Essential Planning and Registration Information
Each year the registration process begins with the posting of the revised “Program of Studies” and continues with student and parent meetings, followed by online registration. Students and parents are encouraged to review all information in each of the links under the Academics tab found on the homepage of each school’s website and to register online at home, using the registration instructions. The opening and closing days and times for the registration tab on the Infinite Campus portal and parent meeting dates and times are posted on the high school calendars and websites. Paper copies of all curriculum and registration information listed on the website are available upon request by contacting the Dean’s office, Student Services Office or Link12 Program Coordinator. Additionally, any student unable to register at home will be assisted in completing registration at school.
Program of Studies
The curriculum guide for Lakeville high schools is entitled, “Program of Studies”. Included in this joint document for Lakeville North, Lakeville South and Link12 Lakeville is an overview of each curricular area and descriptions of all courses offered in each area. Parents and students are encouraged to review this document and all accompanying information to assist in planning an educational program and accounting for student’s completion of credits for graduation. While parents and students are primarily responsible for ensuring students meet all requirements for graduation, Deans and the Link12 Program Coordinator are available to assist, support, and provide guidance in the process.
Instructional Delivery and Location
Each course in the Program of Studies lists instructional delivery method and location. Before choosing a course, students should be sure to review if the course is taught face-to-face, hybrid (part time face-to-face and part time online) or fully online. Additionally, because all students are able to take courses at Lakeville North, Lakeville South or through Link12 Lakeville, students should carefully check the location of the course offering.
A document entitled, “Credit Check”, is a one-page summary of all requirements for each class designated by year of graduation. The credit check illustrates the forty-four semester credits needed by curricular area, the career portfolio activities to be completed in grades 9-12, and the standardized testing requirements for graduation. Students must meet all the essential components in order to earn a diploma and participate in graduation ceremonies.
Course Selection Form
Another document created to assist in registration for classes is entitled, “Course Selection Form”. The course selection forms include a list of all courses available by grade level. For instance, the 9th grade course selection form lists all required courses and all electives available to freshman. Please note, it is important to read each course description in the Program of Studies, as there are prerequisites for many courses. This form is distributed to all students and is available online during registration.
In addition to meeting the requirements for graduation, students are encouraged to register for classes that are academically appropriate for future education or entering the workforce after high school. Students wishing to go to four-year colleges are strongly recommended to register for Advanced Placement courses and core courses required for admission. Statistics clearly indicate students who take core classes (English, social studies, math and science) all four years will have improved test scores, which may be the difference in obtaining admission at the post-secondary school of choice. Students wishing to attend technical colleges or enter the workforce are encouraged to look at the many elective offerings in the area most closely associated with their career goals, and to review possible dual credit or articulated credit options. Students and parents are highly encouraged to also review a document entitled, “Elective Courses by Career Field” to view various high school courses associated with career paths.
Students are required to register for a minimum of 12 semester long courses per year. All courses are offered on a semester-long basis. When students register, they are required to indicate alternate choices for electives. Due to space limitations and schedule conflicts, it is extremely important for students to list alternate choices. Courses will only be offered when warranted by enrollment and when appropriate staff is available.
Students who intend to participate in athletics at a Division I or Division II college as a freshman must meet the eligibility requirements established the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Eligibility requirements may be obtained through the Deans’ office or Activities/Athletics website.
Credit Attainment and Schedule Expectations
All courses are offered on a semester-long basis. Students receive .5 credit upon successful completion of a semester-long course. Transfer grades (from other high schools, college classes, University of Minnesota Talented Youth Math Program, home school, accelerated learning, online school, etc.) will be reviewed by the Dean of Students to determine credit placement. Transfer grades will be used to compute cumulative grade point average (GPA) and class rank. Any student choosing to take more than 50% of their courses online through Link12 Lakeville will be a Link12 Lakeville student.
Schedule corrections are based on need and availability of courses. Students have three days after the start of the semester to request schedule corrections. Exceptions may be made at the Dean’s discretion if special needs or other factors exist. Students are expected to remain enrolled in six courses each semester. If a special circumstance occurs, a student has the first twenty school days of a semester to withdraw from a course. Beyond twenty days, any course withdrawal will be recorded as a “W” on the student’s record and will negatively affect the student’s GPA.
Any student failing a required course or withdrawing before the end of the semester must repeat the semester course to receive credit. Any student maintaining fewer than five courses per semester is subject to dismissal for the remainder of the semester. Students may not retake a course in an attempt to earn a better grade for any course in which they have earned a passing grade (D- or above).