Great care is to be taken by the student in selecting courses which best fulfill his/her academic objectives. While selecting courses, the student must be aware of specific course and credit requirements for each year; unit, course and sequence requirements for graduation; the most appropriate course levels; and the student’s own plans for the future. In addition, it is recommended that the student choose electives over as broad a spectrum as possible, so that all areas of interest are investigated and developed.
The ninth grade student registering at SCC is counseled regarding course selection by teachers of specific departments and by school counselors. Placement in course levels is based upon standardized testing, performance achievement, and recommendations by subject teacher in the student’s middle school.
In general, the student at SCC is required to take certain courses at each grade level. An outline of these requirements follows:
||Advanced Regents Diploma
|Art or Music
* One of the following must be completed:
3 credits in Foreign Language OR completion of 5 credits in a specific subject area.
Elective courses are available in almost every department. The student is advised in the choice of elective courses by school counselors and by teachers in the respective departments. During the time of course selection each year, special arrangements are made for the student to discuss elective choices with teachers in departments in which the student is not already enrolled. In any given year, courses may be dropped from the curriculum if the number of students registering for the course is insufficient. Students are required to choose alternate electives if courses are dropped or scheduling is not possible.
Seton Catholic Central uses numerical system for grading in most courses. A passing grade in any course is 65% or above. The final average for a course is determined by averaging together the quarter marks and the final examination in such a way that the final examination counts for 20% of the average. In those courses in which a final examination is not given, the average is reached by averaging the quarter marks.
Interim reports may be sent by teachers at the midpoint of each grading period. Such reports are designed to inform the student, parents, and counselors of the student’s academic status. Interims are most often sent to apprise all concerned of difficulties which a student is experiencing in a particular course so that corrective measures may be taken.
Failure of a required course must be made up before graduation. Failures in courses which are prerequisites for another course must be made up before entering that course.
Generally, the failure is to be made up in summer school if the course in question is offered in order that the student not fall behind in sequential courses or fail to complete enough units of credit for graduation.
The minimum quarter mark recorded on the student report card is 50%. If the actual quarter mark is below 50%, a comment to that effect will be made on the report card. Quarter grades below 50% may be used to compute the final average.
The official transcript for each student contains a complete and comprehensive record of the following:
- All courses taken during the student’s high school career, whether taken during the regular school term or during summer school.
- All high school level courses taken by accelerated students in the middle school.
- Reports of standardized tests taken during the student’s high school career. (This includes, but is not limited to, results from DAT, CAT, PSAT, SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement, and Regents testing.)
- Grades earned upon repeat attempts of Regents examinations.
Copies of the transcript are made available to the student and parents/guardians upon request. When requested by the student or a parent/guardian, a copy of the official transcript embossed with the school seal will be sent directly to an educational institution, scholarship committee, or prospective employer.
Once the student has graduated from Seton Catholic Central, requests for transcripts may be made to the Guidance Office secretary, accompanied by a $2.00 fee to cover the costs of processing and mailing.