Academic Program Standards
A student’s grade is a professional judgment by an instructor of the student’s academic achievement and progress. At the beginning of the course, the teacher will provide students with a course syllabus with includes a written statement of course requirements, policies and explanation of grading procedures.
Concordia Lutheran High School believes that homework is an essential part of education and that it increases student achievement. Homework is effective when it is related to the basic goals of education: to acquire knowledge, explore opportunities for creativity, and develop reasoning and critical thinking skills. Homework reinforces and supplements the material presented in class, creates readiness for learning, and provides for individualized learning, evaluation, practice drills, and follow-up to classroom activities.
To help Concordia make homework a successful tool in the student’s learning experience, the parent(s) of the student should:
- Activate their unique PARENT online OnCampus account and check it regularly. Please contact Ms. Karen Johnson in the Guidance Office if you need login help.
- Support the school’s homework policy.
- Provide the student with an environment in the home that promotes good study habits.
- Know the student’s teachers and communicate with them; know how often the student should have homework in a particular class and approximately how long it should take to complete that homework.
- Know the student’s ability and help with course selections which are consistent with that ability.
- Help plan the student’s job schedule and extracurricular involvement with homework as a priority.
- Help the student to plan ahead for major projects and tests.
To help the student make homework a successful tool in the learning experience, the student should:
- Activate their unique STUDENT online OnCampus account and check it regularly.
- Develop responsible study habits and skills, providing a productive learning environment.
- Prepare homework daily and complete assignments on time.
- Do all homework to the best of the student’s ability.
- Utilize Teacher’s Office Hours and tutorial help during the school day, while at school.
- Accept responsibility for obtaining and completing all work missed because of absence.
- Plan extracurricular activities and work schedules carefully with homework as a priority.
- Discuss with teachers problems and concerns involving homework.
Report Cards and Grade Point Average (GPA)
Report cards are published online to parents and students at the end of each quarter of the school calendar. A student’s grade point average (GPA) is based on semester grades. It is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points by the number of semester credits earned. Each student will receive a Semester GPA and a Cumulative GPA. The Cumulative GPA is the average of all coursework completed by the student during high school. All courses earning credit, except service credits, are included in the calculation.
Multiple Grading Scales
Concordia Lutheran High School utilizes both a Standard 4.00 grading scale for the majority of courses offered with “A” the highest grade a student earns, and an Alternate 4.33 grading scale for Honors & Advanced Placement courses with an “A+” the highest grade a student may earn.
Honor Roll & Honor Roll Honorable Mention
Policy on Incompletes
All students will be encouraged to attain the Indiana Core 40 or the Indiana Core 40 with Academic Honors Diploma. A General diploma is also available to those students meeting the requirements.
INDIANA CORE 40 REQUIREMENTS
The Core 40 curriculum is a set of courses that prepares students for college. Indiana four-year public colleges require Core 40 for regular admission.
- English/Language Arts Literature, Composition and Speech - 8
- Mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II) - 6
Additional credits in Pre-Calculus, Calculus, or Statistics and Probability. All students are required to take a math or physics course during their junior or senior year. Seniors are required to take a quantitative reasoning course or another mathematics course.
- Social Studies - 6
6 credits distributed as follows:
History - 2
Government - 1
World History/Civilization or Geography/History of the World - 2
Economics - 1
- Science - 6
6 credits in Laboratory Science from the courses below:
Biology I - 2
Chemistry I, Physics I, or Integrated Chemistry Physics - 2
Additional credits from Chemistry, Physics, Biology AP, Chemistry AP, Physics AP, or Advanced Environmental Science - 2
- Physical Education - 2
- Health and Wellness - 1
- Directed Electives - 5
- Electives / Religion - 8
TOTAL - 42
ACADEMIC HONORS DIPLOMA
Concordia will grant an Academic Honors Diploma to any student who has fulfilled the following requirements. Students graduating in May 2019 or later must earn a minimum of 50 credits.
- Earn the Core 40 Diploma and,
- Earn 2 additional Core 40 Math credits, and
- Earn 6-8 Core 40 World Language credits, and
- Earn 2 Core 40 Fine Arts credits, and
- Earn credits in a quantitative reasoning course or additional math course, and
- Earn a grade of “C” or above in courses that will count toward the diploma, and
- Have a grade point average of 3.0 or above, and complete one of the following:
- 4 credits in 2 or more courses designated as Advanced Placement (AP) under 511 IAC 6.1-6.5 and the corresponding College Board Advanced Placement Tests.
- Dual high school and college credits resulting in 6 transcripted college credits.
- A minimum of 3 transcripted college credits and 2 credits in a course or courses designated as AP under 511 IAC 6.1-6.5 and the corresponding College Board Advanced Placement test or tests.
- An SAT score of 1250 or higher (with a minimum score of 560 on Math, and minimum score of 590 on evidence based Reading and Writing).
- An ACT score of 26 or higher, with the completion of the written section.
At Concordia we believe that much learning should take place outside the classroom. Study option enables the student to use the school’s varied resources to learn on his own. There will be two types of Study Hall settings: Structured and Unstructured Study Halls.
Structured Study Hall will consist of students that meet one of the following: a 9th grade student, earned a D or F the previous quarter, has a 2.5 cumulative GPA or lower, parent request, guidance counselor request, or anyone that the administration deems necessary. Structured Study Hall will be a smaller environment, supervised in a teacher's classroom. This time is considered the same as any class period with the same behavioral expectations. A student may not move out of a structured Study Hall until the end of a grading period.Unstructured Study Hall will consist of 10th-12th graders that are in good academic and behavioral standing. Students may partake in Unstructured Study Hall if they are able to demonstrate responsible behavior, academic success, and compliance with school policy and expectations. Students may work in designated areas (Study Hall classroom, Library, Student Lounge, or Main Hallway along the cage). Students are expected to remain in these areas for the entire period. Students are expected to maintain a behavior that is respectful, calm, and conducive to quiet conversation and studying together. Students may not leave campus. A student may be placed in a Structured Study Hall at any point during the year by the school administration.
Teacher Office Hours
Library/IMC (Instructional Materials Center)
The IMC has print and digital materials available for student use. Students are encouraged to use the IMC for personal needs, college and career information and recreational reading as well as for completing required assignments. They may use the library facilities during their unassigned time and may check out most print and digital materials for home use.
Hours of Operation
The lMC will be open 30 minutes before school and 1 hour after school, usually 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. On mornings of faculty meetings, the IMC will be open 15 minutes before school and remain open 1 hour after school usually 8:25 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Check Out Procedures
There is no set limit on the number of items a student may check out as long as they can keep track of the items. Most items are checked out for three weeks. Overdue notices and fine notices will be sent by email to the student’s school email address.
For library materials, the fine is $ 0.25 per day, excluding weekends and holidays. For textbooks and class novels, the fine is $1.00 per day, excluding weekends and holidays. The maximum fine is the replacement cost of the item. Charges are made for damaged materials and materials not returned. Students are expected to pay all outstanding charges in a timely manner. All material must be returned and fines paid prior to the beginning of finals each semester.
Student Use of IMC During the School Day
During the school day students may come to the IMC during their study hall to work on research projects, read or study quietly. Since the IMC is used for research as well as recreational reading, students are expected to respect the right and need of others and maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to work. Students may also utilize the Creator’s Space area in the IMC.
Students, parent and staff members are encouraged to suggest titles of books and other materials for inclusion in the CLHS library collection. We welcome comments and look forward to helping students, parents and staff with their research and recreational reading needs.
The Guidance and School Counseling Office serves the needs of students and their families. The high school years often bring challenges, questions, and decisions requiring assistance. The Concordia Guidance and School Counselors provide personal counseling, crisis counseling, referral services, academic planning services, college entrance assistance, career guidance, and other help as needed.
Information about careers and further educational opportunities is available from the counselors. Each school year, the School Counseling office conducts college and career exploration opportunities through the use of the Indiana Career Explorer, Shadowing Project and college visitation opportunities. Announcements about college representative visits, scholarships, and other opportunities and can found on the bulletin boards outside of the Cadet Cafe, in the Daily Bulletin, in the Guidance and School Counseling offices, and on the school website under Academics/Guidance and Counseling Services. .
Concordia also partners with Cross Connections, Inc. for individual and/or family counseling services. A counselor from Cross Connections is on the Concordia campus on Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Students may schedule a meeting with the Cross Connection counselor via their Concordia School Counselor and through the Student Success Office. A waiver form must be on file signed by a parent.