Los Alamitos High School requires all students to demonstrate honesty and to abide by ethical standards in preparing and presenting materials, as well as in testing situations. Grades should reflect the student’s own work in the fairest possible way. Academic dishonesty, cheating, or plagiarism involves an attempt by the student to show possession of a level of knowledge or skill which he or she does not possess. It involves any attempt of a student to substitute the product of another, in whole or in part, as his or her own work. It also includes theft, possession, or unauthorized use of any answer keys or model answers.
Violation of the Los Alamitos High School Academic Honesty Code will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including: suspension, dismissal from student offices and all athletics and extracurricular activities, involuntary transfer, and expulsion. This policy covers all school-related tests, quizzes, reports, class assignments, and projects, both in and out of class.
Cheating includes but is not necessarily limited to:
Copying or giving an assignment to a student to be copied, unless specifically permitted/required by the teacher
Plagiarism* or submission of any work that is not the student’s own
Submission or use of falsified data or records
Cheating on Exams or on Major Projects
Use of unauthorized material including textbooks, notes, calculators, or computer programs during an examination or on a major project
Supplying or communicating in any way unauthorized material including textbooks, notes, calculators, or computer programs during an examination or on a major project
Alteration of computer and/or gradebook records or forgery of signatures for the purpose of academic advantage
Sabotaging or destroying the work of others
*PLAGIARISM: “Plagiarism” is the “act of appropriating the literary composition of another, or parts or passages of his writings, or the ideas or language of the same, and passing them off as the product of one’s own mind.” It involves “the use of any outside source without proper acknowledgment.” In the academic setting, an “outside source” includes “any work, published or unpublished, by a person other than the student.”
YOU ARE CHEATING IF YOU:
Copy, fax, duplicate, or transmit using any technology, assignments that will each be turned in as “original” work
Exchange assignments by printout, disk transfer, modem, or other electronic or recorded means, then submit it as “original” work
Write formulas, codes, key words on your person or objects for use in a test
Use hidden reference sheets during a test
Use programmed material in watches, calculators, or computer programs when prohibited
Exchange answers with others (either give or receive answers)
Submit someone else’s assignment as your own, in whole or in part
Submit material (written or designed by someone else) without giving the author/artist name and/or source (e.g., plagiarizing or submitting work done by family, friends, or tutors)
Take credit for group work, when little contribution was made
Do not follow additional specific guidelines on cheating as established by a department, class or teacher
Steal tests, answers, or materials, or have unauthorized possession of such materials
NON DISCRIMINATION IN DISTRICT PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES POLICY
The Governing Board is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs and activities shall be free from discrimination based on gender, sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or the perception of one or more of such characteristics. The Board shall promote programs which ensure that discriminatory practices are eliminated in all District activities.
UNIFORM COMPLAINT PROCEDURE FOR
SPECIFIC STATE AND FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS The Los Alamitos Unified School District shall comply with all state and federal laws and regulations. The District shall follow uniform complaint procedures when addressing complaints alleging unlawful discrimination based on ethnic group identification, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, sex, race, ancestry, national origin, color, or physical or mental disability in any program or activity that receives or benefits from state financial assistance. Uniform complaint procedures (as set forth in California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Sections 4600-4671) shall also be used when addressing complaints alleging failure to comply with state and/or federal law in: adult education, consolidated categorical aid programs, migrant education, vocational education, child care and development programs, child nutrition programs and special education programs. The Board encourages the early, informal resolution of complaints at the site level whenever possible. The Board recognizes that a neutral mediator can often suggest an early compromise that is agreeable to all parties in a dispute. In accordance with uniform complaint procedures, whenever all parties to a complaint agree to try resolving their problem through mediation, the Superintendent or designee shall initiate mediation. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that mediation results are consistent with state and federal laws and regulations. The Board prohibits retaliation in any form for the participation in a complaint procedures, including but not limited to the filing of a complaint or the reporting of instances of discrimination, Such participation shall not in any way affect the status, grades, or work assignments of the complainant. The Board acknowledges and respects student and employee rights to privacy. Discrimination complaints shall be investigated in a manner that protects the confidentiality of the parties and the facts. This includes keeping the identity of the complainant confidential except to the extent necessary to carry out the investigation or proceedings, as determined by the Superintendent or designee on a case-by-case basis. A complaint shall be filed with the Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services who will then refer it to the staff member responsible for the program(s) in question. This staff member shall be knowledgeable about the laws and/or program in question.
NOTIFICATION PROCESS: Any individual, public agency, or organization alleging a violation of federal or state statute may file a written complaint regarding special programs with the Los Alamitos Unified School District. Discrimination complaints must be filed with the District or the California Department of Education if direct intervention is requested by a person harmed or by a person on behalf of another. Their complaints must be filed not later than six months from the occurrence of when they are first acknowledged. Complaints must be resolved within sixty (60) days of receipt of a complaint. The attached form provides the filing party an opportunity to present evidence relevant to the complaint.
APPEAL PROCESS: If dissatisfied with the District’s decision the complainant may appeal in writing to the California Department of Education within fifteen (15) days of receiving the district’s decision. The following will be submitted to the California Department of Education on notification of an appeal:
The original complaint
A copy of the District’s decision
A summary of the nature and extent of the investigation conducted by the District if not covered in the District’s decision
A report of the action taken to resolve the complaint
A copy of the District’s complaint procedures
Such other relevant information as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction may require
Complainant(s) may inquire with the Uniform Complaint Procedures Compliance Officer regarding any civil law remedies that may be available.
CIVIL LAW REMEDIES: A complainant may pursue available civil law remedies outside of the District’s complaint procedures. Complainants may seek assistance from mediation centers or public/private interest attorneys. Civil law remedies that may be imposed by a court include, but are not limited to, injunctions and restraining orders. For discrimination complaints, however, a complainant must wait until 60 days have elapsed from the filing of an appeal with the California Department of Education before pursuing civil law remedies. The moratorium does not apply to injunctive relief and is applicable only if the District has appropriately, and in a timely manner, apprised the complainant of his/her right to file a complaint in accordance with 5 CCR 4622. When 15 percent or more of the students in a school speak a primary language other than English, all notices to parents or guardians regarding complaint procedures shall be in the student’s primary language other than English.
CoLLEGE AND CAREER cENTER
The College and Career Guidance Center, commonly referred to as the “Career Center”, is located on the west side of the Media Center. Students are encouraged to come before and after school, during nutrition and lunch, and during class when they have permission from their teachers. The Career Center provides services to all students, faculty, parents, and community members.
Register students on californiacolleges.edu to monitor progress on “a-g” requirements for admission to a four year college
College search through Kuder College and Career Planning system losal.kuder.com
Printed resources: catalogues, brochures, videos
Overnight check-out system of printed resources
Scheduled, formal fall visitations from over 50 college representatives
College Information Night for Seniors and parents (September)
UC Application / Essay Night (October)
Community College Fair/Information Night for Seniors and parents (February)
College Information Night for Juniors and parents (February)
College Information Night for Sophomores and parents (March)
ROP (North Orange County Regional Occupation Program)
Course information and guidance
Course registration and documentation of course completion
Student Employment Services
Maintain “Job Board” listings from local business community
Process Work Permits
The following site license allows for printing, copying, and distribution within the school sites and homes of students attending Los Alamitos High School, Laurel Continuation High School, and Oak and McAuliffe Middle Schools. This is an excellent resource opportunity for all students and parents to discover great information about colleges and careers.
Begin Lifelong College and Career Planning atlosal.kuder.com The College and Career Center offers an online program for all students accessed by a personal user name and password. Online users will complete the college search and career development process through the online portfolio. Individuals can take assessments and access multiple resources to explore occupations and plan for postsecondary education. The portfolio includes assessments, favorites list, planning timelines, education planner, resume builder, note taker, job interview planning, occupation search and comparison, college search and comparison, financial aid application and scholarship search. The assessments provide automatic, immediate scoring and reporting available from any Internet location.
Step 1: Go to http://losal.kuder.comStep 2: Click on Returning UsersStep 3:User Name: First name Middle Initial Last name (no space) – Example: JoshMSmith Password: Griffin Step 4: Click on Take an Assessment, Explore Occupations, or Plan for Education
To set up or update your 4 year plan:From your Home Page, click on Plan for Education, click on Create an Education Plan, Add a New Plan. Click on Edit in the subject area box, select course, click add, click ok.
Explore other options within the portfolio: Assessment Results, Plan for the Future, Explore Careers, Select a Major, Choose a Career, Find Financial Aid, Get a Job. For assistance, contact the LAHS Career Center at (562) 799-4780, Ext. 82244 or 82240.
Parents can also get involved, access additional resources and review your child’s portfolio by creating your free Kuder Navigator parent account at losal.kuder.com. Just click on “new users register here” and choose “parent under 18.” Your child should know their user name, but if they have forgotten it, please contact Mrs. Eatmon or Mrs. Davenport at ext. 82240. Encourage your child to show you their assessment reports and review the results together.
Los Alamitos High School
Graduate with a Pathway Cord
By completing six semester courses within a selected pathway, you may be eligible to wear a special colored cord at graduation.
Technology Course – 1 semester
Industry-Related Courses – 3 semesters
Subject-Related Courses – 2 semesters
TOTAL = 6 Semesters
Pathway course performance must be grade B or better.
Recognition requires an overall 2.0 GPA and satisfactory citizenship/effort.
Ten (10) hours of job shadowing
These activities must be completed at business/community sites within the selected pathway and documented. Hours from Career Day speakers, Mentor Breakfast, pathway-related field trips, summer camps, internships or college program visits (maximum 2 hours) may also apply.
Life Skills Assessment
Postsecondary Education Plan
PowerPoint - email to email@example.com (if using a MAC please save as a PowerPoint Document before emailing) or submit on CD/flash drive to the Career Center
Career Pathway Components
One semester of a technology class from the approved list (top left of next page) is required. A technology course from an accredited college may also be used to meet the technology requirement; however, college credits may not be applied toward high school graduation credit.
Job Shadowing Component:
Ten (10) hours required; choice of location requires prior approval of pathway advisor; structured time under the supervision of an adult employee; experience related to career area student has selected.
Documentation forms for the portfolio components are available at www.losal.org Click on schools, Los Alamitos High School, Academics, College & Career Center, Pathway Cords. Students may download all needed materials at any time or contact the LAHS Career Center for assistance.
One semester of a technology class from the approved list is required. A technology course from an accredited college may be used to meet the technology requirement; however, college credits may not be applied toward high school graduation credit.
Approved Course List
For Technology Component:
AP Computer Science
Media in Art
Modern Literature (computer-based class only)
ROP Engineering (Intro and POE)
ROP Video Production (Griffin News)
* A technology test can be taken Senior year to fulfill the technology component. An additional class from the Industry and/or Subject related course list must be taken to complete a total of six courses. *See Mrs. Eatmon if you have questions
Job Shadowing Component:
Ten (10) hours required - choice of location requires prior approval of pathway advisor; structured time under the supervision of an adult employee; experience related to career area student has selected. Hours from Career Day, pathway-related field trips, summer internships or college program visits (maximum 2 hours) may also apply.
Life Skills Assessment
PowerPoint (email or CD version)
Who am I? What am I about? Strengths? Reference community service and job shadow experience
Skill Set? Identify by example your value as a potential employee. Reference Life Skills Assessment.
Possible careers for the future? Job market, salary potential in your pathway.
Educational plan? Training required to reach your goal.
Lessons learned? Personal insights into value of this experience
All components are due to the Career Center by April 15th of the graduation year. Support materials for the portfolio component are available at www.losal.org Click on schools, Los Alamitos High School, Academics, College & Career Center, Pathway Cords. Students may download and print all needed materials at any time or contact the LAHS Career Center for assistance.
This project is funded by the 2013-14 allocation from the U.S. Department of Education Revised 01/2013
under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006.
All students attending Los Alamitos High School must accumulate 220 credits in grades nine through twelve to graduate from high school. To receive a diploma and participate in graduation ceremonies, students must: 1) pass all required courses; 2) meet the minimum requirement of passing Algebra I or its equivalent; and 3) pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). Remedial and intervention program options are available for students who have not passed the CAHSEE.
The 220 credits necessary for graduation must include:
a. 40 credits (8 semesters) English - Must be enrolled every year.
b. 30 credits (6 semesters) History - Must include 10 credits World History, Cultures, & Geography; 10 credits United States History (including Geography); 5 credits American Political Tradition (including American Government & Civics); and 5 credits Economics
c. 20 credits (4 semesters) Mathematics – Minimum requirement of Algebra I or equivalent.
d. 20 credits (4 semesters) Physical Education or Athletics participation
e. 20 credits (4 semesters) Science - 10 credits Life Sciences and 10 credits
f. 5 credits (1 semester) Health
g. 10 credits (2 semesters) Fine Arts* (Art, Dramatic Arts, Dance, Music)
and/or World Language
h. 10 credits (2 semesters) Fine Arts* (Art, Dramatic Arts, Dance, Music) or
Applied Arts (Child Development, Computer
Education, Industrial Technology, ROP)
*A maximum of 10 credits of Fine Arts can meet either the “g” or “h” requirement, but not both.
These required classes comprise 155 of the 220 required credits. The remaining 65 credits are student elective choices. Students may enroll in a maximum of 40 credits per semester, including Regional Occupational Program (ROP), Career Technical Education (CTE), adult school, and independent study.
Senior students must be enrolled in a minimum of five classes; at least four of these classes must be scheduled on the Los Al campus during the regular school day. If a senior is on a shortened day, he/she must be enrolled in enough LAHS and/or ROP daytime classes to meet his/her graduation credit requirement. Students must be enrolled as regular students at the comprehensive high school in the last semester of their senior year in order to qualify for a comprehensive high school diploma. Fifth-year seniors are not allowed to remain at the comprehensive high school. A student who completes the second semester of the senior year at the comprehensive high school, but who fails to graduate, may earn a comprehensive high school diploma by: (1) enrolling in continuation high school or (2) completing graduation requirements at any recognized institution within one calendar year of their senior year.
NOTE: Course titles in this Handbook are marked “HS” followed by the subject area being met for graduation.
PROGRAM PLANNING WORKSHEET
(for informal use only)
Listed below is the recommended sequence of courses for all students:
Grade 9 English I English I
10 credits in Fine Arts or Math Math
World Language and 10 credits P.E. P.E.
in Fine or Applied Arts must be Science Science
taken in grades 9-12. Health or Elective Health or Elective
Grade 10 English II English II
World History World History
Grade 11 English English
U.S. History U.S. History
Grade 12 English English
Amer. Political Trad. Economics
Recognition at gRaduation
Award of Merit – This award is given to students who complete the sequence of high school courses required by the University of California and California State University systems to be minimally eligible for admission. Students must have a grade of ‘C’ or better in each semester of the required courses. A grade of ‘D’ in the fall semester in a language other than English is acceptable with a higher grade in the spring semester or a grade of ‘C’ or better in the next higher level course in the same language. A grade of ‘D’ in the fall semester in Algebra I is acceptable with a higher grade in the spring semester or a grade of ‘C’ or better in Algebra II. Students meeting these requirements wear an Award of Merit medal at graduation.
Pathway Cords for Graduation – By completing six semester courses within a selected pathway, students may be eligible to wear a colored cord at graduation indicating this accomplishment. The pathways are Arts and Communication, Business and Marketing, Consumer and Human Services, Health Sciences, or Science and Technology. Pathway course performance must be grade B or better. Recognition requires 2.0 overall GPA and satisfactory citizenship/effort. Ten (10) hours of job shadowing at a business/community site, a professional resume, and a PowerPoint presentation describing the student's postsecondary plan are also required. All documentation must be completed by April 15 of the student's graduation year. The specific requirements for each pathway are listed in the Pathway Cords for Graduation brochure available in the College and Career Center or online at www.losal.org/lahs. Select academics, Career Center, Pathway Cords.
Gold Seal Bearer (California Scholarship Federation) – CSF is a scholastic organization and membership is dependent upon grades and points earned in identified academic classes. Application for membership must be made each semester. Incoming freshmen, who qualify based on their eighth grade spring semester grades, are admitted on a probationary basis. Students who have been a member of the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) at least four semesters during grades 10 through 12, including one semester in their senior year, are awarded Gold Seal status at graduation. A gold seal is attached to the student’s diploma and notation of this honor is made on the student’s permanent transcript. Some universities and colleges recognize Gold Seal Bearers by offering special scholarships to these students. Gold Seal Bearers have the opportunity to wear this recognition at graduation if they are an active member and have 60 CSF points.
To be eligible for semester membership, a student must earn a minimum of 10 CSF points. Of these 10 points, 7 points MUST be earned from the academic subjects: mathematics, science, social sciences, foreign language, and English. The remaining points may come from other subject areas. “A” = 3 CSF points, “B” = 1 CSF point, “C” = 0 CSF points, and a “B” = 2 CSF points in Honors and AP classes. A grade of “D” or “F” in any course or a “U” in citizenship shall disqualify the student from membership for the semester.
Academic Honors – Students who excel in a rigorous academic program are awarded Academic Honors, which is the school’s highest honor at graduation. Eligibility to earn Academic Honors at graduation will first be determined during the senior’s second semester (at the 12-week progress report). If a student is not eligible at that time, a determination may be made upon final grades. The method of establishing Academic Honors encourages students to undertake a broader and more difficult academic program.
Honor Points (earned in grades 9-12): 1. An “A” grade = 4 honor points per semester; “B” grade = 3 honor points per semester;
“C” grade = 0 honor points per semester.
2. Earn one extra point for any grade of “A” or “B” in up to two weighted classes per semester.
A grade earned in a repeated course cannot be used for eligibility purposes.
A grade of “D” or “F” in any course automatically disqualifies a student for Academic Honors.
Must meet the ‘a-g’ requirements and earn a 3.6 GPA in a minimum of 34 academic semester classes, with a maximum of two semesters of Visual/Performing Arts. All ‘a-g’ academic classes will be used to compute the necessary GPA of 3.6.
Each of the minimum subjects listed below must be computed in determining the total points. Subjects must be taken in senior high school for computational purposes.
College preparatory and Honors English I, II and III,
College Preparatory English Electives, AP English Language
and AP English Literature
Algebra I, Algebra A/B/C/D, Geometry, Honors Geometry, Intermediate
Algebra, Algebra II, and Algebra II/Trig, and all Advanced Math courses
Media in Art, Drawing & Painting, 3D Design, and Photo
Four additional semesters chosen from the following: Advanced
Mathematics, Laboratory Science, UC-approved Social Science electives,
World Language, College Preparatory English electives, AP Music Theory,
AP Studio Art, AP Art History, and AP Computer Science Minimum Total: 34
President’s Award for Educational Excellence – This award is based on a student earning Academic Honors status, as well as a score of at least 1950 on the SAT Reasoning or 29 on the ACT college admissions examinations.
National Honor Society – Membership in the National Honor Society is both an honor and a responsibility. Seniors are elected to membership first semester upon taking a college-prep academic program and earning a weighted 3.8 cumulative GPA for six semesters, and having at least two faculty members attest to their citizenship, service, leadership, and work habits. Members are expected to continue to demonstrate the qualities of scholarship, service, leadership, and character for their senior year and must maintain a weighted 3.8 cumulative GPA for seven semesters. This society is recognized nationwide and membership is transferable on an interstate, interschool basis. Membership rolls will be made available to all local media and appropriate recognition given at graduation.
Valedictorian and Salutatorian at Graduation – The Valedictorian status will be awarded to the top ten students earning the highest weighted grade point average in a specific course of study after seven semesters. All ten Valedictorians will be recognized at graduation.
NOTE: Students who have a documented instance of cheating or plagiarism during their high school experience are not eligible for valedictorian or National Honor Society consideration. Cheating and plagiarism have become increasing problems at high schools and colleges / universities nationwide. Cheating and plagiarism can be defined as follows (but are not limited to these descriptions):
CHEATING: To derive something valuable by the use of deceit or fraud (Merriam-Webster); to copy information or answers on an exam / quiz, project or assignment from another person; submit answers that are not your own in an attempt to earn points / credit for said work. PLAGIARISM: The practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as your own (Merriam-Webster). This also includes, but is not limited to, copying directly from printed and / or electronic resources (i.e., Wikipedia).