Students receive tentative class schedules in May. We encourage students to check their schedule for any mistakes. School counselors are available a few days before school starts in August to make academic adjustments if there is an error on the student’s class schedule.
The time set aside on these days is for enrolling new families and brief problem solving of any student schedules missing key components or core classes. There should be very few schedule changes necessary as students request the courses they wish to take as electives and toward graduation.
All requests for course changes must be received within the first 5 days of each semester.
Students may not add a course after it has been in session for 10 school days. If a course is dropped after the first interim, an “F” will be placed on the transcript. An exception is made if a student wants to drop a 7th class. Students may drop a 7th course during the first quarter for a study center. Any other exceptions must be discussed with the teacher and school counselor and must be requested through the department chair and receive administrative approval.
Schedule changes at the beginning of the year will be made for these specific reasons:
- Academic misplacement: Student is placed in the wrong level of class (honors/accelerated/AP vs. regular pace) or placed in a class without meeting the prerequisite (placed in chemistry without passing biology first).
- Program change: Student has been accepted into an academic program or are no longer enrolled in a specific program of study (examples: Eastland/Fairfield, Mosaic, Zoo School, College Credit Plus).
- Missing an academic class: Student is missing a core class such as English, history, math, or science.
- Missing a graduation requirement: Student is missing a course necessary to graduate in the upcoming school.
- A student has two study centers in one semester and none in the other.
- To balance classes so overcrowding does not occur
Schedules will not be changed for the following reasons:
- To have classes or lunch with friends.
- To have a course or study center during a certain period.
- Changing the schedule results in one or more courses being overcrowded.
- Student or parent preference for a certain teacher.
- Student or parent does not want the assigned teacher.
- The teacher is “too hard” or “not hard enough”.
- Teacher does not teach in a preferred “style”.
Note: The student’s (or parent’s) preference for a different teacher will not be justification for changing a class. All concerns or conflicts with a teacher’s style, methods or personality need to be addressed in a professional manner. We ask that the student and parent meet with the teacher and work through any concerns or problems. If a resolution cannot be reached, then the parent or teacher should contact an administrator to meet about the issue.