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Advice on Scheduling

2019-2020 Course Catalog and Course Cards

When choosing which classes to take, make sure you are confident that you will be successful in the course, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This means that students will be able to earn As and Bs in their classes, and have time left for extracurricular activities.

Here are some key points to keep in mind when you are choosing classes for your schedule:

  • Review the course handbook, and read through the course descriptions to consider the level of difficulty.
  • Seek input from teachers who have taught the course and have valuable knowledge on the rigor of each particular course you are intending or inquiring to take.
  • Taking AP/Honors courses does not mean that you are guaranteed a good grade in the course. Make sure that you are prepared and ready to take a course that requires more time, effort and higher expectations.

Consider the following as you make your course selections:

  • We encourage students to choose an academic path where they will be successful.
  • Look at the student’s history in the particular subject. If a student has earned average or above average grades in standard courses, then it is best to assume that continuing in standard courses will set the student up for success.
  • If a student is earning A’s in all of his/her courses, without much effort or difficulty. It might be a good option to consider taking a AP/Honors courses. However, when choosing to take an AP/Honors course we encourage students to take courses they are interested in.
  • Students who are earning A’s in AP/Honors courses, but seem to be stressed, then it may be a good idea to reevaluate the course load when choosing courses for the following year.                             

MDUSD Graduation Requirements

Subject Credits 9th 10th 11th 12th
English 40 English I English II English III ERWC
Math 30 Algebra I Geometry Algebra II
Science 20 Life Science Physical Science
PE 20 PE 9 PE Elective
Social Science 30 World History US History

US Gov't/Econ

VAPA/World Lang/CTE

(10 credits from 2 out of 3)

Electives 60




Students must earn at least 220 credits in order to graduate from CHS. Students earn five (5) credits for each course passed each semester, or 60 credits a year if a six-period day is taken.