2015-2016COURSE CATALOGGIG HARBORHIGH SCHOOLThe Peninsula School District shall provide equal educational opportunity and treatment for all students in all aspects of the academic program withoutregard to race, creed, color, or national origin, sex, sexual preference, marital status, previous arrest (unless a clear and present danger exists), orincarceration or non-program-related, physical, sensory or mental disabilities, as per RCW 49.60 Law against Discrimination.
Dear Students and Parents,In Peninsula School District all students are challenged to perform at their highest level and to show continuousimprovement.Academic accomplishments do not come about easily. Peninsula School District in partnership with family,business, and community will provide a learning-focused environment in which every student will acquire theknowledge, skills, and character to become a productive citizen in a changing world. Your hard work anddedication, along with the support and leadership of your family and teachers, will lead you to success in yourhigh school experience.This year, in response to new state adopted standards and high school graduation requirements, we have addedsome additional Pathway guides to assist students and families as they are planning their high school courses.Take time to study this guide. With the help of family, teachers, and counselors, begin to identify the courses andareas of study that will challenge you and ignite your interests. You are at the beginning of a journey on the pathto personal accomplishment and service. We are here to support you along the way.Sincerely,Charles E. CuzzettoSuperintendent
TABLE OF CONTENTSMission StatementGeneral InformationAdvanced Placement ProgramsCounseling and Guidance DepartmentTesting OpportunitiesRegistration ProceduresGraduation RequirementsCredit Check & Course PlannerPeninsula Internet AcademyCareer & Technical EducationBusiness and MarketingEngineering and TechnologyArts & CommunicationsHealth and Human ServicesScience & Natural ResourcesWest Sound Technical Skills CenterEnglishFine and Performing ArtsHealth and FitnessLearning SkillsMathematicsScienceSocial StudiesWorld 7883
Mission StatementGig Harbor High School creates a respectful and positive learning environmentto which students, staff, and community encourage the intellectual, physical,and emotional growth of individuals.WelcomeWelcome to Gig Harbor High School. Opening in 1979, Gig Harbor High School is a public high school that is part ofthe Peninsula School District. Current enrollment is 1684 students in grades 9 through 12. Gig Harbor High Schoolexemplifies the district’s pursuit of excellence in education. The school is fully accredited by the Assocation ofEducational Service Districts. Gig Harbor High School has a rich academic tradition that encourage students tochallenge themselves via a demanding honors, Advanced Placement curriculum, a variety of career/technicalcourses tied to five distinct career pathways, and nationally recognized art and performing arts programs.Graduates complete a culminating project that requires them to write a research paper, complete a project,provide service to the community, and present their completed project to a board of community members forevaluation.Gig Harbor is a semi-rural residential community of approximately 7600 residents located 45 minutes south ofSeattle on the picturesque Puget Sound. The average household income and educational level is well above thenational norm.Rank in class is based on all courses completed. The GPA is computed on a 4.0 grading scale with no weightedenhancement for honors, Advanced Placement, or college-level courses.Washington State Learning GoalsFour learning goals provide the foundation for the development of all academic learning standards in WashingtonState: Read with comprehension, write effectively, and communicate successfully in a variety of ways and settingsand with a variety of audiences; Know and apply the core concepts and principles of mathematics; social, physical, and life sciences; civicsand history, including different cultures and participation in representative government; geography; arts; andhealth and fitness; Think analytically, logically, and creatively, and to integrate technology literacy and fluency as well as differentexperiences and knowledge to form reasoned judgments and solve problems; and Understand the importance of work and finance and how performance, effort, and decisions directly affectfuture career and educational opportunities.1 P a g e
General InformationSemester:High schools operate on a semester plan. There are two semesters in a year.Credits:The State Board of Education has established the definition of a credit as a full year of instruction in a course. Aone-semester course receives one-half (.5) credit upon successful completion. A total of 22.0 credits are neededfor graduation.Class Day:School begins daily at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m. On most Wednesdays school begins at 8:30 a.m. due toteacher collaboration. See yearly calendar for pre-scheduled early dismissals or late arrivals on our websitewww.psd401.net.Class Schedule:Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors must take a full schedule of six (6) classes. Seniors requesting fewer than six(6) classes must gain the approval of their parent/guardian, counselor, and the administration. “Open” periodswill normally be only at the beginning or end of the student’s class schedule. Students with “open” periods arenot allowed to be on campus during that time period.Choosing Classes:Students and their parents are to use this Course Catalog in order to select classes that will be most beneficial tothe individual student. Students are asked to indicate all of the classes they expect to take next year for a total oftwelve (12) semester classes. Please take this process seriously; class choices determine what we will offer andthe courses you will be taking. Be sure to check the prerequisite for each class