As a general rule, all JBS students are to take at least six (6) classes each semester. The JBS Guidance Counselor will arrange the schedule on a semester basis. The Guidance Counselor may pre-register selected JBS juniors and seniors for Alice Lloyd College courses. College courses may apply toward meeting the student class load requirement if necessary. Any other exceptions to the normal class load must be initiated by the Guidance Counselor and approved by the JBS Dean and Alice Lloyd College Academic Dean (depending upon availability of classes following ALC student placement). The college courses successfully completed count as both high school and college credit.
Additional information about The June Buchanan School’s academic offerings can be found in the following links.
The June Buchanan School is a college preparatory school and provides opportunities for students to take a series of standardized tests. The Guidance Counselor maintains materials designed to help students improve their performance on standardized tests. Standardized test results are important indicators for college and university admission officials, and JBS uses test scores as a tool to evaluate curriculum performance.
College Entrance Examinations
Materials for registering for college entrance exams (American College Test – ACT, and the Scholastic Aptitude Test – SAT), registration deadlines, and exam dates are available from the Guidance Counselor. JBS encourages students to take these standardized exams, and the Guidance Counselor will help advise students in this regard. Announcements concerning the exams are posted on bulletin boards in the Campbell Arts Center (CAC), and the Guidance Counselor will send parents a listing of standardized testing dates with other pertinent information.
This test is a preliminary test for the SAT administered by the Guidance Counselor and is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The test is designed for juniors.
The Guidance Counselor will administer this test for sophomores in October. The test is a preliminary to the ACT.
Standardized Achievement Testing
JBS administers the CTBS test in April each year to students in Kindergarten through ninth grade.
All JBS juniors and seniors are encouraged to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (usually given in November).
To graduate from The June Buchanan School, a student must have successfully completed a total of twenty-four (24) credits, consisting of:
- 4 credits of English (English I, II, III, IV)
- 4 credits of Mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced Math: Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or Calculus)
- 4 credits of Science (Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
- 4 credits of Social Studies (Geography/World Civilization I, World Civilization II, U.S. History, Senior Social Studies)
- 2 credits of one Foreign Language (Spanish I, Spanish II)
- 1 credit of Health/Physical Education
- ½ credit of Computer Technology
- ½ credit of Speech
- 1 credit of Arts and Humanities
- 3 credits of electives
- An approved attendance and conduct record (JBS reserves the right to refuse a diploma to any student whose conduct is not satisfactory or who may poorly represent this institution as a graduate).
Part of the unique nature of the educational program at JBS is the opportunity students have to get a “head start” on their college coursework by taking college classes at Alice Lloyd during the regular school year as a part of JBS tuition arrangements. This program was envisioned as a means by which advanced students can advance beyond classes offered at JBS. CHAP is designed as a fast-track option for outstanding JBS students. JBS students may count college courses as “dual credit” with the permission of the appropriate officials of the School and ALC.
CHAP classes taken at Alice Lloyd College count as electives for JBS students. However, the CHAP class grade is not calculated into the JBS grade point average, unless it is a class that is replacing a JBS class. For example, if the JBS student takes Speech at the College because they could not fit it into their JBS schedule, it will be calculated into the grade point average.
The JBS Guidance Counselor identifies students eligible for the CHAP program and arranges college pre-registration. Seniors must submit an application and be accepted by Alice Lloyd College (this requires an ACT score of at least 18), and are required to take a minimum of three JBS classes. Only under exceptional circumstances will the JBS Guidance Counselor designate 2nd semester juniors for CHAP courses. JBS juniors must exhaust all JBS course offerings in an academic area before being eligible for CHAP. Written approval (signatures) must be given by the JBS Dean, the ALC Academic Dean, and the parent(s) of the student applying for a CHAP class for the student to be eligible to take a CHAP class. Juniors may only take one college offering in the spring semester and are subject to the same college criteria as the seniors.
JBS students enrolled in ALC classes must abide by college rules of classroom participation, drop/add regulations, and grading and testing policies. JBS students are not authorized to “cut” college classes regardless of the number of permissible cuts allowed by the college instructor. JBS students may be asked to withdraw from a college course by college administrators or the JBS Dean and/or Guidance Counselor if it is determined that such withdrawal is in the best interest of the student or either of the respective institutions.
A complete listing of CHAP courses is available in the Guidance Counselor’s office.