Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2018

All students must earn a total of 22 credits, which include the following subjects:
ENGLISH (4 Credits) Math (4 Credits)
English 9 Algebra I Common Core
English 10 Geometry Common Core
English 11 Algebra 2 Common Core
English 12 One (1) additional Math Credit

SOCIAL STUDIES (3 Credits) Science (3 credits)
US History 1 in Biology

LSN (Local, State and National Govt) 2 credits in a lab science class

World History

Required Electives (5 credits)
Personal Fitness (.5 credit) Fine Arts (1 credit)
Health Issues (.5 credit) Foundations of Technology (1 credit )
Foreign Language or Advanced Technology (2 credits)
Any three (3) additional elective credits)

PARCC English 9

PARCC Algebra 1

HSA Biology

HSA Government

PARCC Geometry

PARCC Algebra 2

PARCC English 10

PARCC Algebra 2

PARCC English 11*

*College and Career Ready Determination

SERVICE LEARNING HOURS (24 hours required)

The student shall complete a locally-developed, state-approved program that includes service learning infusion in designated courses, preparation, reflection and a specified number of hours of independent service.

**Enrollment: The student shall satisfactorily complete four years of approved study beyond the 8th grade unless on an approved option.

Promotion Requirements

MSDE (Maryland State Department of Graduation) set the following requirements for promotion.

In order to be promoted from grade 9 to 10; students must EARN a min. of five (5) CREDITS, including one (1) credit of English and one (1) credit of Math

In order to be promoted from grade 10 to 11; students must earn a min. of ten (10) credits including two (credits of English and one (1) credit of Math.

In order to be promoted from grade 11 to 12; students must earn a min of fourteen (14) credits including three (3) credits of English, one credit of Math, Social Studies AND Science.

Blended Learning (Credit Recovery), Night School and Summer School are available options to help students earn credits for promotion and graduation.

Class of 2018 GREAT BY CHOICE Support TEAM

Principal; Ms. Wallace
Assistant Principal- Dr. Miller
Professional School Counselor; Ms. Hogans
Crisis Intervention Resource Teacher: Mr. Tucker
Pupil Personal Worker: Mr. Byrd
Community Resource Coordinator; Ms. Powers
School Nurse; Mr. Graham

Your Professional School Counselor

My name is Doreen Hogans. I am a graduate of Virginia Union University and The George Washington University. I have worked as a educator for 19 years, 9 years as a classroom teacher and 10 years as a school counselor. As your school counselor , I am able available to assist with ANY academic, personal and/or social concern while helping you GRADUATE on time , COLLEGE AND CAREER Ready!

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Writing and note taking are important study skills for high school students transitioning into college.

1. Manage Your Time Wisely

Get used to keeping track of your time in high school and it will pay off for you in college. You might take as few as three or four classes per semester in college, which is only about 15 hours per week actually spent in class. While you may not sit in class for as many hours as you did in high school, your reading assignments in college will be doubled. Managing your free time is as important as managing your “busy” time.

2. Organize!

Keep a weekly or monthly planner or use a journal. If planners aren’t your thing, try making “to do” lists, or using your phone calendar to keep track of assignments and important dates and events. Relying on “just remembering” can be difficult when your obligations and assignments start to pile on.

3. Identify How You Learn

Find out what works for you. Are you a flash card girl? Maybe you’re a guy who writes down vocabulary words 20 times each to learn them. Experiment with new things, but stick to the tried-and-true study skills that have worked for you in the past.

4. Is There a Better Way to Study?

A lot of people cram for tests by studying into the wee hours the night before. Take an honest look at your study habits. Repeated, short sessions of studying are much more effective than a six-hour cram session the night before a final.

5. Catch Some Zzz’s

Don’t stay up until 4 a.m. studying for a test! It won’t work now and it won’t work in college. Sleep has been scientifically documented to be a significant factor on your GPA as well as how well you perform on other tasks.

6. Attend Class

While high school attendance is a strict business, it’s good practice for college. Most college classes will only meet once or twice per week, so they will count that much more. Many professors only allow two to three absences for the entire semester. Miss more than that and you’re grade sinks – or worse.

7. Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask your teachers for help! They aren’t there to scare you; they’re a valuable resource. Students in your class are another great source of information and support. Be sure to exchange phone numbers and email addresses with them during your first few weeks of class. They will not only help with schoolwork, but some of them may even turn into long-time friends.

8. Make Study Groups

Studying with other students and working on assignments together can be helpful too. You can clarify points you may not understand, and help others by explaining the parts they find hard. Teaching others may even help you grasp a better understanding of the information as well.

9. Hone Those Writing Skills

Learn the fine art of the college essay and also be sure to take notes in class. Writing and note taking are important study skills for high school students transitioning into college. Don’t write everything your teacher says, but be sure to highlight the important points. You can also compare notes in with other students to review parts of the lecture you found difficult or may have missed.

10. Study Outside

Don’t just study in the library. Choosing multiple places to study will keep your boredom level low and may even help you perform better on tests.
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The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are great ways to preview and practice for the SAT. They test the same skills and knowledge as the SAT — in a way that makes sense for your grade level.

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What's on the PSAT?

The PSAT clocks in at 2 hours and 45 minutes, and will test you on THREE subjects (Reading, Writing/Language, and Math)

The new PSAT offers only 4 multiple choice questions. This means you have a better chance of getting the answer right if you guess!

Section Time Number of Questions

Reading 60 minutes 47 questions

Writing and Language 35 minutes 44 questions

Math 70 minutes 47 questions

Total 165 minutes 138 questions