to insure that you will be allowedto register for the course. Selecting a class indicates a commitment to that course. You will be expected toremain in any course you select. Choose your classes carefully as you will be spending 18 weeks or a full schoolyear in them. If you do not understand a course description, ask your counselor or teacher for furtherexplanation. Be sure you sign up for classes required for graduation.All courses offered will depend on sufficient student registration numbers in those courses.Schedule Changes:During the first 10 days of a semester, student withdrawals from a class will only be authorized for the followingreasons:1. When errors in scheduling have occurred.2. When justifiable requests from a teacher are received indicating the student is academically misplaced.3. When justifiable medical reasons or other extenuating circumstances are presented.4. When students have previously had the instructor.2 P a g e
Students cannot be placed in alternative classes for credit after this ten-day period. The student must remain inthe registered class until an official change has been made through counselors and the administration. Failure toattend classes for which a student is officially enrolled will result in an “F” grade on the transcript.Given the large number of students and our efforts to be consistent and fair to all when considering changes,requests for a different teacher are only approved if there is compelling evidence of need. At no time will studentor parent requests to be placed with a specific teacher be honored.Withdrawal Grades:“All high school level courses attempted, including those courses where a student has withdrawn” must be listedon the transcript. (WAC 392-415-070) Peninsula School District considers any course in which a student isenrolled after the 10th day of the semester to be an “attempted” class. Students who withdraw from a courseafter the first 10 days of a semester will receive a failing (F) grade unless there are significant extenuatingcircumstances which will prevent the continued success.Determination of “significant extenuatingcircumstances” warranting a withdrawal grade can only be made by administration after consulting with theteacher of the course as well as the student’s counselor. Withdrawal grades will also be listed on a transcript andforwarded to receiving schools in the event a student transfers to another school prior to the end of a semester.Pass/Fail Grades:Students will earn grades of A-F in their academic classes. Students will earn Pass/Fail (P/F) grades in TApositions. Only in special circumstances will a student receive a P/F grade in an academic class. Teachers mustreceive approval from the principal prior to granting such a grade.Grading System:The State Board of Education has established the following grades and corresponding points to be used by all highschools in the State of Washington:A 4.0A- 3.7B BB- 3.3 3.0 2.7C CC-P Pass (a credit is earned but not figured into GPA) 2.3 2.0 1.7D 1.3D 1.0F 0.0INC 0.0The following grades and corresponding points are used in the Peninsula School District:A100% - B 89% - 87%93%A92% - B 86% - 83%90%B- 82% - 80%3 P a g eC 79% - 77%D 69% - 67%C76% - 73%DC-72% - 70%66% - 60%F59% Below
Incomplete Grades:Under special circumstances a student may request an incomplete grade. Students are allowed a maximum oftwo weeks (10 school days) to make up any class for which they received an “Incomplete.” Incompletes that havenot been made up within two weeks will automatically become “F” grades.Graduation Ceremony:In order to participate in the graduation ceremony, students must have earned the prescribed credits as outlinedin this registration guide, completed a Culminating (senior) Project, High School and Beyond Plan, and pass therequired state assessments.Early Graduation:Students who have specific work or education plan, may apply for early graduation. The procedure for earlygraduation is as follows:1. The student must submit in writing a request for early graduation. This request should include therationale for early graduation as well as the student’s plans upon leaving school.2. A conference with the student, parent, counselor, and administrator should take place.Athletic Eligibility:A student must have passed five (5) academic courses the previous term and be passing in five (5) academicclasses during the sports season to be eligible to participate in athletics. In addition, the student must maintain a2.0 grade point average during the preceding term and during participation.Repeated Courses and Grade Point Average (GPA):Per WAC 392-415-005 all marks/grades for all courses taken shall be included in the calculation of GPA except for:1. Non-numerical marks/grades shall be excluded in the calculation of students’ GPA; and2. Only the highest mark/grade earned for a class/course taken more than once to improve a mark/gradeshall be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students who fail a class for the second time will haveboth failing grades remain on their transcripts.Students may repeat a course. All occurrences of repeated courses must be included on the transcript. Followingthe successful completion of the repeated class, if the grade is an “F”, the letter grade will remain on thetranscript but will not be counted in the GPA. Students must notify their counselors for a change to take place. Ifthe course is replacing a letter grade that has earned credit (A, B, C, or D) is retaken for grade improvement, thecredit earned for that class will be forfeited.Need financial assistance? Contact an administrator or counselor to see how we can help.Distance Learning:Distance learning courses include those completed through internet or correspondence programs. Theseaccredited alternative courses may be approved for classes previously failed (referred to as “credit retrieval”).Under extraordinary circumstances, these distant learning options may also be approved to replace requiredcourses not yet attempted. Students seeking credit for a distance learning course must obtain approval from boththeir counselor and the principal prior to enrollment.4 P a g e
