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Academic Policies
Academic Policies for the 2012-2013 school year.
 
ACADEMIC POLICIES
The language of communication and instruction at Santa Margarita Catholic High School is totally in English with the exception of World Language classes which are taught in the target language.
 
• Curriculum
Santa Margarita Catholic High School is a college preparatory school with over 200 academic courses available. Students are accepted based on the expectation that they are capable of meeting the academic rigors of the curriculum. While at Santa Margarita, students must maintain a cumulative academic Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better.
 
The curriculum at Santa Margarita has been developed by the Curriculum Council under the direction of the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction. The curriculum is multi-layered offering academic classes as well as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Honors classes for those who qualify. An Interdisciplinary Program is offered throughout all four years of the academic curriculum, and an Auxiliary Studies Program is offered for students with mild learning differences. As our global world changes so must the education of our students. Therefore, as we prepare our students to be involved citizens of the world, we must provide a curriculum that meets those needs. Santa Margarita hires only faculty who are experts in their subject matter and who have appropriate credentials and degrees to teach our students the highly academic curriculum offered.
 
We are proud to offer a blended online learning opportunity to Santa Margarita Catholic High School families. Blended Learning combines online delivery of educational content with the best features of classroom interaction and live instruction to personalize learning. It allows for thoughtful reflection and differentiated instruction from student to student across a diverse group of learners. For fall 2012-2013 we have a blended online course option for Seniors. Seniors that chose to take a blended online course will take ONE online course that will be scheduled during their first static block in either English, Religion, or International Trends in Cinema. Our blended online teachers are on campus throughout the school day for office hours and extra help. Students can meet with their blended online teachers during their regularly scheduled office hours or by appointment. All students MUST attend a face-to-face orientation meeting in the beginning of the course, in addition to scheduled face-to-face meetings designated by their instructor. All major exams (midterm and final) must be done face-to-face on campus. We are proud to say that our online learning program delivers SMCHS curriculum taught by SMCHS faculty. Our online Learning Program will give SMCHS students a more immersive educational experience. As a college prep high school we believe it is important to educate students in a manner similar to what they will experience in their college and career life. We are always preparing our students for the future, whatever it may bring.
Graduation Requirements
In order to graduate from SANTA MARGARITA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, a student must successfully complete a minimum of 270 credits of course work. Included within credits completed satisfactorily are the following course requirements:
 
Religion 4 years 40 credits
English 4 years 40 credits
Social Studies…3 years 30 credits
Science 3 years 30 credits
Mathematics…3 years 30 credits
World Language…2 years 20 credits
Fine Arts 1 year 10 credits
Health ½ year 5 credits
Physical Education 20 credits
Electives U45 credits
270 credits
 
Graduation Policy
In order to receive a diploma from Santa Margarita Catholic High School, a student must:
A senior who has the misfortune of receiving a grade of “F” on his or her transcript will not receive a diploma from Santa Margarita Catholic High School until the “F” has been remediated. In order for this student to Uparticipate in graduation exercises he or she must:
All incomplete work must be turned in by the 80% posting date in order for this work to be calculated into final grades. Any senior who is enrolled in a non-Santa Margarita online class needed to meet graduation requirements must have all work and the final exam completed by May 1st with the official transcript received by the counselor no later than May 10th. Any student who has a “School Hold” on his or her diploma will not receive the diploma until the hold is removed. Students who have a “School Hold” on their diploma because of incomplete graduation requirements must have those deficiencies completed by August 31st of the graduation year. If applicable, a transcript from the community college or university must be submitted to Santa Margarita for the completed work. The date of graduation on the transcript will reflect the year the graduation requirements have been met if not done by August 31st of their graduation year.
 
280 Credit Limit
Santa Margarita uses a maximum number of 280 academic credits to determine GPA. Academic credits beyond 280 taken during summer or at a community college may be placed on the Santa Margarita transcript, but the credit will be zeroed out so the 280 number is not exceeded. Note: Universities may recalculate a student’s GPA to include any course given zero credit. Academic credits earned in classes taken during the regular school day, periods 0-6, will always be counted on the transcript with no exceptions.
 
• Grading Scale
The school grading scale is:
A+ 99-100%
A 92-98%
A- 90-91%
B+ 88-89%
B 82-87%
B- 80-81%
C+ 78-79%
C 72-77%
C- 70-71%
D+ 68-69%
D 62-67%
D- 60-61%
F 59% and below
 
Grades and Attendance
Regular attendance in class is directly related to strong academic performance. Students who miss class for any reason may find their grades affected by these absences. Every teacher has an absence policy for their individual class. Parents and students should be sure to familiarize themselves with their teachers’ policies regarding absence from class.
 
Grades and GPA
Honors classes, AP (Advanced Placement), and IB (International Baccalaureate) courses receive an extra grade point. The scale is as follows (pluses and minuses within each letter grade do not change the scale):
Honors Scale Academic Scale
A - 5 A - 4
B - 4 B - 3
C - 3 C - 2
D - 1 D - 1
F - 0 F - 0
 
The semester exam constitutes 20% of the semester grade.
 
“I” (Incomplete) is used only in very rare cases when a student has missed work/test due to an excused absence at the end of the grading period. If the Incomplete grade is not made up within 2 weeks from the date grades were due, the grade will turn to an “F”.
 
All 7th and 9th period classes receive a letter grade and may be used for athletic eligibility.
 
Most Demanding Designation (2012-2013)
International Baccalaureate Full Diploma candidates receive Most Demanding designation of their SMCHS transcripts. Non Full Diploma students may also receive this designation based on a point system awarded for honors, Advanced Placement, and individual International Baccalaureate courses. SMCHS assigns a point value to each student’s transcript based on the following:
 
• Courses taken over seven semesters, starting with the freshman year and continuing through the first semester of the senior year.
 
• Honors courses are equal to 1 point each, per semester.
 
• Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses (along with Pre-Calculus Honors and Physics Honors) are equal to 3 points each, per semester.
 
Students earn the following transcript designation based on the above criteria or point system:
 
• Most Demanding 64 points and above
• Very Demanding 56-63 points
• Demanding 37-55 points
• Average 36 or less points
• Below Average N/A
 
Note:
• This point system is subject to change pending each year’s course offerings.
• International Baccalaureate Full Diploma candidates also receive recognition for their diploma on the Common Application’s Secondary School Report.
 
• Courses and Scheduling
Each student is required to take a course load of seven classes per semester. Counselors, with the assistance of the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, will closely monitor a student’s choice of courses to avoid the student becoming overloaded in his/her academic curriculum.
 
A detailed explanation of the courses that are offered can be found in the Course Description Book which is published each year in February and posted on the school website. Registration for courses for the following year takes place during the third marking period. Students work with their counselor to prepare their next year’s schedule, to review graduation requirements, and to take proper courses for admission to the colleges or universities of their choice.
 
Incoming Freshmen receive course selection forms and a hard copy of the Course Description Book at the mandatory Incoming Freshman Scheduling Night in the Spring. At this meeting individual Department Chairs and the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction speak about scheduling options.
• Placement in Classes
 
All Students
After students have selected courses, they are assigned to classes by the computer. Selection of specific teachers is not permitted. Students not initially qualified for Honors classes can earn placement into certain Honors classes by individual department testing or by earning A’s both semesters in the academic level class UandU teacher and counselor recommendation. Students are permitted to change classes only if it is determined by the classroom teacher that they are misplaced. Generally, this means they were initially placed in the wrong class or additional information has come to light which affects success. The final decision is made by the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction in consultation with the Counselor, Department Chair, and teacher. Should a class change be needed due to misplacement, the grade the student has earned to that date will be carried to the new class.
 
Grade Nine
Students are assigned courses required for graduation based on their Entrance Exam scores, courses taken in middle school, and middle school tests administered in 7th and 8th grade.
 
Grades Ten - Twelve
Returning students select courses based on teacher recommendation and approval during the registration process in the spring. Each department has guidelines for the placement of students in advanced courses which can be found in the Course Description Book published annually.
 
• Student Assessment
SMCHS uses various standardized tests to place students in appropriate classes and to validate student learning. Therefore, attendance and participation on such tests as the EXPLORE, ACRE, PLAN and PSAT/NMSQT is of utmost importance. Parents should make sure their students are not absent on these testing days.
 
• Changing Classes
Parents and students should be aware that once schedules are picked up when books are purchased no changes will be made to that schedule. The exception to this would be an error made by the school for an incorrect placement in a subject. Should a class change be needed due to misplacement, the grade the student has earned to that date will be carried to the new class. Please note also, that seniors are not permitted to change classes at the beginning of 2nd semester. In some cases, seniors have already been accepted to college and wish to lighten their load. Santa Margarita does not permit this as an option.
 
Students may not change from AP to IB or IB to AP after the first two weeks of the semester. Students may opt out of the second year of a higher level IB course (HL 2). If this action is taken, the student is responsible for explaining this decision on his/her college application.
 
• Requests for Teacher Changes
All students are assigned to teachers and periods by the computer. The computer balances all class sizes and assigns teachers to students in a random manner. To maintain proper class balance and fairness to all, students/parents may not request a schedule change to accommodate a teacher of their choice.
 
• Withdrawal from a Course after the Semester has Begun
If a student drops a course UpriorU to the first four weeks of any semester, there will not be a W on his/her report card. These drops would only be approved if the student is misplaced not because the student does not like the class or teacher. However, if a student drops a course after the first four weeks of any semester, a W will appear on the student’s report card. In both cases there will be a straight transfer of grades even when dropping levels, i.e. AP/IB/Honors to academics. It is important to note that dropping a class can only occur under very unusual circumstances with the approval of the counselor, teacher, and the Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction.
 
• Homework for Student Absences
Parents/students may request homework during an absence by going to the specific class's Learning Portal to get the assignments.
 
• Missing Second Semester Final Exams
No second semester exam may be taken after the last day of teacher attendance. Students that must miss exams due to illness must contact the Academic Office immediately to see if it is possible to make up exams before teachers leave for the summer. Teachers may not reschedule final exams.
 
All seniors MUST take their semester exams. If a senior student is ill and must miss taking one or more of their exams, a doctor’s note must be provided if the exam cannot be taken. Failure to provide this will result in the student receiving an “F” grade for their semester exam.
 
• Attendance and Academics
Regular attendance at school is essential for academic success at Santa Margarita. A student's grade may be affected by excessive absences since it becomes extremely difficult to make up missed assignments while continuing to move forward with new work. When it becomes necessary for a student to miss a segment of school beyond two weeks for medical or other reasons, the school recommends the student withdraw from Santa Margarita for the remainder of that semester and enroll in another accredited school while they are recuperating. This will allow the student to return to Santa Margarita with a transcript from the accredited school at the end of that semester and resume his/her regular classes without the worry or concern about making up weeks of missed work, including test and homework, while trying to keep up in seven classes. A meeting should be scheduled with the Attendance Office and Academic Office to begin the process should this occur.
 
Withdrawal For Psychological Reasons
Occasionally, a student who is missing a considerable amount of school may be suffering from a psychological issue that is beyond the scope of what the school can do to help. In such cases, the school reserves the right to ask the family to withdraw the student so they can get the professional help the student needs to have a successful high school experience.
 
• Classroom Policies
All teachers distribute classroom policies at the beginning of each school year or semester. Parents and students should read these classroom policies very carefully before signing them. Students will be held responsible for the content of these classroom policies and regulations throughout the school year. Contact the teacher with questions on individual classroom policies.
 
Group Work Policy
All teachers who assign group work follow the school policy on group work which requires that both an individual and a group grade be given. The weight for each grade is determined by the teacher. Always consult the teacher’s classroom policies for more detailed information.
 
• Observing Classrooms
Occasionally, the Academic Office receives requests from parents to observe a teacher’s classroom. These requests to observe a particular teacher’s class cannot be approved. We strongly encourage parents to contact the teacher first when there are concerns about a class. Please review the Santa Margarita Catholic High School Communication Policy on page 23 for any questions about the proper chain of communication.
 
• Aeries Program
Students and parents who wish to monitor academic progress on a regular basis can access Aeries, the official school grading program which allows parents and students to review assignments and test scores online 24 hours a day from any computer. In addition, it allows parents and students to review the official school records for discipline, attendance, and grades at set grading periods. All teachers are required to use Aeries and to update it at least once in each 2-week period.
 
The Aeries User Name and Password are sent to incoming Freshmen families at the beginning of the school year. If the code is misplaced, you may email helpdesk@smhs.org and a new copy will be provided to you.
 
