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Academic Planning Guide
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- Academic Definitions
- Four Year Plan
- Student Education Plan & Profile
- Advanced Programs
- Advanced Placement (AP)
- BHS Pathway Information
- Dual Language
- Digital Media
- English Language Arts
- English Language Learners
- Health Careers
- Health / Physical Education
- Performing Arts
- Social Studies
- Visual Arts
- World Lanuages
- District Options
Additional Course Work/Credit Recovery
Credits for making up courses failed may be earned through in-building credit recovery, summer sessions, an accredited correspondence school, college/university, or community college. See your counselor to discuss these and additional options.
Advanced Placement Scholar
- AP Scholar: 3+ on 3 exams
- AP Scholar with Honors: 3+ on 4 exams
- AP Scholar w/ Distinct: 3+ on 5 exams
- AP National Scholar: 4+ on eight exams
Students must meet the Beaverton School District and OSAA eligibility standards if they wish to participate in athletics, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. All ninth graders are eligible to participate during the first six weeks of school if they are taking five or more classes. After the first six weeks of school, there will be additional standards for 9-12 grade students. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of five classes for eligibility.
The AVID philosophy is to hold students accountable to the highest standard and to provide them with academic and social support so they can rise to the challenge of high school. See the AVID section of this guide for more information.
Beaverton High Scholar
Graduating students must meet all of the following criteria to be considered a Beaverton High Scholar:
- Earn a cumulative 4.0 or higher weighted GPA
- Complete a full load of courses in four years of school (maintain at least 6 classes throughout senior year earning a minimum of 27 credits).
- Complete an Education Plan and Profile including career credit.
- Be an active participant in at least one co-curricular activity each year of high school (e.g. sports/clubs and activities/performing arts)
- Maintain a high level of integrity and character with no behavioral incidents that reflect a consequence recommending expulsion as indicated by the BHS/BSD Consistent Discipline Handbook.
- Receive an endorsement in a Career Pathway OR
- Be a candidate to achieve 3+ on three or more AP exams
Credits are the units by which academic progress is measured. Students earn 0.5 credit by passing one (1) semester class. Students have the potential to earn 7 credits per year. Students need to earn 24 credits to graduate.
Dual Language Program
Formally known as the Two-Way Immersion program, the mission of Beaverton High School’s Dual-Language program is to honor and develop multilingual, multiliterate and multicultural students through rigorous, culturally inclusive education. All Dual Language courses have the same learning targets and credits as their respective English courses, but these courses are taught almost entirely in Spanish.
The State of Oregon requires that students demonstrate that they are proficient in certain “essential skills” – skills that are deemed critical for future success – before they are awarded a diploma. These skills are Reading, Writing and Math. Essential Skills are process skills that can be applied in a variety of courses, subjects, experiences and settings. Students can meet the essential skills through a variety of ways. More information can be found here: Oregon Department of Education Essential Skills
Grade Point Average
Grade point averages are computed on a 4-point scale with the following point values awarded per grade: A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D =1, and F = 0. Weighted grades are applied to a variety of courses at Beaverton High School and are identified by the following icon . For example, an “A” in a weighted class will yield 5 points (4 points for the “A” and 1 more point as a weighted “bonus”), a B = 4, C = 3. Both regular and weighted GPA will appear on a student's academic transcript. Learn more about courses with weighted grades.
Independent study credit is available to students on an individual basis. It is not offered for courses taught during the regular school day. Students interested in petitioning for credit must complete an independent study application and have it approved by the cooperating teacher, counselor and school principal.
Area of focused study with specific coursework requirements. At BHS, there are five pathways: Digital Media, Education, Engineering, Health Careers, and Marketing. Choose Pathway Programs in the menu for more information and all pathway requirements.
A course which is required or recommended and must be passed (sometimes with a specific grade) before taking a course. Students who do not meet the prerequisites must have instructor approval to enroll.
The salutatorian will be the graduating senior with the second highest cumulative weighted GPA, earn credit in at least 6 classes each semester their senior year, and qualify as a Beaverton High Scholar.
The valedictorian will be the graduating senior with the highest cumulative weighted GPA, earn credit in at least 6 classes each semester their senior year, and qualify as a Beaverton High Scholar.
Schedule Change Requests / Withdrawal from Courses
In the event that a student is placed incorrectly, has an incomplete schedule, or an error in their schedule, he/she may request a schedule change. The last day to request a schedule change will be five days after the semester begins. If a student withdraws from a class after the last day to request a schedule change, he/she will receive a failing grade for the class. The only exception is teacher- approved level changes, which can be made throughout the semester without penalty.
Beaverton High School is on a semester schedule. Students attend seven classes plus Beaver Lodge for each of two (2) terms for a total sixteen (16) semester classes per year.
Student placement is based on grade level graduation requirements, teacher recommendation, present classroom work, past performance, test scores, and other criteria related to the student's ability, potential, and career goals. Make certain you check the forecasting sheet closely for courses that need a teacher's approval prior to enrollment.
The BHS Counseling department is the destination for new student enrollment, registration and scheduling. Beyond these fundamental responsibilities, our counselors offer many other services to students, including:
- Alternative education options
- College and Career planning
- Conflict mediation
- Credit deficiency make-up options
- Crisis counseling
- Graduation credit checks
- Home/hospital coordination
- Homeless Student/Family Support
- Letters of recommendation
- Monitoring students' progress toward graduation
- Parent information nights
- Parent-teacher conferences
- Personal counseling intervention
- Scholarships and Financial Aid Information
- Special education needs
- Student Education Plan & Profile (StEPP) guidance activities
- Student support groups
- Transcripts of coursework
Annual BHS Counseling Calendar
New student orientations
Scheduling and credit review
Schedule review and changes
Senior credit checks
Senior College Night
Freshman Orientation Groups
Post HS conferences for seniors
Financial Aid Night
Latino College Night
Conferences with credit deficient students
PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
College representative visitations
College National Merit Applications processed
FAFSA Completion Workshops
Students file Financial Aid Form (FAFSA)
How to Find Affordable Colleges Night
Scholarship Information Night
College applications processed
College representative visitations
Nine weeks grade report
National College Fair
Senior Advisory lesson: Scholarship Financial Aid
FAFSA/ORSAA completion workshops
Freshman Career Education presentation/activity
January 1st college applications due to counselor by December 1st
College applications processed
Second Semester schedule reviews
Final Exams-Semester grade report
Senior credit checks
Incoming Freshman Family Night
9th-11th grade College Night
New student registration
Semester schedule changes
Senior graduation checks
College applications processed
Common Application mid-year reports completed
Forecasting Activities begin
Scholarship applications processed
Scholarship applications processed
Junior post-high school planning conferences
Nine weeks grade report
ACT Assessment Testing Day
Sophomore College Admissions Awareness Activity
Advanced Placement exams
Credit-deficient students monitored
Scholarship Interviews and Committee meetings are held
Summer School planning meetings
Graduation for seniors
Notification of non-grads
Scholarship Awards Assembly
Final exams-Semester grade report
Beaverton School District College Information Nights
Each year, district counselors plan a series of district-wide college information nights, all starting at 7 PM and held at various high schools. Check the website at your school for these information nights during the 2021-2022 academic year. Topics covered at these college information nights include:
- 12th Grade College/Post High School Planning
- College Financial Planning
- Financial Aid (FAFSA)
- 8-11th Grade College/Post High School Planning
Beaverton High School College Information Nights
Beaverton High School Counselors have planned the following college information nights specific to Beaverton families:
- Finding Affordable Colleges Night
TBD @ BHS
- Scholarship Night
TBD @ BHS
- Latino College Night
TBD @ BHS
Oregon Universities Admissions Requirements, 2019-2020 Undergraduate Requirements
High school graduation required, plus the following subject requirements with a grade of C minus or better: 4 English, 3 Math, 3 Science, 3 Social Studies, 2 Foreign Languages
A "D" grade is considered the same as an "F"; one "D" might be overlooked in a class that is not listed above.
|GPA||2.75 GPA||3.0 GPA||3.0 GPA||3.0 GPA||3.0 GPA||3.0 GPA||3.0 GPA||3.00 GPA|
All institutions conduct comprehensive reviews of applicants who do not meet the minimum required GPA. Reviews include: Course rigor, standardized test results, writing sample or essay review, non-cognitive factors, and other indicators that predict potential success in college.
|SAT or ACT||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Early & Priority Application Deadlines||12/01/18||3/1/2019||Early 11/1/2018
|Regular Application Deadline||9/1/2019||9/2/2019||Early 11/1/2018
|Rolling Admission After 12/1/18||Rolling Admission After 2/15/2019||1/15/2019||Rolling Admission After 2/1/2019|
|Scholarship Priority Dates||12/01/18||3/1/2019||2/1/2019||2/1/2019||2/1/2018||2/15/2019||1/15/2019||3/1/2019|
|Annual Tuition & Fees||$8,679||$10,710||$11,211||$11,211||$9,105||$9,654||$11,898||$10,197|
NOTE: These admission requirements are for informational purposes only. To ensure accurate information, always check with each specific institution.
NCAA Athletic and Scholarship Eligibility
As a prospective student-athlete at a Division I or II institution, students have certain responsibilities to attend to before they may participate. Information concerning who needs to register with the NCAA clearinghouse and what documents should be submitted can be found in “The Guide for College-Bound Student Athletes” at www.ncaaclearinghouse.org.
NCAA Division I
To play sports at a Division I school, you must graduate from high school and meet ALL the following requirements:
- Complete 16 NCAA core courses:
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
- 2 years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science)
- 2 years of social sciences
- 1 additional year of English, math, or natural/physical science
- 4 additional years of English, math, or natural/physical science, social science,foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy.
- Complete 10 NCAA core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before your seventh semester.
- Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in your NCAA core courses.
- Earn an ACT sum score or SAT combined score that matches your core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale.
NCAA Division II
To play sports at a Division II school, you must graduate from high school and meet ALL the following requirements
Before August 1, 2018
- Complete 16 NCAA core courses
- Earn at least a 2.0 GPA in your NCAA core courses.
- Earn an ACT sum score of 68 or an SAT combined score of 820.
After August 1, 2018
- Complete 16 NCAA core courses.
- Earn at least a 2.2 GPA in your NCAA core courses.
- Earn an ACT sum score or SAT combined score that matches your core-course GPA on the Division II sliding scale.
Core Courses for Division II
To play sports at a Division II school, you must complete these NCAA core courses:
- 3 years of English
- 2 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
- 2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science)
- 2 years of social science
- 3 additional years of English, math, or natural/physical science.
- 4 additional years of English, math, or natural/physical science, social science,foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy.
Information on NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse Approved courses can be found at www.ncaaclearinghouse.org. Not all courses offered at Beaverton High School are approved for NCAA initial eligibility. Contact your school counselor, coach or athletic director for complete and current information.
NCAA Division III
Division III schools provide an integrated environment focusing on academic success while offering a competitive athletics environment. While Division III schools do not offer athletics scholarships, 75 percent of Division III student-athletes receive some form of merit- or need-based financial aid. If you are planning to attend a Division III school, you do not need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Division III schools set their own admission standards.
NAIA Athletic and Scholarship Eligibility
As a prospective student-athlete at an NAIA institution, students have certain responsibilities to attend to before they may participate. Information concerning who needs to register with the NAIA Eligibility Center and what documents should be submitted can be found in “The NAIA Guide for College-Bound Student Athletes” at www.playNAIA.org.
If you graduate from an accredited high school, to participate at the NAIA level you must meet two of the three following requirements:
- Test score requirement: Achieve a minimum of 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT.
- GPA requirement: Achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA.
- Class Rank requirement: Graduate in the top half of your high school class.
|BSD Diploma Requirements|
|Mathematics - Algebra I level or above||3|
|Physical Education I / Physical Education II||0.5 / 0.5|
|Second Language, The Arts, Career & Technical Education||3|
|Read & Comprehend a Variety of Text||Smarter Balanced / OAKS / PLAN or ACT / Work Samples / Local Assessment Option / Compass / WorkKeys|
|Write Clearly & Accurately||Smarter Balanced / OAKS / ACT / Work Samples / Local Assessment Option|
|Apply Mathematics in a Variety of Settings||Smarter Balanced / OAKS / PLAN or ACT / Work Samples / Local Assessment Option / Compass / WorkKeys|
|Educational Plan & Profile||Develop an educational plan and build an educational profile to guide learning toward student's personal, career and post-high school goals.|
|Career-Related Learning Experiences||Participate in experiences that connect classroom learning with real life experiences in the workplace, community, and/or school relevant to student's education plan|
|Extended Application||Apply and extend knowledge and skills in new and complex situations related to the student's personal and career interests and post-high school goals|
Please contact your High School's Counseling Office for additional details.