Final exams for all accredited alternative courses must be proctored by approved Peninsula School District staff.Parents/students assume all responsibility for monitoring progress and verifying course completion. Verificationmust be provided directly from the institution awarding credit. The institution or organization awarding creditand the completion date will also be noted on the transcript. Seniors must document completion and awarding ofcredit for any distance learning course required for graduation by 1:00 p.m. on the afternoon prior to the day ofpractice. If this deadline is not met, the credits awarded will still be applied towards high school requirementswhen verified, although seniors will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremonies. Completion ofthe Distance Learning Course Agreement, which documents pre-approval, parental participation, and student’sunderstanding of the conditions for acceptance of credit is required prior to enrolling in an alternative course.The high school principal remains the final decision maker regarding acceptance of distance learning courses anddisputes which may arise.Peninsula Internet Academy: This is an option through the Peninsula School District for students to take full orpart-time high school classes. Please see the school district website, www.pia.psd401.net for further information.Correspondence Courses: Correspondence courses are used for remedial purposes. Courses offered throughaccredited institutions may be approved with permission of the student’s counselor or an administrator. See yourhigh school counselor for more information.Credits Outside School:West Sound Technical Skills Center: The West Sound Technical Skill Center is located in Bremerton. Studentsenrolled at the Skills Center will receive one and one-half credits per semester for each program completed.Students will also be able to take three (3) classes at the high school while enrolled at the Skills Center. Courseofferings and their descriptions are included in this course catalog. Students who are interested in any of theseprograms should contact their high school counselor for more detailed information.Running Start: Running Start allows eligible juniors and seniors to enroll tuition free in courses at the localcommunity colleges or career/technical schools. The course work completed can earn both college and PeninsulaSchool District credit.The Running Start program is limited to juniors and seniors who can demonstrate their ability to succeed incollege level courses through the Community College Assessments and Placement Program in combination withtheir high school records. To enroll in any non-math course, students must place into college level reading andEnglish 101. To enroll in a math course, or any course that requires math as a prerequisite, students must placeinto college level reading and math.Costs of transportation, class and campus fees, purchase of textbooks and materials are the responsibility of thestudent.5 P a g e
Graduation requirements for completing a high school diploma are established by the Peninsula School District.Students must consult their high school counselor to identify how community college courses will apply towardsgraduation. If students choose to enroll part-time in Running Start classes and part-time at a Peninsula SchoolDistrict high school, they will need to plan their Running Start classes around their Peninsula School District highschool classes.A one-quarter, five credit, class will equal 1.0 high school study in the subject taken. Further information isavailable through the high school counseling department. (Sub 100 level 0.5 credit except for Math 96 1.0)Summer School: Students who failed a core class may take a class through the Peninsula School District’sSummer School Program or the District’s Internet Academy in order to make up the missed credit. Classes thatare typically offered during the summer are Math, English, and Social Studies. Students are issued a “Pass” for thesuccessful completion of summer school requirements and will be awarded 0.5 credit. Students must obtain theircounselor’s signature on the summer school registration form and pay tuition to their school’s bookkeeper.Parents and students are responsible to make sure that they sign up the correct course in which the studentneeds to earn credit.Further information can be obtained from the summer school website atwww.ss.psd401.net.Summer Satellite Academy: West Sound Technical Skills Center offers a satellite program at the Gig Harbor HighSchool campus in July. Students may earn a .5 CTE or elective credit.Home School Courses:Approval of home school courses requires the superintendent of the school district (or a designee) to approve thecourse work. This is usually the high school principal or assistant principal. Parents of high school students arealso required to submit an educational plan prior to each term and are responsible for the mandated state-levelassessments. The Washington Administrative Code (WAC) requires a written request to home school a childwhich must be submitted to the superintendent prior to September 15th of each year. Students participating in ahome school program are encouraged to take the yearly state/national tests administered at the school.NCAA College-Bound Student Athletes:Division I or Division II being offered an athletic scholarship or not:All NCAA Division I and II College and Universities require that all prospective student athletes meeting specificacademic eligibility6 requirements. An application needs to be submitted to the NCAA Eligibility Center at the endof the junior year which provides information to all NCAA Division I and II schools. A player’s eligibility is based ona minimum cumulative GPA in core-course requirements and a minimum ACT/SAT score. Be sure that ACT/SATresults are sent to the Eligibility Center. Applications will start being processed at the end of the junior year.Information regarding NCAA approved courses is available through the counseling office. Students who hope toplay at this level are encouraged to contact their high school counselor for detailed information regarding theserequirements. For more information: www.ncaa.org/student-athletes.The NCAA Eligibility Center has launched a new website at NCAA.org/playcollegesports to help high schoolstudent athletes successfully transition to college. The enhanced online content gives student athletes andparents a broad look at the initial eligibility process and detailed information about common eligibility situations.6 P a g e
