The Program of Studies indicates which courses are available at Alton High School. These courses are described in the Course Description Book. Fill out the Requirement Worksheet/Elective Worksheet for the year you are registering for. These worksheets can be found here.
What to Take?
Planning an educational program is an ongoing process and should involve the student and the adults who know the student best, including parents, teachers, and guidance counselors.
1. Work Together to Select Courses -- High school course selection marks the beginning of responsible decision-making for many students. Parents should be involved in giving both help and direction as a student works through his/her decision.
2. Gather Information -- A major part of the process of course selection involves the gathering of information. Classroom teachers and guidance counselors are valuable resources at this stage.
Freshman Course Registration
Course Selection for Freshmen takes place during 8th grade and those teachers will recommend the classes they feel are appropriate for each student. All incoming freshmen will take a math placement exam. Additionally, those students who are interested in Biology honors will be required to take an additional Biology placement exam. A course selection sheet will come home with the students and parents will have the opportunity to review it with their child, 8th grade teachers and the guidance department before signing the sheet and passing it in to guidance.
Upper-class Course Registration
While in High School, students will receive course selection sheets each year in January, at which time they will consult with parents and teachers about which courses to take. Course selection for Sophomore, Junior and Senior years takes place in January, and forms will be passed out at school. Students must obtain recommendations and signatures from current teachers. Parents who disagree with a recommendation may state so on the course selection form. Ultimate decisions in these cases are made by the Principal. Classes will be selected with the minimum graduation requirements in mind.