Promotion & Graduation Requirements

Students in the high school are promoted by credits.

All students in grades 9 – 12 inclusive are required to carry at least 6.5 credits unless after consultation with the principal, guidance counselor, and teachers, it is deemed advisable for a student to carry fewer subjects. A student will not be permitted to drop a subject without the consent of his/her parents and guidance counselor (See Student & Parent Handbook: Drop/Add Policy).

Students who withdraw from a course after the initial schedule revision period, will receive the grade they have earned in the course at that time and a notation of “withdrew passing” or “withdrew failing” added to their records. No credit will be given for that course.

To be classified as a sophomore, a student must have completed 6 credits of ninth grade work. To be classified as a junior, a student must have completed 12 credits, to be classified as a senior, a student must be a candidate for graduation and have complete 16 credits.

Students must be classified according to requirements adopted by the Board at the discretion of the administration.

Students must successfully complete prerequisite courses in order to enroll in advanced courses.

Required subjects, which are needed by students for the next highest classification, are to be given priority over elective subjects and will be scheduled first.

Students must repeat all required subjects not previously completed with a satisfactory average. The required average is 70%.

A failing student must have remained in the course the entire school year if they wish to get credit in summer school. Only two (2) subjects may be taken, either in summer school or by tutoring.

Students being tutored or going to summer school must have the approval of the principal. Before enrolling, the school or tutor must be approved by the Middletown Area School District.

Upon Satisfactory completion of a failed subject, the final grade originally received will remain the same; however, credit will be given for the failed course.

Students must successfully complete the required senior project prior to graduation and achieve “proficiency” as defined by the PA Dept. of Education.

Graduation Requirements

See page 26 of the 2013-2014 Curriculum Planning Guide and review with Guidance counselor as needed for detailed and current information.

In order to graduate from high school, a student shall demonstrate achievement of the student learning outcomes through the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 23 credits.

Under 14.39 (relating to course completion and diplomas) an identified student who satisfactorily completes a special program developed by the Individualized Education Program team shall be granted a regular high school diploma regardless of number of established credits earned or senior project described.

Course completion and credit may be granted for independent study, state or local district assessments, correspondence courses from accredited colleges and universities, college based courses taught at the college campus, or other educational experience deemed acceptable by an academic committee consisting of the high school principal, guidance counselor and director of Student Services. Students also have the option of requesting accelerated graduation consideration following the prescribed school board policy dealing with early graduation.

Senior Project

PRIDE for Life the senior project, consists of a series of career development activities in grades 9-12. A written career action plan and a career portfolio culminate this project. A short presentation of the plan is given to faculty members. The portfolios will be housed in the counseling office and returned to seniors upon graduation.

All graduating seniors must complete all items in their career portfolio, including their written Career Action Plan to be considered a candidate for graduation.

The Physically Challenged Adaptive Fitness Program

Students in grades 9 through 12 who submit a doctor’s note concerning a physical condition are eligible for the adaptive fitness program. Any student in need of an alternate program will meet their physical education requirements through the adaptive fitness program.