COURSE DESCRIPTION HANDBOOK

2018-2019

Required Subjects

Program Planning

All students, in consultation with their families, need to develop a four-year high school plan of studies in order to prepare for college, vocational or technical studies, or the job market. To assist with this planning, review the chart below listing the course requirements for high school graduation.

Special Education students are required to complete the course of study as prescribed in their Individual  Education Plan (IEP).

Curriculum Area Prescott Unified School District Graduation Requirements Prescott Unified School District Graduate with Distinction Requirements Arizona University Entrance Requirements
English 4 credits 4 credits 4 credits
Math 4 credits 4 credits 4 credits
Science 3 credits 3 credits 3 lab science credits
Social Studies 3 credits

(US/AZ History, World History, US/AZ Government, Economics)

3 credits

(US/AZ History, World History, US/AZ Government, Economics)

2 credits (must include US/AZ History)
Physical Education/Health 1 credit 1 credit 0 credit
Career and Technical Education (CTE) or Fine Arts 1 credit 1 credit 1 Fine Arts Credit
Modern Language 0 credit 0-2 credits 2 credits (same language)
Core Classes Total 16 credits 16-18 credits 16 credits
Elective Classes Total 6 credits 6-8 credits 6 credits
Total 22 credits 24 credits 22 credits

Graduates with Distinction Requirements

  • Cumulative grade point average of 4.0
  • Earned a minimum of 24 credits
  • Take one or more advanced placement course at Prescott High School
  • Earned the necessary 16 credits required by the Arizona Board of Regents for admission to the state universities.

Minimum Enrollment Requirements

Freshmen (9th grade) – Minimum of 6 classes each semester
Sophomores (10th grade) – Minimum of 6 classes each semester
Juniors (11th grade) – Minimum of 5 classes each semester
Seniors (12th) – Minimum of 4 classes each semester

*Please note: Some courses may not be offered each semester or year.

Minimum Enrollment Requirements
  • Freshmen (9th grade) – Minimum of 6 classes each semester
  • Sophomores (10th grade) – Minimum of 6 classes each semester
  • Juniors (11th grade) – Minimum of 5 classes each semester
  • Seniors (12th) – Minimum of 4 classes each semester

*Please note: Some courses may not be offered each semester or year.

On-line Course Requirement
All graduates of Prescott High School are required to take one course on-line. This is offered through our A+ Elective lab. Prescott High School Elective Lab offers courses to students which can be taken during the school day or in summer school. Students may earn one (1) credit per semester in Social Studies or other elective areas. Students in the A+ Elective Lab use the “A+ Anywhere” software program to complete lessons along with teacher lead projects to enhance the course work. Students will work with their academic advisor in order to select the appropriate curriculum to take in the on-line setting.
Requirements for AZ Public Universities

Admission to Colleges and Universities

Admission requirements to colleges and universities vary greatly. Students should review the catalog of the college or university they are interested in attending in order to become familiar with entrance requirements. Many college catalogs are available in the academic advisors’ offices, as well as the career center.

NCAA Eligibility: All prospective student athletes who intend to participate in Division I or Division II athletics as freshmen in college must register and be certified by the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse. College-bound student-athletes must meet a core-course progression requirement to be eligible to compete in the initial year of full-time enrollment at an NCAA Division I & II school. See your academic advisor for details and registration procedures.

Out-of-state schools have additional requirements and differ considerably. It is suggested that the student send for an out-of-state catalog to become familiar with specific requirements.

Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement Courses vs. Dual Enrollment Courses

Both programs put you on a path for earning college credits while still in high school.

AP Classes

  • Take AP Standardized exam
  • Pay for AP Exam
  • Required scores are needed to be awarded credit
  • Credit awards will vary at institutions
  • AZtransfer.com/exam equivalency

Dual Enrollment

  • College credit is earned with a “C” or higher
  • AZtransfer.com/course equivalency
  • Fee of $10/credit hour, non-refundable
  • College transcript is established

Dual Enrollment Courses

  • English 12/ENG 101/102 (Senior English class for college-bound students)
  • Concepts of College Mathematics MAT 142 (4th-year math course for college-bound 10th, 11th, & 12th)
  • College Algebra/MAT 152  (Fourth-year math course for college-bound 10th, 11th and 12th)
  • Elementary Statistics/MAT 167(Fourth-year math course for college-bound 10th, 11th and 12th)
  • Pre-Calculus/MAT 187 (Fourth-year math course for college-bound 10th, 11th and 12th)

There are also numerous JTED/CTE courses which can earn college credit for various levels of students including: Informational Technology/A+ Certification, Pre-Engineering/Robotics, Welding, Auto-Diesel Technologies, Aviation, Electrical Line-Worker, Medical Professions, Educational Professions, Culinary Arts, Agricultural Ed. and Agri-Business, Drafting/Design Technologies, Nursing, Sports Medicine, Marketing Management & Entrepreneurship, and Business Management

Advanced Placement Courses

  • AP U.S./AZ History
  • AP World History
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP English Literature and Comp.
  • AP Physics
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Biology
  • AP Language and Composition
  • AP Studio Art
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP U.S. Government
Yavapai College Credits
Prescott High School (PHS) currently has many dual-enrollment programs, such as Advanced Business Management, Auto Technology, Information Technology, College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and English 101. Dual enrolled means the PHS student is concurrently enrolled with Yavapai College (YC) and earns both high school and college credits by succeeding in the course.
Concurrent Credit
Prescott High School (PHS) currently has many dual-enrollment programs, such as Advanced Business Management, Auto Technology, Information Technology, College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and English 101. Dual enrolled means the PHS student is concurrently enrolled with Yavapai College (YC) and earns both high school and college credits by succeeding in the course.
Sample Personal Education Plan
SEMESTER 1 GRADE 9
English 9
Math
Science
P.E./Health
Elective
Elective

SEMESTER 2 GRADE 9
English 9
Math
Science
P.E./Health
Elective
Elective


SEMESTER 1 GRADE 10
English 10
Math
Science
U.S./Arizona History
Elective
Elective

SEMESTER 2 GRADE 10
English 10
Math
Science
U.S./Arizona History
Elective
Elective


SEMESTER 1 GRADE 11
English 11
Math
Science
World History
Elective
Elective (if required)

SEMESTER 2 GRADE 11
English 11
Math
Science
World History
Elective
Elective (if required)


SEMESTER 1 GRADE 12
English 12
Math
U.S./AZ Government
Elective (if required)

SEMESTER 2 Grade 12
English 12
Math
Economics
Elective (if required)


Course offerings are predicated on district budget, faculty, and the master schedule. Due to these parameters, we cannot guarantee all courses in this booklet will be offered every semester.

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