When students finish the 8th grade (middle school), a certificate is awarded upon taking National Exams (Pruebas Nacionales). Students should present another certificate, similar to that one, awarded at the end of 12th grade saying “Certificado de Suficiencia en Educacion Media” (or Certificación de Pruebas Nacionales 4to. Media).
There are no national certificates awarded in the 10th grade. If the student completed High School, they need to request that document in the appropriate government offices here in DR.
Curriculum is designed to enable the students to fulfill the requirements for two diplomas, the US high school diploma and the National Baccalaureate diploma of the Dominican Republic.
In order to graduate with a USA HIGH SCHOOL diploma, the student needs to earn a minimum of 27 Carnegie credits in grades 9 – 12, each 130 hours (implies a full-year course, receiving one credit). Compulsory courses include English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Computer Technology and Dominican Culture. Six additional credits are of electives.
In order to graduate with a Dominican Republic Baccalaureate diploma, the student needs to earn a minimum of 28 Carnegie credits in grades 9 – 12, each 130 hours – full-year course receiving one credit. Four credits of Spanish and 2.5 credits of Dominican Social Studies need to be taken in addition to complying with the HS diploma requirements. The aforementioned credits substitute the electives in the USA diploma.
English Department: English 9th, World Literature 10th, US Literature 11th, and British Literature 12th.
Spanish Department: SSL 9 – 12, Spanish 9th, Spanish 10th , Spanish Literature 11th, Hispanic & Dominican Literature 12th
French Department: French 9th, French 11th, and French 12th
Social Studies: World Geography 9th, World History 10th, US History 11th, US Civics/Economy 12th
Social Studies of DR (SEE) taught in Spanish: Caribbean and Hispanic History 10th, Dominican History up to 20th Century (11th) and Dominican History II 20th and 21st Century (12th), SSL Dominican Culture 11th-12th
Science: Earth Science 9th, Biology 10th, Chemistry 11th, Physiology 12th, and Physics 12th
Mathematics: Algebra I 8th / 9th, Geometry 9th/10th, Algebra II 10th/11th, Advanced Math 11th / 12th, and Pre-Calculus 12th
Technology: Word 9th, PowerPoint 9th, Excel 10th, Database 10, Programming 11
Fine Arts: Music 9, Art 9, and Drama
Physical Education: PE 9th, PE 10th, and PE 11th
Others: Health 10, Music, Drama, Leadership
GRADING & EVALUATION SYSTEM
The academic grades express student achievement in the learning process, and it is shown in a numerical scale from 1 to 100%. This scale is detailed with its literal equivalent as follows:
1st to 8th High School
A= 90 – 100
B = 80 – 89
C = 70 – 79
D = 65 – 69
F = 64 or less
The school year is divided in four marking periods and two semesters. There are three types of grades: quarter, end of semester, and/or end of the year. The quarter grades are determined at the end of the eight to ten week periods. These grades are composed by the average of the scores given from activities and individual or group projects, class participation, daily homework, quizzes and the quarter evaluation.
The end of the semester grade results from averaging the quarter grades plus the percentage assigned to the semester exam. In grades 2nd to 6th the semester exam has a value of 14% and for Junior High and High School the exam has a value of 20% of the semester average except Spanish and DR Social Studies were its value is 30%. The yearly grade is an average grade of each semester.
Grade Point Average is a weighted average of each subject proportional to the number of credits and/or hours it meets in a week. Students in 9 –12 are ranked in their class according to their GPA.
Students that have received Academic Merit, with satisfactory conduct, at the end of each quarter will be added to the Honor Roll. Those students that have been on the Honor Roll for all quarters will receive an Honors Certificate or a Medal of Excellence at the end of the school year.
More information: Contact Rosa Rodriguez, EducationUSA Adviser firstname.lastname@example.org