Being Successful in High School

Take an active part in mapping out and carefully planning your high school courses for a successful high school career. High school planning helps students track and plan their high school courses so that it aligns with their academic and career goals through course offerings, planning guides, and graduation requirements.

Page High Student Enrollment: Approximately 1,200 Students

AP classes are specially designated classes taken at the high school in which a student may test for college credit, through the Advanced Placement program, upon completion of the coursework.

The tests are given in May on National AP Test dates. It is to the student’s advantage to take as challenging a course load as can be successfully completed.  Students should talk to their parents, school counselor, teachers and other students when selecting their classes.

2019-2020 AP Test Calendar


  • PHS Course Offerings
  • CCTE Program of Studies Guide – Coming Soon
  • WCS Program Planning Guide – Coming Soon
  • High School registration is completed with registrar, Tami Hart.


Page High School follows a schedule which allows students to take six credits and a directed study each year.  With teacher/counselor recommendation and course availability, students may take an additional class for a total of seven credits per year.

School Scheduling Policy

Students are expected to take the classes for which they have registered.  Changes in schedules will be considered only under special circumstances.  Students will not be allowed to enter full-year courses at the end of the first semester unless they are making up deficiencies.


All courses listed in the Program of Study require a sufficient number of student registrants in order to be offered during the year.  If there is not sufficient interest in a particular course, it may not be provided during the upcoming year.  Many of the classes have recommendations that are listed prior to the course description.

Courses are offered at the following levels at Page High School:

  • Advanced Placement (A.P.) – designed to prepare a student to earn college credit through the successful completion of the A.P. Test in that subject area.
  • Dual Enrollment – students have the opportunity to take college level classes during high school and receive credit for both college and high school transcripts. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA or an ACT score minimum of 22 to participate.
  • Honors – a challenging pace designed for the student who has displayed a record of academic success.  Students enrolled in Honors courses must complete the Honors Portfolio in order receive Honors credit (this is required by the State of Tennessee).
  • College Preparatory – all courses are considered college preparatory unless specifically labeled otherwise.

Students have an opportunity to gain credit for a previously failed course that was taught within a Williamson County School by completing a computer-based program, A+ Credit Recovery. Contact your child’s school counselor for eligibility information and to apply.

There is a cost of $50 per semester course ($100 for a whole year credit).  If the Credit Recovery is not completed in the semester, then the student will have to re-register and pay another $50 per semester course.  The fee applies to all students.  There are no fee waivers for Credit Recovery.  Students must register with their guidance counselor prior to beginning.  Payment for credit recovery should be made in the form of cash, check, money order, or cashier’s check made payable to Page High School.  All payments are due at the time the forms are returned.  Students may only take two classes at a time.

On a daily basis, all students will be required to bring a 3-ring binder, notebook paper and a writing instrument for note taking. Notebooks are part of the student’s overall grade for this new program.  Students taking a math course will need to bring their own graphing calculator.  Students will need to bring their own earphones for credit recovery programs that include audio.

Dual Enrollment in High School and College courses is available to certain Juniors and Seniors at MTSU.

2018-2019 Page High School will be offering Dual Enrollment classes taught by MTSU professors on our campus for qualified students.

The following courses will be offered:

  • ENGL 1010 Expository Writing*
  • ENGL 1020 Research & Argumentative Writing*
  • POLS1005 Introduction to American Politics / US Government
  • ECON 2010 Macroeconomics/ Economics
  • PSYCH 1410  General Psychology/Psychology
  • SOC 1010  Introductory Sociology/Sociology
  • HIST 2020 Survey of US History I**
  • HIST 2010 Survey of US History II **

*Students must take both semesters to satisfy the English high school graduation requirement. Students must have an 18 English sub score on the ACT to be eligible.
**Students must take both semesters to satisfy the US History high school graduation requirement.

Tennessee provides 12 summer programs for gifted and talented high school students. Sophomores and Juniors who would like to participate in a challenging and high-intensity program in one of the 12 areas should obtain application(s) from their school counselor.

Nominations for the Tennessee Governor’s schools must be made by high school counselors or principals.

Graduation Requirements

Note: A student may participate in college level courses conducted during the school day, provided that the student’s schedule can be arranged to make this option possible.  A student may also enroll in a college course after school hours.  Dual credit will be available to the student with parents accepting full responsibility for all costs associated with college credit.

PHS Diplomas Offered

Regular Diploma: Students who have fulfilled the requirements for graduation set by the State of Tennessee and the Williamson County Board of Education as outlined above receive a regular diploma.

Diploma with Honors: According to State guidelines, students who score at or above all of the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT will graduate with Honors.

Diploma with Distinction: According to State guidelines, students will graduate with distinction who attain a B average and complete at least one of the following: earn a nationally recognized industry certification, participate in Governor’s School, participate in one of the state’s All-State musical organizations, be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist, attain a score of 31 or higher composite score on the ACT, attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two advanced placement exams, earn 12 or more semester hours of transcripted postsecondary credit.

