• Counseling Team
  • Graduation Req. / Honors Diploma
  • Grading & GPA
  • NCAA Eligibility & Val/Sal Information
  • Order Transcript
  • ACT / SAT
  • Advanced Placement
  • Scholarships
  • Course Selection Guide
  • College Applications, Common App, & College Credit Plus
  • College Visits
  • Academic Booster Club
  • Millstream Career Center

FHS Counseling Team

Megan Kirian
Megan Kirian, Counselor
Last Name A-E

Email: mkirian@fcs.org
419.425.8356

Ursulla Jefferson, Counselor
Last Name F-K

Email: ujefferson@fcs.org
419.425.8269

Mike Scoles
Mike Scoles, Counselor
Last Name L-R

Email: mscoles@fcs.org
419.427.5414

Laura Dyer
Laura Dyer, Counselor Last Name S-Z

Email: ldyer@fcs.org
419.425.8313

Stefan Adams
Stefan Adams
Whole Child Counselor

Email: sadams@fcs.org

Graduation Requirements & Honors Diploma Information

Graduation requirements are established by the State of Ohio and the Findlay City School District Board of Education and are subject to change by action of either the Board of Education or the State Department of Education. Essentially it is the student’s responsibility to be sure graduation requirements are met. The high school will make every effort to be keep up-to-date records so students can gauge their progress towards completion of the requirements.

Graduation Requirements

SubjectCreditNote
English4
Math4Must include Algebra II or equivalent
Science31 Physical, 1 Life, 1 Advanced
Social Studies3Must include: World History, Am. History, Gov., Econ.
Fine Arts1
Communications1/2
Emerging Technology1/2
Health1/2
Physical Education1/22 Classes or 2 waivers; waiver form must be submitted
Electives4
TOTAL21

Additional Requirements – Seniors (Class of 2022)
Pathways (i.e. Testing Requirements)

Part 2: Graduation Pathways

Pathway 1 - Ohio’s State TestsPathway 2 - Industry Credential & Workforce ReadinessPathway 3 - College and Career Readiness Tests
ELA 1 / ELA 2 - (4 Points)√ Requisite scores on WorkKeys√ Math ACT or SAT
Alg. 1 / Int. Math 1 / Geom. / Int. Math 2 - (4 Points)√ 12 Point industry credential / group of credentials√ ELA ACT or SAT
Am. Govt. / Am. Hist. / Bio - (6 Points)
Total: (18 Points)

Additional Requirements – Juniors, Sophs, Freshmen
Class of 2023 & Beyond
Competencies (i.e. Testing Requirements)

Part 2: Competency – End-of-Course Exams or Other Competencies

End of Course Exams
(Min. 684 score - retake at least once)
Two Career Focused ActivitiesEnlist in MilitaryComplete College Courses (CCP)
√ Algebra I√ Proficient scores on WebXams√ Show evidence you have signed a contract to enter a branch of the US armed services upon graduation√ Math
√ ELA 2√ 12 Point Industry Credential√ ELA
√ Apprenticeship

Additional Requirements – Juniors, Sophs, Freshmen
Class of 2023 & Beyond
Readiness (i.e. Diploma Seals)

Part 3: Readiness – Earn two diploma seals (at least one must be Ohio-designed)

Ohio-DesignedLocal
√ OhioMeansJobs Readiness√ Military Enlistment√ Honors Diploma√ Community Service
√ Industry-Recognized Credential√ Citizenship√ Biliteracy√ Fine & Performing Arts
√ College-Ready√ Science√ Technology√ Student Engagement

College Minimum Core

  • CP level courses or higher in core classes
  • 2 or more credits of foreign language (same language)

Recognition for Going Above & Beyond Minimum Expectations

High school students can gain state recognition for exceeding Ohio’s graduation requirements through an honors diploma. Students challenge themselves by taking and succeeding at high-level coursework and in  real world experiences.

