Course Book Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

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Career Guide: Graduation Requirements and Other Information

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    Graduation Requirements | Prerequisites, Recommended Course of Study | Individualized Course Sequencing | Grade Placement and Credit Information | Acceptance of Outside Credits | Homeschool | Transfer Credits | College Admission Requirements and Recommendations | Minimum Post High School Admissions Requirements

    Graduation Requirements  (Class of 2017, 2018 & 2019)

    Curriculuar Areas

    English Language Arts: 4 units of credit

    English I, English Lit & Comp, English A or English Fundamentals I; English II, World Lit & Comp, English B or English Fundamentals II; English III, AP Language, English C or English Fundamentals III; English IV, AP English Literature, Composition 110, English 124, English D, English Fundamentals IV or equivalent course

    Fine Arts: 1 unit of credit

    Health: .5 units of credit

    Mathematics: 3 units of credit

    Must include 1 unit Algebra I and 1 unit Geometry

    Personal Finance: .5 units of credit

    Physical Education: 1 unit of credit

    Must be a dress out class

    Science: 3 units of credit

    Must include 1 unit Biological, 1 unit Physical (Chemistry or Physics or Foundations of Physics and Chemistry), 1 additional unit

    Social Studies: 3 units of credit

    Must include ½ unit Geography, ½ unit American Government, 1 unit World History, 1 unit U.S. History

    Electives: 7 units of credit

    Must include ½ unit in a Technology class and ½ unit in a Speech class

    Total: 24 units of credit


     Graduation Requirements  (Class of 2020 and Beyond)

    Curriculuar Areas

    English Language Arts: 4 units of credit

    English I, English Lit & Comp, English A or English Fundamentals I; English II, World Lit & Comp, English B or English Fundamentals II; English III, AP Language, English C or English Fundamentals III; English IV, AP English Literature, Composition 110, English 124, English D, English Fundamentals IV or equivalent course

    Fine Arts: 1 unit of credit

    Health: .5 units of credit

    Mathematics: 3 units of credit

    Must include 1 unit Algebra I and 1 unit Geometry

    Personal Finance: .5 units of credit

    Physical Education: 1 unit of credit

    Must be a dress out class

    Science: 3 units of credit

    Must include 1 unit Biological, 1 unit Physical (Chemistry or Physics or Foundations of Physics and Chemistry), 1 additional unit

    Social Studies: 3 units of credit

    Must include 1 unit American Government, 1 unit World History, 1 unit U.S. History

    Electives: 7 units of credit

    Total: 24 units of credit


    American Civics Test: (Class of 2021 graduates and on) Students must take and pass an American Civics test produced by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.

    Attendance: According to Board of Education Policy 5.45, eight semesters of attendance are required of all students in the Blue Springs School District.

    CPR Requirement: All graduates shall be required to have completed 30 minutes of CPR training provided by the Blue Springs School District.

    U.S. and Missouri Constitution Tests: Students must pass the U.S. Constitution test and the Missouri Constitution test in order to graduate.

    Speech Requirement Courses (2019): There may be additional courses that fulfill the speech requirement, such as Supportive Services classes. Please see your counselor for more specific information.

    • Agriculture (3rd Course or 4th Course)
    • Communications
    • Debate
    • Forensics
    • Introduction to Theater
    • Medical Interventions or Biomedical Innovations
    • Engineering Design and Development
    • Video Production and Broadcasting I & II 

    Technology Requirement Courses*  (2019)

    • Accounting
    • Accounting Principles I
    • Agriculture Science Classes
    • Computer Science Essentials
    • Computer Science Principles (PLTW)
    • AP Computer Science A (PLTW)
    • Advanced Digital Applications
    • Business Principles
    • Computer Applications/Advanced Computer Applications          
    • Introduction to College Writing
    • Digital Electronics (DE) – PLTW
    • Engineering Design and Development (EDD) – PLTW
    • Graphic Design
    • Human Body Systems – PLTW
    • Introduction to Engineering (IED) – PLTW
    • Newswriting I & II
    • Fundamentals, Advanced or College Marketing
    • Principles of Engineering (POE) – PLTW
    • Video Production & Broadcasting I & II
    • Yearbook I & II

    *There may be additional courses that will fulfill the technology requirement, such as Supportive Services or a CTC or Summit Tech course. Please see your counselor for more specific information.

    Prerequisites, Recommended Course of Study

    Certain courses have prerequisites that must be fulfilled for a student to enroll properly.  The prerequisite courses offer skills that must be mastered in order to be successful in subsequent courses.

    Various departments have recommended courses of study.  These recommendations provide guidance to the vast majority of Blue Springs School District students.  There may be special situations or circumstances that would suggest deviations from those recommendations (i.e. a student transfers in from a language magnet school.)  Students, parents, and staff should exercise care and prudence when deviating from those recommendations.  If a student believes his or her best interest will be served by varying from the recommended courses of study, he or she should consult with their parents and counselor.

    Individualized Course Sequencing

    Exceptions to course sequencing can be made to individualize a student’s educational experience.  If a student, due to summer courses or individual learning experiences, feels he or she may qualify for individualized course sequencing, he or she may take a skills and knowledge placement inventory and participate in an interview with the department chair.  Placement in the desired course will depend on availability of space in the course.  Minimum requirements must be met to advance to a higher-level course.  The department chair or instructional coach will complete the evaluation and give the request to the counselors based upon administrative approval.

