Scheduling for JUNIOR 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 31st. The online input portal closes at 11:59PM on January 31st.
  • Please turn in your completed scheduling card to the counseling office on or before February 1st.
  • 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.

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 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.
  • take advantage of what the course fair information can provide you. Listen intentionally and ask questions.
  • 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 and on the right hand side select on High School Course Catalog. From there you select on course catalog or registration brochure

Always Keeping Graduation in Mind!

Graduation Requirement Overview is listed in the registration brochure

  • English: 4 credits
  • Math: 4 credits
  • Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Science: 3 credits
  • World Language: 2 credits
  • Health & PE: 1 credit
  • Visual, Performing, Applied Arts: 1 credit

Minimum credits: 22

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Box A- Graduation requirements Junior Year English

Option 1:

Choose 1 year of English (2 semesters)

  • Applications of Composition (1semester) + one of Literature* courses below (1 semester):

Literature* Courses options:

  • 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 Language & Composition (full year)
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. Please consult with your English teacher and obtain if they are recommending AP English.

*General AP Important Details 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 still 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 Requirement Junior Year Math:

  1. Write your current math class on the line
  2. Select the next course in your math sequence
  • Algebra 2 (or honors)
  • After Algebra 2 options are: Pre- Calculus (or Honors Pre-Calculus) or Intro to College Math
  • After Pre-Calc options are: AP Calculus BC or AP Calculus AB or AP Statistics or math related.

  • If you are currently in an honors class and it going well then we would encourage you to choose the next Honors class in sequence.
  • If you are currently in an Honors class doing your best and it's not going as well and you had hoped, you may want to consider the regular track math class for next year.
  • If you are currently in the regular track math class, getting "A"s on all of your assessments (checkpoints, quizzes & tests) and you are looking for more of a challenge, consult to your 1st semester math teacher about moving into the Honors track for next year.
  • Regardless of your situation, a discussion with your 1st semester math teacher is valuable.
  • Please obtain a teacher's signature if you are scheduling for honors math.



Students are required to minimally earn one semester of government and one semester of economics.

•If a student chooses to select the full-year AP Government* course (full year), they will still need to complete an economics course before graduation. (Student could add Economics in addition to AP Govt during junior year or take econ senior year. AP micro economics can also be taken.)

Example scenarios:

  • Government (1 sm) & Economics (1 sm)
  • Government (1 sm) & AP Micro Econ(1 sm)
  • AP Government (full year) & Economics or AP Micro Economics (1 sm). Doubling up in SS for one of the semesters.
  • AP Government (full year junior year) & Economics or AP Micro Economics senior year


Full Year Science Course Options:

  • Chemistry: College bound, science bound major
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry : College bound, non-science major and less math rigor
  • Physics: College bound, science bound major
  • Fundamentals of Physics: College bound, non-science major and less math rigor
(Students planning on studying in a non-science major related field may opt to survey for the fundamentals classes. These courses are considered college preparatory. The fundamentals classes are also recommended if you struggle in math. They study the same concepts, but are not as in-depth and rigorous with the math.)

Another non full year science option:

  • 2 semester of science courses -- IF you choose this option Earth and Space Science must be one of the two semester classes.

  • It is recommended to consult with Science teachers for recommendation

Box E: Other Requirements & Electives

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 if it's going well.

  • 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. When possible students are strongly encouraged to complete 2 years of a WL.

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 completed and verified by coaches or athletic director with their signature.

Flex forms should be turned into counseling after the second season of your sport.

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.

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.

Many Elective Choices- Here are some from Design and Tech

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. 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 find out which students to add to the class.

School Store/Cougar Den

Applications for school store are available in the 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

Business Capstone Experience/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.

Student Council

Placement on Student Council requires an application process consisting of a written essay, school vote (incoming 10-12 only), 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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OSTC seeks students who want to get a head start on their careers and obtain career related knowledge and skills in specific areas of interest. See list of program opportunities below.

OSTC prides itself in the following

  • Small Class Settings
  • Expert Faculty
  • Real World Experience
  • No Cost to Families
  • Cutting-edge, hands-on learning.

This is a great opportunity for those who want to graduate high school with industry certifications, on-the-job experiences, business connections and college credits.

OSTC NE Programs available

Automotive Technology

Collision Repair and Refinishing

Computer Networking

Computer Programming

Construction Technology


Culinary Arts/Hospitality

Energy-Electrical Technology

Engineering, Robotics & Mechatronics

Entrepreneurship and Advanced Marketing

Health Sciences



Interested students should complete an OSTC application on their website ( and place the program of interest on their scheduling card. This will take up 6 semesters (3 hours each semester).

Online Learning- It's called 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.

12 Total semesters and Signatures

  • Your courses from Box A, B, C, D & E should total 12 semesters.
  • Box F Signature: Your Scheduling Card needs to have your signature and a parent/guardian signature. We will not consider this a complete card without the proper signatures. 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-Please fill out!

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Alternate course selection on back

  • 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.

Additional Student Information

Please fill out this section. 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.

Remember complete course request input in StudentVUE before January 31st and turn in scheduling card to the counseling office on or before February 1st.