High School Counseling

High School Counseling

Austin High School Mission Statement

Austin High School is committed to meeting the needs of students in a safe and caring climate, conducive to their intellectual and personal growth. The administration, faculty, staff, parents, and community will strive to promote the importance of responsible citizenship and lifelong learning and will assist each student in the achievement of his/her maximum potential. 

           The following information concerning state and local graduation requirements is provided to assist the student and their parents in planning the student's high school classes.

           Please note that in some instances specific courses are required for graduation and in other instances the student may elect one or more courses from certain major areas of the curriculum to meet the graduation requirements for those areas. Some courses, especially in the areas of practical arts and fine arts, involve completion by the student of one or more required projects during the term. This includes performances in music areas.

           A course may be listed on the course offering sheet and not be taught if the enrollment is too low to justify its existence. The student and parent are urged to consult with the teachers, counselors, and principal if additional information is desired. 

           Students and parents are urged to thoughtfully make course selections. Teachers are contracted and assigned a schedule based on this registration. Class changes in the fall will be limited to the correction of scheduling errors and academic adjustments. Class sizes and crowded conditions often impose additional restrictions to schedule changes.

           A subject that requires two semesters for its completion should be taken for the entire year unless the teacher, counselor, and principal feel the student should drop the subject. This practice will be strongly discouraged. 

Minimum Graduation Requirements

           The Scott County School District #1 Board of Education and the State of Indiana require the following subjects be included in the credits for minimum graduation from Austin High School .                                                                     

                       English 9, 10, 11, 12                                         8 credits

                       Health and Wellness**                                       1

                       Physical Education (2 semesters)                       2

                       Science including Biology 1                               4

                       Mathematics including Algebra 1                        4

                       United States History                                         2

                       Government                                                       1

                       Senior Social Studies                                          1

                                   (Sociology, or Economics)

                       Additional credits in areas above or                     2

                                   in technology competency                     _______

                                                                                               25 credits

                       Elective courses                                               17 credits


                       Total required for graduation             42 credits


**Three credits in Family/Consumer Science may be substituted for the Health requirement. Three of the following five course titles are required to fulfill this deviation. (1) Child Development and Parenting, (2) Human Development and Family Wellness, (3) Nutrition and Wellness, (4) Orientation to Life and Careers. or (5) Adult Roles and Responsibilities.


           Twenty-four credits (25) are earned from required classes and a minimum of eighteen (17) from elective (non-required) classes. More electives may be taken if a student so chooses. All students are required to have forty two (42) credits to graduate.

 Graduation Qualification Exam

           All students will be required to pass a Graduation Qualifying Exam (ISTEP+ Test) in order to qualify for a high school diploma. These tests will be taken at the end of the Algebra 1 and the English 10 course. The Graduation Qualifying Exam (GQE) will cover basic skills, including reading ability, reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing skills, and mathematics as outlined in Indiana's Grade Proficiency Content Standards. Students who do not pass the GQE Test will have at least four more opportunities to take the test. The GQE test is taken and passed in two subjects – English 10 and Algebra 1.


           A student graduating from Austin High School must attend a minimum of eight (8) semesters, or seven (7) semesters and at least one summer school term. Seniors must meet all requirements to be eligible to receive their diploma, before they will be permitted to participate in the graduation exercises.

           Students must be passing five (5) solid subjects to be eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities including state band contests, band and chorus musical concerts, cheerleading, and all athletic activities.

           Before registering for high school classes, a student and their parents should carefully consider ability, past performances, needs, interests, and future plans. Then a program of study should be selected and followed throughout their high school years.





           First year of Science        English 9

           First year of Math              World History or Geography/History of the World

           Electives (4-6 credits)                     


           Health and Wellness (1 credit)   English 10

           Second year of Science  Second year of Math

           Electives (5-7 credits)                     


           English 11                                       U.S. History

           Third year of Math                         Third year of Science

           Physical Education—if not taken before in summer school

           Electives (2-6 credits)                                             


           English 12                                       U.S. Government (1 credit)

           Electives (6-10 credits)       Economics or Sociology (1 credit)


Class Credits

 To be classified a sophomore, a student must have earned10credits. 

 To be classified a junior, a student must have earned20credits. 

 To be classified a senior, a student must have earned28credits. 

 All full time students should take a minimum of six (6) classes:

 1. Six classes + Study Hall = 7 periods

 2. Six classes + Aide = 7 periods (must have a 2.3 grade point average and      permission to be a student aide)

 3. Seven classes



Programs of Study




·        Meets minimum graduation requirements

·        May prepares student for work and/or training after high school



·        Exceeds minimum graduation requirements

·        Prepares student for college, university, junior college, vocational and

                       technical programs

·        Minimum requirement for regular admission to four-year public            Indiana colleges and universities



·        Requires 47 credits; must have 3.0 overall G.P.A.; no grade below a C in a required class; increases financial aid eligibility;         



   Prosser School of Technology is our vocational education program.  Our students can apply to go to Prosser their Junior and Senior year.  Attendance, Behavior, and Credits are the criteria used to make a determination of who can attend Prosser. 

Plan For Success - Plan For Prosser

 Aircraft Operations: Students learn to fly a plane and earn a FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) certified private pilot’s license. They will get experience in a flight simulator, study the ground school curriculum, and complete flight operationsCareers: Airline Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers and ground Crew Chiefs

Automotive Collision Repair Technology:Students are trained to perform damage analysis, cost estimating, body repair, pulling and straightening, welding, parts replacement, steering and suspension repair, painting, and refinishing.Careers: Collision Repair Technicians, Custom-Body and Chassis Modification Technicians and Automotive Refinish Technicians
Automotive Services Technology:This program teaches the basics in all aspects of auto repair in the first year, then specializes in advanced auto technology, engine rebuilding or auto parts in the second year.Careers: Auto Service Technicians, Auto Repair Shop Owners, Service Writers and Insurance Adjusters
Aviation Maintenance Technology: Students receive instruction in aircraft servicing and operations,     general electricity, maintenance publications, fuel systems, aircraft weight and balance, ground            operations and servicing.Careers:Aviation Mechanics and Ground Maintenance Crews
Building Trades Technology/Bricklaying/Masonry: Students gain familiarity with all aspects of home construction by actually building a house. Hands-on-training, as well as classroom instruction is provided in estimating, layout, footing/foundation, platform construction, framing, roofing, siding, exterior finish, window and door installation, stair building, and interior finish. Students will learn blueprint reading, prepare building sites, estimate material needs, and use different masonry materials in bricklaying, concrete finishing, tile setting, tuck-pointing and stone masonry.Careers: Framing & Trim Carpenter and Finish Painter,Bricklaying, Concrete Finishing and Tile Setting
Construction and Earthmoving Equipment Operator: Students learn to operate and maintain backhoes, front-end loaders, bulldozers, and dump trucks. They also gain knowledge in surveying, road construction, excavating, and water lines.Careers: Heavy Highway Operators, Excavation and Home Site Specialist
Cosmetology: Students learn how to cut and style hair, do permanent waves, color hair, give facials, pedicures, manicures, and do nail replacements. Instruction is designed to prepare students for the Indiana Cosmetology licensing examination.Careers: Beauty Technician, Beauty Salon Owner, Platform Artist and Make-up Artist
Culinary Arts: In this program students experience the fun of preparing their own recipes and learning what it takes to run their own restaurant. The students learn moist and dry cooking methods, daily preparing of soups, entrees, starch and standard breading procedures, beverage, guest service and food cost marketing. Basic baking of breads, cookies, pastries and cake decorating is also part of the curriculum.Careers: Chief Food Managers, Chefs and Catering & Restaurant Owners
Diesel Service Technology: Students learn to use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and tools to repair and troubleshoot semi trucks, dump trucks, and other heavy equipment.Careers: Truck Sales, Diesel Maintenance Technicians and Hydraulics Repair Technician
Drafting and Computer Aided-Design: Students learn skills in all areas of technical graphics, C.A.D. (computer-aided design), board drafting, shop processes and electronic drafting.Careers: Engineering Technician, Architects and Architect Assistant, Engineers, Modelers and Interior Design
Electricity: Students learn to install residential, industrial, and commercial wiring. They will also use motor controllers to introduce quality-control devices, pneumatics, hydraulics, and machine maintenance and repair.Careers: Plant Maintenance, Residential Electrician and Industrial Equipment Installation
Graphic Imaging Technology: Students learn how to create and produce books, newspapers, photographs, brochures, pamphlets, signs and posters. These skills may lead to careers in printing, publishing, imaging, packaging, and newspaper production.Careers: Graphic Designer/Photo Technician, Digital/Conventional Press operator and Bindery/Finish Worker
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration: Students learn the skills necessary for installation, trouble-shooting and maintenance procedures for heating and air-conditioning units, and refrigeration equipment.Careers: Technical Service and Installation, Engineering and Design, Supervisory and Business owner
Horticulture Science: Learn the skills needed for careers in landscaping, lawn and turf management, green house, golf course maintenance, floral design, and nursery operations. Furthermore, acquire leadership skills through (FFA) Future Farmers of America activities.Careers: Golf Coarse Greens Keeper, Landscape Business Owner, Horticulture Sales and Sports Turf Specialist
Information Support and Services(Business Technology) Business skills such as computer software applications, business procedures, office equipment, Internet research, and internal / external communications are covered. Students gain a deep understanding of Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word.Careers: Business, Legal and Medical Administrative Positions
Interactive Media: Students manipulate text, photos, graphics, sound and moving images to create special effects for presentations, videos, and web page design. Both Windows and Apple operating systems are used to develop 2-D and 3-D animation, full audio, video production and digital and film photography are included. Students will be expected to produce an electronic portfolio of their work.Careers: Graphic Design Artist, Illustrators, Photographers, Journalists, Fine Arts and Web Design
Introduction to Health Careers I and II: Students participate in a variety of experiences such as nursing, lab testing,obstetrics, imaging, physical therapy, surgery, medical offices or extended care. Students can earn their CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) certification.Careers: Nursing, Medical Assistant and Dental Hygienist
Introduction to Pharmacy: Learn the fundamentals of a pharmacy career while attending evening classes at Prosser. Students are able to take a full load of classes at their high school. (A one-year program for seniors only.)Careers: Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Med and Pre-Veterinary
Nail Tech: A one-year program for seniors only. Students will learn how to apply manicures and pedicures, how to treat nail and skin disorders and the anatomy and physiology of the arms, hands, legs, and feet. In addition students will apply nail wraps, acrylics, tips and gels and learn the basics of nail art.Careers: Nail Specialist & Nail Business Owner
Network Systems: Students learn to install, configure, upgrade, operate and maintain microcomputers, peripheral devices and network systems. Students hence will have the necessary skills to analyze network system needs for design, installation, maintenance, and management of network systems.Careers: Information System Management, Computer Installation and Maintenance and Computer Systems Consultant and Sales
Precision Machine Technology: Students learn to shape and form metal using lathes, mills, drill presses, saws, grinders, and CNC (Computer Numeric Controls) equipment used in tool and die making and machine repair. Blueprint reading and mathematics are emphasized.Careers: Tool & Die, Mold Maker, CNC Programmer, Machinist, CAD/CAM and Robotics
Programming and Software Development: Students learn programming on individual microcomputers and networked computers for business solutions, games, animation and web sites.Careers: Computer Programmer, Computer Operator and Database Manager
Recreational and Portable Power Equipment: In this program students learn how to trouble shoot and repair lawn mowers, chain saws, trimmers, go carts, pressure washers, generators, motorcycles, and four wheelers.Careers: Motorcycle/Marine/Power Equipment Technicians, Sales and Service
Welding:This program includes classroom and laboratory experiences that develop a variety of skills geared toward the American Welding Society (AWS) certification. Areas of study include TIG and MIG welding, flame and plasma cutting, blueprint reading, safety issues and the four basic welding positions.Careers: Pipe Fitter, Iron Worker and Steel Fabricator
                              Need More Information…Visit us at: www.ProsserTech.org   


               This program of study is designed for those who may want to enroll in a college or university upon graduation and plan to seek a two or four year degree. Many technical, vocational, business schools expect similar preparation.

               For regular admission into Indiana 's four-year public universities and their regional campuses - Ball State University , Indiana State University, Indiana University , Purdue University , and the University of Southern Indiana - Core 40 completion is required. The new Community College of Indiana and it's two-year partner institutions - Vincennes University and Ivy Tech State College - recommend that students complete the Core 40 Curriculum, but they maintain an open admissions tradition.

               Completion of these requirements will enable the student to be admitted to the college of their choice and be accepted in certain specialized programs. Adequate academic preparation gives a student more options to consider, increases the probability of higher college admissions test scores (SAT and ACT) and promotes successful scholarship competition.

               The Core 40 goes beyond minimum requirements in Math (6), Science (6 credits), and specific required classes within other areas as well as elective courses.



I. Academic Core                    26-28 Credits distributed as shown  

           Language Arts            8 credits in literature, composition, and speech     

           Mathematics               6 credits from this list: Algebra I, Geometry                                                       Algebra II (In addition, a student must earn two credits in a Core40 Math or a Physics course during their Junior or Senior year)                                         

           Science                      6 credits in laboratory science including                 

                                                    2 in Biology

                                                    2 in Chemistry 1, Physics 1, or integrated Chemistry/Physics

                                                    2 additional credits from Chemistry, Physics or Anatomy and Physiology, Earth Space Science, Chemistry II, or Advanced Environmental Science

           Social Studies            6 credits distributed as follows:                               

                                                           2 in U.S. History

                                                           1 in U.S. Government

                                                           1 in Economics

                                                           2 in World History or Geography

  II. Directed Electives (5 credits) in any combination from World Language, Fine Arts, and/or Career & Technical Education Plus (6 elective credits) with a Career Academic Sequence 

 III. Health, Physical Education, Safety (3 credits)

Physical Education - 2 Credits                                                       
Health and Wellness - 1 Credit                                                   

 IV.   Electives (2 – 4 credits)

            Two to four credits from any courses offered for high school credit

Total 42 Credits 


  1. Complete Core 40 diploma requirements. 
  1. Complete a sequence of 8-10 Career-Technical credits.
  1. Complete two of the following,ONE of which must be 1 or 2.


1.      Score at or above the following levels on each section of the following WorkKeys assessments:

       ·        Level 6 on Reading for Information and Applied Mathematics          sections,

                    ·        Level 5 on the Locating Information section.

2.      Complete dual high school/college credit courses resulting in 6 college credits in a technical area.

3.      Complete 2 credits in a Professional Career Internship Course or Cooperative Education course.

4.      Complete an industry-based work experience as part of a two-year technical program (minimum 140 hours),

5.      Earn a state-approved, industry-recognized certification (from approved state list).

           D. Only courses in which a student has earned a grade of (C) or above may count toward atechnical honors diploma.  To be eligible for an technical honors diploma, a student must have a grade point average of "B" or above. 



           The detailed requirements are listed below. This program supplements the college preparatory program with additional and specific state requirements. A special seal is attached to the diploma and special recognition and honors are given to recipients. Completion of this program can increase the amount of financial aid a student may receive to attend college.


A. To be eligible for a Core 40 with Academic Honors Diploma, a student must complete a minimum of forty-seven (47) high school credits and complete Core 40 diploma requirements.

B. In addition to minimum course requirements, courses counting toward an academic honors diploma are subject to the following requirements:

1. Language arts credits must include literature, composition and speech.

2. In addition to required courses, Social Studies credits must include a course with major emphasis oneconomicsand a course with a major emphasis ongeography and/or world history.

3. Math credits must include Algebra II and at least two upper level math course credits beyond Algebra II. In addition, all students must earn two credits in a Core 40 math or Physics course during their junior or senior year.

4. Science credits must include:

           a. Two credits in Biology

           b. Two credits in Chemistry, Integrated Chemistry and Physics, or two credits in        Physics

           c. Two credits in either Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry II, Physics, or Adv. Environmental Science

5. World language credits must include:

           a. Six (6) credits in one (1) language; or

           b. Four (4) credits in one language and four (4) in another.

 6. Two Fine Arts credits

 7. Complete one of the following:  

  • AP courses (4credits) and corresponding AP exams,

    • Earn a combined score of 1200 or higher on the SAT (critical reading and mathematics),
    • Score a 26 or higher composite on the ACT,
    • Complete dual high school/college credit courses from an accredited postsecondary institution (6 transferable college credits)
    • Complete a combination of AP courses (2 credits) and corresponding AP exams and dual high school/college credit course(s) from an accredited postsecondary institution (3 transferable college credits)

Only courses in which a student has earned a grade of (C) or above may count toward an academic honors diploma. To be eligible for an academic honors diploma, a student must have a grade point average of "B" or above.

High School Counseling Center

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Feel free to contact our office with any additional questions you may have.  Our number is 794-8735 or 794-8730.

Your Counselors,

Nicole Kilburn & Cindy Watts

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