Posted by: Casey O'Brien
The Aptos High School Guidance Department provides information to students and parents through frequent presentations, student conferences, evening programs, and numerous publications. We provide assistance in the planning of a student's education and work with parents, an essential component in their student's educational progress. Below is an outline of the support our Department offers.
The objectives of the Aptos High School
Guidance Program are twofold:
1) To help each student earn a high school diploma
2) To help each student prepare for college and careers
The basics of the Guidance Program:
1) Informational meetings with all freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors throughout each year
2) Development of a four-year academic plan based upon post-high school goals
3) Annual parent conferences
4) Financial aid workshops
5) In-Class Presentations for Junior and Seniors
6) College planning handbooks for juniors and seniors
7) Monitoring progress towards graduation
8) Intervention meetings with at-risk students
9) Post-high school planning beginning freshman year and adjusted throughout high school
Priority Placement Ranking for 2013-2014
As part of the 2013-14 school year course enrollment process Aptos High School has established “Priority Placement Ranking.” This policy is designed to clarify how students requesting courses will be selected when room in the course is limited.
High-demand, advanced level, classes now have
Priority Placement Ranking Criteria
Priority Placement Ranking will be used ONLY when:
There are more requests for a course than there are available seats,
AND AHS is unable to open additional sections to accommodate all requests.
The deadline to be eligible for Priority Placement Ranking is March 15th.
Requests made after March 15th
will not be eligible for priority placement ranking
To be eligible for Priority Placement Ranking students/parents MUST:
1. Submit an on-line Course Request
prior to the March 15th Deadline
2. Submit an on-line Course Contract (when applicable)
prior to the March 15th Deadline.
Any student who submits a course request and/or a contract after March 15th
will be placed on a waiting list based on the date and time of submission.
Priorities for Schedule Changes
Counselors are back at school busily working on Student Schedules. At this point all schedules are preliminary. Counselors are making changes to schedules based on the following:
- Student who needs classes to graduate
- Student with “holes” in their Schedules (missing classes).
These will be the sole criteria counselors will work with until complete.
of Preliminary Student Schedules
Students will receive their schedules on the first day of school during a beginning-of-the-day tutorial period. Tutorials lists with student names will be posted outside the weight room and the I building.
Students may also pick up preliminary schedules before school starts (in the front office) provided they have completed the “Student/Parent Registration Packet” during the following times:
Seniors: Monday August 12th 1 to 3pm.
Juniors: Tuesday August 13th 1 to 3pm.
Sophomores: Wednesday August 14th 1 to 3pm.
Freshmen: Thursday August 15th as part of Freshman Orientation (9 a.m.).
What to Do the First Day: Students, you will start the first day in Tutorial where you will receive your preliminary schedules. Please find your tutorial by checking for your name posted on the I-Building and the Weight Room building.
Only Students with “Holes” in Their Schedules Report to the Office during That Period: The first few days of school counselors will only be able to see students who have unscheduled periods (what we call having “a hole” in your schedule). So if you do not have a class on your preliminary schedule for any particular period, go to the guidance office that period.
Requests for Schedule Change: If you wish to request a schedule change, please submit a Request for Class Change form in the Guidance office. They can be found in the main office and on-line at www.aptoshs.net/classchange. Counselors will process SIGNED and DATED Request for Class Change forms in the order in which they were submitted. If you have already submitted a course change request there is no need to resubmit. We are happy to receive any calls or emails, but please note that schedule change requests are only processed with a Request for Class Change form.
Schedules Subject to Change: Please note that all students’ schedules are subject to change. Counselors will be busy finishing the process of registering students and making sure that each student has a class each period. Also, please note that a few classes are impacted and some are over-enrolled. Counselors are therefore balancing classes by removing students from overloaded classes, and adding students to less impacted classes, giving priority to students who have best met the recommended placement criteria, students who are closest to graduation, and students whose schedules least permit change.
Please Be Patient: Please be patient and note that counselors have more than 450 students on each of their caseloads. They are working diligently to process all requests, to double check requests against transcripts and graduation & college requirements (something that our computer scheduling software cannot do) and then to balance classes that are often very full, with little or no room to add students.
20 Days to Request Schedule Changes: Remember that students have up to 20 days from the first day of the semester to submit a class change request.
Assistant Principal for Guidance - Aptos High School