Williamson County Honors Diploma: Students may graduate with Williamson County Honors if they complete all graduation requirements, plus:  3.75 cumulative GPA; one additional credit in science (4 credits total); and fourteen (14) credits at the Honors or AP level.

Students who are accepted for dual enrollment or early admission to a college or university may have college courses considered for meeting 14 credit requirements if the course taken at the university level is offered at the Honors or Advanced Placement level in Williamson County Schools. For example, English 101 or English 102 would meet one credit requirement replacing AP English IV, but college algebra would not count since Advanced Algebra and Trig is not offered at the honors or Advanced Placement level in Williamson County Schools.

WCS Diploma Honoring Volunteerism: 

Students are eligible to receive this recognition when they graduate. Students must have a minimum of 10 volunteer hours every semester they are in high school (from Fall 2017 and beyond). Please follow these guidelines:

  • Students cannot be paid to do volunteer work
  • Volunteer work cannot be done for a family member
  • The student is responsible for tracking volunteer hours and submitting them through our Volunteer Hours Form.

PHS Scholars Diploma: Students who have fulfilled the requirements for graduation set by the Scholars Board will receive a Scholars designation on their diplomas.

Special Education Diploma: A special education diploma may be awarded at the end of their fourth year of high school to students with disabilities who have (1) not met the requirements for a high school diploma, (2) have satisfactorily completed an individualized education program, and (3) have satisfactory records of attendance and conduct. Students who obtain the special education diploma may continue to work towards the high school diploma through the end of the school year in which they turn twenty-two years old.

Occupational Education Diploma: Designation acknowledging completion of a specialized program intended to facilitate the development of employable skills and maintenance of a satisfactory attendance and discipline record.

Alternate Academic Diploma: Requirements of the diploma align to the academic course work and ACT requirements of students earning a regular diploma in order to ensure that all students are provided access and opportunities to learn and participate in rigorous meaningful instruction. In order to earn the AAD, a student must have participated in high school alternate assessments; earned the prescribed 22 credit minimum; received special education services and made satisfactory progress on an IEP; satisfactory records of attendance and conduct; and completed a transition assessment that measures post-secondary education and training, employment, independent living, and community involvement.

Tennessee Uniform Grading Scale (TN UGPA) – This grading scale is the one used to calculate and report a student’s GPA to the State of Tennessee for Hope (Lottery) Scholarship consideration.

To become eligible for both the Tennessee Hope Lottery Scholarship and General Assembly Merit Scholarship, a student’s “Grade Point Average”>GPA will be configured using the Tennessee Uniform Grading Policy (TN UGPA), as mandated by the Tennessee Board of Education.


Taking the ACT as an exit test is a graduation requirement. Juniors taking the test March 2020 will have no fee.  Williamson County Schools pays the fee on this date.  For all other test dates, students must register with ACT and pay the appropriate fee to ACT. Students may also take the test on National Test Dates at Page High School or other testing centers of their choice.

ACT Registration – Students register online.  The registration for the March 2020 test will be handled at school.

Advanced Placement (AP) Information

For 2020 the cost is $91.  Registration form and payment of all tests must be turned in to Mrs. Gonzales in the Counseling Center.  The deadline for registration is September 20.

The AP tests are given on  Spring 2019 National AP Test Dates during the first two weeks in May.  The tests occur during the school day, at Page High School in the Ringstaff Gym.

AP classes are specially designated classes taken at the high school in which a student may test for college credit, through the Advanced Placement program, upon completion of the coursework.  The tests are given by Page High School staff in May on National AP Test dates. It is to the student’s advantage to take as challenging a course load as can be successfully completed.  Students should talk to their parents, School Counselor, teachers and other students when selecting their classes.  Williamson County Schools Policy 4.600 states that 5 points will be added to the student’s average at the end of each quarter and 1.0 will be added to the GPA calculation for the Williamson County Grade Point Average.

College and University AP credit acceptance policies differ.  AP Credit Policy Information will help you find out what the policy is at the college/university of your choice. 

TN Ready – End of Course Testing

Students enrolled in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Biology, US History, English I, and/or English II will take the test at the end of the school year.  Achieving Proficiency Level or above on each test is important to the student but not required for graduation.  The  score is converted to an appropriate percentage score and used as the second semester Exam score.

PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)

PHS recommends for high achieving 9th and 10th grade students and all 11th grade students to register for the PSAT. Registration for the 2019-2020 PSAT has closed.

Juniors desiring to be considered for a National Merit Scholarship must be sure to take the PSAT/NMSQT in October of their Junior year.  As a preliminary SAT, the PSAT gives the student first-hand experience for the SAT Reasoning Test (one of the two college entrance tests used by most colleges).  It measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills.  It also helps the student prepare for the SAT and receive feedback on their academic strengths and weaknesses.


Fees vary based on the tests taken.  Students must register with SAT and pay the applicable fee to SAT.

The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. It tells students how well they use the skills and knowledge they have attained in and outside of the classroom – including how they think, solve problems, and communicate. The SAT is an important resource for colleges. It’s also one of the best predictors of how well students will do in college.

SAT Registration: pick-up a packet in the Counseling Center or Register Online for the SAT