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SELECTING ALTERNATE COURSES

By requiring students to submit alternate courses, Dobyns-Bennett is able to generate a much higher percentage of
complete schedules during the summer. Course conflicts frequently arise which keep students from receiving all eight of
their course requests. Students experiencing course conflicts who submit appropriate alternate requests will have those
alternate courses attempted in their schedule if conflicts arise. Students experiencing course conflicts who fail to submit
appropriate alternate requests will receive an incomplete schedule and will have to find a class in August to fill their open
period(s). Open seats in popular courses are extremely scarce in August. The following courses are not available as
alternates due to typical over enrollment.

      • Advanced Sports
      • Art & Design
      • Ceramics
      • Computer Applications
      • Criminal Justice 1
      • Culinary 1
      • Culinary 2
      • Drawing
      • Health Science Education
      • Law, Corrections, & Security
      • Leadership
      • Painting
      • Cosmetology 1
      • Small Animal Care

                                            AVOIDING SINGLETON PROBLEMS

Freshmen and sophomores should find a wide selection of singleton courses listed in this booklet and on the back of the
Course Request Form. Juniors and seniors are likely to find a very limited number of singleton offerings. This problem
can be minimized or avoided by following the advice outlined below.

Singleton courses are selected and offered based on enrollment potential. Generally the school offers at least two class
sections of each singleton course. Just as students must be scheduled to take singletons in pairs, teachers must be
scheduled to teach singletons in pairs. Unfortunately upperclassmen request such a wide variety of courses that it is rare
for a junior/senior level course to generate sufficient enrollment to offer two singleton classes. For this reason, the
majority of singleton classes are considered freshmen or sophomore classes.

Students who participate in performing arts classes such as band, orchestra, and chorus need to VERY CAREFULLY
consider their course requests during their freshman and sophomore years. Each year during their high school career
these students must have an additional singleton class to accompany their performing arts class. Performing arts students
should make every effort to avoid as many courses offered as singletons as possible during their first two years in high
school (ex. World History Economics/Personal Finance) so that singleton options remain open for their junior and senior
years. Failure to address this problem in time may result in a student having to drop their performing arts
class in order to meet graduation requirements in another area.

                                              GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

All students will have access to a rigorous curriculum that includes challenging subject matter, emphasizes depth rather
than breadth of coverage, critical thinking and problem solving, and promotes responsible citizenship and lifelong learning.

To earn a regular high school diploma from Dobyns-Bennett, students must earn the prescribed 28 credit minimum and
have a satisfactory record of attendance and discipline. Credits earned at Ross N. Robinson or John Sevier Middle Schools
may not be applied toward the four math credits required for graduation at Dobyns-Bennett.

In complying with Tennessee Department of Education regulations, Dobyns-Bennett will minimize tracking of students by
ability, eliminate core classes taught below the college preparation level, and provide all students a challenging course of
study.

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