Arizona state law states that students must attend school until they are 16 years of age. (ARS 15-803) Students under the age of 16 with documented truancies are subject to a class 3 misdemeanor punishable by jail time or a fine as violators of the state truancy law. (ARS 15-802)
The Peoria Unified School District does not require students to pay for a required program of instruction. The opportunity to attend school, complete required course work, or earn required course credit during the regular school day is not contingent upon payment of any optional fee/material charge. However, students who choose to take any elective course that requires the use of expendable materials will be charged a fee to cover the cost of materials. The administration may waive the assessment of all or part of the fee upon request if it creates an economic hardship. Requests can be made to the administration during registration or throughout the school year.
Eligibility will be at least that as stipulated by the State Board of Education Rule R7-2-808 and the Arizona Interscholastic Association.
- Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities are those activities for which no credit is earned in meeting graduation or promotional requirements and are organized, planned, or sponsored by the District consistent with District policy.
Extracurricular activities include two areas:
- Interscholastic Activities
This category includes all interscholastic activities which are of a competitive nature, and involve more than one school where a championship, winner, or rating is determined
Example: Athletic competitions and some activities in speech, theater, music, Spiritline, JROTC, and Robotics
- Activities For Which No Credit Is Earned
This category includes activities of a continuous and ongoing nature for which no credit is earned toward graduation or promotional requirements and which are organized, planned, or sponsored by the District consistent with District policy.
Example: Elementary school athletics
- Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities a student must:
- Earn a passing grade in every course or subject in which he/she is enrolled.
- In high school, maintain satisfactory progress toward graduation requirements by enrollment and achieve passing grades in a minimum of three credit bearing courses per semester; seniors must be enrolled and making satisfactory progress towards graduation. In elementary school, maintain satisfactory progress toward promotional requirements by enrollment in a minimum of seven subjects.
- It is expected that Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors be registered in four accredited classes per semester. Seniors are expected to be enrolled in three classes first semester and those remaining classes that are needed to graduate second semester. Individual circumstances may be reviewed by school administration.
Note: Students designated as special education students may be exempt from this policy if indicated on an IEP.
Checks of academic progress will be made under the direction of the principal or his/her designee. When it is determined that a student has failed to meet the requirements specified for eligibility, the student shall be declared ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities and shall remain ineligible until the requirements of eligibility are met. Students will be graded in accordance with District grading practices set forth in policy.
When it is determined that a student’s eligibility is in jeopardy, the student and his/her parents shall be given oral or written notice of pending ineligibility. When ineligibility is determined, the student and his/her parents or guardian shall be provided written notice in the form of a letter signed by the principal. A copy of the notice will be forwarded to the teacher or teachers of those classes wherein the student is failing.
- Support Services
Every school offers a wide range of support services and remedial options for students who fail to make appropriate academic progress. These include adult or peer tutoring, specially designed remedial homework, make-up opportunities, and special assistance before or after the regular school day. When students are notified of pending or established ineligibility under this rule, the teacher is expected to provide remedial opportunities for students.
Arizona State Board of Education Rule #R7-2-302.05 (effective with the Class of 2013).
This course description guide has been developed to assist students and parents in making wise decisions in choosing courses. High school counselors are available to assist students and parents in planning and/or evaluating a student’s program whenever necessary. It is important that each student work with his/her counselor and parents to develop an ECAP, which will include all course requirements for graduation, career goals and exploration, post-secondary education goals, and extra-curricular activities. Recognizing that individual needs, interests, abilities, and objectives differ, it is important that each student develop a high school program that is meaningful and personally rewarding. Planning assures the student of meeting all of the requirements for graduation as well as completing courses needed to fulfill specific career objectives for post-secondary opportunities.
The Peoria Unified School District has as a primary goal that all students are provided opportunities for academic excellence and preparation for lifelong employment. The integration of academic achievement, career and technical education, and workplace readiness are all vital to ensuring that students are ready to make the transition from high school to post-secondary education. Not only will a student’s course work be tailored to meet his/her educational and career goals, but also additional career exploration and planning will be provided through the Guidance Department. Counselors will work with students to develop an Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP) based on the student’s interests and aptitudes. This ECAP may be revised throughout high school to ensure that the student has the opportunity to explore careers of his/her choice. The Guidance staff is qualified to assist students and is supported by the Career Center. Students are encouraged to build upon their Electronic Portfolio in AzCIS. In the AzCIS Planner they may take interest inventories and personality assessments, investigate and compare careers and colleges, write résumés and explore scholarships. All this can be stored in their Electronic Portfolio. Students may access AzCIS and their Electronic Portfolio for the rest of their life. Furthermore, students may receive “on-the-job” training and course credit through a variety of internships and mentoring programs.
Some courses may have placement criteria. For example, students may not automatically enroll in English Essentials or English I with Extension, or honors, or AIM courses. Placements in these courses require that the student meet specific eligibility criteria. The criteria are based upon testing and teacher recommendations. Students with individual questions regarding special placement should see their counselor.
- A unit of credit is granted for work completed in a subject meeting one period daily for a full semester. (Underclassmen are expected to enroll in four classes per semester.)
- If credit deficiencies exist, the following options are available:
a. Summer school or credit recovery (may require fee)
b. P.A.S.S. Classes (max. 2 credits; requires fee)
c. Community Service Program (max. 2 credits)
d. Peoria Flex Academy
e. Extended Learning Programs
f. eCampus Virtual High School (may require fee)
Graduating Class of 2013 and beyond
Graduation requirements as determined by the Arizona State Board of Education (R7-2-302.02) and the District Governing Board are as follows:
|Algebra I or equivalent||1*|
|Algebra II or equivalent||1*|
|Geometry or equivalent||1*|
|Additional Math (from elective course column)||1|
|Economics OR Economics & the World of Finance OR Entrepreneurship OR Adv. Marketing & Lab||1/2|
|Fine Arts or Career & Technical Ed.||1|
|Total Credits Required for Graduation||28|
Lower level courses in English, Math, and Science require students to earn a minimum of 70% as a final grade in order to earn credit for the core course. Students earning 60-69% will be awarded an elective credit and be required to repeat the course until a minimum grade of 70% is earned.
* Peoria Unified School District’s Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry courses are a prerequisite to the other required math courses above which may be completed prior to high school or once enrolled in high school. If completed in a PUSD elementary school, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry credit will be transferred to high school, but will not affect high school GPA.
** Agricultural Science I is an approved science that satisfies science lab credit.
*** Band/Marching or A.J.R.O.T.C. may be substituted for one credit of required Physical Education. (Personal Fitness, Adaptive PE)
The American's Civics Act (HB2064) requires all students to pass a civics test in order to graduate from high school. The test is comprised of 100 questions identical to the United States Immigration and Naturalization Test. Once students pass the test with a score of 60% or above, it will be noted on their official transcript. Students graduating in 2017 and subsequent years must meet this requirement. It is the responsibility of all high school students, who did not pass the test during the previous school year, to review materials and ensure that they are signed up to take the test. Opportunities for testing are provided throughout the school year.
Credits earned through online courses taken outside Peoria Unified School District shall be taken from a regionally accredited institution in order to meet graduation requirements and must be approved by administration in advance. Awarding of credit may be contingent upon the student earning a passing score on a district exit exam. Passing score is defined as the acceptable passing cut off for the selected course. For example, students taking the Algebra I exam must earn a minimum of 70% as a passing course.
Students transferring from a Traditional six period schedule to the four period block schedule used in the District may have modified credit requirements. (see GRADUATION REQUIREMENT MODIFICATION in section below)
The graduation plan must meet the State of Arizona course requirements. Students who transfer from other types of credit systems will have their graduation requirements determined based upon the number of credit opportunities, curriculum considerations, and credit reciprocation. The Principal shall have the final approval on graduation requirements for transferring students. Students who transfer to PUSD once the semester has already begun will be afforded the opportunity to prove mastery of course material for the courses in which they enrolled upon completion of that semester. This mastery may be proved in a number of ways such as District benchmark exams, end of the course assessments, etc. The decision to award credit for these courses will lie solely with the Principal.
Homeschooled students will be required to test to determine educational placement pursuant to ARS 15-745. Public schools are not required to accept homeschool credits toward a diploma.
Students placed in special education classes, grades 9-12, are eligible to receive a high school diploma. The individual education plan (IEP) that is developed for each student will document the student’s eligibility to receive a diploma. Reference to special education may be placed on the student’s transcript and permanent file.
Students must meet all requirements before they will be permitted to participate in the commencement ceremonies. Students who wish to graduate at mid-term are urged to visit their counselor well in advance of completing their graduation requirements. All high school students must comply with the following minimum requirements:
- Students must take four PUSD classes per semester that provide credit toward graduation. The principal may allow a graduating senior to enroll in less than four credit classes per semester.
