The Course Selection Process
The interest, effort, and work ethic of the student all have a significant bearing on academic performance. In classes such as English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, and World Languages, students will be assigned to the class in which the professional staff feels they can best succeed and maximize their potential. All students have the opportunity to select courses based on individual abilities, interest, talents, and career goals. The counseling department and the administration reserve the right to change a student’s schedule based on the student’s past academic performance and standardized testing results in order to accommodate the needs of the student body.
NOTE: Course offerings are always subject to enrollment number and board approval of the school budget.
Honors and AP Course Criteria
Enrollment in all Honors and Advanced Placement Courses will be based upon the recommendation of the student’s current teacher in the same subject area. If a student is not recommended by the area teacher to take an Honors or Advanced Placement course, he or she may still enroll in the desired course, with the following stipulations:
Courses Requiring Summer Assignments
Many advanced placement and honors courses require summer work. Please see the high school website for specific course requirements and/or contact your counselor for more information. It is the students' responsibility to seek out all Advanced Placement and Honors summer assignments.
Schedule Change Procedures
We expect students to retain the program of studies they selected with the advice and consent of their parents, teachers, and counselors. There are, however, circumstances which arise that necessitate a change in the course selected. When valid reason is presented and the principal or assistant principal, teacher, counselor, parent, and student agree, adjustments may be made.
Valid Reasons for Schedule Change
1. Scheduling error - The counselors will make these changes as soon as possible at the beginning of the school year.
2. Resolution of insufficient credits for graduation - The counselors will make these changes as soon as possible during the summer or at the beginning of the school year.
3. In the case of English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Language courses, the following guidelines will apply:
a. If the student is not meeting success at the level of understanding that the course requires, the counselor will make the change only after:
• A student meets with counselor to obtain a Course Change Request Form. The student is then responsible to gather information using the guidelines provided on this form for the class change procedure.
b. This information includes:
• A written request and reason for the class change from the student and written approval from a parent.
• Written notification from the teacher documenting the student’s efforts to pass the course (these efforts must include homework completion, test retakes, and after-school tutoring), as well as the teacher’s recommendation for the change.
• Written approval for the change from the principal or grade level principal will be the final requirement above all other requirements.
In order to preserve the continuity of the student’s education, multiple schedule change requests will not be granted. Electives can be added only if they meet during the same period as the elective to be dropped.
Grading Policy with Regard to Schedule Changes