Scheduling for SENIOR year


Scheduling Materials You Need to Support Your Course Selections

  1. Scheduling card
  2. Course offerings sheet
  3. Scheduling Directions Outline
  4. registration information packet
  5. course description book

Schedule Card DUE DATES and Meeting with Counselor to review schedule

  • Please input your course selections from your scheduling card in StudentVUE before or by January 30st.
  • Please turn in your completed scheduling card to the counseling office on or before January 31st.
  • You will have an opportunity to meet with your counselor in February or March to discuss and review your schedule for senior year. If any classes need to be adjusted, that can happen at our meeting with parent approval.

Graduation Requirement Review

  • Graduation Credit Check: Please review your transcript that was included in the schedule packet of materials. Complete the credit chart on the back of the schedule card using your transcript with the classes you have completed. Note the classes you are currently in. Please also review your transcript make sure all classes taken appear correctly and to guide you in what graduation requirements you will need to complete senior year. This is great way to double check you are selecting the proper required courses for your senior year and you are on track to graduate. You will be sending transcripts to colleges in the fall of senior year which will include the classes taken from 9th grade through 11th grade.
  • Registration Brochure: There is some good information embedded in the registration brochure if you need to reference it such as:
  1. Graduation requirement summary
  2. List of VPAA classes
  3. Math related courses
  4. Senior Academic Recognition Criteria
  5. Other opportunities
  6. StudentVue course input directions

Read, consult, & ask before signing up for classes!

It is recommended .....
  • that you discuss your selections with teachers, parents and counselors to make sure the class will be a good fit for you and your overall schedule will be manageable!
  • review your Xello EDP career and college interests to support course selections and allign with your future planning.
  • review the scheduling materials and take time to create a quality schedule you will be satisfied with next year.
  • read over the course descriptions to make sure a class will be a good fit and you meet the pre-requisites.
  • consider your course selections as a whole and evaluate your outside commitments to make sure you will have enough time for each course to do your best without frustration. Balance of rigor and responsibilities is important in your wellness and stress management.
Course Description Book

You will need to scroll down a little ways until you see High School Course Catalog listed on the right hand side. Click and you will have the choice to view the course catalog or the registration packet.

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BOX A- Graduation requirements Senior Year English

4 credits of English is required for graduation.

Option 1:

Choose 1 year of English (2 semesters)

12 grade Composition (1semester) + one of Literature courses below (1 semester):


  • True Stories
  • Mythology
  • Exploring Literature
  • 20th Century Literature
  • Literature of the Strange and Mysterious
  • Introduction to Film (*not NCAA approved)
  • Poetry
  • Shakespeare


Option 2

  • AP Literature and Composition (AP Language & Composition is a pre-requisite).
It is recommended that students should plan to take both Advanced Placement courses (AP Language and Composition and AP Literature and Composition). If students plan on taking only one AP class, they should take AP Language and Composition as a senior. AP Language and Composition should be taken prior to taking AP Literature and Composition.
  • AP Language & Composition

*General AP Course Information To Support Scheduling Decisions

Many of you may be thinking of taking some AP courses please consider the following:

  • AP courses are college level curriculum taught in high school. It is a national curriculum set forth by College Board.
  • Consider an AP class in an area you have an strong interest in and are passionate about.
  • Some AP classes have pre-requisites so make sure you check you've had the proper instruction prior.
  • Investigate the AP course outline on the website to gather a deeper understanding of what you will be studying and learning.
  • AP courses are preparing you for an AP exam in May.
  • Depending on each college's AP guidelines and your AP exam score (1 to 5); there is some potential for college credit to be earned.
  • AP classes will require time outside of school to study. Please make sure you balance your schedule leaving enough time to study for all your classes, keep up with your outside of school commitment and take of yourself.
  • AP Courses CANNOT to be dropped after the last day of school, during the summer or at registration so please consider carefully.

BOX B- Graduation Requirements Senior Year Math:

4 credits of Math is required for graduation.

Choose the next course in your math sequence… or Math Related options. In order to select a math related option you must have completed Algebra 2. Strongly consider your post high school planning when selecting a math course. Many colleges will want to see a strong fourth year math, it could potentially help you with the math placement exam and your future college coursework.

•In Algebra 2A -> Algebra 2B

•In Algebra 2 -> Pre-Calculus (or Honors), Intro to College Math, or Math Related (see list below or reference registration packet for math related courses)

•In Pre-Calculus -> AP Calculus AB or BC or AP Statistics

•In AP Calculus -> can go to AP Statistics or Dual Enroll

Math related options:

•Accounting 1, 2

•Chemistry, Fundamentals of Chemistry or AP Chemistry

•Personal Finance

•Computer Programming 1 & 2, AP Computer Science, AP Computer Science Principles

•Physics, Fundamentals of Physics or AP Physics

•All Design & Technology classes

•All OSTC courses

BOX C - Other Requirements & Elective Choices

Each department has electives: Please refer to your course selection sheet for all the potential elective options.

Use your elective spots to complete any other graduation requirements outside of English and math. Choose electives that help you explore your possible career paths, sound interesting to you, have potential to be beneficial or just fun. See your course offerings sheet for all of the elective options.

Graduation requirement - Social Studies

3 credits of Social Studies is required for graduation. It is strongly encouraged to take more social studies coursework beyond the requirement.

World History – 1.0 Credit

US History – 1.0 Credit

Government – 0.5 Credit

Economics – 0.5 Credit

Graduation Requirement - Science

3 credits of Science is required for graduation. It is strongly encouraged to take more science coursework beyond the requirement.

Physical Science – 1.0 credits

Biology – 1.0 Credits

3rd Science Credit:

Chemistry, Fundamentals of Chemistry, Physics or Fundamentals of Physics– 1.0 Credits


Earth and Space Science – 0.5 credits

And any other science elective – 0.5 credit

Graduation Requirement - Physical Education & Health

1.0 credit of PHYSICAL EDUCATION and health is required for graduation.

Option 1: PE Activity Course and Health

Option 2: Flex – Participation in 2 seasons of a RCS approved MHSAA Sport or Marching Band is equivalent to .5 PE (allows you to take only Health-.5 credit) Flex form must be attached to card for sports. Waivers are filled out after each season and turned into counseling office after BOTH seasons are verified by coaches and the form is completed.

Note: there is NO swimming in any of the PE classes. Yoga meditation is included in the aerobics classes.

Graduation Requirement - visual performing applied arts (v.p.a.a.)

1.0 credit of VPAA is required for graduation

  • Check the list in the Registration Information packet
  • There are classes from the Art, Music, Design & Technology, English, Business and Family & Consumer Science departments that fulfill this requirement.

Graduation Requirement- World Language

2 credits of the same language required for graduation. It is strongly recommended to take further world language classes than the minimal requirement.

  • Options: Spanish, German, French, Sign Language and Chinese
  • Typical recommendation is to continue on if you are getting an A or B. If you are in the C or lower range, consult with your teacher about taking the next language level.
  • See teacher for recommendation and get signature.

*flex option is available if you are unable to meet the 2nd year requirement. See counselor for more information. It is strongly recommended when possible to complete 2 years of a WL.

Check Out The Many Electives On The Course Selection Sheet

Classes that require an application


If you are ALREADY on the yearbook staff, you may add the class to your scheduling card and have Mrs. Millard sign it. If you want to apply as a new staff member, you will need to complete the application located at this link. Here is the application link. Students MUST use their RCS gmail accounts to access . Do not include yearbook on your course selections. Please leave a note at the bottom of the card explaining which classes you would drop if you are accepted into yearbook.

After Mrs. Millard receives the application and you are interviewed, we will be notified on which students to add to the class.

Practicum:(2-hour block class) GRADE: 12 PREREQUISITE: APPLICATION PROCESS

Practicum is a semester course designed to provide students with an opportunity to pursue career goals and experience authentic occupational situations. The program is designed to bring together students and the community, to the benefit of both. Students practice their management skills as they balance school, work, and the Practicum course. They use their employ-ability skills when they prepare resumes, participate in interviews, and apply their academic knowledge to the workplace. When interacting with mentors and other employees, the student is actively involved in team activities. Common placements are in the medical, legal, financial, engineering, marketing, education, veterinary, dental, and pharmaceutical fields, although most any career interests can be accommodated.

