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FAQ | Standardized Lists
WHY STANDARDIZED LISTS?
To simplify the process of creating and maintaining Lists I, II and III, Standardized Lists were created to identify the majority of courses offered at high schools and to use as a guide in determining which courses students can apply toward CSF membership.
WHEN DO THEY BECOME EFFECTIVE?
Beginning with your Spring 2016 CSF membership drive, all schools must use the Standardized Lists.
WHEN DO I UPDATE THE LISTS FOR MY SCHOOL?
All new courses must be added prior to the Spring membership drive as that is when students will be applying for membership based on their Fall report card.
DO I STILL NEED TO SUBMIT LISTS EACH YEAR?
No, do not submit course lists anymore. The only exception is that schools applying for a new charter must submit course lists with their application form.
WHAT ABOUT THE COURSES OFFERED AT MY SCHOOL THAT ARE NOT ON THE STANDARDIZED LISTS?
Most schools will have courses that do not currently appear on the Lists. There are specific guidelines under each category that explains how to determine course placement.
All courses offered at your school MUST be placed on one of the three lists with the exceptions as noted in the bylaws (P.E., courses taken in lieu of P.E., Lab/Teacher Assistant, Library/Office Aide, Study Hall, Repeated Courses, Courses taken on a pass/fail basis).
HOW DO I ADD COURSES THAT ARE NOT ON THE LISTS?
You may print a copy of the Standardized Lists and add courses that do not currently appear. You may send an email email@example.com and we will add the course to the Standardized Lists. You may customize the lists for your chapter by culling those courses offered at your school and adding any additional courses offered.
WHAT IS A LIST I COURSE?
Courses on List I are ONLY the core curriculum classes as defined in the state framework. List I courses must be grade-level appropriate (non-remedial), fulfill college preparatory requirements, and commonly taught in high schools throughout California. Sheltered/bilingual sections of the courses on List I may be included. College prep courses substituting for and fulfilling the same requirement as a specific List I course may be considered a List I course. Any course whose grades are established based on a reduced standard does not qualify for List I.
WHAT IS A LIST II COURSE?
Courses on List II are those courses not on List I which must meet the same academic standard. This means the course must be academically rigorous, and include homework. If you are unsure if a course belongs on List II, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
WHAT IS A LIST III COURSE?
List III includes all other courses which are not on List I or II, with the exceptions as noted in the bylaws (P.E., courses taken in lieu of P.E., Lab/Teacher Assistant, Library/Office Aide, Study Hall, Repeated Courses, Courses taken on a pass/fail basis).
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I CANNOT DETERMINE PLACEMENT OF A COURSE?
Send an email to email@example.com with the name of the course and CSF will respond with the correct placement.
WHAT ABOUT AP, HONORS, OR IB COURSES? WHERE DO THEY GO?
An AP, Honors, or IB designated course goes on the same list as its college prep counterpart. If the course is a List I course, the AP, Honors, or IB version is also List I. If the course is a List II course, the AP, Honors, or IB version is also List II.
IS THERE ANY EXCEPTION TO THE ABOVE PLACEMENT OF AP COURSES?
Yes, there is one exception. AP Environmental Science may be placed on List I. However, Environmental Science that is not AP goes on List II.
WHAT ABOUT ONLINE COURSES? WHERE DO THEY GO ON THE LISTS?
If a classroom version of a List I or List II is available at the school, an online version MAY NOT be used for List I or List II. However, if there is no alternative available for the student to complete his/her gradation or college admissions requirements at the school, and the adviser can affirm that the course assessment is monitored by a teacher, it may count for List I or List II. Otherwise, an online course may only be List III.
WHAT ABOUT SUMMER SCHOOL COURSES?
Summer school may NOT count for CSF membership. This includes college courses as well.
WHAT ABOUT COLLEGE COURSES? CAN THEY BE USED FOR CSF MEMBERSHIP?
All college courses taken during the semester being used to apply for membership may count for CSF. Colleges courses that meet the description of a List I is treated as a List I course; college courses that meet the description of a List II course is treated as a List II course. If you are unsure of placement, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW DO I PROVIDE THE LISTS TO MY STUDENTS?
You may choose to customize your lists and print out a copy for your chapter members, post it on your school website, or simply allow the students to access the Standardized Lists as they currently appear. Many chapters choose to print a copy on the reverse side of their CSF application so that students can easily figure out if they qualify for membership.