Student Handbook

 

 

 

 

 

Polk County Early College

 


Student Handbook

2015-2016

 

TABLE of CON

Contact Information

Welcome

About Our School

Faculty and Staff

Early College Mission

Behavioral Expectations and Consequences

Behavioral Expectations

Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior at PCEC

Isothermal Community College Misconduct

Grades and Assessments

Inclement Weather Procedures

Food and Drinks

Driver’s Education

School Safety

Medication Policy

Hazing/Bullying/Gangs

Tobacco

Alcohol, Narcotics, and Illegal Drugs

Search and Seizure

Other Serious Violations

Transportation

Attendance

Daily Attendance

College Absences

Late Arrivals/Early Departures

Tardiness

Appropriate Use of Technology

Personal Electronic Equipment

Internet Use

Textbooks and Technology

Dress Code

Communication

Clubs and Service Projects

Awards, Recognition, and Celebrations

College Differences

Disability Services

FERPA

Academic Honesty

Early College Calendar and Campus Map

Important Dates

PCEC Plan of Study (A.A.)

PCEC Plan of Study (A.S.)


CONTACT INFORMATION

Office hours:                                   Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

Mailing address:                            51 Walker Street, Columbus, NC 28722

 

Telephone:                                       828-894-2698; 828-894-2971 (FAX)

                                                               828-395-4159 (college liaison)

 

Web site:                                                                         http://pcec.polkschools.org/home

 

Partner web sites:                                                   http://www.polkschools.org

                                                                                                   http://www.isothermal.edu

                                                                                                  http://www.ncnewschools.org

 

Welcome

Welcome to the Polk County Early College. PCEC offers a small, student-centered, rigorous academic community that allows students to be creative, resilient and independent while developing a strong sense of academic and community awareness. As we journey on the 2013-14 school year together, remember that a positive attitude will carry you through the school day and make things more pleasant for yourself and everyone around you.

 

All visitors to the Early College should use the front entrance and report to the front desk area.

 

About Our School

Polk County Early College is a collaborative, innovative high school between Polk County Schools and Isothermal Community College, in partnership with NC New Schools to ensure every student graduates ready for college, careers and life. PCEC operates on a “hybrid” model, with some course work taking place in the classroom and a majority taking place online.

 

Students are selected to attend Polk County Early College based on an application, academic records, and academic references. Prospective students are welcome to visit.

 

Early college high school is a bold approach, based on the principle that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money, is a powerful motivator for students to work hard and meet serious intellectual challenges. Early college high schools blend high school and college course in a challenging yet supportive program, compressing the time it takes to complete the requirements for a high school diploma and the first two years of college, if so desired.

 

Polk County Early College began in 2007 in a single classroom at Polk County High School with 12 part-time students. In 2008, the school grew beyond the classroom and moved into the former Polk County Library in downtown Columbus, and the first PCEC graduation was June 2010. PCEC has grown to 63 students enrolled full-time in our program (freshmen through super senior). The class of 2014 will include students who are the first to meet requirements for a college credential upon high school graduation, and all 2014 graduates will have acquired college credit.


ICC 

Director:                                                        Mary M. Greene                                       mgreene@polkschools.org

 

Technology/Facilitator:                              DeShannon Briscoe                                   dbriscoe@polkschools.org            

 

English Teacher/Facilitator:                       Heather Wright                                          hwright@polkschools.org

 

Math Teacher/Facilitator:                          Rachel Lampros                                         rlampros@polkschools.org

 

Science Teacher/Facilitator:                      Linda Sutton                                               lsutton@polkschools.org

 

Social Studies Teacher/Facilitator:           Matt Roberts                                              mattroberts@polkschools.org

 

College Liaison:                                            Tamara Black                                             @isothermal.edu or

                 tblack@polkschools.org        

 

 URMISSION

Our Mission 


PCEC MISSION:

The mission of Polk County Early College is to graduate confident, ethically responsible, lifelong learners who are prepared to succeed in higher education and in the changing world beyond.

 

Produce globally competitive students,

Confident, respectful of diversity, and ethically responsible.

Educators who educate and nurture every child in our

Changing world.

 

ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE MISSION:  

Improving life through learning.

 

POLK COUNTY SCHOOLS MISSION:

The mission of Polk County Schools, in partnership with parents and community, is to prepare and inspire each student to be a literate, responsible, productive member of a diverse society who believes learning is a lifelong process.

