The Senior Strike - Class of 2021
Get charged up, Seniors!
Need To Know
FAFSA webinar on Tuesday evening, October 6; hosted by Mapping Your Future, a national nonprofit.
College Application Week will be held October 19 - 20, 2020. During this week, many colleges waive their application fees.
Helpful Documents & Links
CMHS Info - College Night PowerPoint
CMHS Info - Scholarship Night PowerPoint
CMHS Info - Senior Assembly PowerPoint
College Applications: NC College Admission Deadlines
Early Graduation & Flexing
Students eligible for early graduation must have completed all of their graduation requirements by the end of the first (fall) semester of their senior year. These seniors do not attend high school for the second (spring) semester. Seniors requesting to graduate early must submit the online Schedule Change Form during the normal schedule change window. A student-parent-counselor conference is required for this option. Early graduates do not receive their high school diplomas until the graduation ceremony in June of their senior year. Students who need evidence of graduation prior to the graduation ceremony may request a letter from the school counselor or principal stating that they have met all graduation requirements and are eligible for a diploma.
Some students may be interested in graduating from high school in three years instead of four. Students wishing to explore this option should discuss it with their school counselors as early in high school as possible but not later than the start of their junio year. A student-parent-counselor conference is required.
Students who have completed graduation requirements may have room in their schedules to flex (leave school) for one or more periods during their senior year. As per Cabarrus County Schools Guidelines, students are limited to flexing a maximum of one course per semester or two courses per year. Flexing is only allowed for at the start or the end of the school day. Flexing is strongly discouraged for college-bound seniors. Seniors requesting to flex one or two courses must submit the online Schedule Change Form during the normal schedule change window. A student-parent-counselor conference is required for this option.
Seniors will be able to exempt exams if they meet the following criteria in a course:
- Must have an 80 or above average
- Must have no more than three absences (excused or unexcused) prior to exam day (college visits count toward absences)
- Must have no suspensions (ISS or OSS) during that semester
Other critical elements of the policy:
- State exams (EOC, NCFE, VOCAT) cannot be exempted
- Exemption is optional (qualifying students may choose to take an exam; the exam grade will be used only if it improves the student's overall grade in the course)
- Students in AP courses must take either the AP exam or the teacher-made exam (no exemptions)
- If a student fails to take the exam of their choosing (AP exam or teacher-made), a grade of "0" will be calculated for the missed exam and averaged into the final course grade (counts 25%)
College applications and college-entrance exams (ACT and SAT) have costs which can provide a financial challenge for some students and families. Fee Waivers may be available to qualifying students. Typically, the qualifying criteria is family income or hardship as determined by qualifying criteria for Free and Reduced Lunch. Once a student qualifies for free or reduced lunch, he/she may request Fee Waiver information for the ACT, SAT or college applications from the S3 Office Registrar. Learn more about Fee Waivers here:
Most college and scholarship applications will give seniors specific information on how to submit transcripts. Begin by carefully reading those instructions. After carefully reading that information, click on this link to learn about CMHS options for sending your transcript.