Ohio offers several Honors Diploma Options: Academic, Career Tech, STEM, Arts, Civic Engagement

For more information, visit: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Ohio-s-Graduation-Requirements/Honors-Diplomas

Academic Honors Diploma

Need all but one:

  • 4 credits of English
  • 4 credits of Math
  • 4 credits of Science including 2 units of advanced science
  • 4 credits of Social Studies
  • Foreign Language: 3 credits of one language OR 2 units of two different languages
  • 1 credit of Fine Arts
  • GPA: 3.5 on 4.0 scales
  • ACT: 27+ or SAT: 1280+

For More Information

Grading Scale

GradeCollege PrepHonorsAdvanced Placement
A929086
B828080
C727070
D626060

GPA Formula

Figure the GPA on a 4-Point Scale and all credits earned.

*Credits are granted at semester

*Adjust above points for .25 credit courses

*Divide total points earned by total credits attempted to determine student’s GPA

1/2 Credit (semester)
A = 2 Points
B = 1.5 Points
C = 1 Point
D = 0.5 Point
F = 0 Points

Semester Grade

The cumulative GPA will be updated two times each school year – at the end of the first semester and at the end of the second semester.

Quarter 1Quarter 2ExamFinal Grade
37.5%37.5%25%Must Pass 2 of 3

Honor Roll

Distinguished:  3.75 and above with no grade below a C.  No WD/F or Incomplete Grades

Merit:  3.25 – 3.74 with no grades below a C, no WD/F or Incomplete Grades

A/B:  Any combination of all A’s or B’s.  No WD/F or Incomplete Grades

NCAA

College bound athletes should register with the NCAA. The “Guide for the College Bound Athlete” can help you through the process.

Extracurricular / Athletic Eligibility

  1. You must pass a total of 5 full or half credit courses during the previous grading period
  2. Maximum of one F permitted each grading period
  3. At least a 1.5 GPA each grading period

* Eligibility is determined by the previous grading period

* Taking CCP? Work closely with your school counselor to ensure your eligibility status.

Extracurricular Involvement

It’s important to document your activities throughout your high school years whether it be for college admission, scholarship consideration or entering the workforce.

Things to consider getting involved in or documenting:

  • Athletics
  • Organizations
  • Clubs
  • Volunteer Experience
  • Work Experience
  • Community Service
  • Honors that you have received

Example: (other criteria for Val/Sal in example below presupposes other requirements are met, i.e. AP/CCP, 28 credits, etc.)

VAL/SAL and Class Rank

Valedictorian and Salutatorian honors, is determined using several factors as listed below-

  • Attend FHS not less than 2 years
  • Highest GPA
  • 28 min credits (min of 5 AP, CCP or combination of the two courses, totaling at least 5 credits)
  • Highest composite/super-scored composite on the ACT (as of Feb test in year of graduation)
    (Tie: composite SAT as of the March test in the year of graduation, second place SAT is Sal. If tied on ACT and SAT, multiple Val and no Sal. If tie on Sal, tiebreaker is SAT as of March test in the year of graduation. If still tied, multiple Sal’s will be recognized)
  • Middle school classes taken for high school credit will be included in the calculation of a student’s GPA.
  • Outside of Val/Sal, students attaining 4.0 cumulative GPA will be ranked by ACT composite/super-scored composite on the ACT (as of Feb test in year of graduation) Tied on ACT, they will hold the same ranking.
  • Class rank will be calculated at the end of the students’ sixth semester

Full FCS Board Policy 8.20a1

Example: (other criteria for Val/Sal in example below presupposes other requirements are met, i.e. AP/CCP, 28 credits, etc.)

Sample Rank
Val - 4.0 - 35 (1410)
Sal - 4.0 - 35 (1370)
3rd - 4.0 - 34
4th - 4.0 - 33
4th - 4.0 - 33
6th - 4.0 - 29
7th - 4.0 - 27
8th - 4.0 - 24
9th - 4.0 - 23
9th - 4.0 - 23
12th - 4.0 - 20
13th - 4.0 - 18
14th - 4.0 - 16
15th - 4.0
15th - 4.0
17th - 3.97674
18th - 3.97368
18th - 3.97368
20th - 3.89248

Ordering Your Transcript

Findlay High School uses Parchment to process all student transcripts.

  1. Go to the Parchment website
  2. Select “New Learner” if you have never ordered through Parchment or “Existing Learner” if you have already have an account.
  3. Proceed through all necessary steps. Tips: you will typically want to waive rights — last year attended will be the year you will graduate high school — use an email account you will have access to after graduation.
  4. You will be emailed a confirmation code. Enter the confirmation code.
  5. Order transcripts!

ACT vs. SAT

ACT

  • ACT Website
  • All US Colleges Accept
  • Tests: Reading, English, Math, Science
  • Time: 2 hr 55 min + (optional) 40 min Essay
  • Composite Scores (no writing): 1- 36
  • All Sections Multiple Choice
  • No Penalty for Guessing
  • Only Correct Answers Scored
  • Approx. Cost without Writing: $50.50

SAT

  • SAT Website
  • All US Colleges Accept
  • Tests: Reading, Writing, Language, Math
  • Time: 3 hr + (optional) 50 min Essay
  • Composite Scores (no writing): 400-1600
  • Most Sections Multiple Choice
  • No Penalty for Guessing
  • Only Correct Answers Scored
  • Approx. Cost without Writing: $47.50

SAT: College Board – SAT, AP, College Search, & Admission Tools

  1. Sign in to your free College Board account. Your parent or counselor can’t register for you.
  2. Provide your full, legal name and other identifying information. Make sure it’s the exact same name and information shown on your photo ID.
  3. Decide if you want to answer other questions about yourself. This takes time, but it’s worth it if you want colleges and scholarship organizations to find you. Learn why you should opt in to Student Search Service®.
  4. Decide whether to sign up for the SAT with Essay. See which colleges recommend or require it.
  5. Upload a photo that meets very specific photo requirements.
  6. Check out, and print your Admission Ticket.

SAT Offers:

How to Register for the SAT Online

ACT: The ACT – Solutions for College & Career Readiness | ACT

Have your previous scores handy as it has your ACT ID at the top. You will need this to create your account.

You can send your scores to four schools of your choice for free as you register. Otherwise, you may need to pay a fee at a later date as more colleges won’t accept your scores directly from the HS transcript.

If you do not have your score report, contact ACT.

ACT Offers:

ACT Review Sessions

Learn how to improve your ACT Score!  Students will review ACT Test Content and test taking strategies – @ Liberty Benton High School: October 13 and 14, 2021, February 7 and 9, 2022 – This workshop is FREE!!

Sylvan Learning Center will again be doing an ACT Boot Camp on President’s Day, Monday, February 21, 2022 from 9:00 AM -2:00 PM. Cost is around $75.00.  Watch for announcements about registering for the Boot Camp on the FHS Website.

Important Testing Dates

ACT

Students should take the ACT by April or June of their junior year, and if necessary, by September or October of their senior year. Click here for registration.

*Students needing accommodations should notify ACT/SAT upon registration as well as your school counselor.
**If you believe you qualify for a fee waiver, see your school counselor prior to registering.

Test Date
*at FHS
Registration Deadline Late Registration
*September 11, 2021 August 6, 2021 August 20, 2021
*October 23, 2021 September 17, 2021 October 1, 2021
*December 11, 2021 November 5, 2021 November 19, 2021
*February 12, 2022 January 7, 2022 January 21, 2022
*April 2, 2022 February 25, 2022 March 11, 2022
June 11, 2022 May 6, 2022 May 20, 2022
July 16, 2022 June 17, 2022 July 8, 2022

SAT

Students should take the SAT by May or June of their junior year and, if necessary, in the fall of their senior year. Click here for registration.

*Students needing accommodations should notify ACT/SAT upon registration.
**If you believe you qualify for a fee waiver, see your school counselor prior to registering.

Test Date
*at FHS
Registration Deadline Late Registration
*August 28, 2021 July 30, 2021 August 17, 2021
*October 2, 2021 September 3, 2021 September 21, 2021
November 6, 2021 October 8, 2021 October 26, 2021
*December 4, 2021 November 4, 2021 November 23, 2021
March 12, 2022 February 11, 2022 March 1, 2022
*May 7, 2022 April 8, 2022 April 26, 2022
June 4, 2022 May 5, 2022 May 25, 2022

*Note: Students themselves must be aware of the testing requirements for individual colleges as well as testing dates.

Advanced Placement (AP)

What is AP?

