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Graduation Requirements for a CCHS Diploma

Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits for a Calhoun Community High School diploma

As allowed within the Merit Curriculum any student can obtain credit for a class by demonstrating mastery of the material by having a qualifying score on the final assessment. CCHS Merit graduation requirements are:

English (Must be English 9, 10, 11 and 12) 4 credits
U.S. History and Geography 1 credit
World History and Geography 1 credit
Government ½ credit
Economics ½ credit

Science (Must include Biology and either Chemistry or Physics, plus a third Science credit)

3 credits
Math (Must include content of Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II plus a fourth math credit. A math credit must be taken in the senior year.) 4 credits
Health/PE 1 credit
Computers ½ credit
Visual/Performing Arts 1 credit

On-line Experience (Must show competence through a class or with assignments incorporated into other classes)

Electives At least 7 ½ credits

 

Beginning with the class of 2016 an additional 2 credits of world languages will also be required. As allowed within the Merit Curriculum, we can vary from these requirements only within the parameters of what is called a personal curriculum.

 

VOCATIONAL TRAINING/WORK STUDY/COMMUNITY SERVICE

Beyond academic credits, CCHS students are encouraged to explore career opportunities, consistent with their Educational Development Plans. Students may attend the Calhoun Area Career Center (CACC), cosmetology or other vocational training sites for training and work experience.

Senior students may participate in work study opportunities with employers in the Battle Creek area. These must be approved in advance by our counselor. Students in work placements will have specific occupational learning goals that will be monitored and student performance will be evaluated prior to the granting of credit.

Students are encouraged to give back to the community through service. While not required, each student may be granted a maximum of 0.5 elective credits toward graduation by completing 40 hours of documented community service. Students and parents may discuss this with our counselor.

 

DUAL ENROLLMENT

The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Act requires that by March 1 of each year school districts shall provide general information about the dual enrollment options. This Handbook is provided to all students and parents and students sign a form (see page 57) indicating they received a copy of the Handbook and reviewed its provisions. This process will serve as the notice to students and parents required by law.

Students eligible to participate must be in grade 11 or 12 and must be enrolled in at least one course at their local high school. They must have taken the Michigan Merit Exam and have received qualifying scores in at least one of the assessments described below.

PLAN Assessment

Content Area

Minimum Qualifying Score

Mathematics

18

Reading

17

Science

19

English

21


PSAT Assessment

Test Section

Content Area

Minimum Qualifying Score

Critical Reasoning

Reading

44

Writing Skills

Writing

49

Mathematics

Mathematics

45


ACT

Test Section

Minimum Qualifying Score

Mathematics

18

Reading

17

Science

19

English

21


Michigan Merit Exam

Content Area

Qualifying Scores

English Language Arts (Average Read/Write)

Level 1 or 2

Reading

Level 1 or 2

Writing

Level 1 or 2

Mathematics

Level 1 or 2

Science

Level 1 or 2

Social Studies

Level 1 or 2


DUAL ENROLLMENT (Continued)


Fifth-year seniors have different qualifying criteria but are still eligible for dual enrollment consideration.

If the students has not reached qualifying scores in all areas he/she can still take courses limited to the areas in which he/she did obtain qualifying scores. Students may also take courses for which there are no endorsements, such as philosophy, psychology, sociology, anthropology, computer science, foreign languages that are not offered by the student’s high school. It must be an academic course (as opposed to an activity course), a course that is not a hobby, craft or recreational course, is not physical education, theology, divinity or religious education.

School districts must pay students’ tuition and mandatory course fees, including technology fees, material fees, registration fees and any late fees charged by the post-secondary institution. School districts are not required to pay for books, transportation, parking costs or activity fees. The district will not pay more than the actual costs listed above and will not pay more than the foundation allowance the district receives from the state for the portion of the school day/year that the student is enrolled in post-secondary education in lieu of classes at CCHS. If the student has a full schedule at CCHS and chooses to take post-secondary classes outside the normal school day, he/she can receive credit for the course but CCHS will not pay the fees described in this paragraph.

Any student who wants to take a dual enrollment course must:

  • Complete the Michigan Merit Exam prior to application

  • Meet with the school counselor to complete the required paperwork

  • Understand that the course, credit and grade will appear on the student’s report card and be included in calculation of grade point average.

  • Understand that he/she will get high school and college credits, but the way those credits are calculated are different. The counselor will explain.

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