Course Selection Process

  • The Course Selection process begins in January of each school year. Please read the following information to learn more about the course selection process and important dates.  

    Course Selection and Planning Resources

    The online Course Selection Guide is a searchable catalog of courses available at ETHS. The online guide contains course descriptions for the regular school year, as well as course descriptions and workshops for Summer School. Course information for the upcoming school year and upcoming Summer School year is released around Winter Break. 

    Other features of the online Course Selection Guide include the ability to search courses by grade level, department, course length, and other categories such as Advanced Placement or dual credit courses. To view course listings in a language other than English, use the "Select Language" drop down menu in the upper left hand corner of this website.

    Additional resources include:

Course Selection Process - Incoming Freshmen

  • January

    Course Selection Nights (Grade 8 - Incoming Freshmen). In mid-January, incoming freshman students attend Course Selection Night to learn more about electives, summer school options, and course requirements. Counselors provide an overview of the course selection process, and incoming students make their course selections for freshman year using an online form. Prior to this event, students should discuss their course selections with a parent/guardian and mark these selections on the Course Request Worksheet for Incoming Freshmen. Course requests will be entered online at Course Selection Night. For more information visit the Course Selection Night page.

    February

    Summer School Course Registration. During the first week in February, registration for Summer School is open to all students. Visit the Summer School section of the website for details about Summer School deadlines and registration process.

    Placement Meetings. Placement decisions for incoming freshmen are based on the results of the MAP test, recommendations from eighth grade teachers, grades or measures of academic progress, and current course enrollment. During the first week in February, the ETHS placement team meets with middle school representatives to discuss student academic course placement in Humanities, Biology, Math, and World Languages (if necessary). Academic support programs eligibility is also discussed at this time. All final academic course placements are determined by ETHS and will be communicated directly to families in March, along with confirmation of electives requested via the Course Selection form. Visit the Course Placement section of the website for details about the course placement and testing process.

    March - April

    Final Course Selection Review (Upcoming School Year) - NO CHANGES AFTER APRIL 28, 2017. Once incoming freshmen select their elective courses in January at Course Selection Night, ETHS begins building their freshman year schedule based on a combination of course placements and selected electives. Course selection information, including both placements and electives, will be sent to incoming families in mid March. 

    Any changes to student course selections for incoming freshmen can be requested by contacting the Student Enrollment Specialist at (847) 424-7915 or enrollment@eths.k12.il.us by April 28, 2017. No changes can be made to course selections after this date.

    May

    Course Selection Confirmation. Course selection information will be sent to incoming families again in May to reflect any academic placement changes that occurred based on test score changes after the initial placement process.

    August

    Student Schedules. Students in grade 9 receive their schedules at Freshman Orientation in August. Freshmen who misplace or do not receive their schedule can go to South Technology Center (S220) on the first day of school beginning at 7:30am to get access to a copy of their schedule. All students are encouraged to check Home Access Center on the first day of school to verify that their schedule has not changed.

Course Selection Process - Grades 9-11

  • January

    Counselor Educational Planning Sessions. The first week after Winter Break, counselors host educational planning sessions with their current students in grades 9-11 to review the course selection process and to review graduation requirements, college admissions requirements, course offerings, and procedures for course selection. Course selection information and Course Request Worksheets are shared with students during these sessions.

    Course Recommendations. During the first week after Winter Break, students will receive course recommendations. Teachers make course and level recommendations for the upcoming school year based on a student’s current placement and performance. In addition, elective courses may be recommended by teachers based on conversations with students.

    Freshman Course Requests Submission/Review. On Monday, January 30, 2017, counselors will collect and review students’ signed Course Request Worksheets during the students’ study hall or Learning Strategies period. Prior to this, students should discuss their course selections with a parent/guardian and mark those selections on the Course Request Worksheet. Both the student and a parent/guardian must sign the worksheet. Then, students should enter those course requests into HAC, before meeting with their counselor. Only the student login to HAC will be able to enter course requests. The parent/guardian login will provide a view of the course requests, but the parent/guardian will not be able to submit course requests. Following the counselor meeting with the student, the counselor will lock course requests in HAC.

    Sophomore & Junior Individual Course Selection Conferences. During late January through mid-February, counselors meet individually with students in grades 10 and 11 to review course requests for the upcoming school year. Individual meetings involve a review of credits toward graduation, a review of course requests (including course levels), and a tailored discussion on how courses relate to academic and career goals. Prior to this meeting, students should discuss their course selections with a parent/guardian and mark these selections on the Course Request Worksheet. Both the student and a parent/guardian must sign the worksheet. Then, students should enter those course requests into HAC, before meeting with their counselor. Only the student login to HAC will be able to enter course requests. The parent/guardian login will provide a view of the course requests, but the parent/guardian will not be able to submit course requests. Following the counselor meeting with the student, the counselor will lock course requests in HAC.

    February

    Summer School Course Registration. During the first week in February, registration for Summer School is open to all students. Visit the Summer School section of the website for details about Summer School deadlines and registration process.

    March

    Course Request Confirmation. Course request confirmation will be sent to families in mid March.

    April

    Requesting adjustments to Course Requests (Upcoming School Year)NO CHANGES AFTER APRIL 28, 2017. After students review their courses in January/February with their counselors, the course requests are locked in Home Access Center. They remain visible in HAC throughout the spring and summer. Any changes to student course selections must be requested by contacting the student’s counselor by April 28, 2017, and will be space-dependent. No changes can be made to course requests after this date.

    June

    Counselor-Approved Summer School Registration. During the first week in June, students who were notified and became aware of the need for Summer School at the end of semester exams week can register for Summer School courses. Students must have a signed form from their counselor indicating the necessary course(s). Students attending this registration will be able to enroll until the course sections are full.

    August

    Student Schedules. The week prior to the start of school, students in grades 10-12 will receive their schedules. Students in grades 10-12 who misplace their schedule or did not receive their schedule can check Home Access Center beginning the Sunday before the first day of school. Students who still need access to their schedule can go to South Technology Center (STC) in S220 on the first day of school prior to first period. All students are encouraged to check Home Access Center on the first day of school to verify that their schedule has not changed.