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Planning Your Education - Grades 10/11/12
Online Registration
Pages 2 - 3
State Diploma Requirements
Unit Requirements for Grade Advancement
IGPs, Career Clusters, and Personal Pathways to Success
Uniform Grading Scale / Computing GPR-Grade Point Ratio
College Admission Requirements
Guidelines for Courses
Page 4
Early Dismissal Guidelines
Career Center Program
Registering for a Career Center Course
Fine Arts Center Program
Page 5
School Information
Page 8
Course Descriptions

Planning Your Education

Your school provides this course curriculum guide as a means of assisting students and parents in planning their high school course of study. Consideration should be given to planning the entire four year program with specific outcomes in mind. Is the student planning on attending a two or four-year college? Is the student planning to enter the military or the work force upon graduation? The successful student will plan based on goals that he and his parents establish upon completion of high school. Therefore, students are encouraged to carefully select courses during the registration process. Your school's guidance counselors and teachers stand ready to assist them. Parents are invited and encouraged to actively participate by assisting their student.

Classes are scheduled based upon student requests. However, due to schedule conflicts and changes in course offerings, the staff cannot guarantee that students will be scheduled for all courses they request. Therefore, it is very important that students list alternatives in case of class conflicts. In addition, be aware that the school builds a master schedule and employs teachers based on students' requests; therefore, schedule changes after the deadline will only be considered on a very limited basis. Students should see their guidance counselor for a list of the schedule change requests that will be honored and the deadline by which these requests must be submitted.

Online Registration

Online Registration was implemented in 2004. It allows parents and students to request related arts courses for the next school year from home via the Internet. Families who do not have access to the Internet will be given opportunities to use school computers to register online. Parents and students should understand that requesting a related arts course through online registration does not guarantee that the student is placed in the course the next school year. Final placement in a course is dependent upon enrollment, scheduling feasibility, and teacher allocation. Parents without Internet access at home will receive a printed copy of the course curriculum guide by request. The window for students to select related arts courses online is posted by the school on the school's website and in parent newsletters. Schools will provide instructions on accessing the online registration tool.

State Diploma Requirements

English – 4 Units
Math – 4 Units
Science – 3 Units
US History – 1 Unit
Economics – ½ Unit
Government – ½ Unit
Other Social Studies – 1 Unit
Physical Education or ROTC – 1 Unit
Computer Science – 1 Unit
Foreign Language or Occupational Specialty – 1 Unit
Electives – 7 Units

Unit Requirements for Grade Advancement

24 Units of Credit are required to obtain a SC High School Diploma.

Grade 9
Successful completion of eighth grade
Grade 10
5 units (must include one unit of English, one unit of mathematics and three other units)
Grade 11
11 units (must include two units of English, two units of mathematics, one science, and six other units)
Grade 12
17 units (must include three units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, and nine other units)

IGPs, Career Clusters and Personal Pathways to Success

The South Carolina Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA) requires school districts to develop a curriculum organized around the career cluster system–16 career clusters, schools of study, and majors. In the organization of the district curriculum around the career cluster system, Greenville County Schools divided the 16 career clusters into six schools of study. These six schools of study include School of Arts, Communication and Information Technology; Business, Marketing and Management; Environmental and Agricultural Systems; Health Science; Human Resources and Services; and Industrial Manufacturing and Engineering Systems. Under each school of study a student will find related career clusters. The career clusters are then broken down into academic focus areas (majors) that students may choose based on interests and skills.

Personal Pathways to Success is the name given to this reorganization of the curriculum which is designed to help students take control of planning for their futures. Personal Pathways to Success provides the solid mix of academic and technical skills students need to compete in the global economy. It gives students a reason to achieve in school by connecting success in school with success in life. It maintains South Carolina's core academic requirements while opening up pathways to success for students no matter where they lead – to two-year colleges, four-year colleges or universities, the military, or directly into the workforce. Students, parents, and counselors work together to develop Individual Graduation Plans (IGP) that specify a student's cluster, academic focus (major), post-secondary goals, planned high school activities, and planned out-of-class activities. The Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) is a document that states the student's intentions related to courses that are taken during high school. The IGP is initiated in the 8th grade with the choice of a cluster area. When the IGP is updated in the 10th grade, the student will select an academic focus (major) within their cluster of choice. Students will utilize Naviance, a comprehensive college and career readiness tool, to help them align their strengths and interests to their career goals. The courses that are taken are determined by the student's interests. It can be modified over time as interests and skills develop or change. The IGP is like a road map to the future: if the student stays on course, the student will reach the destination – graduation – with all the courses, skills and experience needed to take his education or career to the next level. Each year the student, parents/guardians, and counselors will review and update the plans for the coming year. Switching clusters or majors is okay -- as the high school years progress and the student learns more about his interests and skills there are bound to be changes in choice of coursework.

