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Course Selection

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, 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, students should reference the following documents:

  • The Central York High School Course Selection Guide includes descriptions of every course and other important information about CYHS course options.
  • The Course Selection Reference sheet is a quick resource about graduation requirements and course sequences.  
  • Informative videos posted on CTV's YouTube channel, 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. Each student must review their progress toward graduation to select appropriate classes. 
  • Students are encouraged to discuss with faculty, parents/guardians, and school counselor. Each of these adults has the experience to help the student as they consider their career goals, abilities, interests, and aptitudes while selecting courses. Making a tentative four-year plan of study is usually helpful in planning course selection.

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 and at tinyurl.com/cyhsfreeperiod.

The CYHS administration uses the course requests (submitted in January/February) to create the master schedule of all courses taught for the following year, so it is crucial that students carefully consider their options at course selection time. Students cannot reasonably expect space 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 have the opportunity to build their 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 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. Students are encouraged to share any concerns with their school counselor immediately. 

Students must request changes to their original schedule before the established deadline. Withdrawal from courses after the deadline will be limited to medical reasons or the teacher and counselor's specific recommendation with the principal's approval.

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