MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Students and Parents:
The publication of this Curriculum Guide
is our way of sharing with you the courses and various educational programs/policies that students follow throughout their years at Hudson High School. It is our best attempt at compiling all the current information so students and parents can plan appropriately for the next few years. And students: it should serve as a valuable resource as you plan and schedule for your high school years. Careful planning and thoughtful decision making will make your high school experience positive as you build a solid educational foundation for the future. Special attention should be directed at the Course Planning Guide located on the last few pages of this booklet—it’s a great planning tool when keeping the end in mind!
In addition, it is our goal to be up front and transparent when it comes to school fees. We have worked hard to identify required costs associated with each course and share those early on in this document. We have also scrutinized these fees to make sure our students receive the best possible experience at the least cost!
We are most proud of the comprehensive programming we are able to offer to each individual student. Vast opportunities exist across the curriculum from required courses in the core academics to electives in all areas of interest. Students should select courses that: (1) fulfill graduation requirements, (2) best prepare them for their future, and (3) are areas of personal interest. Seniors: make sure that your senior year course selections reflect rigor—colleges are looking for it! If you have questions or concerns, please ask any staff member for assistance. We are here to serve you! I encourage every student to get involved and take advantage of all facets of our school program. Enjoy your high school experience and best wishes for success at Hudson High School.
Yours in education,
Brian D. Wilch, Principal
This section of the HHS Curriculum Guide provides descriptions for each course offered at the high school as well as through the Six District Career Compact. Information contained in this section is updated each year—the version posted on the school website is the most current. It’s important to stay abreast of changes that occur each year so that you and your parents can make the best decisions possible in planning your high school educational career.
Please pay attention to graduation requirements, prerequisites, credits and grades eligible for each course—that information is provided under the course title. In our schedule you have the opportunity to take seven classes. Students are required to take at least six classes; seniors have the option of taking five but must pay attention to athletic/extracurricular eligibility. We encourage students to take advantage of the many options and choices offered here at HHS; we have a comprehensive program with a wide range of coursework that will afford you many opportunities that can lead to a very rewarding high school experience.
Good planning up front in the scheduling process will help us in our efforts to offer the courses you choose. Be sure to include parents and guidance counselors in the process. Once the master schedule is finalized, it becomes very difficult to make changes later; students are held to their choices once the course verification forms are signed off by parents.
For 2015-16 pay particular attention to the following changes:
• Graduation Requirements from the State of Ohio are changing! Beginning with this year's freshman class (2018), Graduation Points must be earned in order to obtain a high school diploma. A detailed section on these new requirements can be found in the Curriculum Guide--and stay current, many changes have been coming our way.
• College Credit Plus replaces the Post Secondary Option in Ohio...students can earn college and high school credit at the same time--there's a section in the Curriculum Guide that outlines this program as well as provides some sample pathways.
• Students who opt for Credit Flex in Physical Education will be graded on an S/U scale, no matter what grade in school.
• Freshmen in the Class of 2019 and beyond will take the ACT ASPIRE going forward--the ACT garners the highest participation rate at Hudson High School.
• The College Board replaced AP Physics B was with AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2--this is the year that the second course comes on line.