It is important that both students and parents read the course catalog carefully, especially the course descriptions and prerequisites.
Students should discuss course choices with their parents, counselor and teachers. Parents are encouraged to attend the following academic advisement opportunities:
- Wednesday, January 28, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Junior Parents College Planning & Academic Advisement Night (DLS Theatre)
Please complete the following prior to Academic Advisement Week:
- Use the Sample Student 4-year Program sheet to check your progress toward graduation requirements..
- Students will be given an assigned time to meet with their counselors to turn in registration forms. The counselors will then register their students online using PowerSchool.
- Students will not be allowed to register if they have not completed the E3 Student Survey. Students must also have their registration forms completed and signatures obtained from math, science and world language instructors.
During the Advisement Weeks, your counselor will send for you to review your Course Request Sheet. At that time, your counselor will review your requests, check your graduation requirements to date, and verify eligibility for certain courses. Approval will be based on space availability as determined by the Administration, graduation requirements, course prerequisites, and/or Department Chairperson recommendations. Students will be required to take the courses for which they pre-register unless the student does not meet the published prerequisites, the class is cancelled or an irresolvable conflict in scheduling exists. Requests for particular teachers will not be considered.
Please note that initial placement is made on the basis of the student’s transcript and first semester grades. Final placement is determined after the second semester grades have been posted in June. Students who have not met the initial placement prerequisites but who meet the final placement prerequisites may submit a written appeal to the Director of Academic Services. Decisions will be based on space availability and approval from the Director of Academic Services and Department Chair. Please check the published prerequisites in this catalog for each individual course.
Advanced Placement and Honors Courses
The Advanced Placement Program at De La Salle High School offers a college/university level curriculum for high school students which has been designed by the College Board. An AP course at De La Salle will assess students by college/university level standards. It will be expected that college/university level projects and activities that span a wide range of intellectual tasks will be assigned to the students. It is expected that students who sign up for AP courses will be highly motivated and will make the AP course and exam a priority. To that end, students are expected to take the exam in each AP course. Students should carefully consider the level of difficulty that an advanced placement course or courses present and plan their schedule wisely.
Enrollment is limited in Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses. An application is necessary for all honors and AP courses. Final selection is made by the department in which the course is offered and may be based on a number of criteria, such as: GPA, submission of writing samples, completion of requested course work, and/or evidence of proficiency. If the number of students requesting a class exceeds spaces available, the highest GPA (in the subject area), and additional departmental criteria will become the basis for selection. Students who do not meet GPA prerequisites for a particular class may submit a written appeal if space is available.