Revised course guide released

Posted: Sunday, March 9, 2014 11:52 am

Revised course guide released

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Powhatan Today

Richmond Times-Dispatch

The newly revised 2014-2015 Course Planning Guide is now available — just in time for students at Powhatan Junior High School and Powhatan High School to use as they plan and select their courses for next year and beyond.

The new plan contains courses that are offered at both schools and is organized by subject area in a concise, bulleted format. This allows students and their parents to view the courses in each subject area from seventh grade through 12th grade in order to make more informed decisions about pathways to graduation, college and careers.

The course guide includes a Student Academic and Career Plan form that, when accessed online, provides direct links to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) web pages for diploma requirements, career cluster information, the Virginia Wizard (a college planning tool), PSAT, SAT, ACT, workplace readiness skills and many other sites with valuable information for course planning.

With an emphasis on college and career readiness, the Course Planning Guide includes several new courses that will be offered in 2014-2015 to provide opportunities for students to study more advanced curriculum. Consequently, there are more courses for high school credit at the junior high. Since taking these courses in the eighth grade accelerates students, there will not be any honors-designated courses at the junior high school. Course prerequisites have also been removed and replaced with teacher recommendations to provide more opportunities for students. Career and technical education (CTE) courses have been updated at the junior high school and aligned with VDOE guidelines to provide a smoother transition to CTE courses at the high school. In addition, more CTE courses are being added at the high school.

The new guide highlights online and dual enrollment course information along with the programs for earning college credit through J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. They include the College Connection Academy (33 college credits), the Online General Education Certificate (33 college credits) and the Advance College Academy (60 college credits).

Course selection and registration, as well as parent and student information sessions, will occur in March. Students will meet with counselors to review course selections and future plans through Friday, March 7.

An open house will be held at the junior high for rising seventh and eighth graders and their parents on Tuesday, March 18. Seventh grade course request forms are due to science teachers on Monday, March 24.

Course request verification forms for all rising seventh through 12th graders will be sent home on April 11. For complete course registration and information session schedules, see the junior high and high school websites by clicking on the “Schools” tab at .


Sunday, March 9, 2014 11:52 am.

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