High School 101
High School 101
What I wish I knew as a
The Unofficial Guide to
• All students must earn 26 credits to
6 – 11 ½ Sophomore
12 – 18 ½ Junior
• 9th graders will not have a rank/GPA until
their 9th grade year is complete.
Students will have the opportunity to earn
8 credits per year
Students are given the opportunity to earn
a total of 32 credits.
Students must earn 26 credits to
Foundation Plan with an
English – 4.0
Mathematics – 4.0
Science – 4.0
Social Studies – 3.0
Health – 0.5
Fine Arts – 1.0
Physical Education – 1.0
Foreign Language – 2.0
Electives – 2.0
Total = 26 credits
• 5 STARR tests for graduation
English 1 (9th)
Algebra 1 (9th)
English 2 (10th)
US History (11th)
Grading/Grade Point Average
All high school credits calculate in GPA,
even credits from middle school.
A failed grade never disappears from the
transcript and is always part of your GPA
Courses taken virtual, credit by exam or
by correspondence also count in GPA
Ways to Boost your GPA
o Make all A’s
o Take summer classes and make A’s
o Take weighted classes (extra 10
o Dual Credit
English 1 – 92
Biology – 87
Algebra 1 – 85
World Geography – 64
French – 88
Theater – 94
Health – 98
Athletics – 100
GPA – 88.75
PAP English 1- 95 (105)
PAP Biology – 92 (102)
Algebra 1 – 92 (102)
AP Human Geography-96 (106)
• Students are allowed 9 absences (excused or
unexcused) per class per semester . Parents
must call or send a signed note when the
student returns to school for it to be excused.
• 10 or more absences (excused or unexcused) in
the same class will result in an absence failure.
• Students are responsible for clearing absence
failures with their assistant principal.
• Students will have to attend evening or Saturday
School sessions in order to regain credit.
High School will provide an opportunity
for involvement in many clubs and
We highly encourage participation in
Studies show that students who are
involved in extra-curricular activities make
better grades and are better prepared for
life during and after high school.
• Athletics – Volleyball, Football & Basketball
If you are interested in other sports, please
contact the high school coach of that sport.
• Cheerleading and Drill Team – determined by
try-outs in the spring.
• Other activities include class officers, club
officers, One Act Play, UIL Band and Choir
contests, Academic UIL, ROTC, Student Council,
theater production/stage crew, Key Club, NHS,
FCA, HOSA, etc…
Get organized by using a planner, my homework app, calendar app, set
Discover your learning style (visual, auditory, tactile) to maximize success.
Manage your time wisely by setting up time for study, time for breaks, time
for social events to get everything done.
Have a comfortable, quiet place to study
Don’t procrastinate – refer to #1 and #3
Actively listen in class and take notes, make flash cards, copy notes or
utilize other techniques to cement ideas/concepts.
Do all reading and homework, consider taking notes on reading to ensure
you are comprehending the reading assignments
Consider forming study groups with other classmates to maximize
understanding of ideas/concepts
Work on stress management techniques to not get overwhelmed
Kim Wilson (A-Car) – [email protected]
Christy Longoria (Cas-Col) – [email protected]
Lea Lester (Com-Gl) – [email protected]
Staci Ross (Gm-Le) – [email protected]
Jennifer Todd (Lf-Pe) – [email protected]
Margie Tyrone (Pf-Ta) – [email protected]
Christy Longoria (Tb-Z) – [email protected]
Lori Cook (student support) – [email protected]