ACADEMIC INFORMATION

Graduation Requirements and Graduation Plans – see AISD Course Description Book, pages 6-7.

Classification:  Students are classified at the beginning of each school year based on the number of credits they have earned. Required classification credits are:

Tenth Grade (Sophomore) 6 credits
Eleventh Grade (Junior) 12 credits
Twelfth Grade (Senior) 18 credits

Grade Point Average (GPA) and Rank

Weighted grade point system for grades 9 – 12:

Equivalent Numerical Value Grade Grade Pts. Regular Level Grade Pts. Honors Level ID Codes On Report Cards
97-100 A+ 12 15 INC – Incomplete NC-No Credit P/F – Pass/Fail WD – Withdrawn ABS – Attendance Policy X – GPA Exempt
93-96 A 11 14
90-92 A- 10 13
87-89 B+ 9 12
83-86 B 8 11
80-82 B- 7 10
77-79 C+ 6 9
73-76 C 5 8
70-72 C- 4 7
Below 70 F 0 0
Grade Average = Sum of Grade Points Earned/# of Non-Exempt Classes Attempted

RANK:  See AISD Course Description Book page 16


GPA/EXEMPT OPTION {Board Policy EIC (Local)}

  1. GPA-exempt courses shall be limited to juniors and seniors who have maintained a GPA of at least 7.00.
  2. Courses beyond the required 24 or 26 credits (the required third credit of Languages other than English on the Distinguished Achievement Graduation Plan may not be taken GPA Exempt) could be taken as GPA-exempt courses, but are limited to two courses per semester per student
  3. The student’s intent to take a course on the GPA-exempt basis option must be declared within the first three weeks of each semester. This decision is final and cannot be rescinded.
  4. The numerical grade earned on a GPA-exempt course shall be posted on the transcript with no grade points.
  5. A third GPA exemption may be granted if applied to a third or fourth year course that is paired with another course in the same program.

Areas allowed for a third GPA exemption under this policy include athletics, band, choir and orchestra.

PROGRESS AND GRADES

  • Progress Reports – 3 week progress report given out each six-weeks grading  period.
  • Report Card – 6 week report given out at the end of each
    six-weeks grading period.

TEAMS Parent Portal – On-line access to student data. Contact your child’s Attendance Clerk to become a registered user.

EARNING CREDITS

Complete explanations on page 19 of the AISD Course Description Book.

  • Credit by Exam with prior documented instruction – exam grade of 70 required for awarding of credit.
  • Credit by Exam without prior instruction – exam grade of 90 required for awarding of credit.
  • Correspondence Courses – high school courses provided by university-level institutions via the internet or mail.
  • Credit Recovery – credit recovery for previously failed courses through a computer-based PLATO LAB.
  • Dual Credit – college-level course work completed before high school graduation, earning both college and high school credit.
  • Off-Campus P.E. – credit award for physical activity supervised by an outside provider.
  • Summer School – credit retrieval and first-time credit opportunities.
  • Tutorials – recovery of failing grades for the current semester through computer-based PLATO LAB.

* Students should contact their counselor for alternative credit opportunities.

CURRICULUM

Information given below may be found in the AISD Course Description Book.

Available Courses – Course available at Martin High School are listed in the AISD Course Description Book.  Please note that not all courses are available at Martin, nor are they available at all grade levels listed.  Please contact the counselor to discuss options for these courses. (Pages 26 – 72)

Recommended sequencing for Mathematics and Science – (Page 7-8)

Advanced Placement Program – The Pre AP and AP courses offered seek to provide the more academically talented students with opportunities for creative thinking and problem-solving.  The goal of the program is to challenge and stimulate the students to the highest level of their abilities…quality of work, rather than the quantity of work, is emphasized. (Page 19)

Career and Technology – Career and Technology Education provides active learning that contributes to occupational knowledge and skills that are necessary for success in the workplace or in post-secondary education. (Page 13)

Comprehensive Special Education – Special Education provides supportive services designated by a student’s Individual Education Plan.  Emphasis is placed upon remediation of learning deficits teaching functional academic skills and promoting the development of social, pre-vocational, and vocational skills that ensure successful integration into the community, higher education, and the world of work. (Page 13-14)

ESL Program and Sheltered Courses – These courses are available for students with limited English proficiency (LEP) who are in the English as a Second Language program (ESL).  Teachers use strategies and accommodations based on the student’s individual language proficiency. (Page 13-14)

Fine Arts – The Fine Arts Program will engage the student’s imagination, foster creative thinking, develop discipline, and build self-confidence.  Students will develop an appreciation for the arts, whether through participation or observation. (Page 12)

Technology Applications – Technology Applications focuses on creating, accessing, manipulating, utilizing, communicating, and publishing information during the learning process. Through the use of computers.

TESTING

Master the SAT Class

STAAR – The STAAR program at grades 3–8 will assess the same grades and subjects as are assessed on TAKS. For high school, general subject-area TAKS tests will be replaced with twelve STAAR end-of-course (EOC) assessments.

PSAT – The PSAT/NMSQT measures reading, math, and writing skills.  The exam serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and is given once a year in mid-October, free of charge, to interested students, grades 9-11.  The PSAT will also provide practice for the SAT.  Registration on-site at MHS.

SAT – Standardized college admissions exam.  An “aptitude” type test that measures the student’s reasoning and critical thinking skills. Areas of evaluations: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing.  The SAT is best suited for students with strong reasoning skills.  Registration, test sites, and dates are available at www.collegeboard.com.

ACT – Standardized college admissions exam.  A curriculum-based test that measures the student’s knowledge of subject matter covered in high school. Areas of evaluation:  English, Math, Science, and Reading.  ACT is suited for students who perform well in challenging courses, as they will be tested on what they have learned.  Registration, test sites, and dates are available at:  www.actstudent.org.

Advanced Placement Exams – Rigorous standardized tests measuring what students have learned in the AP classroom.  Students may earn college credit, placement, or both depending on the discretion of the institution.  District-wide registration and testing in May @ MHS and at various AISD locations.