 

BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS AND CONSEQUENCES

Behavioral Expectations and Consequences

Each student is expected to:

                                    Demonstrate courtesy, even when others do not.

              Behave in a responsible manner, always exercising self-discipline.

              Attend all classes, regularly and on time.

              Prepare for each class; take appropriate materials and assignments to class.

              Meet school and campus standards of grooming and dress.

              Obey all campus and classroom rules.

              Respect the rights and privileges of students, teachers, and other district staff and volunteers.

              Respect the property of others, including school property and facilities.

              Cooperate with and assist the school staff in maintaining safety, order, and discipline.

              Promptly discuss classroom misbehavior with the classroom teacher.

              Adhere to the requirements of PCEC and ICC

 

TYPES OF MISBEHAVIOR

These behaviors are to be avoided at PCEC or other Polk County Schools facilities as well as at Isothermal Community College. Misbehavior may become a part of the students’ records at PCEC and/or ICC. Repeated or constant violations of the policies may result in loss of privileges, parent/guardian conference, and/or unenrollment from ICC and/or PCEC.

 

              Profanity or other inappropriate language

              Disrespect to faculty/staff or peers

              Marking on furniture, walls, etc.

              Littering

              Inappropriate displays of affection/physical contact

              Tardiness

              Eating in places other than the cafeteria without permission

              Disruptive/unpermitted use of cell phones, music players/headsets, cameras, tablets, toys, noise makers, etc. (especially within a class)

              Use /possession of tobacco in any form or related paraphernalia

              Attire that is determined to be offensive or disruptive to the student body

              Disruption of school

              Damage or destruction of school property


                                  Theft, damage, or destruction to private property of students or staff

              Assault on a school employee

              Physical, verbal, or emotional abuse of another student

              Possession of weapons or dangerous instruments on the school campus

              Possession of narcotics, alcoholic beverages, drug paraphernalia, and stimulant drugs as well as being under the influence

              Insubordination and repeated school rules violations

              Threatening or aggressive behavior towards other students or school staff

              Cheating/plagiarism/copying files

 

 

CONSEQUENCES FOR INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR AT PCEC

First Offense*:                      Warning from faculty/staff

 

Second Offense:                   Report to Director

                                                (may include revoked privileges, parent/guardian contact, etc.)

 

*For serious infractions of misconduct, the director will be immediately notified.

 

ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE MISCONDUCT

See the Isothermal Community College Student Handbook (http://www.isothermal.edu/current-students/dean-of-students/assets/student-handbook.pdf) for consequences of misconduct on ICC campus or within a college course.

 


GRADES and ASSESSMENTS

High school grades are assigned using the NC adopted grading scale which is posted on the school’s web site. Students can ask their high school teacher for a list of the work they have (or have not) completed. Midterm progress reports are sent home for parent signature at the end of four and a half weeks for each 9-week grading period. Report cards are sent home at the end of each 9-week grading period for parent review and signature. Teacher/parent/student conferences can be arranged as needed to support the academic success of each student. NCVPS online teachers may be in contact with students and PCEC.

 

Please note: College grades will not be sent home until final report card for the semester. Students may contact their instructor, review the course syllabus, and/or check the class Moodle site for information on assignments. While self-advocacy is encouraged, students may include the college liaison in any email correspondence with instructors, and may discuss any concerns.

 

All high school core courses are honors level. College courses that earn dual credit for high school and college are considered honors level courses in calculation of high school grade point average (GPA), but college courses which do not count toward high school graduation requirements will no longer be calculated into high school GPA (but all college courses will factor into college GPA). Students enrolled in an exit standard high school course or a course that has an End-of-Course test are expected to demonstrate proficiency which requires a performance level of III or IV on the EOC assessment. The converted score made on an EOC test counts 33% of the final grade for the course. Students who do not meet proficiency standards will be reviewed by a panel of teachers to document student work ethics and meeting the graduation standard. Other high school courses may require end of the year testing.

 

Students will earn 28 credits for their high school diploma. Some of the required credits and all electives are typically college courses. Early College students must meet all exit standards for graduation, which include the successful completion of a senior project for Polk County Schools as well as the graduation portfolio (if applicable) for Isothermal Community College.

