Academic Overview

Download the Randolph Union High School 2014-2015 Program of Studies

The Randolph Union High School curriculum has been aligned with the Vermont State Standards. The Standards consist of two major components: Vital Results and Fields of Knowledge. The Vital Results are divided into four areas: Communication; Reasoning and Problem Solving; Personal Development; and Civic/Social Responsibility. It is the expectation that all courses, regardless of discipline will address various elements with the Vital Results category.

The Fields of Knowledge are divided into three areas: Arts, Language & Literature; History and Social Sciences; and Science, Math & Technology. Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from Randolph Union High School, students must successfully complete a total of 20 credits in the following areas of study:

  • English - 4 Credits
  • Math - 3 Credits
  • Science - 3 Credits
  • U.S. History - 1 Credit
  • Social Studies - 2 Credits
  • Physical Education - 1.5 Credits
  • Health - .5 Credit
  • Fine Arts* - 1 Credit
  • Practical** Arts - 1 Credit
  • Electives - 3 Credits

*Any course in Art, Music, Drama, Interior Design, Fashion Design, Drafting, or Creative Writing
** Any course in Business/Career Technology, Industrial Arts or Family Consumer Science, or Driver Education

All Students must carry a minimum of 5 courses per semester, however it is recommended that students carry 6 courses.

Prior to Graduation, all seniors must successfully complete a Senior Project. Senior Project titles will be printed on student’s transcripts.

In order to participate in extra-curricular activities, a student must not fail more than one course in any given marking period. If this occurs, he/she will not be eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities for the following quarter. Fourth quarter grades will determine eligibility for first quarter of the following school year.

Promotion Requirements

In order to be promoted from one class to the next, it is essential that students obtain the following numbers of credits.

  • 4 credits by the end of the Freshman year.
  • 9 credits by the end of the Sophomore year.
  • 14 credits by the end of the Junior year.
  • 20 credits by the end of the Senior year

Summer School

Students wishing to obtain credit for courses failed during the regular school year are encouraged to complete the same course in Summer School. In order to take a Summer School course for credit, a grade of 50 must be maintained during the year. Summer School grades will be averaged with the student’s final grade and registered on his/her transcript.

Independent Study

Through Independent Study opportunities, Randolph Union High School encourages students to pursue areas of interest and learning that are not available in our regular course offerings.

The Independent Study option is not meant to replace course requirements for graduation, but rather is an addition or enhancement to the regular school curriculum. Students wishing to pursue Independent Studies must submit a proposal to the Independent Study Committee that addresses the following requirements: course description, goals and objectives, method of evaluation, and alignment of the course with State Standards.

Applications for Independent Study proposals may be obtained in the Student Services Office.

Additional Academic Study Options:

Dartmouth College Special Community Student High School Program

The Special Community Student High School Program at Dartmouth College allows eligible seniors to take one course per term during the fall, winter and spring terms. Juniors may enroll during winter and spring terms only. Eligible students must have exhausted the curricular alternatives at their local schools and obtain a recommendation from their high school principal, counselor or school official. The tuition for this program is free. Students are responsible for their books and transportation.

Vermont Technical College Study Program

Juniors and seniors who wish to take courses at Vermont Technical College may do so under an articulation agreement between VTC and RUHS. Tuition for the program is based upon a one-third payment by Randolph Union High School, a one-third payment by the family, and a one-third payment by Vermont Technical College. Students may enroll if they have exhausted the curricular alternatives at their local high school.

The Vermont Academy Of Science & Technology

This accelerated program for high school seniors at Vermont Technical College offers high school seniors the opportunity to complete their final year of high school and first year of college at the same time. Randolph students may opt to receive a diploma from the Academy only, or a diploma from both the Academy and RUHS. For more information on receiving a diploma from both schools, students should contact their high school counselor.

Senior Project

The Senior Project is an important component of the RUHS academic program, and is required for graduation. The program consists of five parts, all of which must be completed in a satisfactory manner and in strict compliance with the deadlines on the Senior Project Time-line. A final review panel will evaluate each student’s entire year’s work in May of their senior year. The five parts of the Senior Project are as follows:

  1. Proposal - In the fall, each student presents a proposal for an area of study that challenges him or her and will hold his or her interest during this year-long process. The proposal must include a letter of intent, a working bibliography, a signed mentor agreement, and a parent permission form. The senior presents his/her proposal to a panel of community and staff members. The senior and his/her panel reach an agreement about what the Senior Project will be. After the senior and panel sign the agreement, the panel head, a teacher at RUHS, must approve any changes to the proposal. Requests for major changes to the signed agreement must be submitted in writing to the panel head and approved by the panel.
  2. Paper - Each senior must research and write a 7 to 12-page documented paper on a topic related to the Senior Project.
  3. Product - Each senior must develop, implement, and complete a learning experience that requires spending at least thirty (30) hours using the knowledge he/she gained from research, practice and from working with his/her mentor.
  4. Portfolio and Display – Each senior must build a portfolio that demonstrates the process he/she used to complete his/her Senior Project. The portfolio must include the following:
    1. all documents pertaining to the project
    2. a time sheet that records the time spent working on the product and a summary of what was accomplished during that time
    3. a journal reflecting on the work, process, and personal growth he/she experienced.

    The Open House Display in May will include the entire portfolio and product. The product might not be tangible; for example, a student might spend his/her time tutoring or working at a service agency, but the portfolio will document the actions he/she took to complete the project. Documentation might include photographs, videos, or a slide show. Some students participate in a performance as part of the documentation of their product. This usually takes place during the annual Night of the Arts in May. The Senior Project Open House in May is open for viewing by parents, students, panel members and the public.

  5. Presentation - Each senior will present an eight to ten-minute oral presentation of his/ her entire Senior Project to the panel in May. The oral presentation is followed by a five- to eight-minute question and answer period.

If a senior does not complete any one of the five parts in a satisfactory manner or does not meet one of the published deadlines, the student and his/her parent(s) will be notified that the senior is ineligible to graduate in June. At that point, the senior may appeal to continue in the Senior Project process. Failure to complete any part of the project in a satisfactory manner, or to meet any deadline, automatically disqualifies the senior from earning an "Exceeds the Standard" assessment on that component of the Senior Project. The Senior Project is aligned with Vermont Standards Vital Results in the areas of Communications; Reasoning and Problem Solving; Personal Development, and Civic and Social Responsibility.

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