Are the courses at California Crosspoint Academy recognized by major colleges and universities?Yes. The college-preparatory classes at California Crosspoint Academy have been reviewed and approved by the University of California to satisfy their “a-g” admissions standards. California Crosspoint Academy is also accredited by the Association for Christian Schools International and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
What percentage of California Crosspoint Academy’s graduates go on to college?Since its first high school graduating class in 1984, CCHS has graduated approximately 600 students from senior high, 100% of whom have gone on to college. Of those who have already completed college, approximately 25% have gone on to do graduate or professional-level work.
What colleges do California Crosspoint Academy’s graduates attend?Approximately 90% of our graduating seniors are accepted into 4-year universities, about 70% into the University of California system. About 50% end up attending the University of California, 30% California State Universities, 10% private colleges, and 10% community colleges. Please refer to our “California Crosspoint Academy Profile,” for more information.
What are honors and Advanced Placement classes?Honors and Advanced Placement classes are even more advanced and rigorous than regular college preparatory courses. In recognition of the accelerated pace and level of these classes, many colleges give students an extra grade point for grades earned in these classes. Students taking Advanced Placement classes are prepared to take the Advanced Placement exam in that subject. Students who pass an Advanced Placement exam are granted college credit by most colleges.
What honors and Advanced Placement classes does California Crosspoint Academy have?California Crosspoint Academy offers recognized honors level classes in English, Mandarin, and Pre-Calculus. Advanced Placement courses are currently available in Calculus AB and BC, English Language, English Literature, United States History, European History, Chinese Language, Studio Art, Computer Science, Physics B, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Micro-Economics, and U.S. Government and Politics.
Some high school subjects at CCHS have no specific sequence. How does a student know which course to take?Students have a general plan of college-preparatory classes they can take to satisfy graduation and college-admission requirements. A specific sequence is not given because it is to a student’s advantage to take Honors and Advanced Placement course in their sophomore and junior years, if they are academically ready. For these students, taking courses “out of sequence” allows them to take Honors or AP classes earlier and gives them an advantage in college applications. Based on the student’s stated goals, the school will recommend classes but the student always has the opportunity to enroll in other classes as well.
Does the school provide academic counseling?Yes. The school provides academic counseling as well as college counseling. The Academics Advisor helps students make the proper choice of classes to insure they graduate and fulfill their goals and requirements. College counselors help students prepare for college admission, including admissions testing, applications, financial aid, and college/career planning. The College Planning Resource Center has information on hundreds of different colleges and resources on every aspect of the college application and admission process.
How do CCHS students perform on standardized tests?Every 9th grade student in California Crosspoint Academy takes the Stanford-10 Exam. All students in the 10th & 11th grades take the PSAT exam at CCHS and 11th & 12th graders are encouraged to take the SAT or ACT test at least twice. CCHS students score above the national and state averages in these tests. Since 1997, CCHS has had 14 National Merit Scholars, 4 national Merit Finalists, and 39 National Merit Commended students. The average scores of our graduates the past six years:
SAT –I Scores of CCHS Graduates
Graduating Class Students Tested Average Total Score Average Verbal Score Average Math Score Average Writing Score 2006 47 1690 541 607 542 2007 45 1761 574 621 566 2008 41 1827 588 656 583 2009 43 1790 582 637 571 2010 56 1743 563 622 558
How does the school calculate grade point average?California Crosspoint Academy counts all academic courses in the grade point average, not just college preparatory classes. Additionally, the school does compute “+” and “-“grades into the overall computation. The computation is determined by adding the grade points earned and dividing it by the number of units earned. Honors and Advanced Placement courses are weighted on a 5.00/4.00 scale for grades above a C-.
Is this different from how colleges calculate grade point average?Grade point average computation is done differently by each college campus. Most colleges no longer count “+” or “-“ grades and merely round to the nearest full grade. Some colleges will count all courses in computing GPA, some only college-preparatory classes. Colleges and universities vary in their policies regarding repeat classes, honors-level classes, and college-level course credit. Please check with the college you plan to attend to determine its practice in computing grade point averages.
Why is the grading at California Crosspoint Academy harder than other schools?
It is generally true that most students who transfer into or out of California Crosspoint Academy will find the grading here more difficult. There are a number of possible explanations for this:
- CCHS does not grade any class on “the curve.” Therefore, there are no “guaranteed A” grades in any class. Every student must earn his grade by demonstrating knowledge and proficiency on an absolute scale.
- CCHS offers mostly college-preparatory courses for college-bound students. Students will not find themselves in situations where they are well above the academic level of the subject matter or his classmates. Therefore, there are no “easy classes” or “easy grades.”
- Many public schools have succumbed to “grade inflation” and give out top grades for very little accomplishment. Because of this practice, many colleges now rely more heavily on standardized tests and look at other objective criteria.
Will the grading policies at California Crosspoint Academy hinder my child’s chances of going to college?College admissions officers encourage us to keep preparing students for college and to give students an honest appraisal of how they will do at a top-notch university. Grades are just one aspect of a student that colleges consider. Colleges are placing more emphasis on extra-curricular activities showing leadership and commitment, plus some colleges require essays, letters of recommendation, and interviews.
Do you provide college counseling?
Yes. Every student in high school meets with a college advisor at least once a year. More frequent appointments may be made by request. The college advisors also hold special meetings and seminars for parents and students. There is also a College Planning and Resource Center that has information on all aspects of college admissions.
College representatives come and visit our campus often and the school periodically sponsors trips to local colleges or college fairs. Other information is available through PowerSchool announcements, the CCHS web page, various books and pamphlets, and on the Internet.
Who can we contact for information about college admissions and finances?Our Academics Advisor, Miss Carol Wong, works with our high school administrators to provide information and guidance to students and families regarding college admissions and financial aid. The Parent-Teacher Fellowship also sponsors several meeting and events each year to keep parents informed about college admissions. You may contact any school staff through the school office: (510) 955-5333.
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