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SAHS 2015/16 Course Guide
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY REGISTRATION APPOINTMENT?
Ø Each registration appointment is approximately 15 minutes long. During that time the counselor will review your course requests, teacher recommendations, current grades, and graduation requirements to determine how to accurately build your schedule. Students and parents will be able to ask questions regarding scheduling and course progression at this time.
Ø If you have additional questions in which there is not efficient time to cover during your scheduling appointment, we will be able to reschedule after we have completed the registration appointments for all students after Spring Break.
HOW ARE APPOINTMENT TIMES SET UP?
Ø Appointment times were set up randomly by a computer-generated list in an effort to make the registration process fair for all students to select electives. However, we will make all efforts to accommodate any graduation requirements on a student’s schedule.
Ø Students are scheduled to register based on their classification (i.e. rising seniors have first priority, followed by rising juniors then rising sophomores)
WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN NOT MAKE IT TO MY APPOINTMENT WITH THE COUNSELOR? AM I ABLE TO RESCHEDULE?
Ø If you are unable to make it to your appointment time one of the counselors will build your schedule based on the teacher recommendations and the request sheet you have turned in so that you have your priority slot.
Ø If you are unable to make your appointment in person, parents/guardians can participate via phone conference. Please ensure that the school has an updated and preferred phone number.
WHAT IF I HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDED BY MY TEACHER FOR A CLASS THAT I DO NOT AGREE WITH?
Ø Although there is an option to override a recommendation given by your teacher, we STRONGLY BELIEVE you should stick to what your teacher recommended. Teachers have well-defined standards for students to be considered successful. The individual attention given to a student is based on the assumption that the student enters the class at the “expected ability level” which is why we strongly encourage you not to register for a course against the recommendation of your teacher.
Ø Additionally, there are courses that our administration may place you in based on your test scores that are designed to provide assistance for your success.
IF I HAVE A QUESTION THAT IS NOT ANSWERED ON THE WEBSITE, HOW DO I GET INTO CONTACT WITH MY COUNSELOR?
Ø Because counselors will be in registration meetings for the next six weeks, it may take longer than usual for them to return your call during the weeks of registration. If you have a question and prefer to call we have trained our support staff to help you with many of your questions so that you will be able to receive an immediate answer.
Ø Also, email is a great way to communicate during registration as the turnaround time is faster. Counselor email addresses can be found on the Guidance link for your convenience.
WHAT IF MY SCHEDULE IS NOT ACCURATE?
Ø You can submit a NEW SCHEDULE CHANGE FORM that will be available after the first day of school from your Homeroom teacher. During the first 5 days of school a student can request schedule changes and counselors will work to adjust schedules accordingly based on space.
WILL I BE ABLE TO CHANGE MY SCHEDULE ONCE SCHOOL STARTS?
Ø Because you will be meeting directly with a counselor to create your schedule, please be aware that your schedule WILL BE FINAL. We base our master schedule on what your student requests and there will only be limited exceptions to schedule changes at the beginning of the year.
Ø Exceptions to this rule are based on: 1) whether you have previously passed a class that is on your schedule, 2) you do not have a class on your schedule you need to graduate (i.e. English, Math, etc.), 3) if you have not had the necessary prerequisites to take a course on your schedule, or 4) you want to drop a course not needed for graduation for a study hall.
Ø Simply wanting to switch because you had a change of heart will no longer be an acceptable request
WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO ENROLL MY STUDENT AND RECEIVE A SCHEDULE IF THEY ARE NOT CURRENTLY ZONED FOR SOUTH AIKEN OR ENROLLED IN AN AIKEN COUNTY SCHOOL?
Ø This will depend on:
1) Whether your student is transferring from another Aiken County school wherein you would have to complete the year at your current school before any records or course requests could be entered.
2) Whether you have your student’s academic information (i.e. report card, transcripts, IEP, etc.) with you at the time of your registration appointment. If you have this, we will be able to provide you with a preliminary schedule, but will not be able to add you to our system until a later date once the current year is completed.
Ø If you DO NOT fall into either of these categories we will encourage you to fill out paperwork so that we may work on getting your academic records from your current/former school.
WHAT IF I AM NOT ZONED FOR SOUTH AIKEN, BUT WANT MY CHILD TO ATTEND SCHOOL THERE?
Ø If you ARE NOT zoned for South Aiken and are seeking Special Permission to attend, you will need to fill out the necessary paperwork to be approved from the District Office before we can complete your child’s schedule. PLEASE BE AWARE: that we will not be able to enroll you until we receive confirmation from the High School Academic Officer at the District Office.
WILL I BE ABLE TO ENROLL MY STUDENT DURING THE CURRENT REGISTRATION CYCLE?
Ø Due to district limitations on pre-registrations of students not currently enrolled in an Aiken County Public School, parents may contact the office to be placed on a list. We will contact you, once the district notifies us the system is ready to accept new students.
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