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Your Child's Story of Learning Begins Here

Welcome

Clarkston Community Schools offers each student limitless opportunities to attain his or her personal best. An award-winning Clarkston Community Schools education embraces academic rigor, character development & mindfulness, athletic achievement, and artistic exploration through the fine arts. Students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 (and beyond!) are encouraged to pursue passions and are nurtured by our caring faculty and staff every step of the way.

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Contact

Nancy Mahoney, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services
namahoney@clarkston.k12.mi.us
P: 248.623.5420

Discovery Awaits

Children in a music class
Construction Tech students work on building a wooden box.

Clarkston's Learner Profile

Clarkston Community Schools' students are thoughtful, contributing members of society who possess the behaviors, skills and attitudes to continue to learn and adapt to a diverse and dynamic global society. Our curious and imaginative students exhibit critical thinking and problem solving skills, are effective oral and written communicators, and can access and analyze information. Clarkston Community Schools' learners, as successful 21st Century citizens, effectively use technology. They nimbly apply these skills throughout life in academic, social and emotional situations.

small class sizes

Clarkston students and teachers alike will enjoy some of the smallest class sizes in Oakland County... our average classroom size across the district is 22 students!

top-notch educators

We recently created new positions in the areas of instructional technology and literacy and added an Administrator of Data Structure & Analysis, who is responsible for the alignment, implementation, and analysis of the district’s curriculum, instruction and system initiatives. We offer support pillars for students who need a little or a lot of help, and advanced-level instruction for those in search of a challenge.

  • Instructional Technologists: Seven of our veteran teachers now serve as instructional technologists, bringing innovative new technology tools and hands-on applications to the daily classroom instruction for all students, k-12. Our instructional technologists work with teachers to seamlessly weave engaging technology tools into the curriculum to deepen the learning experience.
  • Literacy Coaches: Our students and teachers benefit from the insight of seven new literacy coaches who support literacy instruction within the elementary classroom setting. Our literacy coaches collaborate with grade-level teams, special education and support staff to strengthen students' understanding of reading, writing, and word study.

GROUNDBREAKING Student OPPORTUNITIES

We are constantly enhancing our program offerings, and are proud to offer diverse student opportunities at all grade levels. Here are a few of them:

  • 100% participation in Academic Service Learning projects, district-wide.
  • Award-winning preschool programs, including free Great Start Readiness.
  • Full implementation of elementary world languages.
  • Coding, robotics and hands-on STEAM education, beginning in our elementary schools and extending into our cutting-edge CSMTech program and our 2018 FIRST World Champion Robotics Team RUSH.
  • A vibrant Construction Tech program at Clarkston Junior High School
  • Nineteen Advanced Placement courses, 15 International Baccalaureate® (IB) courses, dual-enrollment and early college options at CHS.
  • Nationally recognized clubs and groups, like Destination Imagination and Business Professionals of America.
  • High-achieving band, choir, orchestra and visual arts programs.
  • Exciting open enrollment opportunities for non-residents.
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Preschool

Preschool girl

Our Programs


Funshine Preschool

Funshine Preschool is a tuition-based preschool program for children ages 2-4. Half-day and full-day classes are available.


GREAT START READINESS

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is Michigan's state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children. GSRP is free to families who qualify for admission.


SPICE & DOLLS

SPICE is a special education preschool program for children ages 3 to 5 years old.
DOLLS is an Early Intervention program for children ages Birth to 3 years old.


Kids Connection

Kids Connection is our before and after school program for preschool and elementary school children throughout the district.


About Us

The Clarkston Community Schools Early Childhood center provides several programs for Clarkston families! We offer a variety of preschool programs for children ages 2-4 and an early intervention program for children birth-3. We also provide before and after school childcare at all seven of Clarkston Schools elementary buildings. Regardless of the program, our goal is to provide a safe, caring and nurturing environment that will help our children develop a sense of community and trust and a love of learning!

Contact

information phone line: 248.623.4350

Lisa Marion, Director

lkmarion@clarkston.k12.mi.us

Jessica Kolos, Supervisor
cjkolos@clarkston.k12.mi.us

location

6397 Clarkston Road
Clarkston, MI 48346

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K-Grade 2

Instructional Philosophies in Grades K-2

We provide a safe and nurturing learning environment in which our students are supported in their intellectual, social, and emotional growth. Classroom instruction in grades K-2 focuses on instilling a love of learning, cementing foundational academic concepts, and building positive habits that foster future success.

PURPOSEFUL PLAY

Our elementary school classrooms are designed to spark discovery and collaboration through purposeful play. Activity centers are stocked with engaging learning materials that invite exploration, ignite imagination, and support age-appropriate academic and social development.

OPPORTUNITY BLOCKS

Each elementary school day includes a 45-minute opportunity block for flexible, individualized learning that serves as an extension of the classroom curriculum.

