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Course Change Procedures

ADDING COURSES

After teacher, parent, and counselor consultation, students may add courses before the semester begins if class enrollments permit. No additions will be permitted after the first ten days of a semester course  (both fall and spring semester courses inclusive) or the first twenty days of a full year course.


COURSE WAIVERS

Students not recommended for a course may request a waiver. Waivers are granted on the following conditions: Space availability, Priority will be given to students recommended for the course , final academic performance in current course, and date waiver form was received in the guidance office.

WITHDRAWING FROM A COURSES

Students may withdraw from a courses only after parent, teacher, and counselor consultation, and signature of department supervisor. Semester courses dropped after ten school days, and year courses dropped after twenty school days, regardless to when the student enrolls in Mahwah High School, will carry a grade of WF (withdrawn failing) on the student's permanent record.

Senior (Grade12) students who withdraw from a class (WF, WA) without administrative approval, after the deadline forfeit off campus privileges for study hall. Students may not withdraw from a full year course after the completion of the third marking period.

COURSE CODES AND COURSE GRADE

WA = Withdrawal due to attendance (cutting class) Course grade = 0

WF = Withdrawal after withdrawal deadline Course grade = 0

I = Incomplete grade Course grade = 55 (if course work is not completed 10 school days after the close of the marking period)

COURSE CHANGES

Core course placement is based upon multiple measures of assessment data, as well as teacher recommendations. Students are NOT permitted to initiate a level change unless a substantial academic reason exists that is approved by the department supervisor and director of guidance after a conference with the parent/guardian and student. Level change requests will be reviewed after 30 days.

Parent, counselor, teacher, and department supervisor’s recommendation and signatures are required when students request to change  a course.  Requests for semester course level changes after ten days, and for year courses after twenty days, require approval from the principal and the original course will remain on the transcript and be designated a grade code of W (Withdrawal). All numerical grades and attendance codes will transfer to the new course, and will receive the new course's weighting for ranking purposes.

CREDITS AND TRANSCRIPTS

The Guidance Department serves as the registrar for the school.
Student permanent records are maintained and official transcripts are issued through the Guidance office. Transcripts to colleges or future employers must be requested through Naviance.

STUDY HALL OPTION FOR SENIORS ONLY

Students in grades 12 are not permitted to be scheduled into more than one study option (hall). Grade 09,10, and 11 students are required to enroll in 8 courses.