Our Mission: Success For Every Student
Stevenson's mission of Success for Every Student shapes our educational program. We provide a wide array of courses that will best prepare students for life after high school, and help them accomplish the commitments outlined in the three pillars of a Portrait of a Stevenson Graduate.
- Academic Divisions
- Popular Academic Links
- Graduation Requirements
- School Day Schedule
- Social Emotional Learning
- Student Course Load
|Economics or Consumer Education||1|
|Physical Education and Additional Credits||17|
Driver Education Requirement
The State of Illinois driver education requirement may be satisfied by completing Driver Education at Stevenson, by submitting a Certificate of Successful Completion from a commercial school, or submitting a copy of the student’s Illinois driver's license if issued prior to age 18. Students must earn eight credits in their previous two semesters in order to be eligible for Driver Education.
At least two elective credits must come from any of the following divisions: Applied Arts, Fine Arts and/or World Languages.
All courses not listed as specific graduation requirements are electives. For example, all World Languages classes, the fourth year of math, and the third and fourth years of science are all considered electives. If you have any questions, please contact your counselor.
Eight semesters are required for graduation. Two writing-intensive courses are required.
Students must complete two semesters of a biological science and two semesters of a physical science.
Physical Education Requirements and Waivers
Students must participate in physical education during each semester they are enrolled in school unless:
• the student is enrolled in Health Education (for the first time)
• the student is enrolled in Applied Health Education
• the student is enrolled in Driver Education (for the first time)
• the junior or senior student receives an athletic waiver (see Athletic Waiver Policy)
• the student is enrolled in first semester Marching Band or Color Guard
• the student is enrolled in Dance
• the senior student receives an academic waiver for six non- physical education classes
Refer to the section on waiver policies for more specific information.
Note: Students may elect to stay in Physical Education and forfeit any waivers.
Constitution Test Requirement
Students must pass the Illinois and United States Constitution exams which are part of the required Government course.
FASFA Completion Requirement
To ensure that families receive information regarding the FAFSA and resources to assist in completing this application, the Illinois General Assembly passed Public Act 101-0180 during the summer of 2020. This legislation amended the Illinois graduation requirements for any public high school student to include one of the following steps which must be completed to earn a high school diploma:
File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is used to apply for financial aid options available through the federal government as well as some state aid options such as the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant. Click to learn more regarding eligibility requirements to complete the FAFSA.
File an Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid. The alternative application allows qualifying undocumented and/or transgender students who are not otherwise eligible for federal financial aid to apply for aid through the state or specific college, university, or trade school. The alternative application should only be completed by students not eligible to submit the FAFSA. Click to learn more regarding eligibility requirementsPDF download to complete the alternative application.
Parents/guardians who wish to opt their child out of this graduation requirement (or whose child does not meet the eligibility criteria to file the FAFSA or alternative application) must complete the FAFSA Non-participation FormPDF download and return this form to their school counselor.
The 46th Credit
While not one of the 45 credits required for graduation from Stevenson High School, the 46th Credit is as important as the rest. The 46th Credit fulfills a District 125 commitment to provide students with a coordinated education and awareness program with critical information about alcohol and other drug use, as well as resources for support.
During their years at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, students are provided with information about substance abuse and are introduced to a variety of substance abuse prevention activities through Stevenson's Student Assistance Program. During the three-week drug education unit in the Health Education classes, all students are issued a 46th Credit manual which contains current information on the dangers associated with tobacco, alcohol and other drug use, addiction, recovery, available student prevention programs, school tobacco/drug/alcohol policies, state laws and local ordinances, as well as resources for assistance within the school and community. Students are held accountable for this information and must pass a test during their Health Education class to satisfy the requirement. The test, devised by the school’s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, is based directly on the information contained in the 46th Credit manual. The Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator works with all students who have not taken or passed the 46th Credit exam in the Health Education classes to ensure the graduation requirement is met. Seniors must pass the 46th Credit exam to participate in the graduation ceremony.
Admissions Requirements to Illinois Public Universities
The following high school program is either required or strongly encouraged for admission to all public universities in Illinois:
|English - Emphasis on written and oral communication and literature||8|
|Mathematics - Including algebra, advanced algebra, geometry,
trigonometry, or fundamentals of computer programming
|Science - Emphasis on laboratory sciences||6|
|Social Studies - Emphasis on history and government||6|
|Electives - Four semesters in foreign language, art or music||4|
For details on specific course requirements, visit the College Career Center or individual college websites.
The school day at Stevenson High School extends from 8:35 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Students are expected to be in attendance during these hours. There are eight including a mandatory lunch period. “Early bird” classes are also offered in physical education and certain Advanced Placement science classes. Alternate schedules are followed periodically throughout the school year to allow for various activities and meetings.
For more information on SEL, contact:
Molly Gosline, SEL Coordinator
Social emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which students are supported in social skill development to engage in positive relationships with their peers, teachers, and other adults while learning to access their emotional intelligence to foster awareness of self and others. Integrated through a whole-school approach in the teaching and learning communities, school climate and culture, and supporting structures, SEL can promote good decision-making, positive relationships, and self care. By implementing SEL in a school-wide approach, educators can help students become more successful in high school and beyond.
CASEL (The Collaborative for Academic and Social Emotional Learning) has identified five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective and behavioral competencies. The definitions of the five competency clusters for students are:
• Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.
• Self-management: The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.
• Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
• Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.
• Responsible decision-making: The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and the well-being of self and others.
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When to Send Transcripts to Colleges
We encourage seniors to wait until after Labor Day to send transcripts. This allows all summer school courses and schedule changes to be listed accurately. Since your senior schedule is printed on your transcript, if you send your transcript to a college, and then make a change, you will need to notify all schools. All colleges must treat students equally in admissions, through Oct. 15.
When applying to colleges there will be three ways you could send your transcript initially. The process is outlined below:
Common App – If you are applying to a school using the Common App, your counselor will upload your transcript into the portal. For initial transcript requests, you will not need to utilize Parchment. When sending your final transcript after graduation, you will need to initiate your request through Parchment.
Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) – Many schools have moved toward students self-reporting their transcript. This allows for faster processing time during the application period. If you are self-reporting a transcript, you will not need to use Parchment initially. Just like Common App, in order to send your final transcript, after graduation, to the college you are enrolling, you will need to utilize Parchment.
Parchment – Parchment is an online transcript delivery service. If you are not applying to a college via Common App, or self-reporting your transcript by the college’s request, you will need to place an order in Parchment. Students should go to www.parchment.com and create an account. Below you will find a PDF and video that will walk you through the process of creating and requesting your “credentials” (transcripts). Students should use a email@example.com email account, since this login can be used for many years.
Creating a Parchment Account (PDF)