Course Selection


To The Students

Selection of the appropriate courses is a serious responsibility and should be done thoughtfully and realistically. Before completing your course selection sheet, you are urged to discuss the matter with your parents, teachers, and counselor. The school policy is not to make changes in courses once the Course Selection Sheet has been signed by the parent(s) and submitted. Any exception to this should be requested in writing by the parent(s) to the Director of Studies and should have the approval of the teacher.

All requests made prior to July 31 must be accompanied by the $20 course change fee.
Requests made after July 31 must be accompanied by the $100 course change fee.

Requirements for Graduation

Trinity High School requires that each student schedules and passes six major subjects each year. Therefore, with these six major courses per year and the required fractional courses, a Trinity student will have 26 or more credits by graduation.

Elective Courses

The number of periods in the school day allows for the possibility of taking seven major courses instead of six. Students desiring to do this should meet with the Director of Studies to discuss the feasibility of the class load for the individual student and to declare which subject is to be considered the seventh major. This additional subject will be considered in the simple arithmetic average in weighted GPA and in determining honor roll status.

Level Identification

Trinity High School offers four levels of study designated as:

Level AP – Advanced Placement Course – A college-level course based upon the Advanced Placement syllabus established by the College Board. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement tests in May.

Level H – Honors Course – A college preparatory course involving advanced work or in-depth study beyond the traditional academic. Students must maintain standards outlined by each department to continue in honors courses.

Level A – Academic Course – A traditional college preparatory course leading to higher study.

Level B – Basic Course – A course that is academic in content but slower in pace.

Equivalencies

A = 93 – 100
B = 85 – 92
C = 77 – 84
D = 70 – 76
F = 69 and below

NCAA Clearinghouse Standard Grading System to Calculate NCAA GPA

A = 4.0
B = 3.0
C = 2.0
D = 1.0
F = 0

No special values are assigned for plus or minus grades.

Eligibility Requirements for the Honor Roll

FIRST – An 87% or above in H or AP level courses and a 90% or above in the other levels. A grade of P is required in minor courses graded on a Pass/Fail basis. A grade of B is required for minor courses graded on an A to F basis. SECOND – An 83% or above in H or AP level courses and an 85% or above in the other levels. A grade of P is required in minor courses graded on a Pass/Fail basis. A grade of B is required for minor courses graded on an A to F basis.

The student must receive an  S in conduct.

Required & Elective Courses

Required Courses

FreshmanSophomoresJuniorsSeniors
ReligionReligionReligionReligion
English 1English 2English 3English 4
World History 1World History 2Modern United States HistoryAmerican Government / Economics
MathematicsMathematicsMathematics
ScienceScienceScience

Elective Courses

Please choose one or two from these departments.

FreshmanSophomores JuniorSeniors
Foreign LanguageForeign LanguageForeign LanguageHistory
MusicBusinessComputerMathematics
ArtMusicBusinessComputer
EnglishArtMusicScience
EnglishArtForeign Language
EnglishEnglish
Family & Consumer ScienceBusiness
Music
Art
Family & Consumer Science

Required Fractionals

These Fractional Courses must be successfully completed before graduation. This is the most common scheduling sequence.

FreshmenSophomoresJuniorsSeniors
Physical Education*Physical Education*Physical Education*Physical Education*
Library & Informational ScienceHealthArt/Music
Computer ApplicationsScience

*9th and 10th grade Physical Education is a FULL YEAR. 11th and 12th grade Physical Education is a SEMESTER

Guidance Department

Goal: The goal of the counseling staff at Trinity High School is to aid each student in acquiring the self-knowledge necessary to make sound decisions regarding his/her future and to help the student with the various concerns of adolescence.

Counseling:
1. Educational –High school and post-graduate
2. Vocational – Career and job planning
3. Personal – Adjustment to life during adolescence; counseling is available for those seeking help with any kind of problem.

Testing Program:

Freshmen:

The Stanford Achievement Test
The Otis-Lennon Test of School Ability

Sophomores:

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)

Juniors:

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit
Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)

Juniors/Seniors:

SAT I, SAT II, ACT

(Note: The above tests are administered on a national level. Students are required to register and
take these exams independently.)

High School Course Selection:

When selecting sources, you should consider your career interests and your ability. If you plan to major in science or math, 4 years of high school math and science are recommended. Colleges are looking for a strong high school record within the core curriculum. If you have specific questions about your choice of courses, talk to your guidance counselor or to the Dean of Academics.

Consider arranging a tour of Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School (CPAVTS). Programs offered at CPAVTS include, but are not limited to, carpentry, automotive technology, culinary, and dental assisting. Some of the courses at CPAVTS provide a student with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. A tour can be arranged through the Trinity guidance department.

College Admissions:

Colleges use various criteria for evaluating student applications for acceptance. It is important that the student know the specific requirements established by the schools to which he/she is applying. The counselor and the college websites are good sources for this information. More up-to-date information can also be found on www.collegeboard.com and www.educationplanner.org.

  • Some of the criteria that colleges and universities consider are:
  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Type of curriculum and subjects taken
  • SAT I, SAT II, and/or ACT scores
  • Counselor and teacher recommendations
  • Activities in school and community
  • Personal interview

Subject Departments within the schools may also vary regarding the type and number of pre-requisite high school sources that are required.

When possible, the student should visit the colleges that he/she is interested in attending. It is advisable to schedule an appointment with the admissions office to request an interview and a campus tour. In many cases students may enter college with their major listed as “undecided”.

However, there are certain fields of study such as engineering, architecture, and pharmacology that require a student to be admitted in the freshman year and follow a specified course of study beginning with the first semester.

The Guidance Department is now using Naviance, a software package that allows the department to submit and track
each student’s college applications. It can also be used for career and college searches.

College Tips for Parents of 9th & 10th Grade Students

  • Attend Back-to School night. Familiarize yourself with the expectations of your child’s teachers.
  • Read the course selection book in order to understand pre-requisites. For example, your child may be  ineligible for Calculus senior year because of selections made in 9th and/or 10th grades.
  • Become familiar with graduation requirements. This is also found in the course selection book.
  • Encourage your child to get off to a strong start academically. Remember that all grades, up to and including 11th grade, are part of the transcript sent out to the colleges, trade schools, the NCAA or the military.
  • It’s good to have your child challenge themselves with upper-level courses to see if they are able to handle course expectations.
  • Encourage your child to become involved with some extracurricular activity. There are varied sports, clubs and service organizations to fit many interest and talents.
  • Keep a file of high school awards and honors received. These can be listed on the college application.
  • Start talking to your child concerning college specifications (size, location, costs, etc.)
  • If your child has been getting accommodations through the learning support room, ask about getting qualified for PSAT and SAT/ACT testing accommodations.
  • Talk to your child about their talents and abilities. Help them to recognize priorities in their lives.
  • Familiarize yourself with www.collegeboard.com. This is an excellent site for information about various colleges and their requirements.
  • Regardless of your child’s plans for him/herself after high school, make sure that he/she knows that education is important to you.

College Tips for Parents of 11th & 12th Grade Students

  • Make sure your 11th grade child takes the PSAT in October; this is given at Trinity during school.
  • Talk with your child about his/her interests and talents in terms of possible majors.
  • www.bls.gov/oco is a government site that lists over 250 possible careers.
  • Attend the College Fair
  • Take the SAT and/or ACT in the spring of junior year.
  • If playing a sport in college is a possibility, register with the NCAA in the spring of junior year.
  • Make college visits in the spring of junior year and the summer preceding senior year.
  • Encourage your child to get involved, or stay involved with extra-curricular activities, as well as service activities.
  • Insist on daily attendance.
  • Check the Guidance Department home page often. Helpful websites, deadlines and general information is available on this site.
  • Make sure that your child’s schedule ensures that all requirements for graduation will be met.

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