Curriculum requirements

The following are the minimum requirements for graduation from Bishop McDevitt High School:

Theology 4.0 credits English 4.0 credits Social Studies 3.0 credits (4.0 credits begin Class of 2017) Mathematics 3.0 credits Science 3.0 credits Health/Physical Education 1.0 credit Computer Applications .5 credit Christian Service 1.0 credit Electives 6.5 credits Total 26.00 credits (27.0 credits begin Class of 2017)

All students follow an academic roster for the first two years, after which they may decide to continue in the college-preparatory program or to follow an academic/business program or an academic/vocational-technical program. All programs will provide the student with sufficient academic credits for college admission. Although world language is not required for graduation, a minimum two (2) years of a language is strongly recommended for college bound students. Any student who elects a first year language is required to take the second year of that language. Exceptions to this policy are made by the Administration. The Rosetta Stone Program is offered to students based on their possible roster availability. This is an independent online dynamic immersion class (1 credit, 2 semesters) using our Bishop McDevitt Computer labs and student netbooks. Courses are limited to students who have already completed 2 years of a foreign language. This program may not be a substitute for the school’s foreign language requirement. Students are expected to meet the demands of the class to successfully complete it. There is a charge for this program which includes the cost of the headset. A four-year Art program and a two-year Business Technology program are also available to all students. Students in the eleventh or twelfth grades may choose to attend the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology in Willow Grove on a shared-time basis. Students in the program are required to take three academic subjects at Bishop McDevitt (including Theology) as well as the elective courses at the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology. Montgomery County residents may attend the Eastern Center for Arts & Technology at no cost. Full Eastern Tuition is required for out of county students. Arcadia University sponsors courses for duel credit. This course is held at McDevitt and is taught by an Arcadia University Professor. These courses are offered to Juniors and Seniors. Information about the courses can be obtained in the Academic Office.

Academic Integrity Policy:

A student at Bishop McDevitt High School will integrate the qualities of integrity, compassion, tolerance, personal responsibility, and leadership. In our statement of beliefs, we assert that student accountability ensures student success, and academic integrity is a key to that success. According to the C.E.P. Academic Integrity Forum, academic integrity can be defined as:  Honest academic work where ideas and the writing of others are properly cited  Students submit their own work for tests and assignments without unauthorized assistance  Students do not provide unauthorized assistance to others  Students report research or accomplishments accurately (as taken from www.ethics.edu.org) 7 Consequence of violating the Academic Integrity Policy:  Cheating on homework, tests, or quizzes o Consequences- zero on work in question  Plagiarism o Consequences- Which will be reviewed by teacher and administration could include but are not limited to a zero for the work in question, resubmission of the work for a grade no higher than a 60. Students who repeatedly violate the policy will be referred to the Assistant Principal for Student Services Course Changes For a fee the School permits limited roster changes Roster Change Fee – $60.00 The following procedure will determine the roster change: The completion of the Roster Change Request Form, accompanied by the fee, must be made to the Academic Affairs Office by August 27, 2015. The Assistant Principal will review the request and determine the feasibility after reviewing all aspects. Normally, rosters will not be changed after the first full week of school. Requests for change in roster because of a serious problem during the school year must be presented to the Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs, who will consult with the department chairperson and the teacher involved. A solution will be developed at the discretion of the Administration. Student Tracking Ability grouping is the means used for meeting the instructional needs of a student. Because the range of achievement is so broad, grouping by ability and achievement narrows the range to maximize student achievement. Ability grouping makes possible the adjustment of the curriculum to the individual’s intellectual ability, interest, and achievement. Incoming freshmen are tracked according to their second report of the eighth grade. In considering ability, past and present scholastic achievement is reviewed. Ability grouping in each subject is a good means to meet individual instructional needs of students. Students and parents should know strong and weak subject areas. They should be realistic in their goals, choose courses which enable students to achieve their objectives, make use of vocational and college brochures to acquaint themselves with qualifications demanded by institutions of employment and higher education and discuss these goals with appropriate counselors.

