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BASALT HIGH SCHOOL 2016-2017

Basalt High School is part of the Roaring Fork School District, located on the Western Slope of Colorado, 180 miles west of Denver. The district serves more than 5,000 students from more than 1,000 square miles, including the communities of Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. The town of Basalt is a vibrant mountain community located in the heart of the Roaring Fork Valley.

Basalt High School is a four-year public school accredited by the State of Colorado. As of September 2016, 450 students were enrolled at BHS in grades 9-12. The population of BHS is diverse; about 50 percent of students’ first language is Spanish. Approximately 40 percent of BHS students qualify for free and reduced lunch.

Basalt High School faculty consists of more than 40 highly motivated individuals who work closely with students and welcome the personal interactions that occur with their students on a daily basis. Nearly 70 percent of BHS faculty members hold advanced degrees.

 

COURSE OFFERINGS 2016-17

Please see the 2016-17 Course Registration Guide for a current list of offered classes.

 

ADVANCED COURSE OFFERINGS

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses: BHS offers AP Computer Science Principles, AP Biology, AP Human Geography, AP Environmental Science, AP Art History, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, AP United States History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Spanish Language & Culture, AP Calculus.

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) offers concurrent enrollment classes to BHS students. Students receive both CMC credit as well as BHS credit. CMC courses offered at BHS or off-campus include: CMC Algebraic Literacy (MAT 055), CMC College Algebra (MAT 121), CMC College Trigonometry (MAT 122), CMC American Government (POS 111), CMC Cultural Anthropology (ANT 101), CMC Heritage Spanish (SPA 221), CMC French Language 2 (FRE 111), CMC French Language 2 (FRE 112), CMC Introduction to Business (BUS 115), CMC Legal Environment of Business (BUS 216).

CU Succeed classes allow students to earn credit at the University of Colorado. Courses include Introduction to Political Studies and Politics of Sustainability.

 

BHS CALENDAR AND CREDIT STRUCTURE

The Basalt High School calendar comprises two eighteen-week semesters. Classes meet during "blocks" every other day or "periods" every day; (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.

 

BHS GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (beginning with the Class of 2018)

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 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): Newspaper, Concert Band, Choir, Student Government, Key Club, National Honor Society, Yearbook, Link Crew, Flower Club, Fall Play, Spring Musical, Culture Club, STEM Club, Chess Club, Speech & Debate, Buddy Program, Book Club.

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 2016 POST-SECONDARY PLANS

For the BHS Class of 2016, 83 percent of graduates intended to enroll in post-secondary education; 54 percent intended to study at four-year colleges and universities, with 29 percent at two-year institutions. Seventeen percent pursued full-time work, a gap year, or enlisted in the military.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CLASSES OF 2015 and 2016 COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE AND MATRICULATION LISTS.

Upcoming Events

Sep
19

09.19.2017 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sep
19

09.19.2017 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Sep
20

09.20.2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sep
21

09.21.2017 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sep
22

09.22.2017 - 09.24.2017

 

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