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  • Starpoint High School

    4363 Mapleton Road

    Lockport, NY 14094

    716.210.2333

    FAX: 716.210.2303

    COURSE GUIDE 2018 – 2019

    Student Services Center

    716.210.2308 or 210.2309

    Fax: 716.210.2311

  • 1 CURRICULUM HANDBOOK 2017 - 2018

    Academic Intervention Services .......................................... 5

    Advanced Courses ............................................................. 3

    Alternative Method of Earning Credits ................................ 4

    Cancellation of Courses ..................................................... 4

    Career and Technical Education (B.O.C.E.S.) ................... 38-41

    College Admissions Recommendations ............................. 2

    Course Changes ................................................................. 4

    Course Planning Process .................................................... 2

    Dropping a Course ………………………………………. ....... 4

    Electives……………………………………………………. ...... 3

    Final Rank in Class ............................................................. 5

    Independent Study ................................................ .............. 3

    Languages Other Than English .......................................... 19-20

    Minimum Graduation Requirements ................................... 5

    NCAA Clearinghouse …………………………………… ........ 6

    NCAA Division I Sliding Scales………………………… ........ 9-10

    NCAA Quick Reference Guide…………………………. ........ 8

    Online Independent Electives (Credit Accrual) ........................ 3

    Online Independent Electives (Courses ......................................... 36-37

    Promotion Requirements ................................................... 3

    Summer School ................................................................. 4

    Weighted Final Average/Rank Policy ................................. 4

    DEPARTMENTS

    Art Department .................................................................. 11-14

    Business Department ......................................................... 15-16

    English Department ........................................................... 17-18

    Language Other Than English (LOTE) ................................ 19

    Health Department ............................................................. 26

    Math Department ............................................................... 21-23

    Music Department .............................................................. 23-25

    Physical Education Department ......................................... 26

    Science Department .......................................................... 27-29

    Social Studies Department ................................................. 30-32

    Special Education Department ........................................... 32

    Technology Department ...................................................... 33-35

  • 2 CURRICULUM HANDBOOK 2017 - 2018

    A Message to Parents & Students This Curriculum Handbook is a comprehensive summary of the subjects and courses offered at Starpoint High School. It is to be used in consultation with a school counselor and parent/guardian as students develop their programs for the 2018-2019 school year. The guide is not absolute; Starpoint High School’s curriculum and the State Education Department requirements are continually in revision, evolving with new goals and objectives; it is up-to- date as of the date of printing.

    From the School Counselors The course guide has been prepared to assist you in developing a program of study to meet your individual interests, needs, and educational goals. Approach the course selection process seriously. Examine the course offerings and, with the assistance of teachers, counselors and parents, give careful consideration to all available options. Develop a program that explores and challenges your individual abilities and talents. Your counselor can help you plan your course of study and provide career and college information. Your counselor will work with you to make the next school year an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

    High School Counselors

    Grade 9: Tara Wasilewski, 210-2366

    Grade10: Julie vanBourgondien, 210-2306

    Grade 11: Andrea Rodenhaus, 210-2315

    Grade 12: Clement Smith Jr., 210-2312

    Middle School Grade 8 Counselor

    Mary Beth Passanese, 210-2207

    Course Planning Process High School Counselors hold group scheduling orientations where students choose the course they would like for next year. From February through April, counselors will meet with students individually to review tentative schedules. Parents may attend these counselor meetings to review the schedule. During sophomore year, a graduation plan will be put into place indicating which courses are likely to be taken each year. This form will be taken home, and should be signed by the parent.

    TITLE IX Notice–Equal Opportunity The Starpoint Central School District does not

    discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national

    origin, or handicapping condition in the educational

    programs or activities which it operates, and is

    required by Title IX and Section 504 of the

    Educational Amendments of 1972 not to

    discriminate in such a manner. This policy of non-

    discrimination includes the following areas:

    recruitment and appointment of employees;

    employment pay and benefits; counseling services

    for students; and access by students to educational

    programs, course offerings, and student activities.

    The district official responsible for the coordination

    of activities relating to compliance with Title IX and

    Section 504 is the Director of Administrative

    Services. This official will provide information,

    including complaint procedures, to any student or

    employee who feels that his or her rights under Title

    IX and Section 504 may have been violated by the

    district or its officials.

    College Admission

    Recommendations When planning your High School program, keep in mind that more and more jobs require higher education. Take challenging classes in high school that will prepare you for the future and help you succeed. High School can prepare you for entrance into the work force, college (two- or four-year), or the military. The following are recommendations for students in grades 9-12:

     4 years of English

     4 years of Social Studies

     3 years of Mathematics

     3 years of Science

     3 or more years of the same Foreign Language

     1 or more courses in Music and Art College admission requirements vary according to program, major, etc. Prepared students will have the opportunity to choose among many more careers than students who take the minimum for graduation from high school. You must be able to:

     speak and write clearly.

     comprehend what you read.

     understand how to use computers.

     solve problems using math or logic.

     understand scientific ideas and facts.

     appreciate the way history has shaped political and social issues.

     use good interpersonal skills.

  • 3 CURRICULUM HANDBOOK 2017 - 2018

    Advanced Courses Advanced Placement, NUSTEP, and SUNY courses are offered at Starpoint for students who want to challenge themselves academically. These courses are rigorous and demanding. The primary emphasis is to enhance your chances for success in college, and the secondary emphasis is earning college credit. Starpoint currently offers the following college-level courses:

    AP English: Language & Composition AP English: Literature & Composition AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Calculus/NUSTEP Calculus AP Computer Science AP Economics AC/BD AP Macroeconomics** AP Microeconomics** AP Music Theory AP Physics AP Statistics** AP Studio Art AP U.S. Government and Politics AP United States History Intro to AP World History AP World History SUNY ECC Financial Accounting NUSTEP French 4 NUSTEP French 5 Spanish 5 Computer Applications* The Apprentice Competition* Design & Drawing for Production/CAD*

    *Offered only with sufficient enrollment as determined by the administration and Board of Education. **Offered through our credit accrual program

    College-level Examination Program CLEP awards college credit at more than 2,900 U.S. colleges and universities for demonstrating achievement in a subject by means of a computer- based exam. By earning a satisfactory score, students can earn the same amount of credit as a student who successfully completed the same course at that school. Prospective students enrolling in accelerated degree programs are encouraged to take the CLEP test.

    Independent Study Independent Study provides an opportunity for advanced students to develop work in a particular subject area. It is motivated by the learner’s aims and is free from constant supervision. The area is chosen when a student shows strengths and

    interests that go beyond the prescribed curriculum and the per