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Course Selection Information

Important Dates for Course Selection for the 2020-21 School Year

Week of November 26, 2019 Intro to Naviance, Course Planner to Sophomores in their English classes
Week of December 3, 2019 Intro to Naviance, Course Planner to Freshmen and Juniors during Advisory sessions
TBD Teacher Advisement Days.   Teachers of freshmen through juniors will provide students with information, advise them and make recommendations for next year (some teachers will have done this at the end of first semester)
TBD  During health, PE, driver ed or JROTC classes, Shepard Counselors will provide students with the information packets they will need to choose their courses for next year.
TBD  Connect to the Right Electives FAC Presentations!
See the schedule in the document below.  Attend one or all of these sessions during the first 10 - 20 minutes of your lunch period to get more information about electives that could be the right fit for you!
Friday, January 11, 2020 Counselors will begin meeting with students individually during their English classes to help them finalize their course selections; the schedule will be in the packets that they will receive on January 9th and is posted below.
Friday, January 31st, 2020  Last day to finalize 2020-21 Course Selections.  All applications and documents must be turned in to Counseling by this date.  (ie   Jr. Leadership applications, Senior work program applications, Independent Study Forms).  
February, March & April  Students and parents are able to view future courses entered into Skyward by looking in the Graduation Requirements screen.  This is the time when the Master Schedule is planned and no requests for changes can be made.
May 1 - 18, 2020  Students who have changed their minds about courses for next year may request to see their counselor.  Every effort will be made to make the requested changes if there are seats available.  It is very important to make wise and thoughtful choices in January so that the district can plan enough seats in requested courses but if goals and interests change, this is the time to meet with the counselor to discuss possible changes.

Resources for Course Selection for the 2020-21 School Year

Resources to help students make wise decisions about their future courses 
  • 2019-20  Course Selection Guide--2020-21 guide coming soon!
  • Naviance Course Planner - coming soon!
  • Worksheets:  See documents below
  • Videos and other promotional materials below
  • Pathways of Study: Sample 4 year plans related to various Career areas
  • Connect to the Right Electives FAC Presentations 
  • Find out how to earn college credit while still in high school!  See the dual credit info on the Career Counseling tab on the right
  • Find out how to earn industry certifications while still in high school!  See Certifications in CTE on the Career Counseling tab

Department Promo Videos

Video covers all PE Choices
Video covers the PE course Scuba  
Video covers electives in the Business Education Department
Video covers Electricity/Electronics classes including Housewiring & Electronics
Video covers Information Technology classes that include Computer Servicing 1 & 2, Computer Networking, Web Coding, & Web Programming & App Development.
Video covers Engineering/Drafting/CAD courses
Video covers CAD courses (Engineering, Drafting, Mechanical Design, Architectural Design, 3D Design/Printing, Laser Cutting/Engraving)
Video covers electives in the Family and Consumer Science Department (FACS)
Video covers Child Care, Child Development Lab and Teaching Internship

Video covers Culinary Arts courses

Video covers JROTC overview

Worksheets and Department Handouts

Worksheets below for each grade level must be completed, signed and returned to the student's counselor on the day of their one on one meeting.  See worksheets attached below.  Sophomore worksheet is for Freshmen to use to plan for Sophomore year, etc.

Applications for Specific Courses








See below for applications for the following programs/courses:

Work Program (Seniors)

PE Leader Program 

Teaching Internship