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Course of Study

CHCA offers two types of diplomas for the class of 2017: College Prep and Honors. Both diplomas require 28 Carnegie units. For computing GPA, Honors classes are given one extra quality point, and AP courses are given two extra quality points. For example, if a student makes an A in a regular class, they are awarded 4 quality points. If a student makes an A in an honors class, they are awarded 5 quality points. If a student makes an A in an AP course, they are awarded 6 quality points. To receive an honors diploma, a student must take all available honors courses all four years, earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and not fail any classes. 

Please refer the the graduation requirements listed below for graduation after 2017.

  • Graduation Requirements

 

School Code    011-807

ACT Information

Because the ACT is vitally important for college acceptance and scholarship purposes, juniors and seniors are expected to take the ACT multiple times. Juniors are expected to take the ACT twice during their junior year and then continue to take it during their senior year. All juniors will take the ACT on campus in the spring of their junior year.  The Guidance Director meets personally with juniors and seniors throughout the year to assess their interests and help them determine a course of action related to college. Students should register online at www.act.org. On exam day, the student must have an acceptable form of photo ID and a printed ACT admission ticket with photo printed on it. If the student does not have a valid photo I.D., he or she will need to download the ACT Student Identification Letter with Photo and have it completed by a school official or notary. More detailed information can be found on the ACT website.

ACT Test Prep: Resources for test preparation can be found at www.actstudent.org/testprep.

Scholarship Information

Seniors should explore the scholarship page on the websites of the colleges they are interested in attending, and familiarize themselves with the requirements for applying for scholarships. Special attention must be made to details regarding deadlines and form completion. Some colleges require an additional application to be submitted for scholarships, while other colleges do not.

Students and their parents are encouraged to pursue scholarships through internet research, parents’ employment resources, and civic organizations. It is recommended that parents not pay for scholarship services. Legitimate scholarship services are available that do not charge a fee. The Guidance Office receives scholarship notices and passes those along to the seniors on a regular basis. Handouts are distributed to the seniors, emails are sent to parents, announcements are made and posted on bulletin boards and the website.

 

Resources

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www.fastweb.com

FastWeb is the premier online resource when it comes to paying for and preparing for school. They have scholarships for every type of student, have been around for over 15 years, and have earned a reputation as a leading scholarship search provider. They also offer students information on financial aid, jobs and internships, student life, and more. FastWeb is a free service.

www.scholarships.com

Scholarships.com provides a safe and reliable way for students to find relevant scholarship opportunities, compare colleges, and learn about financial aid. This is a free service.

www.mappingyourfuture.org

Mapping Your Future is a national collaborative, public service, nonprofit organization, providing career, college, financial aid, and financial literacy information and services for students, families, and schools.

www.fafsa.ed.gov

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSASM) is the first step toward getting federal aid for college, career school, or graduate school. They provide more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds each year, but you have to complete the FAFSA to see if you can get any of that money. Parents will need tax information and may fill out the FAFSA after October 1 of their student’s senior year.


Dual Enrollment

Students who have completed the 9th grade and have at least a 3.0 GPA qualify to participate in the University of Alabama/CHCA Dual Enrollment Program, the Troy University Accelerate/Dual Enrollment Program, or the University of Mobile Online Program/Dual Enrollment. UA Early College electives will take the place of CHCA electives in the student schedule. For more information, see www.uaearlycollege.ua.edu, www.accelerate@troy.edu, or www.umobile.edu

 

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