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Note: Cardinal Gibbons High School reserves the right to make changes to the curriculum based on availability and state and county directives.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Advanced Placement (AP) classes are an introduction to college‐level curriculum. They are as challenging as introductory college courses. They are fast‐paced, cover more material than Honors classes, and require independent work (e.g. research and analysis). Advanced Placement classes demonstrate to college admissions officers that you're ready for college‐level work. Students taking an AP class must take the exam to receive AP credit for the course at CGHS. A fee is charged by the College Board for the exam. This fee will be added to your CGHS tuition account.
 
BRIGHT FUTURES
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program establishes lottery-funded scholarships to reward Florida high school graduates for high academic achievement. Eligibility requirements and award amounts are subject to change pending annual legislative actions. Applications are submitted during the student’s Senior year between October 1st and August 31st. Evaluations are made by the state twice during the student’s Senior year, with final evaluation taking place in July. Students and parents can check the application status online at the link below. Information and assistance are also available via phone at 1-888-827-2004. 
For up-to-date eligibility criteria and award amounts, visit http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf/bfmain.htm

CHIEFS CHALLENGE
Cardinal Gibbons High School offers exciting summer courses for students entering the 7th and 8th grade in the fall.  It is a great opportunity for students to earn high school credits.  

CLASS RANK, GRADE POINT AVERAGE, AND HONOR ROLL
CLASS RANK: Class rank is based on the cumulative weighted Grade Point Average (GPA).

GRADE POINT AVERAGE: All courses are assigned weights or "Quality Points" according to their challenge and demand. (See Weighted Quality Point Table) The cumulative weighted GPA is determined by dividing the total Quality Points by the total credits attempted in grades nine (9) through twelve (12). Quality points do not affect the amount of credit given per course. It is important to note that one‐quarter credit is given for each quarter‐credit course, one‐half credit is granted for each semester course, and one full credit is granted for each year course of successful academic work.

HONOR ROLL: At the end of each semester, the honor roll is announced. Students with a weighted GPA of 3.75 to 3.99 and no semester grade below a B will receive Second Honors. Students with a weighted GPA of 4.0 and above, along with no grade lower than a B, will receive First Honors.
 
COURSE CREDIT POLICIES
STANDARDS: The minimum number of courses required for each student is six (6) per semester. Grades earned for courses beyond six (6) must appear on the report card. Any student who received a semester grade of F at either the end of the first or the second semesters is expected to attend Spring School or Summer School. The student must earn the missing credits before the student may enroll for the subsequent school year. Eighteen (18) credits are required before the student may begin their senior year.
 
COURSES OFFERED ONLINE
Grades Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits:  ½ credit per semester
Prerequisite:  An approved Virtual School Online Course Request Form.  Forms are available in Guidance.

Art History and Criticism 1
Career Research and Decision Making
Drivers Education/Traffic Safety
Intensive Reading
Law Studies
Life Management Skills
Peer Counseling 1
Peer Counseling 2
Reading for College Success

DUAL ENROLLMENT
Cardinal Gibbons High School has partnered with St. Thomas University (STU) to teach dual enrollment (DE) classes on our campus. The Dual Enrollment Program gives high school students the opportunity to take college level courses and receive college credit. CGHS teachers teach these courses and the curriculum meets university criteria. In order to be eligible, students must be juniors or seniors, have a weighted 3.5 GPA, and must also meet course requirements. To remain eligible for future dual enrollment classes, the student must achieve a B in each dual enrollment class taken because these are college credits. Please refer to the Curriculum Guide for the classes that are dual enrollment eligible.  $70.00 per credit hour is due at registration, payable to St. Thomas University. Public Florida Universities weigh Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement courses equally.

FORGIVENESS PROGRAM SPRING / SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
SPRING SCHOOL COURSES: Each spring, Cardinal Gibbons High School offers an array of half‐credit courses for remediation purposes. The Forgiveness Rule established by Cardinal Gibbons High School is based upon the Florida statutes and applies for all spring school courses.

SUMMER SCHOOL COURSES: Each summer, Cardinal Gibbons High School offers an array of half‐credit or quarter‐credit courses for enrichment or remedial purposes. If a student takes a half‐credit enrichment course during the summer, the grade is not included in the GPA calculated by CGHS, they may be included in the GPA calculations made by the colleges, NCAA, and/or the Bright Futures Scholarship program.

FORGIVENESS RULE: As authorized by Section 1003.43 (5) (e) 1, Florida Statutes, Cardinal Gibbons High School has established a policy for course forgiveness. The student should remediate the course for forgiveness within the year it occurs. If a student repeats a course, then the forgiven course is awarded no credit toward the 24 credits required for graduation. The forgiven course must remain on the student's transcript, but it is not calculated in the student’s grade point average. The opportunity for course forgiveness must be limited to replacing a semester grade of D+, D or F with a grade of C or higher earned subsequently in the same or comparable course. If a student remediates an advanced placement or honors level course, then the new grade will be calculated in the grade point average using the standard scale on the weighted quality point table.

COURSE TAKEN THROUGH ACCREDITED INSTITUTIONS OTHER THAN CGHS: A student who wishes to take an elective for credit must have prior approval from the Administration and from Guidance. Note that the course name, credit,  and grade are recorded on the student’s transcript. Although the grade is not included in the GPA calculated by CGHS, it may be included in the GPA calculations made by the colleges, NCAA, and/or the Bright Futures Scholarship program. Any student who takes a dual enrollment course through Saint Thomas University must maintain an average of at least a B.

COURSE SELECTION / PLACEMENT
Course selection for each school year begins shortly after the beginning of the second semester, typically in February. Students receive information regarding requirements, elective opportunities, and registration procedures. Student placement depends on academic history, standardized test scores, teacher recommendations, and departmental review. Students receive an approved, preliminary course list during the month of May. Students receive their final schedule with teacher assignments late summer. 
Student and/or parent-initiated schedule change requests are allowed during specific times of the school year. These requests, if approved, are assessed a change fee of $50, as noted on the schedule change form. Additional fees for book licenses may be assessed, as noted on the schedule change form. 
Requests to change a course selected during scheduling season for the upcoming school year, are permitted through the first week of classes. After the first week of school, course change requests are permitted (only for second semester courses) through the first week of the second term. All schedule change forms require a parent signature, counselor signature, and administrative approval. Depending on the nature of the change, signatures from the department chairperson and the student’s teacher for that subject may be required. Schedule change request forms are available in the Guidance office. This policy is subject to change.
 
STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS)
The STEM label is used to help students choose courses/electives geared toward Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  STEM’s teaching integrates these subjects into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real‐world applications. It is the intentional integration of these subjects and their associated practices to create a student‐centered learning environment.  Students are trained to analyze and engineer solutions to problems.
Nationwide, growth in STEM careers currently outpaces that of any other occupational category. Today’s careers require STEM skills at all levels of employment from service industries to engineering.
Cardinal Gibbons is a Roman Catholic High School acting under the direction of the Archdiocese of Miami.
Cardinal Gibbons High School is dedicated to providing our students with a strong formation of Catholic values, 
academic excellence, lifelong learning and a commitment to service.
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