Cypress Ranch High School

10700 Fry Road, Cypress 77433
Phone: 281.373.2300
Principal: Mr. Bob Hull
School Hours:  7:25 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
School Opened: 2008

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Administration

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Principal

Robert Hull

Associate Principal

Robert Brotemarkle

Assistant Principal

Vivian Bennett

Assistant Principal

Jason Tullos

Assistant Principal

Nicole Chandler

Assistant Principal

Dale Cowser

Assistant Principal

Michael Peck

Assistant Principal

Shannon Roth

Lead Counselor

Merilisa Brannigan

Counselor

LuAnn Bowman

Counselor

Daniell Trahan

Counselor

Jacinda Jordan

Counselor

Ghada Simmons

Counselor

Dede Johnson

Counselor

Kristy Chavez

Counselor

Natasha Arceneaux-Brooks

Counselor

Brandye Jackson

Director of Instruction

Lanette Bellamy

Media Specialist

Barbara Johnson

Nurse

Angela Baird

Instructional Specialist

Kirby McDowell

Instructional Specialist

Kristie Schad

Instructional Specialist

Cathy Hicks

 

 

About the School

Trustees approved the construction contract for Cypress Ranch HS and Warner Elementary, located on the 130 acre multi-campus site at Fry Road and Cypress North Houston, to Pepper-Lawson Construction, L.P. in the amount of $68,673,095.00. The contract amount is $162,855.00 under budget. Cypress Ranch is a repeat design of Cypress–Woods High School with design modifications and opened for the 2008-2009 school year. Since this campus is located on a multi-school site with Warner Elementary and a future middle school, the exterior design is complimentary to the elementary school in terms of brick color and aesthetics. The colors for Cypress Ranch are navy and gold. The mascot is the mustang.

Cypress Lakes HS and Cypress Ranch HS were designed by PBK Architects, Inc. with modifications to existing plans used in the construction of Cypress Woods, Cypress Ridge and Cypress Springs high schools. Each new school has a modified footprint which includes the relocation of the library above the main lobby. Both facilities feature their own unique color scheme and front entry design. New mandates from the Texas Education Agency require additional square footage for the science labs and library from previous high school designs which are incorporated into the final designs.

The Board approved the swimming pool option 2 for high schools #9 and #10 which consists of a six-lane, 25-yard practice pool constructed at Cypress Lakes and an eight-lane, 25-yard meet pool with a five-lane, warm-up pool area at Cypress Ranch. Constructing the meet pool allows CFISD to host larger swimming competitions such as district meets and tri and quad meets in which three or four teams compete.

Accomplishments

  • 2012 UIL 5-A State Baseball Champions
  • $18.8 Million dollars offered in scholarships to Cypress Ranch students
  • 34% of the Class of 2012 graduated with honors with a GPA of 6.0 or above
  • 79 AP Scholars and 20 National Merit Scholars
  • Cypress Ranch Key Club is the largest Key Club in the world with 630 members
  • CRHS Band has received numerous awards including UIL Sweepstakes, First Division ratings, Winterguard 2nd place in State Championships
  • 2 students advanced to the State level of the TAEA VASE competition for electronic media
  • Chamber Choir earned Superior Rating at the American Classic Madrigal Festival
  • 23 Theatre students advance to the International Thespian National Competition
  • Drill Team has received numerous sweepstakes and individual awards at competition
  • Girls Basketball team was the Region III Area Champions
  • Boys Swimming – both Varsity and Jr. Varsity earned the District Champion title
  • FFA earned the National Gold Two Star Chapter Award, Golden Horizon Chapter Award, and received three State Lonestar Degrees
  • LOTE students received numerous awards at competition
  • Orchestra has won UIL sweepstakes trophies with the varsity full, varsity string, and non-varsity orchestras, and superior and overall best-in-class trophies at the Spring in the Park Music Festival in Dallas this year.  Orchestra also had 5 students named TMEA Texas Music Scholars and 80 earned medals for superior ratings at UIL solo and ensemble contest this school year.

 

 

Campus Goals

To provide a safe and stimulating learning environment for all students so they are able to reach their potential and become engaged and productive citizens in our society.

