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INCOMING FRESHMAN REQUESTS FOR HIGHERLEVEL COURSE PLACEMENT 20112012

Overview

Incoming freshmen request first level courses at JCP unless you have already secured official CPS high school credit or taken and passed the official JCP placement test.

You can request nonfreshman (higherlevel) course credits in three situations:

1. You have received official CPS high school credit with a grade of C or above at a CPS 7th and 8th grade Academic Center. Currently, Harlan, Kenwood, Lindblom, Morgan Park, Taft, and Whitney Young High Schools have 7th and 8th grade Academic Centers. For course request purposes, if you are in one of these programs, you can assume that regular level credit will be granted as long as you meet CPS standards of a C or better. ** Placement testing, however, may still required.

2. Regular credit may be granted if you took a high schoollevel course taught by an instructor certified to teach the course at the high school level. It is your responsibility to provide documentation from your principal/school stating that the course meets CPS credit requirements. For course request purposes, you CANNOT assume that credit will be granted unless documentation is provided at the time of your course requests. Students will initially be placed in entry level courses. Once final confirmation via principal/school documentation is received and passing grades are posted on the official CPS high school transcript, students will be placed into the next level. **Placement testing, once again, may still be required.

3. You have passed an official JCP placement test. (held during the month of May)

** Most Academic Centers and elementary schools offering high school credit classes do so at a standard (regular) level. JCP reserves the right to assess your subject matter mastery before placing you in a higherlevel (honors) course. According to CPS policy (see Board Report 080827P07), a 7th or 8th grade credit guarantees your placement into the next regularlevel class in the sequence. Placement into an honorslevel class is at the high school’s discretion.

There are several limitations to accepting preninth grade credits and placement into higherlevel courses.

  • 1.

    A maximum of 4 credits will be accepted from Chicago Public Schools elementary schools, provided all Illinois Board of Education requirements are met. Students may earn no more than 1 credit in each core subject area, with the possible exception of Math and World Language. Credits from a non CPS elementary school will not be accepted.

  • 2.

    One English credit will be accepted for English I/Survey Literature as long as all Illinois Board of Education requirements are met.

  • 3.

    One Biology credit will be accepted as long as all Illinois Board of Education requirements are met.

  • 4.

    One Algebra/Math 1 credit may be accepted as long as all Illinois Board of Education requirements are met. You must take and pass the JCP Algebra/Math 1 placement exam in order to be placed in Honors Geometry/Math 2. Up to 1 Geometry/Math 2 credit may be accepted as long as all Illinois Board of Education requirements are met. You must take and pass the JCP Geometry/Math 2 placement exam in order to be placed in Honors Algebra/Math 3.

  • 5.

    One World Studies credit will be accepted as long as all Illinois Board of Education requirements are met.

  • 6.

    Up to 2 World Language credits for Spanish, French, or Mandarin Chinese will be accepted as long as all Illinois Board of Education requirements are met. You must take and pass the appropriate JCP world language placement test to make sure that you are adequately prepared for the next level course. Any student who has a background in a language must take the JCP placement test.

7. One Music, Drama, or Visual Art credit may be accepted as long as all Illinois Board of Education requirements are met. You may continue in these disciplines at JCP after auditioning with the instructor.

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