Graduation and Essential Skills
To obtain an Oregon diploma, all students must demonstrate proficiency in the Essential Skills of reading, writing and applying mathematics. There are several options available for students to demonstrate their proficiency. For more information about Essential Skills, visit this website.
Four Year Planning
Each year counselors work with students to develop their 4-year plan. This plan ensures students take appropriate required and elective courses depending on their career pathway and post-high school plans. Parents are also encouraged to review their child's 4-year plan annually. See Four Year Plan to create your own plan.
Students need to earn a minimum of 24 credits to graduate. Students should follow an ambitious course of study in high school in preparation to meet the challenges of post-high school education.
|Lit and Comp 9
||Lit and Comp 10
AP English Language
AP English Language
AP English Literature
AP English Language
AP English Literature
Survey of American Lit.
Acc. Alg/Geo/Stats 3
Acc. Alg/Geo/Stats 3
AP Calc AB
AP Calc BC
Applied Chem/Sustainable Foods (*Terra Nova)
Field Bio/Sustainable Practices (*Terra Nova)
|Any semester or full year course|
|Social Studies 9||Social Studies 10||Any semester or full year course||Any semester or full year course|
|Health 1||Health 2||This requirement may also be taken in grade 11||This requirement may also be taken in grade 12|
|PE 1||Any PE course||This requirement may also be taken in grade 11||This requirement may also be taken in grade 12|
|Students attend Beaver Lodge class during their four years of high school. The required 0.5 career education credit is earned during those years, but awarded at the end of the senior year. Each grade level has established activities that include self-assessment, and reflection, development of a plan and profile, career research through the Career Information System (CIS), career related learning experiences (CRLE’s), writing a resume, completing a mock interview, and culminating in the design of a Senior Project.|
|Three credits must be earned in the following areas: music, visual arts, theater arts, business education, technology education, automotive technology, computer, or world language. Most colleges and universities require a minimum of two years world language, more competitive colleges may require three years.|
|All students, with the assistance of the parent/guardian and school counselor, will select a combination of elective courses which best meets the needs of their post-high school graduation plans. Additional courses, beyond the required classes in language arts, math, social studies or science, count as elective credits.|
|Total Credits||7 credits||7 credits||6-7 credits||6-7 credits|
Note: It is required to take two years of the same World Language in sequence if you plan to apply to a four-year university.
Beaverton High School strives to empower all students to be prepared for, excited about and confident in their future. In preparation for their future, the state of Oregon requires all students to complete 0.5 credit of career education in order to graduate. At Beaverton High School, rather than taking a semester Career Education class, the Career Education credit happens in the community, in classes, and in Beaver Lodge. For example, our freshmen and sophomores participate in Future Days, visiting college campuses and industry sites; juniors complete mock interviews, while our seniors complete a culminating Senior Project. All students utilize the Oregon Career Information System (CIS) to complete interest inventories and skills assessments, research various careers and colleges, complete scholarship searches, and document their personal learning activities in their electronic portfolio.
9th Grade: 0.125 Credits
- Interest Profiler Assessment
- Identify Interest Areas
- Identify Occupations to Research
- CRLE (a documented Career Related Learning Experience)
10th Grade: 0.125 Credits
- Skills Assessment
- Reality Check
11th Grade: 0.125 Credits
- Mock Interview
12th Grade: 0.125 Credits
- Senior Project - 3 parts
Students are required to complete four Career Related Learning Experiences (CRLEs) prior to graduation.
CRLEs can be:
participating in Future Day
completing a job application
completing a job interview
completing a mock interview at BHS
attending a Career Fair
listening to a guest speaker
completing an internship
completing a job shadow
completing an informational interview
and so much more!
Students will have opportunities to complete some of these CRLEs during Beaver Lodge class; students may also choose to complete CRLEs on their own. Once students complete a CRLE, they should fill out the CRLE through CIS.
Please note: CRLE forms are available on the CIS website and must be submitted electronically through the student’s CIS account. Please contact Liz Perez, Director of College and Career Readiness at email@example.com if you have questions.
Senior Project Requirements (done through CANVAS)
The required Senior Project offers students an opportunity to reflect on their experiences, learning, and growth during high school and their preparation for the future. Successful completion of the Senior Project, along with 9th-11th grade activities, is required to earn the 0.5 Career Education credit, a graduation requirement.
Senior Project Requirements:
- Future You: Video, Website or Presentation
A résumé is an essential tool of any graduate. For most BHS seniors, please just update the resume you created your junior year for the mock interviews. Samples are on the BHS website.
- Reflection Essay (500 words minimum)
Seniors will be provided a number of prompts from which they will be required to write a personal reflection.
- Future You Presentation
Seniors will be required to attend and participate in a financial reality fair presentation.
Advanced Placement ®
The Advanced Placement or AP program at Beaverton offers twenty-two college-level courses that are challenging and stimulating. These allow for individual academic progress and accomplishment, and explore subjects in greater depth. Exams held in the spring give students the opportunity to gain advanced placement and/or college credit at a substantial savings over regular college tuition. Please refer to individual colleges for their AP policies. To forecast for an AP course at Beaverton please refer to the course descriptions in this guide. AP exams cost $89.00 each; exam registration is in March of the exam year. Fee waivers are available for students on free/reduced lunch.
The AP Program at Beaverton High School is committed to providing exam fee assistance to all students in need.
