Dear Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Parents & Guardians,
We hope this email finds you doing well! We wanted to remind you that the deadline for the normal registration for the October 3 SAT is September 3. The link for all the test dates and registration deadlines are: https://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-us-dates
This exam is extremely important and is a requirement for graduation from SCHS--we are a college prep school and we want to make sure that each of our students atleast has the option to attend college or a university--we want to provide our students with as many options as possible so it is their choice. Any grade can take the exam, but it is recommended for juniors (this winter/spring) and seniors (this fall). For students with extreme financial hardships, please see Ms. Dina Palmisano so she can have you fill out an application for a fee waiver.
We will be administering the PSAT for grades 9-11 which will help to prepare our students for the SAT, and they can become eligible for scholarships early on.
As another reminder from our SCHS Handbook, Page 17:
IV. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
A student of Santa Clara High School must meet the following requirements for graduation.
1. Student must complete a minimum of 240 units. Each subject completed with a passing grade is equivalent to 5 units a semester.
2. Student must take one English and one Religion class each semester.
3. Any student who has not received credit for a semester must make up the proper credit in summer school before returning the following September. P.E. or Driver’s Training cannot be used to make up academic “F’s”.
4. Student must complete SAT and ACT exams before March of senior year. A score report for each must be turned into the counselor before May 2.
5. Each student must complete Christian Service hours under the direction of the Campus Ministry/Christian Service director and submit a Christian Service Reflection Paper by the first Friday of May.
6. Mini-Electives are graded on a pass/fail basis and must be passed to receive credit.
A. UNITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION
Religion 4 years 40 units
English 4 years 40 units
Mathematics 3 years 30 units
Social Studies 3 years 30 units
Science 2 years 20 units
Foreign Language 2 years 20 units
P.E./Health 1 year 10 units
Fine Arts 1 year 10 units
Computer Literacy 1 semester 5 units
Electives 3 years 35 units
240 total units
NOTE: Participation in the graduation ceremony and receipt of a diploma are privileges, not rights. The school reserves the right to deny participation in graduation and to deny a diploma. Any student subject to such penalties will be granted a transcript, in accordance with the requirements of California law.
Any student who is missing one class (five credits) of required course work at the time of graduation, will be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony, but will not receive a diploma until documentation is received that the appropriate class has been successfully completed. This class must be pre approved by the junior/senior counselor or the Vice Principal.
Any student who is missing two or more classes (ten credits) of required course work will not be allowed to participate in the Graduation Ceremony, the Baccalaureate Mass, Grad Nite, or rehearsals. Attendance at Grad Nite is a privilege that can be taken away on the Senior Citizenship Contract. Seniors who do not submit SAT Prep certificates to the Vice Principal or copies of all college acceptance letters and college scholarship letters to the senior counselor by the second Friday of May also lose the privilege of attending Grad Nite.