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Tech Prep Honors Diploma



If a student completes at least two years of an intensive vocational or technical education curriculum, an Honors Diploma

for the graduating class of 2010 will be issued to the student who meets nine of the ten criteria listed.


  1. Earn four units of English which may include one unit of applied communication.

  2. Earn three units of Mathematics which will include algebra and geometry or a sequence of courses that contain 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 two units of a global language; or two units of business/technology; or one unit of each.

  6. Earn three units in the student's vocational or technical education curriculum

  7. Earn two additional units in 1 through 6 above, or in fine arts.

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

  9. Complete a career passport that reflects achievement of the occupational proficiency benchmark established for the Ohio Vocational Competency Assessment or the equivalent.

  10. 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.



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

  2. Earn 4 units of Social Studies.

  3. Earn 4 units of Career-Technical minimum. Program must lead to an industry recognized credential, apprenticeship or be part of an articulated career pathway which can lead to post secondary credit.

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

  5. 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).

  6. Achieve the proficiency benchmark established for the appropriate Ohio Career-Technical Competency Assessment for the equivalent.


International Baccalaureate Diploma
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a rigorous 2-year pre‑university course of studies, leading to examinations that meet the needs of highly motivated secondary school students in the junior and senior years. It is different from traditional college prep programs because of its comprehensive, global perspective that combines breadth with depth, while emphasizing critical, compassionate thinking and a global vision. See Page 47 for additional information.
College Preparatory Program
Students who plan to attend college are advised to take courses which will prepare them for the college experience.
The minimum college preparatory curriculum recommended by the Ohio Board of Regents and Ohio Department of Education for unconditional admission to state universities include the following:
English .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 4 credits

Mathematics .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 3 credits

Science .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 3 credits

Social Studies .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 3 credits

Global Language .. .. .. .. .. .. 2 credits*

The Arts .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1 credit **


* Some state universities prefer the third year of a global language.

** Art, Music, and Drama courses count toward this Fine Arts requirement.


Because requirements vary from university to university, students are strongly encouraged to check the latest policies regarding course requirements with each university or college admissions office.
Selective College Admissions
Academic work in high school is probably the most important single factor considered by most colleges. The more selective the college, the more it will expect from the student. If you are planning to go to such a college, consider 4 years or more from the following: English, Science, Global Language, Mathematics and Social Studies.

Tech Prep

Aurora High School is a member of the Mayfield Excel Technical Education Career Consortium. This compact includes Aurora, Beachwood, Chagrin Falls, Mayfield, Orange, Richmond Hts., Solon, South Euclid‑Lyndhurst, and West Geauga. This compact provides technical education programs, which lead to career opportunities for juniors and seniors.


Traditional Programs

Auto Mechanics I & II

Business Academy I & II

Computer-Aided Design/Drafting Engineering Technology I & II

Construction Management I & II

Construction Trades I & II

Cosmetology I & II

Culinary Arts I & II

Early Childhood Education I & II
Environmental Education Programs

Cleveland Botanical Gardens

Floriculture and Gardening Operations

Landscape and Turf Operations


Hospitality & Food Service Careers I & II
IT Academy Programs

Computers, Networking and Electronics Technology (CNET)

Information Technology and Programming I & II

Interactive Media I & II


Intervention Programs

Agriculture and Career Exploration (A.C.E)

Career-Based Intervention

Job Training


Medical Technologies I & II

Performing Arts Academy

Public Service Safety Academy

TV Broadcast & Video Production I & II

Visual Art & Design I & II

Traditional One‑Year Senior Co‑op Programs

Cooperative Business Internship

Marketing Technology

Medical Career Technologies



Teaching Professions
What is Tech Prep?
Tech Prep builds partnerships between secondary and post‑secondary institutions, and education and business communities. It involves restructuring the curriculum to integrate academic and technical education and make learning more meaningful and relevant. It helps students move from high school to higher education more easily and prepares them for a better school‑to‑work transition. Tech Prep increases students' options by making them aware of opportunities in technical careers and associate degree programs. Summer internships are set up for students after senior year of high school and throughout community college enrollment with businesses and industries that directly relate to their training background completed.
Transfer Credits
The school from which a student transfers typically determines credits as a student exits. The AHS principal will decide any AHS graduation requirement satisfaction or requirement issue that arises when the student transfers to AHS in accordance with Board policy.
Individual course credit may transfer for Aurora High School credit upon approval of the high school principal.
Minimum Course Load
All students must carry a minimum of 5 credits per year and 2 1/2 credits per semester, with no more than one study hall. Any student taking a total of three or more Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses is permitted two study halls.
Athletic Eligibility
To be eligible to participate in an athletic contest, a student must be currently enrolled and must have been enrolled in school the immediately preceding grading period (nine‑weeks) and received passing grades during that period in subjects that earn a minimum of five credits per year towards graduation, with a GPA of 1.5. If they have passed five credits with a GPA between 1.0 and 1.5 they may compete the first half of the next grading period "on probation." At progress report time, their GPA must be 1.5 or higher to maintain participation. Only one "probation" period is permissible each school year.
A student enrolled in the first grading period (incoming ninth grade students) must have passed all subjects carried the preceding grading period (six‑weeks, nine‑weeks, etc.).
Schedule Adjustments
Planning a schedule for the next school year is a difficult task and situations may occur requiring a change in that schedule. These schedule changes, however, have a serious effect on class size, teacher assignments, and the overall master schedule, and therefore, must be made sparingly. The student and parent are urged not to plan a program with the idea that it can be changed.
A Drop/Add may occur within the first five (5) days of a semester with no notation appearing on the student's record. One of the following criteria must be met to have a schedule change:

  1. If a student does not have 5 credits or the equivalent of 5 credits each semester, or is scheduled for more than one study hall in a semester.

