In the 4/18 Homeroom, all 9-11 grade students received information on the course selection process for 2017-2018.

This year, scheduling will be completed using the parent portal online. You can log in to parent portal at my.iusd.org. All families were required to create a portal account as part of the registration process.

We have created a video presentation with important information that also reviews all the documents students received today. Please view this video as well.

You can view the video by following this link: http://iusd.tv/media/2017-2018+Course+Registration+Selection/0_3iouuvxh/66966542

If you have trouble viewing the video, the presentation is also included here with the notes from each slide.

 

The documents students received in homeroom today are explained in the video and included as links (click on each one to view). Students received the Course List for 2017-18 (note that one side has the course codes and the back side includes instructions for obtaining signatures), the Course Selection Worksheet (please note that ALL STUDENTS need to turn this in on April 24th), the “How to” for selecting courses in the Parent portal, and a personalized letter that outlines instructions as well as the course requests for your child.

If you still have questions after viewing the video and reviewing the documents, below are some frequently asked questions about the process and required course approval signatures.

 

NOTE: The Course Request entry tab will not be viewable on parent portal until APRIL 18.

 

Q: I was absent from homeroom today. How do I obtain copies of the documents distributed?

A: Go to the counseling office during tutorial or lunch later this week.

 

Q: My teacher will not give me a course approval signature because I do not currently meet the prerequisite.  How do I get approval if my final grade does meet the prerequisite?

A:  Sign up for the course you are currently recommended to take.  If your final grade meets the prerequisite you can change your course request during registration.

 

Q: I plan on taking a class during summer school.  Should I put that class on my course request sheet or leave it off?

A:  Put the course on your course request sheet. Please note that students should sign up for courses as if they are not participating in Summer School.  If you attend Summer School through the Irvine Unified School District the course requests will automatically be changed after you receive a final grade on your transcript during the summer.  If you attend Summer School through an outside accredited institution you must obtain a transcript from the school and your course request will be changed during registration (NOTE: WHS does not place grades from other institutions on our transcripts; prior approval required). If you would like more information about Summer School, please contact your child’s counselor or have your student stop by and his/her counselor.

 

Q: I am going to put athletics on my schedule.  Do I need a signature?

A: If you are currently on an athletic team you do not need a signature.  If you are not currently on an athletic team you must receive a signature from the coach prior to being placed into the class.  In most situations this will not happen until next school year.

 

Q: I have questions about accessing parent portal. Who can I contact to log on?

A:  If you are having issues logging in to the portal, you can contact the IUSD helpdesk at: MYIUSDFeedback@iusd.org. If you would like to verify your portal log in information, you can contact Emily Goodman in our counseling office here at WHS.

 

Q: I was recommended for several AP and honors courses for the 2017-2018 school year. Where can I find out more information about these courses?

A: Plan on attending our AP/Honors night this Wednesday, April 19. Topics to be discussed include: the Benefits of pursuing AP and Honors courses; AP/Honors course offerings at WHS; expectations for AP/Honors courses; making informed course selections; being mindful of balance and student wellness.

Representatives from the different academic departments will be available following the presentation to answer questions and hand out informational materials.

 

Q: I am interested in taking a Blended Learning Course.

A: Please list the course code for the Blended Learning class you wish to take on your course selection sheet. In addition, you will also need to speak to your assigned counselor as they will complete an online enrollment form required for all Blended Learning courses. Seniors can enroll in a Blended Learning class as their 6th class for fall or a 5th course option for spring. Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors can also enroll in Blended Learning courses fall or spring. These courses can count as a 6th class, in addition to 5 on campus classes through WHS.

 

Q: I am interested in taking an off campus course such as ROP, a College Course, or Community Work Experience (because I have a job or plan to have a job). How do I register for these courses?

A:

ROP:

Seniors can enroll in an ROP class as their 6th class for fall or a 5th course option for spring. Juniors can also enroll in an ROP course fall or spring. However, it would be a 7th class, in addition to their 6 classes through IUSD. Please consult with the ROP coordinator for more information on ROP course options and availability. An ROP course registration form must be filled out and a general ROP course code can be added to your course selections. Please refer to the WHS course list for the course code(s).

College Classes:

Seniors can enroll in a College Class as their 6th class for fall or a 5th course option for spring. Students in grades 9-11 can also enroll in a college class fall or spring. However, it would be a 7th class, in addition to their 6 classes through IUSD. Please note that college classes are taken for enrichment only. Credit will not be placed on the high school transcript. A special request form must be filled out to take community college courses (available in the counseling office) and a general college course course code can be added to your course selections. Please refer to the WHS course list for the course code(s).

Community Work Experience:

Seniors only can enroll in Community Work Experience as their 6th class for fall or a 5th course option for spring if they currently have or plan to have a job. Seniors must also be in good standing with credits as the course is variable credit. Please refer to the WHS course list for the course code(s).

 

Q: I would like to have an open 1st, 5th or 6th period during the 2017-2018 school year. Is this possible?

A: Yes, Seniors only are eligible for an open 1st, 5th, or 6th period, as long as they have enough credits and maintain at least 5 on campus classes for fall and 4 on campus with one off campus class, at minimum, for spring. To ensure this option, seniors are advised to indicate this on their course selection sheet now, using the “additional utility codes” listed at the bottom of the WHS course list. WHS cannot guarantee open periods for seniors for the 2017-2018 academic year if they do not select this option.

 

Q: I have questions about selecting courses for next year. When is my counselor available?

A: Counselors will be available during tutorial Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in the media center and lunch Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in the media center to answer scheduling questions for students all week.

 

Q: Where can I find out more information about courses at WHS and the prerequisites?

A: Click here to view the course of study. This is our most comprehensive document here at WHS, outlining all our school policies as well as all information about our courses.

 

Q: What paperwork do I need to turn in to complete the course selection process?

A: The only form that should be turned in is the Course Selection Worksheet. You must also ensure all the correct courses are in the parent portal window. NOTE: when you enter courses on the course requests tab, there is no save button. Courses are automatically updated as you add/delete them.

 

Q: When is the parent portal open for selecting courses?

A: The parent portal “course requests entry” tab is only available April 18-23. You will not be able to view the course request information on parent portal prior to April 18 or after April 23.

 

Q: I still have scheduling questions. Who can I contact for more information?

A: You may contact your counselor. If you have specific questions about the course registration process, you may contact Alicia Foulk, Assistant Principal, aliciafoulk@iusd.org.

 

NOTE: The Course Request entry tab will not be viewable on parent portal until APRIL 18.

 

We look forward to working with you and your student as we schedule for the 2017-2018 school year!