During this year's advisement process teachers will provide recommendations as they engage in conversations with students about options, opportunities and interests while considering current grades, work habits and outside commitments. Student are encouraged to take this inforation into consideration as they make their final course selections during their counselor course selection appointment. Our goal is to empower students to select courses that they are both interested in and that they believe they will be successful in. We want to strike a balance between encouraging students to push themselves and being realistic about what courses they will be successful taking. Teacher feedback is an important piece in this process, however students will have the choice to select a course other than what has been recommended. We encourage all students to discuss their course selection options with parents/guardians so that they are prepared for their counselor appointment.
It is important that you come to your appointment with the courses you are interested in AND at least 2 alternative electives. We do our best to get students into their first choice course, but this is not always possible. Student's final schedules may include a combination of their first choice and alternative course options in any department.
A few additional reminders as you plan:
We highly encourage all students and parents to choose the appropriate level of course based on the teacher's conversations, as well as a consideration for the overall balance/difficulty of their selections. We want all students challenged, but also able to be active, healthy participants in the Red Devil community. Teachers advise students without knowing the conversations happening in other classes and we want to ensure that students are not overloading themselves. Level changes, up or down, once the school year begins are not possible so courses should be chosen with the intent of completing the semester and/or full-year. Please refer to our Honors Definition & Level Change Procedures document to assist you in making decisions.
After Feb. 6, changes to course selections will be on a SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS ONLY beginning in May. After our schedule change window closes (TBD), we will ONLY make changes prior to the school year starting if we receive documentation from a college/university that a course is required. Our policy will remain the same, with no additional course changes being available once the new school year begins and students being required to remain in the course for a minimum of 5 days prior to dropping to a study hall. If a student already has a study hall, it may not be possible to drop a course at all. Students WILL NOT have the option to drop a course and pick up a different course.
As you make decisions about the level of courses you would like to take, we want to be transparent in the expectations of honors level coursework, as well as our process for making changes outside of our regular schedule change window in May. Please be sure to read the following document prior to finalizing your course selections: Honors Experience & Level Change Procedures