River View High School

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Chart IV:  Foundations for High-Quality Adolescent Education Programming (Grades 9-12)

24 credit required: 18 prescribed and 6 personalized

Chart IV High School Programming (9-10, 11-12) Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements are effective for all students enrolled in the 2016-2017 school year, and thereafter or as otherwise specified.  Courses needed for graduation require mastery of approved content standards.  Students should consult with their chosen postsecondary educational/training program when choosing optional upper-level courses.  Students who do not demonstrate mastery of the approved content standards shall be provided extra assistance and time through personalized learning and support.


Graduation Requirements (18 prescribed)

English Language Arts*

4 credits


English 9

English 10

English 11

English 12 or English 12 CR or Transition English Language Arts for Seniors*

An AP® English course may be substituted for any of the above courses.



4 credits1

Math I or Algebra I

Math II or Geometry

Math III STEM, or Math III LA or Math III TR or Algebra II

Math IV – Trigonometry/Pre-calculus or Math IV TR or Transition Mathematics for Seniors* or any other fourth course option (see Chart V)

An AP® Mathematics course may be substituted for an equivalent course or any fourth course option.


3 credits

Earth and Space Science (Grade 9)

Biology or AP® Biology (Grade 10)

One additional science course or AP® science course (see Chart V)

Social Studies*

4 credits

1 credit from World Studies or an AP® Social Studies course (see Chart V)

1 credit from United States Studies[1] or United State Studies-Comprehensive or AP® U.S. History

1 credit from an additional Social Studies course or an AP® Social Studies course (see Chart V)

1 credit from Civics for the Next Generation or AP® United States Government and Politics.

Physical Education*

1 credit

Physical Education 9-12 (WV Education Information System [hereinafter WVEIS course 6609]).  At least 50 percent of class time for physical education should be spent in moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity.


1 credit

Health 9-12 (WVEIS course 6909)

The Arts*

1 credit

Graduation Requirements (6 personalized)

Personalized Education Plan

4 credits

Each student’s PEP will identify a career cluster and a concentration of course work for the four (4) credits that will lead directly to placement in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses, an industry-recognized certificate or license, or workforce training programs (see Section 5.3.b.2).  Best practices encourage students to take at least 1 AP® and/or AC course with corresponding examination, a fourth science or computer science credit, and 2 credits in one world language, and/or four credits cumulating in acquisition of industry-recognized CTE credential focused on career aspirations.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)*

A CTE concentration is aligned with the approved 16 career clusters and consists of four courses identified for WVDE approved career and technical programs of study.  (Refer to W. Va. 126CSR44M, Policy 2520.13:  Next Generation Standards for Career and Technical Education in West Virginia Schools and current WVEIS course code manual.)  Each career and technical concentration in a school shall provide students the opportunity to obtain an industry recognized credential as part of the instructional program when applicable.


Multi-County Centers, County CTE Centers, and Comprehensive High Schools must provide students with access to concentrations in a minimum of six of the 16 approved WV Career Clusters.


80 percent of students in grades 9-10 must have access to at least one career and technical foundations course.  One foundations course must be offered that teaches parenting skills.


30 percent of students in grades 11-12 must have access to four units in a career and technical concentration and two career and technical electives.


A CTE completer is identified by successful completion of the four required courses outlined within the WVDE approved career and technical programs of study.  (Refer to WVBE Policy 2520.13 and current WVEIS course code manual.)

Approved WV Career Clusters

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Architecture and Construction

Arts, A/V Technology and Communication

Business Management and Administration

Education and Training


Government and Public Administration

Health Sciences

Hospitality and Tourism

Human Services

Information Technology

Law, Public Safety, Correction and Security



Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics


Two options exist for students with IEPs to complete a CTE concentration: 

1.     The typical completion of a CTE concentration with/without accommodations and supports if a student is capable of passing 100% of the safety exam for the respective concentration.

Individual Work Readiness Certificate (see Section 11.34).


