College Preparatory Curriculum Required (Senate Bill 982)
- 4 Units – English
Grammar, Composition, Literature, or any English course approved for college admission requirements.
- 4 Units – Laboratory Science
Limited to Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or any lab science course with content and/or rigor equal to or above Biology and approved for college admission requirements. Note: Science courses above Biology I may be taught at a high school or technology center.
- 3 Units – Mathematics
Limited to Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Math Analysis, Calculus, Advanced Placement Statistics, or any math course with content and/or rigor above Algebra I and approved for college admission requirements. Note: Math courses above Algebra I may be taught at a high school or technology center.
- 3 Units – History and Citizenship Skills
Including one (1) U.S. History, and two and one half (2 ? ) units from the subjects of History, Government, Geography, Economics, Civics, or Non-Western Culture.
- 2 Units – Same Foreign Language or Non-English Language or 2 Units
Computer Technology approved for college admission requirements, whether taught at a high school or technology center school, including Computer Programming, Hardware,, and Business Computer Applications such as Word Processing, Data bases, Spreadsheets, and Graphics, excluding Keyboarding or Typing courses.
* One (1) additional unit selected from any of the above or career technology education courses approved for college admission requirements.
- 1 Unit or set of competencies of Fine Arts
Such as Music, Art, or Drama, or one (1) unit of Speech
- 5 Units – Electives
- 18 Units of Core Subjects
- 24 Units Required for Graduation
State Graduation Requirements (70 O.S. Section 11-103.6)
- 4 Units - Language Arts
One (1) Grammar and Composition, and three (3) which may include, but are not limited to: American Literature, English Literature, World Literature, Advanced English courses, or other English courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above grammar and composition
- 3 Units – Science
One (1) Biology I or Biology I taught in a contextual methodology, and two (2) courses from the following: Chemistry I, Physics, Biology II, Chemistry II, Physical Science, Earth Science, Botany, Zoology, Physiology, Astronomy, Applied Biology/Chemistry, Applied Physics, Principals of Technology, qualified agricultural education courses, and approved contextual science courses taught at a technology center.
- 3 Units – Mathematics
One (1) Algebra I or Algebra I taught in a contextual methodology, and two (2) which may include, but are not limited to: Algebra II, Geometry or Geometry taught in a contextual methodology, Trigonometry, Math Analysis or Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics and/or Probability, Computer Science I, Computer Science II, Mathematics of Finance, Intermediate Algebra; contextual mathematics courses which enhance technology preparation whether taught at a (1) comprehensive high school or (2) technology center school when taken in the eleventh or twelfth grade, taught by a certified teacher, and approved by the State Board of Education and the independent district board of education; mathematics courses taught at a technology center school by a teacher certified in the secondary subject area when taken in the eleventh or twelfth grade upon approval of the State Board of Education and the independent district board of education; or other mathematics courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above Algebra I.
- 3 Units – Social Studies
One (1) United States History, ? to 1 United States Government, ? Oklahoma History, and ? to 1 which may include, but are not limited to: World History, Geography, Economics, Anthropology, or other social studies courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above United States History, United States Government, and Oklahoma History.
- 2 Units – Arts
Two (2) units which may include, but are not limited to, courses in Visual Arts and General Music.
- 9 Units – Electives
- 15 Units – Core Subjects
- 24 Units for Graduation
Oklahoma Scholars Program
Ardmore City Schools is proud to be one of the few chosen in the State of Oklahoma to participate in this program of academic excellence.
Q: What is the Oklahoma Scholars Program?
A: Program is an effort by area businesses and school volunteers to encourage students to complete challenging courses during high school that will prepare them for jobs or higher education after graduation. The Scholars Course of Study gives students the foundation they need to succeed in technical school, community college, university, the military, or industry. With a Scholars background a person is a more attractive job candidate and more likely to complete training or education that leads to better jobs and better pay.
Oklahoma Scholars is endorsed by employers, Ardmore City Schools, the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition and meets the graduation requirements of the Oklahoma State Board of Education.
Q: Who are Oklahoma Scholars?
A: State Scholars are high school students who have completed the Scholars Course of Study, a specific sequence of academic courses in math, science, language arts, and social studies. The Oklahoma Scholars philosophy is based on the belief that it is better to pass an academically challenging course than to get a higher grade in an easier course.
Q: Why become an Oklahoma Scholar?
A: Graduating as an Oklahoma Scholar means a student:
- Acquires advanced academic skills
- Develops sound decision-making and critical-thinking skills
- Is prepared for college and reduces the likelihood of needing costly remedial courses
- Is a stronger candidate for certain types of financial aid and scholarships
- Has enhanced opportunities for placement and future advancement with local and international employers.
Employers, colleges, universities, and technical schools care about an applicant’s overall education, not just a grade-point average. They prefer people who have completed a demanding course of study in high school. They value a C in a hard class more than an A in an easy one.
Oklahoma Scholars receive special recognition for their academic achievements during high school and upon graduation. They are also eligible for scholarships.
Q: How do students become Oklahoma Scholars?
A: Enroll in the Oklahoma Scholars course of study at Ardmore High School or Ardmore Middle School. Pass the courses with a 2.5 GPA and graduate from high school. Tell your parents, teachers and counselors that you want to graduate as an Oklahoma Scholar so that they can help you achieve your goal.
Q: What role do parents play in Oklahoma Scholars?
A: A parent’s encouragement and support are essential in helping a student achieve their academic goals. In the 8th grade, each student will prepare a four-year Scholars Course of Study plan with the help of parents and school counselors. Parents should work with school counselors and teachers to help their children meet Scholars course requirements. In this way, parents help ensure that students are prepared for the workforce or higher education upon graduation from high school.
Q: Where can I learn more?
A: For more information about the program, please contact the principals of Ardmore High School at 226-7680 or Ardmore Middle School 223-2475.
Q: How can you contribute financially?
A: If you or your company would also like to participate with a tax deductible contribution to the Ardmore Scholars Scholarship Fund, please contact the superintendent’s office by phone at 223-2483 or by email at email@example.com.
Concurrent Enrollment for High School Students
Concurrent enrollment is an opportunity for students who have met their required credits for graduation to begin taking college classes during their academic day. Since these classes are not being taken for credit at Ardmore High School, any grades received are not reflected on the student’s transcript.
Both junior and senior students may, if they meet the requirements, be admitted provisionally to a college or university in the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education as a special student. For more information, contact the AHS Counseling Department at 221-3010 Ext 307.
Dual Enrollment for High School Students
Dual enrollment is an opportunity for high school students to take college courses comparable to the state-mandated core curriculum which may be counted toward meeting the minimum graduation requirements. Grades earned in this manner will be transferred and recorded on their high school transcript. A semester credit from a college would be received as a semester credit at Ardmore High School.
Students must make a request, in writing, to the high school principal for dual enrollment. This final approval rests with the high school principal. See a counselor for a list of approved courses and guidelines.
Greater Ardmore Scholarship Foundation
A group of local businessmen and representatives of local foundations formed a scholarship foundation in 1990 like no other known in the nation. The GASF was created to provide students from average income families up to $500 per semester for a total possible scholarship of $4,000 in four years. All students with a 2.5 GPA whose tuition cannot be paid for by a Pell Grant or other scholarship funds in excess of $2,000 a semester and whose family income is less than $75,000 qualify for the scholarship. To learn more contact the senior counselor at 226-7680.
Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program
The Oklahoma Legislature has set up a unique program for eighth-, ninth- and 10th-grade students that will help pay for their college education if their family's income is $50,000 or less.* The program is called the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP). For more information, call the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education's student information hotline at 800-858-1840, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or write OHLAP, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, PO Box 108850, Oklahoma City, OK 73101-8850.