Student Handbook: III – Academic-Program Information

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SECTION III
ACADEMIC-PROGRAM INFORMATION




SCHOOL CALENDAR
2016-2017

August
8th New Student/Parent Orientation
10th Welcome to DLS Day (8th-12th grades)
11th FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
24th Fall Mini-Schedule for Parents
26th Welcome Back-to-School Mass & Senior Ring Mass – 1 p.m. dismissal
Football Jamboree
September
5th Labor Day – HOLIDAY
14th Progress Grades for 1st Quarter
15th Parent-Teacher Conferences
20th Balfour Junior / Senior Orders
26th Homecoming Week (Football game on 30th)
October
1st Homecoming Dance
13th 1st Quarter Exams – 11 a.m. dismissal (A, B)
14th 1st Quarter Exams – 11 a.m. dismissal (C, D)
19th PSAT TEST DAY
28th Report Cards Available Online (Edline/Blackboard)
November
1st School Mass – All Saints Day
3rd-4th 1st Quarter Honor Roll Breakfast
8th Open House
9th Open House HOLIDAY
16th Progress Grades for 2nd Quarter
28th Thanksgiving Prayer Service
21st-25th Thanksgiving HOLIDAYS
December
8th School Mass-Feast of Immaculate Conception
9th DLS Band Christmas Concert (in cafeteria)
15th 2nd Quarter Exams – 11 a.m. dismissal (C, D)
16th 2nd Quarter Exams – 11 a.m. dismissal (A, B)
19th-3rd Christmas and New Year’s HOLIDAYS
January
4th Classes Resume
6th Back to School Mass
13th 2nd Quarter Report Cards Available on Edline/Blackboard
16th Martin Luther King Day – HOLIDAY
19th Spring Parents Mini-Schedule
26th-27th Honor Roll Breakfast for 2nd Quarter
30th-3rd Catholic Schools Week
February
1st Progress Grades for 3rd Quarter
9thth Parent-Teacher Conferences
27th-3rd Mardi Gras HOLIDAYS
March
15th Standardized Testiong (No School for Seniors)
16th 3rd Quarter Exams – 11 a.m. dismissal (A, B)
17th 3rd Quarter Exams – 11 a.m. dismissal (C, D)
18th Sophomore Prayer Breakfast
31st 3rd Quarter Report Cards Available on Edline/Blackboard
April
6th Senior Parent Meeting (mandatory)
10th-11th Honor Roll Breakfast for 3rd Quarter
12th Lenten Prayer Service with NOON DISMISSAL
13th-17th Easter HOLIDAYS
19th Progress Grades for 4th Quarter
26th Senior Exams C&D , then Graduation Practice
27th Senior Exams A&B, then Graduation Practice
28th Senior Fun Day at JCC and Senior/Faculty Basketball Game
May
1st – 15th AP Exams (specific day of exam announced in class)
TBD Senior Final Graduation Practice (mandatory for all seniors)
4th Sports Banquet and Awards Ceremony
7th Senior Awards Breakfast
10th Awards Ceremony for 8th – 11th grades
12th Founder’s Day Celebration & 8th Grade Promotion- 1:00 p.m. dismissal
15th Senior Graduation at Xavier University Convocation Center at 4:00 p.m.
23th Final Exams – 11 a.m. dismissal (C, D)
24th Final Exams – 11 a.m. dismissal (A, B)


Parents are responsible for arranging early pick-up on special early dismissal days. Students who remain on campus on these days are required to report to the DLS library, the school lobby, or the Commons. Failure to follow these directions will result in disciplinary action.

For updated calendar events, please visit the web page www.delasallenola.com.


ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

The Academic Programs at De La Salle High School attempt to be flexible and adaptable in meeting academic abilities and needs of students admitted to De La Salle. These programs invite the student to grow and mature intellectually, spiritually, psychologically, and physically.

Academic placement in these programs is based on information such as standardized test scores, academic record, and the recommendation of teachers. A student may be placed into different academic levels for one or more courses in which the student shows appropriate ability or developmental need.

Although parent and student requests may be considered, academic placement rests within the discretion of the school faculty and administration. The Principal has the authority to make all final decisions regarding academic placement.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM – TRACK I

De La Salle offers Advanced Placement Courses in several academic areas each year. Admission to this program is limited to those recommended by academic department faculty and approved by the Principal. Students in this program must take the Advanced Placement Exams nationally administered in late spring each academic year. However, students earning a D or F in an AP course will only be allowed to take an AP exam with teacher approval. Failure of a qualifying student to take the AP exam will result in a reduction in the overall grade by one letter grade.

Once enrolled in an AP or Dual Enrollment course, students WILL NOT be granted permission to withdraw from the course for any reason other than a medical diagnosis provided in writing by a licensed physician.

 

HONORS PROGRAM – TRACK II

This course of study seeks to provide a challenge to the student who has strong academic abilities. The accelerated five-year program offers the student five years of English and mathematics. The four-year program also offers the student acceleration in English, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students may be placed into the Honors Program at the time of initial admission or may be nominated by faculty based on their work during an academic school year.

