Scheduling Process - Grades 9-12
On an annual basis, the North Allegheny School District revises and publishes its Program of Studies. The course offerings for each grade level and content area are designed in a sequential manner. The beginning of the document outlines general information and terminology to assist this important process. The remainder of the document focuses on course descriptions for each Department and the special programs available to meet individual student needs.
In March of every year, the District publishes a Scheduling Timeline that identifies the major benchmarks for this process. With the need to schedule approximately 2,600 students, it is important for students, parents, and the professional staff to understand the expectations. Certain courses are required within each grade level. At other times, students are recommended for a course based upon the pre-requisite criteria or sequence designed in that particular Department. Some courses are only available at certain times or in certain grade levels. For more information about requirements for specific classes of students (i.e., STEM requirement for the Class of 2015), please visit the Graduation Requirements link. Please contact the School Counseling Office with specific questions.
Scheduling Requirements for High School Students
1. At least 2.0 credits of Elective Courses must be acquired in the Arts and Humanities. Arts and Humanities courses include additional courses in English, Social Studies, World Languages, Visual Arts, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Music Arts.
2. Students must schedule a minimum number of credits each year:
Grade 9 – 7.0 credits Grade 11 – 7.0 credits
Grade 10 – 7.0 credits Grade 12 – 7.0 credits
Students who deviate from this requirement must have the approval of the Building Principal.
3. Successful completion of a minimum of 10 credits is required to achieve junior standing. Students with deficiencies in English, Math, Science, or Social Studies will require a review in order to be eligible for full-time enrollment at the Senior High School.
4. There are eight (8) instructional periods at the Intermediate High School and Senior High School.
5. During any semester students should not have more than two (2) study halls per day.
Middle School Scheduling
The middle level program at the North Allegheny School District is designed to meet the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of adolescents. The scheduling timeline for students entering grades six through eight is similar to the high school - but occurs in a simplified manner. Depending on the particular grade level, students have only a few choices for music or world languages. Math recommendations are based on a score earned through a matrix which utilizes multiple criteria. Parents should contact the School Counseling Office with specific questions related to scheduling.