SCHOOL COUNSELORS ARE HERE FOR YOU
The school counselors help students and families navigate the high school years. By working on academic interventions, social/emotional skills, and college and career planning we help students find their definition of success. Through one-on-one counseling, group sessions, classroom lessons, and large group meetings, we help students with the tools they need throughout high school.
If you need to pay fees in person, the Central Enrollment Office will be open at the following times:
- Thursday, May 21, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
- Tuesday, May 26, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
- Thursday, May 28, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Fees can also be paid through Infinite Campus using a Credit Card.
UPDATED GRADING POLICY
Below are the important highlights of the grading policy adopted by the Columbus City Schools Board of Education on April 23, 2020
- The 3rd quarter grading period will be extended through May 1. This allows students the opportunity to improve their grades for the third grading period if any had not completed assignments, were absent prior to the governor's order, or were caught off guard by the closure
- No student will see their grade lowered or harmed by extending the 3rd quarter grading period.
- Secondary teachers will use the following marks for the 4th quarter:
- Pass (P) - the studentis completing work and learning
- Incomplete (I) - there is limited or no evidence of work completed or the student could not be reached
- Any student receiving an Incomplete (I) will be given until September 15, 2020, to complete their work and have their grade adjusted to a Pass (P).
- There will not be any final exams given for secondary courses for the 2019-2020 school year.
- The grading system of (P) or (I) will apply to Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.
- College Credit Plus (CCP) courses will follow the college or university guidance.
- High school students who are currently not on track to meet graduation requirements will focus on credit recovery through the Edmentum platform.
CALCULATING FINAL GRADES & GPA
- A grade point average (GPA) will display as a "0" for the 4th quarter but will have no impact on the student's cumulative GPA.
- The final grade for a high school course will be calculated by equal distribution of the quarter 1, 2, and 3 percentages or Quality Points calculation for three quarters--whichever is higher.
- Students must pass 2 quarters if quality points are being used for final grade calculation.
- Second-semester courses will indicate the 3rd quarter grade and the final grade as the same. The (P) or (I) will still be used for the 4th quarter but will have no bearing on the final grade or credit.
GRADING AND ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY
- The grading system allows the district to follow eligibility bylaws of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) pending approval by the Columbus Board of Education. Students must earn passing grades in at least 5 one-credit courses or equivalent (semester courses) to be eligible to compete in athletics in the fall.
- For student-athletes considering playing at the collegiate level, the NCAA Eligibility Center only considers transcripted final grades. Any Pass (P) or Incomplete (I) grades will not be on a student's final transcript and will not negatively impact future NCAA eligibility.
The entire grading policy is available at the bottom of the page.
**UPDATE TO GRADING POLICY MAY 5, 2020**
- If a student earns an A, A-, B+, B, or B- in quarter 4, the student may elect to have that grade in place of the previously approved Pass (P) or Incomplete (I).
- Selecting this option allows for the quarter 4 grades to be considered in the Quality Points Calculation for the final grade of the course.
- The student must email the teacher by May 18, 2020 at 2:30 PM if s/he wishes to apply this option.
- If students earn a Pass (P) for fourth quarter, it will count as one of the two quarters required for passage of a course.
MENTAL HEALTH DURING SCHOOL CLOSURES
As we live through this unprecedented time, we need to be mindful of our emotions and stress levels. Here are some tips to help you get through this temporary change in lifestyle.
- take deep breaths- breathe in slowly through the nose and exhale slowly through the mouth
- get outside when possible...but maintain social distance
- limit your media intake--this includes social media and broadcast media
- set and maintain a schedule
- stay in touch with those that mean a lot to you
If you develop feelings of self harm or suicide you can call the National Suicide Hotline at (800) 273-8255. If you are in need of medical intervention during a mental health crisis you can contact Nationwide Children's Hospital Crisis Line at (614) 722-1800. If you are over 17 you can contact Netcare at (614) 276-2273. More mental health resources are available at the bottom of this webpage.
We will do our best to keep you informed as new information becomes available. We will push information on our Remind group (@k2a8cg), our Google Classroom (join code: ku4jmqz), and here on the website. Below are some answers to questions that have been asked.
- AIR testing has been suspended therefore the 18 point requirement has been eliminated. Likewise, there is no longer a need to completes two alternatives if you did not earn 18 points on the AIR tests
- Graduation eligibility will be determined based on earning the required credits for graduation
- All CCS high school proms have been cancelled
- The district is working on a plan for a virtual graduation ceremony. Details will be shared when available
- Seniors still need to pay the $70 for graduation. If students have paid for any of the extra senior items, refunds will be available once the district has developed that procedure
- Students in AP classes will be testing online. Email communication has been sent to all students.
- 20 credits are required to graduate this year. The academic elective, technology, and internship credits have been waived.
You can watch this video for an in-depth explanation of graduation requirements.
SENIOR VCAP DEADLINES
Senior VCAP Extension
Senior students will have additonal hours to complete VCAP as follows:
Monday, May 18, 2020 10 am - 7 pm test opening
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 10 am -7 pm test opening
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 10 am - 7 pm test opening
Thursday, May 21, 2020 10 am - 7 pm test opening
Friday, May 22, 2020 10 am - 7 pm test opening
Saturday, May 23, 2020 10 am - 6 pm test opening
Sunday, May 24, 2020 No test opening hours but student can work on drop box assignments.
Monday, May 25, 2020 No test opening hours but student can work on drop box assignments.
Tuesday May 26, 2020 10-2 test opening.
ALL DROP BOXES and Essays need to be turned in by 10 am on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
This is the last available time for senior students to finish for June gradua5on.
SCHEDULING FOR 2020-21
WIthin the next few weeks we will be contacting underclassmen about scheduling classes for the 2020-21 school year. Your core classes will be scheduled for you, however you will select your electives. As you think about what courses to schedule, remember that you need the following courses to graduate:
- 4 credits of English
- 4 credits of math
- 3 credits of science
- 3 credits of social studies
- 1 credit of acedemic elective (advanced science or social studies)
- 1 credit of fine arts
- 1 credit of technology
- 1/2 credit of health
- 1/2 credit of physical education (2 semesters)
- 3 credits of electives
Ideally students need to complete their physical education, health, and technology credits by the end of their sophomore year in order to allow for career center and advanced course options. Also, if you are planning on attending college you should take a minimum of two years of a world language.