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    Olympia High School

    2008 2009




     Career Pathways

     Art Department

     Business Education Department

     English Department

     Family & Consumer Science Department

     Foreign Language Department

    Health and Fitness Department

     Library and IT/Multimedia Departments

     Mathematics Department

     Music Department

     Science Department

     Social Studies Department

     Special Services Department

     Technology Education Department

     Integrated Learning Program


     New Market Vocational Skills Center


    Principal: Matt Grant

    1302 North Street, Olympia, Washington 98501

    (360) 596-7000



    Graduation Requirements

All Olympia graduates must fulfill minimum graduation requirements to receive a diploma from the

    Olympia School District. Students must successfully complete:

    ? 22 Annualized Credits

    ? High School and Beyond Plan

    ? Culminating Project

    ? Certificate of Academic Achievement/Certificate of Individual Achievement

    The new requirements also expand student opportunities to demonstrate their learning in many

    different ways, both in and out of the classroom.

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    GRADUATION REQUIREMENT CREDITS Twenty-two (22) credits earned in grades 9 through 12 are required. A credit is defined as 180 fifty-minute hours of classroom instruction. Olympia High School operates on a semester system

    with a six period day; .50 credit is granted for the successful completion of a semester's work in

    each class. Required courses:

English 3.0

    Mathematics 2.0

    Science 2.0

    Social Studies:

     Washington State History .5 (If not taken in middle school or in another state) th World History (10) 1.0 th United States History (11) 1.0

     Senior Social Studies- 1.0

     Economics, Psychology,

     Current World Problems,

     Social Psychology or

     Government & Civics

    Health and Fitness 2.0 Arts 1.0

    Occupational Education 1.0 Electives 7.5

    Total 22 credits


Each student shall complete a culminating project for graduation. This project consists of

    students demonstrating both their learning competencies and preparations related to State of

    Washington learning goals three and four. All projects shall, at a minimum, include the following 3 components:

    Project proposal, annotated bibliography, journal, end result product, reflective paper, and


State Learning Goals

    1. Read with comprehension, write with skill, and communicate effectively and responsibly in a

    variety of ways and settings.

    2. Know and apply the core concepts and principles of mathematics; social, physical, and life

    sciences; civics and history; geography; arts; and health and fitness.

    3. Think analytically, logically, and creatively, and integrate experience and knowledge to form

    reasoned judgments and solve problems.

    4. Understand the importance of work and how performance, effort, and decisions directly

    affect future career and educational opportunities.

The Culminating Project is required of all students. There are three ways to complete the

    Culminating Project:

    ? Independent Study

    ? Classes with a Culmination Project Option (as noted by CPO)

    ? Classes that are designed to direct Culmination Projects only (as noted by CP)

    Independent Study is an option for students who would like to complete the Culminating Project on an independent basis with a project topic of the student’s own choice. Interested students are

    responsible for connecting with a sponsoring teacher.

    CPO Classes are classes that integrate the Culminating Project within existing curricular classes. In other words, there will be certain classes within each department that are designated as CPO

    classes. This designation will be on the OHS Master Schedule of classes (available in spring), but may not be listed in the OHS Course Catalog.

Culminating Project Option class (CPO):

     A) Mandatory Everyone in the class completes the CP in class.

    1) It can be related to the curriculum OR

     2) The topic may be student choice

     B) Optional Student in this class have the option of completing a CP

    1) It can be related to the curriculum OR

    2) The topic may be student choice

The Student Guide to the Culminating Project is available to download from the OHS homepage.

    Students may download this guide at any time to become familiar with the expectations and

    requirements of the Culminating Project.

Running Start/New Market Students:

    All students are expected to complete a culminating project for graduation. Full-time Running Start

    students will need to sign up for a CP Class or Independent Study with an OHS supervising

    teacher. Running Start students are expected to work closely with their OHS counselor to assure

    all credits are met within their graduation plan.

Most New Market Skills programs offer the Culminating Project in their coursework. Students

    planning to complete the project at New Market Vocational Skills Center will need to meet with

    either the Culminating Project Coordinator or OHS counselor to set up eligibility and a plan for

    graduation. Students will complete this requirement in project-only classes, classes with

    opportunity for projects, and independent study or at New Market Skills Center Project Class.

    Students shall have an education plan for their high school experience, including what they expect

     4 to do the year following graduation. The HS and Beyond Plan will be developed in their Bear

    Tracks advisory class, which meets about once a month. Each student will be assigned to a Bear thTracks class in the 9 grade, where they will remain with that class during their four years of high HIGH SCHOOL AND BEYOND PLAN

    school. The Bear Tracks Teachers will disseminate materials and store all of the students’ required 1 inch ―clear view‖ binders, which will become their High School and Beyond portfolio. Completion of the High School and Beyond plan/portfolio is a graduation requirement.

The High School and Beyond plan at OHS includes the following:

    ? Four-Year Graduation Requirements Worksheet.

    ? Grade Reflections and Annual Goals.

    ? Information about 4-year College Requirements, Community College, Tech Prep classes,

    Career Pathways.

    ? Test Scores that include WASL, ASVAB, PSAT, SAT, and/or ACT.

    ? Letter of Recommendation request form.

    ? Lists of Extracurricular Activities, Community Service/Volunteer Activities, Work

    Experience/Career Exploration, and Awards/Certificates. ? Career Interest and Learning Styles self-assessment inventories. ? Cover letter and Resume from Occupational Education classes.

    ? Post-high school and beyond planning sheet.

    ? Samples of their best work.

    Advisory Teachers will:

    ? Distribute and explain materials.

    ? Manage and keep folders for students.

    ? Explain Career Pathways and give students direction.

    Occupational Education Teachers will:

    ? Teach students how to write a resume and cover letter.

    ? Help students work on WOIS and

    Counselors will:

    ? Work individually with students on planning; do credit checks with seniors who have not

    completed the plan.

    ? Present information in classrooms: th ? 9 -- High school career and four-year planning. th? 10 Career planning and high school programs. th? 11 Future-planning exploration related to colleges. th? 12 Post high school planning and college applications.

    Career Specialist will:

    ? Work individually with students on Career Pathways.

    ? Help students use and apply the information in OHS Career Center. Parents will:

    ? Act as a resource.

    ? Review plan with child and sign necessary forms.

    ? Communicate with counselor or teachers about concerns.


    Students must earn the Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) or the Certificate of Individual thAchievement (CIA) demonstrating that they met 10 grade reading, writing, and math standards as

    measured by passing the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) or other

    Washington State approved alternative.

Many colleges and universities have course requirements beyond the minimums for high school

     5 graduation. While college entrance requirements vary from one college to another, a student

     preparing to enroll in a four-year institution after high school should complete the following:


    English - 4 years

    Math - 3 years (2 years algebra, 1 year geometry)

    Science - 2 years

     (including at least 1 year of lab science)

    Foreign Language - 2 years of same language Social Studies - 3 years

    Fine, Visual or Performing Arts or additional academic electives - 1 year

It is highly recommended that students take challenging courses such as Honors and Advanced

    Placement classes, additional electives from two or more of the above core areas. Students

    interested in a career involving math and/or science should plan to complete four years of college

    preparatory math and science. Counselors can be of assistance in planning a four-year program to

    meet the needs of individual students and their college choices.


    Running Start

    Running Start is a program that allows eligible juniors and seniors to enroll in college level classes

    at South Puget Sound Community College to receive both high school and college credit. In order

    to qualify for the program students must have permission of their parents, recommendation of their

    high school, and they must comply with all college requirements including placement testing and

    maintenance of acceptable academic standing. It is recommended that high school students have

    a ―B‖ average. Running Start students pay no college tuition; however, they are responsible for the

    purchase of textbooks, supplies, transportation, parking and other necessary fees. Even though

    Running Start students register for classes through the OHS Counseling Center, they are required

    to attend an orientation meeting at SPSCC prior to enrolling. All Running Start students are

    required to complete the OHS registration procedures.

    Advanced Placement Advanced Placement (AP), a program developed by the College Board, enables high school

    students to study college-level material through enrollment in an AP course. Students have the

    opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the subject by taking an AP exam in May. Based on these

    AP scores, colleges and universities may then grant credit, placement or both. Students can

    benefit from these courses by learning a subject in greater depth, developing skills critically

    important to successful study in college, and demonstrating their willingness to undertake a

    challenging course. Students interested in enrolling in AP classes will need to get an application

    packet from the class instructor or AP Coordinator. The Olympia Scholars Award is presented to

    graduating seniors who have taken a challenging course of study throughout high school and have

    demonstrated excellence in extra-curricular activities. Information about the requirements for this

    honor can be found on the OHS website:


    Work Experience Credit Work credit may be earned through participation in the diversified occupation class available in the

    Business Education Department. Consult a counselor for further information.

College Courses and Alternate Learning Experience

    Credit may be granted for a learning experience off campus if the experience contributes

    significantly to the student's educational development. Such requests should be initiated in the

    Counseling Center prior to beginning the learning experience and should specify the amount of

    credit requested, the nature of the experience and the evaluation procedure.

Independent Study

Credit for Independent Study may be arranged and granted by agreement between teacher,

    department head, and administration. Independent Study forms for this purpose are available in

    the Counseling Center and must be completed and approved during the first ten days of the


Teacher Assistant

    No more than four (4) semesters credit for teacher assistant experience may be applied toward

    graduation. Some T.A. experiences receive .25 credit per semester; some receive .50 credit per


Tech-Prep Program

    Tech-Prep is a program which links OHS courses in the Business, Family & Consumer Science,

    Technology, and New Market Vocational Skills Center with programs at South Puget Sound

    Community College. It is designed to teach students the skills required in a modern workplace.

    Students who do well may receive college credit and advanced standing toward their associate

    degree at no cost while still in high school. For more information you may contact teachers in the

    Career and Technical Education (CTE) departments.

    REGISTRATION AND SCHEDULING POLICIES An Advisory teacher is assigned to assist each student through this process, and counselors are

    available to provide additional help. Because this procedure affords students freedom in their

    decision-making, selection of a schedule of classes is considered to be a commitment by the

    student for the entire school year. Necessary schedule changes should be handled with a

    counselor during the first ten class days of the first semester or the first five days of the second

    semester. Any withdrawal from class after the tenth or fifth class day (first or second semester,

    respectively) will result in the awarding of a withdrawal failure (W/F) on the student's transcript.

    Waiver of Required Courses Specific information regarding waiver of the second year of physical education/fitness is available

    in the OHS in the Counseling Center or on the OHS and OSD websites.



Our school provides six different pathways to make it easier for students to understand the learning

    opportunities available to them and to make appropriate class choices.

A pathway is a selection of classes oriented to exposing students to information, training, and opportunities

    that will help a student become more proficient in a chosen area. Students will learn about different

    pathways during advisory sessions, by talking with pathways teachers, or by working with counselors or the

    career specialist. Olympia High School offers the following pathways:

    Business Contact Social Service

     Business Operations Science

    Technical Arts

    Students may select one or more pathways during their years at Olympia High School. Upon changing

    pathways, students should note the change in their High School and Beyond folder and check to be sure that

    appropriate progress toward graduation continues and that technical or college requirements continue to be


There are three different levels within each pathway:

    Skilled Level

    Students will experience a broad overview in a particular area and will bee prepared to enter the

    workforce after graduation.

    Advanced Level

    Students will complete courses that are more focused and detailed and will be prepared for

    enrollment in a community or technical college.

    Professional Level

    Students will take an academically challenging group of classes that prepare them to attend a four-

    year college or university immediately after high school graduation.


    Education and training are an important consideration in career choice. It is usually best to prepare for the

    highest level of education possible to keep future options open. In general, the higher the educational level,

    the greater the earning potential.

    Post-Secondary Educational Options

    On the Job Training

    Some employers provide their own on-the-job training programs that may involve classroom

    instruction and close supervision at the workplace.


    During apprenticeship, you work as a full-time paid employee of a company. You are paid a

    percentage of a fully qualified worker’s rate and receive regular increases. Apprenticeship programs

    are often affiliated with labor unions, contractor groups, or government agencies, and are licensed by

    the state. The employer or sponsor also pays for related classroom training at a vocational/technical

    school or a community college.


    The Armed Services provides vocational skills training to succeed in one of the many military

    occupations. Approximately 80% of the specialties have a civilian occupational counterpart.

    Community and Technical College

    Training at a community college can be limited to job related training (associate of technical arts) or

    include classes that will count toward a transferable degree to attend a four-year college (associate

    of arts, associate of science).

    Colleges and University (Baccalaureate Degrees)

    A bachelor’s degree can be pursued at both public and private four-year colleges and universities.

    This degree prepares graduates for entry-level positions (i.e. computer science, business

    administration) or a broad range of positions such as liberal arts or social sciences. Most degrees

    programs require two years of general education requirements and two years of study within a major.

    Graduate and Professional Programs

    Post-baccalaureate programs prepare graduates for employment in upper-level management, research, and

    higher education; and for professional degrees such as medicine, dentistry, library science, accounting, and



    Arts Pathway

People in this pathway often:

    ? Like music, writing, entertainment, and/or art

    ? Like to express themselves creatively

    ? Like lifestyles that are different from those of many people

    ? Like to work with tools and objects and are interested in mechanical activities

    ? Enjoy exploring the use of languages

    ? Enjoy being independent

    ? Can easily come up with new ideas of ways of doing things

    ? Are imaginative and sensitive

    ~~~ Career Examples ~~~

    Skilled: Advanced: Professional:

     Merchandise displayer Graphic Designer Archeologist

     Magician Illustrator Political Scientist

     Singer/Dancer Interior Designer Architect

     Wedding Consultant Photographer Artist

     Artist Choreographer Camera Operator

     Floral Designer Legal Assistant/Paralegal Fashion Designer

     Photography process worker Radio/TV Announcer or Orchestra Conductor

     Proofreader Performer Advertising Copywriter

     Stage Technician Technical Writer



    ~~~ Beneficial Courses ~~~

Art: Business:

     Introductory and Advanced Visual Art Introduction/Advanced Marketing

     Introductory and Advanced Art Design Store Management

    Math: Beginning and Advanced Photography

     Beginning and Advanced Ceramics Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2

     Advanced Studio Art Continue in math as able Foreign Language: Social Studies:

     2 or more years required for college admission World and US History, Senior Social Studies Family and Consumer Education: Honors and AP highly recommended

    Technology Education: Textile Design

     Advanced Textile Design Any technology course would beneficial

    NMVSC Food and Nutrition

    English: Culinary Arts

     English 9, 10, 11, 12 Digi-Pen Computer Science

     Honors and AP classes recommended Cosmetology

    Library, Multimedia, and Telecommunications Journalism

     Annual Any course would be beneficial

    Science Advanced Studies in Theatre

     Drama Human Biology/Sports Medicine

     Technical Theatre Training Advanced Human Biology/Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Principles of Technology

     Dancing Through the Decades


     Any music class depending upon interest and skill

     level. Performance groups as able.

    Business Contact Pathway 9 People in this pathway often: ? Like to plan and direct activities of organizations

    ? Are organized, efficient, and comfortable doing detail work with numbers or words

    ? Are ambitious and achievement-oriented

    ? Prefer work that is structured with clear guidelines

    ? Find it easy to talk with new acquaintances

    ? Are good with communication verbally

    ? Like to persuade others to think the way they do

    ? Curious about new ideas

    ? Are able to work with machines

    ? Are computer-literate

    ~~~ Career Examples ~~~

    Skilled: Advanced: Professional:

     Barber Building Contractor Business Manager

     Flight Attendant Buyer or Purchasing Agent Columnist/Commentator

     Guide Chef Fashion Coordinator

     Manicurist Emergency Medical Technician Judge

     Sales Representative Library Technical Assistant Lawyer

     Sales Clerk Interpreter Legislative Assistant

     Ski Patroller Manager Lobbyist

     Travel Agent Park Ranger Museum Director

     Umpire Real Estate Agent Music Therapist

     Sports Instructor Newscaster

     Supervisor Radio Station Manager

     Urban/Regional Manager

    ~~~ Beneficial Courses ~~~

Business: English:

     Accounting English 9, 10, 11, 12

    Foreign Language: Advanced Accounting

     Business Procedures 2 or more years required for college admission

    Science: Computer Skills

     Technical Communications Physical Science

     Applied Business Technologies Biology

    Social Studies: Introduction to Marketing

     Advanced Marketing World and US History, Senior Social Studies Art: Honors and AP highly recommended

     Beginning Art

    Family and Consumer Sciences:

     Teaching Academy/Careers in Education


     2 years required for graduation

     3 years required for college admission

     10 Business Operations Pathways

    People in this pathway often:

    ? Are disciplined and hard-working

    ? Are organized, efficient, and comfortable doing detail work with numbers of words

    ? Prefer work to be structured with clear guidelines

    ? Would rather take direction for a task than give directions to others

    ? Work in a systematic fashion

    ? Do not mind repeated tasks

    ? Have the ability to think logically and make decisions

    ? Are ambitious and achievement oriented

    ? Are able to work under pressure

    ? Have good communication and interpersonal skills

    ~~~ Career Examples ~~~

    Skilled: Advanced: Professional:

     Accounting Clerk Audit Clerk Accountant

     Bank Teller Bookkeeper Auditor

     Billing and Payroll Clerk Escrow Officer Budget Analyst

     Machine Operator Expediter Underwriter

     Clerk Typist Legal Secretary Air Traffic Controller

     Computer Operator Polygraph Examiner Financial Analyst

     Food Checker Secretary Cost Estimator

     Groundskeeper Stock Transfer Clerk Loan Officer

     Library Assistant

     Medical Record Clerk

     Police Clerk



    ~~~ Beneficial Courses ~~~

Business: English:

     Computer Skills English 9, 10, 11, 12

     Accounting Honors and AP

    Science: Advanced Accounting

     Business Procedures Physical Science

     Technical Communications Human Biology

    Social Studies: Applied Business Technologies

     Introduction to Marketing World and US History

     Advanced Marketing Senior Social Studies Art: Honors and AP highly recommended

    Technology Education: Introductory Visual Art

    Family and Consumer Sciences: Any technology course would beneficial

    Foreign Language: Teaching Academy/Careers in Education

    Math: 2 or more years required for college admission

     2 years required for graduation

     3 years required for college admission

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