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Academic Advising

Academic Advising and Course Selection

From January 29 to March 14, students, teachers, parents, and counselors will work together to choose courses that align with each student's personal interests, career goals, and post-secondary aspirations as well as reflect the high expectations we have for all Titans.

Selecting an academic program must be given considerable thought. The Programs of Studies is a comprehensive planning tool that provides a wealth of information about course offerings and graduation requirements that students and families can use to make informed decisions as they plan for success in high school and beyond.

ACPS is committed to ensuring that all Titans graduate with workplace skills, a sense of civic responsibility, and post-secondary plans that align with their interests and goals. The academic advising process is a time for self-reflection as students imagine their futures. Academic advising is a student-centered, collaborative process. Counselors, teachers, administrators, and families work together to support students as they make important decisions. We encourage students and families to ask questions.

As students choose courses, it is important to remind them to consider the following:

  • Graduation requirements;
  • Career interests and post-secondary goals;
  • Personal well-being;
  • Balancing exploration with commitment and consistency; and
  • Extra-curricular and other commitments that demand students' time and energy.
Families are welcome to contact their child’s school counselor with questions. We encourage active participation in this important transition process. We look forward to working as a team to select a strong course of study for your student.

Academic Advising Calendar

Timeline

The timeline for academic advising meetings and course request adjustments in 2024 is as follows:

  • Jan. 29-March 14: Students will meet with their counselors during specific class periods throughout this timeframe (rising students in Grades 10-12 through their history, economics & personal finance, health & physical education and elective classes). Students may email their school counselor to update course requests if they already held their one-on-one academic advisement meeting.
  • May 3: Course requests will be shared with students and their families to review and make adjustments based on open/closed classes due to enrollment. 
  • May 24: Deadline to submit course request changes.
  • Aug. 7-18: School counselors will communicate with families regarding hard schedule conflicts and share options.
  • Aug. 21-24: School counselors will support students in the following categories: those who were not scheduled for a core class they selected during academic advising, those who were scheduled for a class they previously passed and those who were placed in the wrong level (i.e. regular, honors or advanced placement) of a course based on initial course requests.
  • Aug. 28-29: Students may meet with counselors to determine if an elective change can be accommodated if the student was not scheduled for a class they selected in the spring between Feb. 9 and May 24. Elective changes will not be made after these dates.