9th Grade


Beginning March 1st, we began the scheduling process for Fall 2021 with our current 9th grade class (rising 10th grade). Our 9th 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. 




Counselors will be offering virtual office hours during the week of March 8th for 9th 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 8th - 12th (Mon - Fri) from 2:00PM - 4:00PM. 



Your scheduling window to submit your course requests for next year will open the week of March 15th. The deadline to submit your course requests will be Friday, March 19th. Students will no longer be able to change or submit their course requests after March 19th. 


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. Once 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.

9th Grade Counseling Services Overview 

During freshman year it is essential to establish a strong academic foundation. Most students experience a new level of academic challenge when they begin their high school course work. As a department we have made it our goal to support students in the transition process and have focused our 9th grade guidance curriculum on bolstering academic success.

Incoming Freshmen Student and Parent Night

During the spring before the 9th grade, counselors will host a evening presentation and discuss graduation and college entrance requirements, resources available on campus and provide an overview of the scheduling process.

Freshmen Orientation - October

In our "Freshmen Orientation" guidance lesson students will discuss:

  • Graduation requirements and college entrance requirements

  • Available support resources on our campus

  • Strategies for success

The PowerPoint presentation for this lesson will be available to download in the Fall.

College and Career Day - October

All freshmen participate in various teacher-led activities to help students develop self-awareness and understand how to relate to others. Students will also attend a motivational assembly.

Four Year Plans


Throughout the year, counselors will meet with freshmen to discuss their four year plan to help students build a road map towards their post-secondary goal.

Introduction to Naviance 

In the fall, 9th graders will review their Strengths Explorer results. Out of their top 3 themes, students will select one theme that will lead them to various pathways and select one pathway. They will then research one career within that pathway. Students will review career specifications which include salary, required education, skills, duties/responsibilities & job outlook.

Freshmen 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 freshmen counseling conference is a great place to get guidance on course selections for sophomore year.


Naviance Cluster Finder Assessment


In the spring, 9th graders will research various career clusters. Students will take the assessment to see which cluster they scored the highest, select a cluster they are most interested in, and compare the two clusters. 


Additional Support:


Freshman/Senior Buddy: In the fall, 9th grade students can sign up to be matched with a Senior peer mentor to help support them as they transition to high school.

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 rashid.nazia@tusd.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. 

Torrance High School's Counseling Department