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       2017-2018 Program of Studies Guide

Lee County School Board

Michael Kidwell, Chair Pam Fannon, Vice Chair Rob Hines Ty Harber Debbie Jessee Michael Kidwell

Lee County Schools Administration

Dr. Brian Austin, Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Brian Dean, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Mr. David Graham Principal, Thomas Walker High School
Mrs. Michelle Warner Principal, Lee High School
Mr. Terry Welch Principal, Lee Career and Technical Center

Lee County Public Schools Mission and Vision

The Lee County Public School System is committed to the highest academic standards. Inspired by the motto, Committed to Excellence, our mission continues to focus on students by providing the highest standard of education to students of all ability levels. We strive to prepare students to be responsible citizens who are prepared to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world.

 

General Information

The requirements for a student to earn a diploma or certificate from Lee County Public Schools (LCPS) are outlined in this section. Requirements vary depending on diploma type.
When students below the ninth grade successfully complete courses offered for credit in grades nine through twelve, credit shall be counted toward meeting the standard units required for graduation provided the courses meet SOL content requirements or are equivalent in content and academic rigor as those courses offered at the secondary level.
A verified unit of credit is awarded on the basis of participation and instructional completion of a program of studies and/or proof of proficiency, and a passing score on the SOL tests for that course or Board of Education approved tests.
Block scheduling in Lee County high schools allows students the opportunity to complete eight courses in the regular high school academic year. The following tables outline the graduation requirements for Lee County students.

Standard Diploma Graduation Requirements


Students desiring to earn a Standard Diploma must earn the standard units of credit and verified units of credit as outlined below as approved by the Board of Education. In addition, students must earn a board-approved career and technical credential and successfully complete one virtual course, which may be non-credit bearing.

  Course

              Required Credits

    Verified Credits Required

English

4

2

Mathematics (1)

3

1

Sciences (2 and 3)

3

1

History and Social Science (4 and 3)

3

1

Health and Phusical Education (5)

2

 

Fine Arts or Career And Technical Education (6)

2

 

Economics and Personal Finance

1

 

Electives

4

 

Student Selected Tests (7)

 

1

Total

22

6

1 Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include at least three different course selections from: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra Functions and Data Analysis (AFDA), Algebra II, Probability & Statistics, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II.
2 Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include at least three different course selections from: Earth Science, Biology, Ecology, Chemistry, or Physics.
3 Students who complete a career and technical education program sequence and pass an examination or occupational competency assessment in a career and technical education field that confers certification or an occupational competency credential from a recognized industry, or trade or professional association or acquires a professional license in a career and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia may substitute the certification, competency credential, or license for (i) the student selected verified credit and (ii) either a science or history and social science verified credit when the certification, license, or credential confers more than one verified credit. The examination or occupational competency assessment must be approved by the Board of Education as an additional test to verify student achievement.
4 Courses to satisfy this requirement shall include U.S. and Virginia History, U.S. and Virginia Government, and one course in either world history or geography or both.
5 Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include: Health and Physical Education 9, Health and Physical Education 10, Advanced 9 Physical Education, Advanced 10 Physical Education, Advanced Physical Education I, Advanced Physical Education II, and ROTC.
6 Pursuant to Section 22.1-253.13:4, Code of Virginia, credits earned for this requirement shall include one credit in fine or performing arts or career and technical education.
7 A student may utilize additional test for earning verified credit in computer science, technology, career and technical education, economics, or other areas as prescribed by the board

A student must also complete the following:


1. Earn a board-approved career and technical education credential
2. One virtual course, which may be non-credit bearing
3. Required CPR and First Aid Courses
*Required academic credit numbers and courses are subject to change pending board approval

Advanced Diploma Information

Students desiring to earn an Advanced Studies Diploma must earn the standard units of credit and verified units of credit outlined below as approved by the Board of Education. A student must also complete one virtual course, which may be non-credit bearing, to graduate with an Advanced Studies Diploma.

