• Program Requirements

    As a student in the Medical Science Academy, you must complete a minimum of 4.0 credits of Medical Academy electives and must take at least one academy course during each academic semester:

    Required Medical Academy courses:
    Year 1 – Principles of Health Science & Medical Terminology (.5 credits each)
    Year 2 – Anatomy and Physiology (1.0 credit)
    Year 3 – minimum of 1 credit of Medical Academy elective*
    Year 4 – minimum of 1 credit of Medical Academy elective*

    *Courses include Medical Microbiology, Pathophysiology, Health Science Theory or Clinical, and Scientific Research & Design.
     
    You must also maintain minimum semester averages of 75 in your Medical Science Academy courses and 70 in all other courses. Your year-end average must be high enough to award you credit for your courses. In addition, you must maintain satisfactory conduct in accordance with the FBISD Code of Student Conduct, adhere to the 90% attendance rule (be present in each class at least 90% of the instructional days each semester) and avoid excessive tardies and unexcused absences.

    Each academy student is provided every opportunity to be successful at Hightower High School and in the Medical Science Academy. However, certain violations with respect to grades, attendance, and conduct will constitute probation and/or dismissal. Parents/guardians will receive verbal and written notice in cases warranting probation and verbal and written notice via certified US mail in cases warranting dismissal.

    Violations & Consequences
     
    Failure to meet all attendance requirements in accordance with FBISD student handbook will constitute probation and/or dismissal.
    A semester average below 75 in any academy course or below 70 in any other course will result in placement on probation. Students whose grade in an academy course is below 75 will be placed on an intervention plan to ensure success. Two consecutive semesters below the standard will result in your dismissal from the Academy and return to your zoned campus at the end of the semester in which the second violation occurs. Failure of any course at the end of the academic year will result in dismissal from the Academy and return to your zoned campus.
    • Discipline referrals resulting in In School Suspension (ISS) will be handled in the following manner:         
    1st offense = warning
    2nd offense = probation/written notice to parents to remain in place for one academic year. Parents will be contact via phone and/or meeting. Student and parent will be required to sign an acknowledgement of consequences for further ISS referrals.
    3rd offense = discretionary removal from the academy at the end of the semester during which the dismissal decision is made. Decision will be made by committee.
    4th offense = mandatory removal from the academy at the end of the current semester.
    • Discipline referrals resulting in Out of School Suspension (OSS) will be handled in the following manner:
    1st offense = probation/written notice to parents to remain in place for one academic year. Parents will be contact via phone and/or meeting. Student and parent will be required to sign an acknowledgement of consequences for further OSS referrals.
    2nd offense = discretionary removal from the academy at the end of the semester during which the dismissal decision is made. Decision will be made by committee.
    3rd offense = mandatory removal from the academy at the end of the current semester.
    • Discipline referrals resulting in placement in the District Alternative Education Program (DAEP) will result in immediate removal from the academy and return to zoned campus upon completion of the DAEP assignment.
    FBISD – STANDARDS OF CONDUCT REGARDING ACADEMIC HONESTY

    Academic honesty is a fundamental principle of the Fort Bend Independent School District. Therefore, district students assume the responsibility of their own work at all times, whether graded or not. Pressure to be successful, of having several major assignments due on the same day/during the same week, of juggling school work with extracurricular activities and/or jobs will understandably produce stress from time to time. However, academic honesty is about facing such pressures without compromising one’s integrity.  Work submitted must be the result of one’s own thought, time, and effort. By maintaining one’s academic honesty, a student will have the pride and satisfaction of knowing that he/she earned the credit and/or acknowledgement received. Each student is responsible for his/her future. It is important for each student to act in an ethically responsible manner and hold each classmate to the same high standards as well. In so doing, pride in one’s work and respect for others’ work will bring honor to each student and campus as well as the district as a whole.

    Any action intended to obtain or assist in obtaining credit for work that is not one’s own is considered academic dishonesty. Students will support the principles of academic integrity and refrain from all forms of dishonesty by not exhibiting and/or participating in unacceptable behaviors which include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Submitting another person’s work as one’s own
    • Committing or being party to the act of forgery
    • Giving or accepting a copy of or information in reference to any assessment, quiz, lab work, homework, or scoring device
    • Copying from another student’s assessment or allowing another student to copy one’s assessment at any time
    • Using materials or electronic devices that are not permitted during an assessment
    • Plagiarizing work (a form of deliberate or reckless representation of another’s words/work or ideas as one’s own without citation)
    • Permitting someone, including another student, parent, sibling, or tutor, to complete one’s homework, project, report, paper, or take-home assessment
    • Claiming an illness in order to avoid an assessment or assignment of any kind on the scheduled date
    • Claiming an emergency or illness in order to miss a class
    • Using an on-line translator in a foreign language class for writing assignments, completing projects and preparing oral presentations (Note: Use of an on-line dictionary may be permitted to look up isolated words)
    • Copying of computer software or data created by others unlawfully
    • Misrepresenting the truth/not telling the truth; includes but is not limited to – willful and knowledgeable telling of an untruth or falsehood as well as any form of intentional deceit, attempted deception, or fraud in an oral or written statement; examples are lying or failing to give complete information to a teacher/administrator, feigning illness to gain an advantage of extra preparation time for assessments and/or assignments
    • Stealing -- includes but is not limited to taking another person’s property without permission; stealing copies of assessments, teacher’s edition of textbooks, or another student’s work, notes, or handouts
    • Misusing the district’s computer systems
    • Modifying or misusing any electronic device (i.e., calculator, cell phones, etc.) to obtain an unfair advantage
     
    Note: Collaboration when studying or when completing homework is not considered academic dishonesty, unless it is prohibited or limited by procedures established by the teacher and/or campus administration. Disciplinary action may be taken by campus administrators for any violation of this code.