Scheduling Policies for SY2021
February 2020 – AP Applications
In February 2020, AP Applications will be released to students and families for all available AP Courses for the 2019-2020 school year. Please note: any course that does not receive enough applications may not run in the upcoming school year. Students will be required to attend an AP Information Session. If students are unable to attend one of the two sessions, they are responsible to meet individually with the appropriate teacher depending on the course(s) they are applying for. AP Applications are due by February 28, 2020 to the student’s school counselor. The AP Application can be downloaded here, but copies will also be available during each of the two information sessions (students only need to attend one).
March 2020 – Course Placements by Teachers, Course Level Change Requests
In mid-March, teachers will make recommendations online for Core Subjects (Math, English, Social Studies, Science, Language) for their students. These will be sent directly to the School Counselor and Master Scheduler. In late March, your student’s counselor will email out the courses students have been approved for so that families are aware whether or not their students were placed in Honors, AP, or other upper-level courses.
At that time, families will be able to request meetings to dispute placements. If a family would like to move their students down a level (i.e. from AP to Honors or from Honors to Comprehensive), the parent simply needs to email their student’s school counselor and that adjustment may be made immediately. If a family would like to move their students up a level (i.e. from Honors to AP, or if they feel that a student should have been placed in a different course), the family may request a meeting with their student’s counselor, administrator, and their teacher and appropriate Department Chair. During that meeting, the team will decide the best placement for the student. Please note, students cannot be placed in courses for which they do not meet the county prerequisites (for example, a student may not take AP Calculus without having taken Pre-Calculus; a student may not take Physics or AP Chemistry without having taken Chemistry).
April 2020 – Scheduling by School Counselors
Once your student’s counselor gets the go-ahead from the Administration Team, they will begin making student schedules based on the placements in March. This will include core subjects only. Electives will be placed at a later date.
Schedules are made as follows: students are first placed in their core subjects. Electives are added into empty periods for students: 12th grade students are placed first, then the 11th grade students, then 10th grade, and then rising 9th grade students. Elective placements will be made based on availability, open periods, and preferences submitted by students via Google Form (which will be sent via email once available).
April 2020 – Elective Preference Forms
A Google Form will be sent to students for students to be able to submit their elective preferences. The Google Form will only be accessible using CMIT email addresses, but parents are encouraged to work with their student in complete the form. Forms may only be submitted one time, so students should take their time in completing the form while being mindful of the deadline as it is provided.
May/June 2020 – Tentative Schedule Distribution
Student schedules will be completed in draft form between May and June 2020 and as each grade level is completed, schedules will be sent to students and their families. Please note, these schedules are not final drafts as changes may need to occur over the summer. No elective change requests are taken until the Fall semester begins.
June/July 2020 – Abbreviated Schedule Applications for Seniors
Rising seniors are permitted to have abbreviated schedules. Seniors must take at least four courses at CMIT, which will include a math course, an English course, College Summit 12, and one additional elective. Some students have additional courses they need to take for graduation, so those students will have those courses included in their schedules as well. Seniors who are taking their senior English course at PGCC or Bowie State in the fall of their senior year will not have to take English here at CMIT and instead will have an additional elective to maintain their four-credit schedule.
Rising juniors who are in the ITEC program may request an abbreviated schedule. Rising ITEC juniors must take at least five courses at CMIT. These students will be informed of whether an abbreviated schedule will remove their ability to take other courses (i.e. certain AP courses), and students will be able to decide whether they prefer to keep a full schedule or follow through with an abbreviated schedule.
Applications for abbreviated schedules will become available at a later date.
Fall 2020 – Elective Change Requests
Elective changes will not happen until students return to school in the fall. More information will be sent out about elective change requests at a later date.
Special Notes: Dual Enrollment Integration in Schedules
Dual Enrollment course applications for Summer and Fall courses occur in the Spring. Rising juniors are not permitted to take Dual Enrollment courses during the school day as they would conflict with students’ CMIT schedules. Students who register for day-time Dual Enrollment courses will have to drop those courses. Rising seniors may apply for Dual Enrollment courses during the school day so long as they do not conflict with their already-scheduled CMIT courses.
Please contact your student’s school counselor if you have any questions about the placement process.