SSIS Link Handbook Compendium EA Courses & Curriculum ED HS Course of Studies 04 Course Selection Process

04 Course Selection Process

    Beginning in early February 2017, students will consider and select their courses for the 2017-2018 school year. As Saigon South International School grows and continues its quest for academic excellence, procedures are in place that help guide course selection. The procedures and guidelines are intended to bring the course selection process in line with school goals, school growth, and student program considerations.

    Prior to the course selection period, students will hear details regarding the process and more information from their teachers about each course. Members of the SSIS Faculty, Counselors, and the Administration take part in this information-sharing to give greater detail about course content and any prerequisites. There will be advisory time dedicated to the course registration process.

    Course Pre-selection Form

    Before students select their courses electronically through PowerSchool, they will be required to complete a hard-copy pre-selection form that will provide the following information:

    •   Desired courses (keeping in mind stated prerequisites)

    •   Alternate course selections (in case top choices are not available)

    •   Parent signature to approve course selections

    •   Teacher signatures where required for prerequisites.

    This pre-selection form will be distributed to students by mid-February and are due to the student’s  counselor prior to electronic registration.

    Electronic Course Selection Process

    Students will select their courses electronically through PowerSchool during advisory class and will be able to make changes within a specified window of time. This method of selection will ensure a fair process that includes:

    •  Ensuring that Seniors (grade 12 students) and Juniors (grade 11 students) have priority.

    •   Managing prerequisite requirements.

    •  Keeping classes at their proper size (no more than 22 in most cases). PowerSchool will close the availability of a course after it fills.       

    Pre Registration and Teacher Recommendations

    Students may be required to have prerequisite experiences and skills in order to have a reasonable chance of success in some courses. Consult the descriptions in this handbook for course prerequisites, and the need for teacher and/or IB and AP coordinator approval (signature) in certain cases. Courses that do not list a prerequisite do not require one

    Course Prerequisite Override Application

    Under special circumstances, an academically qualified student may be permitted to take a course for which he/she has not yet met the prerequisites if it is deemed that this is the best course of study for that student. A student who believes he/she is prepared to take a class, despite not meeting the required prerequisites, should speak to his/her counselor and request a course prerequisite override application. The application is to be completed by the student and returned to his/her counselor. The student’s teachers, counselor and principal will review the application to assess if the student has met the necessary criteria as outlined in the prerequisite override application. The student’s counselor will inform the student and family of the application outcome.

    Double-Enroll in Math Application

    Under special circumstances, an academically qualified student may be permitted to enroll during the same year in two separate math courses, such as Geometry and Algebra 2. A student who believes he/she is academically prepared to concurrently enroll in math should speak to his/her counselor and request the double‐enroll in math application. The application is to be completed by the student and returned to his/her counselor. The student’s teachers, counselor and principal will review the application to assess if the student has met the necessary criteria as outlined in the double-enroll math application. The student’s counselor will inform the student and family of the application outcome.

    Study Block Waiver Application

    Under special circumstances, an academically qualified student may be permitted to waive their Study Block class in order to pursue an additional elective course. A student who believes he/she is academically prepared to waive their Study Block class should speak to his/her counselor and request a Study Block Waiver application. The application is to be completed by the student and returned to his/her counselor. The student’s teachers, counselor and principal will review the application to assess if the student has met the necessary criteria as outlined in the study block waiver application. The student’s counselor will inform the student and family of the application outcome.

     

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