Course Planning & Schedule Changes

We encourage students and families to research courses in which they would like to register. This includes reading the Academic Handbook, consulting teachers/peers, and researching objectives for AP and college courses online. 

Here is a resource that explains the SDUSD Student College Participation Criteria contract: College Contract 

For information about remediation and enrichment, please see our Summer School Info page.


After the semester has started, the only changes permitted are for level adjustments (i.e. advanced to regular). There is a specific process which must be followed:

Step 1: Student requests conference with teacher to discuss concerns.

Step 2: Parent requests conference with teacher to follow up on plan of action.

Step 3: Teacher, parent, and student agree that student has made every effort to succeed in class AND should still be considered for a level change.

Step 4: Student obtains course request change form from counselor and obtains signatures/approval of all affected teachers.

Step 5: Counselor may change student's schedule as long as receiving teacher has seats available at time of the reception of the change form. Administrative approval may also be necessary in some cases.

Level changes (only) may be made up to six weeks into the semester. College courses have a different and typically earlier timeline for adds/drops.

Please refer to (Academic Handbook) for additional information...

Students should request a course change if:

  • Repeating a course . If a student is placed in a course which was passed with a "C" or higher. In most cases, this is a student who completed an approved summer course and must alert his or her counselor. Please note, no new credit is awarded for courses repeated (same course number) if the student earned a "C" or higher previously.
  • Placed incorrectly . If a student is placed in a class that is too high a level (i.e. did not meet prerequisites) a counselor may adjust to the appropriate level. OR, if a teacher initiates a student's placement into a higher level class.
  • There is a "hole" or missing course in the schedule. Seniors with less than six classes must have consecutive meeting periods.

Student may request a course change within first 2 weeks of a semester if:

  • Repeating a failed course with the same teacher, as long as there are no restrictions with the master schedule.
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