Policies and Guidelines
Auditing Classes/Retaking Classes
The purpose of an audit is to allow students the opportunity to help build capacity of fundamental skills missed in prior coursework. To assist students in meeting this goal, students may audit classes for which they have previously earned a credit. Students may not audit classes for the primary purpose of avoiding transcripted grades. If space is available, students who wish to audit a course may request permission from their counselor. A contract of student expectations will be developed and agreed up by the student, teacher, and parent. Violation of this contract will result in termination of the audit agreement.
Students who receive a grade of C+ or lower may retake a class at ZCHS if desired. The grade received in the retake class will become the grade of record. Any exceptions to this must be approved by the principal or their designee. Students must notify their guidance counselor when the replacement grade is earned.
Students who are taking seven classes during a semester may drop one course for one study hall as follows:
--Students may drop a course within 10 school days without notation on their transcript. Adding a replacement class may occur but is dependent upon space availability.
--Students may drop a course from day 11 through the third day past the middle of the 9 week grading period (4 and 1/2 weeks). A withdrawal notation will be recorded on their transcript if they are passing at the time the drop occurs. A withdrawal failure notation will be recorded on their transcript if they are failing at the time the drop occurs. These marks will not be factored into a student's gpa determination.
--Students may drop a course from the fourth day past the middle of the first nine week grading period of a semester (4 and 1/2 weeks). A withdrawal failure notation will be recorded on their transcript and be factored into gpa determination.
Graduation in Less than Eight Semesters
It is the belief of ZCHS that all students benefit by completing eight semester of high school. However, a student may graduate in less than eight semesters with approval of the principal or their designee. Students seeking early graduation must have a well structured and solidified transition plan that addresses further education or employment.
Middle School Class Credit
The courses listed below, when taken before grade 9, do not count for high school credit, appear on a student’s high school transcript, or contribute to a student’s gpa. These courses will not count to meet the requirements for the high school diploma if they are taken prior to grade 9.
- Algebra Honors
- Spanish I
- French I
- Chinese I
The courses listed below, when taken before grade 9, do count count for high school credit, will appear on a student’s high school transcript, and will contribute to a student’s gpa. These courses will count to meet the requirements for the high school diploma if they are taken prior to grade 9.
- Honors Geometry
- Algebra II
- Honors Algebra II
- Spanish II
- French II
- Chinese II
Out of Sequence Courses
All departments at ZCHS offer sequentially based coursework. Students who have not earned credit in a lower sequenced course due to classes taken in middle school, transfer of credit, or other unique situations may not take a lower level class out of sequence. For example, Students who have successfully completed Spanish II may not enroll in Spanish I for credit.
ZCHS maintains high academic standards. To help maximize future student success and curricular continuity from one level of course work to the next, students are encouraged to take courses offered at ZCHS whenever possible. ZCHS students are allowed to transfer in credit bearing courses from another school or educational service provider. General guidelines for transfer courses:
--The courses must be taken through schools or providers approved by ZCHS.
Approval must be gained before enrollment through the principal or designee.
--Students earning a final total of less than 47 credits many transfer in additional credits beyond eight over the course of their high school career. Students earning a final total of more than 47 credits may transfer in additional credits beyond eight over the course of their high school career.
--The name of the school or course provider will appear on the transcript.
--Course weight points will be awarded for transfer courses that are also offered at ZCHS. Course weight points will not be awarded for transfer classes not offered at ZCHS.