REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
In order to receive a diploma from Astoria High School, a student must meet the requirements of the State of Illinois and the following requirements established by the Astoria C.U.S.D. # 1 Board of Education:
REQUIRED COURSES or CREDITS
3 credits in English
2 credits in Science (must include general science and/or biology)
2 credits in Math (business math may be substituted for 1 math credit)
1 credit in U.S. History I (including state and federal constitutions)
1 credit in U.S. History II
1/2 credit in Consumer Education (or pass state proficiency test)
1/2 credit in Health
1/2 credit in Driver Education (30 clock hours of instruction)
1 credit in Art, Music, Foreign Language or a Vocational Subject
11 credits in electives
Physical Education each year (1 credit per year may be earned)
Total credits needed to graduate: 25
Students shall register for a minimum of seven (7) classes per semester plus physical education unless permission has been granted by the principal. Students who are enrolled for the fifth year in high school may register for the courses and/or credits required for graduation and attend school part-time with administrative approval.
Astoria High School students may earn a maximum of two (2) of the credits that the students will specifically need to graduate through Independent Study, Correspondence Courses, or from Institutions of Higher Education as approved by the building principal. This relates only to students who will otherwise be short credits to graduate or with administrative approval. Successful completion of a two (2) or three (3) hour college course will be accepted as one-half (1/2) credit.
All students attending Project Insight in Macomb will need to meet these requirements in order to graduate from Project Insight. If a student is transferred back to Astoria High School, he or she will be treated as a transfer student and requirements will be adjusted accordingly.
4 Credits in English (including Speech in English 2)
2 Credits in Science
2 Credits in Math
1 Credit in US History (includes constitution requirements)
1 Credit in Social Studies
1/2 Credit in Health
1/2 Credit in Driver Education
1/2 Credit in Consumer Education
3 Credits in Physical Education
1 Credit in Vocational
1 Credit in Fine Arts
1/2 Credit Social Behaviors each semester
2 1/2 Credits of Electives
Total Credits Needed to Graduation: 24
Re-enrollment shall be denied to individuals over the age of 16 who have dropped out of school and who could not earn sufficient credits during the normal school year(s) to graduate before his/her 21st birthday.
A failure in a required class will require that class to be repeated which could result in scheduling difficulties.
A student must be at least fifteen (15) years of age (see registration form) and must have passed at least eight (8) semester classes during the previous two (2) semesters before enrolling in Driver Education. ( PE in High School and Junior High nine (9) week courses and Junior High PE will not be considered.)
PROGRAM PLANNING AND COURSE SELECTIONS
Few decisions students make are as important as those concerning their education. Because of this importance, you are encouraged to plan carefully and to involve those who can help you in making course selections. The counselor, teachers and administrators are available to assist you.
Many graduates of Astoria High School continue their education at a community college, a post-secondary vocational training school, or a four-year college or university. The counselor is available to consult with students and parents regarding the requirements for entry into these schools and the appropriate high school courses that prepare students to meet them.
Students who plan to enter a college or university need to be aware of admission policies regarding preparatory courses, testing, and rank-in-class. Students should check the specific entrance requirements of schools they are interested in to be sure to meet those requirements.
In addition to adequate course preparation, most colleges and universities require ACT or SAT test scores for admission. To be considered for the Illinois State Scholar competition, juniors must take the ACT or SAT in April or June of the junior year.
Students who plan to enter a vocational training school or seek work immediately after graduation should strongly consider completing a vocational program in high school.
All students should prepare a 4-year plan of study as they register for high school. These will be placed in their Individual Career Plan (ICP) folders.
Guidance services are available for every student in the school. These services include assistance with educational planning, interpretation of test results, occupational information, career information, study helps, help with home, school and or social concerns, or any question the student may feel he/she would like to discuss with the counselor. Information shared with the counselor is confidential.
FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS
Foreign exchange students should register for a minimum of seven (7) classes including English, and U.S. History I and II. Courses may be taken on pass/fail if the student wishes to receive an honorary diploma. Students who wish to receive a regular diploma must meet all of the requirements for graduation established by Astoria C.U.S.D. # 1
COURSE CHANGES, DROPS, AND INCOMPLETES
The selection of proper courses is the responsibility of students and their parents. We expect that parents will discuss these decisions extensively with their son(s) and/or daughter(s) before courses are selected for the year. Our counselor, teachers and administrators will be happy to answer any questions parents and/or students may have.
Many decisions are affected by student course selections. Such things as final course offerings, purchases of textbooks and materials, class sizes, etc. are determined by the registration process. Therefore, after final registration in May, NO class changes will be permitted except with the permission of the principal and parent based upon sound educational rationale.
