Rising 9th Grade Students/Parents

Starting high school is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful for students and parents.  Here are some resources and frequently asked questions to help you start your high school journey! 

Presentation for 8th grade parents and students:

Preparing for 9th grade

Which classes will I take? 

Students will take eight courses per year. Ninth grade students will take four core classes (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies or Freshmen 101/Leadworthy).  They will also talked Health and Personal Fitness if they have not already taken these courses. The remaining courses will be electives. 

What are "credits" and how do I earn them? 

Students earn "credit" for each course they pass. At CHS, students earn 1 credit for each full year course passed. Students have the opportunity to earn 32 regular course credits over four years. A student should have earned 8 credits by the end of their freshman year. 

What is an elective? 

An elective is a non-core class that students may request. Students will request the elective courses they would like to take during registration. Electives include Fine Arts, Physical Education, Foreign Language, and Career Technical courses.  

What about foreign language? 

Students will begin foreign language in their 10th grade year.  Students must take 2 years of the same foreign language for college admission. 

What if I don't get all the classes I asked for? 

Upper class students have priority in scheduling courses, so it is possible that space may not be available in a class requested by a 9th-grade student.  A high school course schedule is like a puzzle.  Some courses will only fit in certain class periods and there may be conflicts with classes requested by students. The CHS staff does their best to schedule students in courses that they request, however, it is not always possible to accommodate all requests. 

What if I want to take a core course I was not recommended for by my current teacher? 

Core teachers recommend courses for the upcoming year based on the student's academic performance in the current year. Parents may request a change in placement, but we encourage parents and students to strongly consider teacher recommendations. It is important for the student to be appropriately placed so that they can be academically successful.

What if I change my mind about taking a class? 

CHS has a drop/add period at the beginning of the school year.  Students can pick up a drop/add form in the Main Office and submit it by the announced deadline. All submitted forms will be reviewed and students will be notified if they are approved or denied. Although parents are welcome to call counselors to discuss any scheduling concern,  schedule change forms must be submitted by the student.  Requests may not be approved if courses are full, if the course does not fit into the student's schedule, or the course does not support the student's academic progress.

Change requests for the academic level (CP, AP, Honors) of a core class (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Foreign Language), must have a parent signature.  If you would like to change an academic level prior to the beginning of the school year, please contact an  Assistant Principal or Counselor. 

Can I change my elective classes after the first semester? 

Because CHS courses are year-long, students cannot make changes to elective courses for second semester.

What if I fail a class? 

If you fail an academic class, you will have to retake it.  Students will have the option of attending Summer School or may be scheduled in Credit Recovery in the following school year.  Students who do not attend summer school will continue to take courses required in their graduation plan in addition to the credit recovery courses. For example, a student who failed 9th grade literature would have to take 10th grade literature in 10th grade at the same time they are recovering 9th grade literature. We encourage all students to do their best and pass their courses!

What does GPA stand for? 

GPA stands for Grade Point Average. Your GPA is calculated on a 100 point scale for class rank and a 4.0 scale for HOPE Scholarship eligibility.  Only academic courses (english, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Foreign Language) are utilized for the HOPE scholarship.  The Georgia Student Finance Commission calculates the GPA for the HOPE Scholarship, but you can estimate this GPA by dividing the quality points earned by the number of courses taken.          

An A = 4 points, a B= 3 points, and a C= 2 points. 

For example, if a student has three A's and a B, the student would multiply the number of A's by 4 and the number of B's  by 3, then add the points for a total of 15. Next, divide 15 by the total number of classes (4) to determine the GPA.  The academic GPA would be 3.75. 

What is HOPE? 

HOPE stands for Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally. It is  scholarship program that provides funds for Georgia students enrolling in degree, diploma, or certificate programs at Georgia public and private colleges and universities. Students must maintain a 3.0 (all A's and B's) in core classes (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Foreign Language) to be eligible. The scholarship currently provides approximately 80% of the cost of tuition at Georgia public institutions.  The Georgia Student Finance Commission determines eligibility for the HOPE scholarship.

Are there different tracks for graduation? 

The state of Georgia no longer offers multiple graduation tracks.