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

    With the incoming 2018-2019 Freshmen, there will be 22 credit required: 18 prescribed and 4 personalized


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

     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 (4 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 – 59


    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:


    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