Common Counselor Questions
HELP...I FAILED A COURSE FIRST SEMESTER...NOW WHAT???????
Nobody likes to fail a class, but sometimes it happens. You must pass the next semester with a high enough grade so you have at least a 70 average. (That means if you made a 68 the first semester, you need to make a 72 the second semester to pass the course.) You should always try to keep track of your grades and make sure you give yourself plenty of room by making as high of grades as possible...just in case you have an "oops, we have a test today?" moment.
Sooo...what if I messed up and failed the class for the year???
Well, I am very sorry that happened!! To take care of it you may have to go to summer school, or you may possibly miss graduating with your friends. You might have to take a credit recovery class or you may lose the opportunity to have periods off next year. The best way to prevent any of these consequences is to TAKE CARE OF YOUR BUSINESS AND YOUR GRADES!
WHAT IS AN EOC??? WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT TO ME???
Texas requires all high school students to take 5 End of Course Exams. We call them EOC's for short! You take the exams after you take Algebra I, English I, Biology, English II and United States History. You must PASS all 5 of these tests in order to graduate from any Texas public school, including Groesbeck High School!
Usually, you take the tests in the Spring semester when you take these specific classes. Occasionally, students do not pass the tests the first time they take them. To help these students, tests may be offered again in the summer and in December as well. Students who do not pass the tests in the spring or summer will be placed in a Success class to help them practice and gain the skills they are missing on the EOC and then they will retake the EOC in December.
The best advice I can give is to TAKE THE TESTS SERIOUSLY the first time!!!
HIGH SCHOOL BUZZ WORDS
HONOR ROLL: To be eligible for Honor Roll, students must have a 4.5 average for all courses taken the previous semester that are included in honor roll calculation. There will be a fall Honor Roll and a spring Honor Roll. Unlike GPA, which is a cumulative average of a students grades, the 4.5 average for Honor Roll will only include the previous semester's academic grades. To earn an Academic Blanket- students must make the Honor Roll both semesters of an academic school year. Grades earned in band, PE, credit by exams, athletics, and local remediation courses are excluded from honor roll calculations. Grades earned in middle school for high school credit are not computed in GPA or Honor Roll.
GPA/ CLASS RANK: GPA is your grade point average for courses taken while at GHS. Your GPA is used to determine your class rank- which is where your grade point average falls numerically in your class. Class Rank will be computed by use of Grade Points for all academic courses taken at high school except PE/Athletics, band, classes that receive local credit, pass/fail courses, correspondence courses, CBE's and high school courses taken at middle school. Courses taken at summer school are computed in your GPA. Class rank is computed at the end of each semester. During the senior year, it is computed after the fall semester and after the 5th six weeks grading period (the 4th and 5th six weeks are averaged together). Any academic dual credit course that you take will be figured into your GPA.
100 = 5.0 grade points
90-99 = 4.0-4.9 grade points
80-89 = 3.0-3.9 grade points
70-79 = 2.0-2.9 grade points
69 or less = 0.0 grade points
100 = 6.0 grade points
90-99 = 5.0-5.9 grade points
80-89 = 4.0-4.9 grade points
70-79 = 3.0-3.9 grade points
69 or less = 0.0 grade points
COMMUNITY SERVICE: Students who earn 40 hours of community service by graduation will be eligible to wear a white "honor" cord at graduation. To be eligible, students must complete the hours at GHS sponsored community service events. Students are encouraged to earn at least 10 hours a school year. For more information about service events, see Mrs. Carpenter in the office.
GRADE CLASSIFICATION: In high school, students earn credits to be promoted to the next grade level. Grade classification is figured at the beginning of each school year. Credits required for each classification are as follows:
FRESHMAN: 0-6.5 Credits Earned
SOPHOMORE: 7-13.5 Credits Earned
JUNIOR: 14- 20.5 Credits Earned
SENIOR: 21 or more credits earned
I have an 'A' in my classes...what's the problem with skipping CLASS every now and then????
REMEMBER - ABSENCES COUNT!!! YOU CAN LOSE CREDIT FOR A COURSE -EVEN IF YOU HAVE A PASSING GRADE - IF YOU HAVE EXCESSIVE ABSENCES!!!
SO WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL ABOUT RANK AND GPA?????...
HOW ABOUT AUTOMATIC ADMISSION TO COLLEGE!!!
STUDENTS THAT ARE IN THE TOP 10% OF THEIR GRADUATING CLASS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR AUTOMATIC ADMISSION TO ANY PUBLIC UNIVERSITY IN TEXAS (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF UT-AUSTIN).
TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR AUTOMATIC ADMISSION (EXCEPT AT UT) A STUDENT MUST:
1) GRADUATE IN THE TOP 10% OF HIS OR HER CLASS AT A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL IN TEXAS
2) GRADUATE IN THE TOP 10% OF HIS OR HER CLASS FROM A HIGH SCHOOL OPERATED BY THE US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND BE A TEXAS RESIDENT OR ELIGIBLE FOR PAY RESIDENT TUITION;
3) ENROLL IN COLLEGE NO MORE THAN TWO YEARS AFTER GRADUATION FROM HIGH SCHOOL, AND SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO A TEXAS PUBLIC UNIVERSITY FOR ADMISSION BEFORE THE INSTITUTION'S APPLICATION DEADLINE ( CHECK WITH THE UNIVERSITY REGARDING SPECIFIC DEADLINES).
UT AUSTIN CAN CHOOSE TO LIMIT THE ADMISSION OF APPLICANTS WHO QUALIFY FOR THE TOP 10 % AUTOMATIC ADMISSION TO 75% OF THE UNIVERSITY'S TOTAL ENROLLMENT.
STUDENTS ADMITTED THROUGH THE TOP 10% ROUTE, MUST STILL PROVIDE SAT OR ACT SCORES. STUDENTS MUST ALSO TAKE THE THEA TEST UNLESS EXEMPTED FROM THE TEST REQUIREMENT. CHECK WITH THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE REGARDING THESE TESTING REQUIREMENTS.
REMEMBER THAT ADMISSION TO A UNIVERSITY DOES NOT GUARANTEE ACCEPTANCE INTO A PARTICULAR COLLEGE OF STUDY OR ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY.