Learning Resources and Academic Recognition
Student Services and Career & Occupations
The purpose of Student Services is to maximize the potential of all students through fostering academic achievement, career exploration, and personal/social development. Appointments to see your counselor are to be made via email.
The Career & Occupations Office offers information on career paths and employment opportunities. Make an appointment to find out more about internships, job shadowing and youth apprenticeship opportunities.
A permanent record of each student’s achievement is maintained in the Student Services office. The following information may be included: courses, grades, attendance, grade point average, rank in class, testing results, and directory information such as name, address, phone number, dates of attendance, birth date, birthplace, and graduation date. Pupil records are released by the school only with student’s written permission, if, age 18, or with the parents written permission if the student is under the age of 18. (s.118.125)
Each school semester is divided into two reporting periods of nine weeks each. At the beginning of each semester, teachers will explain their grading policies to students. Final report cards are mailed to parents. Parents may request a progress report on their student any time during the semester by calling or e-mailing the student’s teacher. Infinite Campus is an online site that allows students and parents to access the student’s learning progress and current grades.
It is vital that students and their parents coordinate their efforts when selecting courses for each school year. Student individual learning plans and individual planning conferences should be used by students and parents to guide them in their course selection. Course registrations should be considered final, not tentative. The Education Guide is available to all students and parents. Additional information can be found online at ddhs.ddschools.org underneath “For Students”. The minimum load for students in grades 9-11 is seven credits per year; for students in grades 12, the minimum is six credits.
Classification and Weighting of Classes
Two classifications of courses are offered to students:
- Regular courses satisfy the prerequisites for the accelerated courses at the junior-senior level; they may be considered as college preparatory courses.
- Accelerated courses are for students who wish to assume an advanced level of difficulty. Accelerated courses are generally taught only at the junior and senior levels.
In order to arrive at a fair method of marking and a determination of grade-point average and class rank that will reflect the relative difficulty of the curriculum pursued, the following grade-weighting system is used:
Grade-point average and class rank are determined from this table. All courses for which students receive letter grades of A, B, C, D, or F are included in rank-in-class and honor roll computation. Accelerated classes are: Accelerated Orchestra, College Accounting, Anatomy and Physiology, Biology 2, Calculus, French IV, Accelerated Jazz Ensemble, Accelerated Lydian Choir, AP Prep English, Advanced Speech, Greenhouse Management, Landscape Design, Physical Earth & Agricultural Science, Sustainable Urban Agriculture, Spanish IV, Accelerated Symphonic Winds, and all Advanced Placement courses.
Students who fail a course because a requirement has not been passed may be given an incomplete until the requirement is fulfilled. Incompletes will only be allowed for two weeks (first semester only) unless there is a medical or extenuating circumstance. All incompletes remaining after the two-week deadline will be changed to a failing grade “F”. If there are some other extenuating circumstances that require an incomplete to remain after the two week deadline, administrative approval is necessary.
Homework provides students the opportunity to deepen understanding of concepts studied and learned in classes. Homework is most effective when students understand the teacher’s homework policy, understand the purpose of homework, and use the student planner to record homework assignments.
Academic awards are given for exceptional academic achievement during a student’s four years of high school. To earn an award a student must accumulate 6,12,18 or 24 points by having a GPA of 3.0 – 3.74 (2 points per semester), or 3.75 or higher (4 points per semester), and/or by participating in academically based organizations such as National Honor Society, Forensics, and Destination Imagination. Eligibility for an Academic Award will be determined at the end of the first semester of each school year. Second semester points will be added to the next year’s total. Awards given are as follows:
- 6 points = Academic Excellence T-Shirt
- 12 points = Academic Letter & Certificate
- 18 points = Academic Pin
- 24+ points = Academic Plaque
Students who receive the following grade point averages are eligible for honor roll: Honors: GPA of 3.00 to 3.74 and High Honors: GPA of 3.75 or higher. Honor roll eligibility is determined at the close of each semester during the school year.
Youth Options Program
High school students in the district may participate in the Youth Options Program in accordance with state law requirements and established procedures. The Youth Options Program provides eligible students an opportunity to take courses at technical colleges and institutions of higher education while in high school. Students interested in participating shall inform the District of their intention to take post secondary courses under this program, prior to enrollment in the course(s) and within the designated timelines of March 1st for a fall semester course and October 1st for a spring semester course.
The Board shall determine whether a course taken through the Youth Options Program is comparable to a course offered in the District, whether it satisfies graduation requirements and what, if any, high school credits will be awarded to the student.
Courses taken as part of the Youth Options Program shall be paid for as follows:
- The District shall pay for no more than the equivalent of 18 post secondary semester credits per student.
- If the course is taken for high school credit and the course is not comparable to a course offered in the District, the Board shall pay as required by law.
- If the student is attending an institution of higher education of a technical college and the course is taken for high school credit and is comparable to a course offered in the District, the student shall pay as required by law.
- If the course is taken for post secondary credit only, the student shall pay the costs associated with the course as required by law.
- If the student attending courses at a technical college under this program is a child with a disability, the Board shall also pay the costs of any special services required for the student as determined jointly by the District and technical college. The District may refuse to permit a child with a disability to attend a technical college under this program if it determines that the cost to the District would impose an undue financial burden on the District.
- The District will pay only for the courses that are successfully completed. If a student receives a failing grade in a course or fails to complete the course, the student’s parent/guardian or the student, if an adult, is responsible for reimbursing the District for payment of the tuition and fees paid by the District. If this reimbursement is not made, the student on whose behalf the payment was made is ineligible for any further participation in the Youth Options Program.
The Board is not responsible for transporting students to or from post secondary courses under this program. The high school principal and/or designee shall administer the Youth Options Program in the District. All 9th, 10th and 11th grade students enrolled in the District shall be informed of the Youth Options Program annually.
High School Credit for Youth Options Courses
- The high school principal and superintendent will recommend to the Board the amount of high school credit to be given for a Youth Options Program course prior to the student’s enrollment in the course. The high school principal and superintendent shall use the same criteria for evaluating Youth Options Program courses taken for high school credit as the District does in approving courses offered in the District for credit towards graduation.
- High school credit will be awarded for courses taken through the Youth Options Program if they meet any of the District’s graduation requirements and any of the following conditions apply:
- Regular credit will be awarded for those courses taken that are complementary to, consistent with, or expand on a course of study or sequence of courses offered at the high school.
- Regular credit will be awarded for those courses that expand the opportunity for a student to move to another level of academic or vocational course study.
- Regular credit will be awarded for those courses that meet or exceed the same standards for rigor and content as other courses approved by, but not offered by, the District for credit toward graduation.
- Regular credit will be awarded for those courses that support, rather than prevent, a student from completing high school graduation requirements.
- If a Youth Options Program course is approved for high school credit:
- one half (.5) regular high school credit shall be granted for a one or two credit IHE course
- one (1) regular high school credit shall be granted for a three or more credit IHE course
The Board of Education has adopted the following policy regarding graduation from Delavan-Darien High School:
- Seniors who do not meet the 24-credit graduation requirement or who have not earned passing grades in required courses will not receive a diploma or be permitted to participate in commencement exercises. Parents are advised that the purchase of senior photos, announcements and purchase of cap and gown does not guarantee graduation.
- Exceptions to the preceding policy may be made for students who find that their particular situation fits one of the following:
- Transfer student’s previous credits and the schools awarding such credits will be appraised in terms of Delavan-Darien High School requirements and course – weighting system.
- Students who complete the competency or senior skills diploma through RISE.
- Seniors who meet graduation requirements and have not met financial obligations will not take part in graduation exercises unless such financial obligations are satisfied.
- Serious discipline matters as interpreted by the administration could affect the privilege of participating in the graduation exercise. This includes any problem before or during the evening of graduation.
Senior Status Report
The school will assist the student whenever possible and will inform parents concerning the graduation status of their child as early as possible.
- Counselors will check seniors’ credits and inform the individual students and principal on instances where the minimum requirements for graduation are not being met.
- It is the responsibility of the counselors to notify the principal, who will advise the parents by letter of their son’s or daughter’s credit deficiency and inability to graduate. The principal’s letter will be sent as soon as it is apparent that graduation is not possible.
- It is the student’s responsibility to know his/her credit status by checking with his/her counselor.
- Insofar as possible, where a student’s potential academic failure exits, thus placing in question graduation, advance parental notice by letter will be made prior to the last four weeks of the school year.
Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Annually, Delavan-Darien High School recognizes students that achieve academically at high levels during the four years of high school. These awards include the Valedictorian and Salutatorian awards. The Valedictorian shall be the student who has the highest grade point average in the graduating class. The grade point average shall be determined by grades received in all classes taken through eight semesters of high school attendance. The Salutatorian shall be the student who has the second highest grade point average in the graduating class. The Valedictorian and Salutatorian designation shall be available only to students who have attended Delavan-Darien High School for at least three consecutive full semesters prior to the determination of the designation.
If two students are tied with the same grade point average for determination of Valedictorian/Salutatorian, the tie breaker shall be the total number of credits taken at Delavan-Darien High School, a college or another accredited high school during the eight semesters of school attendance. The student with more credits shall be the winner of the tie. If a tie shall still exist, the student who has taken more accelerated courses shall be the winner of the tie. If a tie still exists, the winner of the tie shall be determined by the flip of a coin.
Academic Excellence Higher Education Scholarship
The Academic Excellence Higher Education Scholarships shall be awarded to the two (2) graduating seniors with the highest grade point averages after seven semesters of attendance. If a tie exists among three or more students for these scholarships, the following procedures will be used to break ties:
- Students must have applied, been accepted, and committed to attending a Wisconsin public college, technical college, or a participating private college in Wisconsin.
- If a tie is not broken at this point, the student with the greater total number of credits taken at Delavan-Darien High School, a college or another accredited high school during the seven semesters of school attendance shall be declared the winner.
- If a tie shall still exist, the student who has taken more accelerated courses shall be the winner of the tie.
- Any existing tie at this point shall be broken by the flip of a coin.
Local Scholarships and Awards
Local scholarships and awards shall be presented during Senior Awards Night to graduating seniors. Application booklets for the local financial aid program shall be made available to students in the spring. Selection committee meetings will be held prior to commencement. Class rank after seven semesters shall be used as a determinant in the selection of local scholarships and awards.
Community Service Program
All Delavan-Darien students may complete a minimum of 40 hours of pre-approved community service (unpaid helpful acts that benefit another person) through the high school SERVE program in order to qualify for a diploma and transcript endorsement. This program may be completed anytime during the four years of high school, including the summer before ninth grade. Forms explaining the program endorsement procedures are available in the main office and should be completed prior to the service project. The form must be filled out and turned in to the main office in the year the service occurred.
Students are reminded that several scholarships require documented community service and it is a determining factor in several others. No more than 20 hours for any single project may be counted in a single year.
While it is anticipated that most students will graduate four years after beginning their high school education, it is recognized that graduation in less than four years may occasionally be appropriate. Students desiring early graduation from high school must meet the following requirements:
- Complete all required courses and enough electives to equal or surpass the minimum number of credits required for graduation.
- Complete the early graduation application process prior to the first day of school of their final year.
- If the student is a minor, a written approval from the parent or guardian must accompany the application.
- Consult with his/her counselor to verify that graduation requirements can be met by the anticipated date of early graduation.
- Must complete a minimum of six semesters of high school work.
Early Graduation Procedures/Policies
- Students who request to graduate one year early must be approved by the board. Students who request to graduate one semester early may be approved by the principal in consultations with the student’s counselor.
- Early graduates will receive their final ranking and be eligible for valedictorian and salutatorian awards, scholarships and other monetary wards with the students with which they entered high school.
- Early graduates are eligible for academic honors for which they qualify.
- No formal diploma will be issued or commencement exercises held in January. Early graduates will be permitted to return for the traditional commencement activities if they so desire.
- In unusual circumstances the high school principal may review unique problems not covered in these procedures and decide to accept or reject requests on their individual merits.
The following guidelines have been established to govern schedule changes:
- Students must understand their responsibility and commitment to their schedule. Course changes must be limited since classes are formed, schedules created, and staff hired and assigned on the basis of their course selections.
- Course additions may be made prior to the start of a semester only if the added class will fit into open time that already exists in the student’s schedule. Any student interested in requesting a schedule change must make an appointment to meet with his/her school counselor before the start of the semester.
- Schedule changes prior to the start of each semester will be limited to absolutely necessary changes due to:
- Work-study job changes
- Needs for graduation
- Balancing classes
- An individual educational accommodation
- Administrative directive
- Withdrawal from a course after the start of the semester will be honored under the following criteria:
- The student is misplaced.
- Administrative directive with or without a failing semester grade.
- Undesirable conduct, which will result in a failing semester grade for that course plus disciplinary action.
- A low or failing grade will not be considered as justification for withdrawal from course.
Changes in level or placement will be considered if the student meets the above guidelines. After that, changes will be considered at the semester time. Abuse of these policies may result in an administrative fee for schedule changes.
Appeals: An appeals process is established to provide for any exception to these guidelines. This process will include a written request by Student Services, parents, and teachers involved in the schedule change request to the principal who will make a final determination and develop the parameters for any changes.
Required Course Re-Take Policy
After a student has failed to pass a required course at least twice, the student’s counselor may explore different options to completing that requirement. These options may include, but are not restricted to re-taking the course, a qualified technical college course, a qualified web-based course, or an independent study course arranged with a high school instructor.
Summer School is offered annually to provide students with an opportunity to makeup classes as well as to move ahead with academic plans and goals. Information about Summer School offerings are available in the Spring of the school year.
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Student athletes planning to attend a Division 1 or 2 university or college and play a sport at this school must register with the NCAA at http://eligibilitycenter.org. The NCAA recommends that students register during their junior year of high school. Students are responsible to verify that the courses they are taking meet the NCAA eligibility requirements.