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BASALT HIGH SCHOOL 2017-2018

Basalt High School is a four-year public school accredited by the State of Colorado with nearly 500 students in grades 9-12. BHS is part of the Roaring Fork School District, located on the Western Slope of Colorado, 180 miles west of Denver and 20 miles east of the mountain resort town of Aspen. The district serves 5,700 students in the communities of Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. Please read more about our school district here: www.rfsd.org.

The town of Basalt is a historic and vibrant mountain community in the heart of the Roaring Fork Valley. The natural beauty of the area provides a wealth of recreational activities, including world-class skiing, fishing, golfing, biking, hiking and camping. The tourist area has attracted new families with varied cultural backgrounds, and our community has grown increasingly diverse over the past decade. Employment opportunities for parents of BHS students center on the local hospitality industry. Family incomes vary widely, but most of our students hail from households of modest means. Support for education is prevalent in our valley. However, our district’s school budgets, while adopted without much opposition, reflect the generally moderate incomes of the region.

Student demographics: 65% Latino, 32% White, 3% Other. Nearly 25% of BHS students have limited or no English proficiency. More than 45% of BHS students qualify for free-reduced lunch.

 

COURSE OFFERINGS 2017-18

Please see the 2017-18 Course Registration Guide for a current list of offered classes.

 

ADVANCED COURSE OFFERINGS

Advanced Placement Courses

  • There is no limit on how many AP classes a student can take. Not all AP classes are offered every year.
  • AP classes offered include Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Computer Science Principles, Computer Science A, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Spanish Language and Culture, US History, and World History.

Concurrent Enrollment

  • In conjunction with the University of Colorado (CU), CU Succeed courses for the 2017-2018 academic year are Introduction to Political Studies and Politics of Sustainability.
  • Colorado Mountain College (CMC) offers concurrent enrollment classes to BHS students. CMC Classes taught at BHS within the last four years include College Algebra, College Trigonometry, Calculus 2, Heritage Spanish, Entrepreneurial Operations, Intro to Business, Quantitative Literacy, Algebraic Literacy, American Government, Outdoor Leadership, Chamber Choir (new in 2017-2018), Band (new in 2017-2018).

 

BHS CALENDAR AND CREDIT STRUCTURE

The Basalt High School calendar comprises two eighteen-week semesters. Classes meet four times a week in 60-minute or 90-minute segments. (See the daily schedule in chart form here.) Successful completion of each yearlong course earns 10 BHS credits (one Carnegie Unit) awarded at 5 credits per semester.

 

ROARING FORK SCHOOLS (RFSD) GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students must enroll in a full schedule of classes as determined by their school. Five credits will be granted for each semester of a course passed.

Students receiving a diploma from the Roaring Fork School District must meet or exceed the following criteria:

English
Complete 30 high school English credits (levels I-III or higher) or demonstrate competency equivalent to level III or college readiness.  Students must enroll in 10 credits of English every year.

Social Studies
30 credits including the study of:

a) American History
b) American Democracy
c) Geography

Mathematics
Complete 30 high school mathematics credits (Integrated Mathematics levels I-III or higher) or demonstrate competency equivalent to level III or college readiness.  Students must enroll in 10 credits of mathematics every year through 11th grade.

Science
Complete 30 credits including physical and biological science

Physical Education
10 credits including Beginning PE

Health
5 credits

Fine Arts
10 credits (Art, Music, Drama, Humanities)

Capstone
Complete an approved capstone project

                 

BASALT HIGH SCHOOL GRADING SCALE

BHS uses a standards-based criterion system in which grades reflect student proficiency. Student proficiency is determined by performance over time and based on mastery of learning goals and performance standards, not numerical averages.

Grade

Proficiency

GPA Points

A+, A, A-

Advanced Proficient

4.0

B+, B, B-

High Proficient

3.0

C+, C, C-

Basic Proficient

2.0

F

Not Proficient

0.0

P/F - Pass/Fail

 

Not Included in GPA

NC - No Credit

 

Not Included in GPA

AP/CMC/CU classes are weighted (A=5.0, B=4.0, C=3.0). Pass/Fail and No Credit grades are not calculated in the GPA.

 

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES FOR BHS STUDENTS

Experiential Education: All BHS students participate in our Experiential Education program. This program engages students, faculty, and community members in service, adventure, and cultural experiences that are designed to educate the whole person. Typical examples from more than 20 activities available to students include overnight hut trips, building with Habitat for Humanity, rock climbing, and film studies.

YouthEntity: BHS partners with YouthEntity, a community program that focuses on providing real-world educational experiences to develop financial knowledge, cultivate business experience, and build technological skills. See "Career Courses Offered Off-Campus or by CMC at BHS" in the current course catalog for some YouthEntity offerings.

The Aspen Institute's Hurst Student Seminar: Ten BHS sophomores participate annually in this rigorous four-day seminar in which high-school juniors from across the valley are afforded the opportunity to learn in the Socratic method of dialogue from an expert Aspen Institute moderator. Students read and discuss material from the Great Books while gaining a greater understanding of the timeless ideas and values from 2,500 years of human history.

World Affairs Challenge: Through the World Geography class, freshmen are invited to take part in the World Affairs Challenge competition in Denver. High school teams from across the state compete to present their innovative, collaborative, and holistic solutions for real-world global issues.

 

EXTRACURRICULAR OFFERINGS

More than 50 percent of BHS students participate in extracurricular activities: service and special-interest clubs and/or sports teams.

Service and special-interest clubs (for more details click here):  Yearbook, Environmental Club, Student Government, Key Club, National Honor Society, Link Crew, Fall Play, Spring Musical, Gay Straight Alliance, STEM Club, Dreamers & Allies, Buddy Program, Book Club. Classes that are typically extracurricular activities at other high-schools include Choir (four choirs to choose from) and Band.

Sports teams (also see the Athletics/Activities tab on the home page): Football, volleyball, boys' golf, co-ed cross-country, softball, wrestling, boys' and girls' basketball, boys' and girls' soccer, co-ed track & field, baseball, girls' tennis, spirit team.

 

CLASS OF 2017 POST-SECONDARY PLANS

The BHS Class of 2017 had 72 graduates. 88% intended to enroll in postsecondary education (49% intending to study at four-year colleges and universities and 39% at two-year institutions).

12% pursued full-time work, a gap year, or enlisted in the military.

68% of the students in the Class of 2017 were the first in their family to attend college.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CLASSES OF 2016 and 2017 COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE AND MATRICULATION LISTS.

Upcoming Events

Nov
20

11.20.2017 - 11.24.2017

Nov
29

11.29.2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Nov
30

5:00 pm 11.30.2017 - 10:30 am 12.02.2017

Dec
1

12.01.2017 - 12.02.2017

Dec
1

12.01.2017 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

 

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