What Classes Should I Take
Next Year?
Classes of 2016, 2017, 2018
Standard Diploma = 22 credits
•4 English
•3 Math*
•3 Science
•3 Social Studies
•2 PE
•2 Fine Arts, Career & Technical, OR Language
•1 Economics & Personal Finance
•4 Electives (2 electives must be from the same area)
6 SOL’s = (2 English, 1 math, 1 science, 1 social studies, 1 student choice)
*We are strongly encouraging all students to Algebra II in order to be well-prepared for
post-secondary education (BRCC, Technical Schools)
Don’t Forget SOL’s!
Standard Diploma = 6 SOL’s
2 English-Reading & Writing
1 Math
1 Science
1 Social Studies
1 Student Choice
Student Choice = any extra SOL!
Advanced Diploma = 26 credits
•4 English
•4 Math
•4 Science
•4 Social Studies
•2 PE
•3 Languages (or 2 years of 2 different languages)
•1 Fine Arts or Career & Technical Elective
•1 Economics & Personal Finance
•3 Electives (sequence not required)
9 SOL’s = (2 English, 2 math, 2 science, 2 social studies, 1 student choice)
Don’t Forget SOL’s!
Advanced Diploma = 9 SOL’s
2 English-Reading & Writing
2 Math
2 Science
2 Social Studies
1 Student Choice
Student Choice = any extra SOL!
• We want to make sure you’re in the right class—
not too hard, not too easy, but just right!
• Teachers have made recommendations in
Powerschool for you if you are interested in, or
capable of, an advanced level class!
• If you’d like to take a class that hasn’t been
recommended by your current teacher, see your
counselor for an override form.
Levels of Classes
Regular (no weight, A = 4)
Advanced (no weight, A = 4)
Honors (weighted .5 of a quality point, so A = 4.5)
Advanced Placement (AP)
Weighted 1 quality point, (A = 5)
3 college credits depending on score on AP Exam
Dual Enrollment (DE)
Weighted 1 quality point (A = 5)
6 college credits as long as final grade is C or higher
(3 credits per semester)
Register online now! Here’s
• From our RCPS Homepage, under
Popular Links click on the PowerSchool
(Parent/Student Access) link.
Enter your Student Web ID and Password
(we have them for you if you don’t know yours)
Click on the CLASS REGISTRATION link
on the left-hand side of the page:
Click on the PENCIL for each area and choose your courses. Courses
are arranged into groups to guide the process. A RED exclamation
mark indicates you have not yet selected a required course. When the
correct number of requests are made the red exclamation mark will turn
into a green check mark. If there is already a green check mark, you
may have already met this course’s requirements but may want to
select another elective or alternate from this course group. It is
suggested that you open each course group and review the group.
Recommended courses should appear at the top of the list.
If not, click on the alerts column header to sort.
Repeat the process for all the course groups.
When done, it is important to click SUBMIT to
confirm and save your selections.
Once you click submit, you will be able to view
your selections.
Ready to begin?
• We will go through each subject area
Remember our schedule changes to 8
periods next year, so you will be selecting
a total of 8 classes!
(For Standard & Advanced Diplomas)
• English 9
• English 10/English 10 Advanced
• English 11/English 11 Honors/AP English 11
• English 12/English 12 Honors/AP English 12/
DE English 12
Math for Standard Diploma
(Option 1)
Algebra I or Algebra I Part II
(Alg I Pt I counts as an elective credit)
Geometry SB, DB, or Advanced
Algebra II, SB, DB, or Advanced
Math for Standard Diploma
(Option 2)
Algebra I or Algebra I Part II
Geometry or Computer Math
Math for Advanced Diploma
• Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
• Plus a 4th Math:
Analysis, regular or Honors or DE
Statistics/Discrete Math
AP Statistics
Calculus, DE or AP
Science for Standard Diploma
(must have at least 3 credits
covering 2 disciplines)
• 9th grade = Earth Science or ES Adv
• 10th grade = Biology or Biology Adv
• 11th and/or 12th
Chemistry I or Chemistry I Honors
Biology II Survey
Biology II Anatomy, Honors
Physics I or Physics I Honors
Science for Advanced Diploma
**Must have at least 4 credits covering 3 different disciplines from Earth Science,
Biology, Chemistry, and Physics**
• 9th grade = Earth Science or ES Adv
• 10th grade = Biology or Biology Adv
• 11th and/or 12 grades (choose at least 2)
Chemistry I or Chemistry I Honors
Physics, Physics Honors or AP Physics
Biology II Honors
Chemistry II or Chemistry II Honors
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
Social Studies for Standard Diploma
(need 3 credits)
• World Geography, World History II,
WH II Advanced, OR World History I
• US History/Honors/AP
• US Government/Honors/AP
Social Studies for Advanced Diploma
(need at least 4 credits)
Choose 2:
World Geography/WH I/WHII/AP Human
• US History, US History Honors, or AP
• US Government, US Government Honors,
or AP Government
Health & PE
(Standard and Advanced Diplomas)
• PE 9
• PE 10 with Driver’s Ed
Economics & Personal Finance
This class is a requirement, but you will take it
during 10th, 11th or 12th grade,
(Required for Advanced Diploma)
• French I, II, III, IV Honors, V Honors, AP
• Latin I, II, III, IV Honors, AP
• Spanish I, II, III, III Native Speaker, IV Honors, V Honors,
AP Spanish
• Remember: 3 years of one language or 2 years of 2
different languages!
Be sure to list 2 alternative electives! If
there is a scheduling conflict, your
alternatives will be used to replace the class
that has the conflict.
If you’re not sure what elective to take,
see your counselor or Mrs. Brown, our
career coach, for help!
• SHS students can take 1 OR 2 programs at
• You must complete an application and turn it in
to the counseling office!
• Must have 5 credits, including Algebra I or Pt I
• Many MTC programs now have Dual Enrollment
• Second year MTC programs will now be 4 class
periods (5th, 6th, 7th, 8th)
• AP Computer Science
• Teaching Mentorship – thinking of a career
as a teacher?
• Business Mentorship – job shadow
experience outside of education
• Mentorship with Special Ed Students with
Multiple Disabilities
**These are for credit, but are pass/fail!**
Study Hall & Teacher Assistants
**These are non-credit courses!**
• If you participate in any VHSL activity
(sports, scholastic bowl, drama, etc.)
you must take 5 courses!
• Please give your parents the instruction sheet
you received today.
• Each student will have an individual meeting
with their counselor to go over their course
selections and to ensure that students are taking
courses that are required.
• A list of the courses you sign up for will be sent
home with 3rd nine weeks report cards.
• No schedule change requests will be taken after
June 19, 2015.

What Classes Should I Take Next Year?