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«St. Paul Preparatory School Student Handbook Academic Year 2013 - 2014 [revised 7/11/13] Contents Mission Statement Academics and Curriculum ...»

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St. Paul Preparatory School

Student Handbook

Academic Year

2013 - 2014

[revised 7/11/13]


Mission Statement

Academics and Curriculum

Curricular Goals

Graduation Requirements

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

Specialized Programs

Grading System

Honor Roll


Final Exams

Academic Intervention

Academic Probation

Academic Dishonesty

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Academic Transcripts



Attendance Responsibilities

Absences and Tardies

Make-up Work

Late Starts and School Closings

Daily School Hours

Behavior and Conduct

Statement of Philosophy on Conduct and Discipline

Responsibilities of the School

Student Rights

Student Responsibilities

Student ID Cards

Classroom Conduct

Commons Area

Field Trip and Skyway/Off-campus Conduct

School Textbooks and Materials

Student Searches

School Lockers

[revised 7/11/13] Personal Property

Prohibited Behaviors


Rules and Regulations

SPP’s WORLD Philosophy

Disciplinary Decisions and Actions

Behavioral Incident Reports

Corporal Punishment

Responsibilities of Parent/Guardian/Host Parent

Student Services, Resources, and Activities


Learning Resource Center

St. Paul Public Library


Health Services

Extracurricular Activities and Athletics


Student Technology Responsible Use Policy

Security and Usage Guidelines




Printing and Duplication


Metro Transit Bus Procedures

Metro Transit Bus Emergency Procedures



Policy Summary Table

Non-Discrimination Policy

Acknowledgement of Receipt and Understanding

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The policies and procedures contained in this handbook represent the basic framework of St.

Paul Preparatory School. The students, staff, and families of St. Paul Preparatory School are expected to create a rich, open-minded, and exciting community in which to learn and work.

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Academics and Curriculum The St. Paul Preparatory School curriculum is designed to provide a solid, broad-based education that will prepare students to become successful, contributing members of a global society. Teachers and facilitators use a combination of traditional classroom teaching and project-based teaching techniques. Parents and host families are encouraged to contact school administration or teachers whenever they wish to discuss their student’s performance or any other school-related issue.

Curricular Goals

Students will demonstrate proficiency in Nacel’s international academic curriculum by:

exhibiting the ability to integrate knowledge and experience in all disciplines while • applying their learning to real world situations.

producing high-level, interdisciplinary, content-based academic work that prepares • them for higher education and professional life.

directing their own learning and understanding the value of its intrinsic rewards.

Students will develop and refine their critical thinking skills by:

• demonstrating effective problem-solving using various strategies.

• illustrating proficiency in gathering and applying information based on prior knowledge, empirical research, and diverse worldviews.

• using critical analysis and comparative thought to formulate educated positions.

Students will demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively within an intercultural

context by:

• advancing skills in oral and written language.

• expressing thoughts and ideas with clarity and purpose.

• recognizing, analyzing, and evaluating various methods of verbal and nonverbal communication.

Students will exhibit personal and social responsibility by:

• practicing personal and academic integrity.

• accepting, understanding and appreciating human diversity.

• developing cultural competencies and a culturally relative perspective.

• understanding the impact of individual and collective action.

• cultivating leadership skills in preparation for success as global professionals.

[revised 7/11/13] Graduation Requirements St. Paul Preparatory School’s graduation requirements are designed to meet Minnesota accreditation standards and entry requirements for a wide range of colleges and universities.

Students are required to attend eight semesters of high school in ninth through twelfth grades and complete a minimum of 48 semester credits for graduation. These 48 semester credits must also satisfy the specific departmental requirements described below.

Students are individually responsible for seeing that they are meeting the requirements necessary for graduation, but a counselor or administrator will monitor each student’s records at the start of each school year. Any student who has a question regarding graduation status should contact a counselor or administrator.

Subject area graduation requirements are as follows:

Language Arts 8 semester credits (1 must be in Speech) Math 6 semester credits Social Studies 7 semester credits (including courses in geography, civics, U.S. & world history &economics)

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Advanced Placement (AP) Courses To provide students with additional academic challenge, SPP offers several Advanced Placement (AP) courses. These courses allow students to explore subject matter at an accelerated level. The AP exam for each course is administered in May of each year. All students who enroll in an AP class at SPP must take the AP exam in the spring. The staff believes that taking this high stakes academic test will prepare each student for the rigor they will face at the university level. Students pay fees at the beginning of each course which will cover the cost of the AP exam and supporting materials.

Colleges and Universities around the world award college credit for qualified AP exam scores.

All students who earn a C or better in an AP course and complete the corresponding AP exam will receive a 5% increase in their final percentage grade for that particular class each semester.

This will result in an increase in the student’s overall GPA. Please note: St. Paul Preparatory School does not elevate GPAs above 4.0.

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STEM Scholar Program 2013-14 marks the first year of our STEM Scholar Program (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.) The program consists of four years of core-course study in mathematics and science, and two years of coursework in technology and engineering. SPP believes that this program is the best preparation for entering college STEM programs.

