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Students seeking high school graduation from Olivet Private School can receive a high school diploma via one of the three following tracks:

24 Credit College Prep Track-For those students desiring to go on to college.

English

4 credits

To include writing, grammar, literature etc.

Math

4 credits

One credit must be Algebra 1 or its equivalent or a higher-level math course; one credit must be Geometry or its equivalent or a higher-level math course.**

Social Science

3 credits

World History 1 credit, U.S. History 1 credit, Economics ½ credit, Government ½ credit

Science

3 credits

Need two lab components. Three (3) credits in Science, one credit must be Biology 1 or its equivalent; one credit must be Chemistry or Physics or its equivalent; one course must be an equally rigorous course*. Need two lab components.

Physical Education

1 credit

This should be a physical activity like gymnastics, swimming, roller blading, tennis etc.

Fine Arts

1 credit

 

Electives

8 credits

Mostly academic - no more than two in any single non-academic field - 4 of which should be in the student’s Major Area of Interest (MAI). 2 elective credits should be foreign language for state university system admissions.

Foreign Language

2 credits

Not a requirement for graduation, however 2 credits of the same language are required to enter a 4-year college and for Bright Futures.

Click here for the FL-DOE's 'equivalent and equally rigorous' course list for students who are entering 9th grade in 2017-2018.

**Many colleges are recommending a minimum of trigonometry and pre-calculus (in addition to Algebra I & 2, and geometry) for math and science majors.

 

24 Credit General Academic Track-For those students who are not college bound.

English

4 credits

To include writing, grammar, literature etc.

Math

4 credits

Any high school level math.

Social Science

3 credits

World History 1 credit, U.S. History 1 credit, Economics ½ credit, Government ½ credit.

Science

3 credits

Any 3 sciences. Need two lab components.

Physical Education

1 credit

 

Fine Arts

1 credit

 

Electives

8 credits

Mostly academic - no more than two in any single non-academic field

 

24 Credit Track – Vocational Emphasis**

English

4 credits

To include writing, grammar, literature etc.

Math

3 credits

Any high school level Math courses

Social Science

3 credits

World History 1 credit, U.S. History 1 credit, Economics ½ credit, Government ½ credit

Science

3 credits

Need two lab components

Physical Education

1 credit

 

Vocational Education

4 credits

Four minimum in single, specific vocational program

Life Management

½ credit

 

Fine Arts

½ credit

 

Electives

5 credits

Elective credits may be split between academic and vocational. Vocational credits may be a continuation of the field above or a second vocational pursuit.

**Available through dual enrollment with Indian River State College (IRSC) to Olivet Private School students in the 11th and 12th grades. Preparations for specialized vocational programs with IRSC may begin in 10th grade.

Graduation Track

The student’s Graduation Track must be declared no later than September 10 of the third year of high school. It may be specified in writing on the Olivet Curriculum List (submitted to the High School department) or by email or letter to the High School Assistant.

What Constitutes a High School Credit?

Hourly requirements met for ½ credit or full credit.

Ø 67.5 hours = ½ credit (½ credit = 3.75 hours per week for 18 weeks)

Ø 135 hours = 1 credit (3.75 hours per week for 36 weeks (in sports, 2 seasons per year = 1 credit)

All curriculum must be on a high school or higher level (as determined by the publisher). If you have questions about any curriculum or program, please contact the High School Administrator.

The following means may be used to earn high school credit

  • High School textbook (as determined by the publisher) taught thoroughly by parents or tutor.
  • Unit studies commensurate with high school level learning.
  • Classes at Indian River State College (IRSC)
  • Florida Virtual School (FLVS) courses.
  • Correspondence/Video courses.
  • Certain high-level CD ROM computer courses, i.e., Teaching Textbooks.
  • Classes approved through Olivet, i.e., Yearbook. Approval must be given by High School Administrator

Honors or AP courses

We do not allow the honors distinction unless it is from a verifiable, accredited source, such as FLVS, a dual enrollment course, or through a student passing an AP test for the course.

Foreign Language

  1. portfolio is required to substantiate each year of foreign language. The portfolio must include a log or plan book; name and publisher of text; and a strong sampling of written work. For foreign language classes taken at IRSC, FLVS or another institution, official copies of final grade will be considered adequate substantiation. For university entrance: Students must have 2 credits in the same foreign language.

Parents, please note: Foreign Language could be a questionable credit on the high school transcript, particularly if taken in middle school and if it is not taken through FLVS or some other accredited source. Parents will be required to sign a form acknowledging that they have been informed of this risk, and removing Olivet of any responsibility in the event that a foreign language credit is not accepted for Bright Futures and / or any other scholarship as well as for college / university admissions.

If a student wants to receive a 3rd or 4th year credit in a foreign language, the student must take, at their own expense, an oral proficiency test offered by the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages - ACTFL. ACTFL offers oral proficiency testing that is recommended by the American Council on Education. The Olivet Board researched this company and we feel that with their assessment, they will confirm credit is warranted for higher level language. If students score Intermediate Low, 3rd year credit is earned and Intermediate Mid, 3rd & 4th year credit can be earned. The cost of this test may be a bit high but the cost to our school and transcripts is even greater if we don't support the credit with strong validation.

Please note that if a student takes one year of a foreign language at home, i.e. Spanish I, and then takes one semester via Dual Enrollment (DE) at Indian River State College (IRSC), i.e. SPN 1120 (IRSC course code for Elementary Spanish I), this will fulfill Olivet Private School's and the Bright Futures Scholarship's requirements for 2 foreign language credits. However, some colleges may not accept these two classes as showing two years of progression of a high school foreign language and will only give the student 1 foreign language credit. To avoid this possible scenario, Olivet highly recommends that you complete 2 consecutive years of a foreign language via the same accredited source.

We do not recommend that a student take 1 year at home and then go directly into an SPN 1121 (IRSC Course code for Elementary Spanish II) course. This is not advisable since there is a significant challenge for those who haven’t had the initial 1120 introductory course at the college.

Grading Scale

90 - 100

A

80 - 89

B

70 - 79

C

60 - 69

D

Below 60

F

Incomplete*

I

*Remember to send grades when coursework is complete!

High school credit will be given for high school core courses (required, not elective courses) in which a student has earned a C (70%) or higher to be considered proficient in that course and eligible for promotion and/or graduation. Credit will not be awarded for core courses in which a grade of D (69%) or lower has been earned. Olivet’s Graduation requirements state that a student will successfully complete a 24-credit Academic or General Diploma or Vocational Diploma. Successful completion is considered to be an un-weighted cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. If a student earns a D in a course, it will remain on the transcript and it will be calculated in the student’s GPA. However, the student will have to repeat the course if it is a core course and must receive a 70% or higher in order to earn high school credit for that course.

There are many ways to figure grades, i.e., various combinations of evaluating quizzes, projects, tests, “homework,” etc. If you need advice on this, contact the High School Assistant or an experienced fellow home-educator. While “teaching for mastery” is commendable, it is not acceptable to submit the final mastery grades as the true evaluation of the student’s abilities.

“Rounding up” is left to the parent / teacher’s discretion. If a student’s grade is a 79.5%, the parent may choose to take into consideration the student’s effort, attitude, work ethic etc. and if you feel appropriate, you may choose to round the grade up to an 80% or B. Keep in mind, the transcript is created from the progress reports sent in by each parent. High School Administration will NOT round up from the progress reports. If you don’t choose to round up and you record a grade of 79.5% on the progress report, a C is what will be recorded on the transcript.

Florida Forgiveness Rule

The “FL Forgiveness Rule” states that for required courses, the high school student may replace a “D” or “F” grade by repeating the same or taking a comparable course to see whether or not a higher grade average may be obtained. For an elective course, the old grade may be replaced by the grade of the same course or any elective filling that requirement. Replacement grades may not be taken for grades of “C” or higher. There are different policies in place in administering Florida forgiveness in the high school level and college level. There is also a different policy in place for middle school students.

For grade forgiveness with Florida Virtual School (FLVS), a student may retake a course in which an F or a D is received. However, both grades will remain on the transcript, but the better of the two grades will be calculated in the student’s GPA.

Digital Learning Act

On June 2, 2011, Governor Scott signed the Digital Learning Act into law. This law states that all incoming 9th graders will be required to complete at least one online course to graduate. Since Olivet is a private school we are not obligated to fulfill this requirement. Therefore, this will NOT be a requirement for Olivet students at this time. To our knowledge, this is not a current requirement for Bright Futures or for University entrance. In general, Olivet uses the public school system as our baseline for academic requirements so that our students remain competitive for college entrance. We also try very hard to allow as much freedom to our homeschooling families as we can - minimizing the number of requirements we place on you. For this reason, we highly recommend students take at least one online class.