Advanced Placement:Peninsula School District offers a wide range of Advanced Placement classes that can earn college credit forstudents. These classes provide students with an exciting academic challenge in addition to possible savings oncollege tuition costs. They are rigorous and require a high degree of dedication from students, including thecommitment to spend an average of three to ten hours per week in study outside the classroom. AP courses on astudent’s transcript are evaluated by universities as highly significant. They indicate that the student has beenwilling to take high-level, challenging courses and is capable of functioning successfully with college levelmaterials and expectations. AP teachers go through specific educational training to enhance the program.Students earn regular high school credit upon successful completion of the course and then have the opportunityto earn college credit through examination in May. The examinations are administered through the high schooland are developed nationally by the Education Testing Service. AP examinations are graded on a scale of 1(minimum) to 5 (maximum). University credit is generally granted for test scores of 3 and above. Each universityhas their own standard. However, even a score of 1 or 2 enhances the opportunity for scholarships and universityadmission. Students are encouraged to take the AP exams.If a student enrolls in an AP course, the expectation is that the student will take the AP examination. The studentpays for the cost of each examination. There is a partial fee waiver available for students in need. Students whoenroll in year-long AP courses are expected to remain in those courses the entire year.AP classes for the upcoming year may include:Art HistoryBiologyCalculusChemistryChineseComputer ScienceMicro Economics & Macro EconomicsEnglish Language and CompositionEnglish Literature and CompositionEnvironmental ScienceHuman GeographyMusic dio ArtU.S. GovernmentU.S. HistoryWorld HistoryAll courses are dependent upon enrollment.Dual-Credit Courses:There are several courses, primarily in the Career and Technical area, where a student can earn both high schooland college credit at the same time through the Pierce County Careers Consortium. These courses are indicatedthroughout this course guide as Dual Credit courses. Students, who complete the courses with a grade of “B” orbetter and meet the requirements of the articulated course from the college granting the credit, can earnCommunity/Technical college credit. More information on this program may be obtained from the Pierce CountyCareers Consortium website at www.pc3connect.com.7 P a g e
Other College Credit Options:There are many other courses that can earn students college credit. Typically, in order to earn this credit, thestudent must pay a minimal college credit fee and receive an A or B in the course. Most of these courses arearticulated with local community and technical colleges. More information can be found online atwww.pc3connect.com or www.oc.ctc.edu or in the counseling department.College Entrance Requirements:Each college or university has their own entrance requirements. Requirements for entrance to four-year collegesvary, and may change annually. Besides academic performance, they will consider factors such as whether astudent has overcome personal or social adversity, their leadership skills, and their extracurricular interests.For the most current information consult the Washington Four-Year College Book, the College Handbook, onlineresources at www.collegeboard.com, or a specific college catalog for entrance information.The entrance requirements listed below are for general guidance. Please ask your counselor for help in checkingthe requirements for specific post-secondary institutions.Type of InstitutionTechnical SchoolsCommunity CollegesFour-Year Colleges andUniversitiesEntrance RequirementsVariesHigh School graduation or 18 years of ageHigh School graduation, rigorous coursework, GPA, SAT, and/orACT scoresAlso: 4 years of English Language Arts 3 years of Social Studies 2-4 years of the same World Language (one year taken in highschool) 3-4 years of college preparatory Mathematics 2-4 years of Science 1 year of Fine Arts8 P a g e
Prepare Now For Your FutureAdvanced Placement ProgramsThe choices you make now will determine the future course of your life. By taking college-level AdvancedPlacement (AP) and advanced courses, you enter a world of knowledge and a learning environment that youmight not otherwise experience in high school; by taking AP exams, you have the opportunity to earn credit oradvanced standing at many of the nation’s colleges and universities.Advanced Placement courses are offered at GHHS and PHS. While the availability of classes differ among theschools, in the Peninsula School District we offer many different AP courses ranging from English, US History andPsychology to Statistics, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry and Music Theory. Surely, among all of these offerings youcan find classes that match your interests. Results from the Pre Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) given to allsophomores, also provide valuable information to students regarding AP potential.Why Should You Sign Up for AP and Advanced Courses?The greatest