Course Registration - Incoming 9th Graders

Parent Course Recommendation Timeline 

Incoming 9th Grade for 2016 - 2017

Wednesday, Feb 24 - Friday March 4

MS teachers enter course recommendations for next year’s grade 9 students

Tuesday, March 15

8th Grade Parents Meeting on grade 9 course selection at the high school, 7 PM.

Wednesday, March 16

 In TAG, 8thgraders will view the high school Program of Studies.

Wednesday, March 18

8th grade students will hear a presentation from high school guidance counselors on the grade 9 course selection process.

Wednesday, March 16-
Wednesday, March 23

Parents review course recommendations and enter elective requests. 8th grade counselor begins to review recommendations as parents review and approve.

Monday, May 2

Deadline for override appeal paperwork.
If you disagree with a course recommendation, contact your child's teacher.  The teacher will explain the paperwork necessary (student statement with supporting evidence) needed to begin the appeal process. You must submit this paperwork to your child's teacher by Monday, May 2.

Friday, May 13

Final Date for Parent Override Meetings.
Your child's teacher will submit your appeal paperwork to the appropriate curriculum leader. The curriculum leader will then call you to schedule an override meeting.  All override meetings must take place by Friday, May 13.

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8th grade students will visit the high school.

 

Override Process for Incoming 9th Graders

Parents of students who did not meet the recommendation criteria for a course may initiate an appeals process if the student is earning a B+ in the 8th grade course or a C+ in the accelerated 8th grade course.

  • Contact your child's subject teacher. The teacher will explain the appeal process and necessary paperwork (by 4/17 the student must submit a one-page statement in support of entering the desired course and include supporting evidence, i.e. writing samples, tests and quizzes, plans for additional support, etc.).
  • The curriculum leader will then call you to schedule an appeal meeting involving you, your child, the teacher, and the curriculum leader. The appeal meeting must be concluded before Friday, May 13.
  • If after the appeal meeting, an agreement cannot reached between the your child and the department, the original teacher recommendation stands and your child will be placed on a waitlist for the desired course in question, with priority given to students who have met the prerequisite conditions at the end of the year.
  • Following the override meeting, you will sign an override statement, acknowledging the recommendation of the professional staff.  If your child is then enrolled in a course for which s/he is not recommended and fails to maintain a B– average or better at the end of the semester, he/she will be moved to the more appropriate level.  If it is not practical to reschedule your child at that time, he/she may remain in the course in question but with the clear understanding that he/she will not be allowed to enroll in a higher level course in that discipline in the ensuing year. The principal’s decision with respect to such rescheduling will be final.

These appeals meetings must take place no later than May 13.  All override meetings involving incoming 9th graders will take place at the middle school.