SCHOOL PROFILE


Community

Pontiac is a community of about 12,000 residents located 35 miles north of Bloomington on I-55. There are two public school districts in Pontiac—Pontiac Elementary #429 and Pontiac Twp. High School #90.


School Facts

ACT/CEEB Code: 143-535
Affiliation: Public
Grades: 9-12
Enrollment (8/29/14): 715
Teachers (Full-Time Equivalent): 54
Size of 12th Grade: 204

Accreditation: AdvancED

The school year is divided into two semesters of 18 weeks each, with 9-week grading periods. Class periods are 45 minutes in length 3 days a week and 90 minutes 2 days a week.


Curriculum

A curriculum that includes over 100 course offerings allows students to select from a wide variety of areas of study.

Advanced courses of study are offered in many disciplines including foreign language, mathematics, science, and English. Honors courses are available in English. These are denoted on the transcript with an (H) behind the course name. Advanced Placement courses are offered in Art, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Music Theory, Spanish, Statistics and U.S. History. Honors and Advanced Placement courses are not weighted when calculating GPA.


Grading System

Letter grades are used in marking all report cards. The following standards are used:
A (superior) 92 – 100
B (above average) 83 – 91
C (average) 74 – 82
D (below average) 65 – 73
F (failure) below 65
GPA is computed on all classes except P.E. The grade points assigned to the letter grades for the purpose of computing grade average are:

A – 4
B – 3
C – 2
D – 1
F – 0


Graduation Requirements

Twenty six (26) credits are required for graduation from Pontiac Twp High School.

Students must complete the following units of study to be certified for graduation.

1 Unit………………………….United States History
4 Units………………………. English
3 Units………………………. Mathematics
2 Units………………………. Science
4 Units………………………. Physical Education (*1)
1/2 Unit……………………… Social Studies (*2)
1/2 Unit……………………… Civics (*3)
1/2 Unit……………………… Health
1/2 Unit……………………… Consumer Education (*4)
1 Unit………………………… Music, Art, Foreign Language, or Vocational Education (*5)

(*1) Students are required to be enrolled in physical education every semester that they are enrolled in school unless exempt by Board of Education Policy.
(*2) The additional 1/2 unit of credit in social studies may be taken from the following: Ancient History, Modern History, European Geography, Regional Geography, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, or International Relations.
(*3) All constitution tests must be passed as administered by the Social Studies Department.
(*4) Consumer Education, Consumer Management, Economics, Agricultural Business Management, or Interrelated Cooperative Education must be taken to meet the consumer education requirement. Students may also elect to take the Consumer Education Proficiency exam.
(*5) One (1) unit or some combination equaling one unit.


Testing Information

ACT Program

Number Core Composite Core
2013-2014 53 22.6
2012-2013 59 21.8
2011-2012 73 22.6
2010-2011 73 23.4
2009-2010 82 22.5
2008-2009 75 23.1
2007-2008 62 22.9
2006-2007 67 22.8

A counselor signature on a college application verifies the accuracy of the academic record of that student.
Only information which is part of the permanent record generated by Pontiac Twp. High School can be verified.