COURSE DESCRIPTION HANDBOOK

2019-2020


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

Graduation with Distinction requirements

Current qualifications for PHS Graduates With Distinction (Applies to Classes of 2020 and 2021)

Complete all normal PHS graduation requirements, plus

  • Earn 24 or more credits, including 2 in the same foreign language
  • Complete at least one Advanced Placement course at Prescott High School
  • Earn a cumulative, weighted grade point average of 4.0 or higher

 

In all cases, students apply for Graduation With Distinction/Honors by filling out an application from the Advisement Center between April 25 and May 10, to be verified by PHS advisors & administration.

 

Students who qualify for Graduation With Distinction in 2020 and 2021 will be recognized at Commencement, will be able to note this on resumes and applications, and will have the opportunity to potentially be selected to speak at graduation.

 

Beginning with the graduating class of 2022:

PHS Graduation With Distinction 

  • Earn 24 or more credits, including 2 in the same foreign language
  • Complete at least one Advanced Placement course at Prescott High School
  • Earn a cumulative, UNweighted GPA of 3.80 or better

 

PHS Graduation With Honors

  • Earn 24 or more credits, including 2 years of the same foreign language
  • Complete at least TWO Advanced Placement and/or dual credit courses at PHS
  • Complete 5 or more classes on campus or through CTE, each semester Senior year
  • Weighted GPA of 4.0 or better

 

PHS Graduation with High Honors

  • Earn 24 or more credits, including 2 years of the same foreign language
  • Complete at least TWO Advanced Placement and/or dual credit courses at PHS
  • Enrolled in 5 or more classes on campus or through CTE, each semester Senior year
  • No graduation-required “core” (math, English, social studies, science, foreign language) classes taken online (Exception: Economics may be taken online if due to taking our full-year AP Government class) 
  • 5 or fewer non-medically-excused absences per class, each semester at PHS
  • No discipline referrals resulting in ISS or OSS while at PHS
  • Weighted GPA of 4.0 or better

 

All students who are certified in these categories may note their honor on scholarship, college, and job applications. In addition, students will receive the following recognitions at PHS Graduation:

Distinction–Notation in program

Honors–Notation in program, graduation robe cord

High Honors–Notation in program, graduation robe cord, medal. 

**Graduates in each of these categories will have the opportunity to potentially be selected to speak at graduation.

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. Online Courses are offered through the PHS Credit Assistance Program.  Courses can be taken in addition to a student’s regularly scheduled courses or they may also be enrolled in class period in our lab.  Students use the Personalized Learning Platform curriculum to complete courses.  Students work with their academic adviser to ensure they are enrolling in the appropriate courses.

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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