Uniform Grading Scale

The following conversion table will be used to determine GPR and rank in class.

South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale Conversions
Numerical AverageLetter GradeCollege Prep
AP/IB/Dual Credit Weighting
100A5.0005.500 6.000
99A 4.900 5.4005.900
98A4.800 5.300 5.800
97A 4.700 5.200 5.700
96A 4.600 5.100 5.600
95A 4.500 5.000 5.500
94A 4.400 4.900 5.400
93A 4.300 4.800 5.300
92 A 4.200 4.700 5.200
91 A 4.100 4.600 5.100
90 A 4.000 4.500 5.000
89B 3.900 4.400 4.900
88B 3.800 4.300 4.800
87B 3.700 4.200 4.700
86B 3.600 4.100 4.600
85B 3.500 4.000 4.500
84B 3.400 3.900 4.400
83B 3.300 3.800 4.300
82B 3.200 3.700 4.200
81B 3.100 3.600 4.100
80B 3.000 3.500 4.000
79C 2.900 3.400 3.900
78C 2.800 3.300 3.800
77C 2.700 3.200 3.700
76C 2.600 3.100 3.600
75C 2.500 3.000 3.500
74C 2.400 2.900 3.400
73C 2.300 2.800 3.300
72C 2.200 2.700 3.200
71C 2.100 2.600 3.100
70C 2.000 2.500 3.000
69 D 1.900 2.400 2.900
68 D 1.800 2.300 2.800
67 D 1.700 2.200 2.700
66 D 1.600 2.100 2.600
65 D 1.500 2.000 2.500
64 D 1.400 1.900 2.400
63 D 1.300 1.800 2.300
62 D 1.200 1.700 2.200
61 D 1.100 1.600 2.100
60 D 1.000 1.500 2.000
59 F 0.900 1.400 1.900
58 F 0.800 1.300 1.800
57 F 0.700 1.200 1.700
56 F 0.600 1.100 1.600
55 F 0.500 1.000 1.500
54 F 0.400 0.900 1.400
53 F 0.300 0.800 1.300
52 F 0.200 0.700 1.200
51 F 0.100 0.600 1.100
0-50 F 0.000 0.000 0.000

*Credit for a course will be awarded for a grade of 60 or above. A score of 59 or below will result in no credit for that course.

Grade point ratios will be figured uniformly in all schools using the following formula. The formula will yield each student's GPR which can then be ranked from highest to lowest rank in class. Computations will not be rounded to a higher number. All diploma candidates are included in the ranking.

sum([quality points] x [units])
sum of units attempted

College Admission Requirements

Usually college admissions requirements are far beyond the minimum requirements for high school graduation. Students who plan to attend college should consult catalogs of colleges to assure that they are choosing the right courses. Colleges also look at the GPA and class rank as well as College Entrance Exam scores such as the SAT or ACT for admission.

Guidelines for Courses

State Dept. of Education regulations and Greenville County Schools Board of Trustee policies/rules that relate to high school course offerings offer the following guidance:

Early Dismissal Guidelines

In accordance with

Career Center Program

Greenville County Schools has four career centers which provide the students an opportunity to study and prepare for the career of their choice. Students attend the career center for either a one-year or two-year program in the field of their choice. Programs include, but are not limited to, automotive technology, web design, early childhood education, culinary arts, welding, automotive collision repair, carpentry/building construction, marketing, criminal justice, HVAC, fire management, cosmetology, machine tool and mechatronics. Students attend the career center for either three hours in the morning or three hours in the afternoon after receiving their core academic courses at the home-based high school. Students are also provided the opportunity to gain practical work experience while at the career center through various work-based experiences, including but not limited to, co-operative education, internships, and youth apprenticeships. The faculty at the career center is made up of individuals who have extensive work experience in the field they teach, as well as teaching experience. Many of these programs provide industry certifications as well as dual credit opportunities. In dual credit courses, students receive both high school credit and college credit from Greenville Technical College. For more information on courses available at a particular career center, students can check the website of the career center or call the career center.
Donaldson Career Center:
Enoree Career Center:
Golden Strip Career Center:
J. Harley Bonds Career Center:

Registering for a Career Center Course

All students who wish to register for a Career Center program are to contact either their school’s counselor or a counselor at the Career Center to receive instructions on completing the application process.

Fine Arts Center Program

The Fine Arts Center of Greenville County, the first specialized arts school in South Carolina, was established in August of 1974. The Center serves students from 14 district schools, from private, charter and homes schools, and students from outside Greenville County who pay a yearly tuition to attend. The purpose of the Fine Arts Center is to provide advanced comprehensive arts instruction to students who are artistically talented and who wish to take an intensive pre-professional program of study. Students who apply to the Fine Arts Center are selected on the basis of talent, motivation and commitment to their discipline, as indicated by academic records, a teacher recommendation and an audition/interview. Students who are interested in applying should contact either their school’s counselor or the Fine Arts Center counselor to receive instructions on completing the application process. Students attend the Fine Arts Center five days a week in the morning or afternoon for 110 minutes of instruction, spending the remainder of their time in academic studies at the home high school. Curricula are rigorous and fast-paced and most are equivalent to college level courses. The faculty are highly trained and widely experienced. The students are studying with active and successful artists. Each year approximately 400 students attend the Fine Arts Center, and of that number, many go on to receive local, state and national honors, awards, and scholarships.

Mauldin High School
Upperclassmen Registration Course Catalog

Principal's Message

Dear Students and Parents,

Welcome to Mauldin High School!  We look forward to doing everything we can to ensure that you have an incredible experience during the 2021-2022 school year.  The process of registering for classes in the upcoming year is an exciting time for everyone and offers an opportunity for students, parents, and educators to prepare for the future.

Our primary goal at Mauldin High School is for every student to have a great school year that will allow them the opportunity to grow both socially and educationally.  Mauldin High School is an "Excellent" school with extremely high expectations for academic rigor to help prepare students for their future.  Our motto is MAVS (Motivation, Achievement, Values, Success).  That motto will drive everything that we do at Mauldin High School every single day.

This Registration Catalog is designed to communicate between school and home the course offerings that we have available to your child.  This list is comprehensive with multiple options for students to choose from.  Please review the catalog carefully so that you can make informed decisions on the courses that your child has available to them.

It is also important to note that we have very strict guidelines regarding course recommendations.  Timelines for registration, parent overrides, and course withdrawals are specified in this document and will be followed without exception so that we can ensure equity and fidelity with our course offerings and Master Schedule.  Please take the time to review these procedures carefully in order to avoid any confusion later in the registration and scheduling processes.

And finally, I encourage you to "Like" Mauldin High School and Greenville County Schools on Facebook and "Follow" both on Twitter and Instagram for up to the minute information about our school and school district.

All of us at Mauldin look forward to working with each of you.  If there is anything that I can do to assist you or your child, please do not hesitate to contact me.


J. Michael Peake, Principal

Mauldin High School 
Registration Overview

Registration Phases

Registration takes place in several phases.

Phase 1
Overview: Mauldin High School hosts Curriculum Night with two sessions offered, one for upperclassmen (rising 10th-12th) and their families, as well as one for rising freshmen and their families.  Department Chairs and Teachers present an overview of curriculum offerings and recommendation guidelines for next school year.  Teachers begin classroom discussions about department flow charts, course sequence, and recommendations.  Teachers will enter recommendations in the portal.

Phase 2 

Overview:  During this phase, students will receive an explanation of the registration process via a registration website.  They will also receive a course registration card.  The course card shows all the courses available at Mauldin next school year and which teacher to see if a recommendation is required. 

