Students have many opportunities for enhancing and enriching their education as well as recovering credits as necessary. Every student is unique, and the best plan for one student may not be the best plan for another student. Our counseling team works in conjunction with teachers, students, and parents to create the most appropriate plans for each of our students. Before making major academic decisions or making up courses, students should first meet with their counselors to discuss options. For basic information regarding specialty academic programs, recovering credits, and general academic information, please see the information to the right.
Students are required to obtain at least 23 credits to graduate. Credits earned must satisfy all of the following categories:
- Language Arts: 4.0 Credits
- Math: 4.0 Credits
- Science: 4.0 Credits
- Social Studies: 3.0 Credits
- Business/Technical Ed/Fine Arts/Foreign Language: 3.0 Credits
- PE: 0.5 Credits
- Health: 0.5 Credits
- General Electives: 4.0 Credits
- Promotion to 10th grade: 5.0 Credits
- Promotion to 11th grade: 11.0 Credits
- Promotion to 12th grade: 17.0 Credits
- Students must satisfy the gateway requirement for both Science and Social Studies in order to graduate, regardless of number of credits earned.
- While foreign language is not required to graduate, it IS an admission requirement for all four-year colleges and universities.
- Students can earn up to 3.0 credits per semester.
- Students can earn 0.5 credits per class per semester.
Making Up Credits/Earning Extra Credits
There are several opportunities for students to recover credits for failed courses or earn extra credits outside of Collins Hill. Please review the options below and click the links for more information regarding registration deadlines and course options. Before making any decisions, we encourage students to talk with their counselor to ensure they are making the best choice for their individual needs.
Credit recovery is offered four times during the year after school: Once in the fall, twice in the spring, and once in the summer right after the school year is completed. Students who receive a final grade between 60-69 in eligible academic course may enroll in credit recovery courses. Eligible students should receive a personalized informational flyer before each credit recovery session. The cost to participate in a course is $100 per half credit course. Please note that credit recovery is NOT NCAA eligible. If your student is eligible and wishes to participate, please follow the following steps:
- Grab a credit recovery form from the main office, counseling office, or Office 1.
- See a counselor to verify you are signing up for the correct course. This is mandatory, as your counselor must sign off on your form
- Turn the form into the Community School Office.
- You may pay via My Payments Plus, or you may pay using cash, check, or card through the Community School Office. Note that credit card charges will incur a $5 fee, making the total cost $105.
Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC) is Gwinnett County's online education platform. Students may take courses to get ahead or they may make-up a previously failed course. GOC's online courses offer flexibility to work at the time of day which is best for their schedule, however the courses are not self-paced. Students are expected to adhere to teacher-directed deadlines, due dates, and exams. GOC courses have real teachers behind the courses that offer full support to students. The cost is $250 per 0.5 credit course. For more information, please visit the Gwinnett Online Campus website.
Phoenix High School is a Gwinnett County school that offers "7th period" courses that take place after a student's school day. Phoenix operates on mini semesters, called "minimesters," in which students can complete courses in half the time of a traditional semester. Phoenix offers two minimesters in the fall and two minimesters in the spring. The cost is $150 per 0.5 credit. For more information, please visit the Phoenix High School website.
GCPS offers face-to-face and online summer school options for students. All GCPS summer school options take place over a three-week period. For the face-to-face option, students will attend a 4-hour morning session and/or a 4-hour afternoon session, and each 0.5 credit course has a cost of $250. Students may also utilize the face-to-face option to make up courses through credit recovery with a cost of $100 per course. Students have the opportunity to take courses at one of three Gwinnett high schools. Schools options rotate each summer. For more information, please visit the GCPS summer school website.
Students may take summer school courses online through Gwinnett Online Campus at the cost of $250 per 0.5 credit course.
Georgia Virtual offers a variety of courses throughout the fall, spring, and summer. All coursework is completed online. Georgia Virtual has 18-, 16-, 14-, and 12-week options in the fall and spring, and 5- and 6-week options in the summer. The cost of each 0.5 credit course is $250. Please visit Georgia Virtual's website for more information.
Collins Hill offers many various opportunities to earn both high school and college credits through our Dual Enrollment Program. Click here see our Dual Enrollment section for more information.
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
AP Courses are another opportunity provided to students to earn college and high school credits at the same time. Students must pass the AP exam associated with the course they're taking. Please refer to specific colleges of interest for information regarding what AP scores they will accept and what classes they will give credit for. For more information regard AP, please see the Collins Hill AP information page. Course offerings are subject to change relative to student interest and class enrollment. Collins Hill currently offers 27 unique AP courses:
- AP 2-D Art & Design
- AP 3-D Art & Design
- AP Drawing
- AP Music Theory
- AP English Language & Composition (11th grade)
- AP English Literature & Composition (12th grade)
- History & Social Sciences
- AP Human Geography
- AP Macroeconomics
- AP Psychology
- AP US Government & Politics
- AP United States History
- AP World History
- Math & Computer Science
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Calculus BC
- AP Computer Science A
- AP Computer Science Principles
- AP Statistics
- AP Biology
- AP Chemistry
- AP Environmental Science
- AP Physics I: Algebra-Based
- AP Physics II: Algebra-Based
- AP Physics C: Mechanics
- World Languages & Culture
- AP French Language & Culture
- AP German Language & Culture
- AP Spanish Language & Culture
- AP Spanish Literature & Culture
Grayson High School's Technical Education Program is a state-of-the-art techical education facility that offers 12 career pathway programs to explore. Students have the opportunity to earn 4 total credits per year in addition to the 3 credits they will earn at CHHS during the year. Programs currently include:
- Commercial Photography
- Culinary Arts
- Exervise Physiology
- Graphic Design
- IT Networking
- Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
- Music Technology
- Sports Medicine
- TV & Video Production
- Veterinary Science
The program is open to rising juniors and seniors. Applications open in the spring, date TBA. Students should apply through eclass.
Collins Hill does NOT provide transportation to or from Grayson Tech.
For more information, please visit Grayson Technical School's website.
Maxwell High School of Technology
In partnership with business, industry, labor, and parents, Maxwell High School of Technology provides students with appropriate academic, technical, and employment skills designed to offer a seamless transition for students to college and/or career. Maxwell High School partners with high caliber professionals with real-life experiences that can be transferred directly to student learning. Learning environments focus on hands-on learning, and students are frequently connected with community resources and professionals in the fields they're interested in. Students have the opportunity to earn 3-4 credits over the course of a year, in addition to the 3.0 credits they will earn at Collins Hill. Current Maxwell programs include:
- Architectural Drawing & Design
- Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair
- Collision Repair I
- Culinary Arts
- Early Childhood Education
- Fire & Emergency Services/Firefighting
- Flight Operations
- Graphic Design
- Law Enforcement Services/Forensic Science
- Personal Care Services (Cosmetology)
- Programming (Apps & Game Design)
- Therapeutic Services
The program is open to rising Juniors and Seniors. Applications open on January 13, 2020. Students may apply through e-class.
Collins Hill provides transportation to and from Maxwell.
For more information, please visit Maxwell High School of Technology's webpage.