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Scheduling Information

Importance of Course Selection

During the second semester of each school year, many plans and procedures are instituted in preparation for the following school year. None is of greater importance nor has more far reaching implications than scheduling. From student course selections, the number of classes and staffing are determined and budget allocations are made. It is very important that both parents and students, prior to making course selections, must exercise careful post-secondary and career planning. Before the course selection begins, parents and students should discuss goals after graduation. Even if a student’s post-secondary goals change, the process of long term planning is an extremely important one. Once goals have been discussed, the student’s education developmental plan (EDP) should align with his or her career pathway.

The counselors will provide all materials and offer advice prior to the announced deadline. Each student is asked to review the course catalog thoroughly and consult with his/her parents, teachers, and counselor on special problems or concerns in arriving at final decisions. The course selection sheet must be signed by teachers and both the student and parents, then returned to the counselor. Having been submitted, the selection sheet constitutes the basis for all-further planning.

Unfortunately, if too few students select a particular course, it may be canceled. Some courses many not be offered every year. Please make decisions thoughtfully and carefully. Opportunities are limited for making adjustments to the computer generated student schedule, which is issued during registration prior to the start of the school year.

Registration Information

1. Before entering high school, students should choose a career pathway and a post secondary education goal (See section ―Career Planning on page 11 of the Course Catalog for more detailed information.)

2. Next, students working with their parents should design a four-year plan of study (Educational Development Plan found on page 14 of the Course Catalog) to be taken during high school and beyond. This should include courses to meet graduation requirements, career pathway guidelines, and special interests and needs.

3. Before choosing courses, students should carefully read the section entitled ―Course Descriptions (page 15 of the Course Catalog). Questions about the courses should be addressed to the counselors or teachers.

4. All students will be required to enroll in six classes for two semesters each year.

5. Courses are offered based upon sufficient student demand and teacher availability as determined by administration.

6. All students may enroll in a college course at a nearby college each semester if they meet the qualifications and conditions.

7. Students interested in special programs including academic exceptions, dual enrollment, online learning, personal curriculum, and independent study should contact their counselor.

8. Students should select their classes carefully. They are expected to remain in their classes until completion. An open period of drop and add will occur at the beginning of each semester.




All students will be scheduled into 1) courses needed to meet graduation requirements, 2) academic support courses, if appropriate, and 3) elective courses. When selecting courses for the next year, core courses, school specific required electives and academic support classes have priority over other elective courses (including band and Ed-Tech). As the students approach their graduation date, courses required for graduation will have the highest priority for scheduling. Students will be assigned to Advance Placement core courses based upon their history of success in prerequisite courses. Students not placed may also OPT to select AP courses by working with a counselor.

All students will have an opportunity to request elective courses into which they would like to be scheduled. Every effort is made to meet these requests. The final determination of which courses will be scheduled at each school is based upon ALL students’ interests. The district will set the guidelines for making this determination based upon student interest, staffing and financial feasibility. This may mean that students may not get their first choice elective class.

All students are expected to have a full schedule and are expected to complete a full-year course in sequence within the school year. Under certain extenuating educational or economic circumstances, a 12th grade student who is on track to graduate can request to reduce his/her schedule. Reduced schedules require the prior approval of the principal and head counselor and must meet reduced schedule requirements, which include meeting graduation requirements in 4 years. Approval for a reduced schedule must be in place and documented BEFORE the semester begins.


A student’s schedule should be carefully planned in terms of short- and long-range needs, interests, and abilities. Once the student’s schedule has been planned, an important part of the total educational experience involves the acceptance of and taking responsibility for following this schedule. Therefore, very few changes will be made after schedules are completed. Guidance counselors will consider student-initiated requests for schedule changes only during the designated period prior to the start of each semester.

Once the window for changes has closed, students are expected to follow the schedule provided. Under RARE and extenuating circumstances, a schedule may be changed within the first two weeks of the semester (earning a lower grade than expected, the effect of a grade on the student’s GPA is not considered an extenuating circumstance.)

Students will be assigned a grade each semester for any course in which they are scheduled. Final grades are assigned at the end of a semester and will appear on the transcript. (Prior to the start of the sport’s season, semester grades are used to determine eligibility for sports and other activities.)











Virtual Course Policy

All courses available for our virtual learners will be provided by Edgenuity.  Edgenuity's award-winning courses combine rigorous content with direct-instruction videos from expert, on-screen teachers with interactive learning tools and resources to engage and motivate students.  

Edgenuity gives schools the flexibility to offer the right courses for your student's needs.  Our online courses are available for credit and concept recovery, initial credit, and as honors courses for students who want to further challenge themselves.  Designed to inspire lifelong learning, Edgenuity's courses can be used in any blended or online learning model.  

Students should speak to their counselor if interested in learning virtually.  


In order to expand student access to digital learning options, section 21f of the FY2013 State School Aid Act allows any student in grades 6 to 12 to enroll in up to two online courses during an academic term or semester. Students must sign up for courses one term/semester before taking the courses. Details at:  Online Course catalogs are available through the State of Michigan, Please contact your counselor office for details.