2017-18 Online Registration Process

1. Review “Graduation Requirement Checklist” on right

2. Note courses that you will select for 2017-18

3. Log-in to StudentVUE and go to “Course Request”

4. Scroll down to bottom of page to view “Graduation Status Summary”

5. Review areas highlighted in yellow as they indicate grad requirements to be met

6. Scroll up “Click Here to Change Course Request” to select courses
• Select drop down menu to select “Department”
• Click on “Search Courses” button
• Click on “Request” for selecting a course
• Click on “Click Here to Move Selected Requests to Selected Courses” button
• Select at least one alternate course by clicking on “Alternate”

7. Select BOTH terms of a 2 Term course (S1 & S2)

8. Register for a TOTAL of 80 credit hours

9. Complete registration by deadline.

4-Year College Entrance Requirements

  • 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)

Registration Considerations

The consideration to the registration process is reviewing the LSW Planning Guide, which was developed to help students select courses of interest and meet the Lincoln Public Schools graduation requirements. Located in the Publications section of LSW’s Home Page, the LSW Planning Guide includes a brief overview of the Southwest High School curriculum, an outline of credit requirements for graduation, general entrance requirements for attending a four-year college, and NCAA Division I and II requirements.

When students receive their schedules for the following school year, they are based upon the courses selected at the registration process. Parents, students and the school must consider the registration process as being one of a near contractual agreement as staffing, course offerings, and availability of classes are determined by the registration 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.

Academic Rigor

When registration 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

College Entrance Requirements

Students should always check the entrance requirements for the specific schools they are interested in attending to know how to be eligible for admittance to those schools. However, the basic college entrance requirements are as follows:

Two Year Colleges

  • Graduated from an accredited or approved high school
  • Or completed requirements for a GED certificate
  • Completed the ASSET/COMPASS assessment
  • Submit high school transcript

 Four Year Colleges

  • GPA &/or Class requirement
  • ACT &/or SAT assessment requirement
  • Graduated from an accredited or approved high school
  • 4 units of English
    • Includes intensive reading & writing experiences
  • 2 units of the same World Language
  • 4 units of Math
    • Algebra
    • Geometry
    • Adv Algebra
    • One additional unit that builds on knowledge of Algebra
  • 3 units of Natural Sciences
    • At least 2 units must be from Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Earth Science
    • 1 unit must include laboratory instruction
  • 3 units of Social Sciences
    • American &/or World History
    • American Government &/or Geography
    • 1 additional unit of history

(A unit equals 10 credits in the LPS system)

Additional information about college/university entrance requirements may be found on the websites of the post-secondary institutions of interest. Other resources for college planning include: