Welcome to Rochester High

Parent Night


  • 9th Grade Requirements and Schedule
  • Overview of Graduation Requirements
  • Four Year Plan
  • Summer Learning Program
  • Career Cruising
  • Tips for Student Success
  • Parent Resources
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9th Grade Language Arts

Option #1

Language Arts 9

Option #2

Honors Language Arts 9

Option #2 Details:

  • Honors requires an application process including an application and online writing assessment
  • Honors requires assigned summer reading
  • See current Language Arts teacher for details

Graduation Requirements: Language Arts

4 credits

  • Language Arts 9
  • Language Arts 10
  • 11th grade composition and literature
  • 12th grade composition and literature

9th Grade Science

Option #1

Physical Science

(Intro to Chemistry and Intro to Physics)

Option #2

Physical Science and Biology Block

Option #2 Details:

  • Students will have Physical Science 1st semester for 2 hours and Biology 2nd semester for 2 hours.
  • Students must fill out an application for consideration and have it stapled to the schedule card.
  • Algebra 1 is strongly recommended
  • In 8th grade, students should have high marks in Algebra and Science.

Graduation Requirements: Science

3 credits

Physical Science - 1 credit (9th)

Biology - 1 credit (10th)

1 credit Chemistry or 1 credit Physics or .5 credit Astronomy/Geology and .5 credit other Science (11th)

9th Grade Requirement: Math

  • If a student is successful in their current math class, it is common for them to move on to the next math level in sequence.
  • Math teachers will make recommendations. Please ask for a math teacher signature on the schedule card for any advanced math students.

Math Sequence

  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry (or Honors)
  • Algebra 2 (or Honors)
  • Pre-Calculus (or Honors)
  • AP Calculus/AP Stats

Graduation Requirement: Math

4 credits

  • Each student must minimally complete the coursework through Algebra 2
  • A math or "math related" course must be taken in the final year of high school
  • See registration information brochure for examples of "math related"

9th Grade Social Studies

Option #1

World History

Option #2

Big History

Option #2 Details:

  • Big History is a year long cross curricular view of history that focuses on testing and evaluating the modern science perspective of our history. It is an inquiry-based course that requires students to research and analyze scientific and historical theories.
  • Big History looks at the history of the Universe, from the Big Bang to modernity, and explores common themes and patterns that can help us better understand people, civilizations and the world we live in.

Students interested in taking Big History must have:

  • Strong interest and academic performance in social studies and science
  • Strong written communication skills (there is a document-based essay at the conclusion of each unit in addition to a semester-long research paper)
  • Willingness to discuss/present information
  • Excellent study skills and be conscientious with due dates
  • Mature, self-motivated attitude
  • Consistent access to online resources (there is no textbook)


Graduation Requirements: Social Studies

3 credits

World History/Big History - 1 credit (9th)

US History - 1 credit (10th)

Government and Economics - 1 credit (11th)

Graduation Requirement: Modern World Language

2 credits

All students must earn 2.0 credits in a Modern World Language. The two credits must be in the same language.

FLEX option: Can omit year 2 of Modern World Language and exchange for additional 1.0 VPAA. Think of future aspirations when considering this option.

Middle School Classes for High School Credit

  • High school level courses taken in middle school will count for high school credit
  • Examples: Algebra 1, Geometry, World Language
  • Grades will not be calculated into the GPA but will show on the transcript.

Graduation Requirement: Visual, Performing and Applied Arts (VPAA)

Visual, Performing and Applied Arts

1 credit (2 semesters) – courses are listed in the registration brochure - page 4 - many to pick from

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Graduation Requirement: Health and Physical Education

Students must fulfill 1 credit (2 semesters/classes)

Pick one: A, B, or C - The same content is covered in each option. But the structure of the class is what you're to consider.

A: Wellness 1 and Wellness 2 (Each class is half Health and half PE content in each semester.)

B: Health and Physical Activity (Health content is covered in Health and PE content is covered in PE)

C: Health AND 2 seasons of a MHSAA sport or Marching Band (equals .5 Physical Activity course) - A FLEX option form needs to be completed after the two seasons are completed and returned to counseling


See back of course selection card for 9th grade elective choices

  • Art
  • Business
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Music
  • Modern World Language

NOTE Box E - Alternate Choices

Please list 4 alternate choices to electives. List them in order of preference and be sure to input this information in StudentVUE.
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Course Description Book

Course Description Books are online. http://www.rochester.k12.mi.us/pages/359/curriculum

Use the course description book while creating a 4 year plan.

Note prerequisites for certain courses including AP courses.

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Total Credits Needed to Graduate

Students need to earn a minimum of 22 credits to graduate.

