The mission of Ritenour School District is to ensure learning occurs in a supportive environment that enables every student to think critically, solve problems and develop the knowledge and skills necessary for success in our diverse, global society.
Ritenour High School Mission Statement
Ritenour High School strives to:
- Provide a safe, supportive and challenging learning environment
- Allow for students to develop academically, socially and emotionally
- Encourage students to become life long learners And thereby produce individuals
- Who are able to read, write, calculate and think critically
- Who will become responsible, productive citizens
- Who are prepared for the workplace, a democratic society and an ever- changing global society.
Our goals are to improve -- School Climate, Leadership, Achievement, Attendance!
The Ritenour School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disabling conditions.
General Information for Parents and Students
Coming to the high school is a major step in your child’s education. The following terms and definitions may be helpful to you as your child progresses through the high school.
Hybrid/Online Course—These courses provide students who participate in the Scholars Academy with a learning experience that offers flexibility. Hybrid Courses meet face-to-face 1 or 2 days a week. The other days of the week the class meets digitally. This schedule will allow students flexibility in how they use their time and the resources which are available to them. Students will gain valuable experience learning in an environment in which they are responsible for managing their time and effort. These collegiate style courses will prepare students for college and career where these skills are invaluable. Students must meet Scholars Academy Criteria for this option: 3.0 GPA, 90% minimum attendance, no discipline concerns.
Hybrid Online Course Offerings include: Creative Writing, AP Lit and Comp, Computer Imaging II, Wealth Management/Personal Finance, College Comp I, College Comp II.
Missouri Course Access Program (MOCAP)—Because virtual instruction can be an effective education option for some students, there may be courses available either through a district-provided virtual option or through the Missouri Course Access Program (MOCAP). More information about virtual courses can be found on our website at https://www.ritenour.k12.mo.us/Page/1.
Grade Point Average (GPA): Current and Cumulative
The grade a student receives in each class is used to calculate the student’s grade point average (GPA). A student’s current GPA is based on the grades for the semester just completed. The grade points earned in all courses for that semester are converted to Quality Points; Attempted Credit * by Value ex A=4, AC=.5 QP=2. Each letter grade is converted and totaled to Quality points then divided by attempted credits. A=4, B=3, C=2 D=1 and F=0. The cumulative GPA is based on all courses completed at the high school. (GPA is important when applying to programs after high school graduation.)
A semester consists of 18-20 weeks with several Interim Progress Reports. Two semesters equal one academic year.
A course that meets every day for one semester yields 1/2 credit. Your child must earn a D or above to receive credit. (No credit is granted for a single quarter period.) He or she must have a minimum of eighteen (18) credits or administrative approval by August of 2016 to be considered a senior and receive the privileges accorded to seniors.
A student’s academic standing in relation to his/her class members is referred to as class rank. The final class rank is determined by comparing each student’s weighted cumulative GPA.
Your student’s high school transcript is a permanent record of his or her grades in all courses taken at the high school.
A grade of “P” will not be included in the student’s GPA; a grade of “F”, however, will be included. A course for which a student has elected the pass/fail option will not count toward the requirements for an Honors Diploma.
Students may enroll in college classes on the college campus itself during the school year or summer session if such enrollment does not prohibit the student’s attendance at Ritenour High School. Credit earned under dual enrollment satisfies Ritenour requirements for graduation only if the courses taken are similar to those taken on campus during the regular school year as part of a program approved by the high school principal. Questions should be directed to your student’s counselor.
Correspondence and/or Community Education
Select offerings are available only for seniors under special circumstances on a case-by-case basis. The high school principal gives permission to enroll in such courses and grants credit. Students may take a maximum of four courses in their senior year but no more than two in one semester. Student is responsible to pay the cost of the correspondence course.
Missouri Course Access Program (MOCAP)
State law requires that credits earned through the MOCAP or Edgenuity apply toward graduation if they fall within the required subject matter designations and are earned during the period that the student is classified as a ninth through twelfth grader.
Your student should select courses to meet graduation requirements that relate to his or her plans following graduation (college, career pathway, etc.) Meeting minimum high school graduation requirements does not ensure that a student has completed all courses necessary for college. Encourage your student to take challenging courses!
The Counseling Office will make every possible effort to fulfill all course requests, however, it may be necessary to make adjustments to schedules to maintain appropriate class sizes and accommodate changes in staffing. The only changes that will be made are if a student is misplaced academically, a course has already been taken and passed in a previous semester or if a change is necessary to meet graduation requirements for seniors. Student/parent requested scheduled changes after the semester begins must take place within the first week of the term and require parent signature and confirmation in person or via phone contact.
College Credit (Dual Credit)
Some courses are offered in conjunction with local universities such as St. Louis University and University of Missouri–St. Louis and St. Louis Community College for both high school and college credit. Eligibility to participate in dual credit courses varies in accordance with the admission standards of each institution. Costs of dual credit vary by partnering college or university. For example, the current cost of dual credit through St. Louis Community College is $75, and is the financial responsibility of the student or parent.
For all institutions, however, students must:
- have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or the equivalent
- be recommended by the high school principal or his or her designee, and
- meet the same requirements for the course as on-campus students.
Students in Dual Credit courses may receive an additional grade point beyond the normal 4.0 grade scale. Students must earn an “A” or “B” to receive the point.