Program of studies highland park high school table of contents

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Graduation Requirements 3

Link Crew 5

Service Opportunities……………………………………………………………………..5

Course Options 7

Assessment 8

Academic Policies 10

Registration and Scheduling 15

Course Placement Process……………………………………………………………….17

Program Planning 18
Applied Arts Mr. Nelson C105 (224)-765-2160 22

Tech Campus Mr. Wright A233 (224)-765-2003 32

Counseling Ms. Margetis A221 (224) 765-2052 -

English Ms. McMahon A335 (224) 765-2121 33

Fine Arts Mr. Nelson C105 (224) 765-2160 39

Library Ms. Isaacson D102 (224) 765-2211 -

Mathematics Ms. Finn A203 (224) 765-2221 52

Physical Education/Traffic Safety

Mr. Butler H101A (224) 765-2091 59

Science Ms. Bain G104 (224) 765-2261 65

Social Studies Ms. Stillwell A311 (224) 765-2291 72

World Languages Ms. Arreguin A308 (224) 765-2181 79

Special Education Ms. Gutwillig A102 (224) 765-2311 96

Ms. Murphy A102 (224) 765-2312

Technology Mr. Weingartner C125 (224) 765-2351 -

Transitional Program of Instruction

Mr. Arreguin A308 (224) 765-2181 98

Summer School Ms. Hebson - (224) 765-1016 104



Mid-January Program of Studies is published on the website.

January Course registration for incoming freshmen. Incoming freshmen and parents select courses on Naviance.

February Current high school students adjust course selections with counselors. Course placements are made by staff, and reviewed with students. Course overrides are due.

Audit: Students must complete second semester audit applications by the end of the third week of the semester.

Independent Study: Students must complete second semester independent study applications by the end of the third week of the semester.

March Course verification for the following year is available on Infinite Campus.

Pass/Fail: Students must complete second semester pass/fail applications by the end of the eighth week of the second semester.

Course Placement Change: Students must complete 2nd semester course change applications by the end of the third week of the second semester.

Dropped 5th Subject: Students can drop a 5th subject without penalty by the end of the eighth week of the semester.

May Conflicts in following year schedules are resolved.

August Class schedules available on Infinite Campus.

Arena for schedule changes.

September Audit: Students must complete first semester audit applications by the end of the third week of the semester.

Independent Study: Students must complete first semester independent study applications by the end of the third week of the semester.

October Pass/Fail: Students must complete first semester pass/fail applications by the end of the eighth week of the first semester.

Dropped 5th Subject: Students can drop a 5th subject without penalty by the end of the eighth week of the semester.

November Students may apply for course placement change between 9 and 12 weeks.

December Freshmen complete four-year plans with their counselors.


Minimum Credit Requirements:

Credit is granted for passing work at the end of each semester of study. Most courses, unless stated differently, are assigned one credit per semester. Forty-one (41) credits are required for graduation.

Minimum Course Requirements:

Credits must be earned in the following areas to fulfill the graduation requirements of HPHS.

Course Areas Credits

* English 8

** Physical Education 7

*** Mathematics 6

Health Education 1

Science 4

Social Studies Electives 2

U.S. History 2

Fine Arts Electives 1

Applied Arts Electives 1

* 2 years of English must be writing intensive; all English classes are writing intensive.

** Students may be excused from Physical Education under the Interscholastic Athletic Waiver Program.

*** A year of Algebra and some Geometry are required.

Other Requirements:
Traffic Safety: Students must successfully complete this non-credit course or show evidence that they have taken it privately.

Constitution: This requirement is fulfilled by successfully completing the Constitution unit in U.S. History, AP U.S. History or American Studies or by passing a separate examination.