benefit of AP and advanced courses is the experience of taking academic courses in an enrichedenvironment with classmates who, like you, are seeking intellectual challenge, are motivated to learn, and arecommitted to excellence. Participating in these courses is going to give you a head start on exactly the sort ofwork you will confront in college. You will improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem-solvingtechniques; develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous coursework; assume the responsibility ofreasoning, analyzing, and understanding for yourself and study subjects in greater depth and detail.What Are the Requirements?AP and advanced courses are challenging, however, we offer just the classes you need in order to be wellprepared. In the Course Catalog, you will find a flowchart for each content area that describes a recommendedcourse sequence leading up to AP and advanced courses. Other than that, the only requirement for takingadvanced courses is a curiosity about the subject you plan to study and the willingness to work hard.Want to Learn More About Advanced Placement?For more information about this program, you can check with your school counselor. Additional information canbe found online at:Advanced Placement:College Board:ACT:9 P a g org/aap/
Counseling and Guidance DepartmentThe Counseling and Guidance Department at Gig Harbor High School assists students in becoming responsibleadults who can develop realistic and fulfilling life plans that are based on a clear understanding of themselves andtheir needs, interests, and skills. Our goal is to provide students with the skills that they need to be successfuladults. Attention is given to: Academic potential, including responsibility for grades and creditsSocial and emotional supportEffective communication and decision-making skillsPost-secondary plansSpecific college and career planningSelf-management and responsibility for behaviorLast NameA–DE–KL – ROFROG – ZCounselorLillian AmrineTammy Walter-BrooksTodd DempewolfTodd DavisCareer/College Placement and AP CounselorCareer Center SpecialistRegistrarCounseling SecretaryKristine NybergLorraine McCormickMarilyn McBrideKaren LindbergPsychologistSocial WorkerJulie BarnettKim LubinSome of the specific services over the course of the school year that counselors provide include:Seniors: Senior Parent Night, College Fair, college selection and application, financial aid, scholarship notebook,individual and group counseling, presentations to classrooms on post-high school planning AP, SAT, ACT testing College financial aid information for parents and students, assistance in college application process andscholarship acquisitionsJuniors: PSAT administration, individual and group counseling, career interest assessment Individual graduation credit checks, career pathway review and senior year plan NCAA Information Parent Night, student schedules AP testing10 P a g e
Sophomores: PSAT test administration to all sophomores Individual and group counseling, career pathway and five-year plan review Parent Night, student schedulesFreshmen: Spring of 8th grade year – visits to middle schools to register for freshman year Parent Orientation Night, student schedules Classroom presentations on transition to high school, career pathways and five-year plan11 P a g e
Testing OpportunitiesAccuplacer:The Accuplacer is used to help determine college course selection for students. The Accuplacer has threesections: Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, and Math. Used mainly by community colleges, but it is alsoused by some four year colleges and technical colleges as a placement tool. Tacoma Community College uses theAccuplacer as their placement test. Check with other colleges for specifics regarding their placement tests.Advanced Placement (AP):Please see information in this guide concerning AP exams.Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test (ASVAB):The ASVAB is a test used by the military that measures aptitudes and contains an interest inventory. The militaryuses the ASVAB as part of their placement process for training placements of new recruits. This is a free testthat Peninsula School District is able to utilize for all students taking CCFE in their sophomore year and otherupper grade level students who may be interested in the military as a career. The ASVAB scores of sophomoresare not used for military purposes and the results are only used for student feedback and self-discovery.College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Test (ACT):Scores from either the SAT or ACT are accepted as part of the admissions application by all four-year colleges anduniversities in Washington State. Nationally, some schools designate one or the other, but many accept eithertest. Some colleges specify the SAT for eligibility. The SAT or ACT is mandatory for eligibility for NCAAintercollegiate athletics. Either test is administered several times during the year and may be taken more thanonce if desired. Tests may also be taken prior to the senior year. Registration materials are available in thecounseling department and must be mailed well in advance of the test date. Students need to register and payfor the SAT and ACT directly with the College Board and American Testing organizations. Peninsula High School isan SAT testing site in October and June.Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA):The SBA in English Language Arts and Math measure college and career readiness of high school students. TheSBA is required for all 11th graders beginning spring 2015.The HSPE test measures the proficiency of students in high school and serv
Peninsula School District in partnership with family, business, and community will provide a learning-focused environment in which every student will acquire the . Peninsula Internet Academy 22 Career & Technical Education 24 Business and Marketing 25 Engineering and Technology 28 Arts & Communications 31 Health and Human Services 35 Science .