Holly High School Course Guide

Welcome to Holly High School

Dear Students and Parents,

Welcome to Holly High School and the Holly High School Course Selection Guide.

The Holly High School staff is excited about the upcoming school year and the many programs and course offerings your students may choose from.  Year after year, students continue to teach us that involved students are successful students.  With this in mind,   please give careful consideration to the courses and activities in which you choose to participate, ensuring a rewarding and challenging school year. 

Utilizing resources such as counselors, teachers, parents, and the Career Center will assist you in making purposeful and rewarding choices.  When determining course selections, you should align your choices with your desired career pathway (see Exploring Career Pathways section) and the career goals you have identified in your Educational Development Plan (EDP).

Best wishes for another terrific school year.

Sincerely,

Peter T. LoFiego

“The mission of Holly High School is to provide a safe environment that encourages academic growth, creativity, personal development, and productive citizenship.”

High School Graduation Requirements

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

 Class of ...

 2020 +

 Total Credits Required to Graduate  28
 Language Arts:  (required course and credits)
 4.5
 Language Arts 9  1.5
 Language Arts 10: American Literature  1.0
 Language Arts 11: Literature and Language  1.0
 English Elective 12:  Track 1 or Track 2  1.0
 Mathematics:  (required course and credits)
 5
 Algebra I  1.5
 Geometry  1.5
 Algebra II  1.5
 Mathematics or math related class during senior year  0.5
 Science (required course and credits)
 3
 Biology  1.0
 Physical Science: Principles of Chemistry  0.5
 Physical Science: Principles of Physics  0.5
 Earth Science  1.0
 Social Studies (required course and credits)
 3
 World History & Geography  0.5
 U.S. History  1.0
 Economics  0.5
 Government  0.5
 History and Global Issues  0.5
 Other:  (required courses and credits)
 5.0
 Visual, Performing & Applied Arts (VPAA)  1.0
 Physical Education^  0.5
 Health  0.5
 Digital ASSIST  0.5
 World Language^^  2.0
 MME Prep  0.5
   
 Total Required Credits
 20.5
 Total Elective Credits  7.5

 HHS Graduation Credit Requirement Total

 28

 

^Marching Band Substitution:  Students who have successfully completed 2 years of Marching Band, may choose to count those credits toward the Physical Education requirement. Student may not double dip the credits, this means the course would not count as a VPAA credit and a PE credit. A student would need to fulfill four years of Marching Band to accommodate both graduation requirements.

^^World Language Substitution: Classes 2018-2021 who have successfully completed 1 year of a World Language, may elect to fulfill the second required credit in a course outside of World Language. This can be accomplished by completing an additional 1.0 credits of VPAA or 1.0 credits in a state approved career and technical education (CTE) course.  Beginning with the graduating class of 2022, students must successfully complete 2 years of a World Language.

Senior Year Math Options

Senior Year Math Options

The State of Michigan requires all students to successfully complete four (4) years of high school mathematics courses. Since students have varied interests and may choose to follow a career path outside of traditional mathematics, they have several options to fulfill their fourth year mathematics graduation requirement. Listed below are the options Holly Area Schools endorses as meeting the fourth year mathematics graduation requirement:

  • A student may choose to complete a fourth year of Mathematics.
  • A student may choose to complete either Chemistry or Physics (whichever course was not taken as a science credit).
  • A student may choose to enroll in an approved math embedded course at OSTC, these courses have embedded the fourth year mathematics requirements into their clusters.
  • A student may choose to complete a Financial Literacy course in Economics: Personal Finance. 
  • A student may choose to complete an Advanced Marketing class or VEI course. 

Advanced Placement and Honors Courses

What are Advance Placement (AP) Courses?

"Advanced Placement (AP) courses are rigorous, college-level classes in a variety of subjects that give students an opportunity to gain the skills and experience colleges recognize." Information copied from The College Board website January 25, 2018

Students will take an AP course the entire year and are given an opportunity to take the AP Exam assigned to the specific course. By completing an AP course and scoring appropriately on an AP exam, student could potentially earn college credit. You can see specific colleges’ guidelines on accepting AP scores for credit and placement by searching the AP Credit Policy Database. Here you can see how many credits your AP scores will earn you and which courses you may be able to place out of at your future college. It is important to note that this information is meant as a guide, and it is imperative that students and parents check with universities to ensure that information has not changed. Specific colleges and areas of study within universities often have specific requirements that fall outside of general guidelines. Checking with universities is a MUST!

What AP courses are offered by Holly High School?

Nearly every one of the 35 AP subjects is available at Holly High School. Many are offered as traditional building classes, while others are offered as blended online building classes, while even more are offered as fully online classes. See the table below for more information. 

What are Honors Courses? 

"Honors courses provide the rigor, pace, and independent experience that helps prepare freshmen, sophomores, and juniors for higher learning. They are highly recommended for students planning an AP honors track."  Information copied from The College Board website March 26, 2014

Honors courses are offered in traditional class settings and online (VHS). Traditional honors courses are offered in all core subject areas and additional information can be found in the specific subject area of the course guide. Below is a list of potential online (VHS) courses students can take, and additional in formation can be found in the special programs section of the course guide.  

Virtual Honors Elective (VHS) Courses include:

Arts
  • Art History
  • History of Photography
Foreign Language
  • Spanish Culture and 20th Century Hispanic Literature
Language Arts
  • 101 Ways-Write a Short Story
  • Folklore and Literature of Myth, Magic and
  • Ritual Shakespeare in Films
  • Twentieth Cent. Women Authors
Science
  • Anatomy and Physiology Animal Behavior and Zoology Genes and Disease
  • Bioethics
  • Pre-veterinary Medicine Environmental Chemistry
  • Astronomy Principles
  • Climate Change Environmental Science Honors Oceanography
Social Studies
  • Arts & Ideas: Best of Western Culture Constitutional Law
  • Criminology
  • Economics Honors
  • Eastern and Western Thought Eastern and Western Thought Government Honors
  • Modern Middle East Philosophy I Psychology of Crime
  • Psychology Honors
  • The Glory of Ancient Rome
  • The Golden Age/Classical Greece
Technology/Tech Ed
  • Computational Science/Engineering-Java Computer Science Honors

Prior to taking an Advance Placement or Honors course, please talk to your counselor or AP teacher to discuss the best plan for success and potential conflicts. 

Dual Enrollment

DUAL ENROLLMENT

High school students in the state of Michigan have the opportunity to attend courses at local colleges or universities, in addition to their own high school, in an effort to meet students’ needs and interests.  This is called “Dual Enrollment”.  Effective April 1, 1996, Public Act 160 and Public Act 258 of 2000, created the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act, commonly referred to as dual enrollment. This law directs school districts to assist students in paying tuition and fees for courses at Michigan public or private colleges or universities. The following are some of the eligibility guidelines/standards:

  1. Students in grades 9 through 12 may enroll in postsecondary courses. Students cannot enroll in a dual enrollment course after their fourth year of high school with the exception of an early college program.
  2. Students can qualify for dual enrollment by taking a state assigned standardized test.  See the counseling department website for a link to the qualifying scores.
  3. 388.155 Rule 5 (2) The acts do not prohibit a district from supporting any pupil regardless of eligibility under these acts. A district may elect to support college level courses or career preparation courses for any pupil if it is in the best interest of the pupil. 
  4. Students must be enrolled in both Holly High School and eligible postsecondary institution during our regular academic year and must be enrolled in at least one high school class.
  5. The college courses cannot be a hobby, craft, or recreation course, or in the subject areas of physical education, theology, divinity, or religious education. 
  6. School districts are required to pay an amount equal to the prorated percentage of the statewide pupil-weighted average foundation allowance, based on the proportion of the school year that the eligible student attends the eligible postsecondary institution. Eligible charges include tuition and mandatory course fees, material fees, and registration fees required by an eligible institution for enrollment in the course. Eligible charges do not include transportation or parking costs or activity fees. Please review the contents of this letter with your parents. If you believe you are eligible for dual enrollment, qualify for tuition and fee support, and wish to participate, contact your school counselor. 
Guidelines for Dual Enrollment

Review Holly High School schedule with my high school counselor to ensure that dual enrollment will not conflict with my current schedule.  

