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Grading System

Mt. Pulaski High School operates on a 4.0 grade point scale.  Students earn points for each semester letter grade.  Fourteen courses at MPHS are given extra weight in the grade point calculation.

Weighted Courses:   Accounting II, Advanced Band, Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Advanced English IV, BSAA-Animals, BSAA-Plants, CEO, Spanish III, Spanish IV, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Physics

All other courses are non-weighted.  Band, chorus, art and physical education, are awarded a letter grade, and are included in the computation of the grade point average.

Letter Grade - Point Value                            Grading Scale

A* (weighted) = 5                                           90.0-91.9% = A-  ;    92.0-98.9% = A ;   99.0-100% = A+

A = 4                                                                 80.0-81.9%  = B-  ;    82.0-87.9% = B ;   88.0-89.9% = B+

B* (weighted) = 4                                            70.0-71.9%  = C-  ;  72.0-77.9% = C  ;  78.0-79.9% = C+

B = 3                                                                  60.0-61.9%  = D-  ;  62.0-67.9% = D  ;  68.0-69.9% = D+

C* (weighted) = 3                                           Below 60.0%= F

C = 2

D* (weighted) = 1

D = 1

F = 0

Students who have questions about weighted grades, grade point averages and class rank should see the guidance counselor.

Graduation Requirements

English (I, II, III, IV).........………….4 credits (English I, II, III, IV and Advanced English IV are writing intensive.)

Science.................................................................................……………………………………………...............2 credits

Math.........…………............3 credits (The math credits must include Algebra I and a class with geometry content.)

Social Science..............2 1⁄2 credits (This includes one year of U.S. History, during which the students must pass
                                   the 
U.S. Constitution test, the Illinois Constitution test, and a test on the U.S. flag. It also
                                   includes a class in Civics, which is required of all students during senior year.) 
                                   World Geography is required and will fulfill the remaining required social studies credit. Other
                                  social studies classes may be taken as electives.

Keyboarding & Formatting.......………………………………………………………………………………....1/2 credit

Health...............................................................…………………………………………...................................1/2 credit

Resource Management.................................………………………...1/2 credit (formerly called Consumer Education)

Physical Education.......................................………….......................3 1⁄2 credits (unless exempt by state guidelines)

Driver Education-Classroom (9 weeks)............……….…………………………………………........................1/4 credit

One full credit chosen from music, art, foreign language (including American Sign Language), or vocational education...............………………………………………………………………………………………………………..1 credit

Students may choose from elective courses to earn the remaining credits.

Credits required for graduation: 26 credits 

Schedule Changes

Students must be enrolled for a minimum of  7 credits each semester, including physical education. This applies to all students except seniors enrolled in the work-study program who are allowed to enroll in a minimum of five credits.

Schedules and fee statements will be mailed to the students' homes in late summer. Fees may be paid by mail or in person prior to the first day of classes.

If a student or parent desires a change in the courses requested, these changes can be made by calling the school and scheduling an appointment with the counselor or principal prior to the first day of school.  After classes begin students have four days to add or drop classes. The following guidelines apply:

1)   Parental consent is required to drop or add a course.

2)   Required courses CANNOT BE DROPPED by student or parent request.

3)   Any course dropped after the fourth day of a semester at student’s request will be recorded as "WF"  
      (withdraw failing) for the semester and the “WF” will appear on the student’s permanent record.  This will
      affect a student’s eligibility.

4)   Dropping a full-year course after first semester is strongly discouraged. 

      Exceptions are made only with consent of parent, teacher and principal, and only if the student’s average in
      the class is below a “C”.

Examples of student/parent initiated schedule change requests that will NOT BE HONORED are:

1)  request for different teacher

2)  request for same subject but different period

3)  request for different lunch period

4)  request for different study hall

5)  request which causes over-enrollment in a class

Schedule changes may be initiated by the counselor throughout the year when deemed necessary and approved by the principal. Teacher recommendation or the need for special education services are examples of circumstances that may require counselor-initiated schedule changes. 

Students should choose courses that contribute to educational and career goals. It is important to give careful consideration to course selection.  The courses selected should challenge the student and should contribute to long-range educational or vocational goals.

Please be aware that the course offerings listed in this handbook are not guaranteed. All courses are subject to minimum enrollment requirements set by the department and the administration.

Curriculum decisions made after the printing of this handbook may affect course offerings and selections. You will be notified if changes are necessary in your schedule.

Please read the listing of course descriptions in the Curriculum Guide carefully before making your selections. Keep in mind a tentative plan for all four years of high school. 

The guidance counselor and the principal will be happy to help you if you have any questions about course selection.

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