PCC Dual Credit
PCC Dual Credit courses offer students the opportunity to start their college education while in high school. PCC credits are transferable to all public universities within the Oregon University system and many other institutions outside the state. The cost to students is free. Find more information at http://www.pcc.edu/prepare/head-start/dual-credit/
Portland State University
Portland State University's PSU Challenge Program and EXCEL: School of Business Dual Degree Program concurrent credit courses provides qualified students the opportunity to enroll in PSU courses for credit. Courses are taught in BHS classrooms during the regular school day by BHS teachers who have met the criteria to be hired as college instructors at PSU. Students pay a program fee, which constitutes approximately a 60% savings over the price regular college tuition. All Oregon University system schools accept the PSU Challenge and Excel credit, as do most private universities. BHS offers Writing 121 and English Literature Survey as PSU Challenge courses and Business & Marketing Communications as Excel courses. Beaverton High School is committed to providing exam fee assistance to all students in need.
BHS Pathway Programs
Pathway programs in Digital Media, Education, Engineering, Health Careers, and Marketing offer students the chance to focus their program of study and demonstrate their accomplishment by earning Pathway distinction at graduation. Learn about the specific pathway requirements for each.
BHS Honors Designation
Honors designation offers 9th and 10th graders the opportunity to prepare for the challenge of advanced programs. The Language Arts and Social Studies departments offer honors opportunities to all students. In the fall, students in Lit and Comp 9 & 10 and Social Studies 9 & 10 can register for the Honors option.
Students should take the most challenging courses
for which they are qualified–within reason. All Beaverton classes are challenging, especially when taken in combination with AP or dual credit classes. The challenge is finding the right balance. You may need to be challenged to push yourself harder by seeking tougher classes. On the other hand, you may have a tendency to over-extend yourself. For all but the most organized and committed students, it is not recommended to take more than three AP, PSU Challenge or dual credit classes in addition to participating in extracurricular activities, community service and/or working. We encourage all students to talk with their parents, teachers, and counselors regarding the courses they take next year.
College Dual Credit Courses | | |
The following BHS courses offer college credit usually FREE. This is a simple and easy way to obtain college credits, as the BHS courses are aligned with real college courses. The high school and college course titles, codes, credits and awarding college are included in the table below.
|BHS Dual Credit Courses|
|BHS Course||College Course Title||College Course||Credits||College|
|Computer Applications||Basic Computer Skills/ MS Office||CAS 133||3||PCC|
|Photo 1||Beginning Photoshop||CAS 118||3||PCC|
|Graphic Design 1||Beginning Illustrator||CAS 233||3||PCC|
|Graphic Design 2||Desktop Publishing: InDesign||CAS 232||3||PCC|
|Marketing 1||Innovation & New Products||MSD 123A||1||PCC|
|Marketing 2||Organizations & People||MSD 107||3||PCC|
|Marketing 2||Principles of Marketing||BA 223||3||PCC|
|Sports & Event Marketing||Goal Setting and Productivity||MSD 180A||1||PCC|
|Sports & Event Marketing||Project Management - Intro||MSD 279||3||PCC|
|Sports & Event Marketing||Project Management - MS Project||CAS 220||3||PCC|
|Marketing Management||Principles of Management & Supervision||MSD 101||3||PCC|
|Marketing Management||Workplace Communication Skills||MSD 105||3||PCC|
|Marketing Seminar||Leadership Skill Development||MSD 121||3||PCC|
|Marketing Seminar||Job Search Strategies||MSD 123||1||PCC|
|Marketing Seminar||Effective Presentation Skills||MSD 194||1||PCC|
|Marketing Seminar||Business & Marketing Communication||BA 205||4||PCC/ PSU|
|Digital Marketing||Team Building||MSD 177||1||PCC|
|Personal Finance||Personal Finance||BA 218||3||PCC|
|Introduction to Business||Introduction to Business||BA 101||4||PCC/ PSU|
|STEM Physics||Exploring Engineering||ENGR 100||1||PCC|
|Drafting & Design 2||Intro to Google Sketch Up||ARCH 127||3||PCC|
|Drafting & Design 2||Introduction to AutoCad||CADD 126||3||PCC|
|Drafting & Design 1||Drafting Fundamentals||CADD 160||4||PCC|
|Web Design||Introduction to X/HTML||CAS 106||1||PCC|
|Web Design||Beginning Website Creation: Dreamweaver||CAS 111D||3||PCC|
|Pre-Calculus||College Algebra||MTH 111||5||PCC|
|Pre-Calculus||Elementary Functions||MTH 112||5||PCC|
|Spanish Lit Comp II & III||Spanish 101, 102 &103||SP 101-103||4||WP|
|Health Careers 1||First Aid Basics and Beyond||HE 252||4||PCC|
|Health Careers 1||Intro to Today’s Careers in Healthcare||CG 130H||2||PCC|
|Advanced Health Careers||Medical Terminology||MP 111||4||PCC|
|Human Anatomy & Physiology||Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I||BI 121||4||PCC|
|Human Anatomy & Physiology||Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II||BI 122||4||PCC|
|Nurse Assistant 1||Nurse Assisting||NUR 100, NUR 100C||7||CCC|
|Child Development 3||Introduction to Early Education and Family Studies||ECE 120||3||PCC|
Why Participate in AP?
With twenty-two courses and exams, Beaverton's AP program offers something for everyone. The only requirements are a strong curiosity about the subject you plan to study and the willingness to work hard. Here are just a few reasons to sign up:
Gain the Edge in College Preparation
- Get a head start on college-level work.
- Improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem-solving techniques.
- Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous course work.
Stand Out in the College Admissions Process
- Demonstrate your maturity and readiness for college.
- Show your willingness to push yourself to the limit.
Broaden Your Intellectual Horizons
- Explore the world from a variety of perspectives, most importantly your own.
- Study subjects in greater depth and detail.
- Assume the responsibility of reasoning, analyzing, and understanding for yourself.
How Do I Enroll?
Talk to an AP teacher or to your counselor about the course you want to take. Discuss the course workload and any preparation you might need. Beaverton High School offers AP courses and exams in the following:
|BHS Advanced Placement (AP) Courses|
|English||Math||Social Studies||Science||World Language||Art|
|AP English Literature||AP Calculus AB||AP Psychology||AP Biology||AP Spanish||AP Studio Art|
|AP English Language||AP Calculus BC||AP Human Geography||AP Chemistry||AP French||AP Music Theory|
|AP Statistics||AP Microeconomics||AP Environment Science||AP Japanese|
|AP Macroeconomics||AP Physics 1|
|AP US Gov't||AP Physics 2|
|AP US History|
|AP Courses run for the full year; in Spring, students can pay a fee to take AP exams from the College Board to receive the AP credit.|
Course descriptions are found in the individual department course listings. Students may choose to take as many AP courses as they desire as long as they meet the prerequisites. Qualified students may arrange independent study in subjects not offered at BHS with the permission of interested staff.
