• COURSE REQUIREMENTS

     

    Foundations for High Quality Developmentally Appropriate High School Programming (Grades 9-12)

    Courses needed for graduation require mastery of approved content standards.  Students should consult with their chosen post-secondary educational/training institution when choosing course options and electives.  The required courses outlined below build strong content knowledge and extend disciplines by engaging students in work of quality and substance.  In grades 9 and 10, students build foundational knowledge and skills.  In grades 11 and 12, students enter into the personalized aspect of their PEP, focusing carefully on selected coursework that leads to successful completion of their personal and academic goals.  Each student’s coursework will be designed to lead directly to placement in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses, completion of an industry‑recognized certificate or license, a workforce training program, or job placement.  Students who do not demonstrate mastery of the approved content standards shall be provided extra assistance and time through personalized learning and support.

    22 total credits required   ---   12 Prescribed   ---   10 Personalized

    Subject

    Graduation Requirements

    Personalized Course Options

    English Language Arts (ELA)

    4 credits

    3 Prescribed Credits

    English 9

    English 10

    English 11

     

    1 Additional Personalized Credits from Course Options

     

    An Advanced Placement (AP®), Dual Credit, or International Baccalaureate (IB®) ELA course may be substituted for any ELA credit.

    Recommended College and Career Readiness Course Options and

    Courses Required to be Offered

    English 12 or Transition English Language Arts for Seniors

    Additional Course Options

    English 12 CR

    Technical English Language Arts

    Creative Writing and Reading

    English Language Arts College Courses

    County-created and Approved English Language Arts Courses based on student need and interest insuring state standards for English are met

    Mathematics

    4 credits

     

    2 Prescribed Credits

    Math I or Algebra I

    Math II or Geometry

     

    2 Additional Personalized Credits from Course Options

     

    An AP®, Dual Credit, or IB® Mathematics course may be substituted for any Mathematics credit.

    Recommended College and Career

    Readiness Course Options and

    Courses Required to be Offered

     

    Math III STEM or Math III LA or Algebra II

    Math IV - Trigonometry/Pre-calculus,

    Applied Statistics, Transition Mathematics

        for Seniors

    Additional Course Options

    Math I Lab (when taught in conjunction with Math I)

    Algebra I Support (when taught in conjunction with Algebra I)

    Applied Statistics

    AP® Computer Science A

    Advanced Mathematical Modeling

    Calculus

    Statistics

    Probability and Statistics

    Quantitative Reasoning

    STEM Readiness Mathematics

    Math III TR

    Math IV TR

    Mathematics college courses

    Computer Science and Mathematics

    County-created and Approved Math

          Courses higher than Math II or Algebra II

    Technical Transition Math

    Financial Algebra

    Science

    3 credits

     

    2 Prescribed Credits

    Earth and Space Science (Grade 9)

    Biology or AP® Biology (Grade 10)

     

    1 Additional Personalized Credit from Course Options

     

    An AP®, Dual Credit, or IB® Science course may be substituted for a science credit.

    Recommended College and Career Readiness Course Options and

    Courses Required to be Offered

     

    Chemistry

    Human Anatomy and Physiology

    Physics

    Physical Science

    Additional Course Options

    Environmental Science

    Forensics

    Science college courses

    Computer Science – GIS

    County-created and Approved Science Courses

    CTE Courses:

    AC Energy and Power (Courses 1-4)

    Animal and Plant Biotechnology

    Principles of Agriculture Science-Plan

    Principles of Engineering

    Human Body Systems

    AC Innovations in Science and Technology (Courses 1-4)

    Natural Resources Management

    Therapeutic Services (Courses I, II, and III)

    Social Studies

    4 credits

     

    3 Prescribed Credits

    1 Credit from World Studies or an AP® Social Studies Course

    1 Credit from United States (US) Studies* or US Studies Comprehensive, or AP® US History

    1 Credit from Civics (includes personal finance) or AP® Government and Politics

     

    1 Additional Personalized Credit from Course Options

     

    *Beginning with the 2020-2021 9th grade cohort students who take US Studies must utilize Contemporary Studies as their Personalized Credit unless they are utilizing JROTC Courses I-IV.