Early Elementary Curriculum

Enrichment Opportunities

Academic competitions, exhibitions and workshops are a great opportunity for students to hone their skills. Some of the events we include:

  • Scripps Spelling Bee
  • National Geographic Bee
  • Science Fairs
  • MathCounts
  • Lego League Robotics
  • MakerGirl Mania
Read more about Academic Competitions

One way the district is serving gifted students is addressed within a Competency Based model, which allows students to accelerate at their own pace. We also work with families to create specialized learning that engages advanced students in their learning and allows them to identify and work toward their learning goals, and provide after-school enrichment programs designed to promote a child's curiosity and lead to further study in the area of interest. In addition to student support, the program provides parental support in the forms of parent groups and individual consultation to help support the learner at home and in the academic setting.

Read more about Does Clarkston Offer an Elementary GT Program?

A Day in the Elementary Life

Science is the best! We get to learn so many things. We explore stuff and try things out, and we make things better and better. When we made 'Mad Hoppers,' we kept re-doing them to make the Hoppers work better. It was very challenging and fun. You could say I love science!
Mikalylah F., Pine Knob Elementary

A Word About Young Fives

Young Fives is a Kindergarten program designed for children who turn 5 between June 1 and September 1 and may need an extra year of social or emotional growth.

Young Fives Kindergarten is a full-day program offered at most elementary schools. After completing Young Fives Kindergarten, our students move on to traditional kindergarten in the same building (in most cases, this is their home school), the following school year. Learn more.

Measuring Student Growth

SOAR: A System of Assessment & Reporting

The purpose of our ‘System of Assessment and Reporting’ (SOAR) is to provide an ongoing dialogue between teachers, students and parents about individual learning and growth. Our reporting system consists of multiple resources for parents, teachers and students to use and access. These tools are designed and implemented so that continuous feedback is provided for teachers, parents and students. It is imperative that a learning system provides every student opportunities to demonstrate and celebrate his or her learning and receive feedback on his or her learning progress. In addition, the system fosters an environment so that parents know specific learning progress for their children.

Part 1: "The Why" of SOAR

Part 1: "The Why" of SOAR

We are excited to share this video series with you regarding our new System of Assessment and Reporting (SOAR) at the Elementary level. Our hope is that these videos provide you with information to build an understanding of this initiative.

As we move along in our journey with SOAR, we appreciate your partnership and feedback in growing this meaningful system to enhance children's learning.

Part 2: "The What" of SOAR

Part 2: "The What" of SOAR

Part 3: "The How" of SOAR

Part 3: "The How" of SOAR

Grades 3-5

Instructional Philosophies in Grades 3-5

In grades 3-5, students move beyond foundational understanding of core subject areas into deeper cross-curricular learning. Teachers, students, and parents work together to strengthen the student's academic base in preparation for middle school.

OPPORTUNITY BLOCKS

Each elementary school day includes a 45-minute opportunity block for flexible, individualized learning that serves as an extension of the classroom curriculum.

Upper Elementary Curriculum

A Day in the Elementary Life

I love math, because even though it's challenging, it's fun! Sometimes we'll be playing a game in class (like fraction cards), and we don't even realize we're learning!
Henry R., Independence Elementary

SOAR: A System of Assessment & Reporting

Part 1: "The Why" of SOAR

Part 1: "The Why" of SOAR

We are excited to share this video series with you regarding our new System of Assessment and Reporting (SOAR) at the Elementary level. Our hope is that these videos provide you with information to build an understanding of this initiative.

As we move along in our journey with SOAR, we appreciate your partnership and feedback in growing this meaningful system to enhance children's learning.

Part 2: "The What" of SOAR

Part 2: "The What" of SOAR

Part 3: "The How" of SOAR

Part 3: "The How" of SOAR

A Word About M-STEP Testing

Students in grades 3 - 8 and 11 participate in the Michigan Summative Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) in April and May. This annual assessment is mandated for all Michigan public schools and is one of the tools used to measure a student’s proficiency in specific subject areas. The M-STEP is an online assessment and is based on the Michigan Academic Standards.

Parents can help their children do well on the M-STEP in many ways. Please make sure your children have a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast. Sending them to school with healthy snacks and bottled water can help them recharge their batteries. Encourage them to do their best work, but be careful not to add to their stress level if they are anxious about the tests. These are just some suggestions for daily success; they can be even more important during test time. Preview tests and examples can be found for each grade and subject area on the Michigan Department of Education website.

The state sets the dates that every school district must administer each assessment, and we will add these dates to our district calendars. Please make sure your children are in attendance and on time for test-taking days and try to avoid pulling students out of class during the testing window, if possible. Please contact your student's teacher or building principal with specific questions.

Measuring Student Growth

The purpose of our ‘System of Assessment and Reporting’ (SOAR) is to provide an ongoing dialogue between teachers, students and parents about individual learning and growth. Our reporting system consists of multiple resources for parents, teachers and students to use and access. These tools are designed and implemented so that continuous feedback is provided for teachers, parents and students. It is imperative that a learning system provides every student opportunities to demonstrate and celebrate his or her learning and receive feedback on his or her learning progress. In addition, the system fosters an environment so that parents know specific learning progress for their children.

