Course Selection Guides on the Career & Technical Education Department page and the Academic Departments page list and describe courses available to Norman Thomas High School students, Grades 9-12. They also explain the sequence of courses in each subject area. We believe that planning the courses that a student takes is an important process. Informed students and parents are prepared and successful. Please use the guides along with the assistance of your guidance counselor to plan and understand the courses necessary to meet the state graduation requirement. We urge you to examine this guide thoroughly. It can make the difference between academic success and academic failure.
Students are awarded one credit toward their diploma for the successful completion of a semester (half year) of study in a course that meets daily. "Unit" is used as a synonym for "credit". For example, 4 units is equivalent to 8 credits.
A sequence is three, four or five credits in a subject area. Students must discuss specific sequence requirements for graduation with their counselor.
Electives are additional courses other than required courses that are needed to meet the minimum credits required for graduation.
Commencement Level Learning Standards
Refers to the knowledge, skills and understanding all students are expected to know, be able to do and have upon receiving a high school diploma.
Make-up Requirements for Failed Courses
Students who fail a high school course in English, Social Studies, Math, Science or languages other than English or Physical Education must successfully complete the course in an authorized summer school or P.M. School.
Regents examinations are assessments developed by the New York State Education Department and are the foundation of the student assessment process. Assessments are rigorous and include such expectations as writing, science experiments and demanding mathematics problems applied to real life or work situations.
Regents Diploma with Honors
This is a type of diploma certifying that, in completing requirements for a Regents diploma, an average of 90 percent or higher was achieved on all Regents examinations.
Advanced Regents Diploma
Indicates that the student not only met the requirements for a Regents Diploma, but also accelerated in additional Regents examinations. In other words, this student passed seven Regents examinations along with his/her Business concentration classes. This student may attend a more competitive college than a student who earned a Regents Diploma.
Indicates that the student scored 65% or above in 5 required Regents exams. This student may attend a good college with this diploma, but may have difficulty attending a more competitive college.
Local High School Diploma
Indicates that the student met the basic requirements to graduate from high school. Furthermore, this student could not or did not pass the additional Regents examinations needed to earn a Regents Diploma. This student may attend a good college with this diploma, but may have difficulty attending a more competitive college.
Business Endorsed Diploma
Obtained by students who major in one of the various business programs and successfully complete an approved 10 credit sequence.
Any student with an I.E.P. An I.E.P. Diploma allows you to get a job or get into a Vocational Training Program. An I.E.P. Diploma does not allow you to get into college.
Due to the number of bilingual students attending our school, Norman Thomas offers bilingual programs to students in both Chinese and Spanish. Students are scheduled for classes taught in their native language, and students are expected to perform the same duties and responsibilities as non-bilingual students. Classes taught are of the same content as non-bilingual courses. However, students can take Regents Examinations in their native language, with the exception of the English Regents, which MUST be taken in English. The number of students registered in a class will determine whether or not a bilingual classroom teacher will be teaching the course. In the event that there are NOT enough students in a bilingual class, a non-bilingual teacher may be assigned to teach the class, but a bilingual paraprofessional will be assigned to provide translation and support services.
English As A Second Llanguage (ESL)
There are some students who do NOT speak or understand English and can ONLY learn in their Native Language. As a result, these students are scheduled for ESL classes, where while they are receiving their high school education taught in their Native Language, they are also developing fluency in English. ESL curriculum courses are categorized in various levels (Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced). As a result of their LAB test scores, students are placed in specific levels, as students become familiar with the American culture and learn oratory and writing skills. It is hoped that they eventually become proficient in English.
Students Receiving Student Support Services
Student Support Services and Resource Room/Related Services are categories in which students have been identified as needing additional support services to succeed. Students receive modified instructional services (special/individualized needs), such as smaller classrooms, extended time on tests, resource room, the use of a calculator, questions read, etc.
Students are evaluated by the Committee of Special Education (CSE), and are re-evaluated every few years for possible chances in student modifications (either removed or added). The School Based Support Team (SBST), supervised by the Assistant Principal of Student Support Services, oversees the counseling and evaluation services. Students may also receive various transitional services, and students are encouraged to reach their academic potential so that future opportunities are available and realistic (jobs, college, etc.).
Students who do not fulfill city and state diploma requirements can obtain an I.E.P. Diploma. The I.E.P. Diploma basically states that students met the requirements for course completion by obtaining the necessary credits to graduate, but did not fulfill the Regents or Regents Competency Test (RCT) Requirements for a high school diploma.
Students are programmed for class, as a result of specific modifications listed under their IEP’s (Individualized Educational Profile). Classes are parallel to general education classes, so that students have the same opportunity of obtaining a high school diploma (meeting City and State requirements regarding Regents Examinations). However, both Special Education and Resource Room students are provided with some degree of flexibility, where they may still obtain a high school diploma without having to pass the regents, as long as they can pass the Regents Competency Tests (RCT’s) in those subject areas.
The Library is open from 8:00 am to 3:29 pm. Students may choose to go to the Library before school or during lunch periods.