 

COLLEGE PREPARATORY PROGRAM –
TRACKS III AND IV

The aim of the Track III College Preparatory Program is to provide a sound academic curriculum necessary for the academic preparation of the college-bound student. The curriculum in this program is adaptable and seeks to accommodate the additional academic pursuits of the student. The student who completes the recommended program has the necessary requirements for admission to colleges and universities.

The purpose of the Track IV College Preparatory Program is to provide an emphasis in the fundamental academic information and skills necessary for students to reach mastery of college-preparatory classes. As in the case of the Track III program, the curriculum in this program is adaptable and seeks to accommodate the additional academic pursuits of the student. The student who completes the recommended program has the necessary requirements for admission to colleges and universities.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

 

Parents and students are reminded of the following:

The privilege of graduating with one’s class from the stage on graduation day is governed by the following:

  1. Successful completion of the course of studies required by the State of Louisiana.
  2. Successful completion of the course of studies as required by De La Salle High School.
  3. Certification by the school’s administrators of the student’s having followed the rules and regulations of De La Salle High School to such a degree that the student is worthy of the privilege of participating in the graduation ceremony.

 

NOTE: All three requirements must be met before the student is allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. GRADUATION IS HELD IN MAY.

 

The Graduation ceremony at De La Salle takes place in the context of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Therefore, it is required that all guests recognize the importance of appropriate behavior during this very serious and dignified ceremony. Parents and students are asked to invite only those friends and family members who understand the seriousness of this rite of passage. Inappropriate behavior (any kind of yelling, clapping or inappropriate gestures) during any part of the ceremony by guests may cause a graduate’s diploma to be issued at a later date.

FULL PARTICIPATION IN THE DE LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONY IS A PRIVILEGE AND NOT A RIGHT FOR THE INDIVIDUAL STUDENT AND HIS/HER PARENTS.

GRADUATION ADMITTANCE

The number of admittance tickets a graduating senior may receive depends on the church’s maximum capacity. The tickets are divided evenly among the graduating seniors.

 


COURSES/CREDITS FOR GRADUATION

The graduation requirements at De La Salle High School include the requirements of the Department of Education of the State of Louisiana. Requirements include:

 

COURSE

CREDITS

COURSE

CREDITS
English*

4

Religion*

4

Fine Arts

1

Science*

4

Foreign Language

2

Social Studies*

4

Mathematics*

4

Electives

7

P.E./Health

2

Total

32

 

NOTE: Driver’s Education does not count towards graduation requirements.

 

* All De La Salle students must schedule these courses every year they are enrolled at De La Salle.

** Beginning with the Class of 2017, De La Salle students will have the opportunity to engage in a Capstone Project, which will be an opportunity for students to show what they have learned in the college-preparatory program. All De La Salle graduates will have completed a Capstone Project during their junior or senior years.


DIPLOMAS

A student must meet all the De La Salle High School graduation requirements in order to receive a De La Salle Diploma. De La Salle High School awards two types of diplomas:

 

  1. The Diploma “With Honors,” is earned by a student who has a GPA of 3.6 or above and a minimum of 10 honors/AP courses with no final course grade of “F.” These ten courses must be high school credit courses. In addition, students must enroll in those honors classes required and/or recommended by the teacher.
  2. The College Preparatory Diploma, is earned by a student who satisfactorily completes the Academic course of studies at De La Salle High School.

 

TRANSCRIPTS

There is a $2.00 fee for transcript requests. Prior to releasing transcripts, all students must be cleared by the Finance Office. Transcripts will not be released for students with an outstanding tuition balance.

GRADING SYSTEM

The scholastic year is divided into two terms. The fall term is from the beginning of the school year to December, and the spring term is from January through the end of the school year. Term courses (those lasting an entire term) are worth one full credit while nine-week courses are worth one-half (1/2) credit. Grades are based on daily homework, tests, quizzes, projects, class participation and exams. Exams are administered every nine weeks at De La Salle.

 

  • Term courses (as defined above) are divided into two separate but equal nine-week periods.
  • A student earns credit after successfully completing nine weeks in any course.
  • Any student who fails any nine-week period in any course must attend summer school to remediate the course work (excluding year-long courses).
  • It is important to note that the nine weeks report cards designate credit earned or not earned for each course in which a student is enrolled.

 

THE MOST IMPORTANT COLUMNS ARE THOSE AT THE 2ND MARKING PERIOD AND THE 4TH MARKING PERIOD.

 

A typical report card (issued in June) is pictured below.

NOTE: This Report Card only shows the important nine-weeks marking periods.

 

The numerical average of the 1st and 2nd quarters or 3rd and 4th quarters determine the final grade (the transcript grade), except in the case of an “F” in either of these marking periods.

*This student failed the 1st quarter (1st half) of U.S. History and must attend summer school for the first half of the course. (THE FINAL GRADE of “F” REFLECTS THE NEED FOR SUMMER SCHOOL REMEDIATION.)

**This student failed the 4th quarter (2nd half) of English III and must attend summer school for the second half of the course. A STUDENT RECEIVES AN “F” FOR THE FINAL GRADE if the student fails the first OR second half of the course.

***The entire term was failed for Chemistry (both the 1st and 2nd quarters) so the student must attend summer school to remediate the ENTIRE course. A student who fails any 9-week period of any course must attend summer school for 3 weeks for 4 hours per day. Full credit classes in summer school are 4 hours in length and last the entire six (6) weeks. Ordinarily, students who fail the first half of a course attend for the first 3 weeks and students who fail the second half of a course attend the second 3 weeks.

If a student receives a final grade of “D”, he/she has the option of attending summer school in order to review the course and raise the “D” grade to a final grade of “C” as long as they obtain a grade of “A” or “B” in summer school. Permission to do this can only be granted by the Assistant Principal or the Principal. *****

 

REPORT CARDS

It is the goal of the Administration and Faculty of De La Salle to foster responsibility in the young people entrusted to De La Salle. Report cards will be available through Edline/Blackboard at the end of each nine-week period. The expectation of the school is that De La Salle parents are involved in the academic lives of their children and take an active role in tracking the child’s academic progress.

EDLINE/BLACKBOARD

Parents and students are assigned codes that allow them to access the grade reporting system Edline/Blackboard. Lost or forgotten codes may be obtained by contacting the Assistant Principal or the school’s Office of Technology. Grades are updated weekly and it is the responsibility of the parent and student to check the student’s progress on Edline/Blackboard. Regularly updated attendance and discipline records can also be viewed with your Edline/Blackboard code.

*It is the Parent/Guardian’s responsibility to provide a valid email address in Edline/Blackboard in order to receive school communications. All students and parents/guardians are required to activate their Edline/Blackboard codes and enter a valid email address so that the school can have adequate communication with the family.


GRADING SCALE AND CONDUCT CODES

GRADING SCALE
A (90-100
B (80-89)
C (72-79)
D (66-71)
F (below 66)
CONDUCT CODES
Satisfactory (Coded 31)
Needs Improvement (Coded 32)
Unsatisfactory (Coded 33)

With permission from the Principal, students may enroll in on-line courses and receive De La Salle credit. However, these grades will be marked as “P” for passing work or “F” for failing work. They will not be assigned a letter grade.



FAILURES

Any student who fails the 2nd and/or 4th grading periods or any student who fails any course must make up that course in the subsequent SUMMER SCHOOL at DE LA SALLE. Failure to do so ordinarily will result in a student’s not being allowed to return to De La Salle the following school year. For summer school requirements, please refer to the section labeled “GRADING SYSTEM.”

Students who are not allowed to return to De La Salle ordinarily are not allowed to attend summer school at De La Salle.

A student who fails more than two credits by the end of the school year fails for the year, and may not return to De La Salle without special permission from the Principal.


CLASS ASSIGNMENTS

Because success in school depends to some degree on the completion of assignments, students are expected to complete homework and other assignments on time, presenting them in a manner which assists the teacher in evaluating student performance.

Teachers in every academic class post on Edline/Blackboard a lesson plan/homework sheet for the week containing an outline of the material in each class and the homework for each class. Edline/Blackboard is linked to the school website, www.delasallenola.com. Students who do not submit quality homework will receive an academic referral.


ACADEMIC REFERRAL

When a student misses a homework assignment or does not hand in quality homework, the teacher will issue an academic referral. Each referral will result in a 6:45 a.m. detention. These referrals will be accessible to parents via Edline/Blackboard.

 

  1. At eight (8) referrals per semester, a guidance counselor will call the student into the office, warn him/her, and also inform parents.
  2. At sixteen (16) referrals per semester, the student and his or her parent / guardian will meet with the Principal to determine whether the student should go before an academic board (the board will consist of a guidance counselor, an administrator, and a faculty member as appointed by the Principal). Any student referred to the Academic Board faces possible expulsion from De La Salle.
  3. The Academic Board’s recommendation of the student’s status at De La Salle is then submitted to the Principal for a final decision, who is not bound by the recommendation.

 

MAKE-UP WORK

Students who miss assignments resulting from an excused absence will receive the appropriate credit upon satisfactory completion of the work. Students missing major tests or quizzes are not ordinarily given the same test as classmates.

De La Salle students understand that it is their responsibility to check Edline/Blackboard and complete all assignments. In the case of extended illness, the Guidance Office handles the communication between the Academic and Attendance Offices.

In some cases extended illnesses (even with a legitimate Doctor’s excuse) can cause a student to miss more school days than are allowed by the State Department of Education and a student could be required to make up time, repeat the entire course in summer school or repeat the entire school year.

Upon returning to class, the student is responsible for arranging with all teachers to make up the work. Under normal circumstances (as determined by the Administration), the work must be done within two days for credit to be awarded.

TEXTBOOK POLICY

De La Salle students who use state issued textbooks are responsible for the condition of those books since the books are the property of the school. If a textbook is damaged or returned in unsatisfactory condition (in the opinion of the teacher), the student/ parents are responsible for the replacement cost of the book, which is $80.00. Students who have not turned in textbooks or paid the $80.00 replacement cost will not be permitted to take exams until the matter has been resolved.

 

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