General Information

  • Course Requirements - It is highly recommended that all students select an academic program inclusive of seven periods of instruction plus lunch.  Students with college plans should maintain a high level of achievement throughout the senior year, as acceptances and/or possible scholarship opportunities may be based upon the strength of grades and academic program.  School policy requires that seniors enroll in six periods of instruction including Physical Education.  Seniors may elect a six or seven period day under the late arrival/early release option.  If a senior chooses to opt for early release, the request must be made at the time of programming meeting.  Early release is subject to availability after all other course requests have been programmed.  There will be no schedule changes in September to accommodate early release. Seniors with early release must agree to leave the building and may return after 1:50 p.m. for extra help, Driver’s Ed., co-curricular activities and athletics.  If a student cannot leave, then early release is not appropriate and will be rescinded.

    • Seniors must understand that early release is not guaranteed and students must not make employment commitments requiring an early dismissal.

    Students requesting an 8 period day must fill out the “No Lunch” form and have it signed by a parent/guardian. You may bring a bagged lunch but you will NOT be permitted to go to the cafeteria to purchase lunch. 

    • Sufficient Enrollment- The offering of any course is dependent upon sufficient enroll
    • Summer School - It is recommended that courses failed during the regular school year be remediated in summer school, with approval, to avoid delay of grad
    • Credit Recovery - All students who fail a course(s) have two options to recover credit.  Students are allowed to remediate the class(es) during summer school or during credit recovery.  The credit recovery program typically runs from either 2:30pm – 4:00pm or 4:00pm – 5:30pm. 
    • Early Graduation - Early graduation may be permitted with approval of the high school prin Applications must be filed with the counselor in the year prior to expected graduation.
    • Ranking Procedures - Class rank is determined for each student at the completion of each year and after the first semester of grade All courses are included in calculating class rank. Transcripts indicate un-weighted final grades as well as weighted and un-weighted cumulative averages.  For the purpose of calculating class rank, final course grades will be weighted to reflect the difficulty level of the course.  The following weighting factors have been established:

    AP Courses                                                                                      1.10
    Honors/BEACON Courses/Pre-AP/College Level Courses       1.05
    Regents Courses                                                                            1.00

    • Selection of the Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Essayist of the graduating class will be in accordance with Board of Education Poli

    PSAT - Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test: This exam is offered in October to juniors, sophomores and freshmen to familiarize students with the SAT format.  Juniors are eligible for the National Merit Scholarship. PSAT scores are not made available to colleges and are best used as a reference to identify strengths and weaknesses. All juniors are encouraged to take the PSAT exam. Register for the PSAT at the PMHS Guidance Center.

    SAT - SAT I Reasoning Test: Students should anticipate taking this test in May or June of their junior year. Additional retakes are scheduled in October, November and/or December of the senior year.

    ACT - American College Testing:  This achievement test is accepted by most colleges/universities for admission. Students should take the test in the spring of their junior year and fall of their senior year.

    SAT/ACT CEEB CODE 333093       SAT TEST CENTER CODE 33602      ACT TEST CENTER CODE 191350

    **Students must register online for SATs at: www.collegeboard.com and for ACTs at: www.actstudent.org. Please be advised that if testing accommodations (extended time, tests read, scribe, etc.) are requested for the PSAT, AP Program, SAT or ACT, you must complete an Application REQUEST which is available in the Counseling Office or at CSE/504 Meetings. Note: The College Board and ACT Testing Program require several weeks to process these applications. This College Board form needs to be completed only once during high school (except for situations where an IEP testing accommodations change).