At G. Ray Bodley High School, students have a plethora of courses to explore as they prepare for their future.
In the coming months, guidance counselors and teachers will work with students to develop schedules for the 2015-2016 school year.
A course catalog will be mailed home to students during the first week of March and the process will ramp up the following week, with scheduling assemblies for ninth, 10th and 11th grades.
The scheduling portal will open March 16, which will provide students and their parents and opportunity to explore the course options available.
The portal closes March 26.
“Through SchoolTool, parents can access the scheduling portal and work with their child to look at the courses that are offered,” said GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst. “Our teachers and guidance counselors do such a great job preparing the kids and helping them get their schedules together, but the parents are also actively involved and informed throughout the process.”
Students also receive recommendation cards used to help them choose their courses.
High school freshmen, sophomores and juniors bring the cards to their current classes and teachers make a course recommendation based on the student’s performance.
“For example, a ninth grade student would take his recommendation card to his English teacher and the teacher would recommend – in the following year – that the student take 10th grade English, 10th grade honors English, or whatever the case may be,” Parkhurst explained.
Schedules for current GRB students are expected to be nearly finished by the end of April.
However, the process will just be getting under way for incoming freshmen.
On April 27 and April 28, a handful of high school students will meet with eighth-graders to give them some insight into the course available and what to expect at GRB.
“It’s a true mix of kids who make up the panel. Our students give the junior high kids the first real taste of life at the high school. They offer advice and are a great resource for the incoming freshmen,” Parkhurst said.
While incoming freshmen will have a chance to explore their options, their parents will also have a chance to learn more about the scheduling process.
At 6 p.m. May 5, GRB will host a parent night, where guidance counselors will talk about course offerings and requirements.
Other key dates for eighth grade scheduling are May 7 (student tour of GRB) and June 3 (schedules will be created with the help of guidance counselors).
For more information about the scheduling process, call the GRB Counseling Office at 593-5400, ext. 3.