CURRICULUM INFORMATION


DISCLAIMER

Non-Discrimination Policy
The Diocese of Steubenville admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin. It is the policy of the Diocese of Steubenville Schools not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs or employment as required by Title IX of the education amendments of 1972.

Course Availability
Catholic Central High School reserves the right to decide, at any time prior to the first day of school, whether a given elective will be offered in a given year. This determination will be based on such factors as student interest, rotation sequence, availability of teaching staff, and funding.

In some cases, electives are offered in alternating years, i.e. one elective offered one year, one the next. In such cases, the elective not offered during the coming year may be printed in italics.

Catholic Central High School reserves the right to modify the prerequisites for any course when clearly extenuating and/or extraordinary circumstances are evident.

STUDENT ACADEMICS

General Information
Students of Catholic Central High School are offered subjects that cover the traditional offerings for college-preparatory, general, selected business and vocational curricula. These courses are geared to accommodate individual differences and ability levels, and to give a truly balanced education in terms of theology, English, science, mathematics, foreign languages and the humanities.

Course Selection
The Administration, Guidance personnel, and faculty members set aside time in the second semester for the sole purpose of student course selection and scheduling. Every effort is made to work in cooperation with parents and students to ensure proper placement of students in classes. Class time is given to discussing the courses available. An updated Course Offering Book is published and given to the students to familiarize them with courses and requirements. Finally, a parent-student registration/conference day is held so that parents and students may confer with teachers regarding course selection.

Student Initiated Schedule Changes
It is the policy of Catholic Central High School that once a student has chosen classes, changes will not ordinarily be made. We believe that requests for changes after course selection are not necessarily beneficial to the student. At the same time, we attempt throughout the scheduling and course selection process, to emphasize the need for serious and responsible consideration on the part of the student.

Ordinarily, schedule changes are not permitted after the initial registration unless the Administration and Guidance personnel, determine that the change is necessary. Furthermore, if a student withdraws from school before the conclusion of a course, the grade earned up to the time of withdrawal remains a part of the student’s permanent record.

All approved, student-initiated schedule changes require a $50.00 change of course fee for each course changed. Changes may only occur during the first two weeks of school.

Advanced Placement
The Advanced Placement Program is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. Since its inception in 1955, the Program has provided motivated high school students with the opportunity to take college-level courses in a high school setting. Students who participate in the Program not only gain college-level skills, but in many cases, they also earn college credit while they are still in high school. AP courses are taught by dedicated and enthusiastic high school teachers who follow course guidelines developed and published by the College Board.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students are required to earn 24.5 credits for the following basic academic subjects as a requirement for graduation from Catholic Central High School:

Graduation Requirements
Religion – 4 credits
English – 4 credits
Social Studies – 3 credits
Mathematics – 4 credits
Science – 3 credits
Health/PE – 1 credit
Fine Arts – 1 credit
Finance/Economics – .5 credits
Elective – 4 credits
Community Service – 15 hrs. per year

Recommended for College Preparation
English – 4 years required
Social Studies – 4 years
Mathematics – 4 years
Science – 4 credits (Biology and Chemistry required)
Foreign Language – 3 years (2 required)
Fine Arts – 1 year
Electives – 4 credits

Ohio State Tests – Class of 2018 and beyond
State tests are critical for measuring student learning and ensuring that all students receive a quality education. The Ohio State Tests will be administered to the freshmen and sophomore students. They have replaced the Ohio Graduation Test and are given according to the courses that are taken in the areas of English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The tests are administered online or paper versions and have a testing window of mid-April through the beginning of May.

In most instances, freshmen students will take English and Algebra 1. Sophomores will take English, Geometry, American History and Biology. Juniors and seniors will take Government. The test is scored on a ratio of 1-5. Scores of 1 and 2 are limited knowledge, 3 is proficient, 4 is accelerated and 5 is advanced. Students must earn 18 total points on the required 7 state tests. Students who score a 1 or 2 will be required to retake the test. Students with scores of 3 or 4 will have the option to retest in order to earn a higher score.

CURRICULUM

College Preparatory Curriculum
The purpose of this program is to prepare students to enter college. The College Prep student may choose electives from any of those offered, but is encouraged to take 4 credits in Mathematics, 4 credits in a laboratory science, and 3 credits in a foreign language.

Honors Curriculum
Catholic Central offers an Honors Curriculum for juniors and seniors. The intent of this program is to offer accelerated students the opportunity to participate in a full honors program. This will be reflected on both the graduation diploma and transcript.

To graduate with the honors curriculum designation, a student must have the following coursework and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. Students who earn this distinction will wear a white cord at Graduation and have this honor designated in the Graduation Program

Religion 2 credits – Taken in Junior and Senior year
English 2 credits – Honors English III and Honors English IV or AP English
Mathematics 2 credits – Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus
Science 2 credits – Chemistry 1 and/or Physics and/or Anatomy and Physiology and/or Chemistry II and/or Biology ll
Foreign Language 2 credits – French III and French IV or Spanish III and Spanish IV
Social Studies 1 credit – Honors Government or American Government and Economics
Electives 1 credit – One credit of electives or Two College Courses

Honors Diploma – awarded by the State of Ohio – Students who earn this distinction will have this honor designated in the Graduation Program

Comparison of Diplomas with Honors Criteria – Students need to fulfill all but one criterion for any of the following Diplomas with Honors
Subject High School Academic Diploma with Honors Graduating Classes 2012and Beyond Career-Technical Diploma with Honors for Graduating Classes 2012 and Beyond
English 4 units 4 units
Mathematics 4 units, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or equivalent and another higher level course or a four-year sequence of courses that contain equivalent content 4 units, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or equivalent and another higher level course or a four-year sequence of courses that contain equivalent content
Science 4 units, including physics and chemistry 4 units, including physics and chemistry
Social Studies 4 units 4 units
Foreign Language 3 units, including at least 2 units in each language studied Not counted toward requirements
Fine Arts 1 unit Not counted toward requirements
Career-Technical Not counted toward requirements, and may not be used to meet requirements Now counted in Electives
Electives Not counted toward requirements 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.
Grade Point Average 3.5 on a 4.0 scale 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
ACT/SAT Score [excluding scores from the writing sections]* 27 ACT / 1210 SAT 27 ACT / 1210 SAT
Additional Assessment Not applicable Achieve proficiency benchmark established for appropriate Ohio Career-Technical Competency Assessment or equivalent

*Writing sections of either standardized test should not be included in the calculation of this score.

Diploma with Honors requirements pre-supposes completion of all high school diploma requirements in Ohio Revised Code including:

½ unit physical education ½ unit health
½ unit in American history ½ unit in government

Vocational Curriculum

These areas are offered to allow the student to individualize and supplement his/her program with
Subjects of particular interest or meet a specific interest in business and data processing.

A special program in vocational education is offered through the Joint Vocational School where a student may prepare for a career in one of the many technical fields. The student in the JVS program completes his/her first two years of study at CCHS, meeting the following basic requirements:

Religion 2 credits
English 2 credits
Mathematics 2 credits
Science 2 credits
Health/Physical Education 1 credit
Social Studies 2 credits

The student also chooses suitable electives to round off his/her program. During the final two years, courses are taken at the Vocational School where, in addition to the technical studies, the student also fulfills the graduation requirements in English, Science, Math (two additional credits), and Social Studies (American History and Government). All students who are enrolled in the Vocational School are required to return to Catholic Central for a minimum of 1 hour and 15 minutes per week, after school, for the religious education courses necessary to meet diocesan graduation requirements.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURES

Incoming freshmen and New Students
Students are given a standardized placement test in eighth grade. A preliminary schedule is prepared for each of these students complete with placement recommendations. The placement of freshmen is based on the results of the placement test, past performance, and 8th grade teacher recommendation. Parents will have the opportunity to speak to teachers about placement and pay the non-refundable registration fee.

Returning Students
Class meetings or an assembly will be held so that students may be reminded of graduation requirements and registration procedures. A Pre-Registration day is set aside for students to complete a preliminary registration form and obtain teachers’ signatures where required. Students will return completed forms to their homeroom teachers at the end of the day. The validated scheduling form will be available for parents to review during the evening of registration.

Registration Fees
A non-refundable fee of $50 is due upon registration.
Parents will need to register their son/daughter for classes at the designated registration time and date. The registration form requires a parent signature.

Course Fees
Course Fees are assessed according to the number of credits a student takes. The fee structure is as follows:
1 credit $ 75.00
6 credits $175.00
6.25 – 6.5 credits $200.00
6.75 – 7 credits $225.00