Consumer Education: Students at HPHS can meet this state requirement by earning credit in any of the following courses:
Introduction to Business


Consumer Economics (Summer School)

Personal Living or Family Living

AP Economics

Work Partnership Program

Individual and Career Development

Business Law

TPI Lifeskills

Business Math Fundamentals

Accounting Honors
Interscholastic Athletics/
Physical Education Option:

Juniors and Seniors who participate in varsity interscholastic sports may opt to be released from Physical Education and placed in a supervised study hall while their sport is in season.  Partial PE credit is awarded for students using this option based on number of days of attendance in physical education during that semester.  Application for this option must occur during the first three weeks of the student’s athletic season. Students must be enrolled in at least 5 courses as well as obtain approval from their teacher, coach, counselor, the Athletic Director and PE Department Chair.  Please note under state law PE waivers for non-interscholastic athletic programs are not permissible.

Link Crew: Orientation & Transition Program for Freshmen

The Link Crew program has been designed to ease the transition from middle school to high school. It provides an opportunity for freshmen to adjust to the high school community in a supportive, caring environment.

Link Crew provides freshmen with a fun and interactive “Freshmen Orientation” program on the first day of freshmen attendance. During the orientation, freshmen learn about the high school, meet other members of the freshmen class, take tours of the building, and participate in a number of activities designed to welcome them into the high school.

To better support the transition of freshmen throughout the school year, all freshmen are assigned at least two junior or senior Link Leaders. The role of the Link Leader is to serve as peer mentor to freshmen; Link Leaders help freshmen learn to navigate the various demands of high school life.

Each week throughout the year, during the students’ 74 minute PE class, Link Crew Days are conducted. The goal of Link Crew days are to reconnect freshmen with their Link Leaders, to expose freshmen to various aspects of the school, and to work on a variety of activities which foster educational, social and personal wellness.

All incoming freshmen are automatically assigned a Link Crew and Link Leaders. Information regarding Orientation Day will be mailed home to students and parents in early August.



There are many credit and non-credit service opportunities available to students during the school day. Students are encouraged to see teachers, counselors, librarians, or Department Chairs to learn more about how to volunteer during a free period.


Non-credit opportunities are available in many subject areas. Peer Tutors are needed for all subjects. Specific subject tutors are needed in The Learning Center and World Language Lab. Peer Mentors are needed for music, drama and dance classes. Students may also volunteer to mentor special needs students.


Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentoring is a one year elective class with two goals: (1) to teach students about disabilities and (2) to provide quality peer interactions with the students in our Essentials and ELS programs who have been identified as having a variety of cognitive impairments. Students spend the first semester in the classroom learning about a variety of topics, including special education law, various disability areas, assistive technology, and strategies for teaching students who have moderate to severe disabilities. In addition, each peer mentor will spend time during the first semester building relationships with the students in our Essentials and ELS programs. During the second semester, students are placed in the Essentials/ELS classroom(s) where they work daily as peer mentors and participate in a variety of learning experiences. Assessment methods include a reflective journal, in-class activities, unit tests, and a case study project. One credit is awarded each semester.

Course Options
Course Designation: 

Students enroll in courses based on standardized test scores, prior achievement and prerequisites, teacher placement, and counselor recommendations.

College Preparatory courses demand high levels of cognitive and problem-solving processes.  The instructional pace is rigorous and emphasizes curricular depth, breadth and enrichment.  College Preparatory Survey courses provide instruction to enhance skills in reading comprehension, writing and research, critical thinking and reasoning. 

Honors and Advanced Placement courses require students to work independently and demonstrate high levels of critical and analytical thinking.

Township High School District 113 uses a 4.0 grading scale.



Honor Points*


100 - 93


A -

92 - 90



89 - 87



86 - 83



82 - 80



79 - 77



76 - 73



72 - 70



69 - 67



66 - 63



62 - 60



59 - 0



(PASS) is not computed for GPA


(REPEATED) is not computed for GPA

*All AP and Honors courses will receive one additional honor point.

Grade Point Average is computed by dividing the total points earned by the total number of credits. See page 6 for additional information. See page 6 for additional information.


Final Assessments:

Final examinations, or other assigned culminating projects, are usually given for each course at the end of each semester. The grade for this experience is averaged in with quarter grades in order to arrive at a final evaluation grade for the semester. Special school days are set aside for the administration of these exams. It is expected that students will take their exams when they are scheduled. The only acceptable reasons for early exams are: (A) early matriculation into college (B) family moving from this area, and (C) a conflict with a school recognized educational program. Graduating seniors with an average of “B-” or better in a class are excused from taking that exam. The exemption occurs only in the semester of graduation.

