Course Placement Process
AP Course applications will be released in January and due at the end of February on a day announced through the CMIT Newsletter. Students will be notified of their AP application decisions prior to Signing Day. Please see the tab on Advanced Placement for more information.
Signing Day will take place on March 16th. Students in grades 9-11 will go to each of their current teachers to get their Scheduling Forms signed off. Teachers will make recommendations for each of their students for the following year’s core courses based on criteria developed by each department. These criteria publicized and added to the CMIT website as soon as they are finalized.
Counselors will take these Scheduling Forms and make schedules based on teacher recommendations. The Scheduling Form is also the way that students notify counselors of elective preferences. Note: course placements are completed in reverse grade order (12th grade, 11th grade, 10th grade, and then 9th grade) in order to ensure that the students graduating first have the most amount of time to complete any remaining graduation requirements. As such, this is how elective placements are also completed. A copy of the elective list will be posted in the Newsletter prior to Signing Day so that families who wish to discuss these electives with students may do so prior to Signing Day.
The goal is for first drafts of schedules to be ready by May so that students and their families may look them over. This is when students will find out whether all of their requested courses (including Honors/AP courses) have made it into their schedule. Families may request meetings with their School Counselor to discuss any changes they would like to be made. Changes at this time will only be made through these meetings – requests for course changes will not be accepted by phone or email. Requests for elective course changes will be accepted upon return to school in the Fall.
Note: it is possible that course offerings will change between Signing Day and the start of the school year for a variety of reasons. Therefore, this year, we will also ask students about general course preferences (i.e. social sciences, STEM, etc.) in the case this occurs.
Dual Enrollment Integration in Schedules
Since Dual Enrollment course applications for the Summer and Fall occur in April, prior to High School schedule completion, students are not permitted to sign up for sections in the Fall semester that conflict with regular school day hours. Students who enroll in Fall Dual Enrollment courses will be permitted to drop courses from their CMIT schedule, but this will all depend on how their core subjects are laid out in their individualized schedule. There is no guarantee that a student’s schedule could be rearranged to fit a Dual Enrollment course during regular school hours.
8th Grade Course Placements
Using the criteria developed by the High School Departments, the 8th grade teachers will complete the Signing Day recommendations for all 8th grade students. During their Math class in the week of High School Signing Day, students will be able to fill out their elective preferences similarly to how high school students do.
Note: course placements are completed in reverse grade order (12th grade, 11th grade, 10th grade, and then 9th grade) in order to ensure that the students graduating first have the most amount of time to complete any remaining graduation requirements. As such, this is how elective placements are also completed. Most 9th grade students have room for a maximum of one elective in their 9th grade year, if there is space at all. A copy of the elective list will be posted in the Newsletter prior to Signing Day so that families who wish to discuss these electives with students may do so prior to Signing Day.
Annual Course Change Process
In accordance with county policy, students have the first 10 school days to change a semester-long course and the first 20 school days to change a year-long course.
Students who have a hole in their schedule or students who wish to change an elective course must simply come to their School Counselor during the elective they wish to change.
Students will not be placed in Honors or AP courses at the start of the year if they were not recommended in the prior school year. *Exceptions may be made for new students who transfer for other schools, but only if they are recommended to be in those courses by the school they are coming from.*
Students who wish to change courses after the first 10 school days to change a semester-long course or the first 20 school days to change a year-long course will only be permitted to do so if a team including the student, their Parent/Guardian, an Administrator, School Counselor, and the teacher of the course in question agree that is the best course of action.
At the beginning of the second semester, students will have the opportunity to switch semester-long courses within the first 10 days of the 3rd quarter. Courses changes are first come first serve and are only able to happen if there are open seats in courses students wish to switch into.
Disagreements Regarding Course Placements
If a parent disagrees with the placement of their student in a core subject (i.e. believing they should be in Honors or AP though they were not recommended by their teacher), families may request a meeting with their School Counselor, an Administrator, their teacher, and the chair of the Department in question. At this meeting, all parties will discuss the best option for that student.
If the family decides they would like to go against the recommendation of the student’s teacher and Department criteria, they will be required to sign a form that will state that students will not be permitted to change their schedule after the Course Change period, no exceptions. This means that if the student ends up failing the class, the family will also be expected to pay to send the student to summer school to recover the credit, keeping them on track to graduate on time with their peers.
These requests will only be made through meetings as described above – requests of this kind will not be accepted by phone or email.