  Course

              Required Credits

    Verified Credits Required

English

4

2

Mathematics (1)

4

2

Sciences (2)

4

2

History and Social Science (3)

4

2

Foreign Language(4)

3

 

Health and Phusical Education

3

 

Fine Arts or Career And Technical Education

2

 

Economics and Personal Finance

1

 

Electives

1

 

Student Selected Tests (5)

 

1

Total

22

6

1 Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include at least three different course selections from among: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II.
2 Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least three different science disciplines: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, or other science courses above the level of Chemistry.
3 Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include U.S. and Virginia History, U.S. and Virginia Government, World History PT II, Geography or World History.
4 Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include three years of one language or two years of two languages.
5 A student may utilize additional tests for earning verified credit in career and technical education.

 

A student must also complete the following:


1. One virtual course, which may be non-credit bearing
2. Required CPR and First Aid Courses
*Required academic credit numbers and courses are subject to change pending board approval

 

Career and Technical Education/CTE Credential Requirement Path to Industry Certification


To encourage more students to work toward a selected industry credential or state license while pursuing a high school diploma, the Path to Industry Certification: High School Industry Credentialing program was developed. A credential is defined as:
 State-Issued Professional License, required for entry into a specific occupation as determined by a Virginia state licensing agency (Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Cosmetology);
 Full Industry Certification, from a recognized industry, trade, or professional association validating essential skills of a particular occupation (A+ CompTIA, Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP);
 Pathway Industry Certification, which may consist of entry-level exams as a component of a suite of exams in an industry certification program leading toward full certification (Automotive Service Excellence, (ASE), Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS); or
 Occupational competency assessment, a national standardized assessment of skills/knowledge in a specific career and/or technical area, (NOCTI).

How Credentials Work for Graduation Requirements, Student-Selected Verified Credit, and Awards for Exemplary Student Performance

The board annually reviews and approves industry, professional or trade association certification examinations and occupational competency assessments that will meet the student-selected verified credit requirements as well as to earn the board’s Career and Technical Education seal and Advanced Mathematics and Technology seal. Students who earn a credential by passing a certification or licensure examination may earn up to two student-selected verified credits to meet graduation requirements. Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (8VAC20-131-50 and 8VAC20-131-110)

Career and Technical Education Credential - graduation requirement for students pursuing the Standard Diploma (Requirements for a Standard Diploma 8VAC20-131-50.B. Note 8)


 Students shall earn a career and technical education credential approved by the Board of Education, except when a career and technical education credential in a particular subject area is not readily available or appropriate or does not adequately measure student competency, in which case the student shall receive satisfactory competency-based instruction in the subject area to satisfy the standard diploma requirements. The career and technical education credential, when required, could include the successful completion of an industry certification, a state licensure examination, a national occupational competency assessment, or the Virginia workplace readiness assessment.

Criteria for Awarding Student-Selected Verified Credit: Student-selected verified credit will be awarded for certification or licensure examinations that meet all of the following criteria:


 Industry certification or licensure examinations that are approved to satisfy the requirements for the Board of Education’s Career and Technical Education Seal or the Board of Education’s Seal of Advanced Mathematics and Technology will satisfy requirements for student-selected verified credits.
 The teacher and/or the career and technical education program must be certified by the issuing organization relative to the industry certification or license.
 A standard credit may not be verified more than once.



Earning Student-Selected Verified Credit

One student-selected verified credit will be awarded for passing each certification or licensure examination that meets all of the above criteria and the student earns one standard unit of credit only in the career and technical education concentration or specialization.
Two student-selected verified credits will be awarded for passing each certification or licensure examination that meets all of the above criteria; and
 The student meets the career and technical education concentration or specialization course requirements for program completer.
 The student earns at least two standard units of credit in the career and technical education concentration or specialization.
 The student may substitute one of these verified credits for a verified credit in either science or history/social science.

Standards of Learning Tests (Verified Credits)


Lee County Public Schools Policy #IL A program of standardized testing prescribed by the Virginia Department of Education is administered annually. Standardized tests are administered according to state and local directives. However, in administering tests or other assessment instruments, school board employees shall not require any public elementary school students being tested to disclose their race or ethnicity on such tests. A school division, however, may obtain such information from a student’s permanent record and place the information on the test or assessment.


