Course Selection Process


PLEASE NOTE: This page has been updated for the 2022-23 selection process.


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.


Process at a Glance


Student Interest Surveys (9th-12th) 

Nov. 9, 2021

  • All students take the career and course interest surveys during their advisory periods.

Course Selection Parent Night (8th-11th)

Dec. 1, 2021 (6-7 PM @ EPHS)

  • EPHS counselors and administrators 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
  • This year's event (concerning 2022-23 courses) will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in the EPHS auditorium on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021.

Senior Course Selection (current 11th)

Nov. 29-Dec. 10, 2021

  • Counselors present the course request process for the next academic year during advisory periods.
  • Teachers in each department advertise their course electives.
  • Counselors meet with each student individually to discuss course requests and schedule options for the next academic year.

Junior Course Selection (current 10th)

Jan. 3-14, 2022

  • Counselors present the course request process for the next academic year during advisory periods.
  • Teachers in each department advertise their course electives.
  • Counselors meet with each student individually to discuss course requests and schedule options for the next academic year.

Sophomore Course Selection (current 9th)

Jan. 17-28, 2022

  • Counselors present the course request process for the next academic year during advisory periods.
  • Teachers in each department advertise their course electives.
  • Counselors meet with each student individually to discuss course requests and schedule options for the next academic year.

Freshman Course Selection (current 8th)

Jan. 31-Feb. 11, 2022

  • Counselors visit Elm Middle School to present the course request process for the next academic year during and discuss the options for course electives.
  • Counselors meet with each student individually to discuss course requests and schedule options for the next academic year.

Deadline for Change Requests (current 8th-11th)

Feb. 25, 2022

  • After course selections become viewable in PowerSchool, 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.

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.