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Planning for the 2017-18 School Year

Dear Erie Tiger Families:


Choosing the right classes is one of the most important decisions students and parents make during high school, so I encourage you to look carefully at the 2017-18 course catalog as you begin planning for next year’s class selections.


Erie High School is a comprehensive, four year school. We have options for the widest spectrum of students, including standards-based classes in every subject area that are both rigorous and engaging. We are constantly refining in an effort to meet the needs of our dynamic and diverse student body.


Four considerations as you make decisions about classes:


1. Set realistic expectations. ​Our most successful students set realistic expectations and select classes accordingly. Students who get overwhelmed have typically over-extended and find themselves unable to keep up with homework, studying, athletics, co-curricular activities, etc. The other side of that coin is students who coast through their freshman and sophomore years without a plan and then discover in their junior year of high school that they have not taken a rigorous enough load of classes to be college-career ready.


2. Consider taking a new class for the first time to broaden your horizons.​ High school is a great place to try something new - drama, music, consumer-family science, art, leadership, broadcast journalism, etc.


3. Consider taking an honors or Advanced Placement class.​ My hope is that every student will consider taking at least one honors or AP class each year. There are honors and AP classes in nearly every subject area at EHS. If you are considering taking your first AP class, my best recommendation for you is A.P. Human Geography.


4. Manage your stress and stay healthy. ​EHS students are remarkably busy and involved in activities outside of the school day. Two great ways to manage your stress level are getting some exercise during the day in a P.E. class or scheduling a study hall into your day so you can reduce your night time homework load.


Good luck in your class selection. If you have specific questions about selecting classes, be sure to check in with Ms. Creek, Ms. Pohlman, or Mr. Schroeder in our Counseling department.




Matt Buchler,

Principal Erie High School

3180 County Road 5

Erie, CO 80516

(303) 828-4213


Erie Senior High School is a comprehensive school, offering a variety of courses for students in grades nine through twelve. This guide provides information for planning high school programs and preparing for graduation, college entrance, or employment. Families should familiarize themselves with this guide and plan accordingly.

General Information

Erie High School runs a semester schedule (18 weeks). Students can take up to 8 classes a semester. Classes are 85 minutes in length. All St. Vrain high schools are on an alternating block system (Day 1 – class periods 1-4, Day 2 – class periods 5-8). Semester classes are worth .5 credits.  Students may earn 4.00 credits per semester for a total of 8.0 credits per school year.

Grade Point Average (GPA) is based on the standard 4.0 scale:  A=4.0, B=3.0, C=2.0, D=1.0, and F=0.  Advanced Placement (AP) grades add an extra 1.0 weight to a student’s GPA (an A counts as 5.0 on a 4.0 scale).  Honors classes for freshmen and sophomores are also weighted.  An A counts as 4.5 on a 4.0 scale.

St. Vrain Graduation Requirements

   4    English Credits
   3    Math Credits
   3    Science Credits
   3    Social Studies Credits
   2    Physical Education Credits
   8    Elective Credits
  .5    Health
  .5    Practical Art Credit
  .5    Fine Art Credit                    
24.5 Total Credits To Graduate
Parents & students should pay close attention to these graduation requirements and create a four year plan of course-taking that will ensure 24.5 credits by the end of senior year.  Guidance counselors will assist with this process, but this responsibility needs to be shared by parents and students.
*As educational expectations continue to increase and more students enroll in honors and college level coursework, students benefit greatly from time during the school day to complete homework and assignments in a supervised study hall. Beginning with the Class of 2020, freshmen will be required to enroll in study hall each semester. Sophomores are strongly encouraged to consider enrolling in study hall.


In accordance with St.Vrain Board policy:

  • Freshmen and Sophomores are required to enroll in 8 classes each semester (a full load).
  • Juniors and Seniors must take 6 classes each semester.
  • Any requests or modifications to standard graduation requirements require prior administrative permission.
  • Valedictorian and Salutatorian will be the students with the highest and second highest rank in the senior class respectively. Exact parameters for this calculation can be obtained in the Counseling Office.



