Course Selection

Each spring, Oakland Tech counselors and administrators give presentations to all students to discuss the course options available to them the following school year, including the necessary prerequisites and the graduation and college requirements each class meets.

2019 Pre-Scheduling Presentation for Current Freshmen

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2019 10th, 11th & 12th Grade Course Selection Forms

These forms are handed out to students during class presentations given by counselors and administrators.

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2019 Academy/Pathway/Paideia Lab Classes

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2019 New Electives

We’re delighted to offer four new electives for the 2019-20 school year. Because these electives were added after students submitted their course selection forms, students interested in any of the following should meet with their counselors to add it to their course requests for next year.

  • B7601 Stage Craft (open to all): Stagecraft is the technical aspect of theatrical, film, and video production. It includes constructing and rigging scenery; hanging and focusing of lighting; design and procurement of costumes; make-up; stage management; audio engineering; and procurement of props.
  • N1102 Choir P (open to all): Beginners and advanced chorus and ensembles.
  • P0921 African Dance (open to all): African dance. may include but is not limited to moves, rhythms, and rituals so central to tribal life survived slavery and cultural appropriation that influences western society and choreography while remaining a vibrant component of African tradition today.
  • B2602 Art & Communication for Social Change (Dramatic Art) (open to all; priority given to RPL students): The Art for Social Communication and Change course focuses on students’ personal expression and communication skills. Each unit will be aligned with professional guest artists who specialize in Art as a healing practice for the individual, society, and our planet. This year-long course will cover Art forms through a social justice lens such as collage, spoken word poetry, political posters, watercolor,  playwriting, self-portrait, symbol making, mural projects, street photography, music, mural painting, and relief sculpture. Students will create individual and group artistic works while participating in self-reflection and peer feedback process. 

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/pathway, check with your academy teachers 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 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.
  • 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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