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Title: Graduation 101


1
Graduation 101
  • Some tips on what to do and what Not to do to be
    sure you graduate this year and make the most of
    your life after High School.

2
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
SUBJECT AREA STANDARD HIGH SCHOOL 4-YEAR PROGRAM CREDITS REQUIRED
English or English Through ESOL 4.0
Mathematics 4.0
Science 3.0
World History 1.0
American History 1.0
American Government 0.5
Economics 0.5
Fine Arts 1.0
Personal Fitness .5
Physical Education .5
Major and Minor, or Electives Must include one virtual course 8.0
Total Number of Credits Required 24
State Assessment Requirement Passing score on the Grade 10 FCAT Pass Algebra 1 EOC
GPA Requirement Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
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What Credits do you need?
  • 24 CREDIT OPTION
  • ENGLISH/ESOL 4 credits (major concentration in
    composition literature and reading for
    information)
  • MATHEMATICS 4 credits (Algebra I, Geometry,
  • 1 courses at the Algebra I level or higher)
  • SCIENCE 3 credits (Earth/Space Science, Biology,
    Chemistry or Physical Science)
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE 3 credits (World History, American
    History, American Government, Economics)
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE Not required (2 years of the
    same foreign language are required for admission
    to State Universities.

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What Credits do you need?
  • FINE ARTS 1.0 credit
  • PHYSICAL EDUCATION 0.5 credit
  • PERSONAL FITNESS 0.5 credit
  • ELECTIVES 8 credits (4 credits must be in the
    students academy remaining credits may be used
    for another academy, other elective courses, or
    intensive reading or mathematics courses)
  • Must include one course on Florida Virtual
  • GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA) 2.0

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Diploma Options Standard Diploma
  • A standard diploma will be awarded to graduates,
    if the student has earned the required credits
    and attained the
  • grade point average for the graduation program
    selected.
  • Also, students must pass the Grade 10 Florida
  • Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) and the
    Algebra 1 EOC.
  • The purpose of the standard diploma is to certify
    that the student has met all district and state
    standards for graduation.
  • A special education student will be awarded a
    standard diploma if all of the criteria for a
    standard diploma have been met by that student.

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Certificate of Completion
  • A student who is enrolled in the 4-year,
    24-credit option and has met all requirements for
    graduation except passing the Grade 10 FCAT, or
    passing the Algebra 1 EOC shall be awarded a
    certificate of completion. A student may make
    further attempts to meet the requirements for a
    standard diploma.

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If you have Not Passed the FCAT
  • In order to make sure you graduate you will
  • Take the FCAT in October and then you will have
    one more chance in March there is also a June
    test for Seniors.
  • If you still dont pass you may be able to use
    your SAT or ACT score to help you graduate.
  • If you have not taken the SAT/ACT sign up now!
  • Dont wait until you get FCAT Scores to decide to
    take the SAT/ACT it may be too late.

8
If You Have Not Passed the Algebra 1 EOC
  • You will take the Algebra 1 EOC retakes in
    December and March 2015.
  • You may also sign up to take the PERT to see if
    you obtain the concordant score of 97 on the math
    portion of the PERT.

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SAT ACT Test DATES
  • SAT ACT
  • Oct. 11th Oct. 25th
  • Nov. 8th Dec. 13th
  • Dec. 6th Feb. 7th
  • January 24th April 18th
  • March 14th June 13th
  • May 2nd www.actstudent.org
  • June 6th
  • sat.collegeboard.org

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SAT Facts
  • The SAT is offered seven times a year in the
    United States and six times at international
    sites. The test
  • Takes three hours and 45 minutes
  • Consists of 10 separately timed sections
  • Three sections test critical reading (70 minutes
    total)
  • Three sections test mathematics (70 minutes
    total)
  • Three sections test writing (60 minutes total)
  • One variable (un-scored) section tests critical
    reading, mathematics, or writing (25 minutes
    total)
  • Assesses critical thinking and problem solving
    skills in three areas
  • Critical reading
  • Mathematics
  • Writing

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SAT Facts
  • Includes three kinds of questions
  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Student-produced responses (mathematics only)
  • Essay question
  • Is machine-scored, except for the essay
  • Why should students take the SAT?
  • Students and parents often ask why it is
    important to take the SAT. Reasons include
  • All colleges accept the SAT as an objective
    measurement of students' college readiness.
  • Used with GPAs and high school transcripts, SAT
    scores allow colleges to fairly compare
    applicants.
  • Taking the SAT gives students access to
    scholarship opportunities.
  • Most colleges require an admissions test like the
    SAT

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ACT FACTS
  • The ACT (No Writing) consists of four
    multiple-choice tests English, Mathematics,
    Reading, and Science. The ACT Plus Writing
    includes the four multiple-choice tests and a
    Writing Test.
  • The English test is a 75-question, 45-minute
    test, covering Usage/Mechanics Punctuation,
    grammar and usage, sentence structure and
    Rhetorical Skills, strategy, and organization
    style.
  • The ACT Mathematics Test is a 60-question,
    60-minute test designed to measure the
    mathematical skills students have typically
    acquired in courses taken by the end of 11th
    grade.