    Recommended College and Career Readiness Course Options and

    Courses Required to be Offered

    Contemporary Studies

    Economics

    Geography

    World Studies

    Additional Course Options

    AP® Social Studies Courses

    IB® Social Studies Courses

    Financial Literacy

    Psychology

    Social Studies college courses

    Dual Credit Courses

    Sociology

    JROTC (Courses I-IV)

    County-created and Approved Social Studies Courses

    Physical Education (PE)

    1 credit

     

    1 Prescribed Credit

    PE 9-12, Integrated PE, or counties may choose to offer Extracurricular/Interscholastic PE both graded and non-graded.

     

     

    Additional Course Options

    JROTC I and II will fulfill the 1 credit PE requirement 

    Dual Credit Courses

    Other PE courses based on student need and interest paired with the integrated online course

    Health

    1 credit

     

    1 Prescribed Credit

    Health 9-12

    Additional Course Options

    Health College Courses

    Dual Credit Courses

    The Arts

    1 credit

    1 Personalized Credit

     

    An AP®, Dual Credit, or IB® Arts course may be substituted for any Arts credit.

     

     

     

     

    Required to be Offered

    Four sequential courses in music (both choral and instrumental), visual art (general art and/or studio art), dance, theatre

    Course Options

    Arts Offerings

    Arts College Courses

    Arts College Courses

    The following CTE courses will fulfill the 1 credit Arts requirement:

    ·   Fundamentals of Illustration (1851)

    ·   Fundamentals of Graphic Design (1857)

    ·   Illustration (1861)

    ·   Graphic Design Applications (1859)

    ·   Ornamental Metal Work (1982)

    ·   Digital Imaging/Multimedia I (1431)

    ·   Drafting Techniques (1727)

    ·   Floriculture (0213)

    Personalized Education Plan (PEP)

    4 credits

     

    4 Personalized Credits

     

    ·   4 credits in a CTE Program of Study

    ·   4 credits that lead to post-secondary goals

     

    Each student’s PEP will identify a career cluster and either a CTE program of study or course work for the 4 credits that will lead directly to college placement, attainment of an industry-recognized certificate or license, a workforce training program, or job placement (Appendix D). 

    Best practices encourage students to experience the following:  an AP®, IB®, dual credit, and/or Advanced Career (AC) course with corresponding examination, 2 credits in one world language, an additional science, a computer science, an online/digital learning experience, entrepreneurial experiences, and/or 4 credits (culminating in acquisition of industry-recognized CTE credential focused on career aspirations). 

    Career and Technical Education

    See section 6.3: Career and Technical Education

    Required to be Offered

    One foundational course that teaches parenting skills

    Recommendation

    Counties are encouraged to expand career exploration and offer CTE foundational courses and CTE programs of study in grades 9 and 10.

    Community Readiness

     

    Counties may allow students with disabilities to earn 4 credits in Community Readiness Training recommended through an IEP Team as a personalized, non-CTE program of study.

    Electives

    County Board of Education Members (CBEM) have the authority to set graduation requirements beyond the state minimum for schools in their counties. Students may typically earn up to 32 credits on a block schedule and up to 28 on a traditional schedule over their high school careers. 

    When choosing electives, students should consult with their chosen post-secondary educational institution to make sure the electives are appropriate and acceptable.  

    Computer Science

     

    Required to be Offered

    One Course in Computer Science

    Additional Course Options

    Computer Science in the Modern World

    AP® Computer Science Courses

    Information Technology (IT)

    Information Management

    Web Development

    Other courses based on student need and interest

    CTE Computer Science/IT Courses

    County-created Computer Science/IT

           Courses

    College Computer Science Courses

    World Languages

     

    Recommended College- and Career-Readiness Course Options:

    Most four-year colleges and universities require the completion of a least two credits of the same world language before or during post-secondary programming.  Students need to consult with their post-secondary educational institutions concerning world language requirements. 

