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THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT AND HONORS PROGRAMS

 The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is based on the fact that many students can complete college-level studies in their secondary schools. Advanced Placement serves three groups: 1) students who wish to pursue college-level studies while still in secondary school, 2) schools that desire to offer these opportunities, and 3) colleges that wish to encourage and recognize such achievement. Advanced Placement provides service by providing descriptions of college-level courses to interested schools and the results of examinations based on these descriptions to the colleges of the student’s choice. Participating colleges, in turn, grant credit and appropriate placement, or one of these, to students who have done well on the examinations. Thus the Advanced Placement Program extends the educational opportunities available to students by effectively relating college-level courses at thousands of schools to appropriate credit and placement at the colleges that the students eventually attend. Honors classes are offered in subjects not tested by AP and must be approved in advance by the University of California.

REGIONAL OCCUPATIONAL PROGRAMS (ROP)

 These programs are designed to aid the student in acquiring marketable job skills. The emphasis is on providing ROP classes that enhance the student’s career path choices for transition into the working world after graduation. Special classes are offered during and after school which train the student for a specific job or trade. Transportation is provided between school campuses after school. Some classes include on-the-job training.


WHAT IS ROP?

The Regional Occupational Program (ROP) is a career education system that provides training programs to help students develop the skills they need for full or part-time employment or for higher-level vocational or technical training programs. The ROP is designed to meet the changing needs of the students and the school community. ROP provides high-quality vocational, technical, and occupational preparation through a variety of specialized courses. ROP enables students to be trained on the job site and meet industry standards for job performance.

WHO MAY ENROLL?

Priority is given to high school juniors, seniors and students 16 years of age or older. Younger students with career needs may be enrolled with special permission of the ROP Counselor. ROP classes are also available to out-of-school youth and adults. Some classes have specific requirements or prerequisites.

HOW DO YOU ENROLL?

High school juniors, seniors and students 16 or older:
1. Look over the ROP course selections.
2. See the ROP representative on your high school campus.
3. Complete an enrollment form.
Adults:
1. Look over the ROP course selections.
2. Call the ROP office if you need more information.
3. Enroll with the ROP representative on your local high school campus by completing the enrollment form.

REGISTRATION, ENROLLMENT, ATTENDANCE

Most classes are open on a first-come basis to eligible students. Interested individuals should enroll as soon as possible as all classes have a maximum and minimum size. Waiting lists may be maintained when classes are full, and classes may be adjusted, cancelled or merged when there is insufficient enrollment. Since attendance is looked upon by industry as an integral job “skill,” regular attendance is expected.

Graduation Requirements

 The high school graduation requirements represent a combination of courses prescribed by the State of California and by the Board of Trustees of the El Monte Union High School District.


A student must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics at some time during grades 9-12. These tests must be taken in the English language. State laws plus actions by the Board of Trustees could add additional graduation requirements.

Students may satisfy the math proficiency requirement upon successful completion with the grade of “C” or better in the final semester of Algebra 1 or Algebra 1B or a higher math course and a passing grade on a districtwide Algebra 1 (or higher math course) exit exam.

Students may satisfy the math proficiency requirement by being designated as “proficient” on the multiple measures criteria, a scale that weighs math grades and the student’s STAR (SAT-9) math test score.

Students may satisfy the English proficiency requirement by being designated as “proficient” on the multiple measures criteria, a scale that weighs English grades and the student’s STAR (SAT-9) English test score.

The
El Monte Union High School District proficiency requirement will be replaced by the State of California High School Exit Exam as follows:

Note:
California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) requirements were postponed for those graduates in
2004 and 2005. Students graduating in 2006 and thereafter will be required to take and pass both sections (Math/English) of the CAHSEE.

(10 credits per course per year; 5 credits per course per semester)

English*
Science (Biological and Physical)**
Health Safety
Mathematics
World History Geography
U. S. History
Economics/US.Government
Physical Education
Fine Arts or Foreign Language

40
20
5
20
10
10
10
20
10

Sub-total
Elective Subjects

Total

145
75

220

*English taken in another country where it is considered a foreign language will be used for elective credit--not English graduation requirement credit.
**Beginning with the Class of 2007, all students must complete, at a minimum, two semesters of physical science and two semesters of life science.
For the class of 2002 and thereafter, the following graduation requirements were added:
1. Career/Vocational Education - 10 credits
2. Computer studies (course in which the use of computer-based education is a course
requirement).
For the class of 2003 and thereafter, Algebra I will be required.
For the class of 2006 and thereafter, students must pass both the math and English sections of the
California High School Exit Exam.

Each semester course except Student Help, when issued a passing grade, grants 5 credits towards the 220 credits required for graduation. Students must meet the prerequisites for each course in which they enroll. Prerequisites may include permission of the teacher or counselor as well as completion of specific courses. Honors courses that are approved by the University of California have the letter “H” and Advanced Placement courses have the letters “AP” after the course title. Grades for Honors or Advanced Placement courses are as follows for the purposes of computing grade point averages:

Courses titled AP (Advanced Placement) and H (Honors). Classes must be approved by the
University of California on an annual basis. Only 8 semesters of AP/Honors courses are allowed
by UC/CSU. Only 2 of the 8 semesters can be in the 10th grade year.

A = 5 points
B = 4 points
C = 3 points
D = 1 point
F = 0 points
For Advanced Placement courses, this grade point computing system applies only if the student takes the AP exam. Otherwise, grade points will be A=4, B=3, C=2.

All other high school courses (except Student Help), will be included in the GPA calculation as
follows. This includes Accelerated courses.
A = 4 points Excellent
B = 3 points Above Average
C = 2 points Average
D = 1 point Barely Passing
F = 0 points Work Failed
I = 0 points
*Incompletes are provided for students who have not been able to complete the required course work due to unavoidable absence, illness or accident. Note that, with few exceptions, the incomplete must be made up no later than the end of the next grading period.