- Students must meet the graduation requirements of the Peoria Unified School District and the State of Arizona which includes a passing score on the civics exam.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT MODIFICATION
Students who transfer from other types of credit systems will have their graduation requirements determined based upon the number of credit opportunities, curriculum considerations, and credit reciprocation. Modification should only be used for students who have not had the same credit opportunities as PUSD students. The Principal shall have the final approval on graduation requirements for transferring students.
|# of Semesters Completed Outside of PUSD||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|Credits Needed to Graduate||27||26||25||25||24||24||23||23|
There are a number of quality community colleges located in the greater Phoenix area. Courses range from technical skills and trades to academic studies. The ACT or SAT examinations are not required for admission. Students who complete a program of study may receive an associate degree, certificates (“certified status”), or “transfer” status to a four-year college/university depending upon their program of study.
In cooperation with post-secondary institutions, district high school students may enroll in both high school and college classes under terms prescribed by the post-secondary institution and agreed upon by the district. Concurrent enrollment is when students are taking a college class off-site while still enrolled in high school campus. Community college courses do not always fulfill university requirements for admission. Any student interested in this opportunity should see his/her guidance counselor, and seek pre-approval from his/her principal.
STUDENTS MUST MEET BOTH THE APTITUDE AND ACADEMIC COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS TO BE ADMISSIBLE TO THE ARIZONA TRI-UNIVERSITY SYSTEM. (Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona)
Arizona universities will have two undergraduate admission categories: Assured and Delegated. Assured admission means students will be admitted to their university of choice. Delegated admission means that students may be admitted to their university of choice, with final admission decisions being made by each university.
Requirements for Assured Admission: Top 25% high school class rank, 3.0 minimum unweighted GPA in core competencies, and complete course work with no deficiencies.
Requirements for Delegated Admission: Top 50% high school class rank, or 2.5 GPA in core competencies ; and may not have more than two deficiencies. Deficiencies cannot be in both math and science or the same subject area. Each university may use additional criteria to determine admission.
ADMISSION STANDARDS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS OR LEGISLATURE. FOR MORE INFORMATION LOG ON TO: http://www.azregents.edu
Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) Undergraduate Admission Requirements ABOR Policy 2-121 (5/2017)
Assured Admission for Residents of Arizona
Core Competency Areas
English, Mathematics, Laboratory Science, Social Science, Foreign Language and Fine Arts.
Delegated Admission for Resident and Non-Resident Students
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY www.asu.edu
NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY www.nau.edu
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA www.arizona.edu
ACADEMIC COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS--Requirements set forth here were current as of 4/2/2019. Students seeking university admission should always consult with the selected university to ensure coursework meets admissions guidelines.
- Competency may be demonstrated by 16 core courses from high school or the appropriate college courses within each subject area. In some cases, ACT or SAT scores may be used to satisfy competencies. Please refer to ABOR Policy 2-121 for the most current requirements.
- A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for each competency (subject) area.
- All FIRST YEAR and TRANSFER students with a combination MATH/LABORATORY SCIENCE deficiency are not admissible.
HIGH SCHOOL CORE COURSES
COLLEGE COURSE WORK
(Composition or Literature)
Advanced Math (Alg II Prereq)
|One unit in at least three of the four areas (chemistry, physics, earth science, or biology). A lab-based integrated science course may be allowed to substitute for one of the three required courses.||
|One unit of American History and one additional unit of any combination of 2 semesters of social science such as:
European or World History, Economics, Sociology, Geography, Government, Psychology, or Anthropology.
|Two units of same foreign language||
Fine arts courses are defined as those that provide the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge in the production and perofrmance; analysis, interpretation, and evaluation; and historical and cultural aspects of the visual and performing arts. Courses must combine theory and practice and include critical thinking skills.
Competency may be demonstrated by completing one high school credit in a CTE course.
For the most current information about NCAA academic eligibility requirements, consult the NCAA Student-Athletes website.
Before an athlete can play a sport or receive an athletic scholarship at a Division I or II college, he/she must meet the specific academic criteria as set forth by the NCAA. Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) in 16 core courses. A student must also achieve a minimum combined sum score on the ACT/SAT, depending upon the student’s GPA. To be eligible at a Division I school, the student with a minimum GPA will need a higher test score and the student with a minimum test score will need a higher GPA, based upon the Test Score Sliding Scale.
Students must take specific courses in order to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. These include a certain number of college preparatory English, science, social studies, and math courses with at least one year of algebra and geometry. Because the NCAA has such specific requirements, and because these requirements can be confusing, it is very important that athletes meet with their guidance counselors and coaches in the ninth grade to obtain information on all of the NCAA requirements. At this time, athletes also need to make certain that their ECAP’s include courses that will satisfy NCAA requirements.
Athletes should take the ACT or the SAT no later than the spring of their junior year in order to have time to retake them if necessary. Athletes also need to complete the registration process with the NCAA Eligibility Center at the beginning of their junior year.
