Course Request Process

  • The course request process begins in December of each school year. Please read the following information to learn more about the course request process and important dates.  

    Course Request 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 in December. 

    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.

    The PDF version of the online Course Selection Guide provides a complete, printable document of the courses and course levels available at ETHS.

    Additional resources include:

Course Request Process - Incoming Freshmen

  • January

    Course Selection Nights (Grade 8 - Incoming Freshmen). In 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 request process, and incoming students make their course requests for freshman year using an online form. Prior to this event, students should discuss their course requests 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. Although course requests are prioritized, ETHS cannot guarantee that students will receive their requested courses. For more information visit the Course Selection Night page.

    Summer School Course Registration. Starting in January, 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. 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, along with confirmation of electives requested via the ETHS Freshman Course Request form submitted in January at Course Selection Night. Visit the Course Placement section of the website for details about the course placement and testing process.

    February

    Course Change Requests - NO CHANGE REQUESTS AFTER FEBRUARY 10, 2020.  

    May

    Course Request Confirmation. Course request 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 for Freshmen. Students in grade 9 who have completed the registration process at ETHS, including proving residency and submitting health documents, will receive their schedules at Freshman Orientation. Freshmen who misplace their schedule or did not receive their schedule at orientation can view it in Home Access Center (HAC) beginning on the Tuesday following Freshman Orientation at 9:00pm. Freshmen who want a printed copy of their schedule can go to South Technology Center (S220) on the first day of school beginning at 7:30am for assistance with printing. (Freshmen who have not completed the entire registration process will not receive a schedule, will not have access to a schedule in Home Access Center (HAC), and must report to South Study Cafe to complete registration/submit health documents.)

Course Request Process - Grades 9-11

  • December

    Counselor Educational Planning Sessions. In early December, counselors host educational planning sessions with their current students in grades 9-11 to review the course request process and to review graduation requirements, college admissions and career readiness requirements, course offerings, and procedures for making course requests. Course request information and Course Request Forms are shared with students during these sessions. Although course requests are prioritized, ETHS cannot guarantee that students will receive their requested courses.

    Course Recommendations. Students receive course/level recommendations in December. 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. 

    January - February

    Freshman Course Requests Submission/Review. In January, counselors will collect and review students’ signed Course Request Forms during small group sessions. Prior to this, students should discuss their course requests with a parent/guardian and mark those requests on the Course Request Form. Both the student and a parent/guardian must sign the form. 

    Sophomore & Junior Individual Course Request Conferences. Beginning in early January, 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 requests with a parent/guardian and mark these requests on the Course Request Form. Both the student and a parent/guardian must sign the form. 

    Summer School Course Registration. Starting mid-January, 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.

    Course Change Requests - NO CHANGE REQUESTS AFTER FEBRUARY 10, 2020.  

    May

    Counselor-Approved Summer School Registration. In May, 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 notify their counselor of the course(s) for which they register. Students attending this registration will be able to enroll until the course sections are full.

    August

    Student Schedules for Grades 10-12. Students in grades 10-12 can view their schedule in Home Access Center (HAC) beginning in August 2020, following Freshman Orientation. Schedules will not be mailed home. If there are errors in a student’s schedule, contact the student’s counselor. Requests to change schedules due to preferences and/or level changes will not be accepted. Students in grades 10-12 who want a printed copy of their schedule can go to South Technology Center (S220) on the first day of school between 11:40am and 12:00pm for assistance with printing. A student who does not have a first-period class can go to South Study Café at 12:00pm.