Course Selection Process
Upon completion of Semester 1, teachers will make academic course recommendations for the following year based on the past performance of the students and the rigors of the course. These recommendations are made with the sole purpose of placing students where they have the best opportunity for maximum success. Recommendations are based on the parameters set by each department and can be found in the 2016 – 17 Curriculum Guide. Any questions about recommendations should be addressed to the teacher of that particular subject area.
In mid-February, Counselors will briefly review the course selection process with students and distribute Course Selection Sheets. Students should review their academic program with their parents and mark their preliminary course choices and electives on this form.
Late February / March
Counselors will meet with each student individually to review course recommendations, elective choices, graduation requirements, and post-secondary plans.
Students will be asked to then take their completed course selection form home to review with their parents and have their parents sign it. Students need to return the signed form to their guidance counselor asap so that their courses can be entered into the scheduling system. Delays in returning the signed form can cause delays in developing a schedule for the student and the student is less likely to receive their top elective choices.
Counselors will mail home a second notification of their child’s course selections. This will serve as a final reminder of what the student has selected. Any requests for changes must be made by May 1st. No changes can be accommodated after May 1st.
June, July & August
Any scheduling conflicts that occur within a student’s requests will be reviewed with the student just as soon as the master schedule for the entire high school is completed.
In addition, Counselors will be available on select days during the month of August to address any scheduling concerns.
West Deptford High School offers a waiver option for parents who wish for their child to be placed in a level of a course for which he or she has not been recommended. The following steps must be taken:
1. Student must attend a large group waiver information session. The waiver process will be thoroughly explained and waiver forms will be distributed.
2. The student must meet with the teacher to discuss the placement recommendation and course requirements.
3. The parent, student, and teacher must sign the waiver form prior to May 1st. (The teacher’s signature will reflect participation at the meeting rather than a change in the recommendation.)
4. Students and parents should be aware that if enrolled in the course based on a waiver, NO schedule changes will be made if the student should encounter difficulties in the course or change his/her mind about taking the course. Once students and parents have signed the waiver, the student must remain in that course for the entire school year.
Curriculum Guide 2016 - 2017
Course Selection Sheet
Academic Program Planning Worksheet