PROGRAM PLANNING

Careful program planning by parents and students is of critical importance. The course of studies followed while in high school is the foundation upon which future success will be based. A broad program of studies will enable students to prepare for college or employment upon completion of their senior year. The complete listing of subjects offered can be found in the Course Descriptions section. Since courses are not limited to specific grades, students may select any course which is offered except for those courses with prerequisites or where exceptions are noted. While selection of a program of studies is the primary responsibility of the student and his or her parents, they are well advised to consult with and make use of the broad experience and professional background of our faculty and school counseling staff. Also available for student and parent use is a wide variety of material such as college and career websites and the school counseling website including the Naviance program. Students and parents are encouraged to make use of the school’s College and Career Center.

Course Selection Guidelines

  1. Read the course descriptions of subjects you are eligible to take.
     
  2. Refer to the “Planning Worksheet”. This will help you assess your current status and develop your plans for the future. 
     
  3. 21.75 credits are required for graduation (see graduation requirements). Beginning with the class of 2023 and beyond, 25 credits are required for graduation.
     
  4. In a four year program, a minimum of 5 courses each semester plus PE is mandatory. However, we encourage students to take 6 courses each semester plus PE and lunch. For college-bound students, four of the five subjects should be college preparatory subjects.
     
  5. Consultation with teachers and school counselors is necessary prior to finalizing course selections.
     
  6. Students will not be permitted to forego lunch to take an additional class without administrative approval. Parents must make this request in writing and provide a clear rationale.
     
  7. Classes may be cancelled by administration. Reasons include low enrollment, as well as staffing and space constraints.

Levels of Instruction

  1. Standard level courses are for those students planning to continue their education beyond high school (four-year, two-year or technical colleges/universities). The pace and level of instruction are advanced and require students to be organized and motivated. These classes will prepare students well for the rigor of college level programming. They have no special designation and are available to all students. The majority of the student population will select courses at this level. Some (non-honors) courses qualify for college credit through Early College Experience (ECE) or other college partnerships.
     
  2. Early College Experience (ECE) courses are college level for which content is prescribed by the University of Connecticut.  ECE courses are offered at both the standard and Advanced Placement (AP) levels, depending on course content. Semester exams have specific content prescribed by the University of Connecticut.
     
  3. Honors and Advanced Placement (AP): The pace and level of instruction are more advanced, requiring higher levels of organization and motivation. Advanced Placement classes are college level courses. Course content is prescribed by the current College Board’s Advanced Placement syllabus. The College Board Advanced Placement Examination is an expectation for students enrolled in AP level courses.
     
  4. Other Courses: Certain subjects offer courses (by recommendation only) that have been grouped according to achievement levels to provide for students who have demonstrated special abilities or needs.

Prerequisites and Placement in Sequential Courses

Students who receive lower than a grade of "C" in sequential subjects such as math or language should consider attending summer school to improve their grades and their chances of success in the more advanced levels of the subjects.

Due to the sequential nature of certain courses and the necessity for establishing a firm foundation prior to moving onto advanced work, many courses have prerequisites listed (e.g., Algebra I is a prerequisite for Algebra II). For the majority of students these prerequisites should be followed. Students who feel they have sufficient preparation in a specific area should discuss this with the teacher, school counselor and department supervisor prior to the selection of a course for which they have not met the stated prerequisite.

For placement other than the normal sequence in sequential courses, examination may be necessary but credit will not be granted. Refer to Graduation Requirements for further details.

Interscholastic Athletics/CIAC Eligibility

Academic Requirements - During the Season

Student-athletes at all levels of play, e.g. freshman, junior varsity and varsity, must conform to all CIAC eligibility rules. Eligibility for fall sports is determined by the number of credits received toward graduation at the close of the previous school year, not the fourth marking period grades. You must have received credit in at least four Carnegie units of work for which you did not previously receive credit to be eligible for fall sports participation. This may include credits earned during the summer. Thereafter, marking period grades, not semester grades, are used to determine eligibility. You must take and earn passing grades in at least four quarter Carnegie units and meet the academic requirements of your school to achieve eligibility. For additional information on academic eligibility, consult your athletic director, guidance counselor or school principal. Also, see Appendix B in the CIAC Handbook for additional information on eligibility.

Scholastic failures may not be made up for eligibility purposes in any manner until the next report period when grades are distributed. Scholastic incompletes must be made up within ten (10) school days following the date that student eligibility was determined for that marking period. Year-end failures may be made up through successful completion of local school system approved summer school courses in the courses failed.

A student-athlete has eight (8) consecutive semesters, or four (4) consecutive years of eligibility from the date of initial entry into ninth grade to be eligible for interscholastic competition. Students who are not eligible or elect to not participate do not preserve additional semesters for use at a later time. There is no fifth year of eligibility per se.

2018 Division I Academic Requirements

2018 Division II Academic Requirements

In-Season Rules

You are not permitted to start a sport during a season in which your twentieth (20) birthday falls. The season is from the first allowable play date until the posted date of the state championship in that sport. Student-athletes may not switch from one school team to another after the first scheduled contest in that sport.

During the high school season, starting with the first scheduled contest through the CIAC and New England tournaments, you may not practice or play with an outside team in the same sport. If you are a member of a golf, swimming, gymnastics, track and field or tennis team, refer to the CIAC Handbook for exceptions to this rule. Direct any questions related to outside participation to your athletic director or high school principal.

Boys' Sports Girls' Sports
Fall Winter Spring Fall Winter Spring

Football
Varsity, J.V., Freshman 

 

Cross Country
Varsity, J.V.

 

Soccer
Varsity, J.V., Freshman

Basketball
Varsity, J.V., Freshman

 

Swimming & Diving

 

Ice Hockey

Varsity, J.V.

 

Indoor Track

 

Wrestling
Varsity, J.V., Freshman 

 Baseball
 Varsity, J.V., Freshman

 

Tennis
Varsity, J.V.

 

Golf

 

Lacrosse
Varsity, J.V., Freshman

 

Track
Varsity, J.V., Freshman

 

Volleyball  

Field Hockey
Varsity, J.V., Freshman

 

Swimming & Diving

 

Cross Country

 

Cheerleading

 

Volleyball
Varsity, J.V., Freshman

 

Soccer
Varsity, J.V., Freshman

Basketball
Varsity, J.V., Freshman

 

Gymnastics
Varsity, J.V.

 

Indoor Track

 

Cheerleading

 

Ice Hockey 

Tennis
Varsity, J.V.

 

Softball
Varsity, J.V., Freshman

 

Golf

 

Lacrosse
Varsity, J.V., Freshman

 

Track
Varsity, J.V.