Course Selection Process

Course Selection Process

In seventh grade, students may select a performing music course, including band, chorus, orchestra or a non-performing course titled Exploring Music. In eighth grade, students have additional choices for their fifth major subject. They may choose a language (Spanish, French or German), Business & Banking Concepts or Reading (if recommended). They must also choose one music course as they did in seventh grade.

Guidance counselors will speak to students about the course selection process and how to use the Course Selection Guide. Students will also learn about required courses and electives they may choose. Counselors will provide opportunities for students to ask questions about the course selection process. Changes in course requests may be made by contacting the student’s guidance counselor. The final date for course changes is May 1, 2020.

Course Four-Digit Code Explanation for English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science and Reading

A four-digit code is assigned to all courses. In English, Social Studies, Math, Science and Reading, students and parents should be aware that the digits in each number have a specific meaning. For clarification, a Course Code example is provided below:

0075: The first digit represents the subject area, in this case English.

075 is Social Studies
2075 is Math
3075 is Science
4075 is Reading

0075: The second digit may represent the course sequence. Team assignments are not made until after the course selection process is over.

0075: The third digit represents the grade. In this example, it is seventh grade.

0075: The fourth digit represents the level, in this case English 0075 is Level 5 (5.0).

 

Course Leveling

Students are recommended for these levels by their teachers. Teachers use many factors to determine the appropriate level for each student. These factors include performance and skill level. We strongly encourage parents to call teachers or guidance counselors when they have a question about a student’s recommended level. For subjects other than math, there are three (3) levels of courses offered to students in regular education. They are level 5, level 6H and level 6P.

Level 5C (5.0 IEP Required for enrollment) – Courses include those identified as being challenging. Teachers move at a moderate pace, and the course is designed for the student who has a good command of the basic skills. Within level 5, there are options for the 5.0 (6 periods per cycle).

Level 5 (5.0) – Courses include those identified as being challenging. Teachers move at a moderate pace, and the course is designed for the student who has a good command of the basic skills. Within level 5, there are options for the 5.0 (6 periods per cycle).

Level 6 (6.0 Honors) – Courses include those identified as being accelerated. They are designed for the student who has a strong command of the basic skills and is able to meet the demands of an accelerated course.

Level 6P (6.0 High Potential) – Courses include those identified as being the most challenging. They are designed for the student who has a solid academic foundation and is able to tap into their full potential and work independently.