FAQs--Registering for 9th Grade

Updated 12/11/2017

Registering for 9th Grade, Answers to Common Questions

NOTE: The Program of Studies is referenced often; it can be viewed from the Students menu.

How are parents involved in course selection for 9thgrade?

  • Parents are encouraged to attend Royal Opportunity Night with their student on Monday, January 8, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at WHS.
  • WHS counselors will be at the middle schools advising students about registering online on the following dates:
    • Lake Middle School: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
    • Woodbury Middle School: Wednesday, December 12, 2017
    • Cottage Grove Middle School: Thursday, December 12, 2017
  • Parents should review their student's course selections/course card prior to Thursday, January 25, 2018. This is the day when the course cards are due in students' Math classes.
  • After registration parents may view their student's class choices on parent portal and check for accuracy.
  • Parents are strongly encouraged to access the District 833 "Program of Studies (POS)" that is found under the Students menu. The POS is a PDF file that includes descriptions of all high school classes as well as  information about math and science pathways, a high school four-year planning guide, college requirements, and more.

What math class should I take in 9th grade?

Please look in the Program of Studies for a table with the math sequence. Ask your current math teacher if you are unsure.

What science class should I take in 9th grade?

Please look in the Program of Studies for a table with the science sequence. Ask your current science teacher if you are unsure.

What WHS classes are year-long commitments?

The following courses are year-long classes.

  • Band,
  • Orchestra, Choir,
  • World Languages, and
  • Project Lead The Way (PLTW) engineering classes

Do I need to take a world language to graduate from high school?

World language is NOT required to graduate from high school; however, most four-year colleges require that you take a minimum of two years of the same world language (e.g. Spanish, French, etc.) while in high school.

What world languages are offered at Woodbury High School?

WHS offers American Sign Language (ASL), French, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish classes.

Should I take Honors or Advanced Placement (AP) courses?

You will best prepare yourself for college by taking classes that challenge you and are the most appropriate for you. Honors classes dive deeper into the curriculum and require that a student is a good reader, is hard-working, and is committed to being prepared for class each day. Advanced Placement classes are college level classes and along with honors classes they require reading and studying every night. As you decide whether to take honors and/or AP classes consider taking these challenging courses in subjects that you enjoy and also consider your extra-curricular time commitments.

What are weighted grades?

Some rigorous class grades are weighted with a 1.2 multiplier. Weighted classes open to freshmen include Advanced Placement, Project Lead The Way Engineering, and Spanish Immersion classes. More information can be found in the Program of Studies.

What are "alternate elective courses"?

Alternate electives are courses that you will be given if a one trimester course that you have requested is not offered or the student cannot get a course due to a conflict with another course that was chosen. Students should choose their alternate electives carefully because students often end up taking one or more of their alternate class choices. Students need to list three alternate electives on their course card.

When can I register for a Summer Academy Enrichment class?

The time to register for a Summer Academy Enrichment class is now! The following classes are open to incoming 9th grade students:

  1. Prepping for High School and Beyond
  2. Prepping for the AP (Advanced Placement) Experience
  3. Survive and Return

Summer Academy Enrichment classes are July-August 2018 and will meet in the morning. Transportation is not provided. You will register for these classes at the same time that you register for the rest of your 9th grade classes.

Who can I talk to if I have questions?

Your middle school counselor may be able to answer your questions. Parents and students may also email or call Woodbury High School Counselors. They are listed on the 2018-19 Registration or the Counseling & Career Center webpages (Students menu).

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