Academic/Guidance Services

General Information

Each student is assigned a freshman counselor upon entering.  A cumulative folder of information is maintained in the guidance office.  This folder contains information from previous schools, report cards, test scores, progress reports, and personal data.  Parents and students are encouraged to meet with counselors to discuss this information.  The law specifically designates those people who have access to these files.  It is outlined below: The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of a student under the age of 18, The student who has the written permission of the parent(s) or guardian(s), Students over the age of 18, Parent(s) or guardian(s) of students over the age of 18 who have written permission of the student, except that the parent(s) or guardian(s) shall have access without consent of the pupil as long as the pupil is financially dependent upon the parent(s) or guardian(s) and is enrolled in the public school system. Upon graduation or departure of the student from the school system, the parent or adult student shall be entitled to receive a copy of the entire student record upon request.
Conferences with the counselor may be arranged at the request of the student, counselor, teacher, or the parent/guardian.


Students will schedule the following year courses through the Genesis Portal. There are several parameters that must be followed:

  • No student will be allowed to schedule fewer than 35 periods per week in class.

  • Students in grade 12 may drop a scheduled study hall in order to become a Teacher Assistant (TA). The position of Teacher Assistant is offered as a privilege to students in good academic standing. TA’s who experience academic, attendance, or discipline issues may be removed from the position.  Students may not drop a course in order to become a TA.

  • Students who wish to appeal a level course must fill out the Appeal of Placement Form which is available on the school website.

The final course schedule agreed upon prior to the start of school is considered to be an agreement between the school, student and parent.  After the first day of school, there will be no schedule changes without administrative approval.

To be eligible for graduation, a student must meet all the criteria established by the Board of Education.  This includes earning a minimum of 135 credits, completing all required courses, completing the community service requirement and complying with the attendance policy.  Failure to meet any of the above will result in the student not taking part in the graduation ceremony.  The student may receive his or her diploma at the end of the summer upon completion of summer school for failed courses or the make-up program for attendance. Detailed Graduation requirements can be view in our Course Catalog.



Grade Point Average

Example Unweighted

Class Rank

Students are ranked according to their cumulative weighted grade point average (GPA). In order for a student’s GPA to be counted toward class rank, the student must have enrolled at High Point Regional High School by the 2nd Semester of their junior year..  Any student with an Incomplete (I) after July 31st prior to beginning senior year will not be included in the official class rank until mid year rank is calculated.  Any student with an Incomplete (I) 10 days after mid year grades are due will not be included in the official mid year rank. Students attending a foreign exchange program or alternate placement will not have those grades factored into the GPA/Class Rank and are not able to be included in class rank until they have completed two consecutive years at High Point. Unofficial rank list will be generated at the end of freshman and sophomore years.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Selection of the graduating class Valedictorian and Salutatorian will be done ten days after the completion of the 3rd marking period.
Honor Roll

The grades received in all courses are included in the computation to determine eligibility for the Honor Roll.  The student’s unweighted GPA will be calculated for each marking period.  The specific criteria to earn Honor Roll recognition is:

High Honor Roll: An unweighted grade point average between 92-100 with no grade lower than a 70, noincompletes (I).
Honor Roll:
An unweighted grade point average between 85-91 with no grade lower than a 70, no incompletes (I).


In order to be eligible for any fall or winter extra-curricular activity and/or interscholastic athletic program at High Point, students must have earned thirty credits in the previous academic year.  Eligibility for continued participation in spring extra-curricular activities and/or spring interscholastic athletic programs is reviewed after the first semester.  At the time of review, students must be passing six classes totaling a minimum of thirty credits for the year. Please note that any lab science is a 6 credit course. Ineligible status remains in effect for a full semester.  
HP’s College Application Process

In order to ensure a smooth procedure for seniors when submitting college applications, we would appreciate the following items adhered to:

Transcript Request Forms  - must be completed and submitted to the guidance office for processing.  The transcript request form is available online and in the guidance office.
College Applications
- All applications are to be completed through Naviance. Supplemental documentation may include the following:  activities resume, essay, letters of recommendation or evaluation forms from faculty, community leaders, employers, etc. and college application fee.  All of the documentation provided by the student will be maintained by the guidance counselor in a college file.
Timelines and deadlines are the responsibility of the student.  Applications require ten school days for processing. Colleges in some cases will refuse to process your application if materials are not in by the deadline.  Students must adhere to the ten days required for processing.
Questions may be directed to the student’s guidance counselor via e-mail, telephone, or conference.
High Point Regional High School’s code that is used for SAT, ACT, and college applications is: 311440. All questions regarding applications should be addressed to your counselor!

Homework Students/Parents are encouraged to communicate directly with their teachers for short term absences via Google Classroom or e-mail. For long term absences, homework requests are processed in the Guidance Office.  Parents must call the extension 1252 prior to 9:00 a.m. in order to receive assignments by the close of the next school day.  Homework assignments will be located in the guidance office which will remain open until 3:30 p.m. for your convenience.     

Working Papers

Working papers are available in the Guidance Office for students seeking employment.

National Honors Society

The National Honor Society was established by the National Association of Secondary School Principals to recognize high school students who excel in scholarship, leadership, service and character. The High Point Chapter provides this recognition for students at High Point Regional High School. A faculty council selects students for the honor. In order to assure that all students are given equal consideration, the following procedures are followed every year: • Juniors and seniors are invited to pursue membership in the National Honor Society based on their cumulative, weighted grade point averages. Students must have and maintain a 4.0. GPA satisfies the scholarship criterion. • Eligible students are then asked to provide information about their leadership and service activities. Recognizing that this is an honor bestowed by the high school, students should have at least 3 school-based activities and a minimum of 50 hours of community service. In particular, the committee is evaluating school activities that take place outside of school hours. • The entire faculty is asked to assess the character of the students on the eligible list. • The faculty council meets to consider each candidate on the basis of the available information and to make the selections. The High Point Chapter’s complete policy, as well as a more complete explanation of the GPA requirements, is available at the school website by clicking on High School, Clubs & Organizations, and National Honor Society. Students interested in the National Honor Society need to develop a solid record of school and community service starting in their freshman year. The High Point Chapter is involved in several activities such as acting as guides for visitors to school functions, fund raising for charities, tutoring students, and sponsoring an annual blood drive. Students selected are expected to maintain the qualities required for membership during their high school careers. Students are recognized for this achievement in the yearbook, graduation program, and by wearing the distinctive blue and gold cord during the graduation.

updated 8/8/19 

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