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Required Number of Classes

With the high school Course of Study, all students are automatically enrolled in a full academic load. Part-time enrollment is not allowed. Only seniors whose parents consent to opt-out may take a minimum 2/3 of the academic load (rounding up to the nearest whole class). All students are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous educational opportunities available to them during high school.

Grades and Grade Point Average

Letter grades of A, B, C, D, or F will be assigned in academic classes. Only a few courses are graded on a pass/fail basis and assigned an S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) grade. For the purpose of computing grade point average (GPA), S/U grades are not included. No credit is awarded for F grades. Students who do not meet the 90% attendance requirement will receive an "F" and will not earn credit in the course. Grades become part of the permanent record three weeks after report cards are issued. The responsibility for determining a student’s grade rests solely with the classroom teacher. GPA is the average of all semester course grades received in high school courses based upon a 4.0 scale. Letter grades will be transposed to the standard 4.0 scale: A = 4.0; B = 3.0; C = 2.0; D = 1.0 and F = 0.

The following formula will be used for calculating weighted GPAs: The unweighted overall GPA will be figured per WCSD Administrative Regulation 5127 (4.0 grading scale). For EACH SEMESTER of an honors course that a student passes, .025 will be added to the unweighted overall GPA and .050 will be added to each semester of an IB or AP course, producing the weighted overall GPA.

Final Examinations

Washoe County School District guidelines require a final examination of all students in all courses which award one-half (.5) credit or more. Semester tests may consist of skill or performance tests as well as oral or written examinations, depending upon the objectives of the course and the nature of the class. Students who miss a semester final and do not make it up within the first three weeks of the following semester will fail the course. The grade weight of the semester exam is between 15% - 20%. Semester exams will not be curved. No exams will be given early.

Credits

Most classes award one-half (.5) credit for one semester’s work. The school year is divided into two semesters. Credit is awarded at the end of each semester to students who have met the 90% attendance requirement, have completed work successfully, and have taken the final examination. Students who withdraw from a class after the eleventh week of the semester will receive an "F" regardless what the actual grade was at the time of withdrawal. Students who are not able to complete the required work for a course or who are unable to take the final exam may receive an “INC” (incomplete) provided there has been contact/approval by the student’s counselor or administration. Incompletes must be made up within three weeks after the beginning of the next semester or the incomplete becomes an "F" and no credit is awarded. It is the student’s responsibility to make contact with the teacher to arrange to complete the necessary work.

Reporting to Parents

Reports notifying parents of their student’s progress in school are issued quarterly. Grade reports issued at the conclusion of the first nine weeks of each semester are Progress Reports indicating the level of achievement of the student at that time. The academic grade issued at the end of each semester reflects the student’s work for the entire semester and is not an average of two nine-week grades. These semester academic grades, along with the credits earned at the end of each semester are posted to the student’s permanent record. In addition to these reports which are issued to every student, students whose work has deteriorated significantly or whose performance puts them in jeopardy of failing will receive an Academic Warning Notice halfway between each official report. Report Cards and Progress Reports are distributed to students after the close of the reporting period, except for the final reporting period when Report Cards are mailed home. Check the current school calendar for specific dates.

Infinite Campus is the District’s on-line teacher, parent, and student communication program. Infinite Campus is an easy way to keep up to date by using a secure on-line system that allows parents and students to check grades, communicate directly with teachers via e-mail, check on homework assignments, and monitor attendance. Parents and students receive information when school begins on how to setup their individual accounts.

Teachers are the best sources of information about student work in a particular class. Parents who have questions about any of the procedures for monitoring their student’s progress in school should call their student’s counselor for more information.

Audting a Course

A student may choose to audit a course provided he/she receives permission from the high school administrator and the course instructor. Advanced Placement (AP) courses may not be audited. Students who are enrolled in a course on an audit basis will not receive credit for the course. In order to remain in good standing in an audited course, each audit student must complete all assignments and exams and will abide by all attendance policies.

A student may be removed from an audited course at the discretion of the high school administration and the course instructor. An academic grade of "NM" ("no mark") and a regular A-F citizenship grade will be assigned to students in an audited course. A student may not drop a course to an audit after the 11th week of the semester. Audit is not an option for home school, private school, or charter school students who are accepted to participate in a course at the high school. Whether or not a school allows students to audit courses is a site decision.

Withdrawing from Class

A student withdrawing from a class during the first eleven (11) weeks will receive no credit. After the eleventh week a student withdrawing from a class shall receive a grade of “F” and no credit. A student who is accepted to audit a class must do so prior to the eleventh week.

Repeating a Class

A student may repeat a course provided he/she receives permission from the high school administration or an identified designee. A student shall not receive additional credit for the repeated course or if he/she takes a "content equivalent" course. The higher grade shall be recorded on the permanent record and the lower grade replaced with the notation "RP" (repeated).

If a student earns an "F" in a course, any course which meets the same requirement for graduation may be taken to meet that requirement. The "F" remains on the permanent record unless the repeated course is the same course as the one in which the student received an "F" grade. For the purpose of replacing an "F," the "same course" may include a modified title such as "OLA," "Correspondence," "CBE," etc. If the intention of the student is to raise a grade, it is expected that the student will repeat the same course or the same course with a modified title. However, a regular course may not be used to repeat an Honors or Advanced Placement course to raise a grade when both courses can be taken for credit. 

Alternative Means of Earning Credit

WCSD limits the maximum number of credits from alternative means that may be applied toward high school graduation to four (4). For WCSD purposes, "alternative means" refers to credits earned through internship/work experience, service learning/community service, job experience & training and travel study. Credits earned in credit-by-exam, dual credit, correspondence, on-line courses, summer school, and extended day/night school are not included as part of the maximum four credits. Total Work Experience/Internship credits may not exceed a maximum of one (1) credit (per NRS 389.167). Grades earned in any supplemental or alternative program will be averaged into the appropriate semester's GPA. For more information about any program listed see your high school counselor.

CTE (Career & Technical Education) Work Experience

1 Semester = 0.5 credit

WCSD strives to offer students a variety of career development opportunities that match their career interest, as well as facilitate their transition from high school to postsecondary endeavors. Job shadow and paid internship experiences (collectively referred to as Work Experience) help students understand the educational requirements of different careers, experience the reality of the daily duties in a work environment, and increase their awareness of postsecondary educational and training opportunities. Students may enroll in and repeat the internship class up to two semesters.

Requirements:

  • Students must be in grades 11 or 12; enrolled in an approved CTE course sequence with successful completion of the second level course; and be approved by the CTE teacher.
  • Students, in collaboration with the CTE teacher, must identify a site for the job shadow (unpaid) or internship (paid) experience.
  • Students must complete an application process with the CTE teacher and work site.
  • Students must complete 60 hours to receive credit. A minimum of 45 hours must be performed in service at the job site. An additional 15 hours of reflective coursework must be completed.
  • Students must provide transportation to and from the job site.
  • Students must provide evidence of health insurance to participate.
  • Work Experience hours must be served outside the school day.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact your high school counselor or CTE teacher, visit the Career and Technical Education website at http://www.washoeschools.net/sacte or call the Signatures & CTE Department at 775-327-3945.

GATE Career Internship

1 Semester = 0.5 credit

This program offers students the opportunity to shadow a professional career while still in high school before choosing a college and major. Students may enroll in and repeat the internship class up to two semesters.

Requirements:

  • Students with Gifted & Talented certification receive priority placement.
  • Students must be in grades 11 or 12 with a 3.25 cumulative GPA, un-weighted.
  • Students must be enrolled in at least one AP/IB or TMCC course during the semester they wish to intern.
  • Students must complete an application and resume (to be turned in during the spring semester of the school year before they plan to intern).
  • Students will complete 60 hours of shadowing in a field of available choices, once they have been placed with an appropriate mentor by the internship facilitators.
  • Students must maintain a reflective journal or log, record and turn in their hours with verification by mentor, send bi-monthly emails to the facilitators to let them know how the internship is proceeding, give a public oral presentation, complete a written take home final, and complete other work as assigned during the semester.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: visit http://www.washoeschools.net/Domain/68 or call the GATE Program office at 775-861-4451.

Work Experience/Internship

1 Semester = 0.5 credit

This course is designed to expand the students’ opportunities for applied learning through participation in a paid or unpaid career-specific experience. This course provides an in-depth work experience that applies the processes, concepts, and principles connected to classroom instruction, as well as developing 21st century employability skills. This course will encourage students to explore and develop advanced skills through work-based learning directly related to their career interest. Total credits may not exceed a maximum of one (1) credit (per NRS 389.167). Students will earn a letter grade which will be applied to the GPA. The course must follow NAC 389.562 and 389.566 regulations.

Work Experience/Internship may be counted toward the minimum load requirement and must be included on the student's schedule. Students may enroll on a semester basis and the student must complete all requirements for credit by ten school days prior to the end of the final grading period of the semester.

Requirements:

  • Students must be in grades 11 or 12 and in good standing.
  • Students, in collaboration with a teacher, must identify a site for the job shadow (unpaid) or internship (paid) experience.
  • Students must be enrolled in at least one AP/IB or TMCC course during the semester they wish to intern.
  • Students must complete an application process with a teacher and work site.
  • Students must complete 60 hours to receive credit. A minimum of 45 hours must be performed in service at the job site. An additional 15 hours of reflective course work must be completed.
  • Students must provide transportation to and from the job site.
  • Students must provide evidence of health insurance to participate.
  • Work Experience hours must be served outside the school day.

Job Experience & Training

WCSD public high school students who are at least 16 years of age may apply to earn elective high school credit for working at a paid job. Each student is responsible for obtaining his/her own job. Job Experience credit may be earned at one-half (.5) credit for 60 hours of active participation per semester or summer. Job experience is limited to 2.0 credits.

Credit by Exam

Students who wish to challenge certain high school courses may take a Credit by Exam (CBE).  CBEs are offered through the Department of Extended Studies of the Washoe County School District and in some cases at individual high schools.  There is a fee for the exams.  A passing score will earn the student ungraded high school credit.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact your high school counselor.  Additional information may also be found on the Extended Studies website at http://www.washoeschools.net/Page/1144

College Oppotunities for High School Students

The following sections will briefly describe some of the opportunities which are available to students in the WCSD through which they can get a head start on college by earning placement in, waiver of, and/or credit for college courses while still in high school. It is important for students to check with their intended post-secondary institution and, if applicable, the NCAA, to determine if that school/program will accept the courses.

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) is one of many programs sponsored by the College Board. AP classes are college-level courses offered to high school students at their high school by their own high school teachers. In May of each year, students in AP classes take a three-hour comprehensive exam that is written and scored by the College Board. The exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. An exam score of 3 is generally considered “qualifying” and many colleges will give college credit for the course to students who earn 3, 4, or 5 on the exam. Some colleges only give credit for a 4 or 5 score; some waive a college requirement but do not award credit; some allow students with high exam scores to be eligible to take the college’s own placement exams and thus earn credit or waivers. Because each college has its own AP policy, it is important for students to contact the admissions office at their post-secondary institution to determine what type of credit/waiver will be available. To check a college’s AP policy, go to www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy.

WCSD course titles which include the notation “AP” or Advanced Placement are year-long courses and all requirements must be met before the “AP” designation is awarded. Students register for AP courses during regular high school pre-registration each spring. Exams are given on a predetermined schedule in May of each year at an approximate cost of $93 per exam. Students do not have to be enrolled in an AP course in order to take an AP Exam, but students in WCSD who are enrolled in a course with “AP” in the title are required to take the exam in that course per Administrative Regulation 6501. Exam results are available to students and colleges in July following the exam.

