SRHS Course Selection

 

Choosing appropriate core course level . . . 

Consider the whole 6 period day and the impact the amount of homework will have on extra-curricular activities and student wellness.  Each student and their family will want to strive for a healthy life balance.  If a parent or guardian notices their student is up late regularly and seems tired and unhappy, please contact the student’s School Counselor.   A solution may be to change a level of one or more classes.   If you feel that your student is in a class that is too academically rigorous for your student's success, please initiate a conversation with the teacher of the course regarding considering a level change in and request the teacher's feedback.  Below is a link to the level change form.

 

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS


Santa Rosa City Schools requires all students to meet two requirements to attain a high school diploma.  If a student does not meet ALL of the requirements, the student will not receive a diploma, nor attend the graduation ceremony.   

  • Each Student must earn a total of  220   (Each Class that is completed per semester =5 credits)
  • Each Student must earn a specific number of credits in specific core areas.

 Core Requirements

English (Eng. 1, Eng. 2, Eng. 3, Eng. 4) 40 Credits
Social Science  (World His., US His. Gov./Econ.) 30 Credits
Mathematics (sequence=Pre Alg., Alg. Geo., Alg.2, Trig/Precalc., Calc) 20 Credits, including Algebra 1
Physical Education (PE 1, PE 2 or Dance1, or Team Sports)*** 20 Credits
Science (Earth Science, Biology) 20 Credits
World Language 10 Credits
Visual & Performing Arts 10 Credits
Health/Life Skills * 5 Credits
Electives ** 65 Credits

*The Life Skills requirement may be waived.  Get waiver form from the Counseling Office. 

** Electives are considered ALL other classes outside the above specific requirements.

***Team Sports Credit can only be earned grades 10-12 and after 10 credits has been earned.

Counselors would like every student to push themselves, academically, to their highest potential.  SRHS takes pride in the fact that we understand and therefore treat every student as a unique individual.  Counselors, with assistance from the student, their family, past teachers, past testing, as well as current performance, recommended levels of courses that are most appropriate for student success as well as meeting the desired post high school educational goals. 

Courses with the letter P or HP after the name are designated College Prep.  That means the course not only meets the required content of the subject by the state of California, but that the course also meets the rigor necessary to educate and prepare the students to a college ready level upon graduation. 

Not all students feel they can be successful in the rigor (which includes a healthy load of home work ) of a college prep course.  SRHS also offers regular level courses in all subject areas.  These courses meet the expectation of content by the state of California to fulfill the specific graduation requirement. 

Attached is a slide show of the topics covered during our Course Selection Orientation.

9th grade Course Selection Sheet: 

This sheet is used by Counselors to collect Course choices for the Freshman Year.  Counselors need this form completed and turned into the counseling office in order for your student to be given courses.  The Course Selection Sheet should only be completed by families who are enrolled at SRHS.  It would be very helpful for the counselor if along with this sheet, the student’s report card from the 8th grade were also included to assist us in placement. 

10th- 12th Grade Course Selection Sheet:

This sheet is used by Counselors to collect Course choices for the grades of 10-12.  This sheet includes all courses that we planned to offer at SRHS.  Some courses may not be offered if the enrollment is below 20.  In this case, we would move the student into their next choice elective.  The Course Selection Sheet should only be completed by families who are enrolled at SRHS.  If your student is new to SRHS, it is necessary to attach the transcript from the former school.  This information is to assist us in enrolling the student in courses necessary for graduation. 

How to choose an appropriate level of a core course?

It is often difficult to choose levels of core courses for your student.  As a parent, you don’t want to disadvantage your child from future options at the same time that you want them to be able to be successful in the courses that they are in.  One other thing to consider in choosing core levels is to look at the whole 6 period day and the impact the amount of homework will have on your child’s extra curricular and family life.  It is equally important for your child to have opportunities outside the classroom as well as the ability to eat dinner with their parents and go see the grandparents on the weekends without stressing about finishing homework and projects.  Each student and their family need to strive for a healthy balance in their lives.  If a parent sees their student is up late regularly and seems tired and unhappy, please contact the student’s school counselor.   A solution may be to tweak a level of one or more classes to alleviate the strain.   If you feel that your student is in a course that is too academically rigorous for your child to succeed in, please initiate this conversation with the core teacher of the course your considering doing a level change in.  Below is the level change form.

 

 

AP/Honors


What is an AP class?

The Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board offering college-level curriculum and examinations to high school students. American colleges often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores above a certain number on the AP examinations. The AP curriculum for the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in each subject. For a high school course to have the AP designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain it satisfies the AP curriculum. If the course is approved the school may use the AP designation and the course will be publicly listed on the AP Ledger.

At Santa Rosa High School, we currently offer AP Classes in several areas:

Subject Area

Course

English Language Arts

Math

Science

Social Studies

Visual and Performing Arts

  • AP Art Studio

World Language

 

What is an Honors Course?


To encourage students to undertake more challenging studies in high school, the University of California assigns extra weight to grades received in honors-level courses. UC maintains an honors “a-g” course policy that defines the types of honors courses eligible for the UC honors designation.

When calculating a student’s UC GPA to determine if the student meets or exceeds the minimum GPA by residency status, the number of UC-designated honors courses receiving the additional grade points is limited to eight semesters or four years. Students may complete more than eight semesters of honors coursework, but a maximum of eight extra points will be factored into the UC GPA.

Most students complete UC-designated honors courses in grades 11 and 12, although some may complete these courses as early as grade 10. The University limits the amount of extra points added to the UC GPA for UC-designated honors courses completed in grade 10 to no more than four semesters or two years. This limitation also only affects the GPA calculation that determines if an applicant meets or exceeds the minimum GPA UC requires based on residency status.

Subject Area

Course

English Language Arts

 

Math

 

Science

 

Social Studies

 

Visual and Performing Arts

 

World Language