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Core Subject Recommendation

Teachers of pre-requisite core courses (English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages) are responsible for making appropriate course recommendations for the next school year.  These recommendations will generate the First Course Verification Form that will be distributed to students who will then have an opportunity to review their teachers' recommendations and make any necessary changes.  Students will receive two additional Course Verification Forms before the end of this school year, allowing them to update their course requests, if necessary, before the final deadline of May 23, 2019.

Students are encouraged to pursue an appropriately challenging course of study; however, they should keep in mind that the demands of college-prep, honors-level, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses vary.  Students should consider their entire course load and aim for a balanced schedule by taking into account teacher recommendations, District placement guidelines, course load, extra-curricular commitments, interest level, after-school jobs, future goals, and other factors when signing up for honors-level and AP courses.  Teachers, parents, and students are encouraged to use the matrix at the following link to provide additional guidance in making course selections.  Students who receive two or more ratings of 1 or 2 are not strong candidates for honors or AP classes. 

Cambridge Course Recommendation Guidelines

No student who meets the criteria outlined in the District placement guidelines should be prevented from taking a course, but this is only one criteria used to determine appropriate placement.  District placement guidelines can be found at the link below.

Fulton County Schools Placement Guidelines 


In determining placement for students who fall short of the criteria, overall aptitude demonstrated by evidence from past performance and teacher feedback should be considered, always bearing in mind what is in the best interests of the student. 

After considering teacher recommendations and the guidance charts, parents may sign a waiver for placement in an accelerated, honors, or Advanced Placement course if a student does not meet the District placement guidelines. 

Additional resources regarding the course selection process, including the 2019-2020 Cambridge High School Curriculum Guide can be found below.


First Course Verification Form
January 28 & February 7, 2019 
          
On Monday, January 28 students currently at CHS in grades 9, 10, and 11, and students currently at Hopewell Middle School and Northwestern Middle School who will be attending CHS next year will receive a course verification form. The form lists the core subject courses that their teachers have recommended.  A student may change his/her teacher recommendation by following directions on the verification form. Also on the verification form, students will write in their elective requests and indicate which courses, if any, they would like to take online. 
 
On Thursday, February 7, CHS students will return the first verification form to their second period teachers. Current Hopewell and Northwestern Middle School students will return their forms to their respective schools. This is the first of three verification forms students will receive that will give them the opportunity to make changes to their course requests.

Dual Enrollment Night
January 28, 2019
6:30 pm CHS auditorium
This is an information session regarding updated dual enrollment processes and instructions, for Fall 2018 classes. Cambridge High School counseling staff and dual enrollment college representatives will be present during this session.

Special Programs Night
January 31, 2019

6:30 pm CHS classrooms      
This event is designed to help students determine their readiness for Advanced Placement (AP) classes and their interest in a number of elective courses.

Students interested in taking AP courses, honors level world language, visual arts, performing arts, and/or Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are invited to attend this informational event. Parents are welcome as well. A brief opening informational video will be broadcast in classrooms, followed by break-out sessions. Students and parents will have an opportunity to attend as many as four different sessions to hear teachers discuss their programs/courses. More information regarding the evening's schedule will be forthcoming.

Agenda 

Second Course Verification Form
February 25, 2019

Students will receive second and third course verification forms that list all of their requests (core courses and electives). Students will have an opportunity to make changes to their requests on these forms.

Middle School Visits
February 20, 2019

Middle school students zoned for Cambridge will take a "field trip" with their respective schools to tour Cambridge; meet administrators, counselors, and teachers; and visit some special elective classrooms.  Students zoned for Cambridge who are not currently attending either Northwestern Middle School or Hopewell Middle School are encouraged to attend, and these students should contact the Cambridge Guidance Office for specific information: 470-254-2517.

Third Course Verification Form
March 25, 2019

Final Course Change Deadline
May 23, 2019

No changes to course requests will be honored after this date. 

 
 

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2018-2019 Final Exam Exemption Incentive

The Final Exam Exemption Incentive provides all Cambridge High School students the opportunity to exempt final exams provided a student misses no more than five days per semester of a class and has a class average of 70 or above. If a student exceeds five absences, he/she may still exempt with an average of 90 or above. 

Refer to the chart below for a detailed explanation.         

GRADE

REQUIREMENTS
(Student must meet ALL requirements.)

# EXEMPTIONS ALLOWED

9th

  1. 5 or fewer absences (*excused and unexcused) per semester, in the class you wish to exempt the final exam

  2.  OSS counts toward absences

  3. Average ≥ 70 

  4. Only one absence from GROWL for the year

  5. **Perfect yearlong attendance in GROWL will result in TWO exemptions during the second semester

ONE
** TWO

10th

  1. 5 or fewer absences (*excused and unexcused) per semester, in the class you wish to exempt the final exam

  2. OSS counts toward absences

  3. Average ≥ 70

TWO

11th

  1. 5 or fewer absences (*excused and unexcused) per semester, in the class you wish to exempt the final exam

  2.  OSS counts toward absences

  3. Average ≥ 70

THREE

12th

  1. 5 or fewer absences (*excused and unexcused) per semester, in the class you wish to exempt the final exam

  2.  OSS counts toward absences

  3. Average ≥ 70

SIX


* NOTE

  • Absences marked as "School Activity" are excused and may include: field trips, sporting events, school competitions, and school testing.

  • Out of School Suspension will count towards absences to exempt final exams

  • Official college visits do not count towards exemptions. An official college visit requires:

    • A Request for Pre-Arranged College Visit form from the attendance office and filled out three days before the visit

    • Documentation of your visit on college letterhead with the date of the visit to be turned in to the attendance office

Final Exam Exemption Incentive - Q&A

  1. What is the purpose of the exam exemption incentive? 

    The purpose of our exemption incentive is to improve student attendance.   

  2. What is the rationale behind documenting student absences?

    1. To ensure the accuracy of student records

    2. Absences that are excused permit students to make up work without a penalty

    3. To determine eligibility for the exam exemption

  3. Is taking an AP exam considered an excused absence?

    Students taking an AP Exam are coded as "school activity" on the day they take an AP Exam. Therefore, their absence will not count against them for attendance regarding the Final Exam Exemption Incentive.

  4. If my child takes four college visits in the spring would he be able to exempt his finals?

    The incentive states that official documented college visits are not counted towards absences. Official college visits are when the student has completed the pre-arranged college visit form and has supplied the proper documentation of the college visit to the attendance office.

  5. If my daughter gets sick and misses six days of school one semester, can she still exempt? 

    The incentive aligns with the state reporting guidelines in which an absence is an absence.  The student could still be eligible to exempt finals provided she has no more than five absences per semester or at least a 90-cumulative grade point average in the class. 

  6. Can a student exempt a final exam in an AP course or a graded experience for a course with an EOC?

    Students can request to exempt the final exam in an AP course or the graded experience in an EOC class, based on the final exam exemption incentive.

  7. In what classes can final exams not be exempted?

    1. On-line courses

    2. Courses that have a state mandated assessment

    3. Any Move-On-When-Ready course
       

  8. Can you exempt an End of Course (EOC) test?

    No, however, a student may exempt the graded experience in an EOC course when it is provided during the final exam testing period.

  9. Where do I go if I have more questions about attendance?

    To verify absences per course, go to Student Access Center/Home Access Center at www.fultonschools.org, then go to the Student and Parents Home Access Center. You can always reach out to your child's assistant principal or our attendance office if you have questions regarding your child's attendance.   

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CCRPI Scores

Cambridge High School

Georgia Department of Education released the 2018 College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) for all schools in Georgia. The CCRPI is the way the Georgia Department of Education (DOE) measures schools and school districts and gives them a rating on a 100-point scale. The State DOE made the following changes to the 2018 CCRPI calculation: schools could not earn bonus points, schools were capped at 100 points for performance on individual metrics (even though we earned 100 points in areas in the past), school performance targets were set based on prior school performance instead of state targets, and for the first time the state weighted growth scores.