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ACT FACTS
  • The Reading Test is a 40-question, 35-minute test
    that measures your reading comprehension. You're
    asked to read four passages and answer questions
    that show your understanding of what is directly
    stated statements with implied meanings
  • The Science Test is a 40-question, 35-minute test
    that measures the skills required in the natural
    sciences interpretation, analysis, evaluation,
    reasoning, and problem solving. You are not
    permitted to use a calculator on the Science
    Test.
  • The Writing Test is a 30-minute essay test that
    measures your writing skillsspecifically those
    writing skills emphasized in high school English
    classes and in entry-level college composition
    courses.

14
SAT and ACT Fees
  • ACT regular deadline fee 31.00
    Late deadline fee add 28.00
  • ACT Plus Writing 54.90
  • SAT regular deadline fee 45.00 Late
    deadline fee add 28.00
  • SAT Subject test fee Varies. Basic registration
    fee is 26.00 plus cost of subject tests.

15
Some Myths
  • An F in an elective PE, woodshop, Drivers Ed, art
    etc doesnt count False!
  • Or an F in an elective isnt as bad as an F in
    the Core English math etc- So False!!
  • While an Elective credit can usually be made up
    by another elective not necessarily the same
    exact class, it doesnt mean that it doesnt go
    into your GPA.
  • All Fs go into your GPA and count the same.
  • They are all Bad!!!!!

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Some Myths
  • Ds are a passing grade. So as long as I get Ds
    I am ok-True and False.
  • While Ds are a passing grade and it means you
    got credit for the class Ds only give you 1
    point for your GPA.
  • You need a 2.0 to graduate so getting all Ds or
    mostly Ds will give you a 1.0 GPA or something
    in the 1.0 range.
  • That will not cut it for graduation!!!!
  • If you have a lot of Ds you may need to start
    retaking some of those classes so that you can
    achieve a 2.0
  • Aim for at least Cs and you will be safe.

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A Rule to Follow
  • If your GPA is currently at a 2.0 be sure you get
    all Cs or better so that you will graduate. You
    cant afford Ds or Fs.
  • If your GPA is below a 2.0 you will need to get
    As and Bs this year and try to retake some
    classes for forgiveness.
  • Otherwise you will not make the 2.0 mark by June.
  • Remember As and Bs boost your GPA Cs only keep
    your GPA at the same level,
  • Ds and Fs lower your GPA.
  • The better you do now the less you will have to
    worry about at the end of the year.

18
Passing your classes
  • In order to pass an annual course in grades 9-12,
    a student will earn a minimum of 10 grade points,
    of which a minimum of five must be earned in the
    second semester.

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10 Point Rule
  • According to Miami-Dade County Public Schools in
    order to pass a class for the year you must earn
    a total of 10 points in that class for the year.
  • However, at least 5 points must be earned in the
    second semester (Jan.-June) to pass.
  • This is how it is calculated Whatever you earn
    in Grading Period 1,2,3,4 multiply by 2.5.

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10 Point Rule
  • Get good grades every grading period so it all
    doesnt have to ride on one test or on one
    grading period.
  • Be consistent. If you started the school year bad
    its important for you to know what grades you
    need from here on out to pass.

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10 Point Rule
  • EX You earn a C in English in the 1st Grading
    Period you multiply by 2.5 which equals 5 pts.
    You earn a D in the 2nd GP (x2.5)2.5 pts. You
    earn a B in 3rd GP (x2.5) 7.5 pts. Earn a C in
    the 4th GP (x2.5) 7.5 pts. Add it all up. It
    equals 22.5 points.

22
5 Point Rule
  • Use this formula with your own grades to know if
    you will have enough points to pass.
  • Many students fail a class because they do not
    earn 5 points in the second semester or because
    they have had low grades all year and NEED a high
    grade on the Final to pass the year and they
    dont get it.
  • Dont put yourself in that situation.

23
5 Point Rule
  • Let me give you an example of a senior who didnt
    graduate last year because he thought he was
    passing English and he didnt!
  • GP1 B, GP2C GP3D GP4F Total Points for the
    year15
  • So why did he fail?

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5 Point Rule
  • He only had 2.5 points for the second semester!

25
Forgiveness Policy
  • For senior high school students the forgiveness
    policy for required courses is limited to
    replacing a grade of Dor F with a grade of
    C or higher earned subsequently in the same or
    comparable course.
  • The forgiveness policy for elective courses is
    limited to replacing a grade of D or F with a
    grade of C or higher earned subsequently in
    another course.
  • In either situation when a student attempts
    forgiveness for a grade, the higher of the two
    grades will be used to compute the students GPA.
  • When it is replaced, the lower grade will not be
    used to compute the students GPA, but will
    remain on the students transcript and in the
    students permanent record.
  • Any course not replaced according to this policy
    shall be included in the calculation of the
    cumulative grade point average required for
    graduation.

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Florida Virtual School
  • Senior high school students are eligible to
    enroll in the Florida Virtual School.
  • All students must take one virtual course to
    graduate high school with a 24-credit standard
    diploma.
  • The courses offered are teacher facilitated and
    available throughout the state.
  • Courses are based upon the same criteria as those
    taught in the standard high school program and,
    therefore, generate the same credit for students.
    Students must visit the Florida Virtual School
    website at www.FLVS.NET to enroll in courses.
  • A guidance counselor and a parent/guardian must
    also visit the website to finalize the
    registration process for the student.

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Adult Education/Night School
  • A good way to make up credits is by attending
    night school.
  • Falcons can attend night school right here at
    Ferguson.
  • The next semester starts in January the same week
    we return from Winter break so be sure to sign up
    with your counselor before the break.
  • Registration usually starts the first week of
    December so make an appointment with your
    counselor early so you can get a spot!

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ATTENDANCE POLICY
  • There is probably no factor more important to
    successful school progress than regular school
    attendance.
  • Students who are absent excessively from the
    instructional program will fall behind in
    academic achievement.
  • Excessive school absenteeism can result in course
    failure.
  • The attendance policy is established by the
    School Board. Highlights of the attendance rules
    are as follows
  • A secondary student accumulating ten or more
    unexcused class absences in an annual course or
    five or more unexcused absences in a semester
    course will be subject to the withholding of
    final credit, pending a student/parent-requested
    administrative screening and/or review of all
    absences by the attendance review committee.

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ATTENDANCE Review
  • An attendance review committee is established in
    each school.
  • The committee consists of three or more school
    personnel who have the responsibility to review
    student attendance petitions during the last week
    of the
  • course(s) and recommend the
  • Issuing of final grades
  • Temporary withholding of final grades pending
    makeup assignments or
  • Permanent withholding of final grades and
    credit.

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Excused Absences
  • The following are considered excused absences
  • Student illness
  • Medical appointment
  • Death in family
  • Observance of a religious holiday or service when
    it is mandated for all members of a faith that
    such a holiday or service be observed
  • School sponsored event or activity previously
    approved
  • Educational or enrichment activity that is not a
    school-sponsored event, as determined and
    approved by the principal or designee
  • Other individual student absences or tardies
    beyond the control of the parent or the student
    as approved by the principal.
  • Subpoena by law enforcement agency or mandatory
    court appearance.

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Absences Defined
  • Student illness Students missing 5 or more
    consecutive days of school due to illness or
    injury are required to provide a written
    statement from a health care provider.
  • The written statement must include all days the
    student has been absent from school.
  • If a student is continually sick and repeatedly
    absent from school due to a specific medical
    condition, he or she must be under the
    supervision of a health care provider in order to
    receive excused absences from school.
  • Medical appointment If a student is absent from
    school due to a medical appointment a written
    statement from a health care provider indicating
    the date and time of the appointment must be
    submitted.

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Unexcused Absences
  • All other absences or tardies not listed above
    are considered unexcused.
  • The student is expected to
  • Take advantage of his/her educational opportunity
    by attending all classes punctually on a daily
    basis.
  • Provide the school with a written explanation for
    any absence/tardiness.
  • Any student who has been absent from school will
    be marked unexcused absent until he/she submits
    required documentation,
  • Failure to provide required documentation within
    three school days
  • upon the return to school will result in an
    unexcused absence.
  • Request the make-up assignment for all excused
    absences/tardies from his/her teachers upon
    his/her return to school or class.
  • It should be noted that all class work, due to
    the nature instruction, is not readily subject to
    make-up work.
  • Complete the make-up assignments for classes
    missed within a reasonable amount of time.
  • Failure to make up all assignments will result in
    lower assessment of the students academic and/or
    effort grade.
  • Submit a completed Petition to Appeal
    Withholding of Final Passing Grades to the
    individual responsible for the screening process
    if needed.

