Student Services

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Student Services strives to hold high expectations for students to help ensure they are prepared for academic, career, personal and social challenges. To overcome these challenges, we collaborate with all stakeholders to build integrity, confidence and character in order to maximize student potential. By modeling professional behavior, valuing respect and safety, and priding ourselves on the positive relationships we have built with our outstanding School Resource Officers, we strive to help students develop goals to become lifelong learners and socially-minded citizens. 

FAQs and Resources


Our priority at Carmel High School is to help students socially, emotionally, and academically learn and grow. A student's regular attendance in all classes is vital to that growth. We value working together with all stakeholders to help all students maintain regular attendance in order to achieve their academic and life goals. 


1. Parents or legal guardians are requested to call the 24-hour attendance voice mail line (317) 571-5915 for 10-12th grades and (317) 571-4622 for 9th grade the day of the absence. If a call is not received by 9:00 a.m. the day after the absence, the absence may be considered unexcused. You may call the attendance office as far in advance as possible. Absences can be scheduled months in advance.

2. A telephone call will be required each day the student is absent unless prior arrangements have been made.

3. When reporting an absence, the parent or guardian should give the following information:
    a. their name and relationship to student
    b. student’s name (please spell) and grade in school
    c. reason for absence
    d. the date of absence

4. Upon returning to school the day following an absence, the student should go directly to class. If there is a question about the absence, the Student Services Office will contact the student.

5. If a student leaves the school building during the school day, the student must sign out with the attendance office. Students must sign in at attendance upon returning to school that day or arriving at school after the school day begins, even if returning or leaving during a passing period.

Failure to properly sign in or out could result in the student’s absence being marked as unexcused.

The student, parent or legal guardian, and the school must cooperate to achieve the school's stated philosophy of education where school attendance is concerned. However, students must be encouraged to exercise self-discipline within the framework of the stated attendance policy.


  1. Excused absences from Carmel High School are only granted for:
  2. School Sanctioned Activities (i.e. - Field Trips)
  3. Planned Family Absence*
  4. College Visitations
  5. Driver License Examinations
  6. Illness of the Student (Medical, Dental, and/or Clinical Appointments) - Please note: after any doctor's visit,  turn in documentation of the visit to    the attendance office.
  7. Death in the Family
  8. Required Religious Observance
  9. Jury Duty/Court Appearance
  10. Immigration/Passports

*For planned family absences, athletic tournaments, volunteer trips, and/or other extended absences totaling 3 or more absences, please contact Assistant Principal Maureen Borto,, to fill out the proper pre-arranged absence form. This must be completed before your child is absent.

Tardiness to school due to oversleeping and/or car trouble will not be excused.

If you have any questions, please call the Student Services office of Carmel High School at 317-571-5915 or 317-846-7721.

Doctor notes can be faxed to: 317-571-7924.

NOTE: For a complete list of current student-related policies and procedures, consult the Carmel High School 2018-2019 Pathways to Success and Student Handbook, available online and from the CHS Bookstore. 


School Nurse

Skip A Final

Skip-A-Final Requirements & FAQ’s


1. Students are allowed no more than 2 absences per class

2. Students are allowed to have one tardy per class.

3. Students who miss any part of a day of school where at least 35% of their grade level is absent for any part of the day, without a doctor's note, will automatically be disqualified from the Skip-A-Final Program.

NOTE: All tardies count against Skip-A-Final, including excused tardies. Missing lunch also counts against Skip-A-Final.

DEFINITIONS (Visit Student Services with Questions)

a.)   Absence:

Not present in class for the first 20 minutes of 1st period or leaving more than 10 minutes early

Not present (coming late or leaving early) in class for ANY amount more than 10 minutes (2nd, 3rdand 4th)

b.)   Tardy:    

Arriving to class within the first 20 minutes of 1st period

Arriving to class within 10 minutes of the start time (2nd, 3rd,and 4th) or leaving within last 10 minutes


The following lists of absences are the only absences that will be excused and not counted against the program criteria:

1.  Required school functions, i.e., field trips

2. The death of an immediate family member (mother, father, sibling, grandparents)

3. Recognized religious holidays as noted in Pathways or see an Assistant Principal in Student Services for pre-approval for recognized holidays as noted.

