Community Handbook 2019-2020

Community Service is also required for graduation, as described elsewhere in this handbook. Courses taken  during Middle School can satisfy prerequisites but are not recognized for graduation credit. 

Enrollment Contract  Upon admission to Sandy Spring Friends School, the student’s parents sign an enrollment contract that serves as  an agreement by the student and parents to adhere to the academic, behavioral, and social expectations of the  School.  Semester System and Credits  Sandy Spring Friends School operates under a semester system for academic and arts courses. Most courses for  9th and 10th grade students are a full year (two semesters) in length. A diverse selection of year-long and  semester-length courses is o ered in each academic discipline. Sandy Spring Friends School follows the Carnegie  Unit of Credit system: a year-long course represents a minimum of 120 hours of class-time learning, and a  semester-length course represents a minimum of 60 hours of class-time learning.  Registration  Registration for the next academic year takes place in the spring with advisors for returning students and during  the spring and summer for new students. A student must have approval from the appropriate Department  Head if he or she wishes to take more than one course in the same department in the same semester.  Transfer of Credits  Students who are transferring to SSFS from another high school may receive graduation credit for courses taken  at their former school, at the discretion of the Upper School administration, as long as the courses are consistent  with the college-preparatory program in the SSFS Upper School. Graduation credit will not be provided for  courses taken while in middle school, even if they are equivalent to high school courses. Once enrolled in SSFS,  students may take up to two courses (two credits) outside SSFS (such as for summer courses) for credit towards  the SSFS diploma. Students must obtain approval from the appropriate department head and Academic Dean  prior to enrollment for courses to be transferred. The two credits must be from two di erent departments.  Students who transfer to SSFS after 9th grade may take one course (one credit) outside SSFS for credit towards  the SSFS diploma during their remaining tenure in the Upper School.  Course Load  The Upper School faculty seeks to guide students towards adopting course loads that allow them to successfully  meet the multiple demands of academics, co-curricular involvement, family, involvement in non-school activities  and organizations, healthy social/emotional development, and general well-being. Students should carefully  weigh all of their commitments when choosing courses in order to seek the best balance between su cient  academic challenge and the stresses and con icts arising from over-commitment. In general, experience has  shown that ve academic courses, plus arts and physical education commitments, are an appropriate and 

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