Beckman Course Selection Guide
9th Grade: 2020-2021
7 Period Day Qualifications
AP and Honors Limit Information
In an effort to create a healthy academic balance, freshmen may request up to two weighted classes (AP or Honors). If the student wishes to request a third honors or AP class, the student and parent must complete an online interactive presentation and turn in a signed AP Limit Waiver.
Both the presentation and waiver can be found here.
FRESHMAN MUST CHOOSE 6 COURSES
English 1 H (Course Placement Recommendation: B Grade or Better in Grade 8 English)
Your student will be placed in a math class based on their grades and 8th grade Mastery Checkpoint score.
Algebra Enrichment (Pre Algebra)
Geometry (Course Placement Recommendation: C Grade or Better in Algebra 1)
Geometry Honors (Course Placement Recommendation: A Grade in Algebra 1)
Algebra 2/Trig (Course Placement Recommendation: C Grade or Better in Geometry)
Algebra 2/Trig H (Course Placement Recommendation: A Grade in Geometry)
AP Biology (Strong study habits/skills/grades in science and math classes recommended)
#4 LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH
Spanish for Native Speakers
#5 PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Students wishing to participate in Athletics MUST TRY OUT. In the meantime, all 9th grade students will be placed into Life Fitness. Coaches contact information can be found here or on the BHS Website under “Athletics.”
PE Marching Band/Jazz Ensemble
PE Colorguard/Jazz Ensemble
#6 ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 1)
CTE (CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION) PATHWAYS
Human Body Systems-how the body systems work together to maintain homeostasis and good health
Engineering Design-research, analysis, teamwork, engineering standards, technical documentation
Photo Design-technical photo skills to make art and develop individual and cultural experiences
Graphic Design-applying 2D design to solve real world visual arts problems
Dramatic Production-writing, script analysis, directing, design, acting, self-evaluation, and critique
VPA (VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS) PATHWAYS
Exploration of Art-exploring visual art forms including drawing, painting, digital art, and sculpture
Dramatic Production-writing, script analysis, directing, design, acting, and understanding theatrical genres
Concert Orchestra-study and performance of music written for varying combinations of string instruments
Symphonic Band-develop and practice basic instrumental techniques
Guitar-reading chords, strum techniques of classical guitar playing while singing
Mixed Chorus-study and performance of music written for varying vocal ensembles
Yearbook-photo journalism, layout, copy fitting & writing, head-line and outline writing, and picture cropping *Requires separate application
AVID-working in tutor-led groups, learn note taking, outlining, test-taking skills to prepare for college *Requires separate application
AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY-studying processes shaping human understanding, use & alteration of earth’s surface.
Students must list two course alternates in Aeries. These are used when the first-choice elective is unavailable.
Registration Dates and Deadlines
Orchard Hills-April 8th
Early College Information
Early College is not for everyone, so if you decide you want to pursue it, you will have to apply & get admitted to the program. Our program is a 4-year commitment. You will receive an application packet at the parent night; you can also print the forms below to begin the process. A completed application, current transcript (may be printed off Aeries--does not have to be official) and 3 teacher recommendations must be returned to Beckman on April 19, 2019.
Program Overview PowerPoint
- Parent and student have reviewed and agree to the expectations of all courses selected.
- We realize these are course requests and placement is not guaranteed.
- We understand that teacher and/or period requests will not be accommodated due to scheduling constraints.
- We have listed two mandatory course alternates in the event our first choice is unavailable.
How to Input Courses
To view or change your classes, log in to Aeries and go to Student Info and Course Requests.