Compete Dual Enrollment Form and Verification of Eligibility Form obtained from school counselor or from this link:  Dual Enrollment Packet

Reminder:  Students can only register for courses approved on the Verification of Eligibility Form.

  • Complete the college application for dual enrollment located in the Dual Enrollment folder on the Holly High School Counseling website.  This form will need to be signed by the principal.  If the college you plan to attend is not located on the website, please contact your counselor.
  • Prior to registering for a course, students must contact the college’s admission office to schedule a placement test.  The college will not allow students to register without a placement test or a qualifying AP/ACT score.
  • Check registration deadlines for the college you plan to attend.
  • When registering for courses students should take a copy of their high school transcript to their institution.  AP students may be able to avoid taking a placement test based on their AP grade/score.  If you do not have your AP score, please print it from your college board account or see your counselor.
  • To be scheduled as a dual enrollment student at Holly High School, students MUST return a college schedule to their counselor before the start of each trimester for approval.
  • Students attending OCC MUST fill out the Authorization to Release Information Form located on the counseling website.  You will need to add your counselor to this form.
  • To receive high school credit for college work students MUST bring in their college report card to your high school counselor after completion of the class.
  • I agree to pay any costs for tuition, fees, etc. that are above the cost paid by the district.  Books become property of the high school after completion of the course.  Students may choose to purchase their own book if they wish to keep the book.
  • If a student fails to successfully complete his/her course, the student MUST repay the school district any eligible charges expended by the school district that are not refunded by the institution. 

Oakland Schools Technical Campuses (OSTC) and Early College (OTEC)

Oakland Schools Technical Campuses (OTSC)

Oakland Schools Technical Campuses: The Oakland Schools Technical Campus (OSTC) is a career-focused, academic environment for high school students throughout Oakland County. OSTC provides juniors and seniors with the opportunity to spend half of their traditional high school day (3 hours) at the Northwest, Clarkston campus. Transportation is provided. Students are able to pursue their technical and career interests by focusing their studies in a variety of areas.

Programs at OSTC include:
  • Agriscience and Environmental Technologies
  • Automotive Technologies
  • Collision Repair and Refinishing
  • Computer Networking* (not available at the Northwest campus)
  • Computer Programming
  • Construction Technology
  • Cosmetology* (only available at the Northeast campus)
  • Criminal Justice* (only available at the Southeast campus)
  • Culinary Arts and Hospitality
  • Cybersecurity Networking* (only available at the Southeast campus)
  • Energy - Electrical Technology
  • Engineering, Robotics & Mechatronics
  • Entrepreneaurship & Advanced Marketing
  • Health Sciences
  • Machining
  • Medium and Heavy Truck Equipment* (only available at the Southwest campus)
  • Visual Imaging
  • Welding* (not available at the Northwest campus)

*If you are interested in attending a program that is not available at the Northwest campus, please speak with your counselor about the availability of these programs.

OSTC Program Guide: View this webpage to get general information on OSTC and what programs are offered. This document contains clickable dropdowns for more detailed information.

Applying to OSTC: Students may apply for admission to OSTC prior to their junior and/or senior year. All sophomore students are invited to an OSTC presentation and field trip to learn about current programs.  When thinking about applying please consider the following:

  • Make sure you speak with your counselor if you are interested in applying to OSTC and pay attention for announcements regarding application due dates.
  • Students must complete an online request for consideration and an enrollment application. Students must also have an updated educational development plan.
  • Space is limited in all programs. Depending on the number of applications for a program, you may be offered your 2nd choice program or placed on a waitlist.

Interested students must apply online at OSTConline.com - click on the “Apply” tab.

 

Oakland Technical Early College (OTEC)

Oakland Technical Early College is a program for students attending eligible OSTC programs. Students in Oakland Technical Early College will begin attending dual enrollment courses at Oakland Community College while attending OSTC and required courses at HHS. Oakland Technical Early College students add a 13th year onto their high school experience, where they take all of their courses at OCC. By the end of 13th year, these students graduate from HHS and may attain certifications from OSTC as well as a possible associate's degree from OCC. HHS students will participate in a graduation ceremony when all graduation requirements are complete, after the 13th year.

Most costs associated with the college courses are completely covered.

For more information visit Oakland Technical Early College website.

 

*If you have any questions regarding OSTC or OTEC please contact your Counselor or the Career Coordinator.

NCAA Eligibility

NCAA DIVISION I AND II ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS  

Division I Full Qualifier 

Complete 16 core courses

  • English: 4 years

  • Math (Algebra I or higher): 2 years 
  • Natural/Physical Science (Including one year of lab, if offered): 2 years.
  • ADDITIONAL(English, math, or natural/physical science): 1 year
  • Social Science: 2 years
  • ADDITIONAL courses (Any area listed above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy): 4 years
  • Seven of the 10 core courses must be in English, math or natural/physical science. 

Earn a core-course GPA of at least 2.300

Earn the ACT/SAT score matching your core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale

Graduate high school 

Academic Redshirt 

  • Complete 16 core courses
  • Earn a core-course GPA of at least 2.000 
  • Earn the ACT/SAT score matching your core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale.
  • Graduate high school

Division II Full Qualifier 

Complete 16 core courses

  • English: 3 years 
  • Math (Algebra I or higher): 2 years 
  • Natural/Physical Science (Including one year of lab, if offered): 2 years
  •  Social Science: 2 years 
  • ADDITIONAL (English, math, or natural/physical science): 3 years 
  • ADDITIONAL COURSES (Any area listed above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy): 4 years
  • Earn a core-course GPA of at least 2.200 

Students must also earn the ACT/SAT score matching your core-course GPA on the Division II full qualifier sliding scale, earn a core-course GPA of 2.20 and graduate high school.

 

Division II Partial Qualifier 

Complete 16 core courses (see above)

  • Earn a core-course GPA of at least 2.000
  • Earn the ACT/SAT score matching your core-course GPA on the Division II partial qualifier sliding scale
  • Graduate high school

 

Test Scores and GPA

  • All SAT and ACT scores must be reported directly to the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse by the testing agency. Test scores that appear on transcripts will not be used. When registering for the SAT or ACT, use the clearinghouse code of 9999 to make sure the score is reported to the clearinghouse.
  • Only core courses are used in the calculation of the grade- point average.

*Please see your counselor for a preliminary check of your NCAA eligibility.  Students should begin planning their NCAA eligibility with their counselor in 9th grade.

For more information, please visit the NCAA Eligibility website.

Testing Out Guidelines

Testing Out Guidelines for Students and Parents

Procedures

The deadline for submitting your test out application for the next school year is May 15th .  All requests for testing out must be made electronically, by filling out the request form which can be found on the Holly High School website under counseling. We recommend that parents and/or students discuss the intention to test out with their counselor.

All students will be notified individually regarding their test out request.  At this time your testing location and time will be given to you.  The testing window will be determined by Holly High School administration. The specific test date and time will vary, but will be administered following the completion of the current school year. For example, test out exams will be administered at Holly High School on the two days following the last day of school.

Results will be available prior to the first day of school. A counselor or building administrator will inform the student and parent of the test results.

Failure to meet appointments or deadlines will result in a forfeiture of the testing out opportunity for that course.

 

Assessment

A grade equivalent of B- or better (80%) on the examination is required to demonstrate mastery. Examinations will be aligned to the Michigan Merit Core standards and content expectations for the entire course.

Testing out credits earned by passing a course in this manner shall be counted toward the total credits needed to graduate.  However, it may not forego the required subject credit needed per grade level. 

Credits earned in this manner will not impact a students grade point average (GPA).

Students who choose to “test out” in an attempt to regain credit from a course that they have previously failed, will earn a “CR,” or credit for the course toward graduation but will not see a change in their GPA. A student may only attempt to “test out” from the same course one time during their high school career.

For Spanish only:  Please note that the test for Spanish will be for appropriate placement level beyond Spanish I. Students who are recommended for Spanish II or higher should sign up under the testing out guidelines. Upon completion of the test, the student will be placed at the appropriate level by the Holly High School Spanish Department.

**Please click here to register**