Lee County Public Schools Policy #IKFA

The Lee County School Board awards verified credits toward a standard diploma in science and history/social sciences in accordance with this policy.
 No student may earn more than four locally awarded verified credits except as noted below.
 To be eligible to earn locally awarded verified credits, a student must:
o Pass the high school course and not pass the related Standards of Learning test
o Take the Standards of Learning test at least twice
o Score within a 375-399 scale score range on any administration of the Standards of Learning test
o Demonstrate achievement in the academic content through the appeal process described below
Locally Awarded Verified Credits as Credit Accommodations In addition to verified credits in science and history/social sciences, the School Board may also award verified credits toward a standard diploma in reading, writing and mathematics to students with disabilities as credit accommodations for the standard diploma. To be eligible for such credit accommodations, students with disabilities must meet all criteria established by Virginia law or regulation and eligibility for such credit accommodations must be established in the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 plan. There is no maximum number of locally awarded verified credits that a student with a disability may earn toward a standard diploma.

Appeal Process

The Lee County School Board shall appoint a review panel comprised of at least three educators. Different panels may be appointed for individual schools or groups of schools.
The review panel will review information which provides evidence of the student’s achievement of adequate knowledge of the Standards of Learning content. The panel will have discretion in determining the information it will consider. That information may include, but is not limited to, results of classroom assignments, division-wide exams, course grades and additional academic assignments (e.g. papers, projects, essays or written questions) as the panel deems appropriate.
Based on the evidence it reviews, the review panel may:
o Award the verified credit;
o Deny the verified credit;
o Suggest participation in a remedial program and retesting; or
o Make additional academic assignments prior to determining whether to award the verified credit.
The School Board must choose one of the following statements:
o The decision of the review panel will be final, or
o The decision of the review panel may be appealed to the School Board in accordance with regulations developed by the Board.

Student Grade Classifications (Credits)


Lee County Public Schools Policy #LC-I06 Graduation Beginning with the 2016-2017 ninth grade class graduation will be according to the following:

1. The required number of credits for graduation are:

 Diploma Type

         Academic Credits

    Verified Credits

Standard

22

6

Advanced

26

9

 

*Required Academic Credit numbers and courses are subject to change pending board approval
Note: Verified credits (earned through passing Standard of Learning End of Course tests) are also required. As the specifics to these verified credits are continually changing, students and parents need to contact the schools for the latest information.
* Student must pass the 8th Grade Literacy and Numeracy Tests
2. Graduation will be held after the end of school when all senior grades have been posted.
3. Only those seniors who have met all graduation requirements will be allowed to participate in graduation. Students who have to attend summer school in order to meet graduation requirements will have their own graduation at the close of summer school.

Class Rank Senior class rank will be determined by grade point average (GPA). The following procedures/policies will be followed in determining GPA:
1. GPA will be determined by dividing the quality points totaled by the number of courses taken.
2. Beginning with the ninth-grade class of 2001-2002,
a. Only those seniors who have earned all required verified credits and will receive an advanced diploma will be considered for valedictorian, salutatorian, or honor student.
b. Students who pass a course, but wish to repeat the course in order to improve their grade may do so only one time. The higher grade will be used in calculating GPA.


Credits and Grade Levels

*Grade level credit classifications are pending board approval. Once approved your School Guidance Department will communicate those changes*
Placement in grade level will be determined based on the number of credits and year of high school completed.
Students may apply for early graduation. The request will be referred to a school committee. If approved, the matter will be referred to the superintendent and/or the School Board for final approval. Students approved for early graduation will not be ranked.

