• COURSE LEVELS

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    Regents or Common Core -- These courses follow the New York State curriculum.  Students take the Regents or Common Core exam for these courses when offered.

    Honors-- Honors courses follow New York State Regents/Common Core curriculum with enrichment. These courses are for students who have high motivational skills and seek an academic challenge.  Students take Regents/Common Core exams where offered.  These courses are weighted in the final average by a factor of 1.04.
     
    Advanced Placement-- The College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) Program is an opportunity for students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school and to receive advance standings, additional credit, or both in college.  By challenging and stimulating students, the AP Program provides access to high quality education, accelerates learning, rewards achievement, and enhances both high school and college programs.   These courses are weighted in the final average by a factor of 1.07.
     
    PLEASE NOTE:  the following criteria applies to AP and Honors courses:
     
    -- Student course selections are finalized for AP and Honors courses on June 1st of the previous school year.  After this date, the course level change policy goes into effect and changes from AP or Honors course levels into Regents level can only be requested after the completion of the first marking period of the school year.  Administrative approval is required for all level changes.
     
    -- A teacher recommendation is required for any student intending to register for an AP or Honors course who is not currently taking the precursory course (ie. Regents Geometry to Honors Algebra II).  Teacher Recommendations should be completed on the Course Selection Worksheet.
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  • COURSE CREDIT

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    Unit of Credit -- A unit of credit is earned by taking a subject for a full year, completing all requirements, and by earning: 

    -- A final average grade of 65% or  above, calculated by averaging each of the quarterly grades and the final exam grade, and
    -- Score 55% or above on the final  exam.
      
    Half-credit -- A half unit of credit is earned by taking the subject for one semester, completing all course requirements, and by completing the same average requirements as for a full year course.
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  • COURSE LEVEL CHANGES

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    Course level changes may be considered upon a teacher recommendation, at or after the close of the first marking period.  Level change considerations include space availability and the student’s overall schedule.  Administrative approval is required for all level changes.

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  • SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENTS

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    Students have time during summer recess (last week of June through the second week of August) to make limited types of changes to their course selections and schedules.  The only schedule changes that will be allowed during that time are:  changes due to errors, adding electives, summer school changes, and elective changes considered based on availability.  After this time period, an administrator must approve any and all changes.  The final schedule will be the student’s commitment to that specific program of courses.  Student course selections are finalized on June 1 of the previous school year.

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  • COURSE DROPS

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    Once the school year begins, all course drops must be approved by an administrator.

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  • REPEATING A COURSE DUE TO FAILURE OR AUDIT

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    A student who fails or audits a full year or second semester half-year course has the option to attend summer school or repeat the course and take the final exam in January.  If a student audits a course in the first semester of the school year, he/she must wait until summer school or the following school year to repeat the course.  In science courses with labs, all lab requirements must also be met.
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  • REPORT CARDS

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    Periodic updates to a teacher's gradebook are published to the Parent Portal by all teachers in a timely manner.  Report cards are published to the Parent Portal at the end of the 10th, 20th, 30th and 40th weeks. 
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  • ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY

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    In order to participate unconditionally in any extra-curricular activity at Lancaster High School, a student must maintain an overall minimum average of 72.00.  There is no probationary status. The fourth marking period averages of the previous school year determine eligibility for the first marking period of the next school year.  Summer school grades and final averages are not used in determining eligibility.

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  • EARLY GRADUATION

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    Students who meet the criteria for approval for early graduation should meet with their school counselor before considering this option. 

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  • SEQUENCE

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    Students who are pursuing an Advanced Regents Diploma and do not wish to take the Comprehensive Exam in a language other than English are required to fulfill a five-unit sequence requirement by taking a prescribed set of courses in a field of study.  Consult your counselor for sequence options.
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  • EARLY DISMISSAL & LATE ARRIVAL FOR SENIORS

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    Seniors may request either an Early Dismissal for 9th period OR a late arrival for after 1st period.  A parental permission form will be required and kept on file.  Early Dismissals and Late Arrivals are scheduled only if the student’s course load and time schedule allows, and is completely dependent on graduation requirements and course offerings.  Classes in a student's schedule will not be rearranged to accommodate early dismissal or late arrival.

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Last Modified on December 16, 2016