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HFCE First Steps

This class is designed to help students prepare for and take on the challenges of high school. The course is designed to help students build a toolbox of strategies and habits of the mind to improve their learning effectiveness, attitudes, and motivation. The following are part of the curriculum: time management, concentration, note-taking skills, textbook study methods, test-taking strategies, and critical thinking skills. The course will further focus on identified gaps in learning specific to reading comprehension.


NOTE: This course is graded on an EP/PR scale. There are a few Carondelet courses that employ the use of the Proficient (PR) / Emerging Proficient (EP) grading system. Courses that use this system are designed to foster a growth mindset and allow students to explore new perspectives, skills, and concepts. Students who demonstrate proficiency in the subject will earn a PR (proficient) and students who are still developing proficiency within the course will earn an EP (emerging proficient.) For more information about how the PR/EP system works within a specific class’s scope, please refer to the course syllabus. A student receiving an EP in a course will have to take another course to demonstrate proficiency and meet graduation requirements.


  • Unclassified




10 (Pass/Fail)




9th grade


For students who are identified on entry as needing extra time to develop their academic level. This class would be taken in place of Conceptual Physics or Modern Language based on HSPT scores and transcript review. The course that is replaced will be taken in Sophomore year.

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