CURRICULUM AND ACADEMIC INFORMATION
Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine Program of Study
*courses and sequences subject to change
English 9, English 10, English 11, English 12, AP Literature, AP Language, Drama, Creative Writing, Journalism, Student Government, Debate, 21st Century Literature, Test Prep/Advisory, Algebra, Probability/Statistics, Geometry, Calculus, AP Chemistry, Geometry Lab, Pre-Calculus, Algebra 1 Honors, Algebra II, Biology, Health Careers, Chemistry, Global Health/Leadership Development, Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, US History, Civics, Economics, World History, History of Detroit, French, 1, NJROTC 1, 2, 3, and 4, Physical Education, Health, Dance, Developmental Language Arts, Music Theory 1 and 2, Band, CTW Work-Based Learning, Health Occupations, and Advanced Learning (WCCCD)
State of Michigan Requirements for Graduation (18 credits)
These are new/changed DPSCD requirements as of 2021. Michigan Merit Curriculum High School Graduation Requirements are as follows:
- 4 credits in Mathematics with Algebra I (may be granted prior to grade 9), Geometry, Algebra II, and one math class in final year of high school.
- 4 credits in English Language Arts with English 9, English 10, English 11, and English 12.
- 3 credits in Science with Biology, Anatomy, Physics, or Chemistry, and one additional science credit.
- 3 credits in Social Studies with U.S. History and Geography, Civics (.5 credits), Economics (.5 credits), and World History and Geography.
- .5 credits in Physical Education or NJROTC
- .5 credits in Health
- 1 credit in Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts with various courses offered
- 2 credits of language other than English
Michigan Department of Education Assessment Program
All high school juniors in Michigan will be required to take the College Board’s SAT college entrance exam and ACT’s WorkKeys exam in the spring. The SAT test is accepted by nearly every college in the nation.
Requirements for Admission to College
College entrance requirements differ with each college. Beginning now, students should become acquainted with specific entrance requirements of the school they hope to attend. Staff maintains our on-campus center called the Clinic for Success, and we urge students to make inquiries concerning specific college requirements to match up with the best college, even during their freshman and sophomore years. Minimum requirements to most colleges and universities are:
- Graduation from an accredited high school
- GPA (Grade Point Average)
- Above average test scores on national examinations such as American College Testing Program (ACT) or College Entrance Examination Board (SAT).
- In addition, selective colleges look at the type of courses students take such as Advanced Placement courses, honors levels courses, etc., as well as involvement in co-curricular activities which will demonstrate such qualities as leadership ability, intellectual curiosity, and special abilities.
- Scholarship rank in the upper fifty percent of high school graduating class.
College Advisory Program
Each student is programed for an advisory course with a teacher advisor. This course takes place during a regular block period in the student’s schedule. The work in this course is aligned with our student learning outcomes.
Student Learning Outcomes/Non-Cognitive Skills
We believe our students will be college graduates. They will exit high school with the following skills and mindsets that will be developed while in school to realize this success:
Self-Directed Learner - Approaches learning as an owner of the process by setting goals, seeking help, identifying and connecting with resources and developing solid study skills.
Skilled Communicator - Conveys information and knowledge effectively by listening, comprehending and adapting to various audiences. Applies content knowledge through speaking and writing.
Servant Leader - Treats individuals with respect and serves the community by seeking out opportunities to enrich the lives of individuals to build better organizations and help create a just and caring world.
Responsible Citizen - Well-organized, can prioritize competing interests, welcomes diversity and seeks to understand other perspectives.
Health & Wellness Advocate - Commits to physical and mental health of self and others and works to prevent illnesses by promoting and sharing information and resources for healthier living.
In addition to the learning outcomes, our college advisory course will focus on the following areas by grade level:
TWELFTH GRADE: applying to college, financing college, career exploration, choosing a major, voting and civic duty, the responsibilities of turning 18, financial planning, living on your own, literacy skills
ELEVENTH GRADE: college exploration, portfolio building, résumé writing, stress management, leadership development, community service, testing skills, literacy skills
TENTH GRADE: ethical student behavior, caring for self and others, bullying, conflict resolution, self-advocacy, public speaking, organizational skills, literacy skills
NINTH GRADE: adjusting to high school, making smart choices, problem solving, respect for self and others, making and keeping friends, cyber bullying, literacy skills
School Testing Program
At Benjamin Carson High School, we have a comprehensive testing program. We administer pre- and post-tests as well as quarterly benchmark assessments to students each year. These tests are used to inform teacher instruction and measure students’ growth in the core content areas. In April, ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students are required to take a State assessment, which includes the SAT and WorkKeys tests. In May, Advanced Placement tests are administered to juniors and seniors per the National Test Schedule.
We encourage parents to stay in close contact with the school. Parent teacher conferences are scheduled twice throughout the school year. Reference the school calendar for scheduled conference meetings. At any other time, parents should contact specific teachers directly when requesting class related information or a conference. Classes cannot be interrupted for parent conferences. Parents can also stay informed 24 hours a day 7 days a week by accessing Parent Connect on their computer or smartphone.
Homework is a useful instructional tool for the following reasons: 1) it helps develop independent learning habits; 2) it enables the student to practice the kind of thinking and analysis he/she does in class prior to taking a test; 3) it allows the class to cover more material; 4) it helps to introduce the students to new material; 5) it is necessary in order for students to complete long-term projects. Students should keep a written record of all assignments and budget their time so they will be able to turn in all their assignments on the date they are due. Also, it is the students’ responsibility for getting assignments when they are absent or excused. Students should expect homework in every content area regularly. Further, late homework will be accepted as follows:
9th grade: up to 2 weeks late at 60% of earned grade
10th grade: up to 2 weeks late at 60% of earned grade
11th grade: up to 1 week late at 60% of earned grade
12th grade: no late work accepted
Granting of Academic Credit
Half (.50) credit is granted for the successful completion of a subject per semester of work completed with a D or better. No credit is given for a subject in which an F is received.
Credit can be granted only once in a subject, and the final passing grade received is the only official grade. If students repeat the course, the new grade received in that course will be calculated into the GPA. However, the grade of “F” will remain on the student transcript and will be shown as a repeated course.
Students who complete 6 credit hours will be promoted to the next grade level.
Students who fail a course must make up the credit by attendance at summer school. If the subject is required for graduation, the course must be repeated. If it is not required, another subject may be taken in its place with the written permission of the administration. Failed 1st semester courses cannot be made up 2nd semester.
Any student who fails a course during the regular school year must make up that credit during summer school.
Student scheduling will be conducted by the school administration in consultation with the student and parent. Student course request forms are completed online in advisory classes in May. The Michigan Department of Education graduation requirements and Benjamin Carson High School requirements will determine student programming.
All scheduled classes at Benjamin Carson High School are required. Therefore, students may not drop any scheduled classes.
A serious attempt is made at all times to evaluate, in the best possible manner, the progress of students. The teachers will distribute their grading criteria for each class in September via the class syllabus. Parents are expected to sign the tear-off receipt portion and return it via the student to the classroom teacher. The school-wide grading scale is as follows:
A = 90-100
B = 80-89 C = 70-79
D = 60-69
F = below 60
*Extra honor points are assigned to Advanced Placement courses. No Ds will be issued in Advanced Placement courses. Therefore, anything below a 70 is failing. Please note that all students are expected to maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or better.
Parents will receive a username and password to access this tool, which will allow parents to view their child’s attendance, grades, demographic information and much more online.
Report cards are issued four times each year: November, January, April and June.
Progress reports are issued four times each year for all students. The reports will be distributed prior to all report card dates. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for specific dates.
Grade Point Average
Your grade point average is determined by averaging the final grades for all courses at the end of each semester. The following weights are given to each grade: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1 F=0. Advanced Placement courses are assigned additional credit as follows: A=5, B=4, C=3, F=0.
These numerical values are added together and divided by the number of credits attempted to give a cumulative grade point average. Overall GPA’s and Academic GPA’s are computed. The academic GPA includes core classes only (i.e., math, English, social studies and science required courses)
The Honor Roll is posted two times a year and lists all students who have attained a 3.0 grade point average. Honors award assemblies are held annually. Honor rolls are determined at the end of each semester.
Achievement and Perfect Attendance AND PERFECT ATTENDANCE
A student who has made progress on their assessments and/or has achieved perfect attendance may receive incentives and be recognized at awards assemblies.
Special Education Services
To ensure students with disabilities are fully and successfully integrated in the regular educational setting, the special education teacher will work closely with faculty and administration for the implementation of services and programs. Questions regarding student accommodations and services should be directed to our special education staff as identified on our web page.