• Report Cards
Report cards are mailed home four times during the school year: at the end of the first marking period, first semester, third marking period, and second semester. SANTA MARGARITA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL no longer does progress reports at mid quarter. Parents and students are encouraged to review grades on Aeries (the school’s online grading program) regularly to keep track of student academic progress throughout grading periods.
 
Grades Mailed to Parents and Available for Viewing on Aeries
• November 2 2012 First Mark Grades
• February 1, 2013 First Semester Grades
• April 12, 2013 Third Mark Grades
• May 30, 2013 (Seniors Only) Second Semester Grades
• June 14, 2013 (Grades 9-11) Second Semester Grades
 
• Request for Review of a Semester Exam Grade
At the end of the second semester, there are occasional requests from parents and students to review the semester exam. Since the 80% of the semester grade is posted the Friday before the beginning of semester exams, any questions relating to this portion of the grade must be taken care of before teachers leave in June. Parents or students wishing to review the second semester exam may request a SEMESTER EXAM REVIEW FORM from the Academic Office. Forms must be completed and turned in no later than June 30th. The purpose of this semester exam grade review is twofold. One, to provide an opportunity for the semester exam to be reviewed, and two, to see if possibly a mistake in the grading of the exam has occurred. It is not the purpose of this review to dispute answers on the test or otherwise try to persuade the teacher to change the grade.
 
If a student has a question about a grade during the first semester, the student (or parent) should contact the teacher directly. If the teacher is no longer on campus, the Department Chair for the subject may be contacted. All requests for first semester grade reviews must be made prior to February 15.
 
• Communication with the School
When a parent has a concern or question about a student's progress or lack of it, the teacher should be contacted first. If the problem in question has not been resolved satisfactorily, the appropriate Department Chair should be contacted to set up a meeting with all parties concerned. It is important that parents follow this chain of operation before contacting the Principal or Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction.
 
We encourage parents to contact teachers as often as necessary to keep abreast of their student's progress. Because teachers do not have access to telephones in their classrooms, it is somewhat difficult to reach a teacher immediately by telephone. Email communication is the preferred method for reaching a teacher. Faculty email links are located on our website on the Academic homepage under the Faculty/Staff Directory. When following the proper chain of communication, please allow a teacher 24 hours to respond to your message. Also, please be aware that sometimes outside emails get caught in our spam filter; therefore teachers will not receive your email until the next day.
 
• Community College Classes
Any student wishing to take a class at a local community college is required by the college to have the signed approval of the Principal or Assistant Principal of Curriculum Instruction or the counselor. Further information on community college classes can be obtained from the Counseling Office.
 
• Repeating a Course
Any semester grade of “F” must be remediated in summer school. Students are not permitted to retake a class for which they earned a grade of “F.” A semester grade of “D” earned in the second semester of a first or second year Math or World Language class must also be remediated in summer school.
 
Students who wish to earn a diploma from Santa Margarita Catholic High School (this does not apply to transfer students) may not take more than 20 credits from another outside accredited educational institution unless there is an extenuating circumstance which has been previously approved by the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction and the Counselor. Online classes are permitted on a limited basis only. Written permission from the Counselor must be given before an online class can begin.
 
• Summer School and Blended Online Information
Any student who receives an "F" grade at the semester in any subject must remediate that "F" in summer school. In addition, a student receiving a "D" grade in the second semester of any Math or World Language course for which a second or third year is required must attend summer school UatU Santa Margarita to remediate the grade and to prepare for the following year. Students whose academic GPA is below a 2.0 must attend summer school to remediate D’s even if they have no “F’s”, so that they may improve their academic GPA.
 
Santa Margarita is offering blended online classes with the same curriculum content as our traditional classroom courses. For accreditation purposes and UC approval, the Principal validates the curriculum content of SMCHS online courses to be sure it is the comparable to traditional classroom courses. Such blended online courses are rigorously monitored by the Director of Assessment and Online Learning, Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, and department chairpersons to insure the high quality of this learning experience.
 
Our online courses are blended courses requiring the student to adhere to strict calendar requirement deadlines and some “face-to-face” meeting time with the instructor for orientation, additional instruction (e.g. labs), and assessments. Final exams must be taken in person under the supervision of a SMCHS proctor. By no means are our blended online courses designed for “independent study” or “self-paced” as they require regular interaction with the teacher and other students in the course. When SMCHS offers a summer school course, students are not permitted to take another course for credit, or credit recovery (remediation) elsewhere at the same time.
 
Mandatory face-to-face meeting time is minimal in our blended online classes. Therefore, it is very important that students are in attendance for every face-to-face meeting. There are no “Excused Absences” for face-to-face meetings. Our Summer school blended online courses are very intensive. Approximately 1 week of material is covered each day during summer school. The Learning Portal is your classroom. Students that plan and schedule their time perform best in a blended online course.
All incomplete work must be turned in by the 80% posting date in order for this work to be calculated into final grades. Any senior who is enrolled in a non-Santa Margarita online class needed to meet graduation requirements must have all work and the final exam completed by May 1st with the official transcript received by the counselor no later than May 10th. Any student who has a “School Hold” on his or her diploma will not receive the diploma until the hold is removed. Students who have a “School Hold” on their diploma because of incomplete graduation requirements must have those deficiencies completed by August 31st of the graduation year. If applicable, a transcript from the community college or university must be submitted to Santa Margarita for the completed work. The date of graduation on the transcript will reflect the year the graduation requirements have been met if not done by August 31st of their graduation year.
 
• Valedictorian and Salutatorian
The Valedictorian award is bestowed upon the senior who has earned the highest academic GPA over seven semesters. In order to be considered for Valedictorian the student must have attended Santa Margarita for at least six of the seven semesters. The decision is usually made in the early spring by the Principal and the Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction.
 
The Salutatorian award is bestowed upon the senior who has earned the second highest academic GPA over seven semesters. In order to be considered for Salutatorian the student must have attended Santa Margarita for at least six of the seven semesters. The decision is usually made in the early spring by the Principal and the Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction.
 
• Transfer Students
To be accepted as a transfer student to Santa Margarita, a student must have an academic GPA of 2.5. All transfer credits must come on an official school transcript from an accredited institution. Students transferring to Santa Margarita from a public high school or other non-Catholic high school must earn a minimum of 20 credits in Religion. Religion classes are available on line and guidance as to when these classes should be taken will be given by the student’s counselor or the Admissions Director.
 
• International Students and Exchange Students
All International students are held to the same standards and code of conduct requirements as our domestic students. International students must also maintain a cooperative relationship with their homestay family. The arrangement of the homestay for the international student is the responsibility of the student's family and not the responsibility of Santa Margarita Catholic High School. In the event of any homestay changes, it is the responsibility of the student to communicate those changes to the school registrar. An international student’s enrollment status is considered “at will,” meaning the school reserves the right to withdraw the student from Santa Margarita Catholic High School on the basis of academic probation, on-campus school discipline problems, and/or off-campus homestay behavior problems.
 
Students transferring from an International School as seniors must be able to meet all the graduation requirements of Santa Margarita Catholic High School if they wish to earn a Santa Margarita diploma and participate in graduation exercises. In addition, they must complete two years of required Religion courses. Those courses should be the junior and senior year classes offered at Santa Margarita. The Administration reserves the right to make the final decision on International students wishing to graduate from Santa Margarita Catholic High School.
 
International students who come to Santa Margarita after their Freshman year, will have their previous course work sent directly to the colleges and universities to which they are applying. Courses taken and credits earned at International Schools will not be reconciled on the Santa Margarita transcript. It will be necessary for the student to send two transcripts when applying to college…one from the international school, which the student must request, and one from Santa Margarita. Questions regarding International student enrollment should be directed to Mr. Jeff Reinert, Coordinator of International Students.
 
• Students Studying Abroad
Any student who leaves Santa Margarita Catholic High School to study abroad must have a transcript from an accredited school if they wish to return to Santa Margarita. Students and parents must sign an agreement regarding this at the time of withdrawal should they wish to return.
 
• Academic Honesty
See policy under Ethics in the Attendance and Discipline Section of the Parent Student Handbook or Agenda.
 
• Academic Probation
Santa Margarita is a college preparatory high school. Students are accepted based on the expectation that they are capable of meeting the academic rigors of the curriculum. Therefore, students must maintain a cumulative, as well as semester, academic Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. Students are placed on academic probation after the first semester that they perform below 2.0. A second semester of academic work below 2.0 can be reason for dismissal. Freshman students may be asked to withdraw from Santa Margarita if they have both semesters of academic work below 2.0 or if the second semester or cumulative academic GPA falls below 1.50. Having a GPA that low so early in the high school program makes meeting graduation requirements almost impossible.
 
• Academic Withdrawal
When a student has not met the academic requirements of Santa Margarita, the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction will ask the student to withdraw. Final transcripts are provided to the school/program designated by the parent/guardian at the time of withdrawal. No future academic grades for work completed at another institution or educational program will be posted or added to the Santa Margarita Catholic High School transcript of grades issued at the time of withdrawal. Santa Margarita is under no obligation to continue to facilitate the continuance of the student’s education at Santa Margarita or by any agent or representative of Santa Margarita.
 
• Withdrawing from School
If, for any reason, a student is withdrawing to attend another school, the parent must contact the Registrar to sign a withdrawal form within two weeks of the last day of attendance. Withdrawal grades will be obtained by the Registrar from the teachers and forwarded to the new school if the withdrawal occurs other than at the end of an official grading period.
 
• Year-End Review Process
At the close of first semester and at the end of summer school, the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction examines the files of any student(s) for whom there is some academic concern and determines an appropriate course of action.
 
• Academics and Participation in Athletics
Students must have a 2.0 total GPA (which includes non-academic classes) in the most recent grading period to be eligible for participation in athletics or specified activities. At semester, the semester grades will be used to determine eligibility. In some cases, activities require a higher GPA for participation. These athletic/activities eligibility GPA’s include all courses taken for credit.
 
If a student athlete falls below a 2.0 total GPA at any official grading period (i.e. 1st mark, 1st semester, 3rd mark, 2nd semester), he/she may not represent Santa Margarita in athletic competition. Should an athlete fall below a 2.0 total GPA, a request for a one-time Waiver for Eligibility to participate in athletic competition may be made by the coach. Students or parents who wish to receive a Waiver for Eligibility should present their individual case to the student’s coach for the particular sport in which the student is participating. The coach in turn will petition the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction for approval. The request for a waiver must come directly from the student’s coach. The Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction will not consider the request for a waiver that comes directly from a student or parent. A Waiver for Eligibility is given only ONE TIME during the student’s high school years. The Monday after grades are submitted, students become either eligible or ineligible. A waiver is generally reserved for varsity athletes. Freshmen are generally not given this option. A Waiver for Eligibility is effective for one grading period only. If a student's GPA falls below a 2.0 or the student receives an F in any course, the waiver may be revoked.
 
• Physical Education Policy
All students at Santa Margarita Catholic High School are required to complete two (2) years (20 credits) of Physical Education in order to graduate. This requirement can be met in the following ways:
 
Regular P.E. Classes
 
CIF-Sanctioned Sports
  • Two years of continuous participation in a year round sport will satisfy the full 20 credit requirement for graduation. CIF-sanctioned year round Santa Margarita Catholic High School sports include: Boys Baseball, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball and Football. If a student fails to complete the 2 year commitment, 5 credits per semester will be earned.
Four years of continuous participation in a seasonal or semester sport will satisfy the full 20 credit requirement for graduation. CIF-sanctioned seasonal Santa Margarita Catholic High School sports include: Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, and Wrestling. If a student fails to complete the 4 year commitment, 5 credits per season will be earned.
 
Santa Margarita Catholic High School-affiliated activities such as Equestrian, Ice Hockey, and Roller Hockey will receive a maximum of 5 credits per year. These activities must have a minimum of 90 hours per year in order to receive 5 units of credit.
 
 A maximum of 10 credits per year may be earned through participation in the CIF-sanctioned sport. If a student is dropped or withdraws from the sport before meeting the 2 or 4 year commitment (stated above), he or she must earn the additional credits needed to total 20 prior to graduation. These additional credits may not be earned off campus; the remaining P.E. credits needed for graduation must be earned on the Santa Margarita Catholic High School campus.
 
Other Options
Under no circumstance will participation in athletic activities outside of school count towards the 20 credit requirement for graduation from Santa Margarita Catholic High School. Only those sports and activities listed above fall within our policy.
 
6/2012