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Academic Programs & Guidelines

Academic Programs & Guidelines

MINIMUM ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
 
At the end of the 8th grade, to be considered a 9th grader, a student must have successfully completed the following units of study: 2 units each of Religion, English, Social Studies, Science, Math, and Physical Education; 1/2 unit each of Music and Art, Technology, and Health; 1 unit High School credit of Foreign Language.

At the end of the 9th grade, to be considered a 10th grader, a student must have a minimum of 6.5 credits including 1 credit each of English, Social Studies, Math, Science, Religious Studies, Foreign Language, and ½ credit of Physical Education.

At the end of the 10th grade, to be considered an 11th grader, a student must have a minimum of 13 credits including 2 credits each of English, Social Studies, Religious Studies, Math, Science; 1 credit of Foreign Language and Physical Education.

At the end of the 11th grade, to be considered a senior, a student must have a minimum of 19.5 credits, including: 3 credits each of English, Social Studies, Religious Studies, Math, and Science; 1 credits of a Foreign Language; and 1.5 Physical Education credits.
Bishop Ludden exists to further the mission of Jesus Christ by teaching and proclaiming the Gospel according to the tenets and sacramental life of the Roman Catholic Church.
 
College Courses
 
Bishop Ludden students may take Advanced Placement courses in Social Studies, Biology, English, Art, Psychology, Foreign Languages and Mathematics.  A requirement of each AP course at Bishop Ludden is that students will take the Advanced Placement Exam.

There is a fee for each exam ($91.00).  Exams are sent to the College Board for grading.  Colleges determine the number of college credits awarded to the student.  Students receive one (1) high school credit for each AP course successfully completed.  Students are advised to verify transfer of credit with the college they plan to attend.
Adding or Dropping a Course
 
Parent, counselor and teacher consultation must take place before a student can drop a course.  Courses may not be dropped after November 6th for full year courses, and October 9th /March 4th  respectively for semester courses.  If a course is dropped, the student will receive a withdrawal fail/withdrawal pass (WF or WP) on the report card, as appropriate.  Course changes will not begin without written notification from the Counseling Office to the appropriate teacher.
Course Level Changes
 
Level changes are a serious move and should reflect sincere consideration of student ability.  Level changes are not made for behavioral or motivational reasons. (Example: Spanish II to Spanish I)

All level changes MUST occur by the midpoint of the course.

1.  Such changes should be teacher initiated.  (In the event of a student or parent requesting a level change, it MUST be discussed with the Teacher first).
2.  The Counselor will discuss with administration the plan of action to be considered before providing the final decision to the parent(s) and student.
3.  All decisions will be finalized within 4 school days.
CLASS STANDING
 
CLASS STANDING is determined by multiplying the final grade earned in each course completed by the credit(s) earned for the course, and then by the course weight.  The results are added and the weighted average is determined.

This determines the student’s class standing.  Course weight is a factor predetermined for the course by the course’s level of difficulty.

Courses taken off the school campus will not be counted in class standing.  They will, however, be shown on the student’s transcript.

Final class standing will be determined at the end of the third marking period in the senior year.  At this time, the Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and the rest of the top students will be named by the principal.  
HONORS PROGRAM
 
The following courses carry Honors Weight:
All Advanced Placement Courses
All Level II/III, IV and V L.O.T.E courses
Designated Honors Courses
HONOR ROLL

Honor Roll standing is based on the average of all numerically graded subjects inclusive of Physical Education.  Students must be enrolled in at least six academic courses and may not receive any failing grades in the quarter to be eligible.

Principal’s List    94.5 -100 Average
High Honors    89.5-94.4 Average
Honor Roll    84.5-89.4 Average
HONORS DIPLOMA
 
A student will receive a Regents diploma “with honors” for an average of at least 90% on the 5 required comprehensive Regents Examinations.  A student will receive a Regents diploma with Advanced Designation “with honors” for an average of at least 90% on the 8 required comprehensive Regents Examinations.
CREDIT FOR REGENTS COURSES
 
“A Regents Course of study involves class attendance, homework assignments, quizzes, tests, and other activities, as well as the Regents examination that is administered at the end of the course.  When deciding whether or not a pupil has satisfactorily completed a Regents course of study and is entitled to a unit of credit, the teacher should evaluate the pupil’s performance in all of these activities.  The granting of credit should not be based solely on the Regents examination score.
On rare occasions, principals may admit a pupil to a Regent’s examination in order to evaluate the pupil’s proficiency in a subject that the pupil has studied independently or out-of- school.  Under these circumstances, pupils should be granted appropriate course credit of they pass the Regents examination.”

    School Administrator’s Manual, State University of New York Education Department
SCHOLAR ATHLETES
 
There are specific academic requirements for scholar athletes wishing to attend higher education institutions whose athletic programs are under the jurisdiction of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).  Student-athletes in grades 9-12 anticipating participation in inter-collegiate sports are to check the NCAA Division I and II freshman-eligibility standards and register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse.  

Information pertaining to both the standards and the Clearinghouse is available through your School Counselor or online at http://eligibilitycenter.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.html
RESOURCE
 
This program is designed for and restricted to students who are classified Learning Disabled and have a formal IEP (Individual Educational Plan).  Students must be capable of learning appropriate grade level concepts within the classroom.  The Resource Teacher assists the students in meeting their IEP goals, as well as providing support in academic school work.  Classroom teachers work in conjunction with the Resource teacher to provide the best educational setting and methods for each individual student.

Class of 2017 and after

 

            ADVANCED REGENTS                                                      REGENTS DIPLOMA

 

Total units:              26                                                                               26

 

English                       4 units                                                                       4 units

 

Social Studies            4 units                                                                       4 units

 

Religion                      4 units                                                                       4 units

 

Science                      3 units                                                                       3 units

 

Math                          3 units                                                                       3 units

 

LOTE                         3 units                                                                       1 unit

 

The Arts                     1 unit                                                                         1 unit

 

Health                        .5 unit                                                                        .5 unit

 

Phys. Ed.                    2 units                                                                       2 units

 

Electives                    1.5 units                                                                    3.5 units

 

EXAM REQUIREMENTS:

 

REGENTS DIPLOMA ADVANCED DESIGNATION                             REGENTS

                        (65% required on all)                                           (65% required on all)

English 11                                                                                         English

Algebra                                                                                             1 Math         

Geometry                                                                                          1 Social Studies

Algebra 2                                                                                          1 Science

1 Social Studies                                                                                1 Pathway *

2 Science (Living Environment + 1 physical science)

1 Pathway *

 

*Pathway assessments are any of the following: additional math regents exam, additional science regents exam, additional social studies regents exam, additional English regents exam, a dept approved pathway assessment in the Arts, additional approved pathway assessment in a Language other than English