Course Planning Process

The course selection process for each school year begins in early February. Students are expected to give careful consideration to the courses chosen during the Course Selection Process. When a student selects a course, s/he is making a "reservation" which drives the creation of the Master Schedule. The Program of Studies was designed to assist students and parents with exploring options and planning a course of study.  Please review this document prior to the Course Planning Conference.

Program of Studies

Graduation Requirements

VHS Brochure

8th Grade Parent Orientation

 

Course Planning Conferences

School Counselors meet with each student individually to assist with planning an appropriately rigorous course of study. The meetings run approximately 15-20 minutes in length and parents are welcome to attend. Conference dates and times are pre-scheduled by the counselor and can be located in Genesis > Conferences Tab.  

Counselors will discuss course offerings, teacher recommendations, graduation requirements and a student's individual interests and goals. Parents are required to approve the proposed schedule and are encouraged to telephone or participate in the conference in-person.  The requests can be viewed in Genesis > Scheduling Tab.  

All families are must read and electronically sign/acknowledge the document "Understanding the Scheduling Process".  Students will not be scheduled without an acknowledged document on file.  The document can be viewed in Genesis > Documents Tab. 

 

Mapping Out a 4-Year Plan of Study

All students are expected to keep an electronic version of their yearly and 4-year course plan in Naviance Family Connection. School counselors will work with students, and parents who attend the Course Planning Meeting, to review how to use the tool and update it annually.  Naviance Family Connection

It is essential that all students plan a high school educational program that best prepares them for higher education.   To that end, we recommended that all students take the most rigorous coursework they are prepared to handle.  Graduation requirements will provide a solid foundation, but students should always look to go above and beyond those requirements, taking additional academic course work to enhance preparedness.

Students should plan to take at least 5 academic courses each year in the core content areas (language arts, science, mathematics, social studies and world language). College admission counselors will expect a student’s high school records to show academic rigor, quality of academic performance and participation in extra-curricular activities and community service.

Whether preparing for college or career training, all high school students are encouraged to take rigorous coursework.  A strong academic foundation is critical in order for any individual to be competitive in college or the workplace.

 

Course Sequence Maps

Reference the course sequencing maps below to guide your planning and learn more about core course options for each academic subject area.  Use these maps to plan ahead and determine an appropriate plan of study. 

English Language Arts Sequences

Social Studies Sequences

Mathematics Sequences

Science Sequences

World Language Sequences

 

Placement Criteria

Placement testing for AP Language & Composition and AP U.S. History will take place during the month of February.  A schedule will be emailed to students and parents.  Acceptance letters will be posted in Genesis by the end of March.

English Language Arts & Social Studies Placement Criteria

 

Request Forms

Level Change Request Form

Schedule Change Request Form

Request to Advance Request Form

Virtual High School Interest Form

Independent Study Application