SRHS Course Selection
Choosing Courses at SRHS can be very stressful for students and their families. This page will assist families in choosing appropriate courses for their students based on interest, skill, and future goals. SRHS has the minimal goal that every student will earn a high school diploma upon their fourth year of high school. There are many ways other than attending a comprehensive school site to earn this diploma and if you feel you need something different, please contact your counselor to start this discussion.
Santa Rosa City Schools requires all students to meet two requirements to attain a high school diploma. If a student does not meet ALL of the requirements, the student will not receive a diploma, nor attend the graduation ceremony.
- Each Student must earn a total of 220 (Each Class that is completed per semester =5 credits)
- Each Student must earn a specific number of credits in specific core areas.
|English (Eng. 1, Eng. 2, Eng. 3, Eng. 4)||40 Credits|
|Social Science (World His., US His. Gov./Econ.)||30 Credits|
|Mathematics (sequence=Pre Alg., Alg. Geo., Alg.2, Trig/Precalc., Calc)||20 Credits, including Algebra 1|
|Physical Education (PE 1, PE 2 or Dance1, or Team Sports)***||20 Credits|
|Science (Earth Science, Biology)||20 Credits|
|World Language||10 Credits|
|Visual & Performing Arts||10 Credits|
|Health/Life Skills *||5 Credits|
|Electives **||65 Credits|
*The Life Skills requirement may be waived. Get waiver form from the Counseling Office.
** Electives are considered ALL other classes outside the above specific requirements.
***Team Sports Credit can only be earned grades 10-12 and after 10 credits has been earned.
Counselors would like every student to push themselves, academically, to their highest potential. SRHS takes pride in the fact that we understand and therefore treat every student as a unique individual. Counselors, with assistance from the student, their family, past teachers, past testing, as well as current performance, recommended levels of courses that are most appropriate for student success as well as meeting the desired post high school educational goals.
Courses with the letter P or HP after the name are designated College Prep. That means the course not only meets the required content of the subject by the state of California, but that the course also meets the rigor necessary to educate and prepare the students to a college ready level upon graduation.
Not all students feel they can be successful in the rigor (which includes a healthy load of home work ) of a college prep course. SRHS also offers regular level courses in all subject areas. These courses meet the expectation of content by the state of California to fulfill the specific graduation requirement.
Attached is a slide show of the topics covered during our Course Selection Orientation.
9th grade Course Selection Sheet:
This sheet is used by Counselors to collect Course choices for the Freshman Year. Counselors need this form completed and turned into the counseling office in order for your student to be given courses. The Course Selection Sheet should only be completed by families who are enrolled at SRHS. It would be very helpful for the counselor if along with this sheet, the student’s report card from the 8th grade were also included to assist us in placement.
10th- 12th Grade Course Selection Sheet:
This sheet is used by Counselors to collect Course choices for the grades of 10-12. This sheet includes all courses that we planned to offer at SRHS. Some courses may not be offered if the enrollment is below 20. In this case, we would move the student into their next choice elective. The Course Selection Sheet should only be completed by families who are enrolled at SRHS. If your student is new to SRHS, it is necessary to attach the transcript from the former school. This information is to assist us in enrolling the student in courses necessary for graduation.
How to choose an appropriate level of a core course?
It is often difficult to choose levels of core courses for your student. As a parent, you don’t want to disadvantage your child from future options at the same time that you want them to be able to be successful in the courses that they are in. One other thing to consider in choosing core levels is to look at the whole 6 period day and the impact the amount of homework will have on your child’s extra curricular and family life. It is equally important for your child to have opportunities outside the classroom as well as the ability to eat dinner with their parents and go see the grandparents on the weekends without stressing about finishing homework and projects. Each student and their family need to strive for a healthy balance in their lives. If a parent sees their student is up late regularly and seems tired and unhappy, please contact the student’s school counselor. A solution may be to tweak a level of one or more classes to alleviate the strain. If you feel that your student is in a course that is too academically rigorous for your child to succeed in, please initiate this conversation with the core teacher of the course your considering doing a level change in. Below is the level change form.