The course selection process is now fully underway for D’Evelyn students in 2019-2020. This week, students in grades 7 - 11 attended a presentation by their counselor about course selection during their Social Studies classes. The deadline for submission of schedule requests for the 2019-2020 school year is February 14th. To meet this deadline, students must submit course requests through the Campus Portal and bring in a signed copy of the schedule request print-out to their 3rd period teacher. The form requires signatures from student, parent, and math teacher.
I encourage all families to work with their child(ren) to ensure a thoughtful, logical course request process. While elective offerings and elective sections are limited due to the nature and structure of the D’Evelyn program, the individual choices for those elective classes carry great significance. On a basic level, it is essential that D’Evelyn students consider the junior high and senior high course requirements needed for either continuation or graduation. However, I encourage all students in collaboration with their families to thoughtfully consider additional elements throughout the course selection process.
As an important resource in this process, the 2019-2020 Course Planning Guide is available on the D’Evelyn website, and at this link.
I encourage students to choose classes in their areas of interest.
Given the limited opportunities for electives within the D’Evelyn program, it is particularly important for all students to pursue their passions and interests in available elective courses. Whether the elective falls in one of the traditional academic areas, foreign language, or art, music, PE, or computers, please encourage your student to pursue their interests with their electives. This is particularly important when selecting AP classes, as students tend to find more success and satisfaction in advanced level courses that align with their interests. For those students that have begun college and career planning, it is also wise to align junior/senior high school courses with those goals.
I encourage students to seek balance.
The D’Evelyn Program was designed to be rigorous and challenge students with high expectations. This design was established prior to the inclusion of Advanced Placement courses in the D’Evelyn curriculum. AP coursework has many benefits for students, including the opportunity to enhance their college resume and earn some credit towards college graduation. However, it is important for students to request these advanced courses thoughtfully. The workload in an AP course is notably higher than in most non-AP courses, and the expectations and intensity of the AP courses are generally heightened. Students should seek to find balance in their academic course load in a manner that allows them to thrive in all areas of their lives for the next school year.
I encourage students to attend AP information meetings and seek clarification from teachers about the nature and workload of advanced classes.
Each department offers information meetings for their AP classes. It is important for students considering an AP class that they attend informational meetings about the class prior to requesting enrollment. They may also benefit from touching base with the AP teacher to gather additional information.
I encourage students to partner with their counselors for additional support in the selection process.
The outstanding D’Evelyn counseling team is very knowledgeable about the courses offered at D’Evelyn. They offered students thoughtful, informative presentations in a whole-group setting this week but are also available to meet with students to brainstorm individually. Students that would like to discuss their course selection process can set up an appointment with their counselor to gain additional insight and support in the process.
The D’Evelyn academic program is well-designed to prepare students for a successful life. With thoughtful consideration given to course selection, students can adjust their academic experience to better suit their personal needs, interests, and passions. I hope that families will have an opportunity to work with their children in the process of developing a good plan for course selection for the 2019-2020 school year.
If you would like to review the presentations students received in class this week, please visit this website.
Josh Griffin, Principal