Scheduling for the 2015-16 School Year Begins

Emily Battaglia, Writer

While it may seem far away, the 2015-16 school year is approaching quickly and that means that the scheduling process must begin. Students in grades 9-11 must complete the procedure of attending a class meeting and reviewing their previous courses in order to adequately select the classes that will benefit them.

“Course requests are important because they determine what classes are available next school year,” counselor Elizabeth Elsesser said. “If enrollment for certain classes is low, then we won’t run them.”

The most recent classes introduced into the schedule were Virtual Enterprises and Computer Programming Year 2.

“VEI and Computer Programming Year 2 are the most recent classes introduced into the schedule and they will probably continue to run next year,” Elsesser said. “As far as I know, there will be no new classes for the upcoming school year.”

Along with the traditional classes available, juniors and seniors also have the option to choose to in enroll in one of the 46 career specific courses at the Genesee Career Institute.

“I take sports medicine classes at GCI,” senior Kat Hiller said. “The classes there offer students a fantastic opportunity to explore their career and make sure it is right for them before going to college, and Mrs. Phillips is an amazing instructor. ”

What many may not know, however, is that there are a number online classes available for students in need of credits, or whose class was cut because of low enrollment.

“Online classes are available for all students, but there are limited seats,” Elsesser said. “For the most part, students are more successful in the traditional classroom setting; but for some kids it is better, depending on the situation.”

Sophomores are advised to begin looking into IB and AP classes, because they can now enroll in these more advanced courses.

“I plan on taking IB English,” sophomore Andrew Bond said. “I heard that it is easier than regular LC3, and I want the weighted grade.”

In order to ensure the best schedule possible, students can attend their class meeting in the upcoming weeks, as well as review the curriculum guide that is available in each SRT.

“It is so important to know your credit requirements,” Elsesser said. “ Students should begin checking classes they need instead of just taking easy classes, it is very important to do so in order to graduate.”