Tappan Zee High School

2019-20 Curriculum Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

For an overview of the scheduling process, view the Student’s Guide to Scheduling.

Is there information for eighth-graders and their families about high school course selection?
Yes. Please view the Selecting Freshman Year Courses webpage for information about study hall, expectations for Honors and Regents classes and more.

What is the Early Admissions Program?
The Early Admissions Program is an arrangement whereby a qualified student goes to Rockland Community College in lieu of their senior year at Tappan Zee High School. The student earns both college and high school credit. If you are interested in this program, please meet with your counselor to review the requirements. All applications to this program are due by June 1.

What is a transcript?
A transcript is a document which indicates every high school credit bearing course a student has taken as well as the final grade for each course. All Regents exam scores are also posted on the transcript. The cumulative average is also reflected on the transcript. The transcript is required for almost all college applications and is generally considered the most important facet of a college application. Additionally, when an employer, educational institution, the armed forces, scholarship agencies, or social service agencies request the record of a student, a transcript is forwarded.

How Can I Earn College Credit at TZHS?
Students may earn college credit in high school in a variety of ways. Students who take Advanced Placement courses and score a level 3 or higher on the examination may earn college credit for that course. Please review information posted on the College Board website. Every college has its own rules about accepting Advanced Placement test results for credit as well as the minimum score required on the test to earn it. We also have relationships with a number of universities where students may earn college credit and high school credit at the same time. View the list of those courses and colleges.

Are There Other Ways to Earn High School Credits?
Students may earn high school credits by taking a driver’s education course at designated centers, taking courses through Virtual High School, participating in Applied Music and through community service.

Is Community Service a Graduation Requirement?
No; however, we encourage all students to make a commitment to their community. There are a wide variety of sites available so that you can match your interest and reap the benefits of serving your community. Students have the opportunity to receive career exposure, job training, personal development and interaction in the world beyond school. Students may earn one elective credit for 100 hours of community service. See your school counselor for more details.

What Are the New York State Graduation Requirements?
Students are required to pass their courses and must earn 23 ½ credits to graduate. Students must pass the Regents examination in English Language Arts, Mathematics, World History, U. S. History and Government, and Science, all with a grade of at least 65% for a Regents Diploma. While there are other pathways by which a student can meet the Regents exam requirements, the vast majority of our graduates pass all five of these exams. Please contact your school counselor if you have any questions. Students with disabilities have additional options: Further information is available from the Counseling Department.

What is a Weighted Average?
A weighted average counts certain courses more than others. For example, some courses are worth 1/2 credit, while others are worth one full credit. Full credit courses count twice as much in a weighted average as 1/2 credit courses for obvious reasons. Also, some courses are weighted differently than others; this means that points are added to the final course grade when we compute the weighted average. Specifically, it works this way: Regents level courses are weighted by a factor of 1.03, Honors courses by a factor of 1.05, Advanced Placement and college level courses at 1.10. For example, a student who earned a final average of 90% in an Advanced Placement course would receive a weighting of 10% additional or a final grade of 99%. The 99% does not appear on the student’s transcript next to the course but it is used when computing the student’s average. When all of the weighting factors are applied to the student’s individual course grades, the raised or weighted grades are averaged in the usual way, yielding what we call a weighted average. Your counselor can give you more information about the weighted average.

How Does Tappan Zee High School Approach Class Ranking?
We do not rank our students. The only exception to this policy is for the purpose of designating a valedictorian and salutatorian which go to the two students with the highest cumulative averages. There are occasions when a scholarship will require a precise class rank. When such cases arise we will provide a precise rank so as not to preclude a student from being a candidate for a scholarship. Students simply need to make an appointment with their school counselor and bring the scholarship application to the appointment.

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