9th 10th and 11th grade students receive course recommendations at the end of first semester. Students are encouraged to discuss recommendations with their teachers. However, any appeals to the recommendation must be addressed with the subject supervisor.
Students make course requests in a meeting with their counselors based on graduation requirements, teacher recommendations, prerequisites, student interests, and future plans. Students may not request courses requiring teacher recommendation unless they have received those recommendations or if they meet the ‘earn in’ criteria. If they qualify, current 9th, 10th or 11th grade students may use a waiver for honors or AP level courses (see Waiver Process).
Schedule Changes – Course Requests
After the request deadline date has passed (End of March), students may not alter their course requests. Any appeal for a course request change must be initiated in writing by the parent and requires a discussion or conference with the Guidance Counselor before being reviewed by the District Director of Guidance, Subject Supervisors and Principal.
Scheduling - Changes to Academic Schedule and Elective Courses
Once the school year has begun, a change to the schedule may be permitted for the following reasons:
To resolve schedule conflicts or correct clerical errors.
Child Study Team recommendation.
Intervention and Referral Services Team (IRST) or 504 Committee recommendation.
Teacher, subject supervisor and counselor agree that the selection of a course was inappropriate due to indicators such as previous grades, standardized test scores or classroom performance.
Student repeats a course taught by the same instructor he or she has previously failed or in which there was an unresolvable conflict (based on staffing ability).
Any request for a schedule change not fitting within the categories listed above must be initiated in writing by the parent and requires a discussion or conference with the guidance counselor before being reviewed by the District Director of Guidance, Subject Supervisors and Principal.
Schedule changes other than for the reasons listed above will only be considered after the completion of the initial, four-day schedule rotation.
Changing courses after the academic year has started can be very disruptive to a student’s schedule and may impact courses other than the primary one being adjusted. Elective course changes may not be permitted if they interfere with academic courses already scheduled. In addition, the administration may consider such factors as: minimum and maximum class size, teacher’s total student load, physical room size and district budgetary staffing requirements.
Students may not be permitted to enter a full year course after 14 class meeting days. Students may not be permitted to enter a 1/2 year course after 7 class meeting days.
For any approved schedule changes, the student is responsible for completing any missed work. Appeals to decisions follow the district’s posted Procedures for Processing Concerns – ‘Chain of Command.’
Scheduling – Withdrawals
A student who withdraws from a course prior to the close of the initial marking period for that course will have no entry on his/her permanent record nor on his/her report card. In full year courses, after the close of the first marking period and prior to the close of the second marking period, a student who withdraws from a course will receive a “W” indicating withdrawal passing or a “U” indicating withdrawal failing. This grade will not be included in the computation of class rank. After completion of 50% of the course, the student is not permitted to withdraw. A student withdrawn due to violation of the attendance/cutting policy will receive a “T” on his/her transcript and will not receive any course credit. This grade may be included in the computation of the GPA and class rank.
Students carry earned grades with them when they change course sections and/or when they move from one academic level to another. For example, a student will carry the 65 earned in a Geometry H to a Geometry (E) course, and will have the opportunity to improve that grade with subsequent work in the course.