Course Registration


In order to ensure that all students have adequate time and input for their Elmwood Park High School course selection, the following procedures will be used.

To see the information that applies to you, click the appropriate section(s) below.
 


DOCUMENTS FOR ELM 8TH-GRADE FAMILIES


For information specifically about the 2018-19 course selection process, please see the following documents:

► Registration Letter to 8th-Grade Parents

► Registration Process for Current Elm 8th-Grade Students

► 2018-19 Freshman Course Request Form

► 2018-19 Program of Studies (PDF Booklet)

2018-19 Slideshow for 8th-Grade Parent Night (PDF)


GENERAL INFORMATION FOR ELM 8TH-GRADE FAMILIES


Each year, Elm 8th-grade students and parents will receive information regarding the registration process, course descriptions and graduation requirements in January through the mail and via electronic resources.

Students registering for courses for the following school year at EPHS will attend group meetings at Elm Middle School offered by EPHS counselors, at which they will be given information about the registration process, graduation requirements, core course recommendations and elective course options. 

Students will make elective course selections, including alternate selections at the conclusion of these meetings. 

Parents are invited to a meeting at EPHS to hear further information about graduation requirements, course descriptions and the placement process. They can choose to support or change their students’ elective course requests at this time.

This year's course registration meeting for 8th-grade parents and students took place 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the EPHS Auditorium.


PLACEMENT PROCESS


Core course placement decisions will be made for incoming freshman based on three data points: current 8th-grade course grades, standardized test scores, current teacher recommendations. These recommendations will be reviewed and finalized by the curriculum leaders at the high school. 

Counselors will create a course selection for each student based on core placement decision and elective choices as provided by the family. The finalized course selection will be entered into our student management system, PowerSchool, where parents and students can view it.


REQUESTS FOR CHANGES


Families wishing to make any changes to the course selection listing will need to call the counselor at EPHS to discuss such changes prior to March 1.


DOCUMENTS FOR CURRENT EPHS FAMILIES


For information specifically about the 2018-19 course selection process, please see the following documents:

2018-19 Program of Studies (PDF Booklet)

► 2018-19 Slide Presentation on Course Registration (PDF)


GENERAL INFORMATION FOR CURRENT EPHS FAMILIES


Each year, current EPHS freshmen, sophomores, juniors and their parents will receive information regarding the registration process, course descriptions and graduation requirements in January through the mail and via electronic resources. 

Students registering for courses for the following school year at EPHS will attend group meetings during the school day, facilitated by EPHS counselors and teachers, at which they will be given information about the registration process, graduation requirements, and elective course options and descriptions. 

Electronic and printed resources will be made available for students to consider their course selections.

Teachers will discuss course recommendations with students in their core classes during the end of the first semester and the beginning of second semester.

Counselors will meet with academic labs to review the course selection sheets.


PROCESS FOR CURRENT 9TH AND 10TH GRADERS


Each student in 9th and 10th grade will have a short individual conference with his or her counselor, during which elective and core course selections will be determined, including alternate choices.

These choices will be entered into the student management system, PowerSchool, where families and students can view them.


PROCESS FOR CURRENT 11TH GRADERS


Due to the importance of an extensive review of graduation requirements, students in 11th grade will meet with their counselor individually to make elective and core course selections.

These choices will be entered into the student management system, PowerSchool, where families and students can view them.


REQUESTS FOR CHANGES


Families wishing to make any changes to the course selection listing will need to call the counselor at EPHS to discuss such changes prior to March 1.


GENERAL INFORMATION FOR NON-ELM 8TH-GRADE FAMILIES


Each year, 8th-grade families are invited to a meeting at EPHS to hear information about graduation requirements, course descriptions and the placement process.

All appropriate paperwork is available at this meeting. Students intending to enroll should attend with their families. 

Each family is encouraged to bring supporting documents, including current grades and standardized test scores to help inform appropriate placement. 

Following the meeting, families can meet with counselors to complete course selection sheets with electives, alternates and preliminary core course placement. 

Finalized course selections will be provided to the family by mail within several weeks.

This year's course registration meeting for 8th-grade parents and students took place 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the EPHS Auditorium.


REQUESTS FOR CHANGES


Families wishing to make any changes to the course selection listing will need to call the counselor at EPHS to discuss such changes prior to March 1.

Other Information About Courses


In addition to the grade-level information provided above, students and parents should be aware of the following general rules and procedures concerning EPHS courses.
 

Underclassmen are required to enroll in four courses each quarter they attend Elmwood Park High School.

Senior students have the option, depending on their current graduation progress, to be enrolled for three courses each quarter.

Once the semester has begun, any student wishing to drop a class must petition to do so through his or her counselor. Academic and/or social emotional reasons for a change in classes will be considered.

The decision to allow or deny a change of course or course level will be made by the administration in conjunction with counselors and curriculum leaders.

Any student who fails a core class is strongly encouraged to attend summer school to earn credit and remain on track for graduation.

EPHS Summer Academy is a teacher-supported online learning environment that allows students to work at their own pace to recover credit. More information can be found online or by contacting the counselors.

Prior approval must be obtained for all courses taken outside of District 401 to ensure they meet our academic standards and curricular expectations.