Our 2018 score of 93.6 (out of a 100-point scale) is a new baseline using the new CCRPI calculation. Due to the changes in CCRPI components and indicators, as well as the weighting of components, an apples to apples comparison of CCRPI scores from year to year is difficult.

We view the annual CCRPI report as an opportunity to examine our test data and understand where we excel and where we need to make improvements. At the same time, we do not feel one measurement, such as the CCRPI score, is completely reflective of our school and the great things that happen every day for our kids.

The vast majority of the CCRPI score derives from student performance on the Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG)/End of Course tests. Our test data indicates that we performed above the District scores and continue to excel in student progress, readiness, and content mastery, and we will focus on improvements in the area of closing the gap.  

We are making efforts to address this area with our student support programs in GROWL, CLAWS, and PAWS. We continue to support our 9th grade students with transition programs such as GROWL and our CLAWS mentoring. We utilize our student support programs such as PAWS, individual student intervention, and teacher collaboration to help students achieve at the highest levels and close gaps.

I do want to point out the progress we have made in the areas of attendance and graduation rate. We have achieved one of the highest high school attendance rates in the county, with 95.83%. We would like to thank our students and families for making school attendance a priority. We are also proud of our 98.7% graduation rate which is the highest in Fulton County Schools.

The CCRPI is an assessment of how we are doing in relation to the End of Grade/End of Course tests. We are thankful to have a snapshot of our performance, but we recognize that these CCRPI scores are based on one-day tests; whereas, the school year is 180 days. There are many great things happening for our students that are not captured by a single measurement like the CCRPI.

The Georgia Department of Education also recently released its annual School Climate Star ratings for all schools in Georgia. School climate refers to the quality and character of school life – the "culture" of a school. School climate ratings are based on survey results and data from the 2017-2018 school year, and each school is rated on a 1-5 scale, with five stars representing an excellent school climate, and one star representing a school climate in need of improvement. Our 2018 score is "4" Star, which is consistent with last year.

We believe that our school has an exceptional climate, and that is partly because of your support. We are also proud of our students and faculty who demonstrate positivity and concern for promoting a safe and secure learning environment.  

As principal, I am proud to represent a school that continually strives to improve. Thank you for your support as we continue to prepare students for success on their chosen path after their time at Cambridge High School.

Sincerely,

Kimberly H. Premoli
Principal
Cambridge High School

 

2018 SAT Scores

Cambridge High School

Cambridge was one of ten schools in Fulton County posting double-digit gains in the total SAT score for 2018.  

​2017
# Taking Test

2017
Mean EBRW Score

2017​Mean Math Score2017
Total EBRW & Math
2018
#
Taking Test
​2018 Mean EBRW Score2018 Mean EBRW
Score
2018
Total EBRW & Math
​Cambridge​292581​​574​1155​377​601​583​1184
​Fulton Co.​4110​533​518​1051​5411​551​540​1091
​Georgia​63805​535​515​1050​65900​537​517​1054

EBRW =  Evidence Based Reading/Writing

 

2018 ACT College Readiness Scores

Cambridge High School

Average ACT Scores -
Class of 2018

- 321 students took the ACT
- English average score: 26.1 
  (State average: 20.9)
- Mathematics: 25.1
  (State average: 20.7)
- Reading: 26.5
  (State average: 22.1)
- Science: 25.2
  (State average 21.2)
- Composite: 25.9
  (State average: 21.4)

Percent of ACT-Tested Students Ready
for College-Level Coursework

- College English: 91%  (State average: 65%)
- College Algebra: 73%  (State average: 40%)
- College Social Science 76%: (State average: 49%)
- College Biology 70%: (38%)
- Meeting All Four: 60%  (State average: 27%)

These scores reflect the achievement of our graduates on the ACT and an indication of the extent to which they are prepared for college-level work. The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework. 

The class of 2018 reported the highest average score in all four areas and the composite score of the past five years of report results. 

 

Final Exams

Final Exam Exemption Incentive

2018-2019

 

First Semester Final Exams:

December 17 - 20, 2018

 

Second Semester Final Exams:

May 20 - 23, 2019


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