REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
I. Graduates at Torrington High School must successfully complete 22 credits with 5 electives required and the rest as follows:
- English – 4 credits
- Mathematics – 3 credits
- Science – 3 credits
- Social Studies – 3 credits (Including 1 credit in U.S. History and .5 credit in American Government)
- Fine Arts- 1 credit
- Health- 1 credit
- Physical Education – 1 credit
- Applied Education – 1 credit and .5 credit in computer applications
II. Graduates must also demonstrate proficiency on an assessment designated by the Board.
Torrington High School uses a numerical grading system based on zero to one hundred.
HONOR ROLL RQUIREMENTS:
Honor roll will be published for marking period grades only. To be eligible for the honor roll, a student must be carrying at least five (5) credits that meet each day and must have no incomplete grades.
- High Honors with Distinction is achieved by a student with every grade being a 94 or above
- High Honors is achieved by a student with every grade being a 90 or above
- Honors are achieved by a student with all grades 80 or above
DESCRIPTORS OF COURSE EXPECTATIONS:
Courses with an unweighted "00" Designation (General)
The purpose of these courses is to provide remediation, if needed, and to give students the opportunity to acquire necessary skills to enter the world market for the 21st century. All introductory level courses are taught at this level.
Courses with an "04" Designation (College Prep)
- Academic courses requiring good academic skills and a developing ablility to work independently and manage moderate and long term assignments
- Age appropriate development in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills
Courses with an "06" Designation (Honors)
- Rigorous courses requiring academically strong skills and a high level of interest and motivation in the subject
- Ability to work independently and manage long term assignments
- High development in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills
Courses with an "08" Designation (Advanced Placement and/or College)
- Advanced courses requiring content specific ability and skills and a superior level of motivation and interest in the subject
- Ability to work independently and manage long term assignments successfully
- Ability to engage in discussion and ask meaningful questions
- Superior development in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills
DETERMINGING FINAL AVERAGES (Formulas):
One-Quarter (.25 credit) Course
Marking Period Grade
One-Semester (.5 credit) Course
First marking period grade = 40%
Second marking period grade = 40%
Final Examination = 20%*
Full-year (1.0 credit) Courses
First marking period grade = 20%
Second marking period grade = 20%
Mid-Term Examination = 10%*
Third marking period grade = 20%
Fourth marking period grade = 20%
Final Examination = 10%*
*Either written examination or practicum.
All students will take mid-term examinations. There are no exemptions.
FINAL EXAMINATION EXEMPTIONS:
There will be no exemptions from final exams for grades 9, 10, 11. However, exemptions will be granted to seniors who have maintained an average of 90 or above for the class.
Please note: Student enrolled in UCONN ECE courses are required to take the final exam.
The last two digits of a course number (00, 04, 06, or 08) are used to determine weight differentials and grade point averages using the following formula. For cumulative GPA and ranking only, grades in courses ending in 08 will be weighted and multiplied by a factor of 1.08; grades in courses ending in 06 will be weighted and multiplied by a factor of 1.06 and grades in courses ending in 04 will be weighted and multiplied by a factor of 1.04.
Class rank and academic average are available at the end of the junior year and at the end of 1st semester of senior year. Class rank is based upon weighted grade averages.
VALEDICTORIAN & SALUTATORIAN:
The students who rank number one and number two at the end of the first semester of the senior year earn the rank of valedictorian and salutatorian if they have been students at Torrington High School for a minimum of two and one-half years.
LATE WORK, MAKE-UP WORK AND EXTRA HELP:
Homework and grading policies will be published and enforced by individual teachers who will distribute this information to students and parents. Make-up work and extra-help for instructional support take precedence over any club or activity meetings. Make-up sessions for final exams or presentations will need to be arranged on an individual basis with the teacher. Completion of make-up work must be in accordance with the Board of Education Attendance Policy. (6006)
In special circumstances, students whose grades are incomplete will receive an "I" on their report cards. A period of ten (10) school days is considered the maximum time for resolving incompletes unless extreme and unusual student circumstances exist. If work is not accomplished by the cutoff date, the students grade will be computed without benefit of those assignments.
CREDIT FOR COURSES TAKEN OUTSIDE THE THS PROGRAM
Courses taken off campus require prior administrative approval. Courses successfully completed will be recorded on the transcript with no percentage grade assigned (AC additional credit). These courses are in addition to the state and local graduation requirements and may not be used to supplant/meet graduation requirements.
WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL:
All withdrawals are done through the students counselor in the School Counseling Department. Students under eighteen years of age must have their parents/guardians come to the School Counseling Department to sign necessary forms for withdrawal from school. Students must return all book/materials that belong to the school prior to withdrawing. If books/materials have been lost or stolen, the student must pay replacement costs. No transcripts can be released if students do not follow the official withdrawal process through the School Counseling Department. IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE STATUTES, STUDENTS WHO WITHDRAW FROM SCHOOL MAY BE REQUIRED TO WAIT UP TO 90 DAYS BEFORE RE-ENROLLING.
Students and parents should utilize THS PowerSchool "parent portal" to monitor attendance and academic progress throughout the school year.
Report cards will be mailed at the end of each marking period.
NOTIFICATION TO PARENTS - NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT OF 2001:
Parents of all children in a school or program supported by Title I funds may request information regarding the professional qualifications of the students' classroom teachers. Upon request, this information will be provided in a timely fashion and will include:
1. Whether their child's teacher has met the State qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher has provided instruction to the child;
2. Whether their child's teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status pursuant to which one or more state criteria have been waived;
3. The baccalaureate degree major of their child's teacher, as well as any other graduate certification and/or degree the teacher holds, including the major field of the certification or degree; and
4. Whether their child is being provided services by a paraprofessional, and, if so, the paraprofessional's qualifications.
Requests for information should be directed to:
Human Resources Office
Torrington Board of Education
355 Migeon Avenue
Torrington, CT 06790