Sunset High School
Academic Program Guide
- The Semester Calendar
- Academic Standing
- Weighted Grades
- Graduation Requirements
- Athletics/Activity Eligibility
- Course Repetition
- Class Attendance
- Withdrawal from a Class/Schedule Changes
- Additional Course Work/Credit Recovery
- Student Placement
- Recommended Course Sequences
- Duel Credit and Honors Program
The Semester Calendar
Sunset’s school calendar is 36 weeks long and is made up of two semesters. Each semester is 18 weeks long. Grade reports are issued at 9 week intervals. A progress report is sent home to families midway through both first and second semester (at week 9 and week 27). These reports serve as updates on a student’s progress and are not reflected on a student’s transcript. Grades are posted on transcripts only at the end of first semester and the end of the second semester (at week 18 and week 36).
Credits are the units by which academic progress is measured. Students earn .5 credit by passing one semester class. Each semester students can earn a potential 3.5 credits for a total of 7.0 credits per year. Students need 24 credits for graduation in accordance with District graduation requirements.
Within this guide all courses designated with an Asterisk (*) are weighted courses. International Baccalaureate (IB) and dual credit courses, which may be transferable to 4-year colleges or universities and are taught at the high school or are part of a sequence which is not available/attainable at Sunset, will be weighted. Weighted grades are calculated only on the transcript and the following point values are awarded per grade in these classes: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=1, and F=0. (Please note: grades of “D” or “F” are not weighted). Both unweighted and weighted GPAs are computed and recorded on a student’s academic transcript. A complete copy of the weighted grades policy may be obtained in the Main Office, A published list of all weighted courses in the Beaverton School District can be found via this link: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/PS/Pages/WeightedCourses.aspx
A student who is in good standing and who successfully completes all requirements of the State of Oregon, The Beaverton School District’s Board of Education, and Sunset High School may participate in graduation. In order to meet the state and district requirements, Sunset High School has the following graduation requirements: students must earn their required number of credits, meet their required essential skills, and complete their career education and senior project requirements.
The Valedictorian is determined by the student(s) with the highest weighted GPA at the end of the 8th semester. The student(s) must have attended Sunset for a minimum of three years. In the event that more than one student finishes with the highest weighted GPA, a committee of Sunset staff will determine the Valedictorian based on factors including, but not limited to:
1. IB Diploma candidacy and/or number of IB and other rigorous courses taken.
2. Contributions to the Sunset and Beaverton communities.
3. Participation in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, and/or
4. ACT scores.
Any student achieving a 4.0 GPA or higher, either weighted or un-weighted, will be recognized as a Salutatorian.
Speeches at the Commencement Ceremony will be open for audition to all students who have attained a 4.0 or higher GPA, either weighted or unweighted. A committee of peers and staff members will vote on who will receive this honor.
Students must meet the Beaverton School District and OSAA eligibility standards if they wish to participate in athletics or extra-curricular activities. There are specific standards regarding participation during the first six weeks of school. All ninth graders are eligible to participate during the first six weeks of school if they are taking five or more classes. After that, there will be additional standards for 9-12 grade students. See Sunset's Athletic Director for eligibility standards.
Most courses (grades 9-12) for which a student has received a passing grade cannot be repeated for credit. Exceptions to this policy are listed below:
Music (Choir and Band), Theater, ESL, PE, Yearbook, Newspaper, Leadership and TA and Peer Tutor. Second language courses and math courses may be repeated for elective credit with prior approval and by special arrangement.
Regular attendance and punctuality are critical life-long skills, which are emphasized at Sunset. Because performance in class through collaborative activities is an essential element of student learning and assessment, and because students must be present to achieve these outcomes, student absences must be minimized.
Withdrawal from a Class/Schedule Changes
At the beginning of each semester, students may complete a “Student Request to Add/Drop a Class” form for any of the following reasons: incomplete schedule, adjustments due to subject failure, and a level change due to teacher recommendation. Schedules will not be changed for preferred teacher requests. Due to limited availability and space, elective classes may only be dropped/changed for late arrival, early dismissal and peer tutor or teacher assistant courses. A parent/guardian must give permission for course changes. If a student withdraws from a class after the first five school days of either semester, he/she will receive a “withdraw fail” (WF) grade for the class. The WF will be listed on the student’s transcript.
Withdrawal from a Class/Schedule Changes
Students may request a schedule change during the first five days of each semester. Schedule change requests will be considered for the following reasons only: incomplete schedule, adjustments due to subject failure, a level change due to teacher recommendation, or to add a Teacher Assistant (TA), study hall, early release or late arrival to a student’s schedule. To request a schedule change, students must complete a hard copy of the “Schedule Change Petition” form with all required signatures and submit it to the counseling office by 3:00 PM on the 5th school day of the semester. If a student withdraws from a class after the first five school days of either semester, he/she will receive a “withdraw fail” (WF) grade for the class. The WF will be listed on the student’s transcript.
Please note: schedules will not be changed for preferred teacher requests. Also, due to limited availability, class size or other schedule restrictions, some requests will not be possible to accommodate. In these situations, Counselors will communicate with students and families about their options.
Additional Course Work/Credit Recovery
Students who have failed classes have multiple ways to earn additional credits in order to continue progress towards graduation. These options include: after school credit recovery courses at Sunset High School, Work Experience or Community Service Learning credit, BSD summer school or by completion of coursework through another accredited learning institution. Any and all coursework completed outside of Sunset, much be approved prior to enrolling and students may apply no more than 6 credits of off-campus learning towards graduation requirements. Students and families should work with their counselor to determine which of these options is best for their situation.
Student placement in language arts, math, science and social studies will be based on present classroom work, past performance, test scores and other criteria related to the student’s ability, potential and career goals. Check the forecasting sheet closely for classes that need a teacher’s approval or signature prior to enrollment.
We are working to put our complete Program Guide on our new site and will complete this work during the Summer.
Part of the guide are available now online - here is a printable PDF temporarily available.