Course Registration Guidelines
COURSE REGISTRATION GUIDELINES
Westwood High School strives to create a schedule that meets the needs of all students by maximizing the resources available for educational instruction. Students at Westwood are expected to carry a full course load throughout their three years of high school and it is important that we adhere to the following guidelines:
- Grade 10 Course load will be 8 full courses*
Grade 11 Course load will be 8 full courses*
Grade 12 Course load will be 7 full courses*
*These do not include courses that are before or after school
Program selection should be based on a student’s current achievement, capabilities, interests, goals, and teacher recommendations.
Students are advised to select courses carefully as the school schedule is ultimately based on students’ registration requests. Course changes require counsellor and administrator approval and will be considered in extraordinary circumstances only.
CHANGING, DROPPING, OR REPEATING COURSES
Once students select courses, they are expected to remain in and complete those courses. Changes to programs may occur if students have failed a prerequisite course, changed their career choice, or successfully completed a course in an alternate way (i.e. summer school). Please see your counsellor if you wish to consider registration for a course above grade level.
A change may occur only if adequate consultation has occurred amongst the student, teacher, counsellor, parent and administrator. Priority will be given to students who require necessary academic course adjustment (i.e.-Science 14 instead of Science 10). A student may request a change if:
1. Moving classes will not overload the size of the new class.
2. Moving classes will not adversely interfere with the rest of the student’s timetable
3. The student maintains enough courses to be considered a full-time student
4. Changing courses will not displace another student
The deadline for changing courses and schedules for Semester 2 is February 15th, 2018
Course withdrawals can best be avoided through careful, intentional course selection with your counsellor. Students should not assume that they can abandon or drop a course simply because “it isn’t what they thought it would be” or because they are not earning a desired mark. Students are encouraged to seek out academic support and can meet with a counsellor for more information.
After February 15th, 2018, one of the following conditions must be in place for a course to be withdrawn:
Teacher initiated course withdrawal as a result of misplacement
Counselor initiated course withdrawal
Medical circumstances that require an alteration to scheduling
Students will only be permitted to drop a course after the withdrawal deadline after a discussion with a counsellor, parent and teacher approval, and a meeting with an administrator. Students must complete a ‘Course Change Request Form’ that must be signed by a parent/guardian, teacher, and counsellor. Approval may or may not be granted, based on the individual circumstances.
Please note: The final deadline for any course withdrawal for semester two is May 4th, 2018.
Students who wish to drop a course in order to pursue it in an alternative way must still maintain a full program at Westwood High School.
It is an expectation at Westwood High School that if a student fails a particular course that he/she will retake that course during the next school year, through summer school, correspondence, or online learning. If a student fails a course more than once, alternative delivery of the course will need to be considered (ie- different level or alternative method of learning)
Dual enrollment within Fort McMurray Public School District is considered under extraordinary circumstances. Students cannot be registered in the same course simultaneously at two schools. Please speak with a counsellor and administrator in these specialized cases.
COURSE OFFERINGS AND AVAILABILITY
Students are advised to select courses carefully as the school schedule is ultimately based on students’ registration requests. On occasion, the number of students selecting or being able to fit in a particular course into their timetable is limited. When choosing complementary courses, students are asked to rank five courses in order of preference in the event that not all first choices are available. Choices are considered on a first-come basis, so registering as soon as possible increases the possibility of having a place in courses of choice.
In general, students will take courses at their grade level. Students may apply to take courses above their grade level providing they meet the following criteria:
a. They have chosen it in their initial course selection
b. There is space available in the course
c. The program or course desired supports the student’s learning goals and plans
GRADES, PROMOTIONS AND DIPLOMA EXAMS
Report cards with grades given in percentages are issued at the end of each semester. Students and parents should contact teachers directly regarding marks and progress to date. The minimum mark for receiving credits is 50% although 65% is the recommended mark to continue in the academic stream. Students must receive 50% in order to take the next course in that subject sequence. Credits may be obtained for any course only once. Students who receive credits for a course and repeat the course elsewhere (i.e. summer school) in order to improve their grades do not receive credits a second time. Requests for transcripts (Unofficial) should be made directly to Student Services. Official transcripts are available from Alberta Education through myPASS.
Provincial diploma exams have been developed for the following Grade 12 courses: English 30-1, English 30-2, Social Studies 30-1, Social Studies 30-2, Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Science 30, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, and Physics 30. Diploma exams are worth 30% of the course mark.
Advanced Placement Exams are written in the grade 12 level AP course in May. They are written in addition to the diploma exam of that corresponding course.
GENERAL INFORMATION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Students should include a variety of exploratory complementary courses in their Program of Study for grades 10 through 12.
Post-secondary entrance requirements should be considered beginning in grade 10. If an admission standing of 80% is required, students should strive for at least an 80% average in grade 10 and 11, not just in grade 12. Courses tend to become more difficult in senior grades.
Course withdrawals are discouraged, so students should plan their program carefully. Students have a minimum amount of time at the start of a semester to make any necessary changes to their course load.
Course level changes may be made by Westwood High School if your marks differ between time of registration and the beginning of the semester.
ATTENDANCE POLICY AT WESTWOOD
It is Westwood High School’s expectation that students attend all classes in order to be successful and earn credits in classes.
Students who skip classes will receive consequences that may include the following:
After-school, before-school, or lunch time detentions or tutorials issued by course teachers and/or administrators
In school suspensions
Referral to the attendance board for students under the age of 16
Recommendation for withdrawal from a course or from school