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TITLE IX DISCLAIMER

It is the policy of the Ross Local Schools that educational activities, employment programs and services are offered without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, handicap or age.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Block Schedule

Ross Senior High School is organized on a 4x4 block schedule. Under this system, a school year is divided into two 18-week semesters. Each semester is divided into two nine-week quarters. 

Most courses will be in session for one quarter (9 weeks) or one semester (18 weeks). A few courses will meet for one year (36 weeks). 


Earning Credit 

Credit is given for the successful completion of a course.  Each course is assigned a fractional part or one unit of credit depending upon the amount of time that course meets.  A course meeting for only one quarter would be worth 0.5 credits.  One credit would be awarded for a class that meets for one semester.

Teacher Recommendations

The staff of Ross High School wants to ensure the success of each child who enters the building.  To do so, the teachers spend a great deal of time making placement recommendations that will allow for the optimal learning opportunity for each student.  If a student and/or parent does not agree with the teacher recommendation, they may fill out a “Course Recommendation Appeal Form” (located in the guidance office).  This waiver will be reviewed by the counselor and the principal and a determination will be made with regards to student placement.  The “Course Recommendation Appeal Form” will act as a contract between the school, the parent, and the student.

Schedule Changes 

Changes in student course selections will be made only according to the following guidelines:


1. Approval for a schedule change will be authorized only for these reasons:

a. Errors made by school personnel.

b. A Teacher recommended level or course change which is in the best interest of the student.

c. Consideration of schedule changes may be made for seniors who have been accepted into a Post Secondary Program.

2.  Requests for schedule changes must be initiated by a written request from the student’s parent or guardian to the appropriate counselor.

3.  Requests for a schedule change based on the above two reasons must be made within the

    first five days of the start of the course.

4.  Students are not permitted to drop “contracted classes” (AP classes, Yearbook, Video

Production, etc.) outside of extreme extenuating circumstances. Courses dropped outside of these conditions will result in the grade of W/F on a student’s transcript.

5.  The final decision concerning any and all schedule changes rests with the high school principal.

Audit Guidelines 

Provisions for auditing classes exist to allow a student to retake a class, which has previously been passed. The student may wish to improve skills in a given course in order to better prepare for future educational opportunities, and so may elect to audit the class. Courses that have not been previously taken however may not be audited; they must be taken for credit. Grades acquired in audited courses do not count towards the grade point average or class rank, and no credits are awarded towards earning a diploma. The audited grades and courses will appear on the report card and official transcripts. Approval of a student to audit a course will be based in part on the number of available seats in the requested course. Final approval lies with the building administration.

Graduation Requirements (Class of 2017)

Students must pass all parts of the Ohio Graduation Test (taken for the first time in the spring of the sophomore year in reading, mathematics, writing, science, and social studies) and earn a minimum of 25 credits as follows:

Subject Area

Credits

English

4

Social Studies (US, World, Govt.)

3

Mathematics including Algebra 2

4

Science  (Physical Science, Biology + 1 elective)

3

Health

0.5

Physical Education*

0.5

Career Pathways

0.5

Financial Literacy

0.5

Ohio Core Electives

4

Ross Local school District Electives

4

Fine Arts

1

* Students may opt out of PE by participating in two seasons of any Ross HS OHSAA approved interscholastic athletics, cheerleading, marching band, or color guard.  See Guidance Department for appropriate form.

NEW TESTING GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR CLASS OF 2018 & BEYOND: 


                Due to recent legislation, there are new requirements for earning a high school diploma in Ohio.  In addition to course credits, students must earn points toward graduation on 7 end-of-course exams.  These exams will replace the Ohio Graduation Tests.  The courses in which students take an end-of-course exam will be:  English I and II, Algebra I, Geometry (or Integrated Math I and II), Physical Science (class of 2018)/Biology (class of 2019 and beyond), American History, and American Government.  Students can earn 1-5 points for each exam based on their performance:  5-Advanced, 4-Accelerated, 3-Proficient, 2-Basic, and 1-Limited.  Students must accumulate a total of 18 graduation points to be eligible for a diploma.  Of these overall points, a student must earn at least four points between the two math exams, four points between the two English exams, and six points between the science and social studies exams.  Advanced Placement (AP) exams may be substitute tests for the following courses:  AP Physics, AP American History and AP American Government.  A student who scores below Proficient on any end-of-course exam may retake the exam after receiving extra help from the school.  A student scoring proficient or higher can retake an exam only if he/she has taken all seven end-of-course exams and still is below the minimum point requirements.  Any student who automatically earned three graduation points from a course taken before July 1, 2014 can retake the exam for a higher score.


                  The highest score a student gets on a test will count.  Districts will scale down the graduation points requirements for students who transfer in with credit for some, but not all, tested scores. However, these students still must earn at least five points between the English II and either the Geometry or Integrated Math II exams.  Students who transfer having taken all of the tested courses will take only the college admissions test (ACT and SAT score to be set later).  If the student does not reach the score needed for graduation, the student must take the English II and Geometry exam and earn five points between them. 


                  The State Board has approved the criteria for the industry credentials as student may use to help qualify for a diploma.  ODE will release the first approved credentials list.

More information about the Ohio Core as well as other important educational information can be found online at http://education.ohio.gov

HONORS DIPLOMA CRITERIA

In accordance with the Ohio Revised Code 3301.12.07, a student may earn an Honors Diploma by meeting the following criteria:

  1. The student who completes the college preparatory curriculum in the high school shall meet any seven of the following eight criteria:

    1. Earn 4 units of English

    2. Earn 4 units of mathematics, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or equivalent and another higher level course or a four-year sequence of courses that contain equivalent content.

    3. Earn 4 units of science, including physics and chemistry

    4. Earn 4 units in social studies

    5. Earn 3 units in Foreign Language (must include no less than 2 units for which credit is sought) i.e., 3 units of one language or 2 units each of two languages.

    6. Earn 1 unit in Fine Arts

    7. Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale up to the last grading period of the senior year.

    8. Obtain a composite score of 27 on the ACT or 1210 on the SAT


  1. The student who completes at least two years of an intensive vocational or technical education curriculum in the high school shall meet any seven of the following eight criteria:

    1. Earn 4 units of English

    2. Earn 4 units of mathematics, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or equivalent and another higher level course or a four-year sequence of courses that contain equivalent content.

    3. Earn 4 units of science, including physics and chemistry

    4. Earn 4 units in social studies

    5. Earn a minimum of 4 units in Career-Technical education.  Program must lead to an industry-recognized credential, apprenticeship or be part of an articulated career pathway that can lead to post secondary credit.

    6. Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale up to the last grading period of the senior year.

    7. Obtain a composite score of 27 on the ACT or 1210 on the

    8. Achieve the proficiency benchmark established for the appropriate Ohio Career- Technical Competency Assessment of the equivalent.

CLASS RANK

High school students will earn grades that reward a student’s success in academically rigorous classes and in classes that encourage exploration of a student’s interest. When calculating the Grade Point Average, Ross High School will award quality points for all courses as follows: A=4.0, B=3.0, C=2.0, D=1.0, F=0.0

An additional weight of .05 will be added to the Grade Point Average for each Ross High School credit earned for Advanced Placement courses and College Credit Plus courses (effective with the 2015-2016 school year), provided the student earns a “C” or above in the course. The weight given will be adjusted proportional to the amount of Ross High School credit earned.

This rank may be used for only two purposes: (1) on college and scholarships applications as required, and (2) in the determination of valedictorian and salutatorian (first and second place in class).

To be eligible for valedictory or salutatory honors, a student must have attended Ross High School for a minimum of 6 semesters, including both semesters of the senior year.

The principal will select students for these honors on the basis of the cumulative weighted Grade Point Average after the fourth quarter of the senior year.


AP Courses that are taken via credit flex, correspondence, or online will not be weighted for G.P.A. or Class Rank purposes. Final determination as to whether a course will be weighted rests with the building principal.

HONOR ROLL

Ross High School uses a two-level, quarterly honor roll based upon a weighted grade point average.

  • High Honors is for students whose unweighted quarterly GPA is 3.75 or higher.

  • Honors is for students whose unweighted quarterly GPA is 3.25 – 3.749.


Any student earning an F will not be eligible for the honor roll regardless of the overall unweighted GPA.


Students who earn consecutive quarters of honor roll placement will receive awards at our Fall Academic Awards program.  Students who earn honor roll placement for four consecutive quarters are recognized.  Those who maintain high honors for four consecutive quarters earn an academic letter.  Those who maintain high honors for eight consecutive quarters earn a bronze medallion, twelve consecutive quarters is a silver medallion and, our highest honor is a gold medallion for students who earn high honor roll placement for all sixteen quarters of their high school career.

CREDIT FLEXIBILITY GUIDELINES

The Ohio Credit Flexibility policy allows students to earn credit through three main mechanisms: completion of traditional coursework, demonstration of mastery of course content, and use of one or more educational options (e.g., distance learning, independent study, internships, service learning, or other engagement projects).

To participate in credit flexibility, a student must be enrolled as a full-time student and must be enrolled in all grade-level required courses. These courses may be satisfied by approved credit flexibility plans. These requirements ensure that a student will be eligible to meet Ross and Ohio graduation requirements.