 

Demographics

(as indicated in the 2012-13 AEIS Report)

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISPANIC WHITE NATIVE AMERICAN ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER TWO OR MORE RACES ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED
11.4% 23.8% 53.6% 0.1% 7.4% 0.0% 3.6% 17.2%

Enrollment

3,266 students as of 9/16/13

 

Class Ranking

Beginning with courses taken between the eighth and ninth grade, all high school courses, including correspondence, night school, college courses taken for dual credit, credit-by-exam, and summer school, are averaged in the class rank with the exception of student assistance, local credit, and courses taken under the pass/fail option. High school courses taken by seventh- or eighth-grade students and completed by the end of the eighth-grade year will not count in class rank with the exceptions of Geometry, Biology, and the third or higher levels of a foreign language. (*See additional exceptions for Class of 2013.) Rank will be determined by grade point averages (G.P.A.) of the students. Estimated class rankings are to be determined at the end of the junior year and the first semester of the senior year for the express purpose of college entrance requirements. Another ranking shall be performed at the end of the fifth six-weeks’ grading period to identify summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude graduates. No valedictorian or salutatorian will be officially recognized at graduation.

 

Honor Graduate Designation

At graduation ceremonies, graduates will be recognized in the following categories: summa cum laude (6.5 G.P.A.), magna cum laude (6.25 G.P.A.), and cum laude (6.0 G.P.A.) . A final calculation of G.P.A. and class rank is determined at the end of the senior year and will be reflected on the final transcript which is sent to colleges.

 

Grading Scale

CFISD uses a weighted 6.0 grading scale.  Grade points are allocated for a course of study based on the designation of the course as indicated in the chart below.

GRADE

LEVEL OR COURSE

 

K, AP, and HORIZONS Levels

L-Level
(on level)

Below Level
Adaptive Behavior, ICS-M, NAC, Resource

Life Skills

A (90-100)

7 grade points

6 grade points

5 grade points

4 grade points

B (80-89)

6 grade points

5 grade points

4 grade points

3 grade points

C (75-79)

5 grade points

4 grade points

3 grade points

2 grade points

D (70-74)

4 grade points

3 grade points

2 grade points

1 grade points

F (below 70)

0 grade points

0 grade points

0 grade points

0 grade points

The semester grades are computed by allocating a weight of 2/7 for each six weeks’ grade and 1/7 for a semester exam. A student will receive credit for each semester passed.  If the course is a two-semester sequence and the student passes the second semester after having failed the first, he/she may receive the credit for both semesters if the yearly average is passing (70+).

*For the Class of 2013, four mathematics and four science courses will be included in a student’s GPA calculation. If a student takes Algebra I in 8th-grade and takes four math courses in grades 9-12, the four math courses taken in high school will be included in the student’s GPA. But, if a student takes Algebra I in 8th-grade and only takes three math courses in grades 9-12, the Algebra I course will be included in the student’s GPA calculation. Algebra I taken at any time will carry L-level grade points.

 

Participation in Commencement

To be eligible to participate in commencement exercises a student must meet state graduation requirements by earning a minimum of 22 credits in designated courses.  Beginning with the class of 2015 (ninth graders entering high school in fall 2011), students must meet all credit and testing requirements to participate in commencement exercises.

 

Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2013

Students who enter the ninth grade in the fall of 2009 must enroll in courses necessary to complete the Recommended High School Program or the Distinguished Achievement Program unless the student, parent, and a school counselor agree that the student should be permitted to take courses under the Minimum High School Program. Students should study the table below which outlines requirements for the Recommended High School Program and the Minimum High School Program. Then, using the list of course descriptions, students should select and register for courses.  Note that students graduating under the Recommended High School Program will need to schedule additional courses not required for the Minimum High School Program. These courses include Algebra II, Chemistry, World Geography, foreign language (two credits), fine arts (one credit), and three state-approved electives. Additionally, beginning with the Class of 2011, students must earn 26 total credits including four math and four science credits. Counselors at each high school will furnish all other information necessary for students to complete registration.

 

Courses

Recommended
High School
Program

Minimum
High School
Program

 

Notes

English

4

4

 

Advanced Academic Strategies
or

 

½
or

 

½
or

  • One-half credit is required and may be taken in grade 8 or 9.

Skills for Academic Success

1

1

  • One credit is required for all 9th-grade students who did not pass all 8th-grade core academic classes (language arts, reading, math, science, and social studies) and who have not met the state standards on any 8th-grade reading, math, science, and social studies TAKS test.
  • Beginning ESL students, intermediate ESL students, and special education students in need of in-class support are also required to take this year-long class.

