Frequently Asked Questions
What is a typical day at Southington High School like?
- Follow a 6 day cycle (A to F days)
- 8 period day, starting at 7:37 am with homeroom
- 4 minutes of passing time
- 4 waves of lunches, starting with period 4 (periods 4-7). Health and PE do not meet every day
- Most students take 6 to 6.5 credits per year
How do I earn credits towards graduation?
You must earn credits to be promoted to the next grade. A credit is earned by passing a class with a 60 or higher and by following the attendance policy for that class.
The attendance policy greatly affects your academic standing (You cannot miss more than 8 days in a half-year course or 17 days in a full year course and receive credit - - - if you exceed those numbers, you must have a doctor’s note for every day over the limit. A tardy to class of 10 minutes or more is a cut. If you cut class 2 times you will lose credit.)
What are some important things to know about SHS?
- Every student is assigned a School Counselor. A counselor is assigned by a student’s last name.
- There are 4 levels of classes (level 1 to level 4, level 4 is the most advanced)
- SHS has many different clubs, organizations, and athletics available for students.
How do I see my school counselor?
Please see one of the Secretaries in the School Counseling Office to schedule an appointment with your counselor.
What do I do when I am absent?
It is recommended that students get to know at least one other student in each of their classes for the purpose of obtaining homework in the event of an absence.
For absences which are known about in advance, students should discuss this with their teachers and get assignments prior to the absence.
Check your teachers' websites for classroom assignments.
Counselors can request homework from teachers on behalf of students. Such request should only be considered for long-term absences, and require a minimum of 24 hours notice. Students or parents can also email teachers to request work.
I am having difficulty in my classes, how can I get extra help?
- Extra-help is available from teachers. The student schedules a time with the teacher to stay for help.
- There is a peer tutoring program available with National Honor Society students. You may complete the NHS tutoring request form online here.
- Extra help is available every period for both English and Math. The writing lab is located in the library and the math lab is located in room E 280.
What do I need to graduate from SHS?
22 credits including 4 credits in English, 3 credits in Math, 3 credits in Social Studies (including Civics and US History), 2 credits in Science, 1 credit in Health, 1 credit in P.E., 1 credit in the Arts/Vocational Ed. and 7 additional credits of electives.
Performance standards met in the CAPT Reading and the CAPT Mathematics. For more detailed information visit the CAPT link on our website.
Who should take the PSATs?
All grade 10 and 11 students take the PSAT in preparation for college entrance exams during the school day.
PSATs are offered at SHS every October.
PSAT score reports are distributed and explained in December. This is one of the best methods of preparation for the SAT or ACT exam.