A student must earn five credits the preceding school year if less than 24 units are required for graduation or six credits the preceding year if 24 or more credits are required for graduation. All credits must be earned by the first day of the beginning of the school year. Athletic eligibility for a student is based on the requirements of the school the student was attending at the conclusion of the previous school year. Students who are ineligible first semester may gain eligibility second semester by passing five subjects (1/2 credit) or three blocks (one credit per block) or the equivalent.
Division I Academic Eligibility Requirements*
The NCAA requires high school student athletes who are college bound (Division I) to complete the following 16 core course requirements while in high school.
4 years of English
3 years of math (Algebra I and higher)**
2 years of natural/physical science (including one lab science if offered by your school)
1 extra year of English, math or natural/physical science
2 Social Sciences
4 years of extra courses from any of the above or World Languages, philosophy or religion
* These requirements are frequently updated by NCAA. Please visit www.NCAA.org for the most current eligibility information on all divisions.
**At the time of this publication, NCAA does NOT accept Bridge Math as one of the three math credits.
ATHLETICS (Require tryouts and/or interviews with coaches)
Cheerleaders - Cheer is open to any student with experience in cheerleading. Tryouts are in the spring. Cheer requires huge time and financial commitment from cheerleaders and parents. Students are selected based upon tryout scores comprised of attendance, GPA, dance/cheer skills, and teamwork during clinics. CHS Cheerleaders serve as role models in the school. For that reason, candidates must be exemplary in their attitude, attendance, behavior, character, and coursework.
Dancing Dragons - The CHS Dance team is selected through auditions in the spring. Dancers must attend a summer camp. They perform at ballgames and pep rallies.
Team Sports: Boys - Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Wrestling
Team Sports: Girls - Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Track, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Note: Tryouts for fall sports (football, girls soccer, golf and cross country) --2 weeks prior to beginning of school year. Tryouts for spring sports (softball, track, baseball, boys soccer and tennis) -- first two weeks of February. Tryouts for Volleyball are in May or June.
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)
The following CTSO’s are recognized by the TN Dept. of Education to improve the quality and relevance of classroom instruction for each related career cluster. Membership in a CTSO is recommended for all students taking courses in the related programs.
FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) – Membership in FBLA will provide you with an opportunity to make new friends, strengthen self-confidence, develop leadership skills, identify strengths, and prepare for your future. Activities include community service projects, regional and state competitions, social activities and business projects. An active FBLA member will have meaningful experiences on their resume that colleges and scholarship committees are looking for.
FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) – Open to any student who takes Family and Consumer Science courses. Members of this CTSO participate in various activities and competitions throughout the year.
FFA – Dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Students must be enrolled in at least one agriculture class each year (first or second semester) to maintain membership.
First Robotics Club (US First) – "The varsity Sport for the Mind," FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Students get to: learn from professional engineers, build and compete with a robot of their own design, learn and use sophisticated software and hardware, compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments, earn a place in the World Championship, and possibly qualify for nearly $14.8 million in college scholarships. Open to all CHS students, not just engineering students.
HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) – HOSA is the CTSO that goes with the Health Science pathway. HOSA-Future Health Professionals is a global student-led organization providing unique classroom experiences and opportunities in the health professions with enhanced leadership development and recognition opportunities for career-minded students in high school.
Academic/Course Related Organizations
National French Honor Society – Membership is by invitation only after two semesters of French with an A average and completion of the national French Exam. SHF membership provides an opportunity to recognize outstanding scholarship in the study of French language through selection for membership, the placement of a special seal on the graduate's diploma, the wearing of a tri-colored cord at graduation, and the right to wear the official emblem/pin of the honor society. Second, there is the opportunity for students to experience leadership in serving as officers, directing the initiation ceremony, and/or leading other chapter events.
National Honor Society – Juniors and Seniors with a minimum of a 3.5 GPA are invited to fill out an information form for consideration for membership. Students must have taken Biology I and Algebra I and have taken or be taking another upper level science and math course. A faculty council reviews the information forms and sends invitations to join NHS to those students who meet the requirements. Students must complete a certain number of community service hours to continue membership.
Spanish Honor Society – The purpose of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is to recognize high achievement in Spanish by students of secondary schools and to promote continuity of interest in Hispanic studies. Students must be enrolled in Spanish III in order to become a member.
ASAP Youth Ambassador Coalition (YAC) is comprised of 9th through 12th graders from CHS, ACHS, and ORHS. Students work to carry out the mission of ASAP (Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention) by working on activities to prevent and reduce substance misuse among youth. This is a great opportunity to earn community service hours and help save lives! YAC students have opportunities to travel to Nashville, Washington D.C. and Gatlinburg.
B.A.R.K (Bettering Animal Rescue in the Knoxville area) - The goal of B.A.R.K. is to improve the living circumstances of shelter animals through volunteering, fundraising and hosting dog/cat food drives. Long term goals include significantly decreasing the amount of breeding in the dogs and cats in our area through education.
INTERACT – INTERACT is focused upon service to the local community as well as involvement in international service projects. INTERACT will carry out community service projects each year, including one that furthers international understanding and goodwill. INTERACT is supported by the Rotary Club of Clinton.
Snap Dragons– This club seeks to make CHS look its very best. Club members work on landscaping projects and other projects that make our school more aesthetically pleasing. We believe that making a difference in our school’s appearance can have a positive impact on our school’s climate. Sponsor: Mrs. Kimberly Dunn—club meets after school on announced days and some projects on weekends.
S.G.A. (Student Government Association) – S.G.A. consists of student members (9th -12th) who want to participate in planning school activities that involve the students at CHS. Students will represent their grade level and provide input regarding decisions. Each student will be assigned to an activity committee. They are required to attend committee meetings and our monthly SGA meeting.
Other Clubs and Organizations
E-Sports Organization – This group provides students the chance to participate in a competitve league and provide opportunities through scholastic esports.
Fishing Club – This group of students meet to discuss fishing techniques and share “fish tales.” In addition, they participate in organized area and state tournaments. Members must have a partner, parent participation, access to a truck, and a fishing boat.
GSTA (Gay Straight Trans Alliance) – This club, connected to a national organization, has as its purpose to improve the school climate for all students, seeking to eliminate harassment and bullying.
Spirit Club (aka Orange Crush) - This club seeks to raise the school spirit at CHS. Members will brainstorm ideas to instill pride and spirit in each student at CHS.
Youth for Christ - Students will have a fun, relaxing time and enjoy the company of students with similar beliefs.
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
- Dale Carnegie