The curriculum follows the Florida Sunshine State Standards for high schools as well as the requirements set forth by Public School System.
All students follow the same curriculum. Students that demonstrate difficulties achieving the course objectives are required to come to the school for individualized tutoring or assistance.
Students earn credits per each course completed with a "C" and above. Each course is equivalent to one (1) credit. The students need 24 credits to complete the high school program. This policy is published in the School Handbook and in the Parent-Student Handbook.
A plan of action is prepared for each student ensuring that all standards for graduation are met and all courses missing or needed for graduation are completed. The students are scheduled 6 courses (2 semesters). Extended time is provided for completion of each course if the need arises, but there is a time limit of an additional 6 months or the student will receive an “F” for that course.
The goals and the objectives for each subject are aligned with the content and materials offered in the selected textbook.
The courses follow the Florida Sunshine State Standards and objectives and the textbooks correlate with the standards and objectives. The mission and goals of the school aim to assist the students to complete high school, thus by following the required State standards, the students will earn a high school diploma that is compatible with the state’s demands and requirements.
The teachers are provided with textbooks for each of the courses assigned to them. Teachers are using for teach their own Coursesites by Blaackboard websites, Tleconferencing and online teaching, emails and via skype. The school also follows the Florida Sunshine State Standards which includes the curriculum guidelines for each course according to the standards and guidelines set by the state for each grade level.
The textbooks used are the ones adopted and used by Public Schools in order to provide curriculum continuity and sequence to the students that are transferring from public school; also these textbooks are correlated to the Florida Sunshine State Standards. Teachers also make recommendations on the reference resources and additional books and materials. *
Letter Numerical Value Quality Points
Superior Achievement A 90 – 85 4.00 points
Very Good B+ 86 – 89 3.50 points
Good B 80 – 84 3.00 points
Above Average C+ 75 – 79 2.50 points
Average C 70 – 74 2.00 points
Passing D 60 – 69 1.00 points
Failure F 0 – 59 0.00 points
Student did not complete the required class work for approved reason Withdrawal W
U.S. International Christian Academy does not accept transfer of credits from other schools with grades below “C”
Students receiving an “F” grade will be required to retake the test. Students receiving any grade less than a “C” are encouraged to retake the test to improve their grade.
Students are required to keep up with the deadlines for each assignment as stated in the course syllabus. Additionally, the Parent-Student Handbook describes the Students Responsibilities as far as course completion, Grade Point Average (GPA), and fulfillment of all assignments in a timely manner.
Core and Elective Courses: Our inclusive set of core courses cover subjects in Math, Science, Foreign Language, English, Religion and Social Studies. We also offer many elective courses in areas such as History, Government and Foreign Languages.
U.S. International Christian Academy requires 24 academic credits,
Including Math, English, Science, Religion, Social Studies, and Electives.
Courses Descriptions and Objectives
Each course syllabus includes the Florida Sunshine State Standards and the objectives for each course as well as the detailed course outline that specifies the assignments or activities to be completed to satisfy the specific standard.
The assistant principal evaluates all the courses as well as the goals for each discipline. He ensures that the courses are comparable to the schools system and that the students are receiving quality education and the correct amount of required courses for graduation.
The school provides academic support and tutoring in order to assist the student to meet the allotted time for course completion.
Teachers provide assistance and tutoring to students when they express having difficulty with an assignment. The tutoring sessions can be administered online by appointment.
Students have direct access to the school’s E-library. In the course syllabus, the teachers are requested to implement writing assignments and Comprehensive Reading Plan or research papers where students have to use the databases available and be able to cite their sources as well. For example, in the Social Studies class, the teacher has added assignments that involve student presentations using Power Point in which they have to attach a narrative for each slide as if the presentation was being given orally.
When the students complete their assignments, research papers, exams or any form of graded evaluation, the grade goes directly to the Grade Book. Upon completion of the course a copy of the Grade Book is downloaded and the grades are transferred to the students’ report cards. A copy of each course’ grade book is filed in the Registrar’s Office. The parents and students have the right to review the grades and receive copies of the report card as requested.
The courses’ evaluation and assessment forms measure the expected outcomes and results obtained from the courses’ evaluations which are based on the courses’ objectives. The courses’ objectives are derived from the Florida Sunshine State Standards which are the state’s requirements for completion and mastery of each course.*
U.S. International Christian Academy requires 24 academic credits, Including Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Religion, Fine Art,Heath Education and Electives.
COURSES by Grade Levels and Class Reading Assignements
Comprehensive Reading Plan
Students are required to read at least 1 book or their equivalent during each class as independent reading at-home. Students must also read for 30 minutes at home as part of their daily homework assignment in all subjects. Check your Class Reading Assignment at www.USICAhs.org/CURRICULUM and check free ebooks at:
Courses by Grades
GRADE LEVEL 9
GRADE LEVEL 10
GRADE LEVEL 11
GRADE LEVEL 12
Students are required to take a minimum of 6 credits each year and to pass all courses they attempt. Failure to do so requires that the course be made up in summer term an another approved correspondence/online course.
H.S. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
U.S. International Christian Academy requires 24 academic credits for H.S. Graduation,including Math (4), English (4), Science (4), Social Studies (4), Religion: Bible(2), Health (1) and Electives (Spanish, Art and/or Social Studies)
In addition to academic requirements, students must maintain a satisfactory disciplinary record as defined by the school, meet all financial obligations to the school, complete one hundred hours of approved community service (16 and 18 years old only)
USICA Course Outline/Syllabus (Syllabus format & content are USICA copyright)
Courses Code List 2015-16
Standard Four Year 24 Credits
English/Language Arts Courses
1001310 ENGLISH I
1001340 ENGLISH II
1001370 ENGLISH III
1001400 ENGLISH IV
1200310 ALGEBRA I
1200330 ALGEBRA II
1200700 MATH FOR COLLEGE READINESS
1207300 LIBERAL ARTS MATHEMATICS I
2000310 BIOLOGY I
2001310 EARTH SPACE SCIENCE
2003310 PHYSICAL SCIENCE
2003340 CHEMISTRY I
Social Studies Courses
2100310 U.S. HISTORY
2102335 ECONOMICS WITH FINANCIAL LITERACY
2103300 WORLD CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY
2106310 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
2109310 WORLD HISTORY
Foreign LanguageSpanish Courses
0708350 SPANISH II
0709300 SPANISH FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS I (FLVS)
Art Course Courses
0100330 ART HISTORY
Health Education Courses
1501310 FITNESS LIFESTYLE DESIGN/HEALTH
9999999 HEALTH II *
9999999 BIBLE DOCTRINE
9999999 CHRISTIAN FAITH AND LIVING
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to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
Our students can transfer all the courses from Coursera to U.S. International Christian Academy.
Courses taken for dual enrollment credit through Free College courses at Coursera appear on the report card and high school transcript as a high school credit.
USICA Report Cards are issued two (2) times a year. The purpose of the report card is to encourage students to continue their progress or to make an earnest effort to do better. Parents are requested to check the report card as soon as possible.
CHEATING and PLAGIARISM IN THE EXAMINATION
A “Zero” will be given on the test for cheating in any form, including plagiarism, taking help or copying from other students or giving help to other students during the tests / final exam. If any student is caught cheating during the examination, his/her name will be duly noted by the instructor and reported to the concerned authorities for further action (namely, an “F” in the course, expulsion from the school, etc.).
The student is responsible for any classroom misbehavior, academic misconduct or indiscipline, which is conducive to the educational process and for achieving standards of performance established by the instructor. A student may be penalized for any misbehavior or misconduct. Academic misconduct includes (but is not limited to) giving or receiving assistance on a test, quiz, or homework assignment for which such assistance is not permitted, falsifying a document to obtain an excusal from a test, and using unauthorized notes on a test or quiz. “The instructor has the final authority in all matters relating to the course content, grading practices, and classroom policies and procedures.” Penalties for Academic Misconduct range from an “F” in the course to “expulsion” from the college. In the tests or final exam, you will not be allowed to use the textbook or class-notes or handouts or formula.
Book Fee or Book Rental Fee
The book fee is $50.00 each one and Books Rental Fee is $100.00 per an academic year ( two semesters) The Book fee and the Book Rental Fee must be paid the due date. If these fees are not paid by the due date, the child will not receive his/her books.
For Book Rental Contract see our website:
We currently accept Student Books Loan. Application is available online.
Students that demonstrate difficulty complying with the assignments and course requirements receive academic advisement and tutoring by the faculty. Please contact your academic advisement to arrange for the services.*
CourseSites MOOC Free Courses
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Coursesites by Blackboard *
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SAT and ACT TESTS REQUIREMENT
Critical Reading 460
Combined Total 970
SAT TESTING DAYS
May 2, 2015 Deadline April 6, 2015
June 6, 2015 Deadline May 8, 2015
ACT TESTING DAYS
April 18, 2015 Deadline March 13, 2015
June 13, 2015 Deadline May 8, 2015
TEST ASSESSING SECONDARY COMPLETION (T.A.S.C.)
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Many 4-year colleges require students to take an SAT or ACT by December of their senior year, but it is recommended that they complete it by spring of their junior year.
The PSAT is a practice SAT offered once a year in October. It is recommended that sophomores and juniors take the PSAT. Advantages of the PSAT include receiving score breakdown sheets where students can see the test questions and analyze their strengths and areas for improvement. PSAT will be changing fall of 2015 to accommodate changes in SAT beginning Spring of 2016
For more info visit: www.collegeboard.com
Currently, the SAT I has three sections, each worth 800 points: Mathematics (up to algebra 2), Critical Reading, and Writing section. For class of 2017, SAT format and scoring will change, effective Spring of 2016. Essay section will become optional and reported separately (scale of 2-8). Math and Evidence Based Reading and Writing scores will be combined on a 400-1600 scale
For more info visit: www.collegeboard.com
Comprised of 4 sections for a total composite score of 36: verbal reasoning, writing (optional), math, and science reasoning
For more info visit: www.actstudent.org
No longer require SAT II subject tests, it may still be recommended for specific majors. Additionally, some private colleges require students to complete 2 of the SAT II subject tests. Exams must be in different disciplines and completed by December of senior year.
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Student Technology Requirements
• Students should have access to a computer or iPad
• Students should have internet access.
Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9
Mozilla Firefox 3, 4
• The ability to download and save files and documents to a computer
(If you don't have a computer, please visit your Public Library)
For Testing Schedule and locations contact your Counselor
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