AP Exams and College Credit
The tests are designed to assess the extent to which high school students have learned the skills and concepts taught in college courses in these subject areas. Colleges and universities notify students of the advanced placement or degree credit they have been granted. Scores are mailed directly to students. Registration is in March and the exams take place in May. There is a fee of $59 per exam. Exam fee waivers are available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch or those with financial need. AP Exams are scored on a range of 1-5. Scores of 4 or 5, respectively, mean the student is well qualified or extremely well qualified in the subject area; these scores are comparable to a college grade of A. A score of 3 means the student is qualified and is comparable to a B; a score of 2, possibly qualified and comparable to a C; and a score of 1 indicates no recommendation. Students who score at least a 3 may receive one or more of the following benefits:
- Exemption by a college or university from beginning courses
- Academic college credit in the subject in which the exam is taken
- Eligibility for honors and other special programs
NOTE: Not all colleges accept AP credit. Check with the institution(s) of choice before signing up for the exam(s).
The digital media pathway represents a sequence of courses aligned to industry standards to prepare students for careers in graphic and web design, as well as interactive media. Specifically, it prepares students through secondary and post-secondary level coursework with a focus in:
- Soft skills in the workplace,
- Design and technical skills in related career fields,
- Working with the community and clients
The Education Pathway is an opportunity for students interested in working in a child-related career field (e.g., health careers, education, social services, parenting, etc…) to learn about the foundations of child development. A working knowledge of typical and atypical child development is essential in any career working with children.
This pathway is designed for students interested in exploring engineering careers and practices. Through a project-based approach, students will engage in the engineering design process to solve problems and gain technical skills to apply to a future in an engineering or related field. Students will also learn the broad possibilities for engineering applications and the educational requirements to pursue those careers. This pathway would be appropriate for any student interested in any engineering or engineering technician field
(mechanical, biomedical, chemical, electrical, industrial, civil, aerospace, or others).
This pathway is designed for students with an interest in exploring or pursuing a career in health services. Students learn core knowledge and skills common to major health careers. Students will develop a realistic view and understanding of the preparation needed, educational pathways and day in the life of a health care professional. This pathway would be appropriate for students looking at careers in nursing, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, emergency medicine, physical and occupational therapy, speech and rehabilitation, fitness, sports medicine and medical social services.
This pathway is designed to prepare students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in business and marketing through:
- Classroom instruction;
- Experiential education; and
- Leadership and personal development by participating in events and organizations.
Each course in this pathway is designed to help prepare students for their pursuit of higher educational goals, as well as to provide essential knowledge and skills currently needed for working in careers with children, as well as providing a strong understanding of parenting and all that it entails.
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success, and it is scheduled during the regular school day as a year-long course. Each week, students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational activities and academic success skills. In AVID, students participate in activities that incorporate strategies focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading to support their academic growth.
What is AVID?
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other post-secondary opportunities. Established more than 30 years ago with one teacher in one classroom, AVID today impacts more than 800,000 students in 44 states and 16 other countries/territories. See more at www.avid.org
What AVID Does
Simply, AVID trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
How AVID Works
AVID brings research-based strategies and curriculum to educational institutions in elementary, secondary, and higher education. The AVID System annually provides more than 30,000 educators with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas throughout the entire campus, in what we call Schoolwide AVID.
- Teach skills and behaviors for academic success
- Provide intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships
- Create a positive peer group for students
- Develop a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination
BHS Dual Language Program
The mission of Beaverton High School’s Dual Language Program is to honor and develop multilingual, multiliterate and multicultural students through rigorous, culturally inclusive education. Understanding that bilingualism is a positive asset, students develop a high level of academic biliteracy in English and Spanish while earning credits toward graduation. All Dual Language courses utilize BSD learning targets to guide instruction but are taught and assessed almost entirely in Spanish. The Dual Language program culminates in Advanced Placement Spanish Language and the Oregon Seal of Biliteracy.
La misión del Programa de Lenguaje Dual de la escuela preparatoria Beaverton High School, anteriormente conocido como programa de Doble Inmersión, es honrar y desarrollar estudiantes multilingües, multiculturales a través de una educación rigurosa, culturalmente incluyente. Basándose en la idea de que el bilingüismo tiene un valor positivo, los estudiantes desarrollan un alto nivel de habilidad académica en inglés y español mientras obtienen créditos necesarios para su graduación. Todos los cursos de Lenguaje Dual tienen las mismas metas de aprendizaje y créditos que sus respectivos cursos en inglés, pero estos cursos se enseñan casi completamente en español. Este programa está diseñado para ser la continuación de los Programas de Whitford y Meadow Park, pero sirven también a los estudiantes recién llegados al país y a los estudiantes que deseen avanzar en su idioma nativo español.
El programa de Lenguaje Dual culmina en cursos de español de nivel avanzado y en un diploma con un Sello de Bilingüe del estado de Oregon.
Required Course: Spanish Language Literacy Development
The backbone of an effective Dual Language program is the development of literacy in multiple languages.
All Dual Language students must take a course to focus on improving Spanish literacy while concurrently taking coursework in English Language Arts. Accordingly, all Dual Language students must take one of the following courses, with their placement determined by performance on the STAMP assessment and/or teacher judgment based on reading, writing, speaking, and listening work samples:
- Spanish Literature & Composition 1
- Spanish Literature & Composition 2
- Spanish Literature & Composition 3
- AP Spanish Language
Required Course: Additional Core Content (9th and 10thgrade)
In addition to a course specifically designed to improve Spanish literacy, Dual Language students must also commit to at least one other core class taught primarily in Spanish to continue developing content-specific biliteracy skills during their 9th and 10th grade school years. Beginning in 2020-21, we plan to offer optional courses for 11th and 12th grade students, as well. Students may take one or more of the following courses in Dual Language if they also are enrolled in a Spanish Literacy course:
- AGS I
- AGS II
Summary of Current Dual Language Program Offerings by Grade Level
|Spanish Literacy Course||Dual Language Core Options|
|Spanish Lit/Comp I or II||AGS I and / or Physics|
|10th||Spanish Lit/Comp II or III||AGS II and / or Chemistry|
|11th||Spanish Lit/Comp IIII or AP Spanish Language||Options TBA for '20-'21 school year|
|12th||AP Spanish Language|
The digital media pathway represents a sequence of courses aligned to industry standards to prepare students for careers in graphic and web design, as well as interactive media. Specifically, it prepares students through secondary and post-secondary level coursework with a focus in soft skills in the workplace, technical skills in related career fields, and working with the community and clients.
