Course Selection for 2020-2021 School Year timeline:
October 16: Course selection overview Video shown after completion of PSAT. Course selection sheets handed out.
November 6: Curriculum Fair at SHS 6-8pm. Students and parents will be able to speak with teachers about all SHS classes - both core course and elective offerings.
Week of November 11th: Counselors meet with current Juniors to select 19-20 Courses
Week of November 18th: Counselors meet with current Sophomores from Science classes to select 19-20 Courses
Week of December 2nd: Counselors meet with current Freshman from PE classes to select 19-20 Courses
December 10th: 8th grade parent orientation at Streamwood High School Auditorium, 6pm
January 13th: Counselors meet with current 8th graders at Teft to select 19-20 Courses
January 14th: Counselors meet with current 8th graders at Canton to select 19-20 Courses
In November or December (see specific dates above), you will have a SHORT meeting with your Counselor to select classes. Required classes (such as English) will have been recommended by your teacher. Your responsibility will be to have chosen and prioritized any electives you plan to take, and be ready to discuss those courses BEFORE you meet with your Counselor. You should bring your Course Selection sheets from the PSAT to the meeting. Additional copies will be available in the counseling office, or can be printed from the links below. Your counselor will have copies of your teacher recommendations. It is students' responsibility to review both the recommendation and the course selections with their parents and come prepared.
- Classes chosen in Fall 2019 are what you should expect to see on your course schedule for Fall 2020
- If you change your mind about any course or course level, you must let your counselor know by June 1st. Otherwise, your schedule will reflect what was chosen in Fall 2019. No changes will be allowed after June 1
- You must select several electives and prioritize them and select several PE options and prioritize those. We cannot promise students will receive their first choice.
- Order of classes is assigned by computer. You will not see class order prior to Fall 2020. You will not be able to change class order or teachers assigned. This includes lunches, study halls, and PE.
General Course Selection Sheets
- Freshman (current 8th graders) Course Selection Sheet
- Sophomore (current 9th graders) Course Selection Sheet
- Junior (current 10th graders) Course Selection Sheet
- Senior (current 11th graders) Course Selection Sheet
Special Program Course Selection
- Academy Course Selection Sheet
- Dual Language Freshman (current 8th graders) Course Selection Sheet
- Dual Language Sophomores (current 9th graders) Course Selection Sheet
- Dual Language Juniors (current 10th graders) Course Selection Sheet
- Dual Language Seniors (current 11th graders) Course Selection Sheet
- Special Education Course Selection Sheet
- Regional Career Pathways Application
- Veterinary Technology Informational Flyer
- Dual Credit Program Information
Course Selection Resources
- U- 46 - 2020 - 2021 Curriculum Guide (course descriptions)
- Incoming Freshman Pre-Registration Slideshow
- 4 Year Planning Sheet (use to plan your high school career)
- Academy Planning Sheet (use to plan your high school career for SHS Academy students)
- SHS Characteristics of an AP Student
- SHS Application for Early Dismissal or Late Arrival
- Driver's Education Contract
- PE Leader Application
- Elective Course Information Video
- 9th - 11th Grade Registration Video
ALL FORMS are due back to your counselor by Thursday, January 23rd at 3pm!
Program Brochures from individual divisions:
- Business and Computer Science
- Family and Consumer Science
- Health Care Science
- Technology Education (Project Lead The Way / Engineering)
- PLTW Flowchart
- PE Course Information
Helpful Hints for Course Selection
Graduation Requirements are not the same as College Admission Requirements, so be sure to talk to your counselor about your plans.
Of particular note: High School Graduation requires only two years of Social Studies and two years of Science. Most colleges expect or require three years of each. Similarly, High School Graduation requires only three years of Math, but most colleges expect or require four years. High School also does not require a foreign language, but most colleges expect or require at least two years of the same language.
If you do not pass a class that is a graduation requirement, you will need to make it up either in summer school, or on your senior schedule.
Choosing an elective just because a friend is taking it deprives you of an opportunity to take a course that may be meaningful as you select a college major or make a career choice.
As you register you will be asked to identify alternate class choices in case a particular class choice will not fit into your schedule. Prioritize your elective choices so your counselor knows which classes you want most.
If you are requesting a level change, you will need to consult the teacher of the course in which you are presently enrolled as well as the Division Chair.
Counselors cannot promise early dismissal or the scheduling of lunch a certain period.
Honors, AP Courses, Higher Math Courses, and College Success
The article, "Report: High School Work Pays Off," from The Chicago Tribune on Friday, October 12, 2012 identifies three key factors that help students not just be admitted to college, but be successful in college.
More demanding math classes are one of the highest predictors of success. Statistics show students are 10 to 22% more likely to complete college if they have taken Math beyond Algebra 3-4. (Chicago Tribune)
Taking Honors and AP Courses, besides just giving you the weighted grade and the chance for college credit with AP courses increases chances of college success by 18%. (Chicago Tribune)
Talk to your counselor: Students at college who saw their advisor "often" (as opposed to "never") were 53% more likely to reach graduation, and that's a habit to develop EARLY. (Chicago Tribune)