Class Change Policy

Oakland Tech makes every effort to schedule students into appropriate classes which meet high school graduation requirements, a-g eligibility criteria and for which the student is properly prepared. However, we recognize that issues may arise with a student’s scheduled classes due to extenuating circumstances. Please read the following policy carefully before requesting a change.

First Three Weeks of School

Class changes during the first three weeks of school are allowed ONLY to:

  • rectify scheduling errors
  • address graduation and/or a-g requirements
  • balance classes

No changes will be made for teacher or period preferences.

Fourth Week of School to Week After First Marking Period

Class changes between the fourth week of school and the week following the first marking period may be made by petition for two reasons only:

  • lack of requisite preparation in the subject area (as determined by school faculty)
  • a personal hardship, such as long-term illness, family trauma or other potentially debilitating circumstances

An administrator will make the decision about the petition on the basis of requisite preparation or hardship in consultation with the student, parent/guardian, counselor and teachers and by examination of transcript and test scores. The first priority is to hold students to the expectations and workload of the current class.

After the petition deadline, withdrawal from classes will result in an “F” grade for the semester. Requests based on extenuating circumstances occurring after the deadline must be documented and presented to the student’s grade level administrator. Appeal of a denied class withdrawal petition must be made directly to the principal.

Second Semester

Students who earn a “D” or “F” in first semester may petition to change classes if there is a lower level of the same class or the current class is not a graduation requirement. Deadline for petitions is the end of the first week of the second semester.

OUSD regulation AR5121

A student who drops a course during the first six weeks of the semester may do so without any entry on his/her permanent record card. A student who drops a course after the first six weeks of the semester shall receive an F grade on his/her permanent record, unless otherwise decided by the principal or designee because of extenuating circumstances. 

OUSD prohibits unlawful discrimination (such as discriminatory harassment, intimidation, or bullying) against any student, employee, or other person participating in district programs and activities, including, but not limited to, those programs or activities funded directly by or that receive or benefit from any state financial assistance, based on the person's actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital, pregnancy, or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information, or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Government Code 11135, or Penal Code 422.55 or equity or compliance with Title IX, or based on his/her association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics (5 CCR 4610). BOARD POLICY 0410. BOARD POLICY 1312.3. BOARD POLICY 4030. BOARD POLICY 5143.3. BOARD POLICY 5145.7. Complaint forms are available at school sites, on the district webpage at www.ousd.org/ombudsperson, at the Office of the Ombudsperson located at 1000 Broadway, 1st Floor, Suite 150, Oakland, CA 94607, or via telephone 510-879-4281.

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