• HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL  

    P.O. Box 430  

    MONTEREY , VIRGINIA 24465  

    540-468-6320 ( PHONE)  

    540-468-6332 (FAX)

     

    COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROFILE

    2009 - 2010

    School Superintendent: Mr. Percy Nowlin         (540) 468-6301

    Principal: Mr. Kelly Wilmore     (540) 468-6322

    School Counselor : Mrs. Melissa Douglas     (540) 468-6323

    Accreditation: Virginia Department of Education, Full Accreditation

    CEEB Code: 471-455

    Enrollment: 259  in grades PK-12      Senior class of 2010: 20 students

    Community:  

    Highland is a rural county, area 416 square miles, population of approximately 2,500, located along the mid western border of Virginia and West Virginia. It is the least populated county east of the Mississippi and has the highest mean elevation. Government, education, agriculture, logging, small business, hospitality services, construction, and tourism are primary providers of income. The school system consists of Highland Elementary School with 117 students in grades Preschool - 5 and Highland High School with 152 students in grades 6 - 12. The schools share a campus off Route 649 near the town of Monterey. Highland is a small public school with private school advantages.

    School Year:  

    Highland High School has a seven-period day with forty-nine minute classes for one hundred eighty days of school.

    Marking System:   A = 100 - 94  B = 93 - 87  C = 86 - 78  D = 77-70  F = 0 - 69

    Two-quarter grades equaling 40% each plus a final exam equaling 20% of the total grade determine semester grades. Minimum passing score is 70%. Credits are earned based on the year end average of the two semesters of a course which must be greater or equal to 70%.

    Class Rank and Grade Point Average:  

    Cumulative grade point averages and class rank are computed using the first and second semester grades of all courses taken from grades nine through twelve. Final GPA and class rank are calculated upon graduation to be recorded on final transcripts. GPA and class rank are computed on grade point average system of 4 points with Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, and Honors classes weighted:

    A = 4.0 B = 3.0 C = 2.0 D = 1.0 F = 0

    All AP, DE, and Honors English 11 courses have 1 point added when calculating GPA. These courses are designated on transcripts with the letter A in the AP Column located between the course name and letter mark or grade.

     

    Graduation Requirements:

    A Standard Credit is based on a minimum of 140 clock hours of instruction and successful completion of the requirements of the course. A Verified Credit is based on a minimum of 140 clock hours of instruction, successful completion of the requirements of the course, and the achievement of a passing score (400 - 600) on the end-of-course SOL test or substitute test for the course.

    STATE DIPLOMA MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

    FOR STUDENTS WHO BEGAN THE NINTH GRADE IN THE YEARS 2003 AND LATER

    Discipline Area  

    Standard Diploma  

    Advanced Studies Diploma  


    Standard Credits  

    Verified Credits  

    Standard Credits  

    Verified Credits  

    English

    4

    2

    4

    2

    Mathematics*

    3

    1

    4

    2

    Laboratory Science*

    3

    1

    4

    2

    Social Studies:*
     VA and US History
     VA and US Government
    World Studies

    3

     

    1

    4

     

    2

    Foreign Language*

     

     

    3

     

    Health and Physical Education

    2

     

    2

     

    Fine or Practical Arts

    1

     

    1

     

    Electives **

    6

    1

    2

     

    Student- Selected Test  

    _

    1  

    _  

    1  

    Total Units  

    22  

    6  

    24

    9

    *Must be selected from a list of courses approved for graduation requirements by the State Board of Education.

    4 Math courses shall be at or above the level of Algebra and Geometry. An Advanced Studies Diploma shall include Algebra II or a course above that level.

    4 Science classes must include a lab and be from two different science disciplines: earth sciences, biology, chemistry, or physics; three different disciplines are required for advanced studies.

    4 Social science classes shall include one each of VA and US History, VA and US Government, and World Studies.

    4 Foreign languages may be three years of one language, or two years each of two languages.

    **A Standard Diploma must include two sequential electives, which may be in any discipline as long as the courses are not required for graduation.

    Course Offerings:

    Classes required for graduation are offered every year. Academic classes beyond those required for a Standard Diploma taught by Highland's teachers include: Spanish I, II, III, and IV, World History II, Algebra II, Pre-calculus, Calculus, Ecology, Chemistry, Anatomy/Physiology, and Physics. We have only one honor course, Honors English 11. Through Virginia's Virtual Advanced Placement School, students have the opportunity to take online AP courses and foreign languages. Many college bound students in the class of 2009 have elected to take dual enrollment classes from Blue Ridge, Dabney S. Lancaster, and Southwest Community Colleges including US History, College Composition 111, 112,  Psychology, Calculus, Computer Applications, and health classes.

    Vocational classes are offered in Carpentry, Cabinetmaking, Agriculture, Small Engines, Ag Mechanics and Fabrication, Small Animal Science, and Natural Resources.  Family and Consumer Science Program (not available 2008-2009) included courses in Child Education, Culinary Arts and Nutrition, Tourism and Housing, and Work and Family Management. The business program offers Computer Information Systems, Advanced CIS, Design, Multimedia, Yearbook, Business Management and Marketing, and Accounting.  Not all courses are taught every year while additional courses may be taught depending on demand and scheduling options.

    HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL

    Statistical Summary

    TABLE I: GRADUATE'S POST-SECONDARY PURSUIT


    01-02

    02-03

    03-04

    04-05

    05-06

     06-07

    07-08

    Graduates

    30

    22

    24

    24

    33

    25

    26

    Percentage Advanced Studies Diplomas

    47%

    45%

    46%

    46%

    55%

    44%

    27%

    Percentage Other Diplomas

    53%

    55%

    54%

    54%

    45%

    56%

    73%

    Number attending 4 Year College

    16

    10

    10

    9

    9

    9

    6

    Percentage attending 4 Year College

    53%

    45%

    42%

    38%

    27%

    36%

    23%

    Number attending Community Colleges

    8

    2

    1

    7

    10

    2

    5

    Percentage attending Community Colleges

    27%

    10%

    4%

    29%

    30%

    8%

    19%

    Number attending Bus./Voc. or Military

    0

    4

    6

    1

    4

    7

    3

    Percentage attending Bus./Voc. or Military

    0%

    18%

    25%

    4%

    12%

    28%

    12%

    Percentage pursuing Post Secondary Programs

    80%

    73%

    71%

    71%

    69%

    72%

    54%

    TABLE II: SAT SCORES (Taken from scores received by students between October-June of the school year)



    School Year

    01-02

    02-03

    03-04

    04-05

    05-06

    06-07

    07-08

    Number Taking SAT

    14

    18

    17

    25

    19

    18

    15

    Mean SAT Verbal/Critical Reading

    507

    498

    462

    528

    525

    518

    520

    Mean SAT  Math

    481

    479

    480

    502

    504

    473

    512

    Mean SAT Writing

    505

    480

    492

    Mean SAT Total

    933

    972

    942

    1030

    1534

    1471

    1524