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Recognition at Graduation
  • The levels of the Academic Recognition Program
    are as follows
  • Cum Laude the upper 15 of the graduating class,
    excluding the Summa and Magna Cum Laude
  • students, using a weighted GPA or students who
    have a 4.0 GPA or higher.
  • Magna Cum Laude the upper 10 of the graduating
    class, excluding the Summa Cum Laude
  • students, using a weighted GPA.
  • Summa Cum Laude the upper 5 of the graduating
    class using a weighted GPA.

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Superintendent's Diploma of Distinction
  • This diploma will be awarded to students who are
    enrolled in the 4-year, 24-credit option and
    complete an academically rigorous course of
    study.
  • The requirements include at least four honors,
    Advanced Placement,
  • International Baccalaureate and/or Advanced
    International Certificate of Education courses
  • Completion of 75 hours of community service,
    which includes identification of a social problem
    of interest, development of a
  • plan for personal involvement in addressing the
    problem and, through papers and other
    presentations, evaluate, and reflect upon the
    experience.
  • All students must earn a 3.5 GPA (weighted scale)
    by the end of the first semester of the senior
    year with no final grade less than a "C."

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CAREER PLANNING / COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS
  • In completing their postsecondary education
    plans, students may find it advisable to complete
    one or more of the standardized tests listed
    below which are used for college admissions,
    career planning, placement in
  • college courses, and/or eligibility for
    scholarships.
  • Recommended grade levels during which tests
    should be taken are shown in parenthesis ( ).
  • 1. ACT American College Testing Program (11, 12)
  • 2. ASVAB Armed Services Vocational Aptitude
    Battery (11, 12)
  • 3. PLAN Preliminary ACT (10)
  • 4. PSAT Preliminary SAT (10, 11)
  • 5. SAT I Reasoning Test formerly the
    Scholastic Assessment Test (11, 12)
  • 6. SAT II Subject Tests formerly the
    Scholastic Assessment Test (11, 12)
  • 7. PERT College Placement Test (10, 11, or 12)

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Florida's Bright Futures Scholarship Program
  • The Bright Futures Scholarship Program
    establishes a lottery-funded scholarship for
    Florida high school graduates based on academic
    achievement, who enroll in eligible Florida
    postsecondary institutions.
  • The scholarship may be used for either full-time
    or part-time enrollment and is renewable.
  • Requirements for all scholarship levels include
  • Be a Florida resident and a U. S. citizen or
    eligible non-citizen
  • Authorize the release of eligibility information
    to the Florida Department of Education

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Florida's Bright Futures Scholarship Program
  • Earn a Florida high school diploma or its
    equivalent from a Florida public or private high
    school
  • Successfully complete certain courses while
    attaining the grade point average specified in
    the scholarship type
  • Be accepted by and enroll in an eligible Florida
    postsecondary education program
  • Be enrolled for at least six (6) semester credit
    hours or the equivalent
  • Not have been found guilty of, nor pled no
    contest to a felony charge
  • Apply for a scholarship from the program prior to
    high school graduation by completing the online
    Florida Financial Aid Application.
  • Use the award within three years of high school
    graduation.

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Florida Academic Scholars (FAS)
  • 15 College Preparatory Credits
  • 3.5 Weighted GPA (based on the Statewide Florida
    Bright Futures Scholarship Program Weighting
  • System)
  • 1290 SAT or 29 ACT
  • 100 Community Service Hours
  • Students who earn the Florida Academic Scholars
    award and attend a Florida technical center,
    community
  • college, or university will receive Public
    Institution 100 program of study up to 72
    credit hours.

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Florida Academic Scholars (FAS)
  • Private Institution Fixed award amount based on
    100 of the average tuition and fees covered at a
  • comparable Florida public institution including
    the 300 per semester provided for
    college-related expenses
  • prorated by term and hours.
  • For more information please visit
  • http//www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ssfad/bf
    /

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Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV)
  • 3.0 weighted GPA (based on the Statewide Florida
    Bright Futures Scholarship Program Weighting
    System) in the non-elective high school courses .
  • A minimum of 3 Career Technical Education
    Job-Preparatory or Career Technical Education
    credits in one career technical education program
  • 3.5 un-weighted GPA in a minimum of 3 vocational
    credits in one vocational program
  • Earn a minimum score on each subsection of the
    P.E.R.T (Reading-106, Writing-105, Math-114),
    SAT(Verbal-440, Math-440), or ACT(English-17,
    Reading-19,Math-19)

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Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV)
  • Students who earn the Florida Gold Seal
    Vocational Scholars award and attend a Florida
    technical center, community college, or
    university will receive
  • Public Institution 75 of tuition and fees
    (including lab fees up to 300 per semester).
  • Private Institution Fixed award amount based on
    75 of the average tuition and fees covered
  • at a comparable Florida public institution
    prorated by term and hours.
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