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Graduation Requirements

Student and Parent Handbook - 2019-2020

The Student and Parent Handbook provides the expectations and policies of Cardinal Gibbons High School.

 

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Graduation Requirements

Minimum requirements for Graduation: 24 credits (for students at Cardinal Gibbons
for 4 years)

4 credits in Theology (one credit for each year in attendance)

4 credits in English

4 credits in Mathematics (one credit must be above Math III)

3 credits in Science (one must be in Biology; one must be a Physical Science:
Chemistry or Physical Science)

3 1/2 credits in Social Studies

2 credits in the same World Language

1 credit in Fine Arts

1 credit in Health and Physical Education 

1/2 credit in Technology Skills

Minimum Undergraduate Admission Requirement

The minimum undergraduate admissions requirements at all 16 constituent institutions* of the University of North Carolina will consist of the following:

A high school diploma or its equivalent

4 course units in English

4 credits in Mathematics (one credit must be above Math III)

3 credits in Science (one must be in Biology; one must be a Physical Science:   Chemistry or Physical Science)

2 credits in Social Studies – U.S. History, Government, and Economics

2 credits in the same World Language

*Individual constituent institutions may require other courses in addition to the minimum requirements and, therefore, prospective students should refer to the catalogs and contact the admissions offices of any institutions to which they plan to apply. In determining the admissibility of each applicant, constituent institutions also consider factors other than courses completed, such as high school grades, scores on college entrance examinations, recommendations, and student activities.

North Carolina State Board of Education NC Scholars’ Program

Students must have an overall four-year grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) and must meet the following course requirements:

4 credits in English

4 credits in Mathematics (one credit must be above Math III)

3 credits in Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and an Earth/Environ. Science)

4 credits in Social Studies

2 credits in the same World Language

1 credit in Health and PE

4 credits in Elective Courses 

22 Total Credits

Cheating and Plagiarism

Cheating, including but not limited to tests, classwork, homework, and group projects, is a highly unethical activity.  Students who engage in such activities will be subject to disciplinary and academic penalties which may include a failing grade in a course.

Students should not plagiarize (or use as their own, without citing the original creator) content including words or images from the Internet.

Students should not take credit for things they did not create themselves or misrepresent themselves as an author or creator of something found online.  Research conducted via the Internet should be appropriately cited, giving credit to the original author.

Course Withdrawals and Schedule Changes

On all course changes, written/digital approval must be given by the parent and administration.  A student may not withdraw from a class without approval of the teacher, college counselor and/or the Assistant Principal of Instruction. Educator assignments are based on student requests that are approved by parents in the spring.  Therefore, course changes will only be made for sound academic reasons. The school cannot guarantee that an alternative course will be available. Course changes are subject to a $75.00 fee, which must be paid before a change is operative.

Determination of Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Determination of the Valedictorian and Salutatorian is based upon the Cumulative GPA after seven semesters.  No student will be considered for Valedictorian or Salutatorian unless he/she has been a student at Cardinal Gibbons for at least five consecutive semesters.  The Valedictorian and Salutatorian must be a student in good standing as determined by the administration. Only Cardinal Gibbons High School courses are included in the GPA and determination of Valedictorian and Salutatorian.   High school credit is not given for courses taken at a college or university.

Failures

Students who receive a grade of an F in a required course must make up the course in order to be promoted to the next grade.  Students will have access either to a summer school option or an online option. Students must complete any coursework prior to July 31st of the academic year.  Students with multiple failures will be placed on academic probation. Students on probation who do not improve may be asked to withdraw from Cardinal Gibbons.

Grading Scale

Cardinal Gibbons uses letter grades in evaluating scholastic achievement.  A grade of incomplete (INC) indicates that requirements have not been met. An incomplete grade must be made up within two weeks of the date the grade was issued.





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Honors and Awards

Students must take a minimum of five courses to be eligible for Honor Roll. The following honors are recognized: 

  • A Honor Roll: All A’s for the semester (A+, A, A-)

  • A-B Honor Roll: No grade below a B- for the semester (A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-)

Senior Awards

The Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama Award is given to seniors who rank in the top 10% of the graduating class.  Determination for this award is based upon the Cumulative GPA after seven semesters. No student will be considered unless he/she has been a student at Cardinal Gibbons for at least five consecutive semesters.  Only Cardinal Gibbons High School courses are included in the GPA and determination of this award. This award is a medallion (bust of James Cardinal Gibbons) worn on a green ribbon over the graduation gown. This is denoted by the graduate's name in the Graduation program. (This award is given at Graduation practice.)  A picture with the Bishop is taken immediately following Baccalaureate Mass. 

The Bishop F. Joseph Gossman Award is an academic award given to the senior who has the best overall average in a particular content area, over the 4 years of high school and who has shown extraordinary interest in the subject. This is given by the department, and the recipients of these awards are announced during the Graduation ceremony and receive the award on stage. 

The Bishop Michael F. Burbidge Award is presented to the student who is known for showing outstanding love and devotion to the administration, faculty, and students of Cardinal Gibbons High School. The recipient's name is added to the plaque that hangs in the main office of the school.  This award is given on stage at Graduation. 

The Bishop Vincent S. Waters Award is given to a student who has shown outstanding witness to the Roman Catholic faith, by living out each day, the Christian call to holiness.  The recipient's name is added to the plaque that hangs in the main office of the school. This award is given on stage at Graduation. 

The North Carolina Academic Scholar Program is sponsored by the State of NC Board of Education. A gold seal is placed on the diploma of each of these recipients. This is given to seniors who have a 3.5+ GPA (unweighted) and who have met certain course requirements.  This is denoted by the graduate's name in the Graduation program. 

The President's Education Award Program is the sponsor of this award.  A certificate signed by the President of the United States and the Secretary of Education is given for outstanding achievement and is denoted beside the graduate's name in the Graduation program.  The criteria for the President's Education Award are a minimum of a 3.5 GPA (unweighted) and a score on the SAT or ACT in the 85th percentile or higher. (Certificates are given at Graduation practice.) 

Junior Awards

Junior Marshal – The top 15 students in class ranking after five consecutive semesters are asked to serve as marshals for Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation.   A student must be enrolled at Cardinal Gibbons for at least three semesters to be considered.

Library Media Center

The mission of the Library Media Center is to ensure that students and educators are effective users of ideas and information.  An understanding of the organization of the library, procedures for use, and location of materials is the goal. The Library Media Center strives to be a multi-faceted “classroom” for independent, group, or class learning.  It is open from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Students may use the Media Center before school, during Study Hall, during lunch periods, and after school unless there is a scheduled use by a class or organization. Specific procedures, uses, and regulations are contained in the Media Center Handbook. 

National Honor Society

The National Honor Society is an organization that promotes appropriate recognition for juniors and seniors who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, and service.  All members are expected to attend monthly meetings and to make contributions to the Cardinal Gibbons chapter by participating in chapter service activities.

Rising juniors and rising seniors with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 are eligible to apply to NHS.  Students must be enrolled for a minimum of one semester at CGHS in order to be eligible to apply.  Selection of students for membership is the responsibility of the Cardinal Gibbons NHS Educator council appointed by the Principal.   Students who are eligible to apply will be contacted via their school email address in February.

Parent/Guardian Academic Course/Educator Concerns

In the event a parent/guardian needs to express a concern or suggestion, he/she should first contact the individual educator to have a discussion.  If the concern is not addressed, please submit the concern or suggestion in writing to the Assistant Principal of Instruction.

Report Cards and Semester Exam Policy

Students can view quarter, exam, and semester grades by accessing “Grades History” in PowerSchool.  Credit is given by semester and only the semester grade is recorded on the student’s permanent record.  In the case of a course that does not have a semester exam, the two quarter grades are averaged together each counting as half. The GPA is calculated on the basis of the semester average.

Exams at the end of each semester count for no more than 20% of the student’s semester average; each quarter grade counts for a minimum of 40%.  Absence from semester exams will be excused only for serious illness or at the discretion of the Principal or Assistant Principal of Instruction. 

Transcripts

Transcripts are an official record of a student’s semester grades and GPA.   The registrar is responsible for these records. Transfer student grades will not be a part of the Cardinal Gibbons HS transcript.   Official grades and credits earned at other schools will be attached to the Cardinal Gibbons transcript when an official transcript is requested.  Only high school courses taken at Cardinal Gibbons High School are included in the GPA and determination of awards. High school credit is not given for courses taken at a college or university.

Transcripts may not be released to any third party, except for a member of the staff having an official need for the information, without the expressed approval (in writing) of the student, if 18 years of age or older, or a parent/guardian if the student is not yet 18. 

Parents/students may obtain a copy of his/her transcript at any time as well as challenge any information contained in the records.  A student’s permanent record (transcript) will remain on file at Cardinal Gibbons High School indefinitely. Students should be aware that the transcript is a permanent, official record that contains all semester grades and a cumulative grade point average.  Colleges and employers often ask that this record be provided. Students should recognize the importance of this document as it reflects achievement.

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