Message from the Principal



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The mission of the Aurora City Schools is to ensure that all students reach their full potential and graduate prepared to become responsible, productive members of society by providing a nurturing environment, with high expectations and effective programs.

Message from the Principal

Dear Students and Parents,


The 2009-2010 Program of Studies booklet is designed to acquaint you with the numerous programs and courses offered at Aurora High School. There are many options to consider when planning your personal schedule. The information contained in this booklet is updated each year so that you and your parents can make the best decisions in planning your high school educational career.
Numerous opportunities exist across the curriculum from required courses for graduation in core academic areas to electives in computer technology, global languages, fine arts, performing arts and physical education. Whether your future plans included college, the world of work, or the military, we have a program that will prepare you for success.
Good planning and course selection in the beginning of the scheduling process will help in our efforts to give you the courses you choose. Be sure to include your parents and your counselor in all decisions concerning your schedule.
In our schedule you have the opportunity to take seven classes. Students are required to take at least 5.0 credits and can have no more than one study hall each semester. We encourage you to take advantage of the many educational experiences offered at AHS. We also have a comprehensive co-curricular program; this combined with our comprehensive academic offerings allow you many opportunities to have a most rewarding high school experience.

Sincerely,

Pat R. Ciccantelli

Principal

Planning & Policies

How to Plan Your Program of Studies


Students are encouraged to carefully plan a program of studies that will assist them in reaching their educational and career goals. The International Baccalaureate Program, College Preparatory Program and the Excel TECC Program, outlined on the following pages, are designed to guide students in selecting the subjects that will lead them toward achieving their goals.
It is suggested that students:


  1. Review all the curricular requirements for graduation.




  1. Read the information presented about each department.

3. Complete the Course Planner (page 62), paying particular attention to graduation requirements and career goals.


4. Know and understand the recommended college preparatory curriculum.
5. Know and understand the requirements for the International Baccalaureate Programme.
6. Review and understand the opportunities offered through the Mayfield Excel TECC Program.
7. Consider the curricular and other requirements for the Honors Diploma.


  1. Students are required to take a minimum number of courses each year. This "minimum course load" includes both required courses and elective courses. With the guidance of parents and counselors, students select these courses during the registration period. This is the time when schedule planning is completed. The course description booklet is the student and parent guide for making these selections.

PLEASE NOTE: It is hoped that we will be able to offer every course that is listed in this booklet. However, it is possible that a course may not be offered due to a lack of adequate student interest or appropriate staffing. The high school principal will make such a determination and all students who have signed up for a class that has been cancelled will have the opportunity to select another available course.



Course Waivers
If a student elects to take an academic course for which he/she was not recommended, he/she must complete a waiver form obtainable in the Guidance Office and return it to the principal. The waiver must be signed by the student, parent and teacher. The waiver must be approved by the Principal.

Graduation Requirements
4 English

(core courses only)


3 Social Studies*
3 Mathematics
3 Science**
½ Health
½ Physical Education
1 credit (or 2 half credits) in Business, Technology,

Fine Arts or Global Language


Total – 21 CREDITS
Students must pass all portions of the Ohio Graduation Test



Note to Parents and Students Regarding Graduation Requirements
It is the student’s responsibility to see that requirements for graduation are met. The high school will make every effort to keep up-to-date records and to keep students and parents informed about the status toward compiling the necessary coursework for graduation requirements. However, it is the student’s responsibility to be acquainted with the necessary requirements to meet this goal.

*one credit in U.S. History, one credit U.S. Government


** one credit in CPE or Chemistry, one credit in Biology
NOTE: Courses taken in eighth grade at the middle school with the same course of study as the AHS course (French 1, Spanish 1, or German 1) will result in high school credit for graduation and calculation into the high school GPA/class rank for the current seventh and eighth grade class. Beginning with the class of 2014 this policy will be changed and the students will not receive a high school grade or high school graduation credit.

Regular Diploma



To be awarded a regular diploma, the student shall:


  1. Meet AHS’s curricular requirements.

  2. Pass all portions of the Ohio Graduation Test.



Honors Diploma



To be awarded an Honors Diploma for the graduating class of 2010, the student shall:


  1. Meet AHS’s curricular requirements.

  2. Pass State mandated graduation tests.

  3. Meet eight of the nine criteria listed:

  1. Earn four units of English.

  2. Earn three units of Mathematics that shall include algebra I, algebra II and geometry or complete a three-year sequence of courses that contains equivalent content.

  3. Earn three units of Science that develop concepts for physical, life and earth and space sciences.

  4. Earn three units of Social Studies.

  5. Earn either three units of one global language or two units each of two global languages. 1a (7th grade) & 1b (8th grade) at Harmon = one unit

  6. Earn one unit of fine arts.

  7. Earn either one unit of business/technology and two additional units in 1 through 6 above or earn three additional units, in 1 through 6 above.

  8. Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale up to the last grading period of the senior year.

  9. Obtain a composite score of 27 on the American College Testing (ACT) tests or an equivalent composite score of 1210 on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) with no regard for its new writing portion. (This maintains the two scores’ comparability as qualifying criteria).


For the graduating class of 2011 and beyond the following students need to fulfill only 7 of the following 8 criteria.


  1. Earn four units of English.

  2. Earn four units of Mathematics, including algebra I, algebra II, geometry or equivalent and another higher level course or a four-year sequence of courses that contain equivalent content.

  3. Earn four units of Science including physics and chemistry.

  4. Earn 4 units of Social Studies.

  5. Earn either three units of one global language or two units each of two global languages. 1a (7th grade) & 1b (8th grade) at Harmon = one unit

  6. Earn 1 unit of fine arts.

  7. Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale up to the last grading period of the senior year.

  8. Obtain a composite score of 27 on the American College Testing (ACT) tests or an equivalent composite score of 1210 on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) with no regard for its new writing portion. (This maintains the two scores’ comparability as qualifying criteria).





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