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STUDENT POLICY HANDBOOK

POLICY (38) (A) RETENTION AND FAILING CORE SUBJECTS: GRADES 1 – 8 (INCLUDING 8TH GRADE ALGEBRA)

In accordance to MIS policy students in grades 1 through 8 must repeat the current grade they are in if they fail three (3) or more core subjects. Core subjects include math, science, English, World Languages and social studies.

MIS does not maintain a summer school program {except for HS Arabic and French languages} however, should a parent decide to take steps, to enrolled his/her child in an authorized/pre-approved MIS summer school program, where his/her child will demonstrate heshe has obtained successful completion status of those subjects failed the administration will seriously reconsider promotion status.

Eight grade students failing Algebra (segment 1 and/or 2) are the exception. Students must register on-line, at cost to the parents, pass both segments during the previous second semester andor summer school in order to advance in the next sequence course (geometry), in the fall. Failure to pass the full course by August 31st, of the school year will require his/her child to also take geometry on-line at a cost to the parent (approximately 400 US dollars per semester).

MIS will maintain a record of all student academic status and parental notification throughout the school year. We would have either required the parent to pick up and/or forwarded first quarter, end of 1st semester and 3rd quarter report cards. As the parent have had opportunities to discuss his/her child's academic history as well as social behavior histories with teachers throughout the school year and minimally during schedule parental conferences, which are held at scheduled times during the school year.

5th grade children being retained will not be eligible for 5th grade graduation because he/she has not met the graduation eligibility criteria.

This notice will also be the first official notification. Should the academic performance of the student continue below grade level during the 2012 - 2013 school year hisher continue enrollment at MIS is in jeopardy. It will be incumbent upon the parent(s) to look for another suitable school where their child can continue hisher education for the 2013 - 2014 school year.

Placing the parents on notice, at this time, provides for an ample amount of time for the parent to find a suitable school to register hisher child in for the 2013 - 2014 school year.

On-Line Courses: Make-up Failed High School Core Courses

The Middle East International School (MIS), similar to other international schools in Doha, has an operational policy in place, which allows us to expand our program offerings on-line for several reasons. One of them is for extra credit. That is, if a student needs extra (make up) credit for graduation, or because he/she failed a course that cannot be made up, immediately following the course failure and given our restrictive scheduling options.

Credit could be earned during the summer or anytime during the school year on-line. This option is entirely up to the parent, and all additional cost will be the responsibility of the parent. Our policy handbook is available at our web-site, and throughout the 2012 – 2013 school year parents will be advised of the status of their children with respect to course credit (segment I and segment II) and graduation via our SMS (Student Management System) and our web-site.

Our summer school program is only for World Languages, to include Arabic and French.

Parents/students can either register on line to make up a failed course or they could wait until the summer months for on-line registration. Students will be allowed to advance from segment I to segment II without penalty, if they failed segment I. However, a segment I course failure has to be made up prior to the beginning of the 2013 – 2014 school year, as an illustration. If not students will also be forced to enroll on-line for the next sequenced course because it will not be accessible to your child, until the failed course is made up.

MIS maintains an ‘American-based curriculum’, we adhere to California Standards. The Florida Virtual Schools is the authorized on-line program that allows MIS students and parents to access, at a cost beyond our tuition, should you find it necessary to make up courses. All program offerings are aligned to MIS core subjects.

Additionally, MIS requires students in grades 9, 10and 11 and all incoming transferring students to graduate with 24 credits in predetermined courses. The 2012 - 2013 12th grade students adhere to a set of slightly different standards as we systematically phased the 24 credit requirements into our school culture. Although, a student failing core subjects has to access either the summer or the 1st or 2nd semester via on-line, in order to meet minimum graduation requirements.

MIS has a student counselor who has as one of her responsibilities the monitoring of students who are taking on-line courses. Module test and final exams are administered on-line once students have demonstrated to their on-line instructor proficiency.

As of June 2012, all on-line courses cost 400 US dollars and 25 US dollars for registration.

On-Line Courses: Make-up Failed Core Courses during summer and school year

The Middle East International School (MIS), similar to other international schools in Doha, has an operational policy in place, which allows us to expand our program offerings on-line for several reasons. One of them is for extra credit. That is, if a student needs extra (make up) credit for graduation, or because he/she failed a course that cannot be made up, immediately following the course failure and given our restrictive scheduling options.

Credit could be earned during the summer or anytime during the school year on-line. This option is entirely up to the parent, and all additional cost will be the responsibility of the parent.

Our policy handbook is available at our web site, parents will be advised throughout the school year of the status of their children with respect to course credit (segment I and segment II) and graduation via our SMS (Student Management System) and our web-site.

Our summer school program is only for World Languages, to include Arabic and French.

Parents/students can either register on line to make up a failed course or they could wait until the summer months for on-line registration. Students will be allowed to advance from segment I to segment II without penalty, if they failed segment I. However, a segment I course failure has to be made up prior to the beginning of the next school year, as an illustration. If not students will also be forced to enroll on-line for the next sequenced course because it will not be accessible to your child, until the failed course is made up.

MIS maintains an ‘American-based curriculum’, we adhere to California Standards. The Florida Virtual Schools is the authorized on-line program that allows MIS students and parents to access, at a cost beyond our tuition, should you find it necessary to make up courses. All program offerings are aligned to MIS core subjects.

Additionally, MIS requires students in grades 9th and 10th and all incoming transferring students to graduate with 24 credits in predetermined courses. 11th and 12th grade students adhere to a set of slightly different standards as we systematically phased the 24 credit requirements into our school culture. Although, a student failing core subjects has to access either the summer or the 1st or 2nd semester of the current school year via on-line, in order to meet minimum graduation requirements.

MIS has a student counselor who has as one of her responsibilities the monitoring of students who are taking on-line courses. Module test and final exams are administered on-line once students have demonstrated to their on-line instructor proficiency.

As of June 2012, all on-line courses cost 400 US dollars and 25 US dollars for registration.

(B) OUT OF STATE ONLINE MIDDLE AND ONLINE HIGH SCHOOL COURSES

Expanding course offerings policy at MIS will allow MIS students to take on-line courses from American on-line institutions, where high school students, for example, would receive credit towards graduation and/or college credit by successfully meeting the criteria on Advanced Placement (AP) exams.

These courses expands MIS' curriculum (see appendix). Tuition for these courses will be the responsibility of the parent and will be beyond the cost of MIS tuition. This policy helps MIS in several areas. They include:

  1. High School and Middle School students: could take courses beyond those offered at MIS. Particularly, for students who are advanced, based on annual diagnostic text, and cannot be physically accommodated due to MIS' scheduling constraint.
  2. Varied Curriculum offerings: For students who just want to have a more varied curriculum.
  3. Extra Credit: If a students needs extra (make up) credit for graduation, or because they failed a course that cannot be made up. Credit could be earned during the summer.
  4. College Credit: Advanced Placement courses allow students attending US colleges throughout the world to enter with college credit. 11th and 12th grades students are eligible to enroll.
  5. Inappropriate Behavior: High School students having behavior problems at MIS or that are disruptive to the educational process could be required to access these courses either from home or while in school, on-line. Again, parents would have to pay tuition beyond the MIS tuition.

Source: Student Policy Handbook effective September 2012

(C) RE-TESTING DISCONTINUED FOR FAILING MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS (Grades 6, 7 and 8)

Students at the middle school level (grades 6, 7, and 8) will no longer be administered a re-test prior to August 31st, 2013, under the following conditions.

1. If your child fails more than two core subjects (math, language Arts, social studies, world language, and/or science) at the end of the school year (June 2013) he/she will be retained in the same grade unless the following occurs, prior to August 31, 2013:

A. The parent registershis/her child on-line, at cost to the parents, with Florida Virtual School (FLVS) for one or more of the following courses:

Global School is a tuition-based solution.
http://www.flvs.net/areas/flvscourses/Pages/default.aspx
http://www.flvs.net/areas/flvscourses/Pages/APCourses.aspx
http://www.flvs.net/areas/signup/Pages/SignUp-OutofState.aspx (Registration)

Options

  • M/J Language Arts 1 (2nd segment)...grade 6
  • M/J Language Arts 2 (2nd segment)...grade 7
  • M/J Language Arts 3 (2nd segment)...grade 8
  • M/J Comprehensive Science 1 (2nd segment)...grade 6
  • M/J Comprehensive Science 2 (2nd segment)...grade 7
  • M/J Comprehensive Science 3 (2nd segment)...grade 8
  • M/J World Cultures (2nd segment)...grade 6
  • M/J US History (2nd segment)...grade 7
  • M/J World Geography (2nd segment)...grade 8
  • M/J Mathematics 1 (2nd segment)...grade 6
  • M/J Mathematics 2 (2nd segment)...grade 7

B. 8th grade students are enrolled in Algebra, during the 2012 - 2013 school year. If your child fails Algebra 1 first segment (January, 2013) and/or algebra I second segment (June, 2013) he/she must enrolled on-line in accordance with the following options:

Option (#1) February, 2013

Algebra 1 (1st segment)..Grade 8...your child will be permitted to repeat segment 1 while enrolled in the second segment of algebra.

Advantage, he/she will have the full semester to complete the failed subject. Parents can opt to have the child take the failed course in summer.

Option (#2) June, 2013

Algebra 1 (2nd segment) students can enrolled during summer months to repeat failed second semester course.

Option (#3) summer, 2013

Student failing either segments 1 or segments 2 or both segments can take both courses during summer months but must pass both by August 31, 2013. Obviously, this option is more challenging for any student who is repeating a course(s), but it is available.

Online Middle and High School Courses by Florida Virtual School (FLVS)

Course Listing: Non-FL Students

Global School is a tuition-based solution.

http://www.flvs.net/areas/flvscourses/Pages/default.aspx
http://www.flvs.net/areas/flvscourses/Pages/APCourses.aspx
http://www.flvs.net/areas/signup/Pages/SignUp-OutofState.aspx(Registration)

AP Courses

Get a jump start on college credit. The AP* courses are college level classes. Recommended minimum grade level to take AP courses is 11th grade. If a qualifying score is received on the spring exam, participating colleges may offer credit or waive requirement for equivalent courses.

AP Exam Requirements: FLVS AP courses are designed for students to achieve college credit. Florida students are required to take May AP Exams as part of FLVS AP course requirements. AP course credit will not be issued to a student's high school transcript until verification of participation in an AP Exam. This occurs at the end of May each year. Students should check with their Florida district to find location and date for the Spring exam.

FLVS AP Course Name Available to FL students Available to non-FL students
     AP Art History Yes Yes
     AP Biology Yes Yes
     AP Calculus AB Yes Yes
     AP Calculus BC Yes Yes
     AP Computer Science Yes Yes
     AP English Lang & Comp Yes Yes
     AP English Lit & Comp Yes Yes
     AP Environmental Science Yes Yes
     AP Macroeconomics Yes Yes
     AP Microeconomics Yes Yes
     AP Psychology Yes Yes
     AP Spanish Language Yes Yes
     AP Statistics Yes Yes
     AP U.S. Gov't& Politics Yes Yes
     AP U.S. History    

All Florida Virtual School AP courses have passed the stringent requirements of the recent AP audit. To learn more about the audit, click here. AP Test Reviews! You can practice taking AP exams before the official exam.

Click here for more information.

*Course Listing: Non-FL Students*
Global School is a tuition-based solution. Please click here for student sign-up.

High School Courses
Course Name Credit
Art  
     AP Art History 1.0
Business Tech  
     Computing for College and Careers 1.0
     Web Design I 1.0
     Web Design II 1.0
Computer Science  
     AP Computer Science A 1.0
     Computer Programming I 1.0
World Language  
     Chinese I 1.0
     Chinese II 1.0
     Chinese III NEW! 1.0
     Latin I 1.0
     Latin II 1.0
     Latin III 1.0
     Spanish I 1.0
     Spanish II 1.0
     Spanish III 1.0
     AP Spanish NEW! 1.0
Health  
     Life Management Skills 0.5
Language Arts  
     English I / English I Honors 1.0
     English II / English II Honors 1.0
     English III / English III Honors 1.0
     English IV / English IV Honors 1.0
     AP English Language and Composition 1.0
     AP English Literature and Composition 1.0
Mathematics  
     Algebra I A 1.0
     Algebra I B 1.0
     Algebra I / Algebra I Honors 1.0
     Algebra II / Algebra II Honors 1.0
     AP Calculus AB 1.0
     AP Calculus BC NEW! 1.0
     Calculus 1.0
     Geometry / Geometry Honors 1.0
     Liberal Arts Math 1.0
     Pre-Calculus 1.0
     AP Statistics NEW! 1.0
Physical Education  
     Adaptive Physical Education IEP or 504 Plan 0.5
     Fitness Lifestyle Design 0.5
     Health Opportunities in Physical Education (HOPE) NEW! 1.0
     Personal Fitness 0.5
Science  
     AP Biology 1.0
     Biology / Biology Honors 1.0
     Chemistry / Chemistry Honors 1.0
     Earth Space Science / Earth Space Honors 1.0
     AP Environmental Science NEW! 1.0
     Marine Science / Marine Science Honors 1.0
     Physical Science/ Physical Science Honors NEW! 1.0
     Physics / Physics Honors 1.0
Social Studies  
     American Government / Amer. Govt. Honors 0.5
     American History / Am. History Honors 1.0
     AP Microeconomics 0.5
     AP Macroeconomics 0.5
     AP U.S. Government and Politics 0.5
     AP U.S. History 1.0
     Economics / Economics Honors 0.5
     Global Studies 1.0
     Psychology I 0.5
     AP Psychology 1.0
     World History / World History Honors 1.0
Study Skills  
     Thinking and Learning Strategies 0.5
     SAT Prep 0.5
     Reading for College Success 0.5
   
Middle School Courses
Art  
     M/J Orientation to Art 2-D 0.5
Business Education  
     M/J Keyboarding 0.5
Language Arts  
     M/J Language Arts 1 / LA 1 Advanced 1.0
     M/J Language Arts 2 / LA 2 Advanced 1.0
     M/J Language Arts 3 / LA 3 Advanced 1.0
Foreign Language  
     M/J Spanish 1.0
     M/J Spanish Intermediate 1.0
Health and Physical Education  
     M/J Comprehensive PE – Grades 6/7 0.5
     M/J Comprehensive PE – Grades 7/8 0.5
     M/J Fitness - Grade 6 0.5
Mathematics  
     M/J Mathematics 1 / Math 1 Advanced 1.0
     M/J Mathematics 2 / Math 2 Advanced 1.0
     M/J Mathematics 3 / Math 3 Advanced 1.0
Science  
     M/J Comprehensive Science 1 / C. S. 1 Advanced 1.0
     M/J Comprehensive Science 2 / C. S. 2 Advanced 1.0
     M/J Comprehensive Science 3 / C. S. 3 Advanced 1.0
Social Studies  
     M/J World Cultures / World Cultures Advanced 1.0
     M/J U.S.History / U.S.History Advanced 1.0
     M/J World Geography / World Geography Advanced 1.0
Study Skills  
     M/J Reading 6th – 8 th Grade 1.0
     M/J Critical Thinking, Problem Solving & Learning StrategiesNEW! 0.5