Course Selection & Descriptions 2020-2021

Dear Students and Families,


The week of April 20th, 2020, you will receive a link to an online survey to make your course selections for the 2020-21 school year. Please read the course descriptions and requirements below carefully before making your selections. If you do not complete the course request survey, your guidance counselor will use their best judgment to determine your schedule for next year. This guide and its descriptions are to be used to help make the best decisions for your course selections next year.

All students are to review the following information regarding their courses for next year:

1) All students in grades 9-12 will be on an 8:20 AM-2:40 PM (periods 2-9) schedule.

2) Please read the course descriptions and requirements before making your selections. You will not be registered for a course that you are not eligible to take. Your current teacher in the subject area must approve your acceptance into any advanced course. You must maintain over an 85 in Honors classes to remain in Honors the following year. 

3) Students can only be scheduled for a maximum of 2 college-level courses per year (AP/ESF). Please discuss your selections with your Teachers, Guidance Counselor and Parents. Once you are accepted into an AP Course it cannot be dropped, and you are expected to sit for the AP exam in May. 

4) Your schedules will be set when you arrive in September. Courses will be scheduled based on student interest and the school’s budgetary capabilities. Courses that do not  have enough student interest will not run. We may not be able to guarantee your first choice. Programs will not be changed unless you are missing a course required for graduation. selectionguide



Rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors,
  1. Please watch this short 3-minute video Part 1 describing how you can start planning what courses you want to take in the Fall.
  2. Part 2 video (6 minutes) on Course Selection
  3. After the video, you can review the course selection guide here. We recommend you review your course selections with your families and guidance counselors.
  4. Complete the Survey and make your choices!


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World Languages

HSES has language classes in French, Mandarin, Italian, and Spanish


Advanced Placement & College Level Courses

AP college level courses Biology, Computer Science Principles, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Psychology,  Environmental Science, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, United States History, Economics, and World History.