Work Based Learning(WBL)/Co-op

Capstone is an opportunity for business students who have taken a number of business classes to use their skills and knowledge in a paid on-the-job training site. Job placements are determined by the needs of the student, the Capstone coordinators, business contacts, and the jobs the students have had in the past. Students are released one or two class periods each day to allow for 48 hours total of combined school and work. Students work a minimum of 10 hours a week, including Saturdays and Sundays. Students report to class bi–weekly and maintain timesheets that the employers sign to verify hours spent at work. Students take a related concurrent business course during the semester of Capstone. Students are required to have the coordinating teacher visit the job site a minimum of two times a semester, and the employers evaluate students according to job duties and skills listed on the individual training plan.

Application for Practicum(internship class) and WBL/Co-op is attached below within the RCS Work Based Learning Information document. Please read through document. Here is the link to the application. Please follow steps and complete application if interested.

School Store/Cougar Den

Applications for school store are available in counseling office and attached below. Application should be turned into Ms. Ivory. Pre-requisites CTE Completer & Instructor Approval.

Virtual Enterprise Capstone

Virtual Enterprise is a yearlong simulated business that is set up and run by students to prepare them for working in a real business environment. Applications are available in the counseling office and attached below. Applications should be turned into Mrs. Cryderman. PREREQUISITE: CTE Completer & Instructor Approval

Student Council

Placement on Student Council requires an application process consisting of a written essay, school vote (incoming 10-12 only), a questionnaire, interview, and teacher recommendations. Applications are available in the Spring and their availability will be announced during the morning announcements. Please do not put Student Council on your schedule as it will take up an elective spot, schedule adjustments will be made after council selection is completed. See Ms. Antrup in C262 if you have questions.

Educational Careers

Educational Careers is a one-year course designed for students interested in pursuing a career in an educational field and/or getting an inside glimpse at the world of teaching. Students will examine and research the topics of educational history, schooling options, and the certification process. Students will also study and practice teaching methodologies and strategies, lesson planning, equity in the classroom and classroom management. Under the supervision of a cooperating teacher, students will participate in classroom observations and assist in Rochester classrooms, including in special education, elementary, or possibly middle school placements. Students will need to provide their own transportation to their placement school(s). The course will run 6th hour only
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Design and Technology Course Information

Online Learning- 21f

Students have the opportunity to take up to two courses online per semester. Information and applications are available in the counseling office. Applications are due with your scheduling card or at the latest April 1st. When you are considering something like an online course please keep in mind this will require excellent time management and self discipline. In addition, students who are successful in online courses are self starters, independent learners and descent with technology.

Choose Wisely!!!

  • Colleges encourage you take advantage of as many academics opportunities as you can. However, please use good judgement in balancing your schedule so you can still get enough sleep and have time do other things you enjoy. Your wellbeing is important!
  • Your senior courses are important and can have an impact on your college admissions decision and your college readiness once you get there.
  • Colleges generally recommend that students take at least four academic courses, such as English, Math, Science, Social Studies and World Language . . . per semester. A more selective college will recommend five academic courses each semester senior year.

12 Total semesters and Signatures

  • Your courses from Box A, B, & C should total 12 semesters.
  • Block D: Card will not be accepted or considered complete without student and parent or guardian signature! Please give your parents some time to process this information and have discussions with them about balancing your rigor with everything else you have going on outside of school.

Back of Scheduling Card

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BOX E: Alternates

  • Please pick alternatives you will enjoy. They could end up on your schedule in August. You need alternatives for all elective courses. If you do not complete the alternate course section of your scheduling card you could get classes you didn't select.
  • Please pick 2 alternative English literature courses. You do NOT need alternatives for English if your are scheduling for AP English.
  • You don’t need alternates for economics, government, math, world language, chemistry, physics.

BOX F: Additional Student Information

Please fill out block F. The more information we have about your post high school planning the better we can counselor and advise you on your course planning.

  • If you plan on playing a D1 or D2 college sport then please indicate this and ask for a NCAA packet of info at your scheduling meeting.

Graduation Credit Check!

Please use your transcript to cross check your graduation requirement completion to this point. You will want to know this information so you can select courses you still need to complete senior year.

Remember complete course request input in StudentVUE on or before January 30th and the scheduling card will be due to the counseling office on or before January 31st.