Student-Parent Handbook Handbook 2017-07-26 - Page 11

a. of difficulty and number of courses taken may be used as criteria for selecting Valedictorian and Salutatorian. b. In addition to the honoring of the Valedictorian and Salutatorian, seniors are presented with various awards and medals at graduation. Seniors graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher and have not earned any grades lower than a 70% are designated as graduating with honors. c. d. The following conditions must be met for eligibility of the above honors: a. A student must have completed a minimum of five (5) consecutive semesters at Brother Rice. b. A student must be a model of exemplary behavior with no major disciplinary infractions. c. Overall involvement in the school will be considered. These honors may be rescinded at any time up to and including after the graduation ceremony for any violation of campus rules or the Student Code of Conduct. 13. Academic Board and Academic Probation The Academic Board, composed of the Principal, the Vice Principal, the Dean of Student Formation, the Dean of Faculty, a guidance counselor, the Athletic Director, and the Director of Student Support Services, meets quarterly in order to evaluate students who are struggling academically and make suggestions to support students with poor academic grades. Academic Probation: A student may be placed on Academic Probation if his first quarter, first semester, third quarter, or second semester GPA is below a 1.8 and/or has two (2) or more failures. A support plan will be developed to promote the improvement of grades. Academic Ineligibility: A student is considered ineligible for athletics and extra-curricular activities when his cumulative GPA is below a 1.8 and/or has three (3) or more failures in a quarter and/or semester. The Academic Board, at their discretion, may determine requirements to give a student the opportunity to be deemed eligible prior to the end of the following semester. 14. Grade Availability Students and parents/guardians are encouraged to monitor grades via PowerSchool. In the event an official grade report is required, students and/or parents/guardians may contact the Guidance Department. 15. Parent/Teacher Conferences Parent/Teacher Conferences are held two times a year. Parents/guardians are encouraged to monitor their son’s grades on PowerSchool throughout the school year and may contact teachers at any time. 16. Honors Courses Students are encouraged to apply themselves academically throughout the school year to earn placement into an honors course. Please see a counselor for specific requirements in each core academic area. 17. Advanced Placement (AP) Course Enrollment The rigor of curriculum and instruction in an AP course is seen as a predictor of college success. Many colleges and universities prefer applicants to have a certain number of AP courses on their transcripts as they apply for admission. Exams are scored on a range of 1-5. Each college or university decides on the awarding of college credit based on their own criteria. Generally, a score of 3 or better is considered a passing score and may be awarded college credit. Grades for AP courses are calculated with an additional half quality point for each course. The following conditions also apply: e. f. Students must meet the criteria to enroll in an AP course and must sit for the AP exam. There is an AP exam fee associated with each AP exam that is non-refundable. Students will be billed through Smart Tuition for any AP courses enrolled in. Students who do not earn a score of 3 or above on AP exams may be excluded from future participation in the AP program. An AP exam score below a 3 may result in loss of AP designation on the student’s transcript. Students who miss an AP exam must make up the exam on the assigned date and pay any additional fees associated with the make-up exam. A senior may be denied participation in graduation for failure and/or refusal to take an AP exam. Additional information on the AP program may be found at: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap?navid=bf-apst 18. Dual Enrollment in College Level Courses Students are encouraged to take dual enrollment courses at Lawrence Technological University, Marygrove College and University of Detroit Mercy. Students should see the Vice Principal for information and assistance. 19. Graduation Policy A graduation ceremony is a public celebration of a student’s successful completion of a published list of school requirements and attendance is mandatory. If a student does not successfully complete the academic requirements for graduation, the student will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony. To participate in graduation ceremonies, a student must fulfill the school’s academic, disciplinary, Christian Service and financial requirements. In order to receive a diploma at the Commencement Ceremony, a student must participate in all graduation exercises and have complied with all rules and regulations associated with the ceremonies. Academic Requirements: Computer Applications Electives English Health Mathematics World Language Physical Education Science Social Studies Speech Theology Total Required Credits: 0.5 credits 2.0 credits 4.0 credits 0.5 credits 4.0 credits 2.0 credits 0.5 credits 3.0 credits 3.0 credits 0.5 credits 4.0 credits 24.0 credits  Mathematics must include 1.0 credit each of the following in: Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry  Social Studies must include 1.0 credit in World History, 1.0 credit in American History, 0.5 credit in American Government and 0.5 credit in Economics.  Science must include 1.0 credit in Biology and 1.0 credit in either Chemistry or Physics  Students must complete the Christian Service requirements. Disciplinary Requirements In order for a member of the Senior Class to be eligible for participation in graduation exercises, he must cooperate with the disciplinary requirements and Student Code of Conduct at Brother Rice High School and maintain a satisfactory F66Ɩ'&V6&B6V'2f&fVB"w&GVF&fVvW2"'2f"fFr6W2'VW2"FP7GVFVB6FRb6GV7B࣌*