Earn three units of one Foreign Language or two units each of two Foreign Languages
Earn one unit of Fine Arts
Earn ½ unit of Business/Technology
Maintain an overall GPA of at least 88%
Obtain a composite score of 27 on the ACT, or a combined score of 1200 on the SAT
Students are placed in honors (5-level) courses in their freshman year based on STS high school placement tests, grade school transcripts, and Terra Nova scores. After freshman year, students take honors courses based on teacher approval (departmental permission), parental approval, student’s ability/interest/motivation, student’s performance in prerequisite courses, and approval of the guidance department.
Honors Program: Students selected to the Honors Program are scheduled for the most rigorous academic courses at Elder High School. For scheduling purposes, courses must be taken in the summer. Developing leadership skills is an important part of the Honors Program. To this end, students are enrolled in semester long leadership courses during the freshman and sophomore years as well as attending evening activities focused on leadership. In addition to those components, the students complete service projects as a group before designing an individual service project to be completed as seniors. Admission to the Honors Program is only possible for incoming freshman and prior to the sophomore year.
Change of Class: The approval of the Principal or his delegate is required to withdraw from a class. A change of classes can only occur during the first two weeks of the class (freshmen are permitted three weeks). There is a $25 charge for schedule changes. If a student wishes to withdraw from Elder, his parents are expected to give formal written notice to the Principal. Failure to do so could result in truancy charges being placed against the student by the state authorities. Parents will be asked to complete the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Schools Exit Survey.
School Transfer: As a general policy, any student who transfers from Elder to another high school during the school year, and does not move out of the Elder district, will not be released to play athletics at the school to which he transferred, until the following academic school year.
Student Responsibility: Absence does not excuse a student from any assignment, test or examination. It is the RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT to make arrangements with his teachers to make up the work that was missed. Failure to make up the work in a reasonable time will result in a grade of zero being assigned and computed in the student’s average. This rule holds for all work, including examinations.