ACADEMICS

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    Academic Planning

     
     
    The Academic Planning Guide includes a wealth of information on courses and programs offered at Valley Park High School.  
     

    CLEP Testing-Save Time and Money with CLEP Exams

    CLEP exams help students earn college credit for what they already know, for a fraction of the cost of a college course.  Click here to learn more about earning college credit through examination: https://clep.collegeboard.org/

  • ACT Testing

    Students can sign up to take the ACT test at www.actstudent.org. Students should create their login information and register for the desired test date online.  Test dates, as well as test sites, are listed on ACT's website.  Valley Park is not a national ACT test site.

    The test costs $52.00 (with no writing portion).  Students who receive free or reduced lunch may be eligible for fee waivers to cover the cost of the test.  Students who receive a fee waiver are eligible to receive free ACT online prep materials.  See the counselor for more information.
      
    Valley Park gives all students multiple practice ACT tests and provides feedback to students and teachers.  If funding is available, all juniors will be given an ACT test in the spring during a school day at the VPHS.  This score is reportable to colleges and there is no cost for students for this test.  If a student wishes to take the ACT again after testing at VPHS, they will need to use their ACT ID found at the top of their score report in order to register online for a subsequent ACT test.
     
    There are courses and tutoring offered at a cost to families at various organizations around the St. Louis area.  Some colleges will offer free practice testing, as well. 
     
    For ACT practice and studying materials, visit ACT here.
     
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    Academic Recognition & Graduation Requirements 

     
     
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    Graduation Requirements
     
    Valley Park High School students are required to complete 24 units of credit for graduation during their four years of high school. In addition to the program of study for graduation, a student must pass proficiency exams on the Missouri and the Credited States constitutions to qualify for graduation from Valley Park High School.  Students will complete a four year course plan, or program of study, through Infinite Campus.  They will update this plan each year during registration.  Students will also complete an ICAP, or Individual Career and Academic Plan, through www.missouriconnections.org.  Instructions are here Accessing ICAP on Missouri Connections.  The ICAP will need to be complete before you walk in the graduation ceremony.
     
    Several scholarships are available to graduating seniors. The Scholarships page has information and application forms for scholarships. Students should begin applying during second semester of their junior year. 
     
    Valley Park High School participates in the College Preparatory Studies Certificate Program sponsored by the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. All graduating seniors who successfully complete 25 credits of academic study (*as described below) and who obtain the required ACT score (21) will be awarded a scholastic achievement certificate at the graduation ceremony. 
     

    Graduation Requirements 

     

       

    Language Arts

    4 credits

       

    Social Studies (American History and American Government required)

    3 credits

       

    Mathematics

    3 credits

       

    Science

    3 credits

       

    Fine Arts

    1 credit

       

    Practical Arts

    1 credit

       

    Physical Education

    1 credit

       

    Health

    0.5 credit

       

    Speech

    0.5 credit

       

    Personal Finance

    0.5 credit

       

    Additional Credits of Credit

    6.5 credits

       

    TOTALS

    24 credits

       
           

    * College Preparatory Studies Certificate Requirements

     

     

     

    English/Language Arts

    4 credits

    Additional Requirements:

     

    Mathematics

    4 credits

    1.  Grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in mathematics, science, social studies and English/language arts.

     

    Science

    4 credits

     

    Social Studies

    4 credits

     

    Fine Arts

    1 credit

    2.  Score above the 2007 national average by having attained at least 1,518 (combined) on the SAT or 21 (composite) on the ACT

     

    Practical Arts

    1 credit

     

    Physical Education

    1 credit

     

    Modern Language

    2 credits

     

    General Electives

    4 credits

    3. Maintain an attendance rate of at least 95% in high school (grades 9-12)

     

     

     

     

    TOTAL

    25 credits

     
           

    A unit of credit is defined as the successful completion of both semesters of a year-long course. A half unit is awarded for successful completion of a semester course.

     
     
     
  • AP Courses & Exams
     
    During the Spring Semester, AP Exams are given for the following courses:
    • AP English 12
    • AP Calculus
    • AP Government
    • AP Psychology
    • AP Statistics
    • AP US History
     
    AP Testing is typically scheduled for the beginning of May.  Check here for exact dates: AP exam dates
     
    Qualifying scores count as College Credit that can be transferred to the college of choice. 
     
    For more information visit College Board
     
    Registration for AP tests are due in November.  Students must complete the permission form AND register online with their AP teacher.  There is a $40 late fee for registering after the November date.  There is also a $40 fee for canceling a registration.   Permission forms should be turned in to the high school office.  You can print a form here: AP Exam permission form
  • Dual Credit Options
     
    Dual Credit Program
     
    Benefits:
    • Students are introduced to college-level coursework in a more controlled environment, and often a somewhat slower pace
    • Cost effective way for students to start their college career
    • May eliminate the duplication of general education courses in college
    • May reduce the need to carry a heavy course load each semester of college
    • Provides the opportunity to finish college early, to double major, or to study abroad
    • Relies on the assessment of all course work rather than a one-time test (AP Classes)
    Course credit awarded from STLCC, MSU, Drury U, UMSL and MBU can then be transferred to the College or University of your choice.
     
    Courses eligible for dual credit at Valley Park:
    • Advanced Composition
    • Advanced Communication
    • Advanced Art courses
    • Algebra III
    • Biology II
    • College Algebra/Trigonometry
    • Leadership
    • Personal Finance
    • Spanish III
    For more information on the program and to track college credits, use this form: College Credit Info Sheet
    Colleges do not share dual credit records with high schools; it is the student's responsibility to keep track of dual credit earned.
     
    Missouri State University is offering a new opportunity for students!  High school students who receive free or reduced lunches are eligible for a Missouri State Dual Credit scholarship. Qualifying students can take up to six credit hours of MSU dual credit per semester at no charge to them.  Starting in the spring semester of 2020, this scholarship is available to students at all schools who partner with Missouri State for dual credit. There is no separate application process for this scholarship.  When parents provide consent for their student to take a dual credit course, they will be given the opportunity to tell us that their student qualifies for free or reduced lunches and give permission for us to verify this information with the school. 
     
    Want to know if your dual credit course will transfer to your top college choices?  Check here to see:

    http://web2.uconn.edu/ece/credit_transfer_database/index.php