What is Engineering & Design? (video)
Beaverton High School is just finishing the development of an Engineering Career Pathway. The Engineering 1 course meets the year 1 requirement, and the Drafting & Design and Programming courses each meet elective requirements, for the developing Engineering pathway. Further requirements and opportunities for this pathway will be presented in the future.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH
These courses develop college-level skills in composition and reading. Students will read extensively in classical as well as modern literature, practice composition and research skills needed in college, and prepare for Advanced Placement Examinations.
Taking the examinations is encouraged, but not mandatory. AP English courses have summer reading assignment requirements. Please visit the Academics → Advanced Placement link.on this site.
The mission of the Beaverton School District English Language Support Program is to implement researched instructional approaches that ensure English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening and are in compliance with Federal and State Guidelines. English language proficiency is defined as the acquisition of language functions and grammatical forms in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Instructional approaches which foster English language proficiency include a rigorous, thematic curriculum which is inclusive of students' unique backgrounds and cultures, group and individual learning opportunities, and intensive language development through reading and writing workshops.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT LITERACY CLASSES COMMON COURSE CURRICULUM
In order for all students to meet the Mission of the Beaverton School District's English Language Support Program, additional literacy support may be necessary for some students with little or no prior education, or English Language Learners who are significantly below their peers in reading and writing. In schools with a significant number of same-language students with literacy needs, a primary language literacy class will be provided. Effective literacy instruction includes multicultural, age appropriate literature, and instructional practices appropriate for English language learners.
If you are interested in entrepreneurship, marketing, public relations, management, advertising, or digital media, the Marketing Department has the program for you! In addition to classroom instruction, you may earn FREE college credit and valuable hands- on experience during Week of Wishes and in The Pond, our student store. You will also have the opportunity to meet and network with industry leaders and participate in field studies in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, and Orlando, Florida.
PCC Dual Credit Program
PCC logo indicates PCC Dual Credit course. PCC Dual Credit courses offer students the opportunity to start their college education while in high school. PCC credits are transferable to all public universities within the Oregon University system and many other institutions outside the state. The cost to students is free.
PSU EXCEL: School of Business Dual Degree Program
The mathematics program at Beaverton High School is built on the belief that all students should have the opportunity to successfully learn mathematics. We wish to develop mathematically literate students who are able to explore, conjecture, reason logically and communicate their mathematics knowledge.
The State of Oregon requires three credits in mathematics for graduation. Many colleges recommend four years of mathematics. It is strongly recommended that students planning on future schooling take an advanced math course their senior year.
The science teachers at Beaverton High School believe that a fundamental and vital function of education is to enhance each student's ability to make responsible decisions about their role in society. Scientific literacy in the disciplines of Physical Science, Earth and Space Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics is an important foundation to being a citizen in the 21st century when many local and global issues and careers are based on S.T.E.M., (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math.)
Students attending Beaverton High School have a variety of opportunities, beginning in the Physics curriculum and continuing through higher-level course offerings, to participate in a rigorous and challenging science program that helps them develop the skills needed to be successful citizens.and foster a life-long interest and appreciation for science learning.
Our college/career pathway will use an articulated learning sequence of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This core science pathway should be followed, with other science electives taken concurrently or after the completion of the Physics, Chemistry, Biology sequence. Students will enroll at the appropriate level taking into account their aspirations, skills, knowledge, experiences, ACT scores, and mathematical abilities. The goal is to provide them challenge, rigor and the proficiencies to succeed and excel in science.
The freshman, sophomore and junior curricula are organized around a series of real world problems and are designed to prepare students to achieve state content standards. The upper level course offerings include discipline specific courses in Advanced Placement (AP), Health Careers, Science Research, and elective courses. Our existing 9th, 10th, and 11th grade program prepares students well for the state assessments and AP curricula and our focus on scientific inquiry and engineering and design is consistent with the AP/College/Career readiness philosophy.
Currently, three years of science in high school is required for graduation. Students who take the Physics, Chemistry, Biology sequence will meet these requirements. For college preparation it is recommended that students take four years of science.
The social studies department at Beaverton High School believes that the content of social studies courses can be used to develop the skills that students need for career and college readiness. Skills such as critical thinking, communication and research are included in every course. While three years of social studies are required for graduation, those students seeking college admission are advised to complete four years of social studies, including one or more AP courses. After completing the required 9th and 10th grade courses, Beaverton students are able to pick from a wealth of courses to compete the third required year. Options include full year or semester courses, including five Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
Any student who does not receive credit in one or both semesters of 9th grade Social Studies will need to take equivalent credits later in order to meet the 3.0 SS credit graduation requirement. The student will enroll in 10th Grade Social Studies as a sophomore, and can make up the credits for 9th Grade at any time. Any student who fails one or both semesters of 10th Grade Social Studies will need to retake 10th Grade Social Studies.
When students have completed the 3 credits of social studies required for graduation, additional SS courses may be taken for elective credit. Each course may be taken only once for Social Studies credit.
Note: AP Psychology does not serve as Social Studies credit.
Learning to use a second language effectively in real life situations and developing an understanding and appreciation for other cultures are focuses for all world language classes. World language students build proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in a second language as they become acquainted with the cultures where the language is spoken. At least two years of the same language is required to meet college admission requirements in most universities, including Oregon's public four-year colleges and universities. AP classes are available in Spanish, French and Japanese for students who completed fourth year courses and beyond.
BEAVERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS PROGRAMS:
WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?
