Academics at Diman

  • This course catalogue is intended to give students and parents a general overview of the courses offered at Diman, and it should be used when selecting a program of studies and/or courses. Diman recognizes that each student is a unique individual who will possess specific strengths, needs, and learning styles. The courses offered at Diman provide all students the opportunity to develop their capabilities in a variety of content areas and at the appropriate levels of learning. At Diman, the expectation is that exceptional teaching and learning be the focus of all students, educators, administration, and staf

    Accreditation

    Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and Certificate of Occupational Proficiency (COP), and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

    Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School complies with all aspects of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. As such, Diman RVTHS is dedicated to providing all students with a free, appropriate public education (FAPE). For further information regarding 504 accommodations, please contact the Guidance Office.

    Grade Point Average and Class Rank Calculation

    Grade Point Averages (GPA) and class rank are important to students seeking scholarships, financial assistance, and other post-secondary endeavors. GPA and class rank are calculated using a system of levels and credits.

    Each academic and elective course is assigned the appropriate level based on the rigor of the curriculum and the performance expectations: generally Advanced Placement and dual enrollment courses are rated at the highest level, followed by honors courses, college prep courses, and then college and career readiness level three courses. For the purposes of calculating GPA only, each level is assigned a specific weight. It is important to note that levels do not affect the grade published on a student’s report card. Levels provide a means of accurately calculating class rank for a diverse population. Levels may also be utilized to adjust for an individual with significant modifications to his/her course expectations. GPA and class rank are calculated by multiplying a student’s adjusted class averages by the corresponding credit value and then dividing by the total number of attempted credits.

    Curriculum Level/Grade Scale

    Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School utilizes a 4.0 curriculum level/100 point grade scale. The values associated with each course are listed below.

    Course Type Curriculum Level Grade Scale
    Honors 1 4.3
    College Preparation 2 4.09
    Tech Preparation 3 3.87
    AP/Dual Enrollment 5 4.8

    Honors Courses

    Honors courses are an integral part of the total curriculum at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School. These courses have been developed keeping in mind the Diman mission statement: “to develop the unique potential of each learner”. They are designed to accelerate students’ learning in classes that have elevated expectations.

    Because of the challenging nature of these courses, they carry higher quality points than the courses for the general student population. It is important to note that Advanced Placement and dual enrollment courses carry a higher weight than all honors sections.

    GPA and class rank are calculated by multiplying a student’s adjusted class averages by the corresponding credit value, and then dividing by the total number of attempted credits.

    Freshmen Honors Placement

    Eighth grade students who have been selected to attend Diman will receive notice of a placement exam in the spring of 2020. During this placement exam, students will be assessed upon their writing, reading, and mathematics skills. Utilizing placement test scores, MCAS scores (when available), and grades from their sending schools, students will placed in the honors or college preparation sections of history, biology/physics, English language arts, and algebra or geometry. Since placement is limited in many of these honors level courses, other factors such as attendance, discipline record, and guidance counselor recommendations are also considered. To ensure that placement in the honors courses reflect students’ abilities, as well as motivation and work ethic, a review of students’ progress begins after the first academic cycle. At this time, or later in the semester, teachers may recommend a change in the placement. All student led changes will take place before October 1st. All teacher recommended changes will take place before November 1st.

    Upperclassmen Honors Placement

    Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School offers the following upperclassmen honors and Advanced Placement level courses:

    • Honors ELA 10, 11, and 12
    • Advanced Placement Language and Composition 
    • Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition
    • Honors United States History II and Honors World History
    • Honors Biology 10, Honors Physics First II, Honors Accelerated Biology, Honors Chemistry I & II, and Honors Applied Physics I & II
    • Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra 2, Honors Trigonometry and Analytics, Honors Pre-Calculus, and Honors Calculus
    • Advanced Placement Statistics
    • Advanced Placement Biology
    • Advanced Placement Chemistry
    • Advanced Placement Physics
    • Advanced Placement Environmental Science
    • Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics
    • Advanced Placement Computer Science A
    • Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles.

    Students in the sophomore, junior, and senior year are placed into honors course based upon their past academic performances, student selection, placement testing, and teacher recommendation. Honors students should be highly motivated and have a work ethic that will ensure that all assignments are passed in on time and meet the expectations of the honors course. A student, who is not meeting the expectations of the course and does not maintain an 80% average, may be removed from the class or have a written contract drawn up allowing him/her to remain in the class under certain criteria.

    It is important to note that honors selection can only be granted when a student has met all course prerequisites. Honors placement cannot be granted without meeting all required expectations. The prerequisite criterion for each course is detailed in the course description section of this catalogue. 


    Graduation Requirements

    In order to receive a diploma from Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, a student must earn a minimum number of credits. This is outlined in the chart below.

    Class Credits
    Class of 2020 175/200 credits 
    Class of 2021 195/220 credits
    Class of 2022 210/240 credits
    Class of 2023 210/240 credits
    Class of 2024 210/240 credits        

    A student must have passed three years of shop related, four years of English, four years of mathematics, and three and one half years of shop receiving a passing grade of at least 65 in each subject. All students must pass the MCAS tests in the subjects required by the state of Massachusetts. Students are required to pass their ninth and tenth grade science, technology, and/or engineering (STE) classes and two years of history/social studies. Overall minimum course requirements are listed below.

    Program Requirement
    Shop 3.5 years 
    Shop Related 3 years
    English 4 years
    Mathematics  4 years
    Science 2 years (must include grades 9 and 10 courses)
    Social Studies 2 years

    Updated Graduation Requirements

    Diman graduation requirements for incoming students were amended effective March 9, 2017, in order to align more closely with MassCore. The updated graduation requirements will impact all students in the Class of 2021 and beyond. All Diman students must still adhere to the minimum credit threshold in order to graduate. The updated graduation requirements are listed below.

    Program Requirement
    Shop 3.5 years 
    Shop Related 3 years (where available)
    English 4 years
    Mathematics  4 years
    Science 3 years (must include grades 9 and 10 courses)
    Social Studies 3 years (must include World History)