HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL
P.O. Box 430
MONTEREY , VIRGINIA 24465
540-468-6320 ( PHONE)
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
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.
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.
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
Advanced Studies Diploma
VA and US History
VA and US Government
Health and Physical Education
Fine or Practical Arts
Student- Selected Test
*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.
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
TABLE I: GRADUATE'S POST-SECONDARY PURSUIT
Percentage Advanced Studies Diplomas
Percentage Other Diplomas
Number attending 4 Year College
Percentage attending 4 Year College
Number attending Community Colleges
Percentage attending Community Colleges
Number attending Bus./Voc. or Military
Percentage attending Bus./Voc. or Military
Percentage pursuing Post Secondary Programs
TABLE II: SAT SCORES (Taken from scores received by students between October-June of the school year)
Number Taking SAT
Mean SAT Verbal/Critical Reading
Mean SAT Math
Mean SAT Writing
Mean SAT Total