CURRICULUM and INSTRUCTION
Approximately 2,500 high school students are served each day at Anderson High School and Turpin High School. Students are able to enroll in College Preparatory, Honors, Advanced Placement or academic courses of study, as well as pursue specialized study through Credit Flexibility (internships, study abroad, etc.), College Credit Plus and vocational programs Great Oaks Career Campuses.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are taught on the college level. Students in AP classes are expected to take the Advanced Placement Examination in May. Honors/Pre-AP courses are taught at a faster pace and topics are studied in greater depth; content may be equivalent to college-level work. College Preparatory (CP) courses are designed for the student wishing to acquire a strong background for college entrance. Academic courses provide on-grade level instruction aligned with Ohio’s Learning Standards.
FHSD is committed to working with parents and students to create a high school experience that matches the individual interests and skills of each student. Every program focuses on college and career readiness to engage students in learning and empower them to excel on their chosen path.
Students who plan on attending a four-year college or university should complete, at a minimum, an algebra II/math III class, two consecutive years of world language and one elective in the fine arts. These courses must be taken if the student is to be unconditionally accepted by a state university in Ohio. Students who do not take these courses may be accepted on the condition that the deficient course work will be made up in college.
Credit Flexibility is intended to motivate and increase student learning by providing:
Access to more learning resources, especially real-world experiences
Customization around individual student needs
Use of multiple measures of learning, especially those where students demonstrate what they know and can do, apply their learning or document performance
Students may earn credit by pursuing one or more of the following educational options:
Testing out of or demonstrating mastery of course content
Pursuing one or more educational options (online/distance learning dual credit, educational travel, independent study, internships, music, arts, after-school programs, community service or other individualized projects)
High school students may participate in the College Credit Plus (CC+) program, Ohio’s dual enrollment program. Through this educational option, students can take high school courses for both high school and college credit. There is no cost for the student to participate in CC+ when the student is enrolled in a public college or university. Interested students and parents should contact a school counselor for additional information.
Semester grades are used to determine a student’s grade point average (GPA). The below scale is used to determine a student’s grade point average. Students who enroll in a weighted class and earn a grade of C- or higher will have 0.025 or 0.0125, depending on the course, added to their grade point average each semester. The grades and class rank of students who are new to Forest Hills School District will be converted to this system. Only those classes weighted at Forest Hills School District will be weighted in determining the student’s GPA.
|A+ (97-100% / 4.0)||B+ (87-89% / 3.3)||C+ (77-79% / 2.3)||D+ (67-69% / 1.3)||F (0-64% / 0)|
|A (93-96% / 4.0)||B (83-86% / 3.0)||C (73-76% / 2.0)||D (65-66% / 1.0)|
|A- (90-92% / 3.7)||B- (80-82% / 2.7)||C- (70-72% / 1.7)|
Students from the class of 2017 must earn 22 credits and pass a state mandated graduation test (Ohio Graduation test) in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies and science.
Students in the class of 2018 and beyond must earn 22 credits and meet ONE of the following three requirements to graduate from Forest Hills School District:
A. Students must earn a total of 18 points across all end-of- course state exams. Students will take state-mandated end-of- course exams during their enrollment in the following courses: English 9, Math I, American Government, Biology, English 10, Math II, US history. To ensure that a student is well-rounded, the state requires that a student earn a minimum of four points in math, four points in English and 6 points across science and social studies. Students receive points based on their test performance levels which count toward the 18 points required for graduation. Fourteen of those points must be reached by meeting the minimum point values required in the subject areas listed above.
B. Earn a “remediation-free” score on a nationally recognized college admission exam such as ACT or SAT.
C. Earn a State Board of Education-approved, industry-recognized credential or a state-issued license for practice in a career and achieve a score that demonstrates workforce readiness and employability on a job skills assessment.
Note: If a student is not on track to graduate, parents will be contacted by the student’s counselor.
For more information on curriculum and instruction for grades 9-12, see the 9-12 Course Guide.
Assessments are a very important aspect of learning as they assist in progress monitoring, evaluation of instruction, and engaging students in their own academic and personal learning. Essentially, assessments enhance student, parent and teacher understanding of student learning; show evidence of progress; identify students who may need additional enrichment or intervention supports; and guide instruction toward course material mastery and personal growth.
Forest Hills believes in a balanced assessment approach that blends assessments from local, state and national perspectives and:
begins with establishing clear goals and monitoring progress toward those goals along the way
guides student learning and maximizes achievement for all students
provides data with the intent of improving, measuring, and maximizing student growth
identifies what students already know and what they need to learn