Students will earn 6 credits each year by passing all classes (6 credits x 4 years = 24 possible credits)

There are opportunities in the Summer Learning Program to take classes towards graduation requirements.

Inputting Schedule Request

Input the requested schedule on-line at https://rcsvue.rochester.k12.mi.us BEFORE turning it in to the middle school counselor. March 16th - West, March 15th - Reuther

There are directions in the registration brochure and a "how to" sheet on the RHS counseling webpage. http://www.rochester.k12.mi.us/rochester-high-school/pages/137561/scheduling

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Four Year Plan

Fillable copy in the Registration Brochure
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Oakland Schools Technical Campus

  • Agriscience and Environmental Technologies
  • Automotive Technology
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Networking
  • Collision Repair and Refinishing
  • Construction Technology
  • Cosmetology/Human Services
  • Culinary Arts/Hospitality
  • Homeland Security - Cyber Security Networking and Criminal Justice- SE Campus - Royal Oak
  • Entrepreneurship, and Advanced Marketing
  • Electrical and Energy Technologies - NW Campus - Clarkston
  • Engineering and Emerging Technologies - Machining, Mechatronics OR Welding
  • Health Sciences
  • Medium/Heavy Truck and Equipment - SW Campus - Wixom
  • Transportation Technology
  • Visual Imaging at Clarkston Campus
  • Web Development


Academic Recognition

Scholars of Highest Distinction:

GPA 3.9-4.0

4 AP courses

ACT composite of 32 or higher or SAT total of 1430 or higher

Scholars of Distinction:

GPA 3.8 -3.899 or higher

3 or more AP Courses

ACT composite of 28 or higher or SAT total 1310 or higher

Scholars of Achievement:

GPA 3.5 - 3.799 or higher

2 or more AP Courses

ACT composite of 26 or higher or SAT total 1240 or higher

Educational Development Plan


Username: RHS

Password: Falcons

Student Success Skills

  • Arrive to class prepared - Homework completed
  • Stay organized - Use a planner everyday!
  • Understand assignments and homework - Ask for Help! - Many teachers are available before school or after school.
  • Listen and focus in class - Be an active listener and take notes.
  • Keep track of attendance
  • Keep track of grades - StudentVUE, ParentVUE
  • Have a dependable study buddy/study group
  • Study everyday after school! 10-15 mins. per core subject, more before tests
  • Join Clubs, go to Sporting Events, Dances, Participate in Spirit Weeks and much, much more.
  • Have 1 1/2 hours, for example, set aside EVERY day for ACADEMIC time. It's not a question of if there's homework. There will be homework. If it's done before coming home, the 1 1/2 hours should still be used for studying or reading an academic novel. This needs to become routine.

Stay Informed and Connected

RHS webpage

Falcon Flier/School Messenger



Staff email addresses/voicemail

Go to Parent/Teacher Conferences

Counselor Webpage & Newsletter

District Webpage

  • Stay connected to your child and his/her friends. Have their friends over your house.
  • Speak with your child about your expectations. Role play situations. Have a code for you to pick them up if they are at a party, friend's house, etc. and know they shouldn't be there.
  • Meet your child's friend's parents.
  • Look at StudentVUE/ParentVUE and ask them specifically about what they learned on an assignment.
  • Speak with them about work ethic not just the results of a test, quiz, etc. Notice them putting in time and energy to learn something. Build that resiliency to problem solve. Build grit!
  • Help them to problem solve. It's an important skill to learn and it takes time.
  • If you see a change in your child's behavior, dress, friends; address it.
  • If you're paying your child's phone bill or if it's in your name, remember, the phone belongs to you. Feel free to check it when necessary and collect it in the evening at a specific time so your child can be disconnected.
  • Use your network and our wonderful community to help your child see different jobs. Encourage and/or help set up a time when your child can shadow someone for a couple hours to get a look at that specific job. It's about career exploration.

There are many post high school options. Consider them all.

"Traditional College" - Bachelor Degree, Associate Degree

2 - 3 year Certificate Programs - Ex - Respiratory Therapy, Diesel Service Technology, Welding, Medical Assistant


Apprenticeship Programs - Skilled Trades --- There's great need in this area. Males and females needed for these jobs.


What are colleges looking for?

Grade Point Average (GPA)



Extracurricular Activities


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To note:

Schedule cards are due to the middle school counselor:

West - March 16 - You must enter your schedule into StudentVUE, print it off from StudentVUE and staple it to your schedule card. Then hand it in to your counselor.

Reuther - March 15 - Enter your schedule on StudentVue then hand it in to your counselor.

Freshmen Orientation - August

Please make your way to the MALL to learn more about subject areas, clubs, athletics, and more!