SBHS GUIDELINES RELATED TO SCHEDULING EARLY RELEASE / LATE ARRIVAL Seniors who can meet ALL graduation requirements with a shortened schedule, and who have confirmation that personal transportation exists, may request Early Release/Late Arrival. Efforts will be made to schedule courses so that the requested Early Release/Late Arrival is facilitated; however, there is no guarantee that this will be possible. These options are noted on college transcripts. Seniors must take a minimum of four (4) courses.
HAP (HELP AND ACCESS PERIOD) HAP is a non-credit study period that is required for all freshman and select sophomores. Freshmen who wish to take a Music HAP without acquiring credit may choose this option during course selection by notifying their Crossroads counselor. If students want to take Music HAP for credit, they must elect to do so through the Option II process. Music HAP is scheduled during the desired course (Chorus, String Orchestra, Concert Band, or Symphonic Band.) Juniors and seniors may elect HAP as one of their courses for either the year or a semester.
HSPA PREPARATION Students whose scores indicate risk of failure on the New Jersey High School Proficiency Tests will be scheduled for specific classes to improve their skills. However, prior to that time, we utilize practice tests and other measures to assess students' potential for success on this graduation requirement. Those students who are in danger of not passing a section of the test will be placed into classes designed to provide skill development.
PREREQUISITES In order to sign up for a course that has a prerequisite, students MUST meet ALL stated prerequisites at the time of course selection. Students who have not met the required prerequisites at the time of registration will not have these course requests added to their proposed schedules. Prerequisites are checked again at the end of the year, so final grades must be maintained in order to remain in a desired course.
SUMMER COURSEWORK TOWARD PREREQUISITES Students who plan to take summer course work to satisfy prerequisites should inform their counselors of this intention. However, their course selections will not reflect these plans, and there will be no guarantee that the desired course will be available at the end of the summer even if the prerequisite is met. Please be aware of the following:
- Students will not receive Honors or A.P. weighting for any classes taken outside of SBHS.
- In order to use an advancing (120 hour) summer course offered through the SBHS Summer Institute as a prerequisite for a math course, students must comply with the Math department’s standards/procedures for use of summer school advancing coursework. Be sure you read the department section carefully.
- Credit for a summer course taken outside of SBHS, and that is for advancement, will be issued by SBHS only if the student achieves both an 85% in the course as well as an 85% on the placement exam.
- A summer remedial course (60 hrs.) can be used to make up credits for a course failed during the school year. Parents are responsible for all financial costs. The original course and grade remain on the transcript. The grade from summer school is also listed on the transcript and included in the GPA. Enrichment classes (60-100 hrs.) must be pre-approved in order to satisfy a prerequisite. No credit is given to enrichment work. Enrichment coursework and grades are listed on the transcript but not included in the GPA.
HONORS / ADVANCED PLACEMENT / COLLEGE LEVEL COURSES These courses are designed to be very challenging in the level of material and concepts presented, the pace of the course, and the amount of work required. Advanced Placement (AP) courses require students to complete college-level work and are considered to be our most rigorous courses.
In order to take these classes students must fulfill ALL entry requirements and be fully committed to remaining in the course for the FULL school year. There is NO guarantee that students who wish to drop these courses at any point after course sign-up will be able to get into a suitable alternative.
AP courses require an application and approval from the appropriate supervisor or teacher which is done during course selection. For AP courses that require a summer assignment: Students are responsible for getting the summer assignments and materials from the appropriate teachers prior to the last week of school. Failure to submit the completed summer assignment by the due date will result in removal from the class and placement in a HAP. In addition, any AP student who drops a course after the beginning of school will also be placed in a HAP.
SCHEDULE CHANGES Students should take the course selection process very seriously. Before making course choices, students must be familiar with course descriptions and requirements. Changing your selections after the fact will be very difficult, if at all possible. Before selections are finalized, counselors will review the choices, checking prerequisites and considering post-high school plans. It is the students’ responsibility to be familiar with qualifications for the courses they wish to take and their status regarding graduation requirements and college entrance requirements.
We encourage students to make the BEST decisions NOW and to make a serious commitment to the courses they originally select.