Course Registration - Rising 9th Graders

Rising 9th Grade Course Recommendation Timeline
 for 2020 - 2021



Friday, March 6 to Friday March 13 
-8th grade counselor reviews recommendations during cluster meetings.

Thursday, March 12
8th grade students hear a presentation from high school guidance counselors about the 9th grade course selection process.
- Presentation for 8th grade parents at the high school (7:00pm) regarding 9th grade course selection.

Friday, March 20 -Friday, March 30
-Parents and students review course recommendations on eSchool HAC.  (If parents/students are considering an override of a course recommendation, please carefully read the override process information below.) 
-Students and parents can enter elective requests.
-If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Suzanne Bernstein, 8th grade counselor, Suzanne Bernstein

Directions for Entering Course Requests
9th Grade Program of Studies
Help from Mr. Gass at WHS
From the High School

Wednesday, March 18
-8th graders view High School Program of Studies during TAG. 

Friday, May 1
-Deadline for override appeal paperwork. 

Friday, May 22
-Final date for override meetings with 8th grade teachers.

Course Recommendation Override Process
Parents of students who do 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. Students in standards-based graded courses will be required to have demonstrated mastery by earning modes of 4 in the majority of skills and have no modes of 2. 
  • If you are considering an override of your child's course recommendation, please contact your student's teacher for that subject.  The teacher will explain the appeal process and necessary paperwork: 
    • -  By Friday, May 1st 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 schedule an appeal meeting involving you, your child, the teacher, and the curriculum leader.  This meeting must be concluded before Friday, May 22nd.
  • If after the appeal meeting, an agreement cannot reached between you, your child and the department, the original teacher recommendation stands and your child will be placed on a waitlist for the course the override is being sought for, with priority given to students who have met the prerequisite conditions.
  • Following the override meeting, you will sign an override statement, acknowledging the recommendation of the professional staff.  If your child is 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.
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