Academic Planning & Scheduling Information

As a student, it is important that you develop a well-rounded academic program that not only addresses academic rigor, but also enables you to have a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Your interests, current level of performance in the various subject areas and your teachers’ recommendations are the best predictors of future success at the higher level. In your schedule decision-making process, please think about your current involvement with outside organizations and possible time commitments in sports and/or co-curricular activities you may join. Everyone is scheduled for a lunch period to refresh, relax, and socialize with classmates.

Each January, students begin to work with their guidance counselors to make course selections for the following school year. The process includes input from the student, parent, teachers, and the guidance counselor. Student placement in Honors or Advanced Placement courses is based upon a number of factors including prerequisites, teacher recommendations, and classroom performance. Later in the year, parents and students will have access to an online “course selection” verification sheet to confirm the student’s choices.

On the basis of the course requests in March, the Superintendent and the Board of Education make decisions on budgeting and staffing needs for the following year in preparing to develop the master schedule. Courses listed in the Program of Studies will run based upon student subscription, staff availability, and school administration discretion. Any changes or new selection of courses will not be guaranteed and will be contingent on the number of available sections and the space allowed in each section.

Prior to the end of the school year, preliminary schedules will be made available on Genesis and will include the levels of courses. Changes to schedules after the preliminary schedules are sent to students will be accepted for clerical errors, graduation requirements, summer school attendance and course availability with electives.