Program of Studies

Program of Studies Sections


Marion Harding High School provides a comprehensive program in curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities designed to enable students to identify and develop their talents, skills, strengths, career paths, and special interests. The school is fully accredited by the State of Ohio Department of Education.

This curriculum guide has been prepared to assist students and their parents/guardians in the planning of an academic program that will enable students to reach their educational and career goals. The contents herein should be studied thoroughly before any decisions regarding future programs are made.

A brief description of all courses offered at Harding High School can be found in this publication.

Listed by department, each course description includes degree of difficulty (Honors, Advanced Placement, College Credit Plus, and Standard), amount of credit awarded upon successful completion, NCAA accepted core courses, and a recommended course of study. In reviewing the offerings, parents/guardians and students are urged to consider those courses that will best meet the educational needs of the student.

Courses listed in this guide may not be offered based on the number of student requests each year.

Some course offerings are offered in partnership with a local college or other institution and may require acceptance prior to registering.

Special Public Notice

The Marion City Schools provides educational programs without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, or handicap.

School Counseling Services

Planning a course of study is one of the most important exercises that a student takes part in during the school year. The decisions that are made in the spring have a tremendous bearing on future activities.

The importance of thoughtful, ongoing planning cannot be overemphasized.

Counselors should be enlisted early in the scheduling process and consulted regularly during the student’s high school experience. Along with a wealth of background and performance data, they are also exceptionally well-informed about the Harding High School curriculum. Their experience in this aspect of educational services makes it possible for them to help personalize a student’s academic program. Students and parents are encouraged to contact the counselor for assistance in resolving any questions pertaining to the scheduling process.

Every student will have a conference with a designated counselor to finalize a schedule. At that conference, the counselor will check for required courses, choice of electives, class load, and progress toward graduation.

Grant Middle School

Mr. Lorko Grades 6

Mrs. Archbald Grades 7

Ms. Vetter Grades 8

Harding High School

Ms. Weithman ( Students A-D

Mrs. Miller ( Students E-K

Ms. Jerew ( Students L-R

Ms. Stevens ( Students S-Z

Graduation Requirements

The following is the list of minimum graduation requirements that have been mandated by the State of Ohio Department of Education and /or the Marion City Schools Board of Education. These standards are firm and cannot be compromised in any way.

21 total credits are required for graduation and must be earned in the following areas:

English/Language Arts - 4 credits

Health - ½ credit

Mathematics - 4 credits

Recommended: Algebra I, Geometry

Required: Algebra II, Fourth Math elective

Physical Education - ½ credit

Students who complete two full seasons of athletics, band, colorguard or cheerleading, or four semesters of JROTC are exempt from the physical education requirement.

Science - 3 credits

Required: 1 unit of physical science, 1 unit of life science, 1 unit of advanced science elective

Social Studies - 3 credits

Required: 1 unit of American History, 1 unit American Government (that includes instruction in Financial Literacy), 1 unit of Social Studies elective. Beginning with the class of 2021, ½ unit of World History will be required as part of the 3 total credits.

Fine Arts - 2 Semesters

Fine Arts may include any visual or performing art such as Art, Ceramics, Digital Art, Band, Orchestra or Choir and may be earned anytime in grades 7-12. Students who complete one year of a Career Technical pathway may be exempted from the Fine Arts requirement.

Electives - 6 credits (including Fine Arts requirement)

Elective credits include any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education, English/language arts, mathematics, science or social studies courses not otherwise required. College-bound students are recommended to take 3 credits of the same foreign language or 2 credits of 2 different languages.

All students are required to take a minimum of five courses each semester.

Students must meet both testing requirements and curriculum requirements in order to earn a diploma and participate in graduation activities.

Testing Requirements and Graduation Pathways for Classes of 2019 and Beyond

All students will be required to take end-of-course (EOC) exams for Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, American History, American Government, English (ELA) I and English (ELA) II.

Students must meet one of the following pathways to graduation:

1. Ohio’s State Tests : Students earn a cumulative passing score of 18 points, using seven end-of-course state tests. To ensure students are well rounded, they must earn a minimum of four points in math, four points in English, and six points across science and social studies.

Students studying AP American Government may take and substitute test scores for end-of-course state exams. Students also may substitute grades from College Credit Plus courses in Biology, American History, or American Government.

2. Industry credential and workforce readiness: Students earn 12 points through a State Board of Education approved, industry-recognized credential or group of credentials in a single career field and achieve a workforce readiness score on the WorkKeys assessment.

3. College admission test: Students earn a “remediation-free” score in English language arts and mathematics on a nationally recognized college admission exam such as an ACT or SAT.

Diploma Plus Acceptance

Diploma Plus Acceptance prepares our students for success after high school. The acceptance includes acceptance to:

  • A two- or four-year college
  • Adult education or internship program
  • The military
  • A high-demand job

We have specifically designed our pathways and clusters around the high-demand jobs and opportunities that exist in Marion County and within a 30-mile radius.

Career Clusters

Career Clusters provide students with a context for studying traditional academics and learning the skills specific to a career, and provide U.S. schools with a structure for organizing or restructuring curriculum offerings and focusing class make-up by a common theme such as interest. Related by skills or products. Within each cluster, there are "pathways" that correspond to a collection of courses and training opportunities.

Arts, Business,
Automation, Manufacturing,
and Engineering
Health and Public Service
  • Business and marketing
  • Global Logistics
  • Fine Arts
  • Telecommunications
  • Computer Concepts/Communications

  • Engineering
  • Integrated Production Technologies
  • Coding (tentative)

  • Exercise Science
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Health Technologies
  • CNET-Computer Networking Technologies
  • Cosmetology and Esthetics
  • Culinary Arts
  • Digital Media and Entertainment
  • Advanced Machining at RAMTEC
  • Ag and Industrial Power Technologies
  • Auto Tech
  • Engineering Tech at RAMTEC
  • Welding
  • Construction Trades
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Health Careers Academy
  • Hospitality
  • Veterinary Science
  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt
  • (OSHA) 10-Hour Training - 1
  • (OSHA) 30-Hour Training - 1
  • CPR First Aid - 1
  • Microsoft Office - 12
  • (OSHA) 10-Hour Training - 1
  • (OSHA) 10-Hour Training - 1
  • CPR First Aid - 1
  • PLTW - 3
  • Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) 12
  • Child Abuse and Awareness and Prevention 1
  • Communicable Disease Prevention 1
  • STNA 12
  • (OSHA) 10-Hour Training 1
  • (OSHA) 10-Hour Training 1
  • CPR First Aid 1

Diploma with Honors Criteria

Students need to fulfill all but one of the applicable criteria for the Diploma with Honors.

SubjectAcademic Diploma with HonorsCareer-Technical Diploma with Honors
English4 units4 units
Mathematics4 units including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or the equivalent, and another higher level course or a four-year sequence of courses that contain equivalent content.4 units including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or the equivalent and another higher level course or a four-year sequence of courses that contain equivalent content.
Science4 units, including two advanced sciences4 units, including two units of advanced science
Social studies4 unitsN/A
Foreign language3 units (must include no fewer than 2 units for which credit is sought), i.e. 3 units of one language or 2 units each of two languages

Fine arts1 unitN/A
ElectivesN/A4 units of Career-Technical minimum. Program must lead to an industry-recognized credential, apprenticeship, or be part of an articulated career pathway which can lead to post-secondary credit.
Grade Point Average3.5 on a 4.0 scale3.5 on a 4.0 scale
ACT/SAT score27 ACT/1210 SAT27 ACT/1210 SAT
Additional AssessmentN/AAchieve proficiency benchmark established for appropriate Ohio Career-Technical Competency Assessment or equivalent.

Class Rank

Harding High School recognizes the importance of class ranking and that a rank should not only reflect student performance but also the type of academic program taken. To accomplish this, a weighted system of class ranking has been implemented. Values are designated as follows:

Course Weight

2.0, Advanced Placement Courses

2.0, College Credit Plus (Courses from 4- and 2-year schools)

1.5, Honors Courses

1.0, Standard Courses

Scale of Grade Point Values

AP/CCP (2.0)86420
Honors (1.5)64.531.50
SD (1.0)43210

A formula using the preceding scale of points and the grades received in academic courses divided by the number of grades received is used to determine grade point average (GPA). The GPA is then used to rank students, highest to lowest, in each grade (9-12). Class rank is calculated after each semester.

The weighted system was developed so that students would be justifiably rewarded for taking more challenging courses and conversely, be discouraged from taking less rigorous courses in order to protect the GPA and class rank. Each course description contains a weight classification.

Academic Achievement

The top thirty students of each class will be recognized during the Academic Honors Assembly. Our Academic Booster Club will honor students for maintaining membership on our semester honor roll.

The criteria are:

3 Times on the semester honor roll = Numerals

4 Times on the semester honor roll = Lamp of Knowledge Pin

5 Times on the semester honor roll = Varsity Letter

6 Times on the semester honor roll = Gold Pin

7 Times on the semester honor roll = Plaque

National Honor Society

Each year, juniors and seniors are chosen for induction into the National Honor Society. The purpose of the Society is to honor scholars who are leaders of good character and who serve by using their talents to benefit others.

In order to be eligible for membership, students must first meet the scholarship requirement established by the National Honor Society in its National Constitution by having at least a 4.5 GPA. Candidates are then evaluated on the basis of service, leadership, and character. Participation in school and community activities earns service and leadership points. A candidate must complete a student activity form and accumulate a minimum of ten activity points for membership consideration. A teacher recommendation is also a requirement. Students will be honored with the Gold Graduation Cord.

Honors Diploma

Students qualifying for the Honors Diploma will receive special recognition at our graduation ceremony.

Students will be honored with the Honors seal on their graduation diploma.

Athletic Eligibility

Potential athletes must meet all three (3) of the following criteria:

1. Pass a minimum of 5 one credit classes or the equivalent of.

2. Maintaining at least a 1.5 GPA for the 9 weeks grading period prior to the start of the season.

3. Must not have more than one F in the preceding grading period.

For certain seasons, the academic calendar will include two grading periods. Should this occur, the latest grading period will determine if an athlete will be able to continue on to the end of the season. Likewise, if an athlete who was not eligible for the beginning of the season, may become eligible as long as the athlete has been actively participating in practice and adhering to team rules as determined by the Head Coach and Athletic director.

Athletic Letter: Each coach sets rules for lettering in a sport.

NCAA Eligibility Center

The NCAA Eligibility Center took over operations for the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse in November 2007. The Eligibility Center certifies the academic and amateur credentials of all students who want to play sports at an NCAA Division I or II Institution as freshmen. In order to practice, play and receive an athletics scholarship, students need to meet certain academic benchmarks. An additional certification process exists to make sure the student is still an amateur, which is necessary in order for the student to compete. Marion Harding High School has a listing of accepted NCAA Core courses that are identified within this course selection guide as: NCAA.

The NCAA Eligibility Center charges a fee to register as a potential student athlete which covers their administrative costs and delivery of that information to all the member NCAA regulated colleges and universities.

(The NCAA Eligibility Center is a separate institution and therefore these fees are not our school fees.)

The website to register for the NCAA Eligibility Center is: .

NAIA Eligibility Center

The NAIA Eligibility Center certifies the academic credentials of all students who want to play sports at an NAIA Division institution as freshmen. All courses are eligible for NAIA.

There is also a fee for the NAIA Eligibility center for certification of student athletes and the delivery of that information to member NAIA Division colleges and universities.

(The NAIA Eligibility Center is a separate institution and therefore these fees are not our school fees.)

The website to register for the NAIA Eligibility Center is: .

College Prep

It is important to make decisions about post-high school education as early as possible. Even middle school students who are intending to go to college should carefully consider their course selections for the ninth grade.

College-bound students should consider required and elective courses that have a 1.5 or higher weight.

Subjects that will assist students in the development of writing skills, analytical thinking, functional understanding of a foreign language, and an appreciation of the fine arts should get top priority.

Most colleges or universities recommend the following subjects as minimum for entry. Other schools may require additional coursework in mathematics, foreign language and/or science.

  • 4 Credits of English
  • 4 Credits of Math
  • 3 Credits of Social Studies
  • 2 to 3 Credits of the same World Language or 2 of two different languages
  • 3 Credits of Science (2 Lab Sciences)

Because the preceding list of courses is very basic to all colleges, it is not necessary for students to have a final college selection made early in their high school experience. Obviously, knowing entrance requirements for a college of choice as well as necessary background for a particular career can give direction to course scheduling, but students should not be discouraged when this is not known.

Regardless of the situation, the following rules of advice will never fail a college bound student:

1. Take the most rigorous courses you can, in order to be prepared for college-level coursework.

2. Keep your GPA and class rank as high as possible.

3. Take any required entrance exams, such as ACT and/or SAT, no later than spring of your junior year.

4. Communicate regularly with your counselor about your course selections and plan for after graduation.

5. Regularly reference the College Credit Plus manual or the School Counseling website.

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement courses prepare students to take college placement exams prior to their freshman year of college. Students scoring well on the AP exams may be granted college credit.

Expectations for students are much greater in courses of this caliber. Reading, writing and research assignments will be considerably more rigorous than college preparatory courses taken previously.

AP Requirements:

● All students will be required to take the 1st semester exam in AP courses.

● The cost per test is identified below; students may qualify for a fee reduction. Please see your school counselor for qualifying criteria.

○ Cost of test is $93

○ Fee reduction cost is $53

● Any student may select to take the AP Test

● Students enrolled in AP courses will take AP Exams.

○ Payment in full for AP tests will be due at the time of registration-March 1

○ Payments may be made in cash or check to the Guidance Office

○ Checks should be addressed to Harding High School.

● Any student who elects to take the test and submits payment and decides after March 1 that they do not wish to take the test will forfeit their payment.

○ Refunds or partial refunds may be discussed on a case by case basis.

● Any student who needs to take a late test for an extenuating circumstance that is not an excused reason per the AP Board is responsible for the late test fee of $45.

Advantages for AP courses:

Advanced Placement courses offer opportunities for juniors and seniors to take college level courses while attending high school. The advantages afforded students taking AP courses are:

● For students vying for scholarships, AP courses are weighted at 2.0 thus offer the possibility of a higher GPA.

● Provided students score well on the AP exam given in the spring, and the college of choice AP policy matches the AP course, college credit may be received.

● The in-depth study, in itself a benefit, may help students to score better on the proficiency tests given during college orientation thus making other college curriculum options available.

AP Courses at Harding

AP Calculus ABAP Statistics
AP English Language and Composition IIIAP United States Government and Politics
AP English Literature and Composition IVAP Music Theory

College Credit Plus

Prepared by Marion City Schools with information from the College Credit Plus student and parent guide.

More information is available on the Marion City Schools website:

Ohio’s new College Credit Plus lets your child earn college and high school credits at the same time.

Students may take college courses from colleges and/or universities while still in grades 7 th through 12 th .

This program is meant to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to give college-ready students a wide variety of options. Taking a College Credit Plus course from a public college or university is free, meaning you don’t pay for tuition, books, or fees. Taking classes at a private college or university may result in limited costs.

Can my student participate?

Marion City Schools students in 7 th -12 th grade next school year may apply for College Credit Plus admission to a public or participating private college. The college will admit students based on their college-readiness in one or more subject areas. They must talk to their school counselor for more information and submit an intent to participate form by April 1.

How can College Credit Plus benefit my student?

College Credit Plus provides more options for students to pursue rigorous academic coursework beyond the high school classroom. Students can complete their freshman year of college or more, or explore college content that interests them. They can also earn college credits for free, meaning less time and costs of attending college after high school. Participating will give them an idea of what college-level work is like and helps prepare them for college.

Courses at public colleges and universities are free to students. There may be a charge for attending courses offered by private institutions. However, private institutions may not charge economically disadvantaged students who choose to attend.

Participating in College Credit Plus may eliminate repetitive, overlapping course work between high school and college. Students can complete general education college requirements that are transferrable under the Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) and Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) guidelines.

What are the risks of College Credit Plus?

College transfer credits earned through College Credit Plus are usually accepted by most major institutions. However, credits may not be guaranteed to transfer toward private or out-of-state colleges and universities. Students should check with the institutions of interest before enrolling in College Credit Plus.

While OTM/TAG courses are guaranteed to transfer to Ohio public colleges and universities with a grade of D or better, how they transfer depends on the major. Students should again check with colleges and universities before applying.

Grades that students receive through College Credit Plus show up on both high school and college transcripts. They affect respective grade point averages, and low grades may also negatively impact potential college admissions and financial aid opportunities.

Students taking College Credit Plus courses on campus may need to arrange for their own transportation.

How do College Credit Plus courses earn students high school credit?

Students may earn college credit and apply that credit toward their high school graduation requirements.

Successful completion of a three or more credit-hour college course is equal to 1.0 Carnegie unit earned at the high school. A two credit-hour college course equals 2/3 of a high school credit and a one credit-hour college course converts to a third of a high school credit.

Where can students take college classes?

Marion Harding High School will offer some college courses under College Credit Plus. Additionally, students may also travel to the college where they are admitted or enroll in one or more online college courses.

Students may be concurrently enrolled in multiple institutions of higher learning and may take postsecondary courses from more than one institution concurrently. Students should review the course catalogue of individual colleges and universities for a full listing of course offerings.

Marion City Schools has a formal arrangement with local colleges to offer College Credit Plus. Are these the only courses my child may take?

No. Students, once they are admitted to a college, may take any course offered by that college that they are college-ready to take. They can take any courses offered in person or online by any public or participating private college in Ohio. Marion City Schools currently partners with Ohio State University-Marion, Marion Technical College, and Columbus State College.

What if a student fails a class?

If a student fails a class or withdraws with an “F,” the student will receive an “F” on the high school and college transcripts. It will factor into both their high school and college GPA.

The district may, in some instances, seek reimbursement for the amount of state funds paid to the college on your student’s behalf for that course. The district may withhold grades and credits earned for high school courses taken until you reimburse the costs.


Marion Technical College is your community’s two-year college. MTC is fully accredited, offering Associate Degrees, one-year certificates, and individual coursework to the residents of the Marion area. (

MTC Requirements for Participation:

● Complete the application.

● Take any placement tests or nationally normed standardized test

● Meet any additional deadlines as far as enrollment.

Courses offered at Harding: English Composition I and II, Digital Image Manipulation, Video and Photography Technology, Criminal Investigation, Crimonology, Medical Terminology

College Credit Plus Pathway Expectations (CCP Pathway)

A “CCP Pathway” is a grouping of college courses and course sequences that total at least 15 and 30 college credit hours.

Marion Technical College Credit Plus Career Pathway

Sample 15 to 30 semester hour pathway

PSY 1100: General Psychology (3)This course is also available in an online format.
ENG 1400: Oral Communications (3)This course is also available in an online format.

SOC 1200: Sociology (3)This course is also available in an online format.

HST 1600: Modern American History (3)
ECN 2100: Macroeconomics (3)This course is also available in an online format.

ENG 1100: English Composition II (3)This course is also available in an online format.

HHS 2020: Ethnic and Cultural Diversity (3)
PSY 2100: Human Growth and Development (3)This course is also available in an online format.