Grades 6-7

Instructional Philosophies at Sashabaw Middle School

Sashabaw Middle School is home to all sixth and seventh grade students in the district - this is a very unique and deliberate arrangement designed by seasoned middle grade educators to "Keep Kids Younger, Longer."

sixth grade team structure

Moving up from fifth to sixth grade is an exciting time for students, and parents! Students from all of Clarkston's seven elementary schools come together in one building bonds with their future fellow graduates of CHS. For a seamless transition that feels like "family," students are grouped in small teams that allow them to form relationships with new classmates and teachers.

Welcome to wolf time

In Clarkston, we live and breathe a "Culture of Thinking" in which student growth is valued, and all staff members are committed to helping children follow their interests to develop passions and strengths.

Every child in Clarkston deserves to be healthy, to feel safe, to be engaged and supported and to feel challenged. On Wednesdays, SMS students meet for 30 minutes with their Wolf Time groups to connect and support one another, while tackling some big topics, like digital citizenship, personal integrity, and bullying.

Middle School Curriculum

Michigan Career Pathways

What do you want to be when you grow up? This is a common question adults ask young people. For many regardless of age, this can be a very daunting inquiry when there are thousands of careers to choose from. How does one make an informed decision?

In the Michigan Career Pathways, occupations are categorized into six broad groups that share similar skill sets, interests and characteristics. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to discover related coursework, careers and questions to help choose a pathway that appeals to him or her. The careers pathways include:

  • Arts & communication
  • Business, management, marketing and technology
  • Engineering, manufacturing and industrial technology
  • Health sciences
  • Human services
  • Natural resources and agri-science

SMS Choir
Singing has always been a passion of mine, and being in middle school choir has really opened up new opportunities for me. Choir allows me to express myself, and I just love performing for an audience. I aspire to be a member of the Madrigals one day.
Jane S., 7th Grade

Middle School Course Selection

Course Placement Process

COURSE PLACEMENT PROCESS

We aim to deliver the right content at the right time to each student through appropriate class placement.

Our placement process includes collaboration with the student's teachers, local assessments and previous standardized test performance. It is important to note that our curriculum is not designed to prepare students to "get into" advanced coursework. If it becomes clear that a student meets the criteria for courses outside of the general education content areas, he or she will be scheduled accordingly.

What can you do? Take a look at the SMS Curriculum Guide and begin a conversation with your student about his or her academic strengths, challenges, and the electives he or she would like to take advantage of in Middle School. Our curriculum is designed for exploration!

Course selection at SMS takes place in April, beginning with a visit to campus for all incoming sixth graders from across the district. New students to the district can arrange a tour by calling our Main Office at (248) 623-4200.

Choosing Right-Fit Classes

The Counseling Department at Sashabaw Middle School is devoted to providing a comprehensive program designed to cultivate thinkers, learners, and positive contributors to a global society. We strive to supports developmentally appropriate student achievement both academically, and socially.

SMS school counselors provide Individual Student Planning services to help students find "Right Fit" courses, including:

  • Coordinating ongoing systemic activities designed to assist students in establishing personal goals and developing future plans.
  • Consultation and collaboration with parents, educators (district-wide), and community organizations.
  • Facilitating special events, like Parent Night, where students and parents can learn more about the academic and extracurricular opportunities at Sashabaw Middle School.

Nowhere will you find a better opportunity to "try it all," than in the middle school years at SMS.

SMS Curriculum Guide

Sixth & Seventh Grade Course Catalogs

Required Classes in 6th Grade

  • Language Arts (4 Quarters) Math (4 Quarters) Science (4 Quarters) Social Studies (4 Quarters)
  • Physical Education/Fitness/Health (2 Quarters) Art 6 (1 Quarter)

Sixth Grade Course Catalog

Required Classes in 7th Grade

  • Language Arts (4 Quarters) Math (4 Quarters) Science (4 Quarters)
  • Social Studies (4 Quarters)
  • Lifetime Sports & Fitness or Competitive Sports & Fitness (1 Quarter)
  • Health (1 Quarter)

Seventh Grade Course Catalog

On-Ramps for Junior High & High School

Did you know now is the time to start thinking about a plan to develop interests and strengths into an academic focus, and ultimately, a career? We know this looks different for everyone (especially in middle school), so use these course recommendations as a very loose framework for some possibilities to explore in the coming years.

  • If you're thinking about band or orchestra, it is strongly recommended that you begin in sixth grade, as there are no beginner band/orchestra classes after the sixth grade year.
  • If you want to join the Clarkston Construction Tech program in 8th grade, try our STEAM electives.
  • If you want to take Math 8 + Algebra, or other advanced math classes, enroll in the SMS summer math camp and sharpen your skills. In order to be considered for Math 8 + Algebra, you must carry a 98% average in 7th grade math each quarter.
  • If you want to take Advanced Studies, AP, dual-enrollment or early college courses, or work toward an International Baccalaureate® (IB) degree, please check the Clarkston Junior HIgh School Curriculum Guide for a list of prerequisites.
  • If you want to join CSMTech, you must first pass 8th grade Algebra and have had a conceptual physics experience prior to applying. Read more about CSMTech.

Requests for Schedule Changes

REQUESTS FOR SCHEDULE CHANGES

The course selection process needs to be taken seriously. All decisions regarding class choices should be carefully thought through as changes are not permitted except for extenuating circumstances.

If a student believes that a scheduling change is necessary due to unusual circumstances, a written request may be turned into the counseling office. The letter must be signed by the student as well as a parent.

All schedule change requests must be made by the fifth school day of each quarter.

Measuring Student Growth

Every student advances at his or her own pace. Clarkston Community Schools utilizes a general percentage-based grading system that is applied to all assignments (tests, homework, etc.) to determine quarter grades. This percentage system can range from 0-100% with corresponding letter grades.

Clarkston Community Schools Grading Scale

SMS GRADE SCALE

  • 12 = A+ = 100.5+
  • 11 = A = 94.5-100
  • 10 = A- = 89.5-94.4
  • 9 = B+ = 85.5-89.4
  • 8 = B = 82.5-85.4
  • 7 = B- = 79.5-82.4
  • 6 = C+ = 75.5-79.4
  • 5 = C = 71.5-75.4
  • 4 = C- = 69.5-71.4
  • 3 = D+ = 65.5-69.4
  • 2 = D = 61.5-65.4
  • 1 = D- = 59.5-61.4
  • 0 = E = 59.4 & below

QUARTER GRADE CALCULATION

A quarter grade is calculated as a combination of a straight percentage of the term grade.

A Word About M-STEP Testing

Students in grades 3 - 8 and 11 participate in the Michigan Summative Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) in April and May. This annual assessment is mandated for all Michigan public schools and is one of the tools used to measure a student’s proficiency in specific subject areas. The M-STEP is an online assessment and is based on the Michigan Academic Standards.

Parents can help their children do well on the M-STEP in many ways. Please make sure your children have a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast. Sending them to school with healthy snacks and bottled water can help them recharge their batteries. Encourage them to do their best work, but be careful not to add to their stress level if they are anxious about the tests. These are just some suggestions for daily success; they can be even more important during test time. Preview tests and examples can be found for each grade and subject area on the Michigan Department of Education website.

The state sets the dates that every school district must administer each assessment, and we will add these dates to our district calendars. Please make sure your children are in attendance and on time for test-taking days and try to avoid pulling students out of class during the testing window, if possible. Please contact your student's teacher or building principal with specific questions.

Grades 8-9

Instructional Philosophies at Clarkston Junior High School

The mission of Clarkston Junior High School is to foster a learning community that empowers students to achieve success. We do this in a nurturing learning environment designed to challenge and engage 8th and 9th grade students.

transitioning to high school

We work with Clarkston High School counselors and staff to provide a seamless relationship between schools, whether it is taking an advanced class on the CHS campus, or participating in a junior varsity or varsity sport. By the time they leave Clarkston Junior High School, our students are confident, independent thinkers who are well-prepared to navigate the high school years and beyond.

Junior High Curriculum

Michigan Career Pathways

What do you want to be when you grow up? This is a common question adults ask young people. For many regardless of age, this can be a very daunting inquiry when there are thousands of careers to choose from. How does one make an informed decision?

In the Michigan Career Pathways, occupations are categorized into six broad groups that share similar skill sets, interests and characteristics. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to discover related coursework, careers and questions to help choose a pathway that appeals to him or her. The careers pathways include:

  • Arts & communication
  • Business, management, marketing and technology
  • Engineering, manufacturing and industrial technology
  • Health sciences
  • Human services
  • Natural resources and agri-science

A Day in the Life at CJHS

In history, I learned to appreciate the personal struggle of those who lived before us, especially those who fought and lived without freedom, rights, or a voice. I believe I will be more empathetic and understanding toward others after studying the American Revolution, slavery, women’s rights, the Constitution, and civil rights.

Audrey, 8th Grade

Junior High Course Selection

Graduation Requirements

The Michigan Merit Curriculum outlines the required 22 credits for graduation. Read more at Michigan Merit High School Graduation Requirements Frequently Asked Questions. Credit can be obtained in multiple ways using CTE Credit Exchange and Personal Curriculums. Please see your counselor for more information.

Here's how a typical student covers those credits over the course of four years.

Graduation Credit Requirements

On-Ramps for High School

Did you know now is the time to start thinking about a plan to develop interests and strengths into an academic focus, and ultimately, a career? We know this looks different for everyone, so use these course recommendations as a very loose framework for some possibilities to explore in the coming years.