ACADEMIC STATUS

Grading Report cards are distributed quarterly. Tentative distribution dates appear on the school calendar. The highest report card grade that may be given is 100; the lowest passing grade is 70; the lowest failing grade is 60. For students who transfer to Bishop McDevitt from other schools who use letter grades, the following are the numerical equivalents: 90 – 100 Excellent (A) 70 – 72 Passing (D) 80 – 89 Above Average (B) Below 70 Failing (F) 73 – 79 Average (C) The quarter grade reflects the progress that a student has made during that marking period. This grade reflects achievement on major tests and quizzes, a quarterly assessment, completion of homework assignments, and classroom participation. Assessments in each subject area are designed to measure a student’s progress. The assessment can consist of, but not limited to the following: a written objective/essay test, a project, an oral presentation, a portfolio of assignments related to the subject. A summative assessment will be administered at the end of the first semester (January) as part of a regular class period so the teacher can continue to measure the students’ understanding of course standards over the semester. The final assessment will be cumulative in nature and will be based on the essential questions for the course of study. The final assessments for ELA and Mathematics will be administered online in May/June during a regular class period. All final Assessments will weigh 10 % of the student’s final grade. Semester-long courses ending in January will administer final assessments and they will also count as 10% of the course final grade. Semester 1 =45% of final grade, Semester 2 = 45% of final grade, June Assessment = 10% of the final grade Quality Points To compensate for the degree of work demanded in each track, a system of quality points has been devised by the diocesan secondary school system. For each grade a student receives, a corresponding number of quality points, based on the track level of the subject is given. Current and cumulative rank in class is determined by these quality points.

Rank in Class

A student’s rank in class is determined by the quality points earned according to the grades achieved at the first semester and final marking periods. The rank in class is computed for each current year and also cumulatively for all four high school years. Rank is printed at the semester report periods.

Academic Honors Superior scholastic achievement entitles a student to honor status.

An honors listing is published after each report period. Requirements for academic honors are as follows: First Honors are awarded to students with a general average of 93 or above, with no grade below a 90; Second Honors are awarded to students with a general average of 88 or above, with no single grade below an 85. To receive an Academic Letter, a student must have first or second honors for six marking periods, be involved in a co-curricular activity and have a good conduct grade. To receive a Distinguished Letter, a student must have first or second honors for twelve marking periods, be involved in a co-curricular activity and have a good conduct grade. Standardized Testing The Performance Series and Achievement Series serves as our standardized assessments for students in Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. The Performance Series is a computer-adaptive assessment to be administered online three times throughout the year during the regular class period. The Performance Series provides immediate results, includes instructional materials to target areas of growth, and informs classroom instruction. The Achievement Series will be given to all students online to assess student skill level in ELA and Mathematics. These assessments will count 10% towards the final grades for these courses.

GRADUATION POLICIES

Participation in Commencement Exercises, which includes both Baccalaureate Liturgy and Graduation, is a privilege not a right. Students who have completed all requirements for a diploma and are in good standing may participate in the Commencement Exercises. Students will be excluded from participation in these exercises for: a scholastic failure in any subject; failure to complete the community service requirement, a discipline failure, excessive demerits, and any serious violation of the discipline code; a failure to fulfill financial requirements (tuition, school fees, graduation fees, etc.); and excessive absences. All students awarded a diploma regardless of participation in Commencement Exercises must pay the Graduation Fee in full. Since the Baccalaureate Liturgy and Graduation constitute the Commencement Exercises for Bishop McDevitt, any student absent from the Baccalaureate Liturgy will not be permitted to participate in the Graduation Exercises.

Homework

The Administration and faculty view homework as a vital part of the complete educational process. Students are expected to devote approximately three hours each school night on homework. Homework includes reading assignments, written assignments and long-term projects. It is considered an integral part of the subject grade.

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