Requesting Classes - South High School

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Requesting Classes
2014-2015 School Year
South High Counseling Team
 Kim Friesen
 Don Dilla
 Lauren Lewis
 Marsha Gaulke
 Marie Hassell
 Elizabeth Engelhart
 Jackie Vertigan
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Christina Rates, College and Career Center Coordinator
Katherine Van Pernis, College and Career Center Coordinator
Renee Magney, Elizabeth McMillan, and Richard Palmquist, Clerical Support
Stephen Simondet, Assistant Principal
Goals for this Evening
 Meet the Counseling Team and other Staff
 Understand the requirements for graduation
 Complete the Course Request Form for next school
year’s classes
4-year Core Courses
English 4 full years:
Social Studies 4 full years:
 Honors World
Studies/Humanities 1
 AP U.S. History/AP Humanities 2
 Government/Economics and AP Human Geography
 A year of electives in Social Studies
Math Sequence
3 Years Minimum:
 Intermediate Algebra
 Geometry/Honors Geometry
 Advanced Algebra
 Pre-Calculus
 AP AB Calculus
 AP BC Calculus
 AP Statistics
 College Prep Algebra & Statistics,
Algebra/Geometry/Statistics
Science
 9th – Biology 1/Physics 1 (1/2 year of each)
 10th – Chemistry (or Honors)
 11th – Biology 2/Physics 2 (1/2 year of each)
 12th – Optional, but highly recommended:
AP Environmental, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics,
or a PSEO Science course
World Languages
 Two-year minimum for Liberal Arts diploma.
 Most colleges want at least 2 years of the same World
Language; competitive colleges look for 3, 4, or more.
 If you read, write, and speak a second language,
colleges may waive the requirement of a World
Language in high school.
Fine Arts
 One year is required.
 Music, visual arts, and graphic/digital photography
classes count.
 Half the value of some PLTW classes count.
Physical Education and Health
 Fitness for life 1 & Fitness for life 2 (1 semester of each).
 Health 1 & Health 2 (1 semester of each).
 Some students take these classes through MPS Online; space
is limited.
Completing the Course Selection
Form
 Name, Student ID, Program, and next year’s grade
level are all on the form.
 Please include a phone number where we can reach
you if we have questions.
Choose enough electives
 You MUST provide 1-6 elective choices in order of
preference.
 Some classes might not be offered or might conflict
with the rest of your schedule.
 If you don’t choose enough electives, we will select for
you and you may have no option to change.
Making Careful Choices
 We will hold you to your commitment to your courses
 Consult with your parents
 Current teachers will provide recommendations to our
school in World Languages and Math
Requests VS Schedules
Course offerings are determined by:
 Number of student requests
 Budget
 Staffing
 Schedules are available at the August “Back to School
Event.” Class schedules on the portal prior to this event
are NOT final.
AVID
 Advancement Via Individual Determination
 Is a program, not just a course
 Is for students in the “academic middle” who want to
go to college and might need support
 Historically underrepresented at college/university
FutureForward!
Earn an Associates’ Degree at the same time
as your high school diploma!
 This partnership between Minneapolis Community and Technical College
and South High brings students a unique opportunity to earn an Associates’
Degree with an emphasis in Education and a certificate in American Indian
Studies at the same time as earning their high school diploma!
 Students who wish to be eligible to apply for FutureForward must
indicate this by checking the appropriate box on the South High Course
Request Form. Students will be able to apply later in 9th grade year for the
program.
 You will have limited choices in classes in this program.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
 Year-long college level Engineering courses, may earn
college credits.
 For students “at or above” grade level in math and science.
 Teaches problem-solving and creativity in a computer-
based setting.
 Half of the PLTW credit counts toward Fine Arts for Intro.
to Engineering and Principles of Engineering.
 Principles of Engineering also counts for the second
semester of Physics 2.
Thank you!
 We are glad you are here in our South High
Community.
 If you have individual questions, please speak to
Counselors here in the auditorium, or staff in the
commons.
 Please leave your completed form with us as you exit
the main door.
 See you in August for the “Back to School Event.”