Academic Advising and Course Selection for 2021-2022
Dear Titan Students and Families,
Believe it or not, it is time to start planning for next school year! The 2021-2022 academic advising and course selection process will run from January 26 - April 9. During this time, students, teachers, parents and counselors will work together to choose courses that align with each student's personal interests, career goals and post-secondary aspirations as well as reflect the high expectations we have for all Titans.
As students choose courses, it is important to consider the following:
- Graduation requirements
- Career interests and post-secondary goals
- Personal well-being
- Balancing exploration with commitment and consistency
- Extra-curriculars and other commitments that demand time and energy
Please mark your calendars with these important dates and events:
January 19 & February 2 at 7:00 p.m.: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy Webinar
Families of rising 9th graders who are interested in applying for the STEM Academy cohort are invited to attend this 1-hour webinar. The STEM Academy is a student-centered, inquiry-based program for students interested in STEM topics. Join the webinar using this ZOOM LINK and passcode: TCWSTEM
January 25 at 7:00 p.m.: Titans PTSA Meeting
School counselors will discuss the 2021-2022 Academic Advising and Course Selection process, timeline and graduation requirements. Join the meeting using this ZOOM LINK and passcode: 254879.
January 26: Academic Advising and Course Selection 2021-2022 Resources Online
Presentations for students and families will be available on the T. C. Williams High School Department of School Counseling website.
January 26 - 28: Overview Lesson for Students
During 1st period SEAL time, school counselors will deliver a pre-recorded lesson providing an overview of the academic advisement process, timeline, and other information. A link to the lesson will be posted on school counselors' Canvas pages to allow for 24/7 on-demand access.
February 1: Academic Advising: Choosing My Classes & More Learning Academy Assemblies
Students will attend virtual assemblies led by their Learning Academy support teams. Topics will include: a review of graduation requirements; course offerings, sequencing, and registration; and school-life balance. Students will leave the assