Information on this page is taken directly from the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School Program of Studies.
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Credit Requirements for Promotion and Graduation
Please Note: Students enrolled in alternative high school programming such as the Integrated Learning Center, PM, and dual enrollment programs may be exempt from the standard graduation requirements based on individual student programming needs. Record of a student’s exemption(s) will be on file in Student Services. (Criteria for exemptions will be specified.) Some students who are on an IEP may require a second language exemption. The need for this exemption must be determined and granted through the IEP process.
Loss of Credit due to Absence
If a student is absent from a class, or from school, ten (10) times a semester (5 for an every other day class), he/she will lose credit for that class or those classes, even though he/she earns a passing course grade. If a student misses more than fifteen (15) minutes of a class period he/she is considered absent. Cutting a class is an absence and will result in disciplinary action. If a student violates this policy, he/she may need an additional course or courses to meet graduation requirements.
If a student has an acceptable, documented excuse such as an illness certified by a doctor, or a documented situation that made attendance impossible, he/she must submit the appropriate documentation to the school’s office within ten (10) business days following his/her absence. Any documentation submitted later than ten (10) days following the student’s absence will not be accepted.
A half-way point letter will be sent to the parent/guardian of a student who has been absent five (5) times from an every-day class, or three (3) times from an every-other-day class. The letter will include a warning of credit loss as well as an invitation to meet with the Dean of Students or guidance counselor.
School to Work Graduation Requirement
Students must have a supervised work experience for a minimum of the 35 hours in order to fulfill the School to Work Requirement. Jobs, internships or volunteer experiences whether they are part-time, summer, or after-school may count. An Out of school CO-OP - while not a requirement itself - would also satisfy this requirement.
Note: Students are required to contract with the school and their supervisor, prior to beginning the experience and have their supervisor complete an evaluation at the end.
*Only Students in grades 11 and 12 are eligible to participate in the CO-OP program.
College Admission Standards
The admission standards for the University of Massachusetts and the state universities emphasize a strong academic high school background so that students enter college ready to learn. These standards are minimums; each campus may choose to consider additional factors in its admissions decisions. Further, the standards do not apply to the state's community colleges, which admit any high school graduate.
If you plan to enter the University of Massachusetts or a state university as a freshman, you wil1 need to:
1) take 16 college preparatory high school courses,
2) earn at least a "B" (3.0) grade point average in your college preparatory courses, and
3) take the SAT I or ACT test.
Academic Course Requirement
Sixteen college preparatory courses (each course is equivalent to a year-long high school class) are required:
Minimum Grade Point Average in Required Courses
The grades you earn in college preparatory courses will be averaged into a grade point average (GPA). In calculating your GPA, you will receive extra credit for accelerated courses from the college (for example, honors or Advanced Placement courses).
Highly selective or more competitive colleges will be looking for more than minimum state standards such as four math, four science, (especially for math, engineering, or science related majors), three social studies and three foreign language courses.