Academics

4.0 Wall

Students earning a 4.0 in a semester are honored on our 4.0 wall.  The 4.0 Wall is located in the stairway to the Guidance Office.  Over 300 students are honored every semester.

High School vs. A-G Requirements

High School a-g
COURSE YEARS CREDITS
Social Science 3 years 30
English 4 years 40
Math 2 years 20
Physical Science 1 year 10
Life Science 1 year 10
VPA/LOTE 1 year 10
PE 2 years 20
Health ½ year 5
Electives 75
COURSE MIN YEARS REC YEARS
Social Science 2 years 3 years
English 4 years
Math 3 years 4 years
Physical Science 1 year 3 years
Life Science 1 year
LOTE 2 years 3 years
VPA 1 year
College Electives 1 year

Warren High School requires at least 220 credits for graduation.

Some classes last one semester, while others last the entire year.  Students typically take six classes per semester and receive five credits for each class passed each semester.

Course # of Sememsters Credits per Sememster Total Credits
English 8 5 40
Math 4 5 20
Social Science 6 5 30
Science 4 5 20
World Language or Visual & Performing Arts 2 5 10
Physical Education 4 5 20
Health 1 5 5
Electives varies 5 75
Total 220
Earning Credits at Warren High School

How do I earn credits?

Each of your classes is worth 5 credits

  • A grade of A, B, C, D earns 5 credits.  An F is worth 0 credits
  • Credits are given at the end of each semester, in January and June.
  • Each semester, you can earn 30 credits.  (6 classes X 5 credits each = 30)
  • You can earn 60 credits each year. (2 semesters X 30 credits = 60)

How many credits do I need at each grade level?

You need to earn the right number of credits to go on to the next grade

  • 50 credits required to go on to 10th grade
  • 100 credits required to go on to 11th grade
  • 160 credits required to go on to 12th grade

If I fail some classes, how can I make up my credits?

  • You can take two summer school classes and make up 10 credits.
  • When you are 16 or a junior, you can take Adult School classes in the evenings or ROP classes for a maximum of 10 credits each semester
  • If you fall 20 credits or more behind, you can attend Columbus for a semester or a year and return to WHS and graduate if you meet the requirements to return.

Grades and GPA

Colleges and employers look for students with high grade point averages (GPA) as evidence of what they have learned and as proof of their willingness to work hard.  High schools give different numbers of points for each grade.  You earn a different number of points for each grade: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.  Some advanced courses are weighted and worth additional points when figuring the GPA; for example an A might be worth 5 points.

Sample GPA for a student for one semester:

Class Grade Points
English A 4
Math B 3
Spanish B 3
Biology C 2
World History A 4
Physical Education C 2

GPA : 18 Grade Points / 6 Classes = 3.0 GPA

Course Registration

Counselors meet with students in group setting to provide information on high school and college requirements, college application process, academic supports, careers and Naviance.  Students are given a Course Registration form where they can choose what classes to take the following years.  Teacher and parent signatures are required on this form.  These group sessions are followed by individual meetings with the counselor to review the student’s academic progress and post-secondary plans.  Course registration forms must be returned at that point for student to be registered in the correct and appropriate courses the following year.  

Academics Evaluations

Counselors meet with students in group setting to provide information on high school and college requirements, college application process, academic supports, careers and Naviance.  These group sessions are followed up by individual meetings with the counselor to review the student’s academic progress and post-secondary plans.

APEX Credit Recovery

Reclassified students, students deficient in credits and/or not on track to graduate can recover credit through our APEX Credit Recovery program.  Students take online courses at school with a certificated teacher.  Courses are at their own pace and can be worked on at home as well as at school.  APEX Credit Recovery is available throughout the school year and during summer school.

APEX Grade Repair

Students who have 2-3 D/Fs in A-G core courses are able to repair the grade and earn a C or better.  By repairing their grade, students can maintain their A-G college eligibility.  Students take online courses with a certificated teacher in that core field.  Courses are at their own pace and can be worked on at home as well.  APEX Grade Repair are available throughout the school year and during the summer.

Freshman Focus

Workshops geared to meet their counselors introduce students to high school and assist in a smooth transition to high school.  Introducing students to Naviance and A-G requirements and where they can find academic support.

Distinguished Graduates 

Students completing this four-year program will receive recognition at the graduation ceremony. A student must have the following by the end of Quarter 3 of their Senior Year to become a Distinguished Graduate:

  1.  ACTIVITIES: Participate for at least one semester in at least one extra-curricular activity in the school which has an end product. Examples of activities may include sports, theater production, pep squad, band, ASB, art/photo exhibit, newspaper, yearbook. (Involvement in a campus club ONLY fulfills this requirement if you have a minimum of 40 hours of participation in the club. These 40 hours would be in ADDITION to, NOT part of, your 100 “Service” hours)
  2.  ATTENDANCE: Have exemplary attendance for all four years. Prospective distinguished grads are required to check their attendance records at the end of each semester to be sure that absences and tardies are not excessive. A STUDENT WHO HAS ANY TRUANCIES AND/OR UNRESOLVED ABSENCES FOR ANY YEAR WILL BE ELIMINATED FROM THE DISTINGUISHED GRAD PROGRAM UNLESS THEY ARE RESOLVED BY THE END OF EACH SEMESTER.
  3. CITIZENSHIP: Maintain exemplary citizenship and receive, for each semester and including each class, no 5’s, no more than one 4 in citizenship, and no suspensions or expulsions.
  4. COURSE WORK: Complete all classes required for entrance into the California State University or the University of California schools, meeting “A-G” requirements with a grade of “C” or better.
  5. GRADES: Maintain a cumulative State Weighted GPA of 3.0+
  6. SERVICE: Perform at least 100 hours of school or extra-curricular community service which is defined as voluntary service performed for a non-profit community or school organization and without any form of payment to the volunteer. Submit BLUE verification forms (available in the guidance office) as hours are completed. Verification must be submitted before 3:30 p.m. on the last day of the third quarter of the senior year.

Students completing this four-year program will receive recognition at Academic Awards Ceremony and at the graduation ceremony. Students will receive the Distinguished Grad Medallion, the Distinguished Grad Notation on their transcript, and the Distinguished Grad Seal on their diploma.

HOW TO QUALIFY
No Application required

  • Completed all 6 requirements listed above by deadline.   Counselors verify and announce distinguished graduates in May.
  • Seniors are responsible for submitting school or community service hours on BLUE verification forms before 3:30 pm on the last day of third quarter of the senior year. Seniors who do not submit documentation on time will be disqualified.
  • Seniors must clear any unresolved period or day absences by 3:30 pm on the last day of the third quarter of their senior year.
  • Seniors who think there may be anything in their records that would disqualify them for this award may also submit letters of explanation for the committee to consider. The deadline for this letter will also be 3:30 pm on the last day of the third quarter of the senior year.