August 9, 2017
Dear Parents of 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade students:
I am writing to share some information regarding an opportunity that the state has made available for your child: Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM). Starting with the 2015-2016 school year, through CDM, your child has the option to attempt to earn credit for a course without spending a specific number of hours in the classroom. More specifically, under the new CDM option, uniquely-qualified students may “test out of,” or “bypass,” a course if they have already mastered the content.
The CDM program provides an opportunity for students to learn new content, be challenged with the next level of rigor in a subject area, and possibly pursue early graduation from high school. However, this option is not designed to replace existing accelerated pathways (such as Honors courses, Advanced Placement courses, or College and Career Promise courses). Instead, it is intended to provide students with an opportunity to “test out of,” or “bypass,” a course in which they already excel in terms of the mastery of its content. This option is available to all high school students in the Randolph County School System, as well as current 8th grade students in the school system, with regard to earning credit for high school level courses offered in grades 9-12.
Parents and students are encouraged at this time to consider options for the use of the CDM program, in terms of potential courses, during the 2017-2018 school year. During the Fall 2017 semester, students will be able to apply for, and attempt to complete, CDM for courses to be taken by them during the Spring semester of 2018. Applications for the fall 2017 CDM cycle are due to your child’s principal no later than September 8, 2017.
To earn credit for a high school course through this process, students shall demonstrate mastery for the course through the successful completion of the following two phases:
Phase 1: A standard examination
Phase 2: An artifact
More information about the CDM process and a list of eligible courses can be accessed on the Randolph County School System’s website at http://www.randolph.k12.nc.us/Pages/CreditbyDemonstratedMastery.aspx. Nonetheless, it is important to note that the CDM process only can be used to earn credits in standard (non-honors level) courses. Please feel free to call your child’ school counselor, (insert counselor’s name), at (insert phone number) for more information.
Seniors who are applying to colleges can start! The Common Application is now available for students who are applying to schools such as NCSTATE, UNC, High Point University, UNC-Wilmington, just to name a few.
The CFNC- College Foundation of North Carolina is also open for students to start to apply.
Transcripts must be requested to schools either by using CFNC or the SCRIBEorder function that is located on the left hand side of the Wheatmore Homepage under TRANSCRIPT request.
If you have any questions please see Mrs. Atkins in Guidance.
We will hold an informational meeting for seniors and their parents/guardians on August 22, 2017 at 6:30 in the Theater. It is important that students and parents attend this opening meeting to receive information about applying to colleges, financial aid and several other important senior dates,-College Night/Career Night, field trips to colleges/universities, plus other important information. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Atkins at sdunphy-atkins @randolph.k12.nc.us or 336-476-1500 ext 4140
Attention class of 2018, if you are going to use the COMMON APPLICATION to apply to colleges (UNC, NCSTATE, UNCW just to mention a few) here are the essays they want you to answer.
2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts
1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]
2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]
3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]
4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]
5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]
6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]
7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]
As of 9/1/2016 all transcript requests must be made through the Randolph County Schools website.
Follow the link below to be directed to Randolph County Transcript Request page.
North Carolina has some of the best public and private colleges in the country. According to The USAToday College report our state offers everything from large to small colleges. Here are the top 10 colleges listed by this report.
(1) Duke University
(2) Wake Forest Univeristy
(3) Davidson College
(4) UNC Chapel Hill
(5) Elon University
(6) NC State
(7) UNC School of the Arts
(8) Meredith College
(9) Appalachian State University
(10) Salem College
There is some AWESOME information on their website about paying for college. The information is listed under the tab Plan Ahead. Great tips for all students in grades 9-12 and parents too!