Students are strongly discouraged from dropping courses once registrations have been finalized. A student who chooses to drop a course after the SECOND WEEK OF A SEMESTER will receive a failing grade ("WF") for the semester unless approved by the principal based upon exceptional circumstances.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Improving the preparation of students for success in college, increasing the number of potential students who are appropriately prepared for baccalaureate studies, and expanding the choices of programs and majors that are available to college-bound students are major goals for both secondary and postsecondary education in Illinois.
In 1985, the Board of Higher Education adopted the following minimum high school subject requirements for admission to public universities and to baccalaureate transfer programs at community colleges:
Four years of English (emphasizing written and oral communications and literature). Three years of social studies (emphasizing history and government). Three years of mathematics (introductory through advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or fundamentals of computer programming). Three years of the sciences (biology, chemistry, 3rd lab science). Two years in foreign language, music, art or vocational classes. These MINIMUM admission requirements, totaling 15 units of high school coursework, went into effect for freshmen entering Illinois public universities and baccalaureate transfer programs at community colleges in the fall of 1993. It should be noted that some universities may introduce their own subject pattern requirements which MAY BE HIGHER than the minimums listed above.
GRADING AND REPORTING
Report cards are issued at the end of each nine (9) week grading period. Letter grades will be given along with the actual percentage grade. The following scale will be followed to compute grade point averages (GPA):
Percentage Grade Grade Point Value
90-100 A 4.00
80-89 B 3.00
70-79 C 2.00
60-69 D 1.00
59 & below F 0.00
D/F notices are mailed to parents of students who are experiencing difficulties in a class. These are normally mailed home between the 4th and 5th week of each grading period, but may be sent at any time by a teacher. Parents must be notified of a possible failure for a nine (9) week or semester grading period at least two (2) weeks prior to the end of the grading period.
Incompletes are removable, but must be made up within ten school days following the grading period for which they were received. Any incomplete NOT removed during this time becomes a failure ("F") unless the building principal approves of other arrangements in advance.
In order to be listed on the honor rolls, a student must meet the following requirements:
High Honor Roll -- 3.833- 4.0 Honor Roll -- 3.333 - 3.832 Honorable Mention -- 3.0 -- 3.332
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
The Astoria High School chapter of the National Honor Society is the Sapian chapter. To be eligible for membership consideration, students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Potential members must also meet high standards of leadership, service and character. Students who meet the GPA requirements and are sophomores, juniors or seniors in high school are evaluated by a five-member faculty council appointed by the principal.
Leadership is based on the student's participation in community or school activities, or work as an officer. To meet the service requirement, the student must have been active in two or more service projects in the school and community. Character is measured in terms of integrity, behavior, ethics, and cooperation with both students and faculty.
Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who meet the GPA requirement are given Student Activity Information Forms to fill out in order to assist the faculty council. Selection to the NHS is a high honor and careful consideration is given to each prospective member.
Astoria High School graduates are fortunate to have a number of local scholarships for which they may apply. The following scholarships are those known to be available to students.
Jan Jones Memorial Scholarship: A $100 scholarship will be given to a college bound student who is majoring in math or a math related career, and who has completed four (4) years of high school math with at least a "B" average in math.
Harry S. and Naomi L. Danner Miller Scholarship: One (1) or more renewable scholarships will be awarded each year to graduating college bound seniors who have financial need and are considered likely to make a favorable contribution to the community in the future. Seniors must complete an application to be considered for this scholarship. Recipients are selected by a committee composed of the principal, counselor and superintendent.
The Wayne and Rosa Mae Pollitt Scholarship Grant: This scholarship grant is to be awarded to the graduating senior determined by his/her teachers and the appropriate school officials to be the best student in his/her class in mathematics. Should the top student in mathematics for the graduating class decide not to attend an institution of higher learning, the scholarship grant money will roll over to make a larger amount to be awarded the following year.
Parent/Teacher Organization: A $100 scholarship is awarded annually to the highest-ranking male and female students in the graduating class.
Vermont/Ipava Masonic Scholarship: One male and one female graduating senior from Astoria receives a $200 scholarship. Students must complete an application.
Student Council Scholarship: A $500 scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior. Students must complete an application.
Educational Assistance Class of “55 Award: Three $500 awards are provided to graduating seniors by a local donor. An application is required.
Don Johnson Memorial Scholarship to WIU: One award - $1000 for a year will be applied to the student’s account at WIU. Selection is to be based upon financial need, leadership, and service.
DISTRICT STUDENT ASSESSMENT PROGRAM
The Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) will be given to all Juniors near the end of April. The PSAE is the statewide achievement test for all grade 11 students. The PSAE will test reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social science. The test includes the ACT assessment, Work Keys tests and ISBE developed test over a two day period.
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is administered to all sophomores and to juniors and seniors on a voluntary basis in November or December. This test meets the requirements for vocational testing as mandated by the state at no cost to the school or to the student.
The Consumer Education Proficiency Test is given in January each year. Any high school student who is NOT enrolled in Consumer Education is eligible to take this test. Students receiving a high enough score would be exempt from taking Consumer Ed as a senior.
