Windfern School of Choice

Last updated: June 15, 2016

Enrollment

240 students as of September 15, 2015

Mission Statement

Windfern High School seeks to create a safe, challenging learning community in which all students achieve academic success as defined by state, district, and campus standards, resulting in productive, self-sufficient, lifelong learners. Faculty and staff members pledge to foster and mentor each student through a collaborative and supportive partnership by exerting personal and professional energy to promote academic, emotional, and social growth in all students. 

Class Schedule

Period 1: 7:30 – 8:20 (50 min. / 18 wk. class)

Passing Period (5 min.)

Period 2: 8:25 – 10:10 (105 min. / 9 wk. class)

Passing Period (5 min.)
Period 3: 10:15 – 12:00 (105 min. / 9 wk. class)

Lunch: 12:00 - 12:45 (45 min.)

Period 4: 12:45 – 2:30 (105 min. / 9wk. class)  

Code of Ethics

As a student at Windfern High School, I will do whatevery it takes to. . .

  • Work diligently each day, giving my personal best at school, at home, and in my community.
  • Honor myself and my school by having a responsible adult attitude and make positive decisions about my education and my future.
  • Seek success by attending school everyday and making a commitment to complete all requirements for graduation.

Grading Procedures

Progress Reports

A progress report listing the student's classes, grades, and conduct will be issued to every student twice during each grading period. Since the report will not have to be signed by parents and returned to the school, parents should be aware of the dates the reports are distributed and contact the student's counselor or teacher(s) if there are questions or concerns.

It is strongly recommended that students and parents refer to the HAC (Home Access Center) regularly to monitor student progress during the course of the marking period. HAC login and password is available through the front desk receptionist. (281-807-8684)   NOTE: It is the responsibility of parents and students to closely monitor course credits. Students failing a required course during the regular school term are strongly urged to take the course in summer school.

Report Cards

Report cards are mailed home to each student at the end of each nine-week grading period.

Academic Grades

A (90 - 100) Excellent Progress 
B (80 - 89) Good Progress 
C (75 - 79) Normal Progress 
D (70 - 74) Poor Progress 
F (Below 70) Failing

Class Ranking

Beginning with courses taken between the eighth and ninth grade, all high school courses, including correspondence, night school, college courses taken for dual credit, credit-by-exam, and summer school, are averaged in the class rank with the exception of student assistance, local credit, and courses taken under the pass/fail option. High school courses taken by seventh or eighth-grade students and completed by the end of the eighth-grade year will not count in class rank with the exceptions of Geometry, Biology, and the third or higher levels of a foreign language. Rank will be determined by grade point averages (G.P.A.) of the students.  G.P.A. and class rank are calculated in the fall after students complete the ninth and tenth grades.  Estimated class rankings are determined at the end of the junior year and the first semester of the senior year for the express purpose of college entrance requirements. Another ranking is performed at the end of the fifth grading period to identify summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude graduates. No valedictorian or salutatorian will be officially recognized at graduation.

Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2016 and 2017

Students who enter the ninth grade in the fall of 2016 and 2017 must enroll in courses necessary to complete theRecommended High School Program or the Distinguished Achievement Program unless the student, parent, and a school counselor agree that the student should be permitted to take courses under the Minimum High School Program. Students should study the table below which outlines requirements for theRecommended High School Program and the Minimum High School Program. Then, using the list of course descriptions that follow, students should select and register for courses.  Note that students graduating under the Recommended High School Program will need to schedule additional courses not required for the Minimum High School Program. Counselors at each high school will furnish all other information necessary for students to complete registration.

 

 

Courses

Recommended

High School

Program

Minimum

High School

Program

 

Notes

English

4

4

–      Business English may be taken in the place of English IV          

for the Minimum High School Program.

PACE

(Personal, Academic, and Career Exploration)

 

or

 

1/2

 

 

or

 

1/2

 

 

or

  • One-half credit is required in grade 9.

 

PACE Plus

 

 

 

1

 

1

  • One credit is required for all 9th-grade students who did not pass all 8th-grade core academic classes (language arts, reading, math, science, and social studies) and who have not met the state standards on any 8th-grade reading, math, science, and social studies state assessments.
  • Beginning ESL students, intermediate ESL students, and special education students in need of support are also required to take this year-long class.

Mathematics

 

 

 

4

Algebra I,

Geometry,

Algebra II, and an additional math course

3

must include Algebra I, Geometry

  • Math Models with Applications may satisfy the requirement for the additional math credit only if taken prior to Algebra II.
  • AP Computer Science may satisfy the requirement for the additional math credit only if taken after successful completion of Algebra II.
  • Four mathematics courses will be included in a student’s GPA calculation. If a student took Algebra I in 8th grade and takes four math courses in grades 9-12, the four math courses taken in high school will be included in the student’s GPA. But, if a student took Algebra I in 8th grade and takes only three math courses in grades 9-12, the Algebra I course will be included in the student’s GPA calculation. Algebra I taken at any time will carry L-level grade points.

Science

4

Biology,

Chemistry, Physics, and an additional science course

2

Integrated Physics and Chemistry,

Biology

or

3

Biology,

Chemistry, and

Physics

  • Integrated Physics and Chemistry may satisfy the requirement for the additional science credit if taken prior to Chemistry and Physics.
  • All students entering high school in fall 2010 or beyond will take Biology in ninth grade.

U.S. History

1

1

 

World History

1

1

 

World Geography

1

 

 

Government

1/2

1/2

 

Economics

1/2

1/2

 

Health

            or

Principles of

Health Science

1/2

or

1

1/2

or

1

  • Health may be taken in any grade or taken through correspondence, summer school, or through credit-by-exam.

 

Physical Education

 

 

 

1

1

  • Students may earn a maximum of four (4) credits in P.E. toward graduation—including athletics. Students enrolled in the regular physical education program must take Foundations of Personal Fitness.
  • Students may meet the PE requirement through after school participation in the fall semester of marching band and cheerleading, and both semesters of drill team and JROTC. Students may also meet the physical education requirement if they participate in a district-approved Olympic caliber, off-campus training program. 
  • Physical education credit may be earned through approved correspondence courses.

Languages other than English (Foreign Language)

2

 

  • Students may take any two levels of the same foreign language to meet the requirements for the Recommended High School Program. Foreign language credits earned in middle school will count toward this requirement.

Speech

1/2

1/2

  • These courses meet the requirement:  Professional Communications (1/2), Communication Applications (1/2), Debate I (1), or Oral Interpretation I (1).

Fine Arts

1

1

  • Approved fine arts courses include art, music, dance, and theatre courses.

Academic Elective:

World Geographyor Science Elective

 

1

 

Electives

4 1/2

3 1/2  to 5 1/2

  • Must be state-approved courses.

Total State Credits Required

26

22

 

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM

Students desiring to earn the Distinguished Achievement Program transcript must complete the requirements for the Recommended High School Program plus one additional credit in languages other than English (foreign language) and any combination of four advanced measures selected from the following options:

 

  • A score of three or above on The College Board Advanced Placement Examination.
  • A grade of 3.0 or higher on courses that count for college credit, including tech-prep programs and dual credit courses.
  • Original research/project conducted under the direction of mentor(s) reported to an appropriate audience and judged by a panel of professionals in the field that is the focus of the project.  Original research may not be used for more than two measures.
  • A score on the PSAT that qualifies a student for recognition in one of these ways:  (1) Commended Scholar or higher by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, (2) National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Black Students, or (3) National Hispanic Scholar Program.  Note:  The PSAT score may only count as one advanced measure, regardless of the number of honors received by the student.

 

Note:   Math Models with Applications and AP Computer Science maynot serve as math credits on the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP). Additionally, Integrated Physics and Chemistry maynot serve as a science credit on the DAP. 

Graduation Requirements for the Classes of 2018 and Beyond

Students who enter the ninth grade in the fall of 2018 and thereafter must enroll in courses necessary to complete theFoundation High School Program with an endorsement. Students may also earn Distinguished Level of Achievement by including and successfully completing Algebra II in their selected coursework.  Students should study the table below which outlines requirements for 22 credits for the Foundation High School Program plus the 4 additional credits required for an endorsement.  Counselors at each high school will furnish details associated with endorsements and other information necessary for student to complete registration. 

Course

Foundation

+ Endorsement

Notes

English

 

4

 

  • English I, II, and III are required with options for the 4th credit.

PACE

(Personal, Academic, & Career Exploration)

 

or

 

PACE Plus

 

½

 

or

 

1

 

  • One-half credit is required in grade 9.

 

 

 

  • One credit is required for 9th-grade students who did not pass all 8th-grade core academic classes (language arts, reading, math, science, and social studies) and who have not met the state standards on any 8th-grade STAAR assessment. 

Mathematics

3

Algebra I, Geometry, andan additional math course

+ 1 additional advanced math course

  • Algebra II must be taken to earn the Distinguish Level of Achievement.

Science

3

Biology

and

 IPC, Chemistry,or Physics, 

and

an additional science course

+ 1 additional advanced science course

  • Biology is required for all students.

Social Studies

3

World Geographyor World History,

U.S. History, Government (½), & Economic (½)

 

 

Languages other than English

  (Foreign Language)

2

 

  • Students take and earn two credits in the same language.

Health

½

 

  • Health may be taken in any grade or through correspondence, summer school, or credit-by-exam.

Physical Education

1

 

  • Students may earn a maximum of four (4) credits in PE toward graduation-including athletics. 
  • Students may meet the PE requirement through after school participation in the fall semester of marching band and cheerleading, and both semesters of drill team and JROTC.  Students may also meet the PE requirement if they participate in a district-approved Olympic caliber, off-campus training program. 
  • PE credit may be earned through approved correspondence courses. 

Fine Arts

1

 

  • Approved fine arts courses include art, music, dance, and theatre courses.

Electives

4

+ 2 additional electives

 

 

Total Credits Required

22

26

 

Windfern School of Choice

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12630 Windfern Rd Houston TX 77064

281-807-8684

7:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
Martha Strother

1995

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