  2. If a student wants to go up a level, i.e., CP English to Honors English.

  3. Adjustments due to successful completion of summer school.

  4. If a student’s schedule is in error - not giving them their original request from May of the previous school year.

  5. Add any additional course(s) when enrollment permits and does not require movement of other courses.

  6. Academically misplaced – Students can not be considered for being academically misplaced until they have demonstrated they have used multiple supports or interventions. They must also be referred by the classroom teacher designating they are academically misplaced.

Thereafter, a student may withdraw only if they meet one of the six (6) criteria (provided he/she meets the minimum number of courses), and a notation of a "W" will appear on his/her record after the first five (5) days of a semester.


Any withdrawal during the second nine weeks of a semester will be noted with a "WF" appearing on the student's record. No classes can be added to a students schedule after fifteen (15) days of school.

Repeating a Subject
Students may select one class during their four years to re‑take for grade improvement. The following stipulations apply:

  1. The second grade will appear on the official transcript provided a two-grade improvement has occurred,

otherwise the original grade will appear on the transcript.

  1. An additional credit is not earned.

  2. The original grade will be noted in the permanent file.

  3. Approval of the Principal is required within the first five (5) days of each semester.

  4. Students may use this option one (1) time during their high school career.



Incomplete Policy
An incomplete may be given under certain situations in lieu of a grade when a student does not complete the requirements of the course. The student must make arrangements with the teacher and fulfill those requirements within 10 days after the end of the semester the course was taken. Accommodations for individual situations shall be made by the building administration as the need arises. Incomplete changes to "F" if not completed as per above.

Educational Options (Summer School/On-Line Curriculum)
A maximum of six (6) units of credit earned from educational options may be applied toward credits required for graduation from high school. Any exception to this requires approval by the high school principal.
Educational options discussed in this section pertain only to the regular education program. All students in the special education programs have individual educational plans, which give direction to their instructional programs.
PLEASE NOTE: Aurora High School does not allow students to audit a course.

On-Line Curriculum Courses
Aurora High School offers a limited selection of on-line courses. Students may have the opportunity to utilize this format to assist them with credit recovery or as special preparation for the Ohio Graduation Test.
The following regulations apply to these courses:


  1. Will be reported as Pass/Fail.

  2. Courses can only be taken as credit recovery (must have attempted course at AHS).

  3. Appropriate forms with Administrative approval to be enrolled.

  4. Any exceptions must be approved by administration.



College/Career Planning
Group guidance sessions are held for students during the high school experience. Aptitudes and interests are discussed in relation to career direction. In addition, group guidance presentations about college selection, testing, applications, and financial aid are held for parents and students.
The Career Portfolio is a collection of documents that will be prepared by every current 11th grade student at Aurora High School. The portfolio is a validation of educational and career experiences assembled within a well-designed document. The portfolio can be used to provide employers, colleges, and training institutions information for screening, interviewing and selecting applicants.

College Representatives
Representatives from various colleges throughout the country come to Aurora High School to inform interested students about their educational programs. Any junior or senior may attend the conferences. Lists of colleges sending representatives are posted. Passes to attend these informative sessions should be obtained in advance from the guidance secretary with permission of the classroom teacher.

College Selection
Eighty-five to ninety (85-90) percent of Aurora High School graduates continue their education at two (2) or four (4) year colleges immediately after graduation. Therefore, it becomes essential to provide accurate and high quality information, assistance, and support concerning college choice, application, and matriculation to our students and their parents. The Guidance Department serves as the resource center for all college materials including videotapes, viewbooks, applications, and assorted reference materials. The O.C.I.S. (Ohio Career Information System), a computer database, is available for students.
The Guidance Department presents evening programs for both parents and students on such topics as college choice, scholarships, financial aid, college testing, and preparing for the college experience.
Students and parents are encouraged to visit with their guidance counselors early in their high school career.

College Visits
College visits should be considered planned absences for academic purposes. (Students must obtain a planned absence form from the main office and submit it prior to the visit.) Students can be excused for up to three college visits per year. Students are permitted to make college visits their junior and senior year.

Unpaid Obligations
All fees, charges, and other school requirements must be paid according to policy and State law.

Valedictorian and Graduation with Honors
One valedictorian will be acknowledged based on the highest cumulative GPA. A salutatorian will be named based on the second highest cumulative GPA. The final calculations used to determine valedictorian and salutatorian will be based on the first seven (7) semesters of high school work. All students graduating with a 4.0 accumulative GPA or higher after 7 semesters will be designated summa cum laude (“with highest honors”). Magna cum laude (“with high honors”) graduates are those who earn a cumulative GPA between 3.75 and 3.99 after 7 semesters. Cum laude (“with honors”) graduates complete the first seven semesters of high school with a cumulative GPA between 3.5 and 3.749.
Grade Point Average and Class Rank
The GPA and class rank are computed at the end of each semester. Final grades in all subjects are used to compute the GPA and class rank. All students are ranked.
A = 4

B = 3


C = 2

D = 1


F = 0
Only Advanced Placement and IB courses are weighted.
Advanced Placement and IB courses receive an additional quality point to reflect the difficulty of the course. A=5, B=4, C=3; weighting will only be for As, Bs and Cs.
Class rank is computed according to the recommendations of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Association for College Admission Counseling. All credit courses are used to determine rank. All students in the class are included in determining rank in class.


Special Programs





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