Course Selection for 2021-2022 School Year
Course Selection Instruction Video (what to fill out and do!)
Course Selection Reference Sheet - HERE
Course Selection Communication to Families - Here
October 30: SHS Showcase - virtual event! Students and parents will be able to learn about all SHS classes - both core courses and elective offerings. Click here!
November 5th - 16th: Counselors meet with current Freshman to select 21-22 Courses
November 17th - 24th: Counselors meet with current Sophomores from Science classes to select 21-22 Courses
November 30th - December 11th: Counselors meet with current Juniors to select 21-22 Courses
December 14th - 17th: Counselors meet with current 8th graders to select 21-22 Courses
Counselor Meetings - schedule by period
In November or December (see specific dates above), you will have a SHORT meeting with your Counselor to select classes. These meetings will be set up via zoom during asynchronous class periods. 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. Copies of your course selection sheet can be printed from the links below. You and your counselor will fill out this during your meeting and counselors will e-mail a completed copy to parents and students. It is the students' responsibility to review both the recommendation and the course selections with their parents and come prepared.
- Classes chosen in Fall 2020 are what you should expect to see on your course schedule for Fall 2021
- 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 for PE.
- 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.
4 Year Planning Sheet (use to plan your high school career) - open and save this document to your google drive so you can update it as you go!
U-46 Department Videos (District info about courses)
Registration Video (District overview of graduation requirements, course length, and terms like AP, Honors, or Dual Credit)
SHS Showcase (Hear from your own SHS teachers about our classes)
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
- Dual Credit Program Information
Regional Pathways Applicaton and Program Information
The Regional Pathways U-46 offers are fantastic opportunties for students interested in graduating career ready with a certificate in the employment aread of their choice
- Automotive Technology Regional Pathway Flyer (English)
- Automotive Technology Regional Pathway Flyer (Spanish)
- Precision Manufacturing Pathway Flyer (English)
- Precision Manufacturing Pathway Flyer (Spanish)
- Veterinary Technology Pathway Flyer (English)
- Veterinary Technology Pathway Flyer (Spanish)
- Welding Pathway Flyer (English)
- Welding Pathway Flyer (Spanish)
Other course Selection Resources
- U- 46 - 2021 - 2022 Curriculum Guide (course descriptions)
- Incoming Freshman Pre-Registration Slideshow
- 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
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)