Biology **One of which can be satisfied by passing Environmental Science in 9th grade • **Students wanting to attend a four year college should strongly consider taking 3 laboratory sciences in high school and a science class in their junior and senior years
WHS Graduation Requirements History/Social Sciences • Students must earn 2 credits in History/Social Science • One of those credits must be in US History • **Students should strongly consider taking Psychology or Sociology as they will most likely have to take one or both of those courses in college. Additional classes in Government & Civics should be strongly considered as they increase awareness of the political structure and may also be seen again in college.
WHS Graduation Requirements Fine Arts • Students must earn 1 credit in Fine Arts to graduate • Classes that fulfill the Fine Arts requirement are: Film Performing Arts (Drama) Instrumental (Band) Vocal (Chorus) Art 1
WHS Graduation Requirements Computers/Technology • Students must earn 1 credit in a computer or technology course • Classes that fulfill this requirement are: Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Computer Information Systems (CIS) Science and Technology (Sci-Tech) Virtual High School (VHS) Yearbook
WHS Graduation Requirements Physical Education • Students must take 4 years of Physical Education and earn at least 2 credits in order to graduate ** Varsity student athletes may use a PE waiver once during their career to take a class in place of PE
Strongly Suggested Courses • Students looking at a four year college, should strongly consider taking a foreign language class in their 9th grade year • Try to take a Fine Arts and/or Computers/Technology class in freshman year so that you are free to take other electives later on in your career • Do not be that senior that cannot take a class they really want to take but they have to take a specific graduation requirement that they could have taken earlier in their high school career • Strength of schedule can impact college admittance decisions…continue to challenge yourself.
8th Grade to 9th Grade Course Selections • English 9 or Honors English 9 • Math • Math • Environmental Science • Health/PE • Writing Skills • World History 2 • *Elective • *Elective • *Plus three to four alternates (second choices) for electives
9th to 10th Grade Course Selections • English 10 or Honors English 10 • Math • Math • U.S. History • Biology • PE • *Elective • *Elective • *Plus three to four alternates (second choices) for electives
10th to 11th Grade Course Selections • English 11 or AP Lit/Composition • Math • PE • *Elective/Strongly urged to take a science class to fulfill graduation requirement • *Elective • *Elective • *Elective/Fulfill other graduation requirements • *Elective/Fulfill other graduation requirements • *Plus three to four alternates (second choices) for electives
11thto 12thGrade Course Selections • English 12 or AP Lit/Composition • Math • PE • *Elective • *Elective • *Elective/Fulfill other graduation requirements • *Elective/Fulfill other graduation requirements • *Elective/Fulfill other graduation requirements • *Plus three to four alternates (second choices) for electives