    Grade Placement and Credit Information

    Classification will be made according to units of credits earned by the first of each school year (as per board policy 5.43). Students will be classified as follows:

     

                       Freshman                                   0-5.5 Units of Credit

                       Sophomore                                 6-10½ Units of Credit

                       Junior                                        11-16½ Units of Credit

                       Senior                                       17 Units of Credit and Over 

     

    Acceptance of Outside Credits

    Definition:

    An outside credit is defined as any credit earned by completing a correspondence course, by attending another accredited district’s night school, a home-school class, or by attending another accredited school district’s summer school.

    Credits earned by attending a Blue Springs high school summer school, night school program, or computer-based PLATO are not classified as outside credits.  MOVIP credits do not count as outside credits.

    Regulations:

    1. The maximum number of outside credits, which may be counted toward the total credits required to graduate from a Blue Springs high school, is three units of credit (6 semester courses).
    2. No more than two outside credits (4 semester courses) may be counted in any one school year.
    3. The principal and/or counselor may request a copy of the course syllabus, tests, and method of grade determination for any outside credit courses prior to accepting these as appropriate for fulfilling the graduation requirements of the Blue Springs School District.
    4. A consultation with the high school counselor is recommended prior to enrolling in any courses taken outside of the regular school day.
    5. A student must request an “outside credit” form from his/her counselor.

    Homeschool

    When enrolling or re-enrolling students that have been home schooled, try to review the following information from the parents (as per 167.031 RSMo)

    • A plan book, diary, daily log, or written record indicating the subjects taught and the activities engaged in with the student.
    • A portfolio containing samples of the student’s work.
    • A record of evaluation of the student’s work; or
    • Other written, or credible evidence equivalent to subparagraphs a, b, and c above.

    If the parents have the above information we will award credit based on their documentation.

    If the parents do not have the documentation listed above (as per 167.031 RSMo) or have only partial documentation, we will not award credit for home schooling classes until the student(s) has demonstrated he/she can function successfully in Blue Springs R-IV classes depending upon school level.  In grades 9-12, students with partial documentation or no documentation will not be awarded credit.  Under certain circumstances, students with partial documentation may complete a competency test for each course to determine if credit will be awarded.  Any student with partial documentation will need to go through the Office of Curriculum and Instruction to determine placement.

    Transfer Credits

    In order to be eligible for a diploma from a Blue Springs school, a transfer student must earn a total of 24 credits and successfully complete all specific Blue Springs graduation requirements.

    The district reserves the right to administer tests to determine acceptance of high school credits in order to graduate from a Blue Springs high school (Board of Education Policy 5.33).

    Weighted courses for students transferring into the district high schools will only be given honor points for college credit and AP courses offered at the Blue Springs high schools (i.e. Advanced Placement Italian will not receive an honor point as it is not available in the Blue Springs District).

    College Admission Requirements and Recommendations

    Requirements for admission to college will depend on the college to which you are applying, and the kind of program you expect to pursue. For example, a student planning to enter one of the most highly competitive colleges in the country will need to meet more demanding entrance requirements than a student planning to enter a state school or a community college. Four-year colleges and universities will often have specific requirements in certain subject areas in addition to a certain level of GPA performance and college admission test scores.

    The best approach to college planning is to strive to keep options open by taking a good distribution of academic coursework all four years of high school, with as much preparation in each area as possible. You should begin planning early for college so you will have the necessary requirements when it is time to apply to the college of your choice. Many colleges and universities are increasing admission requirements, especially in the area of core courses. Parents and students should check individual institutions for specific requirements and work closely with your school counselor and college/career specialist at your high school.

    Blue Springs professional counselors, and college/career specialist recommend that college bound students, whenever appropriate, consider taking the following courses:

    • Four (4) units of English
    • Four (4) units of Mathematics - Algebra I and above
    • Four (4) units of Science
    • Four (4) units of Social Studies
    • Four (4) units of a single Foreign Language (some may require 2-3)
    • One (1) unit of Fine Arts

    Following these guidelines will help prepare the student for entrance requirements at the majority of colleges and universities throughout the country. These recommendations, particularly for students in competitive colleges or career fields, should be seen as minimum requirements. Some programs within those universities will have their own additional requirements. Conversely, some universities will not require all of the above. In all scenarios, students must also meet the Blue Springs R-IV School Districts requirements for graduation.

    To serve as additional guidelines and as examples, the admission requirements for students planning to enter the University of Missouri system, as well as the requirements for students planning to enter other state colleges and universities, are shown on the following page.

    Minimum Post High School Admissions Requirements

    Entering Freshman University of Missouri System Credit Requirements

    • English Language Arts: 4 units
    • Social Studies: 3 units
    • Mathematics: 4 units (Algebra I & higher)
    • Science: 3 units (2 of 3 from Bio, Chem., Physics & Earth Science
    • Fine Arts: 1 unit
    • Practical Arts: 0 units
    • Physical Education: 0 units
    • Electives
    • Additional Electives: 2 units, 2 years of the same foreign language REQUIRED)
    • Totals: 17 units, plus appropriate class rank and a minimum score of 24 on ACT

    Missouri Public 4 Year Colleges (UCM, MSU) Credit requirements

    These credits are dependent upon the specific college. Please review college websites for their specific credit requirements.

    Community & Technical Colleges

    High School Diploma, GED or Completion of a Home School Program

    Military Careers

    High School Diploma

    Apprenticeships

    Most Require a High School Diploma or a GED and must be at least 18 years of age.