SCHEDULING FOR FALL 2021 WILL BEGIN FOR CURRENT 11TH GRADE CLASS ON MARCH 22ND
Beginning March 22nd, we will begin the scheduling process for Fall 2021 with our current 11th grade class (rising 12th grade). Our 11th 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 attached documents 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. This information can also be found on the counseling website.
Rising 12th 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 12th Grade Scheduling PowerPoint - PowerPoint presentation with clickable links.
How to Submit Fall 2021 Course Requests - Instructions on how to submit course requests on PowerSchool.
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 School Course Pre-Approval (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. It is your responsibility to enroll yourself into your course through these outside summer programs.
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 OFFICE HOURS AVAILABLE FOR SCHEDULING (MARCH 29 - APRIL 2)
Counselors will be offering virtual office hours during the week of March 29th for 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 29 - April 2 from 2:00PM - 3:30PM. We will contact students and parents/guardians if any changes occur.
ONLINE SCHEDULING WINDOW TO SUBMIT COURSE REQUESTS (APRIL 12-16)
Your scheduling window to submit your course requests for next year will open the week of April 12, 2021. The deadline to submit your course requests will be Friday, April 16th, 2021. Students will no longer be able to change or submit their course requests after April 16th.
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 April 16th 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. 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.
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.