4.  SRT time - Students are encouraged to make appointments during this time to avoid missing class time.

5.  A senior who can provide documentation from a university or scholarship-granting institution, showing a required visit to their facility in order to gain entrance into a program or to qualify for a scholarship, may be eligible for the absence to be exempt from skip-a-final.  Students MUST get pre-approval for the absence from the Attendance Office Assistant Principal prior to the absence.


Students must have no 9-week grade less than a C- for ANY class during the semester (Any form of a D or F for any 9-week period will disqualify student for the second semester skip-a-final, including grades for classes that have been dropped).  No grade changes accepted.  Grades must be above a C- at the time of checking.

If a student meets the criteria, fills out the application but then allows a grade to fall below a C- before exams are taken, or is absent more than 2 times in one class, the student may be disqualified from the program.


In-school suspensions (all day or out of class), and out-of-school suspensions (including Saturday School), or a Saturday Detention, automatically disqualify students from the program. 


1. Students who meet the requirements of the program will be allowed to choose one final exam to skip. (Students will need to determine if the staff member is participating in the program before choosing to skip their final)

2. Seniors who meet the requirements will be allowed to skip all of their finals at the end of the graduating semester. (Some classes may require a final exam for graduating seniors.)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Q – Does my attendance in all of my classes count or just the class where I want to skip the final? 

A – Attendance in all classes counts. If you miss more than 2 periods, plus a partial period in any period, you will be disqualified.

Q –Does a half period count against skip-a-final?

A – A half period counts like a whole period. The first 20 minutes of 1st period, 10 minutes at the beginning of all other periods, and 10 minutes at the end of each period count as partial periods.

Q – Is there a limit to the number of times you can miss 10 minutes in a class?

A – You are only allowed one partial period per class. All others count as whole periods.

 Q – Why does a D in a dropped class or weighted class count against skip-a-final?

A – Since part of the skip-a-final program is to encourage working to keep grades above a D, any D will disqualify a student.

Q – I won’t get my final grade until my teacher grades a test. That should bring it above   a D. Can I wait to turn my form in?

A – No. Grades are considered final when the teacher signs the form. There are no exceptions on the due date. Unless the grade drops to a D.

Q – I can’t find my teacher to sign the form. What do I do?

A – First, start early getting the form filled out so you have time to catch all of your teachers. If a teacher is absent for several days, you can ask the department head to sign the form.

Q – My teacher won’t let me skip the final; can I skip a different one?

A – Ask your teacher if they will allow you to skip-a-final before you fill out the form. Only in extreme cases will you be allowed to change the final you are skipping after the form has been turned in.

Q – I didn’t think a college visit counted against skip-a-final. What about an official visit or audition?

A – College visits count as personal days and do count against skip-a-final.  However, any senior who can provide documentation from a university or scholarship granting institution showing a required visit to their facility in order to gain entrance into a program or to qualify for a scholarship, may be eligible for the absence to be exempt from skip-a-final. Students must get approval for the absence from the attendance office assistant principal prior to the absence.

Q - I had no choice in scheduling a surgery and have a doctor’s note. Does that still count?

A – Yes. The skip-a-final program is all about encouraging students to be in school. While we understand some absences cannot be avoided, it does still count against skip-a-final.

Q – Do tardies count?

A – Yes, please see Attendance Guidelines and Definition of a tardy.

Q – Why does lunch count?

A – With the volume of skip-a-final applications, it would be too cumbersome to check each student’s lunch schedule. 

