Course Selection

Course Selection Procedure

Students select their courses each winter for the following year. Every student is expected to complete a course selection sheet and return it to the School Counseling Office by the posted deadline. Additionally, students in grades 9, 10, and 11 are expected to enter their course requests online in Skyward by the posted deadline. 

While deciding upon the courses a student is selecting, the following resources should be referenced:

  • ThCentral York High School Course Selection Guide, which includes descriptions of every course and other important information about CYHS course options.
  • The Course Selection Reference sheet, which was distributed to all 8th, 9th, 10th, & 11th graders and is also attached below.  
  • Informative videos posted here, including instruction about the course selection procedure (made by our administrators and school counselors) and helpful videos about specific courses and programs (made by expert faculty members). 
  • Student grade history on Skyward. It is important that each student reviews his/her progress toward graduation so that he/she may select appropriate classes. 
  • Discussions with faculty, parents/guardians and school counselor. Each of these adults has experience that can help the student as he/she considers his/her career goals, abilities, interests and aptitudes while selecting courses.  Making a tentative four-year plan of study is usually helpful in planning course selection.
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Students entering grades 9, 10, and 11 must schedule 8 credits per year. Students in grade 12 may select fewer than 8 credits if they submit the parent permission form, which is available in the School Counseling Office.

The CYHS administration uses the course requests (submitted in February) to create the master schedule of all courses taught for the following year, so it is crucial that students take the time to consider their options carefully at course selection time. Students cannot reasonably expect space to exist in courses if they do not show their interest in these courses at course selection.

In the spring, students in grades 9 through 12 will be given the opportunity to build their own schedules in Skyward through "arena scheduling".  Students should consider their options very carefully at this time, considering appropriate course sequencing, course prerequisite completion, and appropriate balance of course difficulty.

Incoming 9th graders will not participate in arena scheduling, but are encouraged to review their schedule (when they receive it for Move The Pride) for appropriate course sequencing, course prerequisite completion and balance of academic courses. Ideally, there should be two academic courses in the first semester and two academic courses in the second semester.  Any concerns that the student has should be brought to the attention of their school counselor immediately.


imageAny changes to the original schedule must be requested prior to the established deadline.  Withdrawal from courses after the deadline will be limited to medical reasons or the specific recommendation of the teacher and counselor with the approval of the principal.

Students who fail required courses are encouraged to make up these courses in summer school or through credit recovery during the school year. Specific information concerning the credit recovery and summer school offerings may be obtained from the School Counseling Office.

High School Course Selection Guide 2019-2020.pdf
Course Selection Reference Sheet.pdf