Students with disabilities may earn 4 credits in Community Readiness Training recommended through an IEP Team as a personalized concentration.

World Languages

Communicating in a global society requires students to apply appropriate language strategies through embedded opportunities to explore and gain an understanding of the world around them.  Undergraduate admission to West Virginia four-year colleges and universities includes the completion of two units of the same world language.  Students need to consult with their postsecondary educational programs concerning world language requirements.


2 Credits

The remaining graduation requirements are to be electives.  When choosing electives, students should consult with their chosen postsecondary educational program to make sure the electives are acceptable.

Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Student Success and Career Readiness

Career Development

All students in grades 9-12 will be provided structured, on-going opportunities for career exploration, decision making, and career preparation.  Career development shall use an integrated approach, where all staff assist students to explore the 16 career clusters during the instructional day.  Career exploration will include opportunities for students to discover their interests in emerging careers including STEM careers in science, oil & gas, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Student advisors will use each student’s career awareness activities to develop the PEP.  Advisors will assist students and their parents to utilize their various interests, learning styles, and career and academic assessments to guide educational planning and career choices.  Career exploration activities will be documented in each student’s personalized career portfolio that is transportable throughout the student’s middle and high school career.

Comprehensive School Counseling Program

A standards-focused, integrated school counseling program will assist students with the acquisition of school success and career readiness skills to prepare for high school and postsecondary success.  School counselors will work collaboratively with other school staff to assist students with academic and postsecondary planning that leads to seamless transitions to the identified postsecondary options.  Refer to WVBE Policy 2315 to ensure alignment with policy requirements.

Student Advocate/Advisor/Mentor

High schools will implement an advisory system that provides students with meaningful, supportive relationships and maximizes each student’s personalized learning experience.  An adult advocate, advisor, or mentor will take an interest in each student’s learning, goal setting, career planning, and personal growth.

Physical Activity

High schools should recognize that healthy lifestyles and academic success are tightly interwoven.  Therefore, schools should promote wellness activities that extend beyond the course requirements for physical education and health.  This may be accomplished through programs that focus on skill development, sportsmanship and teamwork.  Opportunities should be provided for 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous integrated physical activity daily to keep high school students physically active throughout the school year.  Wellness education should target the widespread behaviors that undermine the health and resulting capacity for personal success during adolescence.


Students in grades 9-12 will be provided regular opportunities within the context of normal course work to master the standards set forth in WVBE Policy 2520.14.  The infrastructure of classrooms should infuse technology and pedagogy into instruction, thus leading to improved student engagement.  It is recommended that all students complete a computer science course and an online learning experience during grades 9-12.  Students must be provided opportunities for advanced technology applications.        

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



AP/Dual Credit/

























0 – 64


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 24 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:


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



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


Math I Lab

Transition Mathematics for Seniors

A minimum of one AP® math course

Additional AP® Mathematics Courses

Advanced Mathematical Modeling

STEM Readiness Mathematics


Mathematics college courses

IB Program Courses



Earth Science

Human Anatomy and Physiology


A minimum of one AP® science course

Additional ® Science courses

Biology II

Chemistry II

Conceptual Chemistry

Conceptual Physics

Environmental Science


Physics II

Science college courses

IB Program Courses

Social Studies*



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


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




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





Arts and Humanities



Arts and Humanities

Fine or Performing Arts

Fine Arts/Performing Arts


Administrative Support

Administrative Support



Administrative Support

Criminal Justice*

Law Enforcement

Criminal Justice

Child Development


Child Education


Computer Systems Software Tech*

Information Tech Support Systems

Computer Systems and Operational Support

Engineering  / Tech



Engineering  / Tech


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


Heath Occupation Science Technology

Health Services


Heath Occupation Science Technology

Health Services

Health Information

Heath Occupation Science Technology

Human Services


Pro Start Restaurant Management

Human Services

Social Services/Education

Social Services

Human Services

Social Services/Education


Science & Natural Resources

Research & Development

Research & Development