The STEM Scholar Program recognizes those students who have dedicated themselves to this rigorous course of study. By pursuing the STEM scholar option, these students have shown their interest in and mastery of the skills in critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration that will make them a valuable part of the 21st century workforce.

Grading System St. Paul Preparatory School grades on a four-point scale. The school will use a variety of measures including classroom and standardized measures to document the success of its

students. Teachers will assign letter grades to students. The following letter grades will be used:

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Percentages are rounded to the nearest tenth of a point in the calculation of grades. St. Paul Preparatory School does not rank.

During the first week of school, teachers will explain their individual grading policies.

All assignments must be completed at the end of each semester. After two weeks no further work will be accepted and all grades are final. Any exceptions to this must be approved by the principal.

Cumulative grades, in the form of a report card, are available two weeks after the end of each

semester. Grades and attendance can be viewed in PowerSchool (link:


Honor Roll To reward and encourage academic excellence among St. Paul Preparatory School students, an honor roll is published at the end of each semester. This honor is extended to students in grades nine through twelve with a semester GPA of 3.7 to 4.0.

[revised 7/11/13] Homework Homework is an extension of classroom learning; it reinforces classroom instruction and it is important for academic success. Students are expected to complete homework properly and on time. The amount of homework will vary with grade, subject, and student work habits. Parents and host families are encouraged to communicate with their student to ensure that homework is manageable and up to date. Ultimately, the responsibility for meeting homework demands rests with the student.

Final Exams Final exams will take place at the end of each semester. All students are required to participate in final exams. For students leaving the U.S. before the semester ends, alternate plans will be made at the discretion of the faculty and principal.

Academic Intervention If a student demonstrates unsatisfactory academic progress, they must meet with an administrator. An incident report is then completed which documents the discussion, plan of action, and any consequences that are appropriate. A copy of this form is mailed to local parents and host parents, as well as emailed overseas to the foreign partner, if applicable. A copy of the report is also kept on file at SPP to track future progress.

A plan for success may include the following:

Tutoring • Student assigned to SPP’s Learning Resource Center • Meeting with the student/parent(s)/school counselor • Limitation of participation or exclusion from athletics or extracurricular activities.

• Academic Probation A student may be placed on academic probation if the student’s GPA falls below a 2.0 at the end of any semester.

Students who are placed on academic probation must meet with teachers and administrators to address the deficiency and develop a plan for success.

A student who remains on academic probation for two or more consecutive semesters may not be invited to return to SPP.

Academic Dishonesty Cultures around the world have different ideas about what is considered cheating in school.

Students are responsible for learning, understanding, and following American and SPP guidelines for cheating in school.

Academic dishonesty is not tolerated at SPP. Cheating will result in disciplinary action and notification of the student’s parents and/or host family. Students engaging in cheating will be put on probation and could lead to student dismissal.

[revised 7/11/13]

Examples of cheating include, but are not limited to, the following:

Turning in work that is not your own.

• Plagiarism (including copying from the Internet).

• Copying the work of others or allowing others to copy your work.

• Sharing or acquiring test information from another student.

• Using crib sheets for exams except as allowed by teachers.

• More specifically, plagiarism is using another person’s words or ideas without giving credit to

that person. Plagiarism includes but is not limited to:

Using another person’s words as your own (with or without that person’s consent) • Buying a paper online • Copying from written sources without documentation • Copying and pasting from online sources without documentation • Failing to identify quotations in a paper • Changing words but copying sentence structure from another source • Copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your • work, whether you give credit or not Using pictures, data, graphs, etc. without documentation • Citing sources incorrectly • If students have questions about plagiarism, there are a variety of resources they may use to better understand this subject. First, students should talk with their teacher about specific assignments in question, since each teacher has an individual policy surrounding this issue.

Also, students should speak with their English teachers as they are experts in documentation.

Finally, there are countless online resources to help students understand and avoid plagiarism.

Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) is the preferred source.

Parent/Teacher Conferences Both fall and spring conferences will be held as an open forum where parents can come at any time during the scheduled hours to meet with teachers as desired. Individual appointments will not be scheduled for these conferences. Host families are encouraged to participate in parent/teacher conferences. Student attendance at these conferences is welcome and encouraged.

Academic Transcripts Academic transcripts are available at any time by submitting a Transcript Request Form. Please allow two weeks for transcripts to process. Transcript cost: $2.00 for each transcript picked up in the school office, emailed, faxed, or mailed to an address within the United States;

transcripts mailed to addresses outside of the U.S. are $5.00 each. Transcript Request Forms can be obtained on our website or in the school office.

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Testing SPP uses a variety of tests to measure student growth and achievement. During new student orientation, students will take diagnostic tests to gauge reading, writing, speaking, listening, and mathematics abilities. This will help administrators and counselors place students in classes.

In addition, students will take a computer-based test at the beginning and end of a term to measure growth in reading, language usage, mathematics, general science, and science concepts. Students may be pulled from classes to complete these tests, and must plan their schedules and classwork accordingly.

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