 

College courses may require pre-requisite college-ready testing, which may be achieved through placement testing and/or other benchmark test scores (PSAT, PLAN, ACT, SAT).

 

Each college instructor provides a syllabus which includes the instructor’s grading scale which may or may not be the same as the PCEC grading scale. Homework for college courses can be referenced by reviewing the course syllabus and/or Moodle site. Students may be able to work in peer groups during seminar to complete and review college course work (although individual assignments and efforts will be expected).

 

Transfer credit is not earned for a college course in the event of a D or an F. These courses have to be retaken to meet the college credit requirements for an Associate in Arts degree. Students repeating courses may face other consequences at PCEC, including college-course academic probation or college-course suspension (please speak with the director for more information).

 

Students may earn 65 credit hours to complete course requirements for an Associate of Arts degree from ICC. A list of the required and elective credit choices can be found on the ICC web site or from the College Liaison. Please note, due to distance, PCEC students will typically complete a sequence of courses offered online to complete the A.A. degree (see PCEC Program of Study included in this handbook).

 

An Associate of Science degree may be possible, but would require individual transportation to ICC campus. Likewise, other educational opportunities may be available for students through ICC’s curriculum or continuing education program at Isothermal’s main or Polk campus as available, but may require additional registration steps, individual transportation, and costs may or may not be covered by PCEC.

 

Students who are not performing at a C level in any graded high school or college course will be placed on Academic Probation. Staff will monitor and provide support for these students on a regular schedule to preview and review student work. Students may also be required to attend tutoring or additional study time. Students who do not improve may be removed from college courses, and an evaluation may be made of their potential to complete at PCEC as we realize the program may not be suited for every student.

 

Note: College GPA while at PCEC can (and will) affect future college acceptance and financial aid (scholarships, grants, and/or loans) so do take it seriously. Your record now transfers with you.

 

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER PROCEDURES

 Inclement Weather


NOTE: This applies to non-weather related closings as well.

If Polk County Public Schools closes, delays, or dismisses school early due to inclement weather, Early College students are also dismissed.

If ICC is closed but PCPS schools are in session, Early College students are expected to be at school.

If PCPS is closed but ICC is in session, it is the responsibility of the student, parent, or guardian to provide access to online ICC classes, and/or transportation to and from live ICC classes if they are on Isothermal’s campus (ICC classes taught at PCEC will follow PCPS closings, although alternative assignments will be assigned to “make up” missed class time).

 

The Early College calendar is planned to match more closely the begin/end dates for ICC fall and spring semesters. PCEC important calendar dates are provided at the end of this handbook and the full calendar is available online at http://www.polkschools.org


FOOD AND DRINKS

       Food and Drink

 Lunch is delivered for Polk County Early College from McDonald’s, Mountain View BBQ, or Wolverine Pizza during the week on a rotating schedule.          Students are also welcome to bring their own meals, and a refrigerator and microwave are available for student use. Items are regularly available in the school cafeteria for students who wish to eat before school starts or during breaks, and drink and snack vending machines are also available. Students may qualify for free and reduced meals if the appropriate forms are submitted to the PCEC.


Driver Education


Early College students will complete Driver’s Education when it is offered at Polk County High School or during the summer. Information will be provided, or parents may contact the director to request information about the class dates. All NC rules and regulations related to Driver’s Ed apply to Early College students.


School Safety

 SCHOOL SAFETY

Students are expected to make choices that promote their own safety and the safety of others at school and school related activities on and off the school campus. Students are expected to avoid behaviors that may jeopardize their academic success and to act maturely and with integrity.

 

In addition to this handbook and the Polk County Schools regulations, Early College students are expected to follow all Isothermal Community College guidelines for student conduct. These rules can be found in the ICC Student Handbook.

 

All Early College students and staff members have the right to feel safe at school. Concerns about safety or anything that might place a student or staff member at risk should be reported immediately to the director or any staff (894-2698), or at Isothermal Community College to campus security (828-298-5850). In the event of an emergency, dial 911 directly.


MEDICATION POLICY

Any student who needs medication on a regular basis must document the need with the director. Medication will be stored in the office area in a locked container, with the student’s name and relevant information. Please speak with the director for directions on brining medication. Students will not be given or allowed to take medication without notification from a parent/guardian to PCEC.

 

Students who have chronic illnesses such as asthma or seizures should provide the school with documentation of the illness, procedures to follow if students experience attacks due to their illness and emergency contacts to assure the student gets proper medical attention.

 

Severe allergies and related information should also need to be documented.

 

HAZING/BULLYING/HARASSMENT

It is against the law, and therefore, against school rules for any student to engage in hazing, bullying or harassment of another individual. These activities involve emotional, mental, or physical harm caused to another person. Any form of hazing, bullying, or harassment will not be tolerated whether person to person or through electronic means. Concerns or suspicions should be reported to the director or a staff member (894-2698), or on Isothermal Community College’s campus to campus security (828-298-5850).

 

TOBACCO

Polk County Public Schools are tobacco free campuses. Students in violation of the tobacco-free rules will be subject to discipline. Even if a commuting student is of legal age, students at Isothermal Community College campus(es) are representatives of Polk County Schools and are still acting as PCEC students.

 

ALCOHOL, NARCOTICS, AND ILLEGAL DRUGS:

It is illegal and therefore against school rules, for any student to possess use, transport, or be under the influence of any drug, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind at any of the following places:

 

1.                  On school campus (including Isothermal Community College), before, during or after school hours.

2.                  Away from school premises at any school sponsored event of any type.

3.                  At any school bus stop or on any school bus.

 

Students involved in the use or possession of alcohol, narcotics, or illegal drugs will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and disciplined to the fullest extent including recommendation for long-term suspension. The school will take whatever steps are necessary to have a drug-free school.

 

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

By law, principals with reasonable suspicion may search students’ vehicle and items they bring on campus including cell phones, pictures, voice mail, email, and text messages. Students who fail to comply with such searches can be subject to disciplinary action and/or referred to law enforcement.

 

OTHER SERIOUS VIOLATIONS

Some violations including but not limited to the following, can result in immediate removal from the Early College and/or Polk County Public Schools.

 

1.                  Coming to school under the influence, or involvement in the distribution, possession or use of unlawful drugs or alcohol.

2.                  Possession of a weapon (including pocket knives) at school.

3.                  Sexual harassment, or any form of sexual activity.

4.                  Fighting, hazing, or harassment.

5.                  Disruption of school, including bomb, personal, or other threats.

6.                  Refusing to follow instructions of PCEC or ICC staff members including refusal to work on classroom assignments.

7.                  Providing false information for enrollment procedures for both PCEC and ICC.

8.                  Other violations of NC criminal statutes.

 

TRANPORTATION

Transpotation

BUS RIDERS

Students can ride a school bus from their home to school. The bus will let the student out at the cross walk at Polk County High and from there they can walk to our building.

 

CAR RIDERS

Parents/guardians may choose to drive students to campus. The car rider drop off and pickup area is located at the front entrance of the building. Students should arrive by 8:00 a.m. to be ready for morning announcements and classes to begin at 8:15 a.m. Bus riding students will leave PCEC at 2:45 p.m. to walk to the high school bus parking lot to catch the bus. All car rider are free to leave at the same time.

 

If student transportation is different from normal arrangements, parents are responsible for providing a note that explains the change. This information may be filed at PCEC for future reference for attendance purposes.

 

DRIVERS

When students have earned their driver’s license, they may be able to drive to PCEC. This is a privilege, not a right, and can be suspended at any time. Students may park in the "ARC" parking lot beside the school.

 

Students who drive to school are not allowed to take other students off campus without the written permission of both the driver’s parents/guardian and the other students parents/guardian. Student drivers are not allowed to leave campus for any reason during the school day between 8:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. unless school related.

 

Students leaving campus must have parent permission (written or verbal over the phone to PCEC personnel), and must sign out. Please note there is almost always something productive which can be accomplished during the school day, so students are expected to be in school regularly and through-out the school day. Leaving will affect class absences (see Attendance below), and absences correlate to class performance.

 

CAMPUS COMMUTERS

Some students (limited to Seniors or Super Seniors) may have classes at Isothermal’s main campus (286 ICC Loop, Spindale, NC 28160; http://www.isothermal.edu/about/directions.html) or choose to take a class through continuing education at Polk Center (1255 West Mills Street, Columbus NC 28722). Transportation for such classes will be the responsibility of the student/family

 

SCHOOL TRIPS

When traveling for school purposes with PCEC, Polk County Schools travel policies apply (see director for details). Students enrolled in classes which meet on Isothermal campus who attend a trip should follow guidelines of their instructor and ICC. It is the students’ responsibility to inform other classes of their travel/upcoming absence in advance, and note that the absence will most likely be counted from college classes - it is the students’ responsibility to ask for notes, make up work, and so on.


 Attendance

 ATTENDA

The student school day is 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. It is important that students are in attendance for all their classes on a regular basis. If at all possible, parents are encouraged to schedule appointments before or after school hours or on days when school is not in session.

 

Days when Polk County Public School is closed, such as Veteran’s Day, but ICC is open, it is the responsibility of the student and parents/guardian to provide access to online college classes (often students may work ahead in preparation) and/or provide transportation to ICC for attendance in college courses on campus. Days when ICC is closed, but PCPS is open, students are expected to be present for the entire day at PCEC.

 

PCEC students who are taking only college classes may be required to periodically “check-in” with PCEC staff or to attend certain school events. Such students will especially need to be checking their school email accounts regularly for announcements and provide any contact information updates. They are expected to begin classes on the first day of the ICC school calendar and attend throughout the semester. These students will be Seniors or Super Seniors only. Note: Schedule changes or other forms or adjustments must be approved and take place through the liaison (tblack@isothermal.edu or tblack@polkschools.org, 828-395-4159), and are subject to PCEC director approval; no changes or forms should be directly to ICC offices on campus.

 

Taking classes on campus is a privilege and not a right (regardless of intended college credential), and may be revoked at any time due to misconduct, attendance issues, performance, etc.

 

DAILY ATTENDANCE

Students may be allowed up to 5 absences per class, and documentation of absences must be provided in a note from the parent or doctor for future reference if questions about attendance should arise. Students who miss additional days will participate in attendance makeup sessions that require hour-for-hour make up time for each class missed. The makeup sessions will be arranged before/after the regular student day.

 

COLLEGE ABSENCES

Attendance expectations for ICC courses require students to participate on a regular basis and may vary by instructor. Any course where a student is dropped due to academic or attendance issues must be retaken unless extenuating circumstances have been approved.

 

College professors do not generally distinguish between “excused” and “unexcused” absences, even for school events. Students should follow up with peers and instructors for notes, assignments, etc. It is generally a sign of courtesy and respect to inform instructors of intended absences, preferably beforehand but at the least as soon as possible afterwards.

 

In online classes, there is normally the ability to work ahead; therefore, there is generally less acceptance of missed deadlines. Please be sure to allow extra time to complete assignments rather than waiting to the last moment to ensure there are not technical errors or other barriers which may prevent students from participating or meeting deadlines.

 

 LATE ARRIVALS/EARLY DEPARTURES

There are times when students must arrive late or leave school early due to medical, dental, or other issues. Parents who bring students to school after 8:15 a.m. should call in advance to let PCEC know the student will be late, and send a note with the students as to the reason for being tardy. Students must sign in and give the time and a reason for being late. If a student must be picked up before 2:45 p.m., parents must come to the main office to sign out their student. A note documenting either a late arrival or early departure must be on file in the main office for future reference in case questions about the PCPS attendance policy arise.

 

              TARDINESS

There are no bells at PCEC. Teachers begin and end classes according to scheduled times. Coming to class late is disruptive to the learning environment. Permission from a teacher is needed in order for students to be out of class during the class period. Students must arrange in advance for getting permission from the teacher they need to work with for academic support. Habitual or excessive tardiness can result in loss of privileges, additional tutoring or make-up time, or convert to absences. Three (3) tardies equals one (1) absence.

 

It is the responsibility of the student and their parents/guardian to be on time to catch the Early College bus at PCHS. Missing the Early College bus is not an excused tardy or absence.

 Appropriate use of Technology

APPROPRIATE USE OF TECHNOLOG

PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Devices such as iPods, cell phones, video games, cameras, etc., should not be in use during class and should not disrupt others during other periods. Electronics are a privilege to be earned, not a right.

 

As with other personal property, cell phones, voice messages, emails, photographs, and text messages can be searched if the director or staff has reasonable suspicion that they have been used in a disruptive or harmful manner.

 

Any personal electronic devices being used inappropriately during the school day (or if a student is “grounded” due to academic performance) will be confiscated and held until the end of the school day. Repeat offenders may have the device held for parent pick up. The school and its employees are not liable for the damage, lose or theft of personal property belonging to students. The expectation is that valuable personal property and electronic devices be left at home for safe keeping.

 

INTERNET USE

Students will be provided with access to a desktop or laptop to work from while at PCEC, and may be allowed to check out a PCEC laptop for educational and research purposes. (Other uses, like electronic devices above, are a privilege to be earned, not a right.)  Some sites may be blocked by Polk County Schools. Additionally, students who are “grounded” due to academic performance, misconduct, etc., may have limited access.

 

Students may be able to check out a laptop to take home with a teacher’s note. All PCEC laptops must be turned in on a daily basis to the technology facilitator. Content watch applications archive web addresses of sites the user visits for reference should questions arise about technology use, and PCEC computers’ activities can be checked at any time in the building. The director and IT has the authority to review the archives and search documents, pictures, artwork, and other files created or stored on the laptop if sufficient suspicion exists to indicate inappropriate use of technology or the Internet. Abusing the privilege of using PCEC laptops can result in the denial of use for specific students.

 

Because computers are provided, students generally are not allowed to use their personal laptops at PCEC. However, students commuting to campus may wish to bring their own laptops to access the ICC wireless guest network, or they may be able to check out a laptop from PCEC for use on campus.



 Textbooks and Technology

TOO TEXTBOOKS AND TECHNOLOGY

Textbooks for both high school and college courses are assigned to students by PCEC. Students taking math may also be assigned a graphing calculator. Individual desktops (or for a few, laptops) are assigned for students during the school day. Students without their own device may check out a laptop for overnight use with permission. Inappropriate use of this equipment will result in the return of the technology to the school and future denial of use by specific students.

 

It is the responsibility of the student and their family to protect and maintain their textbooks and technology. All books, CDs, calculators, and laptops are the property of the Polk County Early College. All textbooks and technology are expected to be returned in good condition each semester. Lost or damaged books, CDs, calculators and laptops must to be paid for by the student and/or their family.


Dress Code


 Whether Early College students are in an adult environment on campus or among peers at PCEC, they are expected to dress maturely, in a neat,  clean manner. PCEC will follow the PCPS Student Code of Conduct Dress Code. If a student’s apparel causes a distraction to the learning environment, it will be deemed a violation of the dress code. Persistent violation of the dress code will result in consequences as needed.

 

For girls, shorts and skirts should reach their fingertips when standing at relaxed attention. Students should not wear revealing or see through tops nor expose their abdomens or cleavage by wearing spaghetti straps, low cut neck lines, or tank tops. For boys, shorts and pants should be pulled up to the waistline and shorts reach finger tips when at relaxed attention. Baggy pants must have a belt and no one’s underwear should be showing. No tank tops.


Communication

COMMUNICATIO

 A child’s education succeeds best when there is good communication and a strong partnership between home and school. There are several ways we communicate with parents and students:

 

              Phone system all-calls: Please make sure your phone number on file is current

              PCEC, Polk Schools, and ICC websites:  http://pcec.polkschools.org, http://www.polkschools.org, http://www.isothermal.edu

              Parent emails (also encourage students to forward emails/updates)

              Written communication

              Conferences

We love for families to be involved in education!

CLUBS AND SERVICE PROJECTS

Clubs and Services Projects


Clubs are established based on student interest and school needs, and school and community-based events occur throughout the school year. Students may also be eligible for participating in student organizations and activities on ICC’s campus. Students are also encouraged to volunteer, job shadow, hold informative interviews, and schedule college visits.


            Awards, Recognition, and Celebrations

        ARecognition and celebrations may be planned by PCEC and/or ICC organizations and school personnel, based upon individual or school awards and         recognition.Students will be recognized each semester for their academic performance and some rewards may exist for high achieving students.            Based upon achievement, students may graduate PCEC with honors, and upon graduation from ICC may be recognized for achievement as well.

 

              College Differences 

COLLE IFERENCE

DISABILITY SERVICES

While PCEC will comply with students’ needs, it should be noted that college services work differently. Students with an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) requesting accommodations must submit disability information to the Disability Counselor at ICC in order to determine appropriate accommodations under Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973) or ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) which may differ from IDEA. Accommodations  are not retroactive, and permission must be given to the Disability Counselor to share information with faculty semesters each semester in order to receive accommodations. If you feel accommodations may be necessary, starting the process early is best. You are encouraged to speak with the college liaison and/or director as well.

