The Program of Studies 2023-2024 provides you with descriptions for all the courses offered at SHS and should be used as the foundation to select a schedule based on your ability and interests and in accordance with the requirements governing graduation from Summit High School. Please work with your parents/guardians and counselor to develop a challenging course of study that will enable you to attend your college or technical program of choice, and to ultimately follow a career path that is both rewarding and interesting.
When you indicate your course selections for the next school year, your choices should reflect firm decisions. You will be required to make both first and second-semester choices when you develop your schedule as well as choose elective alternates.
This year, we will be changing the process by which students request an Honors or AP course. Previously, students were required to apply for Honors and AP courses. This year, students will be provided a list of Honors and/or AP courses for which they are eligible to take based on their grades in the first half of the year and prerequisite requirements. Eligibility for Honors or AP courses is conditional on students maintaining the grade requirements for the second half of the school year. While the requirements for eligibility have remained the same, the process has changed to eliminate the student application. Students who have not met the initial eligibility requirements may still be considered for enrollment at a later time.
During the month of March, school counselors will begin the process of scheduling students for next year's courses. Counselors will see their counselees individually and in groups to assist them in the course selection process. We urge both students and parents/guardians to carefully review the schedule that they have prepared. Remember that your school counselor is trained to help you make the proper selection of courses. Please utilize the services of the counseling staff. If any questions arise, or if something needs clarification, do not hesitate to call your school counselor.
Schedules may not be changed once selections are made. In all cases, requests for a teacher change within a given subject area will not be approved unless the student has had a previous course failure with that particular teacher. Students will receive their schedules in June and will have two weeks to bring any inaccuracies or omissions to their counselor's attention. These errors will be routinely corrected. No changes will be made during the summer except for students completing a summer school course.
Student requests to change electives will not be granted.
In order to graduate from Summit High School, a student must complete 130 credits during the course of grades 9 through 12. Satisfactory completion of a full-year course earns 5 credits and satisfactory completion of a semester course earns 2.5 credits. Students, therefore, must gain credit for 26 full-year courses (or equivalent) to earn a diploma. The courses may be taken in any department or subject areas, but they must include:
U. S. History
Visual & Performing Arts
Career, Consumer, Family & Life Skills
Physical Education & Health
***Students may demonstrate proficiency in a World Language in lieu of the five-credit requirement.