Choosing the Right Course

  • A Checklist for Students and Parents - please consult with your counselor throughout this process.


    1. Review the information in this guide to be sure of graduation requirements and deadlines, as well as opportunities and services available to you.  The Educational Planning Guide is divided by subject area and the courses are listed chronologically by number.  Advanced placement courses are listed at the end of departments offering such courses
    2. Review your own Pathways selection, educational goals, interests, and plans. Give some thought to what it is you want to do after high school. Explore the websites mentioned previously. Are you planning to go straight into the world of employment?  Do your plans include attending a two-year or four-year school? What courses do we offer that will provide you with a good start to your post-secondary plans?
    3. Decide what level of course work is best suited to meet your goals and needs.  If you are interested in taking honors level or advanced placement level courses, please see the instructor for that course.
    4. Choose your core courses: English, math, science, and social studies. Review the individual course descriptions to determine which courses are right for your goals, grade level and final grades in previous courses. Make sure you pay attention to the grade level, course prerequisites, career pathway, placement criteria, meeting schedule, type of credit, amount of credit and weighting listed for each course.
    5. Make up failed core courses. Failed core courses (English, mathematics, science, and social studies) with the exception of Algebra I, English 10, and Biology should be taken as remediation coursework in summer. These courses must be taken in sequence. If core courses are not taken in summer, the student should contact their counselor to arrange to them during the school year. The cost of the course work is the responsibility of the parents and students. (Summer Offerings for Remediation of Failed Courses)
    6. Choose elective courses. Review recommended Pathways courses and choose elective courses for which you are eligible (check grade levels and prerequisites) to meet your goals and needs. Fill your schedule with electives that are interesting to you. (Pathways Courses)
    7. IEP Students.  Students with an Individual Education Plan should review their schedules with their primary IEP instructor.  Teachers will assist in the course selection process by recommending appropriate courses for you.

    Note:  Throughout this process, students and parents should consult with the student’s school counselor as needed.