Academic Student Planning
Georgetown ISD has academic course offerings to prepare you for higher education experience and post-secondary success. Once you begin your college experience or career, you need to feel confident that your high school preparation was more than adequate: this is academic readiness, a crucial component for college and career success.Think about the following questions when creating an academic plan that will fit your personal college and career readiness goals:
- Have you worked with your parents and counselor on your 4-year plan?
- Are you participating in challenging and rigorous courses and extra/co-curricular activities?
- Do you know how to calculate your GPA?
- What is your plan for completing a college entrance exam?
2020-2021 Course Selection Materials
The Transition Years
As counselors, we know that moving from one grade to the next can bring feelings of uncertainty, but also excitement! However, in a student's transition from elementary to middle school or middle to high school, these feelings are often magnified in both student and parent. Campus counselors from all levels are here to support your student, and you, in this process. Please check the website of your current campus to receive important information about these transitions. We have posted the 5th to 6th grade and 8th to 9th grade parent presentations in English and Spanish below for your reference. Please reach out to your current campus counselor with any questions you may have.
Four Year Planning in 8th Grade and Beyond
Check out the GISD Four Year Planning website which houses information to aid students and parents in learning about course options, as well as terminology, at the high school level while supporting students in creating or updating their four-year plan. As always, please reach out to your student's counselor with further questions you may have about academic planning.
Is my student ready for Pre-AP/AP courses?
Pre-AP and AP courses are designed to challenge motivated students and prepare them for success in college-level course work in high school and beyond. These courses move at a faster pace, are more academically challenging, require additional outside reading, including summer reading, and require more independent learning than on-level courses. To read more about advanced courses in Georgetown ISD, please click on the link below:
Secondary Schools Schedule Change GuidelinesThe course selection process starts in January and continues through the spring semester each school year. During this process, students and families have the opportunity to learn about the required coursework and available electives in Georgetown ISD. Students will choose their courses for the following school year before spring break. Students will have the opportunity to make changes to these requests at course verification time in April-May. In order to prepare for the following school year, and to ensure the accuracy of the requests, we only allow requests to be made on the course selection worksheet and/or the course verification worksheet, and we require a parent signature. After these processes are complete, students may request a schedule change. Schedule change requests must be made in writing, with a parent signature, within five (5) days of the start of class. Requests may not be approved.
Requests for schedule changes will be approved for the following reasons:
1. Error in schedule (This will be confirmed by counselor and the course verification form. If the course verification form was not returned, this request will be denied.)
2. Student failure in prerequisite course
3. Change in program (athletics, band, choir, orchestra, etc.)
To read more about the Secondary Schedule Change Guidelines, please click here: GISD Secondary Schools Schedule Change Guidelines.
College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR):
In GISD, school counselors work collaboratively with the Department of College, Career, and Military Readiness. Starting in seventh grade, students will begin to look at courses they can take in middle school for high school credit. In eighth grade, students begin to learn about graduation requirements and the process of "four-year planning". This process allows them to explore their interests using programs such as Naviance and plan out their four years in high school with specific courses that align with these interests. Part of this process includes exposure to Career Technology Courses (CTE) that students can take in high school. Once in high school, counselors work with students to refine their courses and graduation plans as their interests change. Additionally, each high school campus has a CCMR specialist who takes the lead on helping students in their post-secondary pursuits.