CJHS Counseling Department

The focus of the Counseling Department at Clarkston Junior High School is to provide students and their families with comforting support and assistance in the development of their academic, career and personal/social skills.

CJHS Counseling Website

CJHS Curriculum Guide

Testing Out of a Class

Clarkston Junior High students, with the guidance of the counseling department, may prepare to "test out" of a class. Students may use this option to customize their junior high school education or recover lost credit.

  • "Request to Test Out of a Course" forms are available in the junior high counseling office. Testing will take place two (2) times per school year. (August and January)
  • Length of test period to be determined based on subject area, course, and test items needed to indicate mastery.
  • All 8‐9 students are eligible to participate in the "testing out" program.
  • Successful testing out of a class will give credit toward graduation. When a successful level (C+/78% or higher) is accomplished, students will be allowed to advance in course sequence. Courses will appear on the transcript as tested out.
  • CJHS will enforce all other rules as they pertain to P .A. 335 of 1993 – see section 1279b (MCL).
  • The assessment for testing out must be used for the testing proficiency in the course. The assessment may include one or more of the following examples: written test, oral test, portfolio, project, etc.
  • In order to test out, students must have knowledge of the subject matter. Requests for textbooks and/or study materials will be made by the student to the test out coordinator (if available).
  • Honors and “IB” courses may not be tested out of. These classes are taught with the ideals and philosophies of the International Baccalaureate Programme, which may not be reflected on the test-out itself.

Read more

Summer School Courses

CJHS students may enroll in a summer school program with written approval from their counselor and/or administrator. Courses that are required for graduation must first be attempted at CJHS before being taken during summer or night school. Students need to enroll prior to the end of the school year so they are able to get counselor approval for the courses needed.

Counselors are not in their offices after the end of the school year. The counselors will have summer school materials after the first of May pertaining to calendar, actual meeting dates, course offerings, registration information, and fees. All courses must be approved by a counselor or administrator.

Measuring Student Growth

Every student advances at his or her own pace. Clarkston Community Schools utilizes a general percentage-based grading system that is applied to all assignments (tests, homework, etc.) to determine quarter grades. This percentage system can range from 0-100% with corresponding letter grades.

Grade Point Average

CHS operates on a weighted 4.0 grading scale. The grade point average (GPA) on a report card and transcript includes all courses taken. If students have enrolled in Advanced Placement courses, equivalent International Baccalaureate courses, or 5th year World Language courses, weighted grade points will be assigned.

Ninth and tenth grade honors classes do not qualify for weighted courses. Please refer to the course descriptions to find which courses are weighted. Only semester grades are used for calculating GPA.

Clarkston Community Schools Grading Scale

CJHS GRADE SCALE

  • A = 92.5-100 = 4.0
  • A- = 89.5-92.4 = 3.7
  • B+ = 86.5-89.4 = 3.4
  • B = 82.5-86.4 = 3.0
  • B- = 79.5-82.4 = 2.7
  • C+ = 76.5-79.4 = 2.4
  • C = 72.5-76.4 = 2.0
  • C- = 69.5-72.4 = 1.7
  • D+ = 66.5-69.4 = 1.4
  • D = 62.5-66.4 = 1.0
  • D- = 59.5-62.4 = .6
  • E = 0-59.4% = 0
  • F = Credit received but 0.0 in GPA

Weighted Grade Point Values

  • A 5.0
  • A- 4.7
  • B+ 4.4
  • B 4.0
  • B- 3.7
  • C+ 3.4
  • C 3.0
  • C- 2.7
  • D+ 2.4
  • D 2.0
  • D- 1.6
  • E 1.0

Semester GRADE CALCULATION

A semester grade is calculated as a combination of a straight percentage of the term grade and exam grade.

A Word About the M-STEP & PSAT

M-STEP Testing

Students in grades 3 - 8 and 11 participate in the Michigan Summative Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) in April and May. This annual assessment is mandated for all Michigan public schools and is one of the tools used to measure a student’s proficiency in specific subject areas. The M-STEP is an online assessment and is based on the Michigan Academic Standards.

Parents can help their children do well on the M-STEP in many ways. Please make sure your children have a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast. Sending them to school with healthy snacks and bottled water can help them recharge their batteries. Encourage them to do their best work, but be careful not to add to their stress level if they are anxious about the tests. These are just some suggestions for daily success; they can be even more important during test time. Preview tests and examples can be found for each grade and subject area on the Michigan Department of Education website.

The state sets the dates that every school district must administer each assessment, and we will add these dates to our district calendars. Please make sure your children are in attendance and on time for test-taking days and try to avoid pulling students out of class during the testing window, if possible. Please contact your student's teacher or building principal with specific questions.

PSAT Testing

The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The purpose of the SAT is to measure a high school student's readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants.

The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a preparatory version of the SAT exam. Clarkston Junior High School students take the test in the spring of 9th grade, then again in both 10th and 11th grade. Designed to test skills in reading, writing, and math, PSAT results are just one indicator of a student's academic ability.

