Board adopted 2/17/11
Course Description Book
HARDIN NORTHERN HIGH SCHOOL (GRADES 9-12)
COURSE SCHEDULING INFORMATION FOR THE 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR
The following information is provided to students to aid them in the selection of their courses as they progress through high school and prepare for further education and/or to enter the job market. Students are encouraged to talk with their parents, teachers, counselor, and principal as they make their course selections.
Just because a class is in the course description book does not mean it will be offered! A final decision on which courses will be offered and what period or periods they will meet will depend on student interest, available teachers, and classroom space.
Students will request classes sometime in February or March. Schedules will be made according to interest of students. If there is not enough interest, the class will not be offered. We will attempt to get every class the student requests into his or her schedule, but it may not always be possible.
Hardin Northern’s Policies Regarding Make Up Courses
Required courses that are failed must be repeated the next school year if not made up in summer school or through an approved tutored course taught by a teacher certified in the subject area being taken.
Hardin Northern does not accept credits earned through correspondence courses for making up failed courses.
Determination of passing or failing a course is based on the final grade for the course. If the student receives a 65% D or better for the final grade, the course is considered passed. If the student receives an F for the final grade, the course is considered failed and should be made up. Final grade is determined by averaging the two semester grades together. Example- 1st semester was a 66% and 2nd semester was a 64% averages to a passing 65%. 1st Semester grades are figured by adding the first nine weeks grade and doubling it plus the 2nd nine weeks grade doubled plus the semester exam and divide by 5. The 2nd semester is the same but uses the 3rd and 4th nine weeks and the final exam. Example 66% for first nine weeks plus 66% for first nine weeks plus 77% for second nine weeks plus 77% for second nine weeks plus 88% for exam = 374 divided by 5 = 74.8% semester average.
If half the failed course was passed during the regular school year, the summer school course work must consist of at least 30 hours of instruction. If less than half the failed course was passed during the regular school year, the make-up course must consist of at least 120 hours of instruction. Example if a student passes one of the two semesters or any 2 of the 4 nine weeks, the summer school course would only need to be 30 hours of instruction (Kenton or Apollo summer school). If the student did not pass one of the two semesters or 2 of the 4 nine weeks, then the summer school course must be 120 hours of instruction (Findlay summer school). If re-taking the course at Hardin Northern the following school year, the student must take the whole course, regardless of the amount of the course passed or failed previously.
Schedule Changes- This will be enforced!
Students may change their schedules within 10 days after school has concluded. After this time, classes may only be changed if it is determined by concerned parties (such as the student’s parents, teacher of the course, guidance counselor, and/or principal) that it is in the student’s best interest for the course to be changed. No schedules will be changed when the students pick up their schedules in August unless initiated by a teacher. Schedule changes after the school year has started will only be made if the teacher is in agreement. Bottom line, make all schedule changes within ten days of school letting out!!!
*Students may not carry more than one study hall during a semester unless permission of the principal has been granted.
Grades of Dropped Courses
Students withdrawing after the second week of a course shall receive a WD-F (Withdrawn Failing) on their permanent record unless: 1. The counselor may recommend to the principal a withdrawal with no penalty after consulting with the student and parents and determining there are extenuating circumstances. 2. A teacher may request a student be withdrawn. An administrator will make the final decision after conferring with the teacher, student, counselor, and parents.
Removal from a Class
Repeated incorrigible behavior in a class can result in the removal of the student from that class with no credit awarded and WDF (withdrawn failing) being recorded in students permanent record. The teacher, principal, and director of students will make final determination of incorrigible behavior and removal. If the class is a requirement for graduation, the parents will be responsible for paying for the class through summer school or virtual schooling or the student will be allowed to take the class again during the next school year.
Note: All fees are based on the past year and are subject to change with board approval in May.
Honors Diploma and Award of Merit
The following is the list of requirements for the state sanctioned Honors Diploma and Award of Merit. Students must meet these minimum requirements to receive these awards.
Student must be able to check 7 of these 8
Award of Merit
College Prep Requirements
Must complete all of the following:
Career-Technical Curriculum Requirements (Apollo Students)
Must Complete all of the following:
Graduation Honor Court
The HN Honor Court was established a number of years ago to recognize the top academic students in each graduating class. To be a member of the Honor Court, a student must have an accumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5000 or above after the first 7 semesters of high school (1st semester of senior year is the 7th semester). This was put in place because it was thought it would make the honor court represent the academic top ten percent of most graduating classes. The top ten percent division is generally accepted by many other high schools and colleges as a level for honors status. Before the establishment of the honor court system, only the top two students, valedictorian and salutatorian, were honored in each class. The change was made because it was felt that the difference in the GPA,s of the top students in a class is often not enough to only honor the two highest students.
2011-2012 HN COURSE OFFERINGS
*Denotes course tentatively offered for college credit