Diploma Seals

1. The Governor’s Seal: To earn this award, students must:
a. Earn an Advanced Studies diploma with a “B” average or better, and
b. Successfully complete college-level coursework that will earn the student nine transferable college credits in Advanced Placement or dual enrollment courses
2. The Board of Education Seal. To earn this award, students must:
a. Earn a Standard Diploma or an Advanced Studies Diploma and maintain an “A” average
3. The Board of Education’s Career and Technical Education Seal. To earn this award, students must:
a. Earn either a Standard or an Advanced Studies Diploma, and complete a prescribed sequence of courses in career and technical education or specialization that they choose and maintain a “B” or better average in those courses, or
b. Pass an examination or an occupational competency assessment in a career or technical education concentration or specialization that confers a certification or occupational competency credential from a recognized industry, trade, or professional organization, or
c. Acquire a professional state license in his/her career field from the Commonwealth of Virginia
4. The Board of Education’s Seal of Advanced Mathematics and Technology. To earn this award, students must:
a. Earn either a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma and
b. Satisfy all of the mathematics requirements for the Advanced Studies Diploma (four units of credit including Algebra II; two verified units of credit) with a “B” average or better and
c. Either pass an examination in a career and technical education field and that confers certification from a recognized industry, trade or professional association or
d. Earn a professional state license in a career or technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia or
e. Pass an examination approved by the State Board of Education that confers college-level credit in a technical or computer science area.
5. The Board of Education’s Seal for Excellence in Civics Education. To earn this award, students must:
a. Earn a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma, and
b. Complete Virginia and United States History and Virginia and United States Government courses with a “B” or higher, and
c. Have good attendance and no disciplinary infractions as determined by local school board policies, and
d. Complete 50 hours of voluntary participation in community services or extracurricular activities. Activities that would satisfy the requirements include:
i. Volunteering for a charitable or religious organization that provides services to the poor, sick, or less fortunate
ii. Participating in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or similar youth organizations
iii. Participating in JROTC
iv. Participating in political campaigns or government internships, or Boys State, Girls, State, or Model General Assembly
v. Participating in school-sponsored extracurricular activities that have a civics focus
vi. Any student who enlists in the U.S. military prior to graduation will be deemed to have met this community service requirement
6. Board of Education’s Seal of Biliteracy. To earn this award, students must:
a. Pass all required End-of-Course Assessments in English reading and writing at the proficient or higher level, and
b. Are proficient at the intermediate-mid level or higher in one or more languages other than English, as demonstrated through an assessment from a list to be approved by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
i. American Sign Language qualifies as a language other than English.

Grading Scale

*The LCPS Grading Scale is pending board approval. Once approved your School Guidance Department will communicate those changes*

Guidelines for Selecting Courses

Students are able to select a level of instruction in most core academic high school courses that meet individual academic needs. Registering for a standard academic course or an advanced studies course should be based on a student’s motivation, post-secondary and career goals, prior academic performance, standardized test scores, and recommendations from teachers, parents, and counselors. A student must meet course prerequisites for the level of course for which the student is registering.
High school students have the opportunity to earn college credit in high school. Dual Enrollment (DE) courses are designed for students who wish to accelerate their high school course of study to include courses that may be taken for college credit. These courses are faster paced classes that require in-depth analysis and synthesis of subject matter. Students attempting these courses should be prepared to accept rigorous course requirements and have strong study habits. These courses are available to all students; however, parents and students should be aware of the nature of these courses and that inadequate preparation may limit a student’s success in the course.

Dual Credit Courses

Dual Credit (DC) courses are taught at the college level and follow the course outlines developed by the Community College.
Students are encouraged to consider the following potential benefits of completing DC courses
 Many colleges give consideration for honors and other special programs to students who have received DC recognition
 Colleges give additional consideration to applications who have taken the most challenging courses offered by their high schools, which are DC courses.
Dual-credit is designed to award college credit to high school students who, prior to graduation, successfully complete designated college-level courses. Students are expected to perform at the same level as their college counterparts participating in the same course on campus. Normally, academic dual enrollment courses intended for transfer with a grade of “C” or above will transfer to most colleges. However, no guarantee can be made regarding transferability to all in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities. Community college occupational/technical course credits are applicable to specific curricula and are intended to prepare students for employment in those areas. While some of these courses may be accepted for transfer, no unified policy on the
transfer of Virginia Community College System occupational/technical courses exists. Students should be advised to consult with transfer institutions in order to determine if their courses will be accepted for transfer. All courses may not transfer as a core unit, but may transfer as an elective. This decision is at the discretion of the college or university.
All students and parents must complete the Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) dual enrollment form when registering in order to take a dual enrollment course. Only students fully registered with MECC will be enrolled in these dual enrollment classes. Students must qualify for dual enrollment course will a successful score on the dual credit placement test given each spring.
Dual enrollment courses are only available to Juniors and Seniors. However, students ninth through twelfth grades may qualify to take dual credit career and technical courses at the Lee County Career and Technical Center.

