SCHEDULING FOR FALL 2021 WILL BEGIN FOR CURRENT 10TH GRADE CLASS ON MARCH 8TH
Beginning March 8th, we will begin the scheduling process for Fall 2021 with our current 10th grade class (rising 11th grade). Our 10th graders will be viewing their grade level scheduling presentation this week through their English class.
This year, we will be utilizing an online scheduling format. All students will be submitting their course requests on PowerSchool. We understand that this process may be new to you so we are going to provide detailed instructions to help you navigate the online course request scheduling feature on PowerSchool. Please make sure you review the documents below carefully and follow each step as instructed to enter and submit your course requests for next year.
Please review the following documents by clicking the links or attachments below to help you with your course selections.
Rising 11th Grade Scheduling Presentation - Counseling presentation with a voiceover discussing the scheduling process, timelines, grad/A-G requirements, course offerings, CTE pathways, and how to submit course requests on PowerSchool.
Rising 11th Grade Scheduling PowerPoint - PowerPoint presentation with clickable links.
PowerSchool Fall 2021 Course Requests - Instructions on how to submit course requests.
Fall 2021 Course Offerings List - List of courses offered for rising 10th graders.
Introduction to Data Science - Course description for a new math class offered next year.
Course Description Book - For course descriptions of all courses offered and curricular pathways at Torrance High School.
Summer Correspondence Course Pre-Approval Request (Google Form) - If you are planning on taking a summer class to get ahead, please complete this Google form and let your counselor know which summer program and course you plan to take. Please wait for your counselor’s approval before enrolling.
List of Summer School Programs for 2021 - Please note we are unable to approve Method Schools and Pacific Coast High School this year.
Special Programs List - Overview of special programs and contact information.
VIRTUAL COUNSELING OFFICE HOURS AVAILABLE FOR SCHEDULING (MARCH 15 - 19)
Counselors will be offering virtual office hours during the week of March 15th for 10th grade parents and students to answer any scheduling related questions or provide recommendations. We will be seeing students/families in the order they arrive. We appreciate your patience with us during this time.
Counselors will be available via Zoom from March 15th - 19th (Mon - Fri) from 2:00PM - 4:00PM.
ONLINE SCHEDULING WINDOW TO SUBMIT COURSE REQUESTS (MARCH 22 - 26)
Your scheduling window to submit your course requests for next year will open on Monday, March 22nd. The deadline to submit your course requests will be Friday, March 26th. Students will no longer be able to change or submit their course requests after March 26th.
Please note that the courses you select are "requests" and that counselors will be making any changes, as needed, to ensure that students will meet their graduation requirements as well as meeting any necessary course prerequisites.
Counselors will be choosing courses for students who are unable to enter their course requests by the March 19th deadline.
More information regarding our athletic programs at Torrance High School will be available in the coming weeks. For students that are interested in participating in sports, please continue to monitor your emails or the Athletics page on the Torrance High School website for more information regarding try-outs, clearance information, and eligibility.
For most athletic programs, students are required to try-out and submit medical clearance forms before being placed on the team.
If you are currently in a sport and plan to continue the same sport next year, please select PE-Athletics when submitting your course requests.
If you are NOT currently in a sport and would like to try out for a sport next year, please select either PE 10-12 or PE Weight Training. Once students have completed try outs and have been medically cleared, counselors will receive final rosters from our coaches and we will adjust schedules accordingly.
For students interested in taking a summer course, please take a look at the summer programs list that is attached to this email. When you have decided where you would like to take the course, please complete the Summer Correspondence Course Pre-Approval Google Form.
Once the student has completed their summer course and provided their counselor with a copy of their summer transcript, schedules will be adjusted accordingly.
10th Grade Counseling Services Overview
The sophomore year is a great time for students to broaden their foundation by getting involved in extracurricular activities. When setting up the 4-year plan, counselors discuss standardized testing, colleges of interest, career interests, and any extracurricular activities. Our school offers a wide variety of clubs and honors societies that give students the opportunity to develop their interests. Many students also give back to the community by volunteering with different organizations. Through civic engagement students develop leadership skills, learn to take initiative, and learn to work with professionals. Furthermore, they see how they can make a difference in the world around them.
Sophomore Classroom Presentation - November
Counselors present to all sophomore students in the classroom and provide an overview on graduation and college entrance requirements. We also stress the importance of getting good grades, GPA calculation for college admissions and college admission testing information (PSAT, Practice-ACT, SAT/ACT).
College and Career Day/PreACT – October
The PreACT is offered during October of the sophomore year. All sophomores will have the opportunity to take this test. Test taking is a skill that must be practiced; the PreACT is a great opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with the timing and format of the ACT. This practice version will give them an unofficial score that will not be reported to any colleges. They also receive a print out of their results showing them what sections they are strong in and what areas need improvement. One thing that sets the PreACT apart from the PSAT is that it includes a career component in the results. In addition, all sophomores will also attend a motivational/inspirational assembly and attend our college fair.
Naviance Career Interest Finder
All sophomore students will take a career interest inventory to research various careers and a path for education (major, degrees, skills required, etc.) utilizing Naviance, an online college and career planning software available to all THS students.
College Planning Night
During this evening presentation for parents and students, we will review the test scores and have various breakout sessions for families interested in learning more about the admissions process for community colleges, UC, CSU and private universities.
Sophomore Counseling Conference – February/March
This presentation covers high school graduation requirements, college admissions requirements and standardized testing. Students will also review their current transcript and academic progress. These appointments are scheduled throughout February and March. The sophomore counseling conference is a great place to get guidance on course selections for junior year.
NHS Tutoring: National Honors Society students are available in the Library after-school to tutor in any subject. To coordinate tutoring please contact Ms. Rashid at .
Faculty Tutoring Program: THS offers free faculty tutoring during the week one hour prior to school and one hour after school in English, Mathematics and Sciences. Please see the faculty tutoring schedule which will be available after 1st quarter.
Khan Academy: Free online tutoring academy. Expert-created content and resources for every subject and level which include math, science, history, art history, economic and more. They offer free practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.