Students are registered for classes every spring by the counseling staff. Students are advised of their academic standing and graduation requirements through classroom visits. After the completion of classroom visits, students go to the computer lab to register for their courses. At this time, students request which elective courses they would prefer to take. Core classes such as math, science, and English are not based on student preferences. They are automatically assigned based on academic level. Classes requiring an application (Honors English, Yearbook, Journalism, etc.), or audition (choir, jazz band, etc.) will be assigned by the computer accordingly and placed on the student’s schedule. The registration process helps us plan the number of sections we need for classes and to distribute students equally. Therefore, students in year-long academic courses must remain in those courses for the entire year. And since students choose their elective courses, they will remain in the elective courses they are placed in at the beginning of the year.
Students receive their completed class schedules in the mail in August. All schedules are reviewed by the counselors for accuracy prior to mailing. Counselors are available a few days before school, known as T-Bird days, to make academic adjustments if there is an error in a schedule (see the reasons below). The time set aside on these days is for brief problem solving of schedules that are missing key components. They are not academic advising or 4 year planning appointments. Note: There should be very few schedule changes necessary as students request the courses they wish to take toward graduation. Also, we do not move academic courses such as math, science, history, and English to accommodate elective preferences.