SOURCE OF CREDITS
New Credit - The principal may recommend that a student earn new credit during the summer or additional credit during the regular school year. The student must obtain written permission from the principal BEFORE the student begins any such program. A copy of the written permission must be sent to the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction.
The sources of new credit are:
• College summer institutes which earn at least 3 hours of college credit (3 hours of college credit equals 1/2 high school credit).
• Dual enrollment program for 16 years old and over.
• Correspondence schools accredited by a regional accreditation agency (one credit per year).
• Florida Virtual High School.
Forgiveness - Any course in which a student makes a D or F may be taken over to improve his/her grade point average. The new grade will be used in lieu of the original grade to compute the grade point average. The original grade must remain on the record.
Transfer Credit - Students that withdraw from Bay High School and enter other educational institutions may transfer no more than eight(8) credits per year with a maximum of four(4) credits per semester. Credits from accredited institutions will be accepted by the face value but credit from non-accredited institutions will be validated on the basis of student performance standards, with the principal's approval.
In order the receive a diploma from Bay High School, a students must be enrolled in Bay High School for the last 9 weeks of their senior year. All students who have earned a diploma from Bay High School during the school year will be eligible to participate in the commencement exercises. Attendance at graduation practice is mandatory.
Students Attending Haney Vo-Tech - Students may attend Haney Vo-Tech School their junior and/or senior year and receive a Bay High Diploma. To attend, a student must meet all requirements for grades 9, 10, and 11 as listed in the Pupil Progression Plan. For more information, see your school counselor.
Advanced Academic External Exams - Advanced Placement and AICE courses are designed for students to achieve college credit. Students are required to take AP/AICE exams during the same school year as they complete the high school AP/AICE course requirements. AP/AICE course credit will not be issued to a student's high school transcript until verification of participation in the corresponding AP/AICE exam.
Dual Enrollment - The dual enrollment program is the enrollment of an eligible secondary student in a postsecondary course creditable toward high school completion and a career certificate or an associate or baccalaureate degree. Student eligibility requirements for initial enrollment in college credit dual enrollment courses must include a 3.0 unweighted high school grade point average and the minimum score on a common placement test adopted by the State Board of Education which indicated that the student is ready for college-level coursework. Students should see their school counselors for further information.
Online Course Requirement for Graduation - The online course requirement is satisfied at Bay High School via Economics with Financial Literacy course. Speak to your school counselor for more information.
REPORT CARDS AND GRADES
Report cards will be available on Parent Portal at the end of each grading period (9 weeks) as listed on the school calendar. Comprehensive exams will be administered at the end of each term (18 weeks). The report card will clearly depict the student's academic performance in each course, student conduct and behavior, and the student's attendance, including absences and tardies.
Grade Scale - The grading scale established by the state determines numerical values for grades.
A = 90 - 100 Outstanding Progress
B = 80 - 89 Above Average Progress
C = 70 - 79 Average Progress
D = 60 - 69 Lowest Acceptable Progress
F = 0 - 59 Failure
Computation of a GPA - The grade point average is computed after each semester/term (18 weeks) using the quality points assigned to each letter grade:
A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0
Divide the total of these quality points by the number of courses taken. Honors, Dual Enrolled, AP, AICE, and Science Research courses carry additional quality points.
Cumulative GPA - The cumulative GPA is determined by taking all the quality points or all non-duplicated high school courses taken to date and dividing by the total number of courses taken. A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required for graduation.
Schedule Changes - Students schedules will be changed on a limited basis and should be turned in to the appropriate school counselor by the end of the third day of classes.
Request to transfer - If an academic need arises and a parent desires to request a transfer for his/her child from one teacher to another, the following will be used.
1. Parent initiates the request for a teacher transfer using the FOCUS form online.
2. The principal schedules a parent-teacher conference (required attendance by the parent and teacher and facilitated by the principal) to discuss the parent's concerns.
3. The principal renders a decision on the transfer request within two weeks of the form being received.
ACADEMIC AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
BRIGHT FUTURES SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA - There are three scholarship awards under the title of Florida Bright Futures. For the latest information you can call 1-800-827-2004 or visit the home page at http://floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf/
A student may qualify for all three award levels but will only receive the highest one earned.
OTHER SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE IN THE AICE OFFICE, GUIDANCE OFFICE AND ON THE BAY HIGH SCHOOL WEBSITE.
ACADEMIC LETTERS AND HONORS - Students who maintain a 4.0 GPA or higher in the semester will receive a "Gold Academic Letter". Students who maintain a 3.50 to 3.99 GPA or higher in the semester will receive a "Silver Academic Letter". Students who maintain a 3.0 to 3.49 GPA or higher in the semester will receive an Academic Certificate.
GRADUATING WITH HONORS - To graduate with honors a standard curriculum student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, excluding the last semester of his/her senior year.
The senior class GPA academic achievements will be calculated at the end of the first semester and only recognized as follows:
4.0 and higher - with Distinction
3.75 - 3.99 - with Excellence
3.5 - 3.74 - with Honors
Students who graduate with Distinction will select a speaker for participation in the graduation ceremony.
SENIOR RECOGNITION - Each year time is set aside for Senior Recognition to honor outstanding seniors and recognize their contributions.
HALL OF FAME - To qualify, a student must meet one or more criteria in each of the following categories during his/her years at Bay High School:
I. Scholarship - 2.50 cumulative GPA.
II. Leadership - Officer of Student Government, Class, or a school club. Editor of the Pelican. Captain or Co-Captain of one of the following: Cheerleaders, Band, Wrestlerettes, Winter Guard, Bay Breeze, Athletic or Academic Team, Drum Major or Drum Majorette, President of Choir, President of Band, or ROTC Group Commander.
III. Service(participation in school-sponsored activities).
IV. Character - abides by school rules and policies.
Method of Selection - A student may nominate him/herself for consideration by completing the appropriate application. Applications may also be submitted by faculty members. A major infraction of school board policy that results in a suspension may be grounds for elimination. If a student has numerous discipline reports, his/her eligibility will be determined by a review committee. The names of all eligible candidates will be placed on the ballot for vote by the senior class. The ten students with the most votes will become members of the Hall of Fame. In case of a tie, the number of positions will be expanded to accommodate the tie.