The Ohio State University at Marion College Credit Plus Pathways

15 Credit Plans

Bachelor of Arts Majors

Autumn SemesterSpring Semester
History of Art 2001 3 crEnglish 1110 3 cr
Sociology 1101 3 crArt 2555 3 cr
Economics 3 cr

Bachelor of Science: STEM Majors

Autumn SemesterSpring Semester
Chemistry 1210 5 crChemistry 1220 5 cr
Math 1151 5 cr

30 Credit Plans

Bachelor of Arts Majors

Autumn SemesterSpring Semester
Classics 2220 3 crAnthropology 2202 3 cr
Economics 2001 3 crEnglish 1110 3 cr
Human Nutrition 2210 3 crEnvironment & Natural Resources 2100 3 cr
Psychology 1100 3 crHistory 2651 3 cr
Theatre 1100 3 crPhilosophy 1300 3 cr

Bachelor of Science: STEM Majors

Autumn SemesterSpring Semester
Chemistry 1210 5 crChemistry 1220 5 cr
Classics 2010 3 crEnglish 1110 3 cr
Math 1151 6 crMath 1172 5 cr
Psychology 1100 3 cr

Columbus State College Credit Plus Pathway

Associate of Arts

FirstSemesterSecond Semester
ENGL 1100 (3)ENGL 2367 (3)
POLS 1100 (3)POLS 1200 (3)
SOC 1101 (3)PSY 1101 (3)

First SemesterSecond Semester
MATH 1148 (4)MATH 1149 (4)
HIST 1151 (3)HIST 2223 (3)
THEA 2205 (3)

Credit Flexibility

This education option gives students a way to be in charge of their learning. Some students see more value in school when they can connect learning with real world situations and future jobs. Credit flexibility is one way to increase a student’s interest in school and motivation to learn.

The key to this option is that the student drives the request to learn differently as well as the plan to earn the credit. A specific interest of the student is the basis for the request.

Credit Flexibility Examples:

Online coursework: Distance learning

Educational Options: Ed travel, Independent study, Internship, Community service

Test out considerations: Testing out or otherwise demonstrating mastery of course content.

Steps to fulfill Credit Flexibility:

1. The student and family complete a Credit Flex Proposal Plan.

2. The proposal about the student’s request to earn credit is presented to the Credit Flex Committee.

3. The Credit Flex Committee approves or denies the plan. A teacher mentors the student to provide support for meeting their goals and making progress in their learning.

4. When the plan is complete, the committee evaluates and issues credit. If the student does not complete all elements in the plan or is not successful in demonstrating the knowledge and skills needed, then the student will not earn the credit. It is the responsibility of the student to do the work to succeed in the plan. The teacher guides the student with feedback.

There is no one way to develop a credit flexibility plan. The Ohio Department of Education does not provide a model plan. The student, school, and family create the plan together. The plan should include the costs and responsibility for payment.

Notes: Transcripted in same way as traditional credit. If students fails to complete, an F will be recorded on transcripts. All credit flexibility work for seniors is due no later than May 1 st .

Work Study Credit

Marion Harding High School is committed to graduating all students College and Career Ready. regardless of the direction a student chooses they must make their own decisions and an educational plan should be in place to meet the goals and provide a learning structure. Work study allows students with paid jobs and/or unpaid internships to prepare for the world of work and earn high school elective credit.

Harding Expanded Learning

Harding High School students who qualify may apply to enroll in the Harding XL program and have the opportunity to get involved in extended learning opportunities through the after school programming offered by Harding XL. Students work through Apex, the Marion City Board of Education approved on-line curriculum, to earn credits towards graduation. Staff works with each student to put together a success plan that identifies academic and personal goals.

The Program Offers Students:

● A flexible learning environment including online and teacher led instruction

● Ability to earn high school credit

● Small class sizes to meet individual needs of students

● Academic support from teachers and support staff

● Youth development

We offer wrap around supports to assist our students in overcoming any barriers to their success. We collaborate with non-profit agencies and community organizations to provide supportive services. Some of those services include:

● Job readiness classes

● Healthy relationships seminar

● Health cooking/ wellness classes

● Peer group supports

Some courses will be offered in a blended learning environment which means students will meet in seminar with faculty periodically while also working online to master content.

Research has proven working in a blended environment with faculty and collegial input while engaging online content yields the best results in content mastery as well as providing an enjoyable learning experience. Harding will continue to design and expand blended courses for students.

Hours: Monday-Friday – 2:30-5:00

Dinner: Monday –Thursday 4:30-5:15

Activity Bus: Monday-Friday 5:00

For more information about Harding XL, please call 740-223-4683

Anna Tinnerello, Coordinator,

Kate White, Coordinator,

Tri-Rivers Career Center

Tri-Rivers offers you the expertise, skills training, academics, industry certifications and college credit you’ll need to be successful. It is a great option available to Harding High School students. You’ll find a career opportunity where you will achieve success and have a pathway in life where you will feel satisfaction.

The unique education you will receive at Tri-Rivers will prepare you for your future through experiences and exposures. When you complete your training at Tri-Rivers you are prepared for employment, ready to continue your education at a two-year or four-year college, explore an apprenticeship or join a military branch.

Tri-Rivers Career Center serves students who are at least 16 years old. There is no tuition charges for career center attendance, but there are some fees similar to those encountered at any high school.

To attend Tri-Rivers, without graduation deficiencies, students should have successfully completed 8 credits, including: 2 credits of English, 2 credits of math, 2 credits of science, 2 credits of social studies, one-half credit of health and one-half credit of physical education prior to entry. Course deficiencies and the number of earned credits could prohibit students from admission and could delay their graduation if nthey are not made up in a timely fashion.

Students applying to attend Tri-Rivers must have earned 6 core credits—English, math, science, social studies, health, physical education) by the end of the first semester of the year the application is to be considered for priority acceptance in February. Those students who have not met the credit requirement by February, but do so prior to the beginning of the school year, will be considered for admission in any program areas which still have openings. Any counselor at Harding can assist students with the application, which is available online beginning December 1 at


Career Programs*

● Advanced Machining @ RAMTEC

● Ag & Industrial Power Technology

● Automotive Technology

● Computer Networking Electronics Technologies (CNET)

● Construction Trades Academy (available for 10th grade students)

● Cosmetology

● Criminal Justice

● Culinary Arts

● Digital Media & Entertainment

● Engineering Technologies @ RAMTEC

● Esthetics (1-year program)

● Health Careers Academy

● International Business Academy

● Teacher Academy

● Veterinary Science

● Welding @ RAMTEC

*See counselor for additional information and program descriptions. Guidance office has program brochures available for more information about each programs.


All Level I Programs

● Preference will be given to students who have earned a credit in Algebra I

● Good attendance

● Above a 1.0 GPA

Engineering Technologies @ RAMTEC

● 2.5 GPA

● Math grades and levels will be considered

● On target for graduation

● Previous experience in Technology courses

● Recommended completion of Project Lead the Way—Intro to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering

● May need to provide own transportation (if half day program)

● Excellent attendance

Health Care Professions, & Cosmetology

● 2.0 GPA

● C or better in Biology and other science courses

● Credit earned in Algebra I

● Excellent attendance

Veterinary Science

● 2.5 GPA

● C or better in Biology and other science courses

● Credit earned in Algebra I

● Excellent attendance

CBI Offerings

On Tri-Rivers Campus

* Note: These are tentative offerings for the 2018-19 school year

Automotive Technology

This program is designed to equip students with the necessary training and skills to start a career in the comprehensive automotive industry which includes much needed industry work ethics. Students will have the opportunity to earn Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Student Certifications in 10 different areas.


This program focuses on developmentally appropriate practice for children ages birth through age three. We develop, plan and carry out projects and activities that can be used with infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Property Services

This program provides students with the unique opportunity to work with and be trained by industry professionals to learn practices in lawn, property and building maintenance. Students will be immersed in the processes of the property service industry and develop the skills for employment.

