All students and parents/guardians from the Class of 2021 were sent the following information via email on Monday, 3/23. If you did not receive this email, please contact Elizabeth Feltham or Ludivina Samson to verify that we have your correct email address on file.
Monday, March 23, 2020
Prior to our school closure due to COVID-19, we had planned to start scheduling for Fall 2020 this week with our junior class. To ensure that we have enough time to consider your course requests for next year, we will be transitioning to an online scheduling format.
We understand that this process is 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 read the attached instructions carefully and follow each step as instructed to enter and submit your course requests for next year.
You will have until March 31st to input your course requests for next year. Students will no longer be able to change any course requests as of April 1st. 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 any course requests by March 31st.
Please locate the following documents under "Important Documents" in the right hand column of this page or by clicking the links below.
Fall 2020 Course Selection Sheet - We will need this completed and signed by your parent/guardian when we return to school.
High School Graduation/A-G College (CSU/UC) Eligibility Requirements - Please reference this to decide which courses you are requesting next year depending on your post-secondary plan.
Course Description Book - For course descriptions of all courses offered at Torrance High School.
AP/Honors Commitment Form - Only required for students requesting an AP or Honors course. Students will need to submit a PDF or picture of an AP/Honors form signed by a parent/guardian. Email your counselor if you encounter any difficulties.
Summer School Course Pre-Approval Form - If you are planning on taking a summer course to get ahead, please complete this 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 2020 - Unfortunately we are unable to approve Method Schools this year
Please email your counselor if you have any scheduling or course-related questions. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.
11th Grade Counseling Services Overview
The junior year has a reputation for being one of the most challenging years of high school. In addition to a more rigorous course load, students dedicate a great deal of time to completing the SAT or ACT. As a result, it is very important to maintain a balanced and healthy schedule. As always, counselors are available to help students navigate this challenging year. Our counseling program helps students anticipate the college application process and develop their career interests.
College and Career Day/PSAT – October
All juniors will have the opportunity to take the PSAT. If the PSAT is taken during the junior year it counts as the NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). This test is use by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to qualify students for scholarships. If the student is a semi-finalist they will have to complete an additional application in the fall of their senior year. All juniors will also attend a motivational/inspirational assembly and attend our college fair.
Financial Aid Evening Presentation - October
The counseling department will host an evening presentation for students and parent/guardians on the financial aid application process, types of financial aid, scholarships and deadlines. We will invite a guest speaker with extensive knowledge and experience to present on this topic.
PSAT/College Info Night – January
This informative evening presentation prepares parents and students for the college admissions process in senior year. While the presentation focuses primarily on the "big picture," it also goes into detail regarding system requirements, including: California State Universities, the University of California, private schools, and out of state schools as well. Learning about the college admissions process in the junior year can help to reduce stress during senior year.
Counselors meet with all junior students in the classroom to discuss how to best prepare for the college application process. Counselors typically discuss how to put together a list of schools, how to anticipate writing personal statements, how to remain organized, and how to request a counselor letter of recommendation. The goal is to help students reduce stress in the fall by providing tips and telling them what to expect.
Junior 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 junior counseling conference is a great place to get guidance on course selections for senior year.
Every junior meets individually with their counselor to review their 12th grade schedule, review A-G requirements, and make sure they will meet all graduation requirements.
Super Match and Compare & Contrast Colleges I'm Thinking About - March
A month after alpha counselor presentation, students will research colleges and add colleges they are thinking about on Naviance. Students will also compare and contrast three colleges and review data on admission rates, GPA requirements, SAT/ACT scores, etc.
Introduction to Scholarship Searches - Spring
Students will learn how to search for scholarships. Students will go on Fastweb, create an account, and find one potential scholarship.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.