Welcome to Rochester High
9th Grade Language Arts
Language Arts 9
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
9th Grade Science
(Intro to Chemistry and Intro to Physics)
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
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.
- Algebra 1
- Geometry (or Honors)
- Algebra 2 (or Honors)
- Pre-Calculus (or Honors)
- AP Calculus/AP Stats
Graduation Requirement: Math
- 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 #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
World History/Big History - 1 credit (9th)
US History - 1 credit (10th)
Government and Economics - 1 credit (11th)
Graduation Requirement: Modern World Language
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)
1 credit (2 semesters) – courses are listed in the registration brochure - page 4 - many to pick from
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
- Design and Technology
- Family and Consumer Science
- Modern World Language
NOTE Box E - Alternate Choices
Course Description Book
Use the course description book while creating a 4 year plan.
Note prerequisites for certain courses including AP courses.
Total Credits Needed 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
Four Year Plan
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
Scholars of Highest Distinction:
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
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
Falcon Flier/School Messenger
Staff email addresses/voicemail
Go to Parent/Teacher Conferences
- 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.
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?
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