AP is a program that offers college level courses and exams that students can take in high school. FHS currently offers 11 AP Courses and 2 AP Exam Only Courses. Taking AP Courses in High School could give students an advantage in college by letting them:

  • Earn College Credit
  • Save Money and Time
  • Earn Advanced Placement
  • Stand Out to Colleges

What can students expect when taking an AP class?

  • the same rigor as a college class
  • fast paced, extensive in breadth and depth and with lengthy reading passages and writing responses required daily
  • about 10 hours a week doing work for an AP Class

What is the intent of the learning through AP Classes?

  • higher scores on college entrance exams
  • a stronger chance of students being accepted into the college of their choice
  • enhanced chances of being awarded competitive scholarships

What should students do if they want to be placed in an AP Class?

  • When scheduling for next school year, students should get a recommendation from their current teacher who teaches the subject in which they would like to take the AP Course.  On their Course Request Form, students should sign up for the AP Class that they want to take and have their current teacher sign the form if they agree with this placement.

AP Exams

  • AP Students earn college credit or advanced placement in college by taking an AP Exam at the end of the course.
  • The AP Exam costs around $90.00 per exam and is produced by The College Board.
  • Students can opt out of taking the exam, although doing so does not guarantee that they will earn college credit or advanced placement in college.

AP Courses Offered at FHS

  • AP 2-D Art and Design
  • AP Biology (Exam Only)
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Chemistry (Exam Only)
  • AP English Language and Composition (11th Grade)
  • AP English Literature and Composition (12th Grade)
  • AP European History
  • AP Latin/Latin III/IV
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Statistics
  • AP US Government and Politics
  • AP US History (10th grade)

Scholarships

  • Every college offers merit-based scholarships (academic record, athletic, etc.). Pay attention to deadlines!
  • If you know where you’re going, look at their website for specific scholarships that may become available through your major or college.
  • Check our website and check it often! New scholarships added as they become available.
  • Community Foundation Scholarships online application typically opens early December. More information to follow as it becomes available.

Scholarships

  • Every college offers merit-based scholarships (academic record, athletic, etc.). Pay attention to deadlines!
  • If you know where you’re going, look at their website for specific scholarships that may become available through your major or college.
  • Check our website and check it often! New scholarships added as they become available.

Free Scholarship Information Websites

Course Selection Guide

Findlay High School & Millstream Career Center Course Requirements & Descriptions:

College Applications

Typically recommend to get your college application in by Thanksgiving; Some deadlines are EARLIER, check with your college!

Know the colleges application process (Common App, Send Edu, on-line, paper-pencil)

Once you decide on a college, let the other schools you applied to know you will not be attending with them

Common App

Apply to college for the first time or transfer to complete your degree. Navigate your entire college application journey with Common App.

Early Decision vs. Early Action

Early Decision – you are legally bound to attend the college; they could charge you tuition if you do not attend

Early Action – you receive an early response to your application but you are not bound/committed to attend

Letters of Recommendation

  • If you need a letter of recommendation for a college or an employer, ask a teacher/counselor/coach that knows you well.
  • Be courteous: give two weeks minimum notice.
  • Provide a resume of your accomplishments and activities completed.
  • For counselors we have a SENIOR BRAG SHEET available in the counseling office that we require to complete letters.

College Credit Plus (CCP)

Ohio’s College Credit Plus program is an opportunity for students in grades 7-12 to earn  college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from local colleges or universities. The purpose of this program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready students.

Taking a college course from a public college or university is “free.” That means no cost for tuition, books or fees. There are times where you may have to reimburse the district for the cost of your course (if you fail a course, etc.) If you choose to attend a private college or university, you also may have limited costs.

School districts MUST provide counseling services to high school students and their parents/guardians PRIOR to participating in the CCP program, including risks and consequences of participation.

Students must notify the district prior to April 1st of the preceding academic year to participate

CCP Information

Please review all material below. If you have any questions, or would like to review the material with your counselor, please set up an appointment with your School Counselor. 

