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South Hills and SCASD

Articulation Agreement

South Hills School of Business & Technology and the State College Area School District

The purpose of this agreement is to state the relationship between the State College Area School District (SCASD) and the South Hills School of Business & Technology (South Hills) as it pertains to exemption examination credits beginning in the Fall of 2016.

Exemption Testing

It is the purpose of South Hills to challenge our students in each subject area of their educational program. Those students who feel that the depth of the material covered in specific high school courses may be equivalent to beginning level courses at South Hills, may choose to take one or more exemption examinations.

If the student receives the required passing grade for the student’s program of interest on the exemption examination, he/she will be granted exemption credit at South Hills. Exemption credit is non-transferable to other schools, but does count toward fulfilling the graduation requirements of programs at South Hills. Because the student passing the examination will not have to take the exempted course while attending South Hills, he/she will then have the ability to take fewer classes while at school.

The competencies needed to pass the exemption examination will be developed by the faculty of South Hills and shared with the faculty from SCASD. South Hills’ faculty may collaborate with SCASD faculty to coordinate reciprocal course content where appropriate. Examinations may not be taken earlier than the spring of the student’s junior year. Students will make arrangements for testing through the admissions department at South Hills. South Hills will grade the examinations and keep a record of the results on file. If a student enrolls at South Hills and had received a passing grade on the exemption examination, exemption credits will be applied at that time. Exemption examinations will expire after five years and may only be taken one time.

The normal exemption examination fees, which include test development and processing, will be waived for current SCASD students participating in this program.

The courses for which examinations will be offered will be decided by South Hills in cooperation with the staff of the SCASD. As competencies are updated for courses, they will be shared with the faculty of SCASD to ensure students are being taught the skills necessary to meet the standards of the examination.

Exemption Examinations and Passing Grades (subject to change)

Exemption ExaminationPassing GradeCorresponding SCAHS class/s
Medical Terminology77% for DMS program; 70% for all other applicable programsThe Language of Medicine
Cisco Networking70%Cisco 1 and Cisco 2
Accounting I77% for BAA program; 70% for all other applicable programsAdvanced Accounting 2
Introduction to Business70%Marketing Essentials, Sales, and Management. Also recommended: Personal Finance, Economics, and Supply Chain
Applied Algebra83% for DMS and ET programs; 70% for all other applicable programsAlgebra 1
Mathematics for Healthcare Professionals70%College Prep Math classes
Business English I80%College Prep English classes
This articulation agreement may be terminated or amended by either party after a 90-day written notification of the other party.

Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.