Traditional Credit Flexibility Options

PSEO (Post Secondary Enrollment Options), AP (Advanced Placement), and CBI (Career Based Intervention-Work Study/Co-op) and district-approved online courses are traditional credit flexibility programs that have existed in Ross Local Schools for multiple years.  A student will complete the Ross High School Credit Flexibility Request form in the Student Course Selection Guide to notify the guidance department of interest in these programs. The guidance department will complete the scheduling process to facilitate these requests.


Demonstration of Course Proficiency Procedure

The process and procedures available to students who want to earn credit through the demonstration of mastery are a local determination. If a student is interested in demonstrating course mastery without completing the traditional coursework and participating in traditional seat time, he or she will need to complete several steps.


The Demonstration of Course Mastery procedure at Ross High School begins with the written notification of a student’s intent to test out of a class utilizing the Ross High School Credit Flexibility Request form.  


Ross Local Schools’ Course Proficiency Option does not mean a single, paper-pencil, written final exam but rather incorporates multiple measures of student learning. The district process includes the completion of applicable Ross High School quarter or semester exams AND one of the following: research paper, project-based learning assignment, portfolio of work, a performance (when applicable for courses such as band) or other demonstration.

The student, parent(s), or guardian(s) will meet with the credit flexibility team. At this meeting, the performance component will be designed and agreed upon by student, parent and credit flexibility team. The submission date will also be determined at this meeting. The written final exam component will also be scheduled at this meeting. A record of this performance component and deadlines will be given to the student and a record will be kept at the high school.

Once final approval is granted, the student has 90 days to complete this process (exam plus additional project), unless otherwise determined by the student’s approved test-out plan.

A student will have to receive an equivalency score of 85% on the Ross Local School District grading scale on the overall assessments to receive credit for the course. The grade on this multiple measure assessment will represent the grade on the student’s transcript.  

An Individually Planned Educational Option Procedure

The process and procedures available to students who want to earn credit through the Individually Planned Educational Option are a local determination. If a student is interested in the Individually Planned Educational Option without completing the traditional coursework and participating in traditional seat time, he or she will need to complete several steps.


The Individually Planned Educational Option procedure at Ross High School begins with the written notification of a student’s intent to create an individual plan for a class utilizing the Ross High School Credit Flexibility Request form.  

The student, parent(s), or guardian(s) and guidance staff will then meet to discuss expectations and to discuss the components of the student’s individual educational plan. At this meeting, the school will provide a traditional course syllabus and applicable textbook for the student. The team will then discuss the individual learning goals that will provide a clear roadmap for student learning. The development of the individual plan may need to occur after parent(s) and student review course syllabus, textbook and other materials.

This individualized plan will clearly describe the activities the student will be completing (independently) to prepare for the performance and Ross High School final exam assessment. These activities could include, but are not limited to: distance learning, independent study, internships, service learning, or other engagement projects. Next, a date, time, and testing location will be scheduled for the student to complete the Ross High School quarter or semester exam and the performance component. This plan will be presented to the credit flexibility team for final approval. A copy of this plan will be given to the student and a record will be kept at the high school.

Once final approval is granted, the student has 90 days to complete this process (exam plus additional project), unless otherwise determined by the student’s approved individual plan.

A student will have to receive an equivalency score of 85% on the Ross Local School District grading scale on the overall assessments to receive course credit for this class. The grade on this multiple measure assessment will represent the grade on the student’s transcript.


NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

National Honor Society Requirements

  1. Students must have and maintain a 3.45 cumulative unweighted grade point average.

  2. Students must document at least two positions of leadership held during high school years, supported by adequate documentation.  These leadership activities may include both elected and non-elected positions of responsibility.  At least one of these positions must have been held within 12 months of the most recent consideration for National Honor Society selection.

  3. Students must have participated in at least 20 community service hours during the high school years, supported by adequate documentation.  These activities may serve either school or community, but may not directly or indirectly benefit the family of or the individual being considered for selection.

  4. Students must participate in at least two different school activities such as clubs, teams, musical groups, etc. during the high school years.

  5. Students must average at least a 1.5 on a scale of 0 to 2 in assessment of character by the faculty committee.  Incidences of academic dishonesty or flagrant violation of school rules are sufficient grounds for non-selection.  The Ross High School faculty will be surveyed and their combined results will contribute to the assessment of character.

  6. Upon selection, members must maintain all standards as indicated above.  Members who fail to maintain these standards or follow the Ross National Honor Society chapter’s bylaws may be put on probation or dismissed from the National Honor Society.


*Final determination of membership is at the discretion of the Faculty Council.