The Beaverton School District is nationally recognized for high student achievement and innovative programs. BSD high school students have the opportunity to investigate learning options that best fit their individual academic needs. Students can choose their neighborhood high school or one of a number of learning options. District transportation is provided to all District learning options. For more information, visit: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/tchlrn/opts/ Pages/default.aspx
Neighborhood High Schools - Aloha, Beaverton, Southridge, Sunset and Westview High Schools.
Beaverton School District has five neighborhood high schools that provide challenging, meaningful educational options and extracurricular opportunities for each student. Strong academic offerings include World Languages, International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) classes and dual credit (DC) options. Students can participate in athletics, drama, band, choir, art, leadership and club activities, as well as community service. College/Career Centers support students in post-high school planning and the student bodies represent the richness of the culture and diversity in our community. Students are automatically enrolled in their neighborhood school. No application is required to attend your neighborhood school. For more information about your neighborhood school, visit: www.beaverton. k12.or.us/home/schools/high-schools/ .
Learning Option High Schools - Common Application Programs
The following interest-based schools require application through the BSD Learning Options Common Application. Applications and information about the application process and timeline are available at: www.beaverton.k12.or.us/home/ schools/option-schools-and-programs/ .
Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA) - 11375 SW Center Street, Beaverton, OR 97005
ACMA serves students in grades 6-12. Students are attracted to ACMA because they possess a skill, are proficient, or show strong potential in one of the arts. At ACMA students receive a rigorous academic program combined with rich pre-professional experiences in an array of artistic disciplines. The combination of high expectations and an art-focused curriculum produces graduates who are well prepared for post-secondary study in a wide range of pursuits, both within and outside of the arts. For more information, visit www.beaverton.k12.or.us/acma. Contact: ACMA 503.672.3700.
Health & Science School (HS2) - 18640 NW Walker Road, Beaverton, OR 97006
HS2 serves students in grades 6 through 12 and is open to all students with an interest in science, medicine and engineering. HS2 is a powerful learning community in a small school setting for students from all social, cultural and economic backgrounds. As a part of this college prep program, students learn in small, teacher-led investigative teams that foster communication, engagement, research skills, critical thinking, and problem solving. Students are able to earn college credit in grades 9 through 12 and will be prepared to pursue a career in the science, health, or engineering professions. In addition, there are opportunities for health career certification courses for all students. HS2 students may also participate in internship rotations at local hospitals, medical facilities and research labs. Visit www.beaverton. k12.or.us/health_and_sciences/ . Contact: HS2 503.533.1853.
International School of Beaverton (ISB) - 17770 SW Blanton, Beaverton, OR 97006
ISB is an International Baccalaureate World School authorized to offer the IB Middle Years Program (MYP, grades 6-10) and the IB Diploma Program (DP, grades 11-12). The International Baccalaureate Program is a rigorous standardized worldwide curriculum enhanced with World Languages including Chinese, Japanese, or Spanish. At ISB, students experience regular presentations and/or dialogue sessions about international topics presented by international visitors and community members. International perspectives and critical thinking skills are emphasized and promoted throughout the rigorous curriculum. In addition, students are required to engage in individual research, inquiry into the theory and nature of knowledge, and to participate in community service and action projects. The Middle Years Program at ISB prepares students for the Diploma Program, a rigorous pre-university course of studies, leading to examinations, that meets the needs of highly motivated secondary school students. Visit www.beaverton.k12.or.us/isb/ . Contact: ISB 503.259.3800
School of Science and Technology (SST) - Merlo Campus - 1841 SW Merlo Drive, Beaverton OR, 97006
SST is a science magnet school for 9th-12th grade students who enjoy learning and desire an educational focus on science, math and technology. Course offerings include life science, physical and earth sciences, math and computers, as well as a rich variety of language arts and social studies classes. Spanish is the world language offered. Writing, critical-thinking and discussion skills are developed in all classes. High expectations, regular homework and challenging projects help students develop their minds. The small school setting fosters a strong community between teachers and students. SST students enjoy extra activities such as dances, Drama, Mock Trial, Science Fair, Ultimate Frisbee and more. While SST attracts many TAG students, many students without the TAG designation have talents and gifts that enrich SST. Visit https://sites.google.com/a/beaverton.k12.or.us/merlostation/sst . Contact: Merlo Campus 503.259.5575
How to Apply to a Learning Option High School- Common Application Program
- Complete the BSD Learning Options Common Application available in English and Spanish from your school counseling office and at https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/tchlrn/opts/Pages/default.aspx
- Mail your application to the Learning Options Placement Office, Beaverton School District, 16550 SW Merlo Road, Beaverton, Oregon 97006 by 4:00pm on January 24, 2014. A lottery will be conducted for programs where the number of applicants exceeds space available. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis.
- Want to know more? Ask your counselor, teacher or principal about your learning options. Visit https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/tchlrn/opts/Pages/default.aspx for a schedule of Open Houses.
ADDITIONAL HIGH SCHOOL LEARNING OPTIONS
Partial Day Option Programs: The BSD offers three partial day option programs for high school students. The programs are: Automotive Technology, located on the campus of Aloha HS, Health Careers, located at Beaverton HS, and Field Biology/Sustainable Foods, located at Terra Nova Organic Farm. Students register for these classes as part of their regular high school forecasting process. The applications for Automotive Technology, Health Careers, and Field Biology/Sustainable Foods are available at https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/tchlrn/opts/Pages/High-School-Learning-Options.aspx and in the counseling office at your school. The application should be returned, with your completed high school forecasting form, to your high school by the forecasting deadlines at your school.
HIGH SCHOOL REVOLVING APPLICATION PROGRAMS
The following high school programs accept applicants throughout the year, generally at the beginning of a quarter or trimester. For more information, see your high school counselor, contact the school or visit https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/tchlrn/opts/Pages/High-School-Learning-Options.aspx
Community School - Merlo Campus - 1841 SW Merlo Drive, Beaverton, OR 97006
Community School is a full-day program for students in grades 9-12 who want a more supportive high school experience. Community School provides smaller classes, a caring staff, a school-based health center, a flexible schedule, online courses, a no homework policy and a fully staffed daycare center. It is a small, nurturing school community with close ties between teachers and students. Students build self-confidence that culminates in a senior exhibition. Students in grades 9-10 focus on developing academic and social skills necessary for successful progress toward earning a high school diploma. In grades 11-12, they continue building academic skills, work on credit completion and add an emphasis on community service, career exploration, internships, and Merlo Station College Track. Senior exhibitions are a required part of the curriculum in order to graduate from Community School. Community School also includes the Continuing Education Program for Young Parents (CEYP) and students who qualify can earn college credit through PCC coursework while obtaining a high school diploma. Applications are accepted for possible openings at the beginning of each six-week wheel, and students may earn 7.5 credits per year. See your high school counselor for application information. Contact: Merlo Campus 503.259.5575.
