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  • _________________ Curriculum

    Guide 2016-2017

    Cary-Grove High School Crystal Lake Central High School Crystal Lake South High School Prairie Ridge High School Haber Oaks Campus

  • Community High School District 155

    Mission Statement

    For each student, we will inspire a love for learning,

    empower the pursuit of personal aspirations, and

    nurture a desire to contribute to the world.

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  • _______________________ Index Graduation Requirements.. General Scheduling, Course and Grading Information.. High School Course Requirements for Illinois Public Universities.. Humanities

    Art. English. Music

    Industry and Careers... Business Education Child Development and the Family..... Culinary Arts Education for Employment Fashion and Design... Industrial Technology....

    International Studies Social Science........ World Language.

    Non-Departmental Courses...

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  • STEM. Mathematics Science....

    Wellness Driver Education. Health Education... Physical Education....

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  • _______________________ GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    RECOMMENDED COURSE SELECTIONS FOR COLLEGE ENTRANCE Colleges, universities, and other post secondary institutions require students to have successfully completed certain coursework in high school. However, not all post secondary institutions have the same entrance requirements and some may exceed Community High School District 155s minimum graduation requirements. The resource titled, State Universities

    in Illinois At a Glance provides a comprehensive summary of minimum high school course requirements for admission of freshman to Illinois public universities. Another useful resource titled, the Career Pathway Plan of Study is available through the McHenry County Regional Office of Education. Students are always encouraged to research entrance requirements thoroughly. Additional support is available through the Student Services Department at your local high school.

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  • Student Service Coordinator

    School E-mail Telephone

    Dr. Hank Harvey Cary-Grove (847) 639-3825

    Mr. Steve Greiner Crystal Lake Central (815) 459-2505

    Mr. Josh Nobilio Crystal Lake South (815) 455-3860

    Mrs. Julia Nadler Prairie Ridge (815) 479-0404 The following high school courses would meet the requirements of most colleges and universities: English 4 years Mathematics 3 years Science 3 years Social Science 3 years World Language/Fine Art 2 years

    CHSD 155 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS Classroom Driver Education 1/4 credit Computer Education 1/2 credit Consumer Education 1/4 credit Elective Courses 6 credits

    One credit of the electives must be earned in Music, Art, World Language, or Vocational Education.

    English 4 credits Mathematics 3 credits

    One credit must be in Algebra I and one credit must be a course that includes geometry content.

    Physical Education & Health 2 1/4 credits

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  • Science 2 credits Social Science 2 credits

    At least one year must be United States History. Beginning with the High School Graduating Class of 2020, the ISBE mandated

    civics requirement must be met. More information regarding how this requirement may be met will be forthcoming.

    TOTAL FOR GRADUATION 20 1/4 CREDITS At least nine credits for graduation must be earned after the sophomore year.

    DAILY SCHEDULE The school day has nine-45 minute periods. Students have five minutes of passing time between classes. Classes meet five periods per week unless otherwise indicated in the course description.

    MINIMUM LOAD Students must enroll in a minimum of four academic subjects, plus physical education. Health will be taken in lieu of physical education one semester of the sophomore year. Music participation classes, consumer education, and the driver education classroom phase are taken in addition to this minimum load.

    SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS In many instances, the availability of courses depends upon student demand. Normally a minimum of 15 students is required for a course to be taught; 12 students for an Advanced Placement course. If there is insufficient demand, the course will not be taught that semester or year, but it will remain in the curriculum for future consideration. Course offerings normally are consistent from year to year. There is the possibility, however, that courses may be added or dropped if students' needs call for such action. Course offerings may be subject to teacher availability, facilities at each building, and other related circumstances. Families are encouraged to communicate with their childs counselor regarding online course opportunities; specifically whether or not a college or university will accept credit earned through online coursework. For instance, the NCAA clearinghouse has historically denied credits earned through online programs such as PLATO. These

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  • decisions vary, so families are encouraged to research these matters and solicit the support of school personnel to ensure appropriate course(s) are selected.

    GRADING AND REPORTING The following common grading scale will be used throughout all courses.



    Hi Low

    A+ 100 97.50

    A 97.49 92.50

    A- 92.49 90.00

    B+ 89.99 87.50

    B 87.49 82.50

    B- 82.49 80.00

    C+ 79.99 77.50

    C 77.49 72.50

    C- 72.49 70.00

    D+ 69.99 67.50

    D 67.49 62.50

    D- 62.49 60.00

    F 59.99 00.00

    Student grades are reported on a nine-week basis and by semesters. Semesters are made up of two nine-week periods plus a final exam. Throughout the school year, parents and students have online access to grades through Family Access in Skyward. The semester grade is determined by averaging the two nine-week grades and the final exam grade. Additional information regarding this process is available at The official transcript is based on the final grade for the course each semester.

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  • The district Response to Intervention (RtI) committee is in the process of piloting various grading practices based upon research. Grading practices may include, but are not limited to percentage grading, standards based grading, formative and summative assessments. The purpose of this initiative is to increase student achievement and update district-wide classroom grading parameters. Participating teachers will provide students with additional information related to these matters. Additional information is available at The Graduating Class of 2014 and any graduating classes thereafter will be subject to a grade point average system that is separated into three categories: General (G), Honors (H), and Advanced Placement (AP). The final grade point average (GPA) is a cumulative average based upon 8 semesters of high school work. To determine GPA, use the following scale: General Honors Advanced Placement


    A+ 4.33 A+ 4.83 A+ 5.33

    A 4.00 A 4.50 A 5.00

    A- 3.67 A- 4.17 A- 4.67

    B+ 3.33 B+ 3.83 B+ 4.33

    B 3.00 B 3.50 B 4.00

    B- 2.67 B- 3.17 B- 3.67

    C+ 2.33 C+ 2.83 C+ 3.33

    C 2.00 C 2.50 C 3.00

    C- 1.67 C- 2.17 C- 2.67

    D+ 1.33 D+ 1.83 D+ 2.33

    D 1.00 D 1.50 D 2.00

    D- 0.67 D- 1.17 D- 1.67

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  • F 0.00 F 0.00 F 0.00

    General (G) courses are for students who have attained fundamental school skills and who are working toward higher competencies. Students in the (G) level are expected to: 1. take responsibility for more independent learning as they progress toward their senior year with guided practice as a regular part of instruction. 2. review and study class material in addition to completing assigned homework. 3. strengthen and apply recall and comprehension skills as the foundation for learning higher-level thinking skills such as problem-solving, inference, synthesis, and evaluation. 4. in the event that research projects are assigned, be thorough in their research. The projects can take any of the following forms including written, spoken, performed, or crafted. 5. function at a pace that allows for frequent review and checks for understanding. Homework will typically be assigned a minimum of three times a week. It will require students to read, write, problem-solve, review, memorize, design or craft. Honors (H) courses are for students working at high