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Introduction from the Headmaster


Student Handbook

III. Academic Curriculum

The principle academic focus of NDS is to insure that graduates possess the tools necessary to succeed at the next level of their educational pursuit. Embodied within this focus are the goals stated in the NDS philosophy, including the school's goals to prepare students at the spiritual level. Course offerings are tailored to meet or exceed the admission standards of most Colleges/Universities in the Mid-South area.


English 4 units  
Mathematics 4 units - Algebra I & 11, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus
Science 4 units - Biology I & Advanced Bio., Chem. I, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology
Social Studies 4 units  
Foreign Language 2 units  
Electives 4 units  


These admission standards apply to high school graduates who apply for regular admission to state universities.

Subject Carnegie


All courses require substantial communication skills components (i.e., reading, writing, listening, and speaking).



Courses should include Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra 11. A fourth, higher level, mathematics class is highly recommended. (See "North Delta Requirements for Graduation.")



Courses should include Biology, Advanced Biology, Chemistry, Physics, A & P, Environmental Science, Chemistry 11, Earth Science, or any other science course with comparable rigor and content.

One CARNEGIE unit from a rigorous Physical Science course with content at a level that may serve as an introduction to Physics and Chemistry may be used. Two courses must be lab-based.

Social Studies


Courses should include United States History (1 unit), World History (MS Studies1/2 unit with 1/2 unit World geography component), Government (1/2 unit), and Economics (I /2 unit), Geography (1 unit), or Law Related Activities (1 unit).

Advanced Electives


Requirements may be met by earning two CARNEGIE units from the following areas/courses, one of which must be in foreign language or Advanced World Geography.

Computer Applications


This course emphasizes computer as a productivity tool. Instruction should include use of application packages such as work processing and spread sheets. The course should also include basic computer terminology and hardware operation.

Eighth Grade Units

Algebra I or first-year Foreign Language, and/or Computer are examples of eighth grade courses that can be accepted for admission provided the course content is taught the same as the high school course.

Back to TopNorth Delta Minimum Requirements for Graduation

North Delta School requires 24 credits for graduation. These 24 credits must include 4 units in English, 4 units in social studies (including American Government), 4 units in mathematics, 4 units in science, and the remainder in electives approved by the Administration. All students in grades 9-12 will be enrolled in a minimum of six courses which include math, English, science, and social studies classes each year they are enrolled at NDS. Courses taught in the eighth grade – on a high school level – may receive graduation credit.

NOTE: Completion of the ACT or SAT is also a graduation requirement. The graduation requirements are 24 credits. These 24 credits must include 4 in English, 4 in math, 4 in science, and 4 in social studies. Graduation is completed only after commencement exercise and the awarding of diplomas.


In addition to the regular college-prep curriculum, honors courses are offered to permit greater depth and acceleration of study. Selection of students is based on discussions with parents, demonstrated achievement at high levels, test scores, and teacher recommendations. Starting with eighth grade math, these courses lead to Dual Enrollment courses for college credit in the 12th grade. Student performance in grades 7-9 is very important in the selection process.

Regulations Pertaining to the Program of Studies

  1. The curriculum a student chooses must meet the approval of the parents, the counselor, and the Headmaster.
  2. Each student will be required to register for a minimum of six classes (units) per semester
  3. No student can earn more than 7 1/2 academic units during one regular school year.
  4. Students who are taking Chemistry must be taking or have taken Algebra II.
  5. Students who are taking Physics must have taken Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry (trigonometry is preferred).
  6. Prerequisite for Advanced Biology is Biology I.
  7. Foreign Language will normally be offered to freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Special courses could be offered in lower grades.
  8. Athletics (9-12) will be considered as physical education during the course of the respective seasons. No more than 1/2 unit may be earned for athletics during one school year with a maximum of 2 units for graduation credit.


Dual Enrollment

ENG 101, ENG 102, College Algebra, HIS 201, HIS 202 (These are college courses offered on the North Delta campus for qualifying seniors through Delta State University).

Notes: Honors and Regular Tracks available in most classes listed below. Sufficient interest from students required for all classes listed below to be offered.


English 1, English 2, English 3, English 4

Social Studies

Economics, Civics, U.S. History, American Government, World History, World Geography


Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Advanced Math/Trigonometry, Advanced Algebra, Business Math


Physics, Biology, Chemistry I, Chemistry II, Advanced Biology, Anatomy and Physiology

Fine Arts

Art I, Art II, Art III, Art IV, Theater Arts


Debate/Mock Trial (Law Related Activities), Journalism/Yearbook,

Foreign Language

Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish IV

Business Education

Computer Applications, Computer I, Accounting


Fast pitch softball, football, basketball, baseball, tennis, track, golf, cheerleading, intramural baseball, peewee football


Academic credits required for classification:

Less than 6 units 9th grade

7 units or more 10th grade

12 units or more 11th grade

17 units or more 12th grade


It is the goal of North Delta School to help each student profit as much as possible from the school programs and to assist him or her in plans for further study. Students and parents will find the counselor available to help students:

  1. select and outline a program of study;
  2. participate fully in the school program;
  3. identify abilities, interests, and special aptitudes by use of standardized tests and other sources of information;
  4. improve social and academic attitudes;
  5. maintain good attendance at school;
  6. obtain information on college entrance requirement and available scholarship awards;
  7. achieve at the level of their abilities and to develop their maximum potential;
  8. understand themselves and their opportunities;
  9. make appropriate adjustments and decisions in light of their understanding.

The school encourages parents and students to contact the counselor when problems arise or when help is desired.


A student may request a schedule change, but the request must be made no later than three school days after the issuance of the first academic progress report (these are typically released about four weeks after the start of the school year). This process begins by requesting a special form from the guidance counselor, which must be signed by the student, his or her parents, and the teacher. The requested change will be evaluated by the specific teachers, counselor, and the Administration. The decision to change a class schedule should be based on a specific and appropriate reason. This action is NOT permitted for such reasons as not liking the subject, the teacher, or not doing passing work. To change a class schedule, a student will report to the counselor to have his record checked and to get initial approval. The counselor will present the request to the teachers and Administration for final approval. After this final step, the counselor will supervise the change of schedule on the student's schedule cards and forward the necessary information of schedule change to the teachers involved. If a withdrawal is deemed necessary by the administration after the second progress report, there will be a "withdrawal failing" designation on the student's academic record.


  1. Academic grades for students 1-12 will be as follows:

93-100 A
85-92 B
75-84 C
70-74 D
Below 70 F
(Note: Dual Enrollment courses will follow the appropriate collegiate guidelines for grading.)

  1. Conduct grades for students in 1-12 reflect classroom conduct and class preparation:

A Excellent
B Good
C Needs Improvement
D Poor
F Unsatisfactory

  1. Grade Weighting - Dual Enrollment Courses will be graded on a 5.0 Quality Point System; Honors Courses on a 4.5 QPS; and all other courses will be on a 4.0 QPS.

Failture of Classes and Retention

  1. Credit will not be given for grades below 70.
  2. Retention of students in kindergarten will be based upon the teacher's evaluation of work performance, achievement tests, and readiness for placement in the first grade.
  3. In grades 1-3, retention will be evaluated based upon failure in either reading or math.
  4. In grades 4-5, a yearly average of "F" in two major subjects (English, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies) will constitute a failure of the grade level. A student who has failed a grade may not attend summer school for the purpose of promotion to the next grade.
  5. In grades 6-8, failure of two major subjects (English, mathematics, science, reading, or history) will constitute failure of the grade level. Students who have failed the grade level may be considered for promotion based upon summer remedial work.
  6. In grades 9-12, students failing to receive a full credit in a year's major course may repeat the failed semester using an approved summer school or a correspondence course. Students are permitted to enroll in only three correspondence or online courses during their four high school years from an accredited source approved by the school administration.


The test schedule outlined below minimizes the chances of a student having two or more major tests on the same day. Teachers are encouraged but not required to give nine-weeks tests. They may give, at their discretion, tests at the end of major units of work. However, if a major test is given during the ninth week of the nine-week term, it must be given according to the test schedule which follows:

English: Monday
Science: Tuesday
Social Studies: Wednesday
Mathematics: Thursday
All others: Friday


Semester exams are given in grades 6-12. Semester grades are an average of the two nine-weeks' grades and the semester exam score. The exam score will count one-fifth, or 20 percent, of the semester grade. Exemptions from final examinations may be granted only to students in grades 6-12 with a yearly average of 93 or higher (semester grade of 93 for one semester courses). All other students are required to take semester examinations. These averages will be computed by the classroom teacher based on all course work (grades) during first and second semesters.

Rules for Exemption

  1. The semester or year course's average must be 93 or greater. Seniors must have a 93.
  2. No more than 3 tardies per nine weeks. Exceptions: bad weather or car accidents.
  3. No unexcused absences per semester to be exempt.
  4. In school or out of school suspension automatically excludes student from being exempt from any exam.
  5. All other rules for tardies and absences still apply.


The school year will be divided into four nine-week grading periods in grades 1 -12. Reports will be issued to each student via NetClassroom (the school's online school information system) at the end of each grading period. Parents are requested to examine the electronic report card carefully.


Progress reports will be provided to all parents at the midpoint of each nine week grading period, also via NetClassroom, the school's online school information system, to inform them of the student's academic/conduct progress in all classes. Telephone conferences and parent-teacher conferences are also encouraged to assist the parents' awareness of their student's progress.


The following honors will be recognized each nine weeks and at the end of the year at the Awards Day program:

Headmaster's List for 93 or above in all subjects and an "A" or "B" in conduct each nine weeks Honor Roll for 85 or above in all subjects with no grade below 85 and an "A" or "B" in conduct each nine weeks


The diploma will be awarded to students who (1) earn twenty-four units of credits as established by the State, MPSA, and School regulations, and (2) meet the attendance and conduct requirements of North Delta School, and (3) have attended the first semester of their senior year at North Delta if transferring from another school. Note: A student who fails to earn the correct number of credits will not participate in the Graduation exercises.


For the class of 2009 and beyond, the student must take at least 8 honors courses, of that 2 must be dual enrollment, to be considered for valedictorian, salutatorian, or historian. Accumulated honors points will be reduced by 10 points per day for in-school of out-of-school suspension. Any candidate for Hall of Fame or Honor Graduate who is suspended may have his or her suspension point reduction reviewed by the Academic Honors Committee.

  1. Valedictorian - Highest grade point average of seniors with previous five semesters attendance at North Delta School and a minimum of eight honors courses.
  2. Salutatorian -Second highest grade point average of seniors with previous five semesters attendance at North Delta School and a minimum of eight honors courses
  3. Historian -Third highest grade point average of seniors (attendance and courses same as above)
    Note: Grade point average used to select the above students will be Quality Points as described on page 7.
    Numerical grades (85, 90, etc.) will be used to break all ties (2 decimal places).
  4. Hall of Fame - Induction into the Hall of Fame will be based on a point system. These points will be awarded for outstanding performances while participating in North Delta's total scholastic program. Students will start earning points toward induction when they enter the ninth grade. Hall of Fame candidates can only earn academic points in college prep courses at North Delta for the Class of 2003 and beyond points for induction = 85, and for "With Honor" = 65-84. Points may be removed from a student's total for disciplinary reasons. The Headmaster, counselor, and senior sponsors will serve as a Hall of Fame committee and will be the final authority. The following list indicates number of points to be earned or lost:
    1. Grades
    Preparatory Honors Dual Enrollment
    A = +2A = +4A = +5
    B = +1 B = +3 B = +4
    C = +0 C = +2 C = +3
    D = -1   D = +2
    F = -2    
    1. Memberships
      1. Scholastic Organizations — +1 Mu Alpha Theta, Quill and Scroll, National Honor Society
      2. Athletic Participation — + ½ maximum per sport
      3. Service Club (Student Council, SOS) — + ½ Must meet required number of hours
    2. Honors
      1. Office held — +1
      2. Honors won — +1
        (The following are considered Honors: NDS Who's Who; Beauty Revue Top 5; District and/or State Science Fair winners; ABC District and1 or State winners; Math/Science competition winners; District and/or State individual athletic awards; select community sponsored awards; school selected awards .)
    3. Citizenship/Discipline +/- 0 to 5 (based on the severity of the discipline)


All students at North Delta School take standardized tests throughout their school years. The results of these tests should always be taken in context with all other methods of evaluating academic progress. Although the score of any given test may not be significant in and by itself, a series of scores over a period of time may provide a picture of the academic progress that a student is making. Parents and students are notified of test results at the earliest time; the guidance counselor or administration should be consulted if questions arise.

  1. Placement Tests.
    Students entering North Delta School in grades 1-8 for the first time may be given placement tests to help determine the best placement in the school program.
  2. Readiness Tests.
    Students entering kindergarten may be given readiness tests prior to the beginning of the school year to evaluate their educational and emotional readiness. Similar tests are administered in the spring to help determine the child's progress and readiness for first grade.
  3. School Ability Tests.
    The Otis Lennon Student Ability Test is administered to students in grades 1, 3, 5, and 8, each spring. Scores are recorded on the student's permanent record and provided to parents upon request.
  4. Achievement Tests.
    Stanford Achievement Tests are administered during the spring of each year to grades K-8. Scores are recorded on the student's permanent record and sent to the parents. Parents are encouraged to discuss the scores with the teacher or the guidance counselor when a question arises.
  5. Standardized Tests
Grades K-8: The Stanford Achievement Test
Grade 9-10: PLAN (Pre-ACT)
Grade 10-11: PSAT, American College Test (ACT), Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT), and the ASVAB aptitude test. The ACT and SAT may be taken as often as a student desires.
Grade 12: ACT and SAT
NOTE: The ACT and SAT are college entrance exams. Students must take either test at least once prior to graduation


North Delta School strives to provide to its students the highest standards of teaching in the classroom by its teachers and staff members during the regular school periods. Should a teacher or parent feel that a student is not advancing at a proper pace in a subject, and they feel additional tutoring services by a North Delta teacher or staff member would be appropriate, the school wishes to cooperate to provide an environment to assist them in obtaining this additional tutoring. Upon the referral or request by a teacher, or parent of a student, a student may receive outside tutoring assistance from a teacher, or other employee of North Delta School on the school property. The onsite tutoring by a staff member shall be subject to approval of the appropriate administrative principal (either elementary, middle school, or high school) following a conference with the parent. If the parent and principal agree that tutoring by a staff member would be appropriate, and the teacher requested is agreeable thereto, then tutoring may take place on the campus of North Delta School subject to the following conditions:

  1. The tutoring should have the approval of the appropriate administrative principal;
  2. The tutor shall be a current teacher or staff member of North Delta School;
  3. All tutoring sessions shall take place following the completion of the regular school day and after school hours, so as to not interfere with regular class schedules.
  4. All compensation for tutoring shall be negotiated directly between the parent and the tutor, and all fees paid are separate from tuition paid to North Delta School;
  5. The teacher or staff member tutoring the student shall be employed directly by the parent as an independent contractor and the school is not responsible for any liability in tort or contract for the actions of the staff member while providing the additional tutoring services.


A student's assignments and current grades postings may be obtained by checking the NetClassroom link at the North Delta School website ( If you need assistance in logging on to this link, please contact the school secretary. This service should replace the need for the secretary to collect a written compilation of assignments missed when a student is absent.