Monday, January 18, 2016

Spring Sports Registration

Spring Sports season is right around the corner! If your son or daughter is going to tryout, please sign them up at northphoenixprepathletics.com. Go to FORMS, then click on REGISTRATION. The participate cost for all spring offerings is $250, which is due after your son or daughter has officially made the team. All athletes will need a physical to participate..

Tryouts for all sports will be the week of February 8th. Exact tryout days and times as well as game and practice schedules are still being finalized for both High School and Middle School athletics.

This season we will offer:
HIGH SCHOOL-Track, tennis, and possibly golf depending on interest
MIDDLE SCHOOL-Track, tennis, and boys and girls basketball

We are still looking for a middle school girls basketball coach. If you know of anyone interested, please have them contact me directly. As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, and thank you for your support of Gladiator Athletics!

Thank you for your support of NPX Athletics and Go Gladiators!!

Mykael Wright, Athletic Director
mwright@northphoenixprep.org

CC FAQ Week 2

Important Factors in the Admissions decision – Week 2
Information on the Honors/AP/IB designations and their value in the admissions process.

Are AP and IB better than Honors? 
  • NO. AP and IB are not considered better than honors. They are standardized and better known, which means that they convey a certain level of rigor with which the college may already be familiar. Admissions readers will tell you that they are one of many challenging curriculums found desirable by colleges. We have received excellent feedback from admissions representatives on the strength of our curriculum in preparing students for college.
  • Most schools are looking for students to take the most challenging curriculum available to them at their school. Counselors will indicate how many of the most challenging classes each student took out of those offered by the school. Each of our students take all 20.5 credits of honors coursework offered by the school.
Which Great Hearts classes are Honors? 
  • All courses except the Fine Arts classes are designated as Honors courses. Humane Letters (history and English), economics, math, science, and foreign language are all Honors courses. Thus 20.5 credits of the 24.5 credits required for graduation are honors courses. (The additional half credit is divided between a quarter-credit for the senior thesis and a quarter-credit for completing community service.)
How does the Honors designation effect GPA? 
  • To calculate the GPA, multiply the points awarded for each course by the credit value of the corresponding course, then divides the total by the sum of credits taken.
  • Usually, GPA is calculated on a 4.0 scale wherein points are awarded for each credit a student takes. An A earns 4.0 points, B – 3.0 points, C – 2.0 points, and so on. This is called an unweighted GPA.
  • An unweighted GPA does not take into consideration the difficulty of a course. Thus, a weighted system which adds 1 point to every honors course may also be used. (The NACAC report indicated that 74% of colleges that responded to the 2013 College Trends Survey report that they weight high school students’ GPAs to account for course difficulty.)
  • Great Hearts does calculate and highlight the weighted GPA on transcripts sent to schools.
Example Weighted GPA calculation:
Course Title
Grade
Points
Course Credit
Points per credit
Honors Humane Letters I
A-
4.67
1.0
4.67
Honors Biology I
B+
4.33
0.5
2.165
Honors Geometry I
A
5.0
0.5
2.5
Honors French I
B
4.0
0.5
2.0
Poetry
A
4.0
0.5
2.0



3.0
13.335

Total points per credit/total credits taken = GPA
13.335/3.0 = 4.445 on a 4.0 scale
To calculate the unweighted GPA, all Honors courses must be adjusted by 1 point. 
Course Title
Grade
Points
Course Credit
Points per credit
Honors Humane Letters I
A-
3.67
1.0
3.67
Honors Biology I
B+
3.33
0.5
1.665
Honors Geometry I
A
4.0
0.5
2.0
Honors French I
B
3.0
0.5
1.5
Poetry
A
4.0
0.5
2.0



3.0
10.835

10.835/3.0 = 3.612 on a 4.0 scale

Questions? Please contact Miss Smith (lsmith@northphoenixprep.org)

Headmaster Coffee Thurs Jan 21

Join Mr. Topper for Headmaster Coffee on Thursday Jan 21 at 8:15 am

Proposed Calendar for 2016-2017 School Year

Proposed dates of closure and early release for 216-2017

Aug 10
First Day of School
Sep 5
No School: Labor Day
Sept 30
No School: Teacher In-Service
Oct 3
No School
Oct 10-14
No School: Fall Break
Oct 17-21
Half Day: 12:30 PM / Conferences
Nov 11
No School: Veterans Day Observed
Nov 23
Half Day: 12:30 PM
Nov 24-25
No School: Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec 21-23
Half Day: 12:30 PM
Dec 26 -Jan 6
No School Winter Break
Jan 9-13
Half Day: 12:30 PM / Conferences
Jan 16
No School: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Feb 10
No School: Teacher In-Service
Feb 20
No School: Presidents' Day
Mar 13-17
No School: Spring Break
Apr 14
No School
May 5
Half Day: 12:30 PM
May 22-25
Half Day: 12:30 PM / Final Exams
May 25
Last School Day
Please note these dates are subject to change