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Attention, handlers: the following post contains information about the programs and administration of Cochise High School. Please consult it when drafting characters. If you have any questions or concerns about any of the information presented here, please PM SOTF_Help with your query.

Cochise High School handles students from grades nine through twelve, typically spanning ages between thirteen and eighteen. Students submitted for V6 may be juniors (grade eleven, usually age sixteen or seventeen) or seniors (grade twelve, usually age seventeen or eighteen).

Cochise is known as a middle-of-the-road school when it comes to academics. While it hosts Advanced Placement programs and certain more or less successful athletic and academic competitive programs, these specific highs and lows tend to be outliers; the school as a whole tends to be inconsistent and largely average. Part of this is perhaps due to Cochise's status as a very crowded school. In fact, Cochise is filled to capacity to the point that it does not allow students to transfer in after freshman year; it is close enough to other local high schools for the late-comers to be routed to them without too much hassle. Cochise does not host any exchange programs at present. This means that all students must have attended Cochise since the beginnings of their high school careers.

At Cochise, the academic day is structured into seven periods and a lunch. Students may have up to one free period in their freshman or sophomore years, and up to two free periods in their junior and senior years, though usually only academically disinclined students take two free periods. How lunch is staggered depends on what class a student has for fourth period, with half the school eating before and half after. Tuesdays and Wednesdays feature only half the classes, but each for twice as long. Due to the odd number of periods, Wednesdays also include a homeroom class, which tends to amount to a study hall or to be taken up by assemblies and school events.

Students at Cochise are required to take four years of English and science classes, three years of math and history classes, two years of physical education classes, and one semester of health class. Most students take all the core academic classes through all four years. Many students also take a language course for at least two years, though Cochise features only Spanish and French classes. For electives, Cochise offers art, music (both band and orchestra), shop, sewing, film lit, psychology, and cooking courses, among other options including some specialized electives tied to the core academic subjects. Cochise offers Advanced Placement in most subjects, though often the same teachers will handle both AP and regular classes, just using suitably adjusted lesson plans. If you wish to have a student enrolled in a course not specifically listed here, please PM SOTF_Help, and if it is deemed appropriate and feasible for the program, it will be added to the list.

For science, students must take a beginning overview course freshman year and a biology course sophomore year. Juniors and seniors may enroll in either physics or chemistry, and both courses include fairly evenly mixed representation of the classes, though it is slightly more typical for juniors to take chemistry and seniors to take physics. Sophomores may not take either course. As the V6 kidnapping will occur on a science field trip, no threads set during science class will be allowed. For the same reason, you should not clarify who your characters' science classmates are, as doing so can cause continuity issues. Both courses are offered in multiple sections. The trip will be split in two batches, one on Tuesday and the other on Wednesday to match the extended period schedule; students who do not participate in V6 proper will be assumed to have been scheduled for the day that was not chosen.

Cochise takes discipline very seriously. Students caught with illegal drugs on campus face harsh suspensions at a minimum and may be expelled, and students caught with weapons face mandatory expulsion. Cochise does not tolerate fighting, and students caught engaging in fights are almost always suspended or, in severe cases where real injury occurs, expelled. Cochise tends to come down harder on aggressors, but if there is any doubt as to what transpired, both students will typically face repercussions. Students caught engaging in illegal activities outside of school hours and off campus will often face additional repercussions in their school lives, but this is handled on a case by case basis.

Security at Cochise is fairly tight. There are security cameras in the lunchroom, outside the building, and in certain other common areas. While these cameras are typically not monitored unless trouble is suspected, footage may be reviewed if the administration believes it will find evidence of wrongdoing--the cameras are more of a way to seal a case than to make one. It is made very clear that lockers are school property and as such are subject to search at any time, but unlike some other high schools, Cochise does not conduct random searches of students, does not have installed metal detectors or make use of drug-sniffing dogs, and requires due suspicion to search the persons or backpacks of students. This is not to say that students are unchecked; it's fairly easy for faculty to meet the level of suspicion required for a search if students are behaving unusually or displaying evidence of wrongdoing. Cochise practices lockdown drills twice per year, and fire drills twice per semester.

Use of alcohol or tobacco on school grounds is forbidden, even for individuals of age. Any visitors to the school--including parents and guardians, students from other schools, and guest presenters, among others--must sign in at the main office and be issued a name tag.

Cochise has a dress code, which it enforces strictly. Students may not wear clothing that exposes their undergarments or is unduly revealing. If a student’s general attire or appearance presents a danger to health or welfare or attracts undue attention such that it becomes disruptive, the student will be asked to make necessary changes, with multiple infractions subject to disciplinary action.

Students are specifically forbidden from wearing clothing featuring profanity, sexually explicit images or messages, derogatory language, endorsements or depictions of drugs/alcohol/tobacco, or endorsements or depictions of any gang or organization that espouses violence. Revealing clothing is defined as any clothing that exposes the chest, midriff, or undergarments, including boys allowing their pants to sag. All shirts must have straps at least two inches in thickness, with halter tops allowed only if they adhere to this rule. Strapless tops are prohibited. Skirts and shorts must reach at least five inches above the knee.

In practice, students who skirt the dress code tend to bring jackets or other clothes that adhere to it, then change after school or when off-campus. Cochise has an open campus, meaning that students are allowed off campus during their lunch and free periods.

Cochise fields baseball, football, softball, soccer, wrestling, tennis, golf, swim, and gymnastics teams, among others. The school colors are red and gold, and the mascot is the Cochise Coyote.
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