    Required to be Offered

    Three levels of one world language

    Students who demonstrate proficiency in two languages (English and one additional) can receive the Seal of Biliteracy. 

    Additional Course Options

    Other world languages and additional levels based on student need and interest

    AP® World Language

    World Language college courses

    Driver Education

     

    Required to be Offered

    One Course in Driver Education

    Social and Emotional Advisory System for Student Success

     

    Required

    Through a Comprehensive School Counseling System, high schools will implement a continuous advisory system that provides students with meaningful supportive relationships and maximizes each student’s personalized learning experience. 

    The advisory system will be evidence- and standards-based to systemically address Policy 2520.19 and include the development of each student’s Personalized Education Plan (PEP), career portfolio, social emotional learning, and the teaching of other skills that enhance school success, and build competent, engaged citizens.

    Spanish 1 / 2 for the foreign language credits is provided through a combination interactive computer based program with support from a Spanish instructor. Spanish 1 and 2 must be successfully completed before any other foreign language class will be available to the individual.  Virtual Classes are available upon request.  To see a list of all Virtual Classes go to wvde.state.wv.us (no www.)   Click on    Other WVDE sites        Click on WV Virtual Schools       Click on   Course Catalog    on the right side column

    Dual Credit Classes are available upon request – See the Senior Counselor for the correct paper work

     

    Quality Point Computation Scale

    Numerical Grade

    Letter

    Grade

    AP/Dual Credit/

    Honors

    Courses

    Regular

    Courses

    90-100

    A

    5.0

    4.5

     

    80-89

    B

    4.0

    3.5

    3.0

    70-79

    C

    3.0

    2.5

    2.0

    60-69

    D

    2.0

    1.5

    1.0

    0 – 59

    F

    No Credit

    No Credit

    No Credit

    Grade of “I” or  Incomplete – An incomplete may be given when a student has not completed all the required work within a grading period.  The teacher shall change the grade of incomplete to a letter grade earned when the following guidelines are met:

    1.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the assignment from the particular teacher(s).

    2. The student is responsible to turn in the completed work on the specific date.

    3.  All work is to be completed and turned in within a period equal to the number of days missed at the end of the grading period, which is not to exceed three days.

    Comprehensive Exams will be given for all subjects and will be ¼ of the total semester average.

     

    Students must successfully complete 22 credits in order to graduate from McDowell County Schools. To graduate, students are required to meet the Adolescent (9-12) Graduation Requirements imposed by the West Virginia State Board of Education.

     

    Students in grades 9-12 may repeat any class previously taken, provided that space is available in that class and no other student is prohibited from being enrolled.  Credit may also be recovered through an online source, Virtual Schools.  An entire course may not need to be repeated if mastery of the content can be demonstrated by the student through an approved credit recovery course.     In calculating final Grade Point Average (GPA), the higher grade earned for the repeated class will be averaged and the lower grade discarded.  The permanent record will reflect that the class has been repeated.  No additional credits can be earned by repeating classes.

     

    Class Rank

    With 2013-14 incoming high school freshmen, there will no longer be the position of Valedictorian or Salutatorian.  Students graduating will be recognized during the graduation ceremony for their accomplishments using the following criteria:

    Recognition

    GPA Required

    Add’l Required Criteria

    Highest Honors

    3.9 & Higher

    ·         Student enrolled & received credit for 2 Advanced Placement &/or dual credit classes

    ·         Students enrolled & received credit for 2 foreign language course

    ·         Students completed at least the following

    -          4 English Honors Credits

    -          4 Math Credits – including Math II and a higher math course

    -          4 Science Credits

    -          4 Social Studies Credits

    -          Student obtained the minimum ACT or SAT score necessary for receipt of the WV Promise Scholarship which must be taken during or before fall ACT testing of the student’s senior yr. in order for this criteria to be considered

