Courtland Counseling Newsletter

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In this issue

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12: Upcoming Events

Grades 9, 10, 11: Parent Workshop

Grade 12: Scholarships

Grades 9, 10, 11: Scheduling Information

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12: 20 Questions to Ask Your School Counselor About College

Grade 10: Sophomore Individual Meetings

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12: Finish strong with good study skills

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12: Parent Vue


Scheduling is almost underway!

Course selection for the 2015 – 2016 school-year has begun. Students will attend assemblies to receive information on the scheduling process and will meet individually with their Counselors to make final selections (see schedule below). Please take time to discuss course selections with your student in light of his/her academic strengths and post-high school plans. We encourage students to select rigorous courses that will provide an intellectual challenge and prepare them for educational and career pursuits beyond high school.

At the Scheduling Assembly students will receive a Scheduling Planning Guide worksheet, a Course Selection Sheet, and a Diploma Requirements chart. The Course Offering Guide includes information about course curriculum, prerequisites, and credit and should be reviewed online at:

Scheduling Calendar:


· March 4: Scheduling Information Session

· March 9-12 and March 16-18: Individual scheduling sessions with Counselors


· March 26 : Scheduling Information Session

· March 30-April 2: Individual scheduling sessions with Counselors


· March 18: Scheduling Information Session

· March 20 and March 23-25: Individual scheduling sessions with Counselors

Course Offerings Guide

The Course Offerings Guide contains comprehensive information on a wide variety of subjects including courses (curriculum, prerequisites, and units of credit), diploma types and requirements, Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment programs, diploma seals, honor roll, and grading. A direct link to the online Course Offerings Guide can be found on the Courtland High School website under ‘Site Shortcuts’ (2015-16 Course Catalog).

Course Recommendations

Teachers will discuss departmental course offerings and appropriate course level choice, such as Advanced and Advanced Placement. Teachers will be making level recommendations, and the Counselors will use these recommendations in course advising.

Changing a Course Selection

At the end of the individual scheduling session, the Counselor will give each student a list of courses that have been selected. We encourage parents to review this list. Changes may be made up to the end of the school year for all courses except Advanced Placement courses.

The deadline for changing an Advanced Placement course is May 29.

To make a change in course requests, students should complete a ‘Course Request Change Form' available in the Counseling office and return it to the Counselor. All course request changes require a parent signature.

Early Release

Early Release is offered to junior and senior students who are enrolled in Co-operative Education courses such as marketing or business.

Early release for students who are not enrolled in Co-operative Education courses and have extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Principal and Assistant Superintendent.

Advanced Placement Courses

Advanced Placement courses are college-level courses with rigorous curriculum and require a higher level of work, time, and commitment than regular or Advanced level courses. Most Advanced Placement courses require a significant summer assignment which may be due on the first day of school or even before school starts. Students may not drop Advanced Placement courses after May 29.

Students should consider their ability and work ethic when making decisions about Advanced Placement courses. Students are strongly urged to discuss course curriculum and requirements with the Advanced Placement teacher before selecting an Advanced Placement course.

Dual Enrollment Courses

Dual Enrollment courses are college-level courses with rigorous curriculum and require increased work, time, and commitment than grade level or Advanced level courses. Students who wish to take a Dual Enrollment course must complete a Germanna Community College application, provide qualifying test scores (such as SAT, ACT, VPT) and pay tuition. The Germanna Community College placement test (VPT: Virginia Placement Test) will be offered at Courtland High School in April (April 13-16). Please contact your Counselor for more information.


Grade level classification is based on the number of credits a student has earned:

Freshmen …………………. 0–4 credits

Sophomores ………………..5 credits

Juniors …………………..… 10 credits

Seniors …………………….. 15 credits

Auditing a Course

· Reasons to audit a course:

o To increase mastery in a subject

o To improve the course grade

· A student may audit a course only if the student

o Has completed the course,

o Received a passing grade, AND

o Earned a credit.

· Audit results

o The audited course grade will be calculated into the students’ cumulative grade point average.

o The audited course will not award a credit.

Withdrawing (Dropping) From a Course

· A student who withdraws from a course after the first 9 weeks grading period will receive a “WF” (withdrew failing) or a “WP” (withdrew passing) which is treated as an “F” when calculating the grade point average.

· A student may not drop a required course at any time.

Weighted Courses

· Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses are ‘weighted’.

· Weighted courses earn higher quality points (used to calculate grade point average); and because of this, may increase a student’s grade point average and class rank.


Your school counselor is one of your best resources as you plan for college. Your counselor has information about admission tests, college preparation, and student education and career options.

Here are some basic questions to help get your conversation started:

1. What courses does my student need to take to be ready for college?

2. How should students plan their schedules so they will be successful?

3. Which elective courses do you recommend?

4. Which AP courses should my student consider taking?

5. When is the PSAT/NMSQT going to be given?

6. How should students study for the SAT, and is it given at this high school?

7. Do you have any college planning sessions scheduled?

8. What activities can my student do at home and over the summer to get ready for college?

9. What kinds of grades do different colleges require?

10. Are there any college fairs at this school or nearby?

11. What colleges do other students from our school go to?

12. Do you have any information to help my student start exploring careers?

13. If the colleges need a recommendation from you, how can my student help you know him/her better, so the letter can be more personal?

14. Are there any special scholarships or awards that I should know about now, so that my student can work toward them?

15. Can I see my student’s transcript as it stands now, to see if everything is as I think it should be?

16. What forms do I use to apply for financial aid and where I can find them online?

17. When should my student start the college application process?

18. What are the first steps in the college application process?

19. Does the Counseling Department offer any college planning or college application workshops?

20. How do I know if a college is the right fit for my student?

Counseling Department

Mrs. Emily Hall …………….…. Counselor A — De

Mr. Bart Nave ………….… Counselor Di—Kh

Mr. Dave DeSando ………... Counselor Ki—Ra

Ms. Mary Nelson ………….... Counselor Re— Z