The window for Online Course Selection begins January 4, 2019 and will be accessible to students and families until February 10, 2019. Please make sure that you and/or your student(s) select their courses for the 2019-2020 school year during this window of time.
Students have access to their 4-Year Course Plan and detailed information to help them update this plan available in their grade-level Google Classrooms. Families can also access those instructions here: Updating Your 4-Year Course Planning Guide. The 4-Year Course Plan is a document that students should complete in preparation for Course Selection, and can also be used by students and their families to ensure that the best academic plan is in place to meet all LPS graduation requirements, as well as any potential college entrance requirements.
The online course selection process must be completed online using Synergy StudentVUE or ParentVUE. Students/families may select courses on their own or attend one of the help sessions provided by LSW Counselors in the Commons during Tuesday PLC time (2:03 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.) on January 15, January 22, and January 29.
Online course selection sessions will be held for current 8th grade students planning to attend Southwest on Tuesday, February 5, and Thursday, February 7, (3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) in the Media Center Computer Lab at LSW.
Students and families are reminded that course selection does not guarantee that those classes will be in the 2019-2020 schedule, as there may be schedule conflicts, classes that are not offered, or pre-reqs that haven’t been met. Accurate course selection does ensure that a master schedule that gives students the opportunity to select coursework that will best meet their needs is created.
Online Course Selection Guidelines for Current LSW Students:
- Visit your grade-level Google Classroom to access and update your 4-Year Course Plan. Detailed instructions can be found here.
- Review the LSW Online Course Selection Directions (linked by grade level below).
- Use the LPS Course Guide for course descriptions to determine which classes are the best fit for you.
- Complete your Course Selection using Synergy ParentVUE or StudentVUE
- Register for 80 credit hours
- Choose two alternates for the alternate category in case there would be a time conflict, class is filled or not offered
- Select extra-curricular activities, if interested
Follow the links below for further instructions on using the online Course Selection system:
Link to StudentVue
When students receive their schedules for the following school year, they are based upon the courses selected during this process. Parents, students and the school must consider the course selection process as being one of a near contractual agreement as staffing, course offerings, and availability of classes are determined by this selection process.
Students with IEP plans are encouraged to visit with their IEP managers to discuss course selection prior to the completing the registration process. Students who do not complete the online registration process by January 31st will forfeit having the opportunity to select their own courses; however, the contractual agreement status will remain in effect.
Additional information to help in developing an academic plan can be found in the Academics section above. This section includes links to Course Menus for the current academic year, the LPS Course Guide containing detailed descriptions of all classes offered, NSAA athletic participation requirements, and NCAA eligibility.
When selecting courses for next year’s classes, consider the level of academic rigor, especially when future plans include attending either a two-year or four-year college. In 2009, only 57.8% of students attending four-year colleges graduated in six years or less. during that same time period, only 32.9% of students attending two-year colleges graduated in three years or less.
According to a recent issue of the ASCA School Counselor, a research study completed by the National School Board Association’s Center for Public Education, identified three factors that contribute to students, particularly those who enter high school behind the majority of their peers and who are from families with a low-socioeconomic status. The three keys to helping students be prepared for succeed in in college include:
- Taking high-level mathematics as the highest level of math completed in high school is one of the most accurate predictors of college success
- Meeting with an academic advisor in college significantly improves college students’ chance for staying on track by as much as 53%
- The more AP (Advanced Placement) or IB (International Baccalaureate) classes completed during high school, the greater chance students had of succeeding in college even when students failed the AP exam
Nebraska University System 4-Year College Entrance Requirements
The following courses are minimum high school requirements for entrance to colleges within the Nebraska University System (UNL, UNO, UNK):
- English: 40 credit hours (Must include intensive reading & writing experiences; Most colleges do not count Oral Comm)
- Math: 40 credit hours (Must include Algebra, Geometry, Adv Algebra, & one additional unit that builds on a knowledge of Algebra)
- Science: 30 credit hours (Must include at least 20 credit hours selected from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science with 10 hours including lab instruction)
- Social Sciences: 30 credit hours (Must include at least 10 credit hours of American &/or World History, Plus an additional 10 credit hours of History, American Government, &/or Geography)
- World Language: 20 credit hours minimum (Must include two levels of the same world language)
Students should always check the entrance requirements for the specific schools they are interested in attending to know the requirements to be eligible for admittance to those schools. However, the basic college entrance requirements are as above. Additional information about college/university entrance requirements can typically be found on the websites of the post-secondary institutions of interest, or by contacting an admissions officer.
Other resources for college planning include: