High School Registration
Which High School Course of Study Will Allow You To Graduate?
During the registration process, students must choose a Course of Study. Parents and students should attend the scheduled community middle school's registration conference or parent meetings, sponsored by the 8th grade school counselor. It is also important to attend the high school's transition night to understand the different Courses of Study, Career Pathways, and learn how high school experience can be rewarding. Students entering ninth grade should refer to Career Plan 6 when registering for classes each semester. Each Course of Study has specific requirements to fulfill and this affects student graduation. Middle School Counselors, High School Counselors and Career Development Specialists are able to explain Courses of Study and subsequent requirements.
Students should review their selected Course of Study and four year plan to insure that mandated requirements have been met or are in the planning stage to be met during the four year high school career so that graduation is an occasion to celebrate. Students should have an understanding of what classes they must successfully complete to graduate.
Remember, Courses of Study, such as College Tech Prep and Career Prep include Career Pathways. Four career/technical credits in a pathway must be successfully completed. One of the credits in a technical pathway must be a level II course.
Any student pursuing a College Tech Prep Course of study will successfully meet the requirements of a College/University Course of Study by completing the Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II math sequence. Additionally, students must complete two units of foreign language and a fourth math course selected from the following: Pre-Calculus, Discrete Math, Advanced Functions and Modeling, AP Statistics or AP Calculus. For more information, please refer to the minimum university requirements for
Donï¿½t take risks. Schedule an appointment with the school counselor about the courses of study you may be interested in, mandated career pathways, and graduation requirements. It is your responsibility to learn what is required for high school graduation and what opportunities you have prepared for after high school.
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"Some men see things the way they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream things that never were, and ask 'Why not?'" ~George Bernard Shaw
Accelerated Preparation for College Entry
All students will graduate from a rigorous relevant academic program that equips them with knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to succeed in both post-secondary education and 21st Century careers and to be participating, engaged citizens. Academic rigor and relevance are based on established expectations that ensure all students develop the capacity to master content that is complex and challenging.
In this environment, school counselors and other adults in the middle and high school settings:
ï¿½Shall provide guidance and information to students about course elections and requirements prior to ninth grade
ï¿½Shall know and understand the number and nature of credits required for college entrance
ï¿½Shall encourage ninth grade students to complete these requirements in less than four years where feasible and appropriate
ï¿½Shall help students to set up schedules that promote their early completion (within three years) of requirements for college entry, to the extent appropriate for the individual student, as they assist, and advise ninth grade students in annual/semester course selection and in career planning activities
ï¿½Shall inform students about opportunities to accelerate completion of graduation requirements and early college entrance opportunities
ï¿½Shall provide information in such settings as orientation sessions and grade level meetings, small group settings, and/or one-to-one sessions
ï¿½Shall distribute and explain this information to school staff and parents
ï¿½The important thing is not to stop questioning. ~ Albert Einstein~
Graduation at a Glance
- In order to graduate from high school a student must earn 28 units/credits. Units/credits are earned by successfully passing a course.
- To graduate from high school, a student must complete a course of study. There are three courses of study from which to choose as follows:
(1)Career Preparation This Course of Study is for the student who plans to go to work after high school graduation. Students completing this Course of Study must earn four credits in the same pathway. This student may complete a pathway in the JROTC or the Arts Discipline.
(2)College Tech Preparation ï¿½ This Course of Study is for the student who plans to attend a technical or vocational school after high school graduation. Students completing this Course of Study must earn four credits in the same pathway, one of which must be a level II course.
(3)College/University Preparation This Course of Study is for the student who plans to attend a four year institution. This course of study meets the minimum requirements for admission at the 16 campuses of the
Students may enter the military after completing any of the above Courses of Study.
Occupational This particular Course of Study is available for students with specific identified disabilities. The student who is on the Occupational Course of Study must have a current Individual Educational Plan (IEP). These students must complete three hundred hours of school-based training, two hundred forty hours of community-based training, and three hundred sixty hours of paid employment. Please contact your child's Exceptional Children's teacher for more comprehensive information.
"Our lives begin to end the day we start becoming silent about things that matter." ~Author Unknown~
What Is A Pathway?
A pathway is a group of similar courses related to a career plan. There are several pathways from which to choose. Pathways should be chosen based on the student's career interest.
Pathway: Agricultural and Natural Resource Technologies
oRelated Careers: landscaping, farming, forestry
Pathway: Biological and Chemical Technologies
oRelated Careers: chef, nutritionist, cafeteria worker
Pathway: Business Technology
oRelated Careers: office manager, bank teller, sales agent
Pathway: Commercial and Artistic Production Technologies
oRelated Careers: TV/radio broadcasting, small business owners, technology trades
Pathway: Construction Technologies
oRelated Careers: brick mason, plumbing, carpentry
Pathway: Engineering Technologies
oRelated Careers: engineering, networking, data processing
Pathway: Health Science
oRelated Careers: nursing, health professions, therapists
Pathway: Industrial Technologies
oRelated Careers: welding, architectural, industrial manufacturing
Pathway: Public Service Technologies
oRelated Careers: day care workers, culinary, cosmetology
Pathway: Transport System Technology
oRelated Careers: automotive mechanic, engine repair, racing
"The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time." ~ Abe Lincoln~
For Your Information
Testing Requirements for Graduation
The North Carolina State Board of Education approved new high school exit standards requiring students entering the ninth grade for the first time 2006-07 and beyond to pass five EOC assessments:
Civics & Economic
Students must also successfully complete a senior project. The exit standards apply to students in College Tech Preparation, Career Preparation, and/or College University Preparation courses of study. Students will be provided retesting opportunities, if needed. Students following the Occupational Course of Study are required to meet rigorous exit standards as outline in State Board of Education policy. Please speak with the Exceptional Childrenï¿½s teacher and review your childï¿½s Individual Education Plan.