Grades 10-12

High School Instructional Philosophies

Who do we want our students to become as a result of the relationships we build with them? At Clarkston High School, we believe our practices manifest our purpose ... and our purpose is to provide opportunities through experiences, which allow our students to grow.

what's your "Something?"

By the time they cross the commencement stage, our students not only know their next step, they're excited to pursue that one special "something" that makes them feel alive. Clarkston High School graduates go on to prestigious colleges and universities, military service academies, art institutes, skilled trades, and international universities of higher learning - many of them via scholarships and certifications earned while students here in Clarkston. Our alumni consistently report that the people and experiences they encountered as students in Clarkston prepared them well for the future.

High School Curriculum

CHS Germany Trip

Next month I will be graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and it has never been a secret that I was only able to attend this dream school because of the help that I received from my Clarkston teachers. Clarkston gave me endless opportunities and support. If there's any advice I can offer to Clarkston students, it's that this world is huge and there are many things that can make make you happy and excited for what is going to happen today. First, you have to know that you can do it, you can make it, you will be good enough and you can make a difference in anything that you are passionate about. Your Clarkston teachers will bend over backwards to make sure that you are ready for anything, but sometimes you have to ask them for help!

Clara Zeder, CHS Class of 2014
IB Programme GRADUATE

High School Course Selection

Graduation Requirements

The Michigan Merit Curriculum outlines the required 22 credits for graduation. Read more at Michigan Merit High School Graduation Requirements Frequently Asked Questions. Credit can be obtained in multiple ways using CTE Credit Exchange and Personal Curriculums. Please see your counselor for more information.

Here's how a typical student covers those credits over the course of four years.

Graduation Credit Requirements

CHS Curriculum Guide

CHS Counseling Department

The focus of the Counseling Department at Clarkston High School is to provide students and their families with comforting support and assistance in the development of their academic, career and personal/social skills.

The school counseling program mission aligns with the mission of Clarkston Community Schools. It is our purpose that over a lifetime, students will "learn to learn, learn to work, and learn to live now and in the future."

The Counseling Department of Clarkston High School is devoted to providing a comprehensive program designed to support students in developing and using lifelong learning and coping skills. In addition to serving the immediate needs of our school community we strive to implement a developmental program that supports student achievement in the academic, career, and personal/social domains.

School counselors are assigned by student's last name and students remain assigned to the same counselor through graduation. Counselors are always on hand to assist students in developing college plans, investigating career choices, and addressing personal/social problems.

Additional assistance is available to students through the services of several support personnel. The School Social Workers, Jeremy McCall and Carolyn Clarke, School Psychologist, Jacob Schmitt, and Special Education Department Chair Tamera Conwell help in concerns regarding special education services.

The Counseling Department also maintains extensive files of college and career information made available in the Career Resource Center. College representatives and military recruiters visit our campus throughout the year. Representative visits are posted and shared under the "College Information" links on the left hand side of this page.

Students are encouraged to become acquainted with their counselors as soon as possible. Appointments can be made by contacting one of the Counseling Secretaries.

CHS Counseling Website

Senior Year (and Beyond)

You'll find everything you need for the day-to-day CHS senior year student experience in the CHS Student Life section of the website. Don't forget to also check out our Student Portal at the top of this page!

About Renaissance High School

Renaissance High School is for students in grades 9 - 12 who need an alternative to the traditional high school setting in order to be successful. Renaissance students must meet Clarkston High School graduation requirements and receive a Clarkston High School diploma. Renaissance students are encouraged to participate in athletics, clubs and extracurricular activities offered at Clarkston High School. Renaissance students can also take courses at the Oakland Technical Campus. The smaller student-teacher ratio at Renaissance gives students the opportunity to receive individualized attention and support. Renaissance is housed at the newly renovated Community Education center building on Waldon Road.

To set up an interview appointment with Mrs. Christa Fons, Director, call 248.623.8060

Michigan Career Pathways

What do you want to be when you grow up? This is a common question adults ask young people. For many regardless of age, this can be a very daunting inquiry when there are thousands of careers to choose from. How does one make an informed decision?

In the Michigan Career Pathways, occupations are categorized into six broad groups that share similar skill sets, interests and characteristics. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to discover related coursework, careers and questions to help choose a pathway that appeals to him or her. The careers pathways include:

  • Arts & communication
  • Business, management, marketing and technology
  • Engineering, manufacturing and industrial technology
  • Health sciences
  • Human services
  • Natural resources and agri-science

Measuring Student Growth

Every student advances at his or her own pace. Clarkston Community Schools utilizes a general percentage-based grading system that is applied to all assignments (tests, homework, etc.) to determine quarter grades. This percentage system can range from 0-100% with corresponding letter grades.

Grade Point Average

CHS operates on a weighted 4.0 grading scale. The grade point average (GPA) on a report card and transcript includes all courses taken. If students have enrolled in Advanced Placement courses, equivalent International Baccalaureate courses, or 5th year World Language courses, weighted grade points will be assigned.

