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Programs of Study-Scheduling

It is the philosophy of the Girard School District that each student can benefit by selecting courses available in the program of studies which will provide intellectual, emotional, social, aesthetic, and physical growth during their four years of high school education.  Every student who expects to obtain a high school diploma from the Girard School District shall be responsible for completing all the course requirements at Girard High School.


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Students must schedule eight (8) credits each year. 
 To earn credit, all required courses and necessary electives must be passed with a grade of “D” or better. 
 The following are the minimum requirements for graduation. 




COURSE REQUIREMENTS PER GRADE LEVEL 


If a student completes the 28 required credits for graduation at the end of the 1st semester of their senior year, he/she must still be enrolled in 4 credits at Girard High School for the 2nd semester to be considered a student in the Girard School District.


Girard High School is an intensive 4 block schedule day.  All students are required to schedule (8) eight credits of courses or their equivalent in an academic year.  Each student will schedule (4) four credits each semester.  Students failing a required course should include it on their course selection sheet for the following year or make plans to take it during summer school.  If a student receives an (I) Incomplete in any course, he/she is not permitted to take that course in summer school, but must schedule it for the following school year.



 COURSE REQUIREMENTS PER GRADE LEVEL

 

 

9

10

11

12

TOTAL

ENGLISH

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

4.0

SOCIAL STUDIES   

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

4.0

MATHEMATICS

1.0/2.0

2.0

1.0

1.0

4.0

SCIENCE

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

4.0

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/

DRIVERS ED/COMMUNICATION

.5


.5 

.5

Elective

1.5

           .5


HEALTH

.5

 

.5

 

1.0

ELECTIVES*

1.0

3.0

2.0

3.0

7.0

DIGITAL LITERACY

1.0

 

 

 

1.0

CAREER EXPLORATION CHOICES

 

 

.5

 

.5

LIFETIME FINANCIAL CHOICES

 

 

.5

 

.5


 

 

 

 

 

YEARLY REQUIREMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.0

8.0

7.0

5.0

28

 

*Students are required to have 2 credits of Arts and Humanities to graduate.  These credits may be earned in any of the following areas/courses: World Languages, Art, Music, Family & Consumer Science & Social Studies.  *Students are required to earn 7 credits in elective courses, but will take as many as 11 elective credits in high school.


*THE BOARD OF EDUCATION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO INCREASE

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS CRITERIA FOR HOMEROOM ASSIGNMENTS:

6

CREDITS

10th  Grade (with at least 3 in required courses)

12

CREDITS

11th Grade

20

CREDITS

12th Grade


  • If a student completes the 28 required credits for graduation at the end of the 1st semester of their senior year, he/she must still be enrolled in 4 credits at Girard High School for the 2nd semester to be considered a student in the Girard School District.
  • New classes may only start after approval by the school board.  In some cases a course may be remove from the master schedule if approval is not granted.


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ERIE COUNTY TECHNICAL SCHOOL (ECTS)



Students have the choice to apply for admission to (18) eighteen different educational programs at the Erie County Technical School in the second semester of their ninth grade year.  Mrs. Courtney Edwards is the ECTS Counselor at GHS.  Students will take two classes at Girard High School each semester and also attend the ECTS for half the day.  If a student is selected, they have the following fields to choose from:

FIELD

YEARS

CREDITS

AUTO BODY

10, 11, 12

4.0

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

10, 11, 12

4.0

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

10, 11, 12

4.0

ART & DESIGN

10, 11, 12

4.0

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING

10, 11, 12

4.0

CONSTRUCTION TRADES

10, 11, 12

4.0

COSMETOLOGY

10, 11, 12

4.0

CULINARY ARTS

10, 11, 12

4.0

DRAFTING & DESIGN

10, 11, 12

4.0

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

10, 11, 12

4.0

ELECTRONICS

10, 11, 12

4.0

FACILITIES MAINTENANCE TECH

10, 11, 12

4.0

GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION

10, 11, 12

4.0

HEALTH ASSISTANT

10, 11, 12

4.0

METAL FABRICATION

10, 11, 12

4.0

PRECISION MACHINING

10, 11, 12

4.0

NETWORKING TECHNOLOGIES

10, 11, 12

4.0

TOURISM & HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT

10, 11, 12

4.0

 

 



WEIGHTED GRADES


Only those courses which are highly accelerated in academic difficulty are given a weighted grade.  Weighted grades are shown on a student’s transcript exactly as they are earned from a teacher.  Weighted grades assist a student in class ranking.  A student’s class rank is calculated with the “weight” factor; however, an earned “C” in a weighted course is not recorded as a “B.”  The guidance counselors can further explain class rank.  All courses listed as “Academic” in their title, receive a weight of 1.0.  The courses listed below are the weighted courses at Girard High School.





1.1                                                                       

Honors Algebra I & II                                   

Honors Geometry                                        

Honors Statistics                                            

Sports Physiology                                         

Meteorology                                                  

Honors Biology                                                    

Honors Chemistry                                         

Honors Physics                                               

Spanish III & IV                                               

French III & IV                                                

Honors English 9, 10, 11 & 12                    

Honors Algebra II                                          

Honors U.S. History II                                  

Honors World History                                  

Honors American Government               

Honors Economics                                        

College Writing

Forensic Science

Paleontology

Human Anatomy & Physiology

Trigonometry

Astronomy II

Kinesiology 

1.2

Pre-Calculus

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP English Language and Composition

AP English Literature and Composition

AP American Government

AP World History

All R.C.I./ Dual Enrollment Courses

AP Physics

  Advanced English 9 



SUMMER SCHOOL


There must be at least (10) students enrolled in a course in order for it to be offered during summer school.  

Summer school courses are completed via computer using the APEX Learning Program of cyber courses.  

Students may take up to (2) two courses in summer school in which they previously failed.  

Students may not take a course in summer school in which they previously received an (I) Incomplete.  

Parents and students may request more information on summer school, from the guidance office.



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CAREER PATHWAYS FOR GIRARD HIGH SCHOOL


THE 5 PATHWAY OPTIONS


Careers in the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications involve designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism and entertainment services.                

                         Career cluster areas:

  • Audio and Video Technology and Film
  • Printing Technology and Graphic Communication Technology
  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Journalism and Broadcasting
  • Telecommunications

 

Business management and administration careers encompass planning, organization, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. 

                        Career cluster areas:

  • Marketing, Sales, and Service
  • Finance
  • Business Management
  • Information Technology

 

This career pathway is designed to cultivate students' interest, awareness and application to areas related to technologies necessary to design, develop, install or maintain physical systems.        

                        Career cluster areas:

  • Architecture and Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering and Engineering Technology
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

 

This career pathway is designed to cultivate students' interests, skills and experience for employment in careers related to families and human needs.           

                        Career cluster areas:

  • Counseling and Personal Care
  • Education
  • Law, Public Safety, and Government
  • Hospitality and Tourism

 

This career pathway is designed to cultivate students' interest in the life, physical and behavioral sciences.  In addition, the planning, managing and providing of therapeutic and diagnostic services, health information and biochemistry research development.           

                        Career cluster areas:

  • Health Science
  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Science, Technology, and Math


STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

Planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.