Guidance and Counseling services at Sabino High School are designed to assist each student to acquire and demonstrate specific educational, career, and personal/social competencies. Counselors are assigned to assist throughout each student's high school career. Counselors work in the classrooms with teachers to deliver a Comprehensive Competency Based Guidance Program. Students receive educational, career and personal/social information in classroom settings. An outcome of the Comprehensive Competency Based Guidance Program is that students will plan their own courses of study to achieve their career goals. In addition, all juniors and seniors receive individual career and college guidance from parent volunteers in the Career Center. Students who need in-depth personal/social counseling will be referred to outside agencies.
Counselors are assigned students on an alphabetical basis. Counselors are available before and after school and at lunchtime on a walk-in basis. Appointments with counselors are available during the day. Counselors will arrange parent/student/teacher meetings before or after school.
PLANNING A HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM OF STUDIES Making a four-year plan requires gathering information as well as consulting with teachers, parents, and counselors. The student needs to have a goal or idea of what he/she wants to do when high school is completed. Having a plan is most important even though students and their parents may decide to make some changes as they progress. A copy of a student's four-year plan will be kept with their counselor. Each year a student should review it with their counselor and make necessary changes.
PARENTAL ACCESS/BULLETIN BOARD Each family has a unique user name and password in order to access their student's information. If you have not set up your account, please call 584-7743. The bulletin board on the parental access page will have special messages and announcements from administrators, teachers, counselors, and other groups. Messages posted to the bulletin board by the Counseling Office will include information about special academic programs, scholarship/contest opportunities, college visitations and other important school related activities/reminders. This notification is in addition to traditional methods of information dissemination (daily announcements, posters, etc.).
TAKING CLASSES OFF CAMPUS All course work taken through correspondence programs and classes taken in summer school at a site other than Sabino must have prior approval by a Sabino Counselor and Administrator in order to be counted toward a Sabino diploma. Correspondence courses are limited to four, with no more than one in each subject area. It is the responsibility of the student to finish course work in time for the grades to be posted before graduation. If grades are not received in time to be posted by graduation day, students will not be allowed to receive a diploma or participate in graduation ceremonies.
SCHEDULE CHANGES Schedule changes must be made before the end of the second week and all paperwork must be completed and approved. Changes will only occur if the new class is available.
Schedule changes will be considered for the following reasons: 1. To add a class. 2. To make a correction when a student already has course credit. 3. To make up failure in a required class. 4. To implement a counselor recommendation, approved by an administrator, considered to be in the student's best interest.
INSTRUCTIONAL PROBLEM SOLVING PROCEDURE The counselors, department chairs, and administrators are available to facilitate the solving of problems between students and teachers. The process for problem solving is as follows:
1. The parent and student meet with the teacher, discuss the problem and design a plan to solve the problem.
2. If the plan is not successful, the department chair, the counselor, the teacher, the parent and the student will meet to discuss why the plan did not work and to formulate an alternative approach.
3. If steps 1 and 2 are unsuccessful in resolving the problem, an administrator is contacted to review the progress of the student and to make a decision about future steps to be taken.
TEACHER CHANGES Sabino does not make teacher changes for students unless they have previously had the class with the teacher and failed. These changes are made before school starts or during the first ten days of school.
GRADE REPORTS Sabino will issue grade reports every 4½ weeks. The Grade Report will include attendance, citizenship and a grade for each class. In addition, the report may include comments from individual teachers informing the student and parent of progress. The Mid-Quarter Grade Report is an instrument to communicate to the student and parent progress being made in each class. Final grades (recorded on transcripts) are issued at the end of each semester.
A student may be passing a class when the 4½ Week Grade Report is issued, and find himself/herself in danger of failing a class due to not completing a final project, failing a test, or other reasons. Should this occur, the teacher will notify the parents before a failing grade is issued.
A student who has been seriously ill or has a family emergency may not be able to complete all work at the end of the grading period. The teacher may record an Incomplete on the student's grade report. The student must complete all work during the first two weeks of the next grading period unless prior arrangements have been made with the teacher and approved by the site administrator. Otherwise, the Incomplete will be changed to an F (Failure) or N (No Grade - No Credit) depending on the circumstances. A student who wishes to participate in an interscholastic activity must pass all classes. A student who received an F or an N is ineligible to participate in any interscholastic activity for the next grading period. A student who receives an I (Incomplete) is ineligible until the work is completed and the teacher awards a passing grade.
Grades: A: highest grade indicates outstanding performance B: above average indicates achievement above average C: average indicates average achievement D: below average indicates completion of minimum requirements F: failure indicates did not complete minimum requirements I: incomplete indicates deficiency in completion of assignment P: credit-no grade indicates credit but no grade recorded N: no credit-no grade used only with administrative approval
The parents of students who are having difficulty in a class may choose to track their student's progress on a weekly basis. Students pick up a blue "weekly progress report" in the counseling office, give it to each of their teachers at the beginning of class on Friday, and bring it home to their parents at the conclusion of classes. If parents wish to discuss grade reports with teachers, they should make an appointment by calling the teacher. Teacher telephone numbers and e-mail addresses are available on the Sabino Home Page under Faculty and Staff.
All parents are encouraged to establish a Parental Access Account. Through the Parental Access Account, parents can view their children's standardized test scores, compare these scores to school, district, and national averages, and view other school measures (including their student's attendance and official grades). E-mail addresses for students' teachers are also listed. For more information, contact the Sabino Counseling Office (584-7743) or Attendance Office (584-7702).
GRADE POINT AVERAGE AND RANK-IN-CLASS A student's grade point average (GPA) and rank in class are based on all classes that the student takes for high school credit. If a student fails a course and subsequently completes the course satisfactorily, the passing grade is used to compute the GPA; the failing grade is not. High school credit earned in Algebra, Spanish, or English in the eighth grade will be used toward graduation. Grades earned in these classes will be used in computing the cumulative GPA.
Cumulative GPA It is computed by giving equal value to grades earned in all full credit courses. A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, F = 0. Advanced Placement grades of A, B, C, and D are weighted one additional grade point. Sabino students are ranked at the end of each semester using weighted grades. Transcripts are updated each semester, and copies of the official transcript will be sent to colleges and employers upon student request. The final transcript becomes part of the student's permanent record and is the official certification of graduation.
Each student is allowed two (2) Official Transcripts FREE. Additional Transcripts are furnished with the following fees: All Official Transcripts: $2.00 Unofficial Transcripts.......Free