Grade Point Average:

At the end of each semester, a grade point average (GPA) is calculated for each student based on the grading system listed above. The GPA becomes a part of the student’s permanent record. All courses are included except Physical Education, Traffic Safety, Fine Arts Dance when taken for Physical Education credit, and courses taken pass/fail. A cumulative GPA is also calculated.

Grading Policy for ESL (English as a Second Language) and TPI (Transitional Program of Instruction) students:

Mainstream teachers may award identified ESL and TPI students in their classes “A” - “F”, “P” (pass), or “Audit” on assignments or tests, as quarter grades, or as semester grades. Grades of “A” - “F” and “P” are related to mastery of content; “F” is used when the absence of mastery is not related to a lack in English proficiency. “Audit” is used to protect a student who has been actively engaged in the learning process but has been unable to master content due to lack of proficiency in English. Teachers determine the appropriateness of any of the grades. A student may not claim a right to them. Under the circumstances delineated above, students who earn a “P” may continue in sequence and/or use the course to satisfy a graduation requirement. The “Audit” grade would allow the student to repeat the course for credit and a grade. Students earning an “Audit” would not be able to continue a sequence at that time.

Grade Reporting:

Grades are reported on Infinite Campus at the midpoint and conclusion of each quarter. Summer School grades are also available on Infinite Campus. Cumulative transcripts are also available on Infinite Campus.

Grading System:

The following grades are used in the evaluation process: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F (failing), G (dropped without penalty), I (incomplete), R (replacement grade), P (passing, in a course taken pass/fail) and X (doctor’s excuses).

Progress Reports:

Parents are notified on the Notice to Parents form if their child needs improvement or produces commendable work. These reports are available on Infinite Campus at the midpoint of the quarter and at any time during the year at the teacher’s discretion.

Honor Roll:

At the end of each grading period, a student’s quarter grades are used to compute an Honor Roll, recognition for high achievement. The achievement is communicated to parents on the student’s quarterly grade report as Honors or High Honors. The unweighted gpa is used to determine honor roll.

This academic honor is recognized at two levels - Honors which represents a “B-” average (2.67 average) in all courses and High Honors which represents “B+” average (3.33) in all courses. All averages are based on a 4.0 system. High Honors will not be granted to a student with a “D” in any course. An “F” in any course omits a student from consideration for either Honors or High Honors.

Students must attempt at least five credits to be considered for the Honor Roll.

HPHS Scholars:

Seniors with a minimum of a 3.80 grade point average on the unweighted scale or a 4.40 on the weighted will be named HPHS Scholars.  

Academic Policies


Students may choose to audit a class for the purpose of enrichment or to repeat a course that is a prerequisite to another. The audit agreement is made between the student and teacher once the semester has begun but no later than the end of the third week. Teachers are not required to accept auditors. If an audit agreement is made, teachers are not required to evaluate student work or progress. The course audit when completed will appear on the permanent record but no credit will be issued.

Correspondence/Electronic Courses:

A maximum of eight semester credits earned through the satisfactory completion of correspondence courses offered by a college or university extension division accredited by the North Central Association or other regional accrediting association may be applied toward graduation requirements.

The following guidelines will be used in approving correspondence/electronic credit:

  1. Courses required for graduation or used to meet graduation requirements are not eligible to be taken as correspondence or electronic courses.

  2. Correspondence/electronic courses may not be used in lieu of regular courses offered by the school. They are for enrichment purposes only.

  3. Correspondence/electronic courses must be approved in advance of enrollment by the assistant principal.

  4. The institution offering the correspondence/electronic work must be approved by the department of education of the state in which it is located.

Financial Assistance:

Any student unable to pay any special course costs or purchase required textbooks may apply for financial assistance.

Independent Study:

In order to provide an opportunity for students to pursue educational programs that are of special concern and interest to them, most departments offer credit opportunities in Independent Study. Independent study courses may earn up to one credit per semester. These creative programs exceed only reading and writing pursuits; the possibilities for student designed programs are open-ended. Departments have agreed on the following guidelines for the program:

A. Requisites for Selection:

1. Students will design and develop their program in conjunction with a faculty sponsor.

2. The independent study course will be a course above the minimum load.

3. The students will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors.

4. The processing of the request must be completed prior to the third week of the semester.

5. Courses required for graduation may not be selected for independent study.

6. Independent study courses may be taken pass/fail.

B. Proposal Process:

1. Students will discuss their qualification for independent study with their counselor.

2. Students will complete an application form which includes identification of learning objectives, content selected to meet these objectives, and assessment strategies.

3. The proposal must be approved by the department chairperson and assistant principal supervising the Independent Study program.

4. Most Independent Study courses earn college prep credit. An Independent Study course may earn honors credit if:

• The student has exhausted the honors curriculum in that department, and

• The student has not exceeded the total number of honors credits available in the department.

5. Teachers have the option of accepting or not accepting an independent study request.

Pass / Fail:

The purpose of the Pass / Fail program is to encourage students to explore areas of potential interest, to relieve pressure on students carrying a rigorous program, and to allow students to enroll in courses that may appear too difficult.

1. Students may elect any course offered in the school for a pass / fail grade under this policy except those required for graduation, or those used for meeting a graduation requirement.

2. All students must have at least 37 credits in regularly graded courses to fulfill graduation requirements.

3. Any student taking six courses may elect one of them on a pass / fail basis (except those exempted in item 1). A student taking seven courses may elect any two of them on a pass / fail basis. Once a student has earned 37 regularly graded credits, he may elect to take two courses on a pass / fail basis if he is enrolled in six courses, or one course on a pass / fail if he is enrolled in five or fewer courses (except those exempted in item 1).

4. Any student may elect to take any or all of his summer school courses on a pass / fail basis (except those exempted in item 1).

5. A student elects to take a course on pass / fail basis before the end of the eighth week of the semester. This decision cannot be changed later in the semester. Summer School decisions must be made before the end of the fifth day of school.

6. To obtain a “pass” in a course, the student must obtain a grade of “D-” or better in accordance with the standards of that course. If special arrangements regarding the pass / fail course are requested by the student and approved by the teacher, then these special arrangements should be stated in written contractual form. No special arrangements may be made in the area of classroom attendance: pass / fail students must meet the same attendance requirements as regularly graded students.

7. Students must not enroll in a course for which the prerequisite was taken pass / fail. Only the last semester in an intended sequence may be taken pass / fail.

8. Parents must approve decisions to take courses on a pass / fail basis.

Proficiency Examinations:

Students may receive placement (but not high school credit) in sequential courses by passing a proficiency examination in place of taking a course that is the prerequisite. Students interested in further information regarding proficiency examinations should contact the appropriate department chairperson.

Retaking Courses/Replacement Grades:

When students take a course for the second time, only the higher of the two grades will be counted for GPA, with both attempts appearing on the transcript.

• The policy must be applied no later than the school year after the course has been taken.

• The option requires approval of both the counselor and the department chair.

• The policy may only be used in cases where the grade in the course to be repeated is “C+” or lower.

• Students must request this option by filing a form with their counselors.

• Students cannot repeat a course for double credit.

• Courses taken for a replacement grade must be identical.

Student Records:

The Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1975 along with the State Student Records Act permits parents / guardians access to their child’s school records. Copies of the procedures regarding student records are available upon request.

In summary the policy states:

1. A student’s school records may be examined upon request by natural parents / guardians or any person designated as a representative by them. Students, 14 years or older, may examine their records. Younger students must have parental consent.

2. Official student records may not be released to other persons or institutions without written permission of the parent / child, except as otherwise authorized by law.

3. Procedures for challenging the contents of student records are included in the policy.

Any questions regarding this law or the school’s policy should be directed to the High School for clarification.

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