Ninth and tenth grade honors classes do not qualify for weighted courses. Please refer to the course descriptions to find which courses are weighted. Only semester grades are used for calculating GPA.

Clarkston Community Schools Grading Scale

CHS GRADE SCALE

  • A = 92.5-100 = 4.0
  • A- = 89.5-92.4 = 3.7
  • B+ = 86.5-89.4 = 3.4
  • B = 82.5-86.4 = 3.0
  • B- = 79.5-82.4 = 2.7
  • C+ = 76.5-79.4 = 2.4
  • C = 72.5-76.4 = 2.0
  • C- = 69.5-72.4 = 1.7
  • D+ = 66.5-69.4 = 1.4
  • D = 62.5-66.4 = 1.0
  • D- = 59.5-62.4 = .6
  • E = 0-59.4% = 0
  • F = Credit received but 0.0 in GPA

Weighted Grade Point Values

  • A 5.0
  • A- 4.7
  • B+ 4.4
  • B 4.0
  • B- 3.7
  • C+ 3.4
  • C 3.0
  • C- 2.7
  • D+ 2.4
  • D 2.0
  • D- 1.6
  • E 1.0

Semester GRADE CALCULATION

A semester grade is calculated as a combination of a straight percentage of the term grade and exam grade.

A Word About M-STEP, PSAT & SAT

M-STEP Testing

Students in grades 3 - 8 and 11 participate in the Michigan Summative Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) in April and May. This annual assessment is mandated for all Michigan public schools and is one of the tools used to measure a student’s proficiency in specific subject areas. The M-STEP is an online assessment and is based on the Michigan Academic Standards.

Parents can help their children do well on the M-STEP in many ways. Please make sure your children have a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast. Sending them to school with healthy snacks and bottled water can help them recharge their batteries. Encourage them to do their best work, but be careful not to add to their stress level if they are anxious about the tests. These are just some suggestions for daily success; they can be even more important during test time. Preview tests and examples can be found for each grade and subject area on the Michigan Department of Education website.

The state sets the dates that every school district must administer each assessment, and we will add these dates to our district calendars. Please make sure your children are in attendance and on time for test-taking days and try to avoid pulling students out of class during the testing window, if possible. Please contact your student's teacher or building principal with specific questions.

PSAT & SAT Testing

The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The purpose of the SAT is to measure a high school student's readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants.

The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a preparatory version of the SAT exam. Clarkston Junior High School students take the test in the spring of 9th grade, then again in both 10th and 11th grade. Designed to test skills in reading, writing, and math, PSAT results are just one indicator of a student's academic ability.

Special Education

Student Support Services

Clarkston Community Schools offers a full continuum of special education programs and services for students birth through age 26. Our Student Support Services department consists of a large team of professionals including special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, social workers, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists, and paraeducators. We value our ongoing partnership with parents and collaborate closely to develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for students who are eligible for special education.

We provide programs and services for students with a wide range of disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cognitive Impairment, Emotional Impairment, and Specific Learning Disability. For more information regarding Specific Learning Disability and the use of a Pattern of Strengths and Weaknesses process that we use to determine eligibility, please click here.

Parent Resources

Clarkston Community Schools Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

District Representatives

Robin Maloney
robin.maloney40@gmail.com
248.698.3470

Rebel Molina
rjm4087@gmail.com
248.766.5634

Elementary representatives

Sarah Conlen
petersonsar@yahoo.com

Katie Sutherland
Sutherland6553@gmail.com

Rebel Molina
rjm4087@gmail.com
248.766.5634

SECONDARY REPRESENTATIVES

Mary Herzenstiel
mmherzen@yahoo.com

Hilary Keubler
Hkuebler04@gmail.com

Robin Maloney
robin.maloney40@gmail.com
248.698.3470

Heather Roeser
hroeser@comcast.net

ADULT TRANSITION REPRESENTATIVE

Barb Rush
Rush5678@gmail.com


Contact

Kathy Christopher, Executive Director
kkchristopher@clarkston.k12.mi.us
P: 248.623.8080
F: 248.623.8070

Leigh McFarland, Supervisor
lrmcfarland@clarkston.k12.mi.us
P: 248.623.8080
F: 248.623.8070

Katie LaMay, Student Support Services Team Facilitator
kllamay@clarkston.k12.mi.us
P: 248.623.8080
F: 248.623.8070

Jackie Clancy, Coordinator
jmclancy@clarkston.k12.mi.us
P: 248.623.8080
F: 248.623.8070

Susan Vanaman, Assistant
sevanaman@clarkston.k12.mi.us
P: 248.623.8080
F: 248.623.8070

Susan Lawrence, Assistant
sjlawrence@clarkston.k12.mi.us
P: 248.623.8080
F: 248.623.8070

ESL

We're Glad You're Here

English Learners receive a broad spectrum of specialized services based on their individual needs. These services include English language development classes, co-taught general education classes such as math, history and science and general education support classes.

Initial Placement

Testing and potential placement in the ESL program is based on the Home Language Survey portion of the Clarkston Community Schools District registration form. If the parent of a new enrollee indicates that the student’s native or home language is other than English, the student will be assessed within 10 school days to determine eligibility in the ESL program. The assessment tool will be the W-APT which stands for the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test. It is an English language proficiency "screener" test given to incoming students who may be designated as English language learners. It assists educators with programmatic placement decisions such as identification and placement of ELs. The W-APTis one component of WIDA's comprehensive assessment system. ACCESS for ELs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment given to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English Learners (ELs). It is given annually in WIDA Consortium member states to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English. Parents will be notified of the student’s eligibility and given the opportunity to accept or refuse ESL assistance.

ESL English Language Arts Classes

To develop English language proficiency at the secondary levels, students will be placed in the ESL English Language Arts classes to replace the Language Arts class for the English Learner and target the special needs of the non-native speaker in the four skills of listening, speaking reading and writing. The ESL ELA core curriculum also concentrates on independent and guided reading instruction.The curriculum will focus on building community using the reading and writing workshop model instruction that will help students gain the necessary writing skills, grammar and vocabulary to meet grade level expectations.

Continued Eligibility or Exit from the ESL Program

Students are assessed on a yearly basis in all four-skill areas as required by state law. If WIDA testing determines that a student has not reached the appropriate level of proficiency, he or she will remain in the ESL Program. Students who reach the appropriate proficiency level are exited from services, but are monitored for a four-year period to ensure that adequate progress in English and success in the classroom continues.

Translation Services

Clarkston Community Schools is committed to communicating with students and families in their native language wherever possible. This website is equipped with Google Translation Services to translate our entire site into dozens of world languages. Just click the globe icon at the top of any page and select your preferred language.

Contact

Staci Puzio, Director of Student Growth & Well-Being
sapuzio@clarkston.k12.mi.us

Tena Moiles, Technology/Data Pupil Accounting
tmmoiles@clarkston.k12.mi.us

Ann Krause, ESL Teacher & Coordinator
cakrause@clarkston.k12.mi.us

Emily Grammatico, Clarkston Junior High School ESL & Spanish Teacher
esgrammatico@clarkston.k12.mi.us

Christina Verkest, Clarkston High School ESL & Spanish Teacher
caverkest@clarkston.k12.mi.us

Megan Shaffer, Sashabaw Middle School/Independence Elementary School ESL Teacher
mashaffer@clarkston.k12.mi.us

Heather Post, North Sashabaw Elementary School ESL Aide
hspost@clarkston.k12.mi.us

Marge Kreiner, Pine Knob Elementary School, Clarkston Elementary School, Bailey Lake Elementary School ESL Aide
mlkreiner@clarkston.k12.mi.us

Online Courses

Hands typing on a laptop

Clarkston Community Schools (CCS) supports online learning. Our history of rigor and meaningful learning with highly qualified Clarkston teachers is noteworthy and impressive in terms of our accomplishments and student growth.

The State of Michigan, under Section 21f of the State School Act, has launched the choice for parents to request that their students(s), in grades 5-12, be enrolled in no more than two (2) online courses in place of a currently scheduled courses. CCS students in grades K - 12 may choose from complete online schooling to individual courses. Resident home school students can choose any non-core courses offered online.

We encourage parents to consider carefully if a 100% online course is ideal for their child given the fact that they will be forfeiting face-to-face teacher classroom instruction and support. Parents should carefully consider the unique qualities of their child when investigating if an online class is right for her/him. These factors include:

  • Can your student create and maintain a study schedule without face-to-face interaction of a teacher?
  • Can your student self-advocate to seek help within a virtual setting?
  • Does your student possess the independent study habits needed to complete an entire course online without direct supervision?
  • Does your student have the reading, writing, math and computer literacy skills to succeed in a class that is completely online?
  • Additional information is contained in the Parent Guide to Online Learning.
  • It is important to note that this option is limited to online classes that are listed within the state online course catalog. While all of these classes have been reviewed from each sponsoring local district, these courses may not necessarily meet the rigor of courses for CCS from a credit or graduation requirement perspective and are, therefore, subject to administrative approval. Courses may have a class size and availability limits.

Should you request that your child participate in the online class experience, please note the following:

  • The highly qualified teacher providing the content for the course will only be available remotely via email or possibly phone and will not be a CCS employee.
  • Students will work independently outside of the traditional classroom setting.
  • Changes to the existing student schedule could be made.
  • If approved, both parent and student must agree to the 21f Online Learning Course Contract.

For more information regarding available online classes, please visit the following web sites.

Should you have any additional questions about online learning opportunities or would like to further discuss the online option, please contact your child’s counselor or principal. You may also contact Jana Thams, online learning coordinator, for further information at 248.623.5451