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Hanover High School Academics
Academics at Hanover High School
Consistent with Hanover High School’s Mission “to provide students with a rigorous, demanding education to enable them to achieve their fullest potential” and the Hanover Public School System’s belief in equity and excellence for all students, Hanover High School stresses academic rigor through challenging graduation requirements. Increased credit and course graduation requirements are established according to the phase-in schedule detailed below.
Graduation Requirements
All students are now required to earn 127.5 credits as well as earn a Competency Determination through participation in MCAS testing in order to graduate. In order to earn a Competency Determination on MCAS, all students in the classes of 2010-2013 must score above a 240 on English Language Arts and Math MCAS exams or successfully complete an Educational Proficiency Plan (EPP) if their scores range between 220-238. All students must pass the Science MCAS with a score of 220 or better. Students in the classes of 2012-2013 must also pass the Social Studies MCAS Exam.
Program of Studies

Courses detailed in the Program of Studies indicate the willingness of Hanover High School to provide appropriate educational opportunities for all students. However, if an insufficient number of students select a specific course, it is not possible to offer the course. In cases where courses are oversubscribed, priority for enrollment will be given to seniors, juniors, sophomores, and finally freshmen. Students who are unable to enroll in a course of their first choice will be offered an alternate course to insure a seven period day. Students are encouraged to plan a course of studies for four years.

Please take some time to review the graduation requirements that are detailed in this section and utilize the four-year sequence planner at the end of this booklet. Develop a flexible plan that allows for required courses as well as elective courses that highlight or enhance a particular skill or interest. Schedule your program with your future in mind. Students who intend to continue their education after graduation must pay close attention to college admissions requirements when planning a four-year sequence. Levels are designated in most courses and all levels are college preparatory. Level designations are indicated in each course title. General level descriptions and expectations are also detailed.

The curriculum for all courses is aligned with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education frameworks as required. Seek input carefully and take advantage of the advice available from teachers, counselors, administrators and parents/guardians. If you have a question about the types of courses you should take in order to be equipped for a specific career field or specific type of college or university, please consult your Guidance Counselor ahead of time.
The Program of Studies
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General Studies
  • English
  • History and Social Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Engineering
  • World Languages
  • Business Technology
  • Industrial Technology
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education and Wellness
Virtual High School (VHS)

Students may earn up to 2.5 credits per semester or up to 5 credits per year in this innovative and challenging program.

Hanover High School students will have the opportunity to enroll in unique courses not traditionally available at Hanover High School, such as Pre-Veterinary Medicine or Entrepreneurship or Screenwriting. Virtual High School classes take place entirely over the Internet. Students may choose from a full catalog of semester length courses, including honors, college, and standard courses. Year-long Advanced Placement courses are also available. Students will not be able to enroll in any Virtual High School course that is currently being taught at Hanover High School without the written permission of the principal.

VHS students gain essential 21st century learning skills, such as information and media literacy practice, online collaboration, communication, and team-building. The structure of VHS courses requires productivity, initiative, and self-direction from students who will be entirely accountable and responsible for their own learning.

Class sizes are limited to 25, and there is an emphasis on interaction between teachers and students. Activities are student-centered and discussion and group activities are a part of each VHS course. Students will be scheduled to report to either the Library or the Engineering Design room to attend their VHS class. Students will be chosen on a first come first served basis with preference given to seniors, juniors, sophomores, and finally freshman in that order.

VHS classes are offered in a scheduled asynchronous mode. This means that classes follow a semester schedule and assignments are due at specified weekly intervals. However, students can complete their work at anytime during the week, as long as work is posted by specified due dates.
Site coordinator Tina McCusker will be available throughout the year for technical assistance, distribution of class materials, and biweekly progress reports which will be sent home.

Please logon to VHS online at: www.govhs.org to see the course offerings. For further information, please see your guidance counselor and request a registration form.