    High Honors

    3.8 – 3.89

    Same as Highest Honors - above

    Honors

    3.5

    Not applicable

     


    Chart V:  Adolescent Education Programming (9-12) Electives

     

    Electives Required To Be Offered

    Optional Electives

    English Language Arts*

    Transition English Language Arts for Seniors

    A minimum of one AP® English courses

    English 12 CR

    Additional AP® English Courses

    English Language Arts College Courses

    Other English Language Courses based on student need and interest

    IB Program Courses

    Mathematics*

     

    Transition Mathematics for Seniors

    A minimum of one AP® math course

    Additional AP® Mathematics Courses

    Advanced Mathematical Modeling

    STEM Readiness Mathematics

    Calculus

    Mathematics college courses

    IB Program Courses

    Science*

    Chemistry

    Earth Science

    Human Anatomy and Physiology

    Physics

    A minimum of one AP® science course

    Additional ® Science courses

    Biology II

    Chemistry II

    Conceptual Chemistry

    Conceptual Physics

    Environmental Science

    Forensics

    Physics II

    Science college courses

    IB Program Courses

    Social Studies*

    Economics

    Geography

    A minimum of one AP® social studies course

    Other social studies courses based on student need and interest

    Social Studies college courses

    Additional AP® Social Studies courses

    IB Program Courses

    World Language

    Three levels of one world language

    Other world languages based on student need and interest

    AP® World Language

    World Language college courses

    Health*

    Any courses required to satisfy a Personalized Education Plan

    Other health courses based on student need and interest

    Health college courses

    Physical Education*

    Any courses required to satisfy a Personalized Education Plan and one lifetime physical education course

    Other physical education courses based on student need and interest

    Physical education college courses

    The Arts*

    Four sequential courses in music (both choral and instrumental), visual art (general art and/or studio art), dance, theatre

    Other courses in the arts based on student need and interest as identified in guidance

    AP® Arts Courses

    Arts college courses

    Career and Technical Education*

    Schools must provide students access to concentrations in a minimum of four (4) of the 16 approved WV Career Clusters

    AC courses

    Other CTE courses based on student need and interest

    Driver Education

    One course

     

    Technology

     

    Information Technology

    Information Management

    Web Development

    Other courses based on student need and interest

     

     

     

     

    CTC Programs of Study

    Courses could be at CTC in Welch or River View CTC Wing

     

    CLUSTER

    MAJOR

    CONCENTRATION

    Arts and Humanities

    Communications

    Journalism

    Arts and Humanities

    Fine or Performing Arts

    Fine Arts/Performing Arts

    Business/Marketing*

    Administrative Support

    Administrative Support

    Business/Marketing*

    Management

    Administrative Support

    Criminal Justice*

    Law Enforcement

    Criminal Justice

    Child Development

    Specialist*

    Child Education

    Education

    Computer Systems Software Tech*

    Information Tech Support Systems

    Computer Systems and Operational Support

    Engineering  / Tech

    Construction

    Electrical

    Engineering  / Tech

    Construction

    General Building Constr.

    Engineering  / Tech

    Manufacturing Tech

    Machine Tool Technology

    Engineering  / Tech

    Manufacturing Tech

    Welding Technology

    Engineering  / Tech

    Transportation Tech

    Automotive Technology

    Engineering  / Tech

    Information Tech Support Systems

    Computer Systems and Operational Support

    Health Services

    Diagnostic

    Heath Occupation Science Technology

    Health Services

    Therapeutic

    Heath Occupation Science Technology

    Health Services

    Health Information

    Heath Occupation Science Technology

    Human Services

    Hospitality

    Pro Start Restaurant Management

    Human Services

    Social Services/Education

    Social Services

    Human Services

    Social Services/Education

    Education

    Science & Natural Resources

    Research & Development

    Research & Development