New year brings new schedule policy

Students that would like to change their schedule must now go to PowerSchool.

Students that would like to change their schedule must now go to PowerSchool.

Riley Laurence, Staff Reporter

With only a few days left in the school year, some students are already trying to change their schedule for next year. But there’s a new process in place and students only have until June 4 to submit a course change request to the counselor’s office at either the high school or at Willow Springs Middle School.

In order to submit a course request change form, students must log in to PowerSchool, click on the “Class Registration” tap on the left side, and print the list of courses on the screen. Then, the student will write the changes on the paper, marking out the courses they do not want to be registered in.

“We found it too hard to have so many people coming in and out of the counseling center to pick up requests, turn in requests, and come to actual appointments with the counselors,” counselor Lissa Testa said. “This new system is easier for students to access, and gets them familiar with signing in to their PowerSchool so they can check their grades.”

There are also changes being made to AP courses in the 2014-2015 school year. If an AP course has a corresponding Pre-AP course, such as AP US History and Pre-AP US History, students that register for the AP course will be required to stay in the class for the first six weeks.

“The reason we are requiring students to remain in the AP course for the first six weeks is not to scare them away from taking these classes, but to develop resilience in our students,” counselor Amanda Breeden said. “Taking an AP class is a commitment.”

Many students seem to like the new procedure for changing their schedule, even the new requirement for AP classes.

“I like that I can edit my changes from my computer, because it’s hard to find time to visit the counseling office throughout the school day,” sophomore Kinsey Ray said. “It’s a good idea to require students to stay in AP classes for a whole six weeks because bad grades aren’t rare in that hard of a class, so they should take time to get used to how the course works.”