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High Schools
Secondary Education Department


Dr. Clifford Davis
Executive Director
Secondary Education
Dr. Jon Rysewyk
Executive Director
Innovation and School
Improvement

Cheryl Hickman

Supervisor
Secondary Education

  14th Floor, Andrew Johnson Building, Phone (865) 594-1710



Equal Educational Opportunity Through the Program of Studies

  The concept of equal educational opportunity was accepted by the Knox County Civil Rights Task Force December 3, 1990. At the high school level, the concept translates into a comprehensive curriculum offering (1) a wide range of academic and vocational subjects, (2) a wide span of scholastic levels, and (3) courses of study in all subject areas of the Knox County system-wide Program of Studies.

While all high schools can not be identical as to specific courses (there are approximately 300 course titles in the system-wide curriculum, twice the number needed in any one school), every high school is committed to offer courses in sufficient number and variety to provide students with opportunities to achieve four goals.

The goals:
Goal 1. Satisfy graduation requirements.

Goal 2. Satisfy admission requirements of Tennessee public post-secondary educational institutions.

Goal 3. Satisfy job-entry requirements from among at least eight occupational areas.

Goal 4. Pursue personal educational goals up to the levels indicated below:

English Language Arts: Two units in Theatre and one each in Speech and Journalism; Honors and Advanced Placement levels in English.
Mathematics: Through Pre-calculus/Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry and an optional 5th unit.
Science: At least three units each in physical and life sciences.
Social Studies: Four units.
World Languages: A choice of three languages, at least one of which offers a third unit.
Fine Arts: One or more courses every term in choral and instrumental music and visual art.
Business Education: Four units of courses for personal rather than job-entry purposes.
Family and Consumer Sciences: Four units of courses for personal rather than job-entry purposes.
Vocational-Technical Education: Four units of one-credit courses for personal rather than job-entry purposes.
Driver Education: One unit.
Physical Education and Wellness: One unit of Lifetime Wellness and one unit of Physical Education.

Additional Course Offerings: In addition to the minimum curriculum listed above, schools may draw from the system-wide curriculum other courses for which there are sufficient student enrollment and adequate supportive resources (personnel, facilities, equipment and materials).

High School Summer School Dates, Location, Schedule
High School Summer School for 2013 will be at Fulton High School.
Click here for complete information, schedule, courses offered, dates, and other requirements.
News, Notices, & Updates
The Tripod Project
Student Feedback Survey
As part of our effort to provide teachers insightful student feedback, your child will be asked to complete a short, confidential survey on November 14 or 15th. 
This survey is designed by The Tripod Project, a consortium of schools and districts working together to close the academic achievement gap.  Our district has decided to pilot the Tripod student perception surveys this year and the information will be used to provide feedback for teachers and administrators. 
Student responses to these surveys will provide important information about their classroom experience.  Our goal is to better understand the student perspective as we strive to address the learning needs of all students.
2013-14 High School Course Descriptions, Guides
Updated edition: Program of Studies for High Schools 2013-14
Includes master list of courses, course descriptions, placement guidelines.
About cell phone use . . .
Students may possess personal communication devices, such as pagers and cellular phones, while on school property during the regular school day. The personal communication device must be in the off mode and must be placed in a backpack, pocketbook or a similar personal carrying device. The principal or principal designee may grant a student permission to use a personal communication device at the principal's or principal's designee's discretion. See policy jcbea for more details
Who to contact
+ Davis, Dr. Clifford, Executive Director
+ Hickman, Cheryl, Supervisor
+ Price, Cindy, Administrative Assistant
Click on name to see details.
More on the Web
Graduation requirements for students beginning Fall 2009 and after are different from requirements of students already enrolled in high school.
These graduation requirements are for high school students who began high school prior to the Fall 2009. Requirements have changed for students enter high school Fall 2009 or after.
There are several programs through which the high school student can earn a diploma.
Year by Year Guide to Being Prepared for College

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