Colleges base student admission on a variety of factors, including the rigor of a student’s high school courses, GPA, ACT/SAT scores, participation in athletics & extra-curricular activities, leadership & community service, admissions essay, and recommendations.  The academic rigor of a student’s high school courses, as well as ACT/ SAT scores and GPA, are generally the most important factors.
The vast majority of high school graduates attend a college or university in their home state. Colorado’s colleges and universities (Colorado School of Mines, the University of Colorado system, the Colorado State University system, the University of Northern Colorado, Mesa State College, Ft. Lewis College, Adams State College, Western State College, and Metropolitan State College) require the following minimum expectations:
  1. Four years of English - CP English 12 is required unless a student is enrolled in AP Language/AP Literature or FRCC English.

  2. Four years of mathematics (at the level of Algebra I and higher).

  3. Three years of natural science – two of which must be laboratory courses.

  4. Three years of social studies – U.S. History and either World Geography or AP Human Geography are required.

  5. Two years of academic electives.

  6. One to three years of a world language (depending on the specific school).


Erie High School emphasizes college and career readiness for our students with strong academic classes and a well-rounded elective experience.

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

English 9 or 9 Honors

English 10 or 10 Honors, AP Language

English 11, AP Lang, AP Lit

AP Lang, AP Lit, English elective

Algebra I or above

Math (student specific)

Math (student specific)

Math (student specific)

Biology, Biology Honors, or AP Environmental Science*

(*By teacher approval only)

Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science

Physics, Geology, Anatomy & Physiology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science

Geology, Anatomy & Physiology, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Environmental Science

World Studies or AP Human Geography

AP US History or AP US Government

US Govt, AP US History, AP Government, AP European History

US Govt, AP US History, AP Government, AP European History

Foreign Language

Foreign Language

Foreign Language

Foreign Language





Study Hall (both semesters)

*Study hall is required all year for all freshmen

Study Hall (both semesters)

*Study hall is highly recommended for all sophomores, especially those taking AP classes or participating in after-school activities.



College Credit at Erie High School

Erie High School offers students the opportunity to choose from 26 college courses to earn 49 hours of college credit.  Students can earn college credit by:

  1. Enrolling in the College Board’s Advanced Placement courses and earning a score of three or higher on the end-of-the-year examination (fee required).

  2. Enrolling in Front Range Community College (FRCC) courses taught at EHS by FRCC instructors.

  3. Enrolling in CU Succeed courses and earning a final grade of a C or higher (fee required).


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Advanced Placement  Coursework

AP Capstone: AP Seminar, AP Research

AP Computer Science

Arts: 2-D Design Portfolio, Studio Art 3-D Design Portfolio

English: English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition

History and Social Sciences:  European History, United States Government and Politics, Human Geography, United States History

Mathematics: Calculus A/B, Calculus B/C, Statistics
Science: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics


Front Range Community College Logo

English: English Composition I, English Composition II
History and Social Sciences:  General Psychology I, General Psychology II, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Introduction to Political Science, Policing Systems, Public Speaking


CU Succeed


History and Social Sciences: United States History

Mathematics: Statistics

The CU Succeed Gold Program collaborates with Colorado high schools to offer high school students the opportunity to gain exposure to the college experience.  Students enroll in University of Colorado Denver courses, located at their high school, taught by qualified EHS teachers.  Teachers will provide more information on enrollment and registration when the classes begin in the fall.  All courses are taken for credit with a letter grade and appear on a CU Denver transcript.  The grades are weighted on 5.0 scale for the high school transcript. Students are required to pay tuition for the CU credit – at a reduced rate.  This tuition is not reimbursed by SVVSD.  Students who choose the CU Succeed option will NOT take the AP exam.  The classes available at EHS through the CU Succeed Program are U.S. History and Statistics.

The Benefits of Earning College Credit at Erie High School

Below is a sample schedule of a student’s coursework over four years of high school, the college credit earned, and the potential savings once the student graduated and entered the University of Colorado – Boulder campus:





* AP Geography

* AP Government

* AP Envir. Sci.

* Gen. Psych I

* AP Language

* AP Calculus AB

* AP Statistics

* General Psychology II

* AP European History

* Intro to Criminal Justice

3  C.U. credit hours       

6  C.U. credit hours

11  C.U. credit hours

12  C.U. credit hours            

Tuition & fees at the University of Colorado, Boulder for 32 credit hours



Tuition & testing fees for AP testing, FRCC courses and CU Succeed classes




Total Savings




All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses are required to take the AP exams.  

The cost of 2016-2017 AP exams are $93 each; AP capstone is $140.  AP exam fees are due September 15th