WHS Student Services RUSH Week
RUSH Week Continues with
Kitchen Table Talk: Course Request FAQs
1. What is a course request?
A course request is an itemized list of courses that will be used to generate your
student’s schedule for the 2019-20 school year. The course request lists recommended
courses; however, courses are subject to change as staffing needs are determined.
Course requests are provided to middle school students in late February. Please review
this and document any changes because this document will be used to develop your
child’s schedule. There will limited to no opportunities to make additional changes once
2. How are courses determined?
Courses are determined in three ways: teachers make recommendations based on
progress in current courses; counselors review transcripts and place students in the
correct course based on county placement guides; remaining courses are selected as
needed to fill holes (counselors prioritize the electives that students showed interest in)
3. How many courses should my student have?
Each 9th grade student will have 8 credit hours on their course request.
4. My student says that he has previously taken a course that’s on the current
course request. What should we do?
Log into Home Access and take a look at the student’s transcript.
If you see a course (accompanied by a passing grade) listed on the transcript,
then a change is needed. Please complete the bottom of the course request form
indicating this change.
5. My student would like an honors or AP class. What should we do?
Teachers recommended students for AP and/or honors classes based on current
progress in courses, as outlined in Fulton County’s Placement Guide. If your student
was not recommended for advanced courses, you may submit a waiver requesting
for your child to be placed in a particular class. Please indicate the change on the
bottom of the course request AND retrieve the course waiver form from your
6. Will my students have these exact same courses in the fall?
Even though we aim to ensure students get the same courses that are listed on the
request, there is no guarantee. There are other factors that affect scheduling
between now and the beginning of school, such as staffing and scheduling building
that sometimes shift the priority levels; this can interfere with the course offerings
and shift what the student takes. Please note that shifts occur only in situations that
cannot be avoided.
7. Does my student have what he or she needs to graduate?
The first priority of student services department is to ensure the successful graduation
of our students; therefore, counselor often review transcripts to make sure students
have been placed appropriately. If you have a specific concern in this area, please
contact your student’s counselor.
8. Will my student receive the pathway of his or her choice?
We do our best to honor the first and second choice pathway options. However, due to
scheduling restrictions and demands, often students are not able to take the pathway
that they are most excited about. Please note that if you do not see the pathway that
you chose it is due to the fact that it either is full or could not fit into your schedule for
various reasons and counselors have placed you in the next best option.
To print the above information please click the link below:
Course Request FAQs rising 9th.pdf
WHS RUSH Week Continued!
Four Year Course Progression
For a printable cop of the above document, please click below:
Rising 9th Grade Four-Year Course Progression Sheet.pdf_
Zoom Video Meeting on Thursday,
December 6, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
We will have an in dept discussion about important topics regarding your rising Freshman.
We can't wait to see you there. Click the picture above to join!
Counseling Department Info
WHS Guidance Department’s Mission: Our mission is to direct, encourage, and
perpetuate academic, personal, and social success for each Westlake student.
Counselors at WHS work with students individually and in groups to aid in personal,
social, career, and educational development. Counselors provide the following services:
* Enroll students
* Advise students concerning course selections
* Provide confidential counseling for personal problems
* Assist students and parents in making personal and educational decisions
* Provide information on colleges, admissions and scholarships
* Maintain record of student grades/transcripts and test scores for standardized tests
* Develop confidential relationships with students to help them resolve or cope with problems & developmental concerns