Schedule Changes

Lee County Public Schools Policy # LC-I10 Requests for changes of curriculum (advanced diploma, standard diploma, etc.) and/or courses may be made by the legal guardian/parent in person before the school year begins. The principal must approve all changes.
After the school year begins, any changes will be only on a case-by-case basis for:
1. Individual hardships due to verifiable, extenuating circumstances,
2. Mistakes in scheduling made by the school,
3. A student who is repeating a course under the same teacher and the student requests a different teacher, and then only if scheduling will permit, or
4. IEP accommodations
Any change requires a signed request from the legal guardian/parent and approval of the principal. If a change is made in a schedule, the student is responsible for making up any missed work in the classes to which the student moved.

Dropping an elective course after the end of the first five days of school will be permitted if and only if:

1. A signed request from the legal guardian/parent is provided,
2. The principal approves, and
3. A study hall is available, or if the student is a senior, he/she may be granted early release (IN HARDSHIP SITUATIONS.)
Dropping a class will be noted on the student’s permanent record accordingly:
a) As withdrawn passing, “WP,” or
b) As withdrawn failing, “WF.”
Any dropped course will not be used in calculating GPA/Class Rank.
The principal reserves the right to change a student’s schedule on a case-by-case basis due to extenuating circumstances if it is deemed in the best interest of the student and/or school.


Linwood Holton Governor’s School

A. Linwood Holton Governor's School provides special opportunities for very able and motivated high school students who want to become part of an exciting and challenging program. Governor's Schools typically concentrate on specific curricular areas, such as science, mathematics, the arts, and/or technology.
Using sophisticated distance learning and Internet based telecommunications technologies to deliver an advanced curriculum especially designed for gifted and talented students in their home schools, the A. Linwood Holton Governor's School fills a unique need in a very innovative way. Students from 37 high schools use "state of the art" software to attend classes, listen to lectures, participate in discussions, complete lab activities, etc. - from their school, home, or almost anywhere.
The following courses are offered:
History of Western Civilization
Creative Writing
Principles of Physics
Biology 101
Astronomy
Biology 102
Probability & Statistics
Human Anatomy/Physiology
Intro to Engineering Methods & Computer Programming

To qualify for Governor’s School Attendance, Students Must
 Have a 3.5 GPA at the time of enrollment,
 Have a 95% attendance rate since 9th grade,
 Be pursuing and be on track for an Advanced Diploma, and
 Have the recommendation of a committee of the principal (or designee), the guidance counselor, and at least 2 teachers, one of which has taught the student in a course of relative content.
 Have a passing score on a portion of the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) or an SAT score of 500 or greater or one ACT score of 21 or greater.

Early College Scholars Agreement

The Early College Scholars program allows eligible high school students to earn at least 15 hours of transferable college credit while completing the requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma. The result is a more productive senior year and a substantial reduction in college tuition. Students earning a college degree in seven semesters instead of eight can save an average of $5,000 in expenses.
To qualify for the Early College Scholars program, a student must:
 Have a "B" average or better;
 Be pursuing an Advanced Studies Diploma; and
 Take and complete college-level course work (i.e., Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge, or dual enrollment) that will earn at least 15 transferable college credits.
Early College Scholars are supported by Virtual Virginia and the Commonwealth College Course Collaborative. Virtual Virginia provides statewide access to college-level courses while the Commonwealth College Course Collaborative defines the subjects high school students can complete and receive college degree credit from participating public and private colleges and universities.
Participating students sign an Early College Scholars Agreement which is also signed by the student's parents or guardians, principal, and school counselor. Students who meet the terms of the agreement are recognized as Early College Scholars and receive a certificate of recognition from the Governor.

