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Falls Lake Academy High School Academic and Operational Plan
Vision The vision of the Board will be fully realized in the establishment of a high school whose purpose and mission is to provide the best education possible in terms of preparation for the world beyond high school, including success in college and the world of work, national and global citizenship and competitiveness, and community involvement.
Course Scheduling • Delivery of academic and elective coursework will be organized on the common “4x4 block” scheduling model, in which students take four full-year, 1-credit courses each semester in expanded 90-minute class periods. • This model offers students the opportunity to earn four course credits each semester, 8 course credits each year during regularly-scheduled classes.
Additional Credit Notes • Four additional elective course credits are available if the student completes eight semesters of high school and does not opt for early graduation. Additional credit opportunities may exist. • The total number of course credits taken while in high school must still total at least 28.
Advanced Placement • Until we are approved to offer the IB curriculum, FLA HS will offer traditional Advanced Placement courses to those students who seek advanced courses of study and who qualify.
Electives • Academic Electives • Arts • Advanced PE • Technology • Life Skills • JROTC*
International Baccalaureate • The IB Diploma is universally recognized as the single most effective college preparation program in the world, and successful completion of the entire diploma program and awarding of an IB Diploma is likewise recognized as the single most accurate predictor of college success in the United States.
The IB Diploma Program • The IB Diploma Program is a two-year program designed to be taken in the student’s junior and senior years in high school. • The program is so far advanced that no NC high school student can reasonably hope to achieve success without first going through a “pre-IB” program designed to prepare the student for the rigors of IB coursework.
For Further Info • About the High School Plan or the IB Program, please see our website: www.fallslakeacademy.com Click on Basic Information under the About FLA button. Be sure to check out the IB Appendix on that page! It has invaluable information about the IB Program.