Marketing Services/Retail

This program focuses on developmentally marketing functions and will introduce strategies used to merchandise and sell products effectively in both traditional brick-and-mortar (physical) stores and emerging online stores.


Students will learn basic knowledge of welding skills, including utilizing a Plasmacam CNC cutting table, oxy/fuel cutting, and proper use of grinding equipment. Students will have the opportunity to earn multiple certifications in this program.

Online CTE Programs

In addition to our 5 hands-on Career Technical Education programs, we also offer 12 online CTE programs providing studnets a wide selection of career opportunities. For a full description of online CTE programs, please see the school counselor.

  • Agriscience
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminial justice
  • Culinary arts
  • Digital photography
  • Early childhood education
  • Java programming
  • Marketing
  • Medical assisting
  • Veterinary science

Graduate Pathways to Success

The Graduate Pathways to Success (GPS) is a program that creates a clear pathway to earn an Associate’s Degree while in high school. The GPS program is a long term approach to improving post-secondary degree attainment, and ensuring graduates have skills for in-demand jobs in Marion and surrounding communities. The curriculum pathway includes college coursework in all four high school grades, with integrated coaching and interventions.

The College Credit Plus program gives students the opportunity to take college classes for free while they are in high school. Many students focus on earning credit in courses that will transfer. The focus of the GPS program will be for the student to earn an Associate Degree in either Arts or Technical Studies. In addition to the Associate Degree, the goal is for the majority of these students to continue in college and complete a bachelor degree or higher.

Simulated Work Place

Twelve protocols for Simulated Work Place

Protocol I: Student led companies

  • Student and instructors work together equally
  • Student delegated to welcome any visitors and provide necessary safety equipment
  • Student led meetings or conferences pertinent to projects/tasks
  • Emphasizes student interests (Instructor as facilitator)

Protocol II: Application/interview structure

  • Students apply to chosen CTE program
  • Instructors, counselors and administration collaborate to narrow candidates and arrange interview times/locations
  • Application and interview process is NOT intended to keep students out of CTE programs
  • Students who transfer in must complete the process prior to starting in the Simulated Workplace

Protocol III: Formal attendance system

  • Attendance is tracked using a formal system (i.e. scanner, time clock)
  • Instructors will determine which tool is most authentic for their respective fields

Protocol IV: Drug free work zones

  • Students are encouraged to enroll in voluntary random drug testing
  • There is no punishment tied to the drug testing
  • Tests are administered by the school nurse and Educational Service Provider (ESP)
  • Students testing positive will be provided assistance through the Marion-Crawford Preventoin Partners

Protocol V: 5S environment (Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize, Sustain)

  • Students and instructors share responsibilities for creating and maintaining the 5S
  • Each program should have a safety manager to inspect and enforce the 5S

Protocol VI: Safe work areas

  • Students are required to receive safety training relevant to their field of study
  • Instructor may choose the course but must ensure all students score 100 percent prior to accessing the job site area

Protocol VII: Workplace teams

  • An organizational chart should be created to define roles
  • Instructor determines # of positions and position titles
  • Instructor will determine whether positions will be permanent or rotating

Protocol VIII: Project-based learning/student engagement

  • Instructors facilitate, provide resources, give guidance

Protocol IX: Company name and handbook

  • Allow student/employee input when choosing name
  • May change from year to year or name can be kept and allow shifts to choose individual names
  • Policies and procedures developed for each company (reviewed annually and revised as needed)

Protocol X: Company meetings

  • Student led
  • Can be daily, weekly or monthly as determined by management
  • Used to address upcoming events or projects, attendance or safety concerns

Protocol XI: Onsite business review

  • Allows for professional advice regarding equipment, safety, certifications, current trends, etc.
  • Opportunity to showcase acquired skills and achievements
  • Business partners use rubric in order to evaluate company performance

Protocol XII: Accountability (Data review, reporting and technical assistance)

  • Attendance reports
  • Drug-free credential
  • Portfolio
  • Capstone project
  • Credentials and certifications earned