Selecting Courses

Each spring, Oakland Tech counselors meet with students to discuss the course options available to them the following school year, including the necessary prerequisites and the graduation and college requirements each course meets.

Guidelines for Students

In order to plan the most meaningful program:

  • Discuss your choices with your parents, teachers and/or counselor before submitting your selection sheet.
  • Consider your time commitments, activities and responsibilities outside of school.
  • If you are a senior and only need 50 credits, you may be able to have 1st or 6th period free with parental permission, if your courses are offered other periods.
  • Consider your post high school plans. To be four-year-college eligible, we suggest five academic classes per year. You must earn Cs or better in classes used to meet college eligibility requirements.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors (HP) classes provide excellent preparation for higher education through college-level instruction and expectations. These advanced level classes also demand a heavy workload, including additional homework and summer work. Students are advised to think carefully about selecting AP/Honors courses in areas of interest to them and consider their overall demands before signing up for multiple AP/Honors courses.
  • Be sure that you have met all course prerequisites before trying to enroll in a class.
  • Alternate choices are required for all courses except required classes and math. Choose your alternates carefully. Your first choice is not guaranteed, and if you omit alternates they will be chosen for you.
  • If you are part of an academy or program, check with the academy to determine which courses you should take in 10th, 11th and 12th grade.
Please Note …
  • Oakland Tech has a student-driven master schedule and all staffing, class periods and course offerings are determined by your initial course requests. Therefore, there is very little flexibility to change, add, or drop classes once initial course selections are submitted. We cannot guarantee space in classes not required for graduation. We will try to honor your requests, but some courses may not be available due to student demand.
  • All classes are yearlong with the exception of 12th grade American Govt. (1st semester)/Econ (2nd semester).
  • Requests to change courses will be considered during the petition period on a case-by-case basis. After the initial petition period, changes may only be made with the approval of an administrator.
  • You may only select one course in each of the core subjects (Math, English, Science, History, World Language)

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