In order to ensure students engage in an academic program leading to a meaningful graduation, schools will engage students and their families in intentional processes to request courses.
By mid-November each year, schools will publish events and dates to operationalize the process on their school’s website.
8th grade student and family engagement
Between December and January, high school schools will provide information to 8th grade students and families regarding school course offerings and the process to indicate preferences for courses. Information presented will refer to the High School and Beyond Plan, as well as graduation requirements. At least one venue must be provided for a live interactive session with families. Information from all high schools, including choice schools, to middle schools will be coordinated to take place within one week.
Students entering 9th-12th grade the following year will engage in a session(s) significant enough to ensure meaningful understanding of course offerings available to them, with specific reference to student’s High School & Beyond Plan. This session will occur in December or January. For students entering 11th and 12th grade, information about the Puget Sound Skills Center will be presented at this time. In order to ensure students engage in an academic program leading to a meaningful graduation, high school students will be guided to request courses within the school-specific Academic Program Course Requirements.
Course request review
A counselor, advisor or principal designee will review students’ course requests to ensure alignment with students’ high school and beyond plan, as well as meeting graduation requirements, and the personalized pathway requirements (when applicable). This process will also consider specific reengagement for students that have not successfully earned credit in the previous year(s). Whenever practicable, this review will happen with the student present. Any adjustments needed or recommended are to be discussed with the student.
Informed parent/custodial consent
Before course requests are finalized and scheduling begins, parents and guardians are informed and able to review course requests within the Student Information System or in a print version. Parents and guardians are provided with information on how to provide feedback on their students’ course requests.
Requests to change course requests will be limited to extraordinary circumstances.
Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Superintendent: June 2020