FAQ

1. How do I make an appointment with my counselor?

Students can make an appointment with their counselor by coming to the LST and signing their name on the clipboard outside their counselor’s office for a specific day and time. Unless it’s an emergency, students should see their counselors during either a study hall or lunch period. Students are also welcome to email their counselors to set up a time.

2. What is the role of a counselor?

Counselors support the overall well-being of students.They are advisors and advocates for students. Counselors support students academically through course selection, overseeing graduation requirements, and individual consultation. Students are encouraged to seek out their counselor when dealing with personal and social/emotional issues that are interfering with their performance in school and overall functioning. Counselors also provide information and advice about post high school planning and career exploration.

3. What is the role ofthe college counselor?

The college counselor provides comprehensive post high school planning for students and their families. The college counselor assists with parent nights, financial aid workshops, college advising, scholarships, and ACT prep.

4. What are core courses?

Core courses refer to courses in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Graduation requirements are made up of mostly core courses, and it is to a student’s advantage to take more core courses than what is required for college admission purposes.

5. What is the minimum and maximum number of classes?

The minimum class load is 5 academic classes each semester in addition Physical Welfare. Students with 5 classes are able to have a study hall in their schedule. The maximum class load is 6 classes for a regular schedule or 7 classes if one of the classes is an Early Bird class.

6. What is a GPA?

GPA stands for Grade Point Average. All students receive a cumulative GPA at the end of each semester.Each letter grade receivesa point value. All point values received throughout high school are averaged together in order to compute the cumulative GPA. Students should strive to obtain as high a GPA as possible since it is one of the major factors that colleges use in their admissions process.

7. What are credits?

Students receive 0.5 credits for each semester class passed. For example, if a student passes 6 classes during first semester, then he/she would receive 3.0 credits for that semester. The only exceptions are AP Science classes and Algebra 1.5 classes in which students receive .75 credits for each semester class passed. Students do not receive credit for Study Hall periods. For any class failed, no credit is given. Students must reach 22 total credits for graduation.

8. What are progress reports?

Progress reports are grades that are distributed multiple times throughout the year. The school year is divided into two main segments called semesters. At the end of semester 1 (January) and semester 2 (June) credits and GPA are calculated. Progress reports are given throughout each semester but they are not final grades and are not used to calculate credits and GPA. The following grades are posted on Powerschool throughout the school year: Progress Report 1 (September), Progress Report 2 (October), Progress Report 3 (November), Semester 1 (January), Progress Report 5 (February), Progress Report 6 (March), Progress Report 7 (April) and Semester 2 (June).

9. What is the deadline for dropping a class?

Students can drop a class without penalty before the 2nd progress period of each semester. Students are not able to add a replacement course which means they will be placed in a study hall. Students must also make sure they meet the minimum class load requirement when thinking of dropping a course. See your counselor for more information.

10. Can I add a new class to my schedule after the semester starts?

No, all course additions must be made before the semester starts, with the exception of level changes (i.e. moving from Honors Geometry to Regular Geometry).

11. How many years of foreign language should I take?

Although students must take one year of foreign language (or Music, Art, or Applied Arts) to fulfill graduation requirements, college bound students should consider taking at least two years of the same foreign language. Many colleges either require or recommend high school foreign language for admission. In addition, many colleges require foreign language as part of their college graduation requirements. Completing foreign language in high school and receiving satisfactory grades can potentially meet the college foreign language requirement. Foreign language requirements for admission and graduation vary depending on the specific college. Clickherefor information on Illinois state university foreign language requirements. In summary, taking more years of a foreign language and receiving high grade marks can be beneficial for students.

12. Can I exempt from Physical Welfare?

Students may exempt from their Physical Welfare class if they are a Junior or Senior and they are enrolled in an ALF class. Students may only exempt if they are enrolled in 6 academic classes and don’t have a Study Hall in their schedule. Once their athletic season ends, they must report back to their ALF class.

13. How does pass/fail work?

The pass/fail option has been developed to encourage students to take more rigorous courses. By electing to take a course pass/fail, it is possible for students to experience a broader curriculum as part of their four-year program. Students must be enrolled in at least four other regularly graded academic courses, must have a pass/fail contract on file with their counselor by the 2nd Progress period, and cannot use pass/fail classes that are required for graduation.

14. How do I receive a work release?

Students may only receive a work release if they have an 8th period Study Hall. Students must then give a letter from their employer (on company letterhead) to their counselor. The letter must be signed by both a work supervisor and a parent.