Registration Timeline

  • Rising 10th-12th registration usually occurs February-March.  Specific dates will be communicated each year.

    Rising 9th registration at feeder middle schools usually occurs in March.  Specific dates will be communicated each year.

Course Guides & Descriptions

Schedule Changes

  • We build our master schedule and hire teachers based on student course requests during spring registration.  After students submit their paper request forms and the window closes in PowerSchool, we may not be able to honor any changes to course requests.

    Generally, schedule changes to original requests will only be considered under specific circumstances:

    1. Student has previously earned credit for a course and does not intend to re-take the course.
    2. Student is missing a course on schedule.  For example, student has a hole 3rd period.
    3. Student has previously failed a course with the same teacher.  We will do our best to look into other schedule options in this circumstance, but a change may not be feasible.
    4. Student requires a different course to meet a graduation requirement.
    5. Student has not fulfilled a required pre-requisite or co-requisite for a scheduled course.
    6. Student did not request a course during registration or enrollment.  We will verify what we have record of on your paper form.
    7. Level changes between Standard, Honors, and AP.  We want to get these decisions as correct as possible during registration, but we will look into options for these.  The sooner we know, the better.  Any level changes should be discussed with teacher, parent, and counselor.  Note: level changes in non-blended classes may not be available within the master schedule, and such changes may disrupt other classes in your schedule.

Career & College Promise (CCP)

  • See Durham Tech's page for more information about the opportunities juniors and seniors have to earn free college credits while in high school.  There are three main options available via CCP:

    1. Career and Technical Education
      • Earn credits toward a CTE certification or diploma
      • Students concurrently take high school courses at CHS and college courses at Durham Tech.
    2. College Transfer
      • Earn transferable* college credit toward a 2- or 4-yr degree.
      • Students concurrently take high school courses at CHS and college courses at Durham Tech.
    3. Cooperative Innovative High School
      • Middle College High School at Durham Tech is a chance for students to earn transferable* college credit toward a 2- or 4-yr degree.
      • Students transfer to Middle College High School to finish their high school graduation requirements and earn college credits.
      • Because students are entirely on campus at Durham Tech and part of this official program, rather than going back and forth between CHS and Durham Tech as with the College Transfer dual-enrollment option above, they usually earn many more college credits in comparison.

    *UNC-System 4-yr schools have an articulation agreement for the transfer of credits between NC 2-yr and 4-yr schools.  Non-UNC-System 4-yr colleges may not award all credits from a 2-yr school, although often credits are transfered in as general elective credits, even if the 2-yr course is not fully recognized toward a more-specific major or graduation requirement.

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM)

  • The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) is an unparalleled opportunity for academic and personal growth, particularly for students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.  At or through NCSSM, students can attend the residential program, take online courses, or attend numerous in-person or online summer programs.

    A representative from NCSSM typically visits CHS in October to meet with interested students during lunch.  Please pay attention to the Daily Announcements for that information.  You apply to (non-summer) residential or online NCSSM during your 10th grade year (some summer programs are open to younger students).

North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA)

  • The North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) is an unparalleled opportunity for academic and personal growth, particularly for students pursuing Arts education. NCSA offers high school programming with foci in Dance, Drama, Instrumental and Vocal Music, and Visual Arts through a unique blend of a conservatory experience with top-tier traditional academics.

    Applications are submitted through their website, and more information, including about visiting and touring, can be found here.



CHCCS Requirements for Graduation

    • English - 4 credits
      • English 9/I, English 10/II, English 11/III, English 12/IV
    • Mathematics - 4 credits
      • Math 1, Math 2, Math 3**, 4th Math* or Approved CTE elective
      • *For students who cannot successfully progress to a 4th, higher-level mathematics course, the state of North Carolina permits certain CTE and Math electives to substitute for the 4th Math course.
      • **For students who cannot successfully progress beyond Math 2, the the state of North Carolina permits certain CTE and Math electives to substitute for Math 3 & the 4th Math course.  CHCCS requires students pursuing a Math substitution in this manner to complete an four-credit elective pathway^.
      • If a student has an identified learning disability in the area of mathematics which could prevent mastery of Math 1, then consult with your counselor and EC case manager.  Other options may be available.
    • Science - 3 credits
      • Biology, a Physical Science (Physical Science, Chemistry, or Physics), Earth/Environmental Science
    • Social Studies - 4 credits
      • World History; Civics & Economics; and either American History I & II, or AP US History and a fourth social studies elective.
    • Healthful Living - 1 credit
      • Health/PE
    • Electives - 6 credits
      • At least two credits from across CTE/Arts/Language
      • At least one credit from CTE or Arts credit (can be a part of the two-credit requirement above, but must earn a CTE or Arts credit if languages alone fulfill the requirement above)
    • CPR certification
      • Ordinarily completed during 8th grade Health/PE.  Arrangements are made at high schools to ensure students have the opportunity to fulfill this requirement.
    • Service Learning^ - 25 hours, or 15 hours pro-rated for seniors transferring from out-of-district.

    ^Local requirement.  Per board policy, "any inconsitency between board policy and State Board graduation requirements will be resolved by following the State Board requirements."

CHCCS Requirements for Promotion

    • 9th to 10th: Students must have earned  5 credits, including one credit of English and one credit of social studies.
      • Students begin working on the service learning requirement.
    • 10th to 11th: Students must have earned 10 credits, including two credits of English, two credits of social studies, one credit of math, and one credit of science.
      • Students continue working to meet the service learning requirement.
    • 11th to 12th: Students must have earned 14 credits, including three credits of English, three credits of social studies, two credits of math, and two credits of science.
      • Students continue working to meet the service learning requirement.  Students must complete the service learning requirement to receive a diploma.

    Certain Newcomer ESL students and Occupational Course of Study (OCS) students may be exempted from these usual promotion requirements.

Minimum College Admissions Requirements

  • You can view the UNC-system's admission requirements for 4-yr schools here. These are good guidelines for most 4-yr schools, but you should verify each school's requirements on their own website.

    Generally, your high school diploma from CHS will fulfill all required coursework for 4-yr schools, as long as you complete a higher-level 4th math course and two units of a foreign language.  Of course, there are also GPA and testing requirements at many 4-yr schools.

    Generally, 2-yr schools like community colleges only require a high school diploma for admission.



PowerSchool (Grades & Attendance) Access

  • Students and parents can utilize the PowerSchool app or website to monitor grades and attendance.  Generally, teachers are expected to have grades updated to within two weeks.  Many teachers also utilize Google Classroom, which you can ask your student to pull up from their CHCCS student account as a second way to monitor grades and assignments (there is no independent parent access for Google Classroom).

    Students can get their login credentials for PowerSchool from the Media Center or Ms. Brooks or their counselor in the Student Services suite.

    Parents can get their login credentials from the Data Manager, Ms. Furr, in the Main Office.  Please see the district's PowerSchool page for the required form that must be completed by the parent, and note that Photo ID is required at pickup.


Academic Support and Resources

  • Students, parents, teachers, school counselors, and other support staff are ALL part of the team when thinking about an individual student's success.  At CHS, we want to offer as much academic support as possible to our students.

    In high school, first and foremost, we want students to be empowered to monitor their learning and to have initial conversations with their teachers.  Identifying areas of need, self-advocacy with teachers, and implementation of teachers' suggestions of how to be more successful are all vital skills to build before you leave CHS.

    That said, we do have a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) and Freshman Academy-specific supports that are more formally preventative (all students receive Tier 1 support) and responsive to student needs (Tier 2 supports target groups of students with similar struggles and Tier 3 supports are individualized for each student who is not progressing with Tier 1 and Tier 2 supports).

    We hope that the tips and resources below are helpful.

Tips for Academic Success

  • We borrowed and modified the following tips from Chapel Hill High School:

    1. Attend your classes.  The importance of being at school and in class cannot be overstated.  Missing class is the #1 barrier to academic success for CHS students.
    2. Try your best.  Being present in class is crucial, but physical presence alone is not enough.  Lack of effort is the #2 barrier to academic success for CHS students.  It's high school - you will not pass and earn credit for the course, be promoted, or graduate without earning it.
    3. Get organized.  If you're doing the above two steps but still aren't as successful as you want to be, then not submitting completed assignments on time and lack of preparation for quizzes and tests are most commonly the problems.  Use an agenda or planner to keep track of daily homework, due dates for longer-term assignments, and quizzes and tests.  Come up with a consistent method of organization that works for you and your classes:  dividers and 3-ring binders, spiral notebooks and folders, whatever works.  Take the time and energy to do this.  If your bookbag or binders are chaos with loose papers everywhere, then you are not setting yourself up to be successful.
    4. Self-monitor via PowerSchool and Google Classroom, and self-advocate.  There is no reason you shouldn't know how you're doing in each class and whether or not you have any missing assignments.  If you aren't happy with your grade, have that conversation with your teacher about what ideas they have for what you can do differently or additionally.
    5. Use the resources that are available.  In addition to open communication with your teachers, take advantage of the resources that are available to all students:
      • SMART Lunch - every department, or subject, has a specific day when teachers are guaranteed to be available for extra help.  The SMART Lunch schedule for 2018-19 was Mondays = CTE, World Language, Arts, and Health/PE; Tuesdays = Science; Wednesdays = Math; Thursdays = Social Studies; and Fridays = English.
      • After-school tutoring - get help from volunteer tutors after school from 4-5pm in the Media Center.  Transportation is available.  The 2018-19 after-school tutoring days were Tuesday and Thursday.
        • Freshman Academy After-School Intervention - during 2018-19, 9th graders were able to attend a separate after-school program to complete missing assignments with one of the Freshman Academy teachers.
      • Other teacher availability - some teachers are available for extra help on other days at lunch or before or after school on certain days.
      • Online resources - from Khan Academy, to YouTubeing lessons, to teacher-recommended sites like Tyler DeWitt's Chemistry site, there's a lot of good stuff out there!