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Century High School maintains a curriculum designed to meet the needs of its diverse student body. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in thirteen subjects. There are 106 Honors/Honors Option courses covering most subject areas. Other programs available are Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), College in the Schools (CIS), Tech Prep, and Project Lead the Way. Tech Prep and Project Lead the Way courses count toward programs offered at participating colleges.

The student population for the 2012-2013 school year totaled 1343 students, of those 332 were seniors. Student demographics during the 2012-2013 school year included <1% American Indian, 9.6% Asian, 14.5% Black, 4.4% Hispanic, and 70.9% White. Additionally, 3% of students were identified as Limited English Proficient, 10% as Special Education, and 25% as receiving Free or Reduced Price Lunches.

Century High School has an eight-hour day with two semester grading periods. Classes are 50 minutes long. (Note: A class taken for one period for one semester equals 0.5 credit.) Additionally, every week all students have a required 20 minute Advisement (homeroom) period. This is listed on student schedules, but no credit is awarded.


A = Excellent C = Average P = Pass F = Failure
B = Very Good D = Passing/Below Average WP = Withdrawn/Passing I = Incomplete

The Rochester Public Schools use a dual system of grade point averages, unweighted and weighted, with corresponding class ranks. 4.0, B = 3.0, etc. The unweighted GPA is computed based upon all subjects and courses taken for letter grades.
Median Unweighted GPA for Class of 2014 (through Junior year): 3.395

WF = Withdrawn/Failing NC = No Credit

The unweighted grade point average is calculated whereby A =

In the weighted grade point average, extra weight is given to Honors and Honors Option courses in which a grade of A-C is earned. The formula for the weighted grade point average is: [(#Honors A's x .5 x 4 x .004) + (#Honors B's x .5 x 3 x .004) + (#Honors C’s x .5 x 2 x .004) + 1.0] x unweighted GPA = weighted GPA.


Students must successfully complete a minimum of 24.0 credits to graduate from Century High School. The credit requirements for graduation are:
English - 4.0 credits (including 0.5 cr. Speech) Social Studies - 3.0 credits (including 1.0 cr. World History, 1.0 cr. U.S. History, 0.5 cr. Human Geography, and 0.5 cr. US Government) Math - 3.0 credits Fine Arts – 1.0 credit Economics – 0.5 credit Physical Education - 1.0 credit Health - 0.5 credit
Reading - 0.5 credit Science - 3.0 credits (including 1.0 cr. Physical Science, 1.0 cr. Biological Science, and 1.0 Elective Science) Electives – 7.5 credits Graduation Assessment Requirement: Students must pass Minnesota state assessments in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing or an alternate assessment pathway.


Honors courses are designed to go into greater depth and at a faster pace than regular courses in each subject area. Honors Option courses are courses in which the student contracts with the teacher to earn Honors credit. Students may apply to receive an Honors Diploma. They must complete 24 semesters of Honors and/or Honors Option course work in which they have earned a grade of A or B.

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are presently being offered in the following areas: English Literature, English Language, Calculus AB and BC, Statistics, Computer Science A, Biology, Chemistry, Physics B, Environmental Science, Psychology, Geography, Macroeconomics, Government and Politics – U. S., Spanish, and Studio Art. Environmental Science is taken by a number of students as an Independent Study with an AP certified instructor. Upon request, students are allowed to take AP exams in subject areas in which they have not had an AP class. Students in AP classes are encouraged, but not required, to take the AP exam.

Qualified juniors and seniors may also take courses at technical colleges, community colleges, or 4-year colleges for credit in high school through the Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) or College in the Schools (CIS) programs. PSEO and CIS courses are not automatically considered to be honors courses, unless viewed as an honors course at the Post Secondary institution. Some students who have been identified as gifted or accelerated in math may have taken and earned credit in high school level math courses while still in middle school. These courses all appear on the high school transcript and are included in student credit totals and grade point averages. 

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