Course Selection Process*


*PLEASE NOTE: This page describes the general process by which students in grades 8-11 choose their courses for EPHS'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.


Elmwood Park High 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 8-11 engage in an annual course selection process in which they choose their classes for EPHS'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.


Process at a Glance


SURVEYS (9th-11th) & PRESENTATIONS (9th)

DATES TBA

  • Students currently in grades 9-11 take career and course interest surveys during their social and emotional learning (SEL) periods.
  • Counselors begin to visit current freshman English classes to explain the course request process for the next academic year.
  • Surveys and freshman presentations typically take place in early December.

VIDEOS (9th-11th)

DATES TBA

  • Students currently in grades 9-11 view videos during their SEL periods as needed to help decide on their elective choices.
  • These videos are typically presented in mid December.

COUNSELOR MEETINGS & COURSE REQUESTS (9th)

DATES TBA

  • Counselors meet with current freshmen individually to discuss schedules and enter their course requests.
  • These meetings typically begin in mid December and continue after winter break.

COURSE SELECTION PARENT NIGHT (8th-11th)

DATE TBA

  • EPHS counselors host an annual event for parents of current Elm 8th graders and current EPHS freshmen, sophomores and juniors.
  • The purpose of the event is to help parents better understand the following:
    • How course recommendations are created.
    • How the course selection process works.
    • What courses are offered for each grade.
    • How parents/students can view and communicate about course recommendation information.
    • How to best prepare their student(s) for next year.
  • Course Selection Parent Night typically occurs during the second week of January.

COUNSELOR MEETINGS & COURSE REQUESTS (11th)

DATES TBA

  • Counselors meet with current juniors individually to discuss schedules and enter their course requests.
  • These meetings typically occur in mid to late January.

COUNSELOR MEETINGS & COURSE REQUESTS (10th)

DATES TBA

  • Counselors meet with current sophomores individually to discuss schedules and enter their course requests.
  • These meetings typically occur in late January and continue through early February.

PRESENTATIONS (8th)

DATES TBA

  • EPHS counselors visit Elm Middle School to present course offerings to current 8th graders.
  • These visits typically occur during the first week of February.

COUNSELOR MEETINGS & COURSE REQUESTS (8th)

DATES TBA

  • Counselors meet with current 8th-grade Elm students to discuss schedules and enter their elective requests.
  • These meetings typically occur during early to mid February.

DEADLINE FOR CHANGE REQUESTS (8th-11th)

DATE TBA

  • After course selections become viewable in PowerSchool (usually during the third week in February), a window for students and families to adjust course selections will open.
  • All requests for changes to course selections must be made by the announced deadline.
  • This deadline typically occurs in late February.

Other Information Related to Course Selection


In addition to the steps described above, students and parents should be aware of the following general rules, procedures and information relevant to EPHS course selection.