Course Selection Process*


*PLEASE NOTE: This page describes the general process by which students in grades 5-7 choose their courses for Elm's next academic year. We will update this page later in the 2021 fall semester with dates and details specific to the selection process for 2022-23 courses.


Elm Middle School administration and faculty are committed to working with our families so all students will have the opportunity to take the most challenging and rewarding courses in line with their interests, goals and strengths.

To that end, students in grades 5-7 engage in an annual course selection process in which they choose their classes for Elm's next school year. The process has been designed to ensure that all students have adequate time and input to choose the classes best suited to them.

Although the specific details may change from year to year, the selection process in general consists of the steps described below.


Surveys & Presentations (6th & 7th)

Dates TBA

  • Students take career interest surveys.
  • Survey data analyzed:
  1. CSI courses solidified.
  2. Elective courses solidified.
  3. Course selection sheet completed.
  • 6th-grade students attend grade-level presentations with our school counselor on course options and selection process.
  • 7th-grade students attend grade-level presentations with our school counselor on course options and selection process.
  • Time frame: Surveys and initial presentations usually take place in December.

Presentations (5th) & Recommendations (5th-7th)

Dates TBA

  • 5th-grade students attend grade-level presentations with their counselors on course options and selection process.
  • All staff begin the course recommendation process for 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade courses.
  • These presentations and recommendations usually take place in early January.

Course Selection Night (5th-7th)

Date TBA

  • Course descriptions will be reviewed. 
  • Course placement process will be reviewed.
  • Course selection process will be reviewed.
  • Course Selection Night usually takes place in early to mid January.

Special Education Supports (5th-7th)

Dates TBA

  • Students receiving support within the Special Education Department participate in making placement and course selection decisions during their annual review, re-evaluation or transition IEP meeting.
  • Case managers meet with IEP students to determine available and appropriate electives.
  • These selections are then submitted to the students’ counselor for input.
  • The special education support stage of the process usually takes place in mid-January.

Selections & Change Requests (5th-7th)

Dates TBA

  • Our school counselor will meet individually with students and parents to ensure understanding of the course selection process.
  • Our school counselor will help facilitate course selections with students and families.
  • Notification is sent to parents and students for final review of course requests and selections.
  • Students and parents submit requests for change to our counselor and principal.
  • Course selections and change requests typically span late January through late February. 

Deadline for Requests (5th-7th)

Date TBA

  • Deadline day is the final day for parents and students to submit course request changes for the following Elm school year.
  • The deadline to request changes usually occurs in late February.

Review & Accommodations (5th-7th)

Dates TBA

  • Student course requests will be reviewed.
    • Accommodating student course requests is based solely on course availability.
    • With that in mind, we will do our best to accommodate all student requests.
  • The course selection process will conclude upon final review of change requests.
  • Requests are typically reviewed and accommodated (if possible) in March and April.