Course Selection Process


NOTE: If you were unable to attend the Elm Course Selection Information Night on Jan. 11, 2021, no worries! You can see the slide presentation and view the virtual event at the following links:

2021-22 Elm Course Selection Information Night | Slide Presentation
2021-22 Elm Course Selection Information Night | Video Recording


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

The following table provides an outline of the course selection process for 2021-22. The timeline and steps have been designed to ensure that all students have adequate time and input to choose the classes that are best for them.

Please note that careful selection of courses is important. Staffing decisions are made and schedules are built based on initial student course requests.


 

TIMELINE FOR SELECTING 2021-22 ELM COURSES

 

December
2020

Beginning the Process: Surveys & Presentations

  • Dec. 7-10: Students take career interest surveys

  • Dec. 11-18: 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

Early
January
2021

Presentations, Recommendations & Course Selection Night

  • 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
  • Course Selection Night is held at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 11, 2021:
  1. Course descriptions will be reviewed 
  2. Course placement process will be reviewed 
  3. Course selection process will be reviewed

Mid
January
2021

Special Education Supports

  • 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 elective options
  • These selections are then submitted to students’ counselors for input

Late
January
to
Late February 2021
 

Checking-In, Selecting Courses & Requesting Changes

  • 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 individual students and families
  • Notification is sent to parents and students for final review of course requests and selections
  • Students and parents submit course request changes to our school counselor and building principal

Feb. 19, 2021

Deadline

  • Final day for parents and students to submit course request changes for 2021-22

March
to
April
2021

Concluding the Process

  • 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