Phase 3
Overview:  Based on grade level, students will receive an invitation to their IGP (Individual Graduation Plan) Meeting (grade 11) or registration window (grades 9-10).  At the IGP or during the registration window, students will review their course card selections, as well as teacher recommendations.  Students will register for classes and return their course card either in-person or virtually.  During this phase, students may apply to attend the Career Center if they wish.  Rising senior students may also apply for early dismissal.  Parents may submit override forms during this phase as well.  

Phase 4
Once course requests have been entered, students will be able to review a copy of their requests, either via letter or virtually.  Parents should also review these course requests as it's a final opportunity to approve or change selections. Students should make sure that they have requested/registered for courses they intend to take during the 2021-2022 school year.

Important Information 
Student requests determine the courses that will be offered in the master schedule.  For this reason, no preference changes will be made after the deadline to review course requests and return Parent Overrides, if applicable.  Students and Parent/Guardians are encouraged to review the schedule change policy outlined in the Mauldin High School Student and Parent Handbook, located on the school's website.

The information contained within in this course catalog is accurate at the time of publication/printing.  All procedures and dates are subject to change.  Students and parents will be kept informed throughout the process.

Parent Overrides

At times, parents may disagree with teacher recommended courses and/or levels. If this occurs, parents may complete an override form in order to place the student in the desired course. 

Parents and students are highly cautioned in the use of override forms.  It has been the vast experience at Mauldin High School that students who are enrolled in courses with an override have difficulty passing.
   Teachers can not be expected to provide additional assistance beyond what is available to all students in the class. 
If a parent overrides a teacher recommendation and the student begins to experience difficulty in the class once scheduled, the student will not be removed to the original teacher recommended level. 

Parent override forms are available in the Counseling Office and must be returned to guidance by April 16, 2021 for priority consideration.

Parent Override Procedures:

The parent/guardian must contact the teacher (email, phone, or face to face conference)This contact is required according to school district guidelines.
  This gives the teacher an opportunity to communicate the reasoning for the placement.  The parent may politely disagree and continue the override process.  The process should be non-threatening and the parent does not have to defend his or her decision.

After the parent/guardian contacts the teacher, the parent/guardian then completes a paper or electronic Parent Override Form.  The parent/guardian will be asked to provide information about the conversation that took place with the teacher regarding placement recommendations.  An override is not considered unless a conversation has taken place.

*The Parent Override Deadline is April 16, 2021 at 4:00pm.

Electives and Early Dismissal

 Arts Center (FAC)

Golden Strip Career Center (GSCC)

Signing Up for Alternatives

On the course card, students are required to list up to three credits worth of alternatives.  If the alternative requires a teacher recommendation, the student should see the appropriate teacher. The teacher will submit a list to the Counseling Department.  Select alternatives wisely.  If your schedule results in a conflict where you are unable to get all of the electives you requested, then an alternative will be used to complete your schedule.  If you do not select an alternative, one will be selected for you with no chance to change.


Early Dismissal for Seniors

An early dismissal will be granted to seniors who meet the following criteria:
Student is classified as a senior.
Student is enrolled in the courses needed to complete the requirements for the SC High School Diploma.
Student is scheduled for a minimum of four classes.
-  Student's parent/guardian petitions the school in writing for the student's early dismissal by completing the Early Dismissal Request Form available in the Counseling Department.

Please note that  early dismissals are not guaranteed for the times requested.  For example, if a student wishes to have an early dismissal for 3rd and 4th period and requests a course that is only offered 3rd period, the student must stay through 3rd period and choose another class if they still desire to take the course that is only offered 3rd period.  Once the Counseling Department receives the completed Early Dismissal Form, the early dismissal requests will be entered for the student.  


Other Registration Information 

In order to ensure there are no misunderstandings regarding certain courses, please be advised of the following as you enroll in specific classes next year:


One unit of NJROTC fulfills the Physical Education requirement for graduation.  

The following courses fulfill the one unit computer science requirement for graduation:
- AP Computer Science 
- Computer Science Essentials (Project Lead the Way)
- Fundamentals of Computing
- Fundamentals of Webpage Design 

Graduation Plus is a district-wide initiative from Pre-K through high school to ensure all students are college and career ready as we work to Build a Better Graduate!