Student Handbook

Student Parking

Parking permits now required for ALL student drivers


To improve the safety of our campus, all students who wish to drive to school must hang a valid Carmel High School parking permit from their rearview mirror.  For your convenience, students can immediately register for a parking permit online. Students are highly encouraged to apply BEFORE registration, as there will be limited laptops available.  Student drivers must have their permit properly displayed by September 3, 2019. Please note, this permit does not allow students to park on campus property adjacent to the school buildings.  To register for a parking permit, please fill out an application.  
Parking Permit FAQ
Why do I need a parking permit?
Parking permits allow administration and school resource officers to easily identify vehicles of students and those that do not belong on school property.  
What if I do not have a parking permit?
If you do not register and properly display the permit by September 4, 2018, you may not park on campus.  Students who park without a permit will be required to register for a permit and receive a parking violation per handbook rules.
What if I lose my parking permit?
Report to the student activities office.
What if I drive more than 1 vehicle?
You may register two cars with one permit for a single driver. The driver is responsible for moving the tag between the two vehicles.  
Can I let my sibling borrow my permit?
Each permit is registered to a single driver; however, if a sibling is driving the same car registered to the family nothing needs to be done.  Siblings cannot share one permit if both are driving to school in two different vehicles.  
What if I have a permit, but fail to put it in my car before parking at school?
You will receive parking violation as outlined in the student handbook.
I have a parking pass to park adjacent to the school for a specific reason deemed appropriate by student services. (Ex: Transition to College student with specific release periods, medical purposes) Do I need to register for a parking permit?
Yes, all students who drive to school must have a parking permit.
What happens if I park illegally, but I have a valid permit?
Students will receive a violation as outlined in the student handbook.
I only drive on blue days and my friend drives on gold days, can we share one permit?
No.  Permits are non transferable between students or by students.  
Can I obtain a parking pass without agreeing to the terms and conditions?
Do the conditions of the parking permit apply to non-school days?
No.  Permits are only required during school hours on school days.
What does the handbook specifically say about driving at Carmel High School?
Parking on campus property, adjacent to school buildings, will be limited to staff and by permit parking only. Students may not park in any designated staff areas on campus. Please be respectful to private parking areas off campus and pay close attention to posted signs. Students who wish to drive to school may park their vehicles in the parking lot at the stadium on Smoky Row Road. There is ample parking at this facility to accommodate all students who wish to drive. Please remember that bus transportation is always available. The Transportation Center’s telephone number is 317-844-8207.
Student driving regulations:
  1. Students must hang a Carmel High School parking permit from their rear view mirror to be able to park on property.
  2. Students must park in the stadium parking lot.   Any exceptions must be approved by the Student Services Office.
  3. Vehicles are to be driven in a courteous and safe manner at all times. A speed limit of fifteen (15) miles per hour applies on school property.
  4. Vehicles are not to be driven unnecessarily on campus.
  5. Vehicles are to obey all posted signs and heed the designated fire lanes.
  6. Upon arrival at school, vehicles should be prepared for inclement weather. Vehicles should be locked.
  7. Vehicles are to be unoccupied once they have been parked.
  8. School buses have the right of way.
  9. When vehicles are parked on property without a permit, the student driver will be required to register for a CHS permit. Students will also face consequences as determined by rule 10 of the driving regulations.
  10. Vehicles are to be parked properly in the designated parking spaces. When vehicles are not parked properly in the designated parking spaces or not properly displaying their parking permit, the student driver will face the following consequences:
  1. First Offense: Student will conference with an administrator, and contact will be made to a parent. Student is given a choice to serve two Saturday Detentions or pay a $50 parking fee.  
  2. Second Offense: Student will conference with an administrator, and contact will be made to a parent. Student is assigned an in-school suspension for failure to comply with an administrative directive. The student is ineligible for Skip-A-Final for the current semester.
  3. Third Offense: A conference with the parent and student will occur to discuss the multiple instances of failure to comply.  The students will be assigned an out of school suspension. The student’s parking permit will be revoked for the remainder of the school year. The student is ineligible for Skip-A- Final for the current semester.
  1. Cars parked in posted NO PARKING zones, fire lanes or along yellow curbs will be towed at the owner's’ expense. The school will reserve the right to tow cars parked illegally if it creates a disturbance to the school environment.
A school administrator may enter and inspect any vehicle, if, in their judgment, there is reasonable evidence that materials forbidden by law, school policy, or school rules are therein.
Carmel High School have security personnel who patrol all campus parking areas. However, Carmel Clay Schools is not responsible for damages/thefts that occur to cars while parked on Carmel Clay Schools’ property.