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ACADEMY POLICY

ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS

VMCHS provides a curriculum in which students can investigate a broad education spectrum. Students are required to take a full load of seven courses per semester.

Each course is worth five (5) units per semester. A student may earn thirty-five (35) units in the first semester and thirty-five (35) units in the second semester for a total of seventy (70) units per school year. A student must earn a minimum of 260 units to graduate.

  • Students must PASS core curriculum courses at VMCHS. A student who receives an “F” grade receives NO credit for that course. The student must make up the credits. Religion, English and Math core courses must be repeated at VMCHS.
  • Teachers may request mandatory after school tutoring for students with deficiencies(D or F) in any given grading period until grade becomes satisfactory (C or better).
  • The eight-semester religion requirement does include the Christian Service component. This component is managed through the Religious Studies department.

Students will be assigned community service according to grade level, and service component will be 10% of final semester grade for freshmen, sophomores and juniors. In addition, participation in a structured Christian service program is a requirement for graduation and may be completed prior to senior year.

COURSES

REQUIRED CLASSES.

These are core courses required for graduation – An “F” for the semester grade cannot be received in the following courses in order to graduate.

  • 4 years of Religion/Theology of the Body
  • 4 years of English
  • 1 semester of Speech
  • 3 years of Math*, which include: Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II
  • 3 years of Social Studies, which include: U. S. History, World History, 1 semester of Economics and 1 semester of U.S. Government
  • 2 and 1/2 years of Science* include: 1 year of Biology, 1 year of either Physics or Chemistry and 1 semester of Health
  • 2 years of Foreign Language
  • 2 years of Physical Education***P.E. credits may be substituted upon request by participating in one or more interscholastic sports by semester
  • If planning to attend a UC university, one year of Fine Arts is required.
* Requirements for Mexico may vary

ELECTIVE COURSES OFFERED.

  • AP English IV
  • AP Psychology
  • AP US History
  • AP World History
  • AP Spanish/Literature III
  • Mexican Culture
  • Taller de Lectura y Redacción
  • Accounting I
  • Accounting II
  • Business
  • Geography
  • Trigonometry and Calculus
  • Psychology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Anatomy/Physiology

SEMESTER EXAMS

All grades for each semester are cumulative; that is, the work of each grading term is counted into the overall average grade of the semester. Semester examinations are required for all students at VMCHS, and they constitute a percentage of the semester grade, as indicated by the syllabus for each course.

At the teacher’s discretion, any student maintaining a 98% or higher average and good conduct during the whole semester may be exempted from having to take the semester final exam for that course.

Each semester, a special schedule is set up for administering of exams in each academic subject. Failure to take any semester exam on the scheduled date will result in loss of credit for that exam. A physician’s letter is required to make up a semester exam if the exam was missed because of illness. All other justified absences must obtain Administrative approval and make arrangements prior to exam date.

COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES

Any student may take elective courses as long as they do not interfere with the VMCHS core curricular program, and previous administrative approval has been obtained.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS FOR PROMOTION

A student’s promotion from one year to the next is based upon the satisfactory completion of all required courses in which he/she was enrolled during the academic year and acquiring the necessary credits. Students who have not achieved sufficient mastery of curricula will be asked to transfer.

FAILURES

Any student who fails a course(s) and wishes to return to VMCHS the following school year must make up all credits lost due to these failures prior to attendance; failure to do so will result in non acceptance. A student must take 35 units of credit each semester while in attendance at VMCHS.

ACADEMIC PROBATION

If the majority of a student’s grades are “D” or lower during the any semester in school, the student will be placed on academic probation.

ACADEMIC DISMISSAL

In the following cases a student may be subject to academic dismissal:

  • -A student who has previously been on academic probation continues to receive grades lower than “C” in three of the courses.
  • A student receiving three or more “F’s” in semester grades during an academic year.

In all cases involving dismissal on academic grounds, the student’s records are evaluated in the light of the school’s curriculum in relation to his/her ability and effort. If it is considered that a student’s academic needs would be better met in another school, the student will be asked to transfer.