The district schools conduct extensive orientation programs in subject and subject level variations in the course of study. To minimize disruptions of student schedules and to maintain class size balance and continuity of instruction, changes in student programs must be reasonably restricted.
Prior to the original program selection by the students, the schools conduct departmental programs describing subjects and subject level differences to provide students with reliable information to select their subjects.
Student's selected programs for the ensuing year are submitted for individual inspection in the spring of the year. These are proofs of the student's requests. Changes, additions, and/or deletions are permitted where possible as outlined in the change of schedule regulation below.
District Policy On Program Changes
The Lenape Regional High School District offers a comprehensive educational program to meet the needs and interests of all students. The Master Schedule is developed from course requests submitted in the late winter/early spring and is finalized in August in order to set student and teacher schedules and to set class sizes throughout the district. There is always the possibility that a class will close early due to heavy enrollment or that a class will not be scheduled due to an insufficient number of students electing that subject. Counselors meet with students and teachers to give input and recommendations as students are making their selections. No student may take more than one (1) five-day per week study hall in any year.
Schedule change decisions will be governed by the following guidelines:
It is in the student's best interest to have the appropriate schedule in place at the time school opens. Every effort is made to provide students with a schedule commensurate with state and district guidelines and personal post graduate plans prior to the opening of school in September. A request for a change in schedule must be submitted in writing, signed by a parent/guardian, to the counseling center prior to August 1.
Students who have requested a course on their selection sheets and have not been scheduled for the course may see their counselors during the first two weeks of school to correct the error.
Students are required to work to their fullest potential prior to making a request for any schedule change. Students must demonstrate that they have attempted to fulfill all course expectations, e.g., completion of all assignments, seeking extra help, and have met all other conditions established by the instructor.
Students enrolling in a course after the start of the semester are responsible for all course expectations. This includes coursework covered prior to the student's enrollment. The student is responsible for developing a work completion schedule with the instructor.
Level Changes - These are changes within the same subject area. Class changes between departments are not considered level changes. Level changes may be considered within the following time lines:
- All courses - Level changes will be considered from the sixth week of classes until one week after first marking period report cards have been issued and again for one week after first semester report cards have been issued.
- Course changes/Drops - The investigation into the possibility of course changes/drops for full year and first semester courses may begin with the third full week of school and continue up to the seventh week of classes. For second semester courses only, students will have the first two weeks at the start of the new semester to investigate changes.
- Withdrawal from any course will result in the recording of a WP (withdraw passing) or WF (withdraw failing) on the student's permanent record (transcripts).
- A change of teacher within the same course is not recommended. However, extenuating circumstances sometimes arise that may necessitate the need to consider a change. A teacher change may be made only by the principal after careful review of the supervisor's recommendation.
- No schedule change will be considered without teacher input. When a teacher determines it is in the student's best interest to remain in the course, a parent conference must be held before any further consideration is given to the request.
- Parental permission is necessary for ALL changes except those resulting from clerical error.
- Any change in schedule may impact Athletic Eligibility and/or college admissions.