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate (IB) offers students the opportunity to take internationally developed college level coursework at their high school taught by their teachers. Students enrolled in the IB programs, offered at Wooster High School, take end of course examinations each May. These examinations are written and scored by external IB examiners. Exams are scored on a 1(lowest) to 7 (highest) scale. Because each college (and often each department within a college or university) has its own IB policy, it is important for students to contact the admissions office at their post-secondary institution to determine what type of credit/waiver will be available.

Exams are given on a predetermined schedule in May of each year at an approximate cost of $113 per exam. Students in WCSD who are enrolled in a course with “IB” in the title are required to take the exam in that course per Administrative Regulation 6501. Exam results are available to students and colleges in July following the exam. For more information, visit the website at www.woostercolts.com or call Wooster HS at 775-321-3160.

CTE College Credit

CTE College Credit is offered through some Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses. Students earn college credits through successful completion of the CTE program of study, which is taught by the high school teacher on the high school campus. College credit is earned at the same time students are earning high school credit. Once earned, these credits are added to a transcript through the Nevada community college system and can be transferred to other 2- and 4-year postsecondary institutions. These credits are FREE to students!

To earn this college credit, a student must:

  • Be a high school student in 11th or 12th grade
  • Be enrolled in a CTE program of study
  • Pass the Nevada Employability Skills and Technical Skills Exams
  • Earn a B average in the program of study courses

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact your high school counselor, visit the Nevada Department of Education website at http://www.doe.nv.gov/CTE/College_Credit/, Career and Technical Education website at http://www.washoeschools.net/sacte, or call the Signatures & CTE Department at 775-327-3945.

Dual Credit

UNR, TMCC, WNC, GBC and SNC offer campus-based college courses to high school students through which they may earn college credit and high school credit at the same time. High school students attend class on the college campus. In addition, there are some dual credit courses which may be offered through web-based programs.

A one-semester Dual Credit course earns that earns the successful student 3 or 5 college credits and one high school credit. Grades become part of the student’s GPA at both institutions. High school students pay regular college tuition and fees for most dual credit courses. Most dual credit classes have prerequisites including completion of certain courses, minimum high school GPA, and one-time attendance at an orientation session. A dual credit course may be applied for either elective or academic high school credit provided it is on the approved list. Academic credit refers to those courses which have been approved to meet core course requirements. Elective courses are courses that have not been approved to be offered as academic credit, but have been approved to be offered as elective credit by the WCSD Board of Trustees and the State Board of Education.

Students register for dual credit courses with their high school counselor. In order to receive credit at both the high school and college, students must complete a specific application for Dual Credit in advance and submit it to the high school as well as completing and submitting a college admission application as a non-degree student. Not all colleges accept courses taken through dual credit programs, so it is important to check with the admissions office at your intended college/university.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact your high school counselor.

Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship

In 1999, Governor Kenny Guinn’s Millennium Scholarship initiative was enacted into law by the Nevada Legislature. Section 396.911 of the Nevada Revised Statutes created the Millennium Scholarship Trust Fund to be administered by the State Treasurer. Later that year, the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents adopted policy and procedure guidelines for the administration of the scholarship. Through the successful completion of a rigorous program of study at Nevada high schools, our state has seen a significant, positive impact – more than double the numbers of students are attending our colleges and universities since the program began.  Please visit: http://www.nevadatreasurer.gov/GGMS/GGMS_Home/ for specific information regarding GPA and course requirements as well as NSHE Policies and Procedures. 

Title IX

Title IX guarantees equal access to courses and programs for both male and female students.  Title IX further states that an institution may not provide any course or otherwise carry out any of its educational programs or activities separately on the basis of sex, or require or refuse participation therein by any of its students on such a basis, including health, physical education, industrial, business, vocational, technical, home economics, music, and adult education courses.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The Washoe County School District prohibits bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, and/or discrimination based on an individual's actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veterans or military status, marital status, political affiliation, disability or the presence of any sensory, physical or mental handicap in any of its educational programs/activities, employment or employment opportunities, or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The District prohibits discrimination against any youth group listed in Title 36, as a patriotic society, (i.e. Boy Scouts of America) from access to public school facilities use.  The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.