The purpose of grading is to inform students, parents and others of the student progress toward the achievement of educational objectives. Grades are to reflect learning, i.e., student achievement toward mastery of standards aligned course outcomes. Grades and credit are not to be awarded for any other purpose. Full credit (1.0 or .5) will be awarded at the end of the course. Note: Full year A/B courses would be an exception to the rule. In a full year A/B course, ½ credit grade-in-progress would be awarded at the end of the first semester and ½ credit grade-in-progress awarded at the end of the second semester.
The grading system in the Peoria Unified School District is as follows:
90 – 100% A Excelling
80 – 89% B Highly Performing
70 – 79% C Performing
60 – 69% D Under Performing
0 – 59% F Failing
IP In Progress
*Select courses are not figured into a student's GPA. Examples include but are not limited to: community service, student assistant, PASS.
In order to earn credit in the course AND be eligible for enrollment in the next course a student must meet the following criteria.
- Students must achieve a grade of 60% or higher as a final grade unless otherwise noted in the High School Course Offering and Description Guide (see individual course requirements).
- In selected lower level courses in Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science, students must achieve a grade of 70% or higher as a final course grade. If a student scores a 70% or higher on the course assessment and earns a 60-69% in the course, the original course grade will be changed to 70% to reflect competency.
- Students must meet all prerequisite criteria listed in the High School Course Offering and Description Guide.
It is extremely important that the course selections be made only after careful and complete consideration. All students are expected to remain with the schedule received prior to the start of the new school year. Schedule changes may not be made unless a change is a result of an error in placement. Changes in a student’s schedule following registration cannot be made except in those cases where it is considered by the counselor to be advisable. In addition to obtaining counselor approval, parental approval is also necessary.
A student may request to change a class from credit to audit status anytime between the start of the semester until two weeks after the first grade in progress. A change to audit status must have the approval of the parent, student, administrator and counselor. Any student who changes a class from credit status to audit status during the term will be ineligible under the No-Pass/No-Play regulations for the remainder of that athletic season.
Any student may request to drop a class two weeks after the first grade in progress without that class appearing on the student’s transcript. Students enrolled in A/B courses may request to drop a class two weeks after the second grade in progress. Any student who is receiving a failing grade and drops a class after that time period will receive a failing grade for that course. The failing grade will remain on the transcript and the student will be ineligible under the No-Pass/No-Play regulations for the remainder of the semester. If a student is passing and drops a class after that time period, the grade will appear as a W on the transcript. Dropped classes may be retaken and the higher grade will be used for Grade Point Average purposes. Parent approval must be in writing with the understanding that replacing a dropped class with a student assistant position will negatively impact a student’s grade point average and class rank.
Grade Point Average is calculated for each student for the purpose of reflecting a student’s academic achievement over his/her high school experience. The GPA is calculated on a non-inflated basis. Grade points are provided for each grade as follow:
Grade Grade Points
To calculate the GPA, you add the sum of the grade points and divide by the number of credits taken. The calculation is as follows:
GPA = sum of grade points
number of credits taken
Credits taken after eighth grade promotion will be reflected on the high school transcript and will be figured into the student’s GPA with the exception of Special Education courses, student assistant, the P.A.S.S. program, the alternative program, pass/fail courses and community service credit. Regular high school courses taken at the elementary level, prior to eighth grade promotion, will be noted on the student’s transcript, but will not be figured into the student’s high school GPA.
The Cumulative Difficulty Weight (CDW) is a measure of the overall rigor of a student’s academic course load compared to that of other students and is utilized to determine class ranking for college entrance and scholarship opportunities.
To determine the CDW, the following weights are given:
Honors credits = 1.33
Regular credits = 1.00
The prescribed load for students is four credits for the first six semesters completed, two credits for semester seven, and two credits for semester eight. The prescribed load for each grade level is as follows;
1st semester freshman 4
2nd semester freshman 8
1st semester sophomore 12
2nd semester sophomore 16
1st semester junior 20
2nd semester junior 24
1st semester senior 26
2nd semester senior 28
To calculate the CDW for a student who takes the prescribed number of credits, you multiply the number of regular credits times 1.0 plus the number of honors credits times 1.33 and divide by the prescribed load. The formula will be:
1.33 (#honors credits) 1.0 (# regular credits)
For students who take more than the prescribed load, the following slide scale weight times the number of credits is added to the numerator:
For the 1st additional credit over the prescribed load .25
For the 2nd additional credit over the prescribed load .125
For the 3rd additional credit over the prescribed load .0625
The formula would be:
1.33 (# honors credits) 1.0 (# regular credits) .25 (1) .125 (1) .0625(1)
Credits taken after the eighth grade promotion will be reflected on the high school transcript and will be figured into the student’s GPA with the exception of Special Education courses, student assistant, the P.A.S.S. program, the alternative program, pass/fail courses and community service credit. Regular high school courses taken at the elementary level, prior to eighth grade promotion, will be noted on the student’s transcript, but will not be figured into the student’s high school GPA.