Mathematics

 

4
Algebra I,
Geometry,
Algebra II, and an additional math course

3
must include Algebra I, Geometry

  • Beginning with the Class of 2011, students are required to complete 4 math credits for the Recommended Program.
  • CFISD recommends that all students take 4 math courses in grades 9-12.
  • Math Models with Applications may satisfy the requirement for the additional math credit only if taken prior to Algebra II.
  • AP Computer Science may satisfy the requirement for the additional math credit only if taken after successful completion of Algebra II. The course will not count as both a 4th math credit and the Technology Application required credit.
  • Four mathematics courses will be included in a student’s GPA calculation. If a student took Algebra I in 8th grade and takes four math courses in grades 9-12, the 4 math courses taken in high school will be included in the student’s GPA. But, if a student took Algebra I in 8th grade and takes only three math courses in grades 9-12, the Algebra I course will be included in the student’s GPA calculation. Algebra I taken at any time will carry L-level grade points.

Science

4
Integrated Physics and Chemistry,
Biology,
Chemistry, and Physics or an additional science course
or
4
Biology,
Chemistry, Physics, and an additional science course

2
Integrated Physics and Chemistry,
Biology
or
3
Biology,
Chemistry, and
Physics

  • Beginning with the Class of 2011, students are required to complete 4 science credits for the Recommended Program.
  • CFISD recommends that all students take 4 science courses in grades 9-12.
  • Students without IP&C credit must take Biology, Chemistry, and Physics to meet the Recommended Program’s science requirements. The students may choose any additional science course to meet the 4th required credit.
  • Four science courses will be included in a student’s GPA calculation.

U.S. History

1

1

 

World History

1

1

 

World Geography

1

 

 

Government

½

½

 

Economics

½

½

 

Health
            or
Principles of
Health Science

½
or
1

½
or
1

  • Health may be taken in any grade or taken through correspondence, summer school, or through credit-by-exam.

 

Physical Education

  • Students may earn a maximum of two (2) credits in P.E. toward graduation—including athletics. Students enrolled in the regular physical education program must take Foundations of Personal Fitness.
  • Students may meet the PE requirement through after school participation in the fall semester of marching band and cheerleading, and both semesters of drill team and JROTC. Students may also meet the physical education requirement if they participate in a district-approved Olympic caliber, off-campus training program.
  • Physical education credit may be earned through approved correspondence courses.

Languages other than English (Foreign Language)

2

 

  • Students may take any two levels of the same foreign language to meet the requirements for the Recommended High School Program. Foreign language credits earned in middle school will count toward this requirement.

Speech

½

½

  • These courses meet the requirement:  Communication Applications (½), Professional Communications (½), Debate I (1), or Oral Interpretation I (1).
  • Beginning with the Class of 2011, Debate III and Independent Study in Speech (4th year of Debate) will earn K-level credit.

Fine Arts

1

 

  • Approved fine arts courses include art, music, dance, and theatre courses.

Technology Applications
(Computer course)

1

1

  • Courses which meet the one-credit technology application requirement include: Computer Programming K, Computer Science AP, Animation, Business Information Management I, Digital & Interactive Media, Art II Electronic Multimedia, Web Technologies I, Practicum in Business Management, Business Information Management II–MOS, Journalism/Desktop Publishing, Engineering Design & Presentations, and Audio/ Video Production.  Students must earn one full credit in the same course to meet this requirement.
  • Beginning with the Class of 2011, AP Computer Science may count as a 4th math credit after successful completion of Algebra II. The course will not count as both a 4th math credit and the Technology Application required credit.

Academic Elective:
World Geography or Science Elective

 

1

 

Electives

3

3 to 5

  • Must be state-approved courses.

Total State Credits Required

26

22

 

Distinguished Achievement Program

Students desiring to earn the Distinguished Achievement Program transcript must complete the requirements for the Recommended High School Program plus one additional credit in languages other than English (foreign language) and any combination of four advanced measures selected from the following options:

  • A score of three or above on The College Board Advanced Placement Examination.
  • A grade of 3.0 or higher on courses that count for college credit, including tech-prep programs and dual credit courses.
  • Original research/project conducted under the direction of mentor(s) reported to an appropriate audience and judged by a panel of professionals in the field that is the focus of the project.  Original research may not be used for more than two measures.
  • A score on the PSAT that qualifies a student for recognition in one of these ways:  (1) Commended Scholar or higher by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, (2) National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Black Students, or (3) National Hispanic Scholar Program.  Note:  The PSAT score may only count as one advanced measure, regardless of the number of honors received by the student.

Note:   Math Models with Applications and AP Computer Science may not serve as math credits on the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP). Additionally, Integrated Physics and Chemistry may not serve as a science credit on the DAP. 