  • CCP Annual Notice 2022-2023This document provides notice of the CCP program to Findlay City Schools students in grades 6-11 and their parents by February 1.
  • CCP Presentation 2021-2022Recording of Presentation, with audio: Please review this presentation from the Ohio Higher Education Department.
  • CCP Presentation – Slides Only: Can follow along with above recording
  • CCP and FHS – Findlay High School students, please review this presentation (in addition to the above material) if you are interested in participating in College Credit Plus for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • CCP Intent Form 2021-2022 – If you are interested in participating in CCP for the 2021-2022 school year, please make sure to complete the CCP Intent Form prior to *May 1, 2021! 

CCP Checklist

The above checklists are meant for your own reference as you begin the College Credit Plus process. The above forms are meant to serve as a guiding tool to assist you in navigating the application process. We will not be collecting these checklists; they are for your own reference.

Applying to the College/University – CCP

The following documents are tools to assist you in your CCP application process. Each college/university has their own steps and procedures for application as a CCP student. Each college/university also has their own deadline for steps to be completed. Please review the application steps for each college/university that you intend to apply to as a CCP student.

Additional CCP Resources

College Visits

Students are allowed a total of four (4) days for college visitation taken only during junior and/or senior years.

  1. Make an appointment with the college admissions office.
  2. Obtain college visit card from FHS attendance by presenting note from parent/guardian with date of visit and name of college/university.
  3. Show the college visit card to attendance aide and teachers prior to absence.
  4. At your college visit the card must be signed by college admission counselor and parent/guardian. This ensures an excused absence.
  5. After visit return signed card to attendance.

College Visits to FHS

Colleges/Universities often visit our campus to meet with interested students.

  ****Likely to be only virtual

  ***Please monitor email announcements for college visits

College Fair

College Fair is virtual, registration is now open! Register at https://oacac.org/student-registration/


The Findlay High School Academic Booster Club was established in 1990 to promote academic excellence for all students. It includes parents, teachers, and students committed to academic growth who contribute financially and/or by volunteering.

For information about our meetings, or with other questions, contact: abc.findlayhighschool@gmail.com

  • ABC Scholarship Application: Online Form – Application Deadline TBA.

Our Purpose

  • Foster school pride in academic excellence within the student body by promoting academic success at FHS.
  • Reward students’ academic excellence.
  • Promote faculty commitment to academic achievement.
  • Provide funding assistance to students and faculty who participate in extra-curricular academic functions and competitions on behalf of FHS.
  • Provide for educational programs/opportunities that go beyond the responsibility of the school system.
  • Cooperate with organizations that promote and nurture academic excellence.

How to Support

Become an ABC donor by sending in your monetary donation and the form found below. All donations are tax-deductible, so expect a receipt soon after submitting your form.

What We Do

With your contribution we can continue to provide the following programs to FHS:

  • Students who achieve academic succes at academic functions and competitions receive a congratulatory note from ABC.
  • Students achieving a 3.0 or better GPA during a semester receive an Academic Sticker to recognize this achievement. The Academic Sticker must be placed on the student’s valid school ID. This enables students to receive discounts at participating local businesses.
  • ABC co-funds these programs: 3.75 Academic Excellence Awards Night, Honors Career Mentorship, and Junior Scholars
  • FHS teachers and departments apply for mini-grants for educational items that go beyond the school budget.
  • T-shirts are awarded to students who receive a 3.5 GPA or better during the semester of their sport or specific musical groups. (These t-shirt programs are co-sponsored by the FHS Trojan Club and the Findlay Music Boosters).
  • Senior Awards
  • S.T.A.R. gives students a chance to write a note of thanks to their favorite teacher. ABC provides postcards for students, then collects, sorts and distributes the written notes to teachers.
  • This program gives students who earn a 3.5 or better GPA (at the end of the first & third grading periods), a coupon for a free small Speedy Freeze, redeemable at Speedway.

Millstream Career Center

  • Single period classes for 9th -12th grade (schedule through school counselor and can be found in the course selection guide)
  • Sophomores- Class presentations in November and tour building in December
  • Applications due typically in mid-January
  • Junior/Senior programs can be found at www.millstreamcc.org
  • Many of the classes include college credit plus and industry credentials used towards graduation

To be considered for Millstream…

  • Keep grades up
  • Maintain good attendance