The purpose of ranking students according to academic standing is to provide information requested by post-secondary institutions to determine acceptance and scholarship opportunities.
To determine ranking the Grade Point Average (GPA) is multiplied by the Cumulative Difficulty Weight (CDW).
CRI = GPA x CDW
Students are ranked by percentile rather than individual slots in an effort to maximize the number of students eligible for admission and Regent Scholarships. In a graduating class of 400, the top 4-6 students will be ranked as the top 1% rather than 1, 2, 3, 4 out of 400; the next 4-6 students will be ranked as the top 2%, and so on. Percentile rankings align with the information requested by most universities. Colleges and universities that require specific numerical ranking may also request that data.
Students who wish to be candidates for the AIM program may be placed in the screening pool by any of the following means:
- Teacher/counselor nomination
- Successful participation in an elementary program for gifted students
- Evidence of giftedness consistent with legal definition
- Academic rank in the top 10% of class
All students identified in the screening process will be given the Cognitive Abilities and/or Differential Aptitude Test(s). Those who score at or above the ninety-seven percentile (97%) on the verbal section will be eligible for placement in the English/Global Humanities program; those who score at or above the ninety-seven (97%) on the quantitative section will be eligible for placement in the science program. Students who were placed into elementary gifted programs based on state approved aptitude tests may use those scores for placement.
Students who score at or above the ninety-second percentile (92%) in any sub-test of the Cognitive Abilities and/or Differential Aptitude Test(s) are eligible for administrative review. Students who score below the ninety-second percentile (92%) but are highly committed to the special challenges of AIM courses and experiences may also petition for a review. The review committee will evaluate each of these students on an individual basis to develop a comprehensive view of the student’s attitudes, needs, work pattern, and potential. The review process may include, but will not be limited to, additional testing, interviews, writing, and other work samples. Some students may be placed in courses temporarily to determine whether the students and the unique instructional design of AIM are a good match.
Students should consistently perform at A, B, or C level to maintain placement in an AIM course. A grade of D or F will signal the need for a review process including a parent conference. Once selected for AIM courses, the students’ right of continued enrollment is assumed so long as he/she demonstrates the minimal competency required for the courses.
Candidates for initial honors placement shall have:
- Previously qualified for gifted services based on state standards in the verbal or quantitative areas or,
- Percentile rank test scores of ninety-five (95%) or above on the reading, language, and math portions of a nationally-named achievement test or,
- Fulfilled the prerequisites for the content, e.g., Integrated Advanced Geometry (H) is a prerequisite for Integrated advanced Algebra (H) or,
- A recommendation from the instructor teaching the course.
Students in grades 9-12 who meet high academic standards will be eligible for honor roll recognition. The honor roll shall be computed for each semester according to the following criteria:
- Semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or better
- Enrollment in three or more courses that count toward the honor roll requirements
- Any pass/fail credit will not count towards honor roll requirements
- Special Education courses will not count toward the honor roll requirements, but may be recognized for special effort apart from the honor roll.
- No D’s or F’s on semester grade report
- Incomplete grades must be cleared from the record before a student can qualify for the honor roll.
Students may elect to pursue two types of endorsements to be added to the regular high school diploma: the Distinguished Scholar Endorsement and a Mastery of Subject Area Endorsement. All endorsements will be listed on the regular diploma and transcript indicating the student’s academic achievements. A student may earn one distinguished Scholar Endorsement and numerous Mastery of Subject Area Endorsements.
A Distinguished Scholar Endorsement is based upon the following:
- Complete a minimum of 12 Honors/AP courses.
- Maintain a minimum of a 3.5 non-weighted GPA
- Complete a research design portfolio project based on the District’s adopted exit outcomes and specific criteria.
- Defend the portfolio project demonstrating academic excellence
A Mastery of Subject Area Endorsement is designed for students who are highly competent within designated subject areas. The criteria are as follows:
- Complete all prescribed courses within their designated subject area
- Maintain the defined minimum GPA within the designated subject area
- Demonstrate a high level of competency on performance-based course assessments
- Meet all program and course outcomes established by the designated department and obtain final approval from the curriculum lead or designee