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Program Office
Our goal is to schedule students in a manner that best satisfies their educational needs. This mandate must be carried out within the dual constraints of budgetary capability and staffing availability. We are committed to providing both students and parents with information about available courses and graduation requirements. We aim to provide our students with strong support from both guidance and academic staffs.

CHARACTERISTICS OF AN APPROPRIATE PROGRAM:
  • All freshman, sophomores, and juniors must be programmed for no fewer than 6 instructional periods. In addition, student schedules must include Physical Education and lunch.
  • Students are encouraged to have robust programs. Students may not take more than 8 periods of work exclusive of Physical Education and lunch.
Please remember:
  • Requested courses must fit within the confines of a ten period day that includes a lunch period.
  • All students are required to have designated lunch period.
  • Consult graduation requirements (available in your Talos account) to follow your progress toward graduation.

SCHEDULING INFORMATION


  • Chairpersons determine the number of classes of each elective to be offered based on student requests and staffing considerations. Preference in most elective courses is given to upperclassmen.
  • Selection for oversubscribed courses will be made by lottery. In the interest of fairness, the school is scheduled--by official class designation--randomly within a grade, with seniors given preference in programming, followed by juniors and then sophomores. Students will be placed in their second or third choice classes (whenever space permits) if it is not possible to program their first-choice class.
  • Students will be scheduled for courses requested subject to the following conditions and/or limitations:

1. Some classes may be oversubscribed (i.e., more requests than seats).

2. Some classes may not be offered (due to insufficient demand or budgetary limitations).

3. Some classes conflict, making it impossible to schedule all requests.

  • Please supply alternate choices in the event that we cannot schedule you for a requested course. You will be scheduled according to your requests whenever possible. If you do not supply an alternative, you will be scheduled for an appropriate course by the Program Office in consultation with your School Counselor.
  • Incomplete program requests will result in your being programmed for whatever classes are necessary so that you have a graduating program.
  • Scheduling begins once programming requests have been compiled for all students. Every effort is made to avoid scheduling conflicts. However, each semester there are approximately 80 singleton courses (classes for which only one section exists, e.g. AP Latin). When a student's requests contain more than one singleton course, conflicts are likely to occur.
  • Students with conflicts are contacted whenever possible to help resolve this problem.
  • Students should base their requests for the coming term on their progress in their present classes and on discussions with their classroom teachers, their School Counselors, the department chairpersons, and their parents.

PROGRAM DISTRIBUTION/PROGRAM CORRECTIONS

  • When students report to homeroom in September, they will be given their schedules for the Fall Term. The Spring Term schedules will be distributed during the homeroom period on the first day of Spring Term. Program distribution is followed by a round of program corrections. During this time, errors in students' schedules are addressed. Students who are scheduled for courses they requested are expected to take those classes (i.e., "I have changed my mind" is not considered a programming error).
  • Requests for program corrections can only be made through Talos and the student's School Counselor and must be approved by that counselor and sometimes require the appropriate department Assistant Principal's approval.
  • Specific times are set aside for program corrections, and students are expected to see their assigned Counselors during these times.
  • Corrections to senior programs may also require the approval of their College Counselor.
  • Program changes cannot be arranged by parents.

EQUALIZATION

After program corrections have been processed, it is sometimes necessary to equalize classes. Class size may not exceed 34 in most cases. Technology classes are capped at 28. Class size restrictions are based on contractual agreements and student safety.
  • On occasion, it may be necessary to change a student's schedule in order to keep a given class within the designated cap.
  • When equalization is necessary, the guiding principle is to select the students who can be equalized with the fewest number of changes to his/her schedule.
  • Every effort is made to complete the equalization within the first two weeks of the term.