|Course Of Study Handbook|
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At Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, Christ is the center of all activities. MVL offers an education designed to help develop the God-given abilities of its students so they can better serve their Savior as congregation members, full-time church workers, and U.S. citizens.
For students planning a four year Christian high school education, these are MVL’s requirements for graduation. 23 credits must be earned in the following areas:
Religion 4 yrs or 4 cr
Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School provides academic counseling to students through assigned academic advisors and through the guidance department. This program offers the student assistance in academic program planning, course selection, vocational choices, and entrance to post-secondary educational institutions. Parents are also essential members of the advisory process. They should consider their child’s post secondary plans and assist them in selecting appropriate courses to meet the entrance requirements for post secondary training institutions.
4 years of English
Students planning to attend MLC should include Chemistry or Physics in their minimum three years of science study.
Male students planning to prepare for the pastoral ministry need to study a minimum of two years of a non-Biblical language.
MVL does allow students to participate in this program. Interested parents and students should contact the principal for more information on this opportunity. MVL’s deadline for registration is March 1.
MVL reserves the right to not offer courses based on limited student interest or on a shortage of instructors to teach such courses. Decisions will be made in consultation with the Registrar.
For each course, half a credit is awarded per semester for which a passing grade is earned in that course.
When making application for enrollment, transfer students are to present a transcript of academic records. Upon viewing the transcript and consulting with the student and parent(s), the Registrar will determine which courses will be accepted and which ones need to be taken and successfully completed in order for the student to receive a diploma from Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School. Generally, a transferring student is not required to make up missed Religion credits.
Minimum Credit Requirement
Each student is to carry a full load of subjects, whether or not he/she needs the credits for graduation. This means a minimum of six courses each semester including Religion. Students are permitted to take more than six courses. All courses in which a passing grade is earned are counted towards the minimum 23 credit requirement for graduation.
Students planning to enter schools of higher learning may need more than the minimum 23 credit requirement and should plan their high school course of study carefully to enable them to meet the entrance requirements. Guidance in course selection is available, but the responsibility for selection rests on the student and/or his/her parents/guardians.
If a student wants to drop or add an elective course during the semester, the student needs to obtain a Drop-Add Form from the Registrar. On this form the student is to state a reason for the dropping or adding of the course, and obtain any comments and the signature of the teacher of the course being added, the teacher of the course being dropped, the student’s advisor and the student’s parent/guardian.
When all signatures are gathered the student is to return the form to the Registrar. The Registrar will process the request and inform the student when the schedule change will begin.
A course may be added to the student’s schedule during the first eight days of the semester. After the first eight days of the semester courses may not be added to a student’s schedule.
A course may be dropped during the first eight days of a semester and no permanent record of the change is made. After the first eight days of the semester, if a student wishes to drop a class the Drop-Add Form needs to be completed and returned to the Registrar. Parents are encouraged to seek the advice of school personnel. If a course is dropped, the transcript will indicate the course was dropped with a WP – withdraw pass or a WF – withdraw fail. WP and WF are not used in calculating the GPA or in determining class rank.
If it is noticed that a student has been incorrectly placed in a discipline with several entry levels (e.g. Mathematics); then the student may be transferred to the appropriate course. This course change shall be made in consultation with the student, the parents/guardian, and the teachers of the courses, the Registrar and the student’s advisor.
While Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School is maintained primarily for students who belong to the Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School Association congregations, we also recognize the fact “that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear Him” (Acts 10:34-35). Therefore, Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.