 

FERPA

In compliance with FERPA regulation, no one (including parent/guardian) outside the institution shall have access to nor will the institution disclose any information from students’ education records without the written consent of students except to personnel within the institution, to accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation function, to persons in compliance with a judicial order, and to person in an emergency in order to protect the health and safety of students or other persons. All these exceptions are permitted under the Act.

 

Faculty and staff at ICC will not provide student-specific information to parent/guardian either; instead, students should contact college instructors regarding course-specific questions or concerns (the college liaison may be Cc’ed/included in the email), and may follow up with the liaison to mediate if necessary. The college liaison is a special role to help support students with ICC, provide information, and bridge the gap for students and their families.

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY

Students are expected to do their own work in all classes. Plagiarism of words or ideas, copying work or files of other students (at PCEC or not), etc., may result in a failing grade for the assignment and/or class, and may be recorded in the students’ file at ICC. This file could be part of a record transferred to the students’ next step after PCEC. Repeat offenses can even result in being unenrolled and banned from ICC, which also becomes part of the students’ permanent educational record. Don’t risk it!

 

EARLFor a copy of the Early College calendar please visit the Polk County Schools web site at  http://www.polkschools.org. Important dates are listed              below.

 

For students attending classes on the campus at Isothermal Community College, a map is available at http://www.isothermal.edu/about/campus-map.html

IMPORTANT DAT

 

High School Courses                                                                                                          

English

English I

English II

Mathematics

Algebra I

Algebra II

Geometry

Adv. Functions or Pre-Calculus

Social Studies

Civics

World History

Science

Earth Science

Chemistry

Foreign Language

Level I

Level II

          Other

PCEC Seminar

 

 

College Courses

        English/Literature

ENG 111: Expository Writing

                 ENG 112: Argument-Based Research*

        (*most likely; ENG 113 accepted)

ENG 232: American Literature II

ENG 231: British Literature I

        Mathematics

MAT 140: Survey of Mathematics

MAT 161: College Algebra

        Social Studies

HIS 131: American History I

HIS 132: American History II

GEO 111: World Geography

PSY 150: General Psychology

HUM 130: Myth Human Culture

        Science

BIO 111: General Biology I

BIO 112: General Biology II

BIO 140/140A Environmental

        Biology or BIO 155 Nutrition

Health and Physical Education

PED 110: Fit & Well For Life

        Career and Technical

CIS 110: Intro to Computers

        Arts Education

MUS 113: American Music

        Other

ACA 115: Success and Study Skills

ACA 122: College Transfer Succ.

COM 231: Public Speaking

Elective (ex: PHI 240 Ethics)

Elective

Elective                        


NOTE: As of 2015-2016 School Year (subject to change), for completion of high school and Associate of Science*.  *Requires commuting to Isothermal’s main campus in Spindale, NC.
 Campus map is available here:
http://www.isothermal.edu/about/campus-map.html


 

High School Courses

English

English I

English II

Mathematics

Algebra I

Algebra II

Geometry

Adv. Functions or Pre-Calculus

Social Studies

Civics

World History

Science

Earth Science

Chemistry

Foreign Language

Level I

Level II

          Other

PCEC Seminar

 

 

College Courses

        English/Literature

ENG 111: Expository Writing

                 ENG 112: Argument-Based Research*

        (*most likely; ENG 113 accepted)

ENG 232: American Literature II

ENG 231: British Literature I

        Mathematics

MAT 172/A: Trigonometry

MAT 271: Calculus I

        Social Studies

HIS 131: American History I

HIS 132: American History II

GEO 111: World Geography

PSY 150: General Psychology

HUM 130: Myth in Human Culture

        Science

BIO 111: General Biology I

BIO 112: General Biology II

BIO 140/140A Environmental

        Biology or other lab science

Health and Physical Education

PED 110: Fit & Well for Life

        Career and Technical

CIS 110: Intro to Computers

        Arts Education

MUS 113: American Music

        Other

ACA 115: Success and Study Skills

ACA 122: College Transfer Success

MATH OR SCIENCE Elective

MATH OR SCIENCE Elective

MATH OR SCIENCE Elective

MATH OR SCIENCE Elective


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