 

Graduation Requirements for the Classes of 2014 and Beyond

Students who enter the ninth grade in the fall 2010 and thereafter must enroll in courses necessary to complete the Recommended High School Program or the Distinguished Achievement Program unless the student, parent, and a school counselor agree that the student should be permitted to take courses under the Minimum High School Program. Students should study the table below which outlines requirements for the Recommended High School Program and the Minimum High School Program. Then, using the list of course descriptions that follow, students should select and register for courses.  Note that students graduating under the Recommended High School Program will need to schedule additional courses not required for the Minimum High School Program. Counselors at each high school will furnish all other information necessary for students to complete registration.

 

Courses

Recommended
High School
Program

Minimum
High School
Program

 

Notes

English

4

4

 

PACE
(Personal, Academic, & Career Exploration)
or

 

½

or

 

½

or

  • One-half credit is required in grade 9

 

PACE Plus

 

 

1

 

1

  • One credit is required for all 9th-grade students who did not pass all 8th-grade core academic classes (language arts, reading, math, science, and social studies) and who have not met the state standards on any 8th-grade reading, math, science, and social studies state assessments.
  • Beginning ESL students, intermediate ESL students, and special education students in need of support are also required to take this year-long class.

Mathematics

 

4
Algebra I,
Geometry,
Algebra II, and an additional math course

3
must include Algebra I, Geometry

  • Math Models with Applications may satisfy the requirement for the additional math credit only if taken prior to Algebra II.
  • AP Computer Science may satisfy the requirement for the additional math credit only if taken after successful completion of Algebra II.
  • Four mathematics courses will be included in a student’s GPA calculation. If a student took Algebra I in 8th grade and takes four math courses in grades 9-12, the 4 math courses taken in high school will be included in the student’s GPA. But, if a student took Algebra I in 8th grade and takes only three math courses in grades 9-12, the Algebra I course will be included in the student’s GPA calculation. Algebra I taken at any time will carry L-level grade points.

Science

4
Biology,

Chemistry, Physics, and an additional science course

2
Integrated Physics and Chemistry,
Biology
or
3
Biology,

Chemistry, and

Physics

  • Integrated Physics and Chemistry may satisfy the requirement for the additional science credit if taken prior to Chemistry and Physics.
  • All students entering high school in fall 2010 or beyond will take Biology in ninth grade.

U.S. History

1

1

 

World History

1

1

 

World Geography

1

 

 

Government

½

½

 

Economics

½

½

 

Health
            or
Principles of
Health Science

½
or
1

½
or
1

  • Health may be taken in any grade or taken through correspondence, summer school, or through credit-by-exam.

 

Physical Education

 

1

1

  • Students may earn a maximum of four (4) credits in P.E. toward graduation—including athletics. Students enrolled in the regular physical education program must take Foundations of Personal Fitness.
  • Students may meet the PE requirement through after school participation in the fall semester of marching band and cheerleading, and both semesters of drill team and JROTC. Students may also meet the physical education requirement if they participate in a district-approved Olympic caliber, off-campus training program. 
  • Physical education credit may be earned through approved correspondence courses.

Languages other than English (Foreign Language)

2

 

  • Students may take any two levels of the same foreign language to meet the requirements for the Recommended High School Program. Foreign language credits earned in middle school will count toward this requirement.

Speech

½

½

  • These courses meet the requirement:  Professional Communications (½), Communication Applications (½), Debate I (1), or Oral Interpretation I (1).

Fine Arts

1

1

  • Approved fine arts courses include art, music, dance, and theatre courses.

Academic Elective:
World Geography or Science Elective

 

1

 

Electives

3½  to 5½

  • Must be state-approved courses.

Total State Credits Required

26

22

 

 

Distinguished Achievement Program

Students desiring to earn the Distinguished Achievement Program transcript must complete the requirements for the Recommended High School Program plus one additional credit in languages other than English (foreign language) and any combination of four advanced measures selected from the following options:

  • A score of three or above on The College Board Advanced Placement Examination.
  • A grade of 3.0 or higher on courses that count for college credit, including tech-prep programs and dual credit courses.
  • Original research/project conducted under the direction of mentor(s) reported to an appropriate audience and judged by a panel of professionals in the field that is the focus of the project.  Original research may not be used for more than two measures.
  • A score on the PSAT that qualifies a student for recognition in one of these ways:  (1) Commended Scholar or higher by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, (2) National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Black Students, or (3) National Hispanic Scholar Program.  Note:  The PSAT score may only count as one advanced measure, regardless of the number of honors received by the student.

Note:  Math Models with Applications and AP Computer Science may not serve as math credits on the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP). Additionally, Integrated Physics and Chemistry may not serve as a science credit on the DAP. 

 

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