Virtual Virginia

Virtual Virginia (VVa) offers online Advanced Placement (AP®), world language, core academic, and elective courses to students across the Commonwealth and nation. Virtual Virginia is committed to providing high-quality, rigorous course content with the flexibility to meet schools’ and students’ varied schedules. The program strives to provide instruction that meets the individual needs of students. The College Board recommends that AP students spend five to ten hours working outside of class per week per course. As a result, students should have a high degree of academic commitment before taking an AP course.
All enrollments are on a first come, first serve basis and are dependent on space available in the course. Students in Virtual Virginia course who wish to drop a course must withdraw within 21 calendar days from the first day of the course otherwise a $75 fee will be assessed. Students must agree to pursue the Early College Scholars certificate and complete the application for Early College Scholars before scheduling a Virtual Virginia AP course. Lee County Public Schools grading scale will be used for all Virtual Virginia courses.

 Course Number/Course Title

         When Course Is Offered

    Credits

9151 AP Art History

Fall Block, Full Year, Spring Block

1

4370 AP Biology

Fall Block, Full Year, Spring Block

1

3177 AP Calculus AB Fall Block, Full Year, Spring Block 1
3178 AP Calculus BC Fall Block, Full Year, Spring Block 1
5860 AP Chinese Language and Culture Full Year 1
3185 AP Computer Science Full Year 1
1196 AP English Language and Composition Full Block, Full Year, Spring Block 1
1195 AP English Literature and Composition Fall Block, Full Year, Spring Block 1
4270 AP Enviromental Science Fall Block, Full Year, Spring Block 1
2399 AP European History Fall Block, Full Year, Spring Block 1
5170 AP French Language Full Year 1
2450 AP Government and Politics: Comparative Fall Block, Full Year, Spring Block 1
2445 AP Government and Politics: US Fall Block, Full Year, Spring Block 1
2212 AP Human Geography Fall Block, Full Year, Spring Block 1
5280 AP Latin Fall Block, Full Year, Spring Block 1
2803 AP Macroeconomics Fall Semester, Spring Semester 1
2802 AP Microeconomics Fall Semester, Spring Semester 1
2902 AP Psychology Fall Block, Full Year, Spring Block 1
5570 AP Spanish Language Fall Block, Full Year, Spring Block 1
3192 AP Statistics Fall Block, Full Year, Spring Block 1
2319 AP US History Fall Block, Full Year, Spring Block 1
2380 AP World History Fall Block, Full Year, Spring Block 1
2804 Economics Fall Semester, Spring Semester 1
6640 Introduction to Game Design and Development Fall Semester, Spring Semester 1
1165 World Mythology Fall Block, Full Year, Spring Block 1
 
 
Elite Learning


Elite Learning, a program of online courses that provides a variety of asynchronous dual enrollment courses allowing students to receive both high school and college credits from the same coursework.

  Course Number/Title

        When Course is Offered

  Credits

6120 CTE Economics & Personal Finance (High School Credit Only)

Fall, Spring

1

ADJ 100 Survery of Criminal Justice

Fall only

3

ADJ 100 Survey of Criminology

Spring only

3

BUS 100 Introduction to Business

Fall, Spring

3

BUS 241-242 Business Law

Fall, Spring

6

ENG 111-112

College English

6

ENG 211 Creative Writing

Spring Only

3

FIN 107 Personal Finance (Dual Enrollment)

Fall, Spring

3

HIS 121-122 United States History

Fall, Spring

6

HIS 269-270 Civil War and Reconstruction/America in the Guided Age

Spring Only

6

MTH 146 Introduction to Elementary Statistics

Fall Only

3

MTH 158 College Algebra

Spring Only

3

PLS 211-212 United States Government

Fall, Spring

6

PSY 200 Principles of Psychology

Fall, Spring

3

SOC 200 Principles of Sociology

Fall, Spring

3