Early College High School (ECHS) - Portland Community College (PCC) - 17705 NW Springville Road, Portland, OR 97229
ECHS is a unique experience for students to blend high school and college in a personalized and rigorous education program at PCC Rock Creek or Sylvania campuses. Students must be willing to make a two-year commitment to the program and attend PCC full-time. Students manage their own schedules and take regular college courses with other PSS students. ECHS staff, located on the Rock Creek and Sylvania campuses, provide a system of support and career guidance. Every student takes orientation classes and career development coursework. Eligible students apply at the end of their 10th or 11th grade year, must be 16 years of age at the start of coursework, and meet GPA, placement test, and high school credit completion requirements. Students are approved to attend by their home high school and are accepted to college through ECHS and PCC's application process. It is possible for students to earn a high school diploma, an Associate's Degree, or up to two years of college credit. Applications are taken at the beginning of most college terms. Applications timelines and additional information is available on the ECHS website at: http://echs.beaverton.k12.or.us/academics/applications or you can contact the Early College office at 971-722-7473 for more information.
ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL LEARNING OPTIONS
Continuing Education for Young Parents (CEYP) Merlo Campus - 1841 SW Merlo Drive, Beaverton, OR 97006
CEYP provides a supportive environment for teen mothers and fathers completing their education while meeting the responsibilities of pregnancy and parenthood. In addition to regular coursework, students learn about community organizations and social service agencies that provide personal and family counseling, medical assistance, job counseling and other services. A childcare center is available on site and serves as a laboratory for child development and parenting classes. Volunteers and trained staff provide childcare for the infants and toddlers while students attend classes. For information, or to enroll, see your counselor or contact Rhea Medina at 503.259.5575.
Evening Academy Merlo Campus - 1841 SW Merlo Road, Beaverton, OR 97006
Evening Academy is an individualized credit recovery program for 12th grade students on a graduation plan who need two or fewer additional credits to graduate. Students apply through their home school counselor and attend a minimum of 4 hours per week from 1-8 pm, Monday through Thursday. Students are required to make steady progress toward completion of individualized contracts. To apply contact your counselor.
The application is available at https://sites.google.com/a/beaverton.k12.or.us/merlostation/eveningacademy
Contact: Merlo Campus 503.259.5575.
GED--Contact your home high school
GED Preparation is a program designed for students who are at least 16 years of age and at least 6 credits behind in graduation requirements. Students are admitted through an application and interview when openings exist. Contact your school counselor for more information.
PASSAGES - 1841 SW Merlo Road, Beaverton, OR 97006
Passages is a transitional program located on the Merlo Campus for students ages 16-20 who are not currently attending their home high school. Students may transition into another educational setting within a semester. This might include returning to their home high school, entering Community High School, the GED prep program or PCC. On average, students attend Passages for approximately eight weeks. Candidates explore the academic opportunities available to them based on age and level of credits, map out their academic plan, and bolster core skills before re-entering their comprehensive high school or other educational option program. While in the Passages program, students will have the ability to earn up to 1.0 elective credit through a course titled Project Success. This course will focus on math, reading and writing skills, as well as behavior and organizational skills. Students will also be asked to complete an independent project. Both direct and individualized instruction are offered to meet student needs. Students in the program will work with the teacher to complete required course work while improving attendance, academic achievement, and developing a positive commitment to being a motivated and successful learner. For more information visit https://sites.google.com/a/beaverton.k12.or.us/merlostation/ passages Contact: Merlo Campus 503.259.5575
Portland Community College Prep
PCC Rock Creek – 17705 NW Springville Road, Portland, OR 97229
The Multicultural Academic Program (MAP) serves students who are 16-20 years old, are non-native English speakers and have left high school or are at risk of leaving before graduation. MAP students build their English literacy skills and academic habits, preparing them to succeed in college. Students may then transition to PCC's YES! program or PCC's Gateway to College program. To apply, see your counselor or contact: PCC Prep Intake (PCC) 971.722.6213.
Notification of Rights Under FERPA
The Family Education Rights & Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) requires school districts to notify parents that schools maintain official records regarding their child, which include information deemed necessary to the welfare of students and the orderly operation of schools or information required by law and regulation. A student's cumulative record consists of personal and family data including certification of name and date of birth, test data, health status reports, permanent records, attendance records, transcripts of coursework, and data showing progress toward the diploma.
Student records are the property of the school district; however, parents may inspect and review their child's records by making a written request to the school principal for an on-site appointment. Parents may challenge the inclusion in their student's records of any information believed to be inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student's privacy or other rights. Parents may request modification of the records or enter their own statements of explanation. Concerns about the information included in the student's records are to be addressed in writing to and discussed with the school principal. If the concern cannot be resolved between the parent and the principal, a fair and impartial hearing upon the written request of the aggrieved will be convened to review the matter.
BSD may not release any personally identifiable records or files about an individual student without prior written, signed consent of a parent, legal guardian, or adult student. Exceptions include disclosures without consent to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A legitimate educational interest exists when the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibilities.
Another exception includes release of education records without consent when requested by officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. The school can release certain directory information without consent by the district for non-commercial use: name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, grade level, school attended, program of study, records or participation in school activities and sports, weight and height of team members, dates of attendance, awards and honors received, and most recent previous school attended. The Act grants parents the right to request in writing to the school principal that any or all directory information not be released without their prior consent. This request must be made by the end of the second week of the start of a school year.
These rights of natural parents are also extended to adoptive parents, legal guardians, separated parents consistent with agreements of custody, and students 18 years of age or older or who are attending a post- secondary institution.