Students who complete the requirements for an academically challenging high school program will be named North Carolina Scholars and receive special recognition. Requirements for the NC Scholars Program are the minimum requirements for the College University Prep Course of Study. Students must have an overall four- year unweighted grade point average of 3.5.
Required Ninth Grade Courses
Eighth grade End of Grade scores and academic history determine placement in ninth grade classes. The availability of courses varies in area high schools. Usually, students entering the 9th grade will register for the following courses: English, math, science, social studies, health and physical education, and three electives. Students should consider their career pathway when selecting their electives.
Grade 9 to Grade 10 ï¿½ Students must successfully pass six (6) unitsï¿½ one of these units must include English I.
Students entering 9th grade may be eligible to participate in honors courses. Honors courses are more rigorous than standard courses. Eighth grade classroom teachers usually recommend upcoming 9th graders to participate in honors classes. If students are interested in participating in honors courses, they should speak with classroom teachers and school counselors. Students should have demonstrated ability through the EOG and classroom performance.
Advanced Level (Honors) Courses
These courses are more challenging and intensive than regular courses of the same title and will go beyond the state mandated curriculum. Advanced Level Honors Courses are taken during tenth -twelfth grade high school years. High school teachers usually recommend students to take advance courses in specific content area. Students usually have demonstrated self-motivation, ability, and initiative in specific content area.
Other Terms to Know
Online Classes- These are additional classes that may be taken on the student's home computer. Please view the PSRC web page and link to PSRC Online Home (Internet web-based instruction) or contact the PSRC Online Coordinator, at 671-6095.
Information Highway These are courses taught via a television hook up from one school site to another.
Dual Enrollment Allows student to take courses at a community college or university. This opportunity is not available for 9th graders; however, accelerated students can plan to participate in this program during the 11th and/or 12th grade.
AP Classes Advanced Placement classes are college level courses taught in high school. AP courses are not available for 9th graders; however; students can plan to take AP courses during the 11th and/or 12th grade. Classroom teachers usually recommend students to participate in AP classes.
PSAT A practice test for the SAT is given at each high school in October. This is open to 9th graders who have completed Algebra I. There is a minimal fee; some students are eligible for waivers.
ACT This college entrance exam is for students who are planning to enter into a college or university. This exam tests in the following skills areas: English, Math,
SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test (College Board)- This is a three hour college entrance exam that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning skills. Students who are planning a college career usually take this exam. The verbal section includes critical reading and the mathematical section measures problem solving, algebra, arithmetic, and geometry. There is also a required 25 minute student-written essay.
The SAT has twenty-two subject tests that a student may select to test in; these tests are one hour in length and mostly multiple choice. The SAT website has a
Any student can visit these websites online and register to take a college entrance exam. You may be eligible for a fee waiver, which would exempt the testing fee, please visit the websites.
"Find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life." ~Harvey Mackay~
Checklist and Career Development Education Plan
The following tasks should be completed at the middle school before students enter into high school. Some of these activities will occur during 7th grade and other activities during 8th grade. These activities provide a framework to determine academic interests, personality styles, strengths and areas to improve during middle school and high school. Please discuss the significance of these tasks and activities with your child and help them understand how they can provide insight into areas they might excel in and areas that might be challenging. Also, these tasks might offer information to increase self-efficacy, build relationships, and connect to other people with similar interests. Also, visit websites that are informational and offer ideas concerning personality, careers, interests, and adolescence. School counselors, career development specialists, classroom teachers and principals assist in completing the tasks and checklist:
Interest inventory completed-provides insight to which career pathway student may experience significant success.
Students complete Career Portfolios and Career Development Education Plan, also called 4-year plan.
High School and Middle School Counselors plan orientation/registration
Orientation and registration of students at schools
Registration materials sent home
Parents invited to local middle schools to review registration and participate in completing child's Career Development Education Plan
Students and parents invited to high school's transitional night
Completion of registration process
Please review the sample of the Career Development Education Plan (4- year plan) and become involved in completing the actual plan at the middle school. Additionally, participate with your child in the registration events. We look forward to partnering with students and parents to work toward successful educational outcomes!
...Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. ~Leon J. Suenes~
Early College High School
Program at a Glance
The Public Schools of Robeson County and
Early college high schools are small schools located on college campuses that offer a blend of high school and college coursed that support the completion of high school graduation requirements and two years of college during a program of five years or less. Students enrolled in the early college program will begin their college work based on their performance during the 9th and 10th grades where high levels of academic readiness have been developed. Forty new 9th graders will be accepted in the fall of each year. The maximum student enrollment will be 200.
Learning takes place in a personalized, supportive environment.
Program helps to remove major barriers to post-secondary access and success.
Students enjoy a rigorous, challenging program of study.
Students are rewarded for hard work by the opportunity to accelerate their learning with the goal of completing two years of college.
Many of the barriers associated with making the transition from high school to college are removed.
Students have access to college resources.
Affordable cost for post-secondary education.
The Typical Early College Student
Early college high schools are designed for motivated students who are typically underrepresented in post-secondary education, but have shown a potential in middle school---first generation college attendance, students for whom the cost of college is prohibitive, single parent home, etc.
See your school counselor for additional information.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. ~Albert Einstein~
Courses Offered at Early College High School
English l-H; English 11-H; English 111-H; English lV-H
Spanish I; Spanish II
Earth Science-H; Biology-H; Physical Science- H; Chemistry-H
World History-H; Civics & Economics-H; US History-H
Principles of Business
Computer Applications; Computer Applications II
Health and PE
College Prep Success I, II, III, IV