The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is offered to college-bound juniors and selected sophomores. This is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test for juniors. Students pay the cost of this test. Fee waivers are available in the guidance office.
The PLAN Test (formerly the Preliminary ACT) is offered to college-bound sophomores in October. Students who plan to take the ACT as juniors are strongly encouraged to take this test. Students pay the cost of the test.
The ASSET test is offered to seniors who plan to enter a community college after graduation. This test is required for any student who plans to enter Spoon River College and may be taken at Astoria High School.
In compliance with state and federal law, Astoria C.U.S.D. #1 maintains two (2) sets of student records, a permanent record and a temporary record.
1. The permanent record shall include: basic identifying information, academic transcripts, attendance record, accident/health reports, information pertaining to the release of this record, ACT or SAT test scores.
No other information shall be placed in the permanent record. The permanent record shall be maintained for at least sixty (60) years after the student has graduated, withdrawn, or transferred from the District.
2. The temporary record may include: family background information, intelligence/aptitude scores, achievement test results, psychological reports, honors/awards, athletics/activities, disciplinary information, teacher anecdotal records, special education files, information pertaining to release of this record, other relevant information not required to be in the permanent record.
Temporary records shall be reviewed at least every four (4) years, or upon a student's change in attendance centers whichever occurs first, to verify entries and correct inaccurate information. Temporary records may be destroyed five (5) years following the graduation or permanent withdrawal of a student from the district. A thirty (30) day notice will be published in the local newspaper, The Astoria South Fulton Argus, prior to the destruction of the temporary record. The students, parents/guardians shall be given an opportunity, within the thirty (30) days to copy the record and information contained in the temporary record.
In the case of the student with a disability who graduates or permanently withdraws from the District, temporary records which may be of continued assistance to the student shall be maintained for five (5) years and be transferred to the student or to the parents/guardians if the student has succeeded to the rights of the parents/guardians. The content of the transferred records may relate to the diagnosis and remediation of the student's handicapping condition. An explanation of the usefulness of the records may be given to the parents/guardians or student by the District's appropriate student personnel services worker.
STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION
Throughout the school year various agencies and organizations request information regarding students. Among those requesting such information are: colleges and universities, scholarship agencies, military services, businesses wishing to offer graduation gifts, award programs.
Student directory information may include the student's: name, address, gender, grade level, birthdate and lace,
parents/guardians' names and addresses, information in relation to school sponsored activities, organizations and athletics, period of attendance in school.
Parents/guardians will be notified prior to the release of any student directory information.
Parents/guardians who wish to have all or a portion of directory information pertaining to their student deleted from the student directory must notify the principal by the first Monday in September.
FAMILY EDUCATION RIGHTS AND PRIVACY OF RECORDS
Astoria C.U.S.D. #1, Astoria, Illinois, is in full compliance with public law 93-380, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1975, as amended, as well as the Freedom of Information Act of 1984. All educational records shall be open to inspection and review by parents upon written request to the school principal. A copy of the full policy on the Rights and Privacy of Records may by obtained from the main office during business hours.
STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
The Astoria Community Unit School District uses a comprehensive grievance procedure to resolve conflicts related to student concerns regardless of the nature of the conflict. It is the policy of this District that all grievances shall be resolved as quickly as possible and at the lowest step possible.
The student and/or parent/guardian should discuss the matter with the person(s) directly responsible for the grievance.
If the grievance is not resolved at Step I, the grievant shall present the grievance in writing within ten (10) days of the time when the grievant should have known of the occurrence of the event giving rise to the grievance to the principal. The principal shall provide a written response to the grievant within ten (10) days of the receipt of the grievance.
If the grievance is not resolved at Step II, the grievant may refer the grievance to the Superintendent or official designee within ten (10) days after the receipt of the Step II response. A meeting between parties will be held within ten (10) days and a written response shall be provided within ten (10) days of the meeting.
If the grievant is not satisfied with the disposition of the grievance at Step III, the grievant may submit the grievance to the Board of Education within ten (10) days after receipt of the Superintendent's or official designee's written response. The Board shall allow the grievant to present his/her case to the Board in executive session at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting provided the Board has at least five (5) days notice of the appeal before said regularly scheduled meeting. If the Board has less than five (5) days notice of said appeal, the grievance shall be heard at a Special meeting to be called within fifteen (15) days of the filing of said appeal.
1. Failure of a grievant to act on any grievance within the prescribed time limits will bar any further appeal.
2. No reprisals shall be taken by the Board or the administration against a grievant because of his/her participation in a grievance.
3. All records related to a grievance shall be filed separately from the temporary record file of a student involved.
4. If the grievant or representative files any claim or complaint in any forum other than under the grievance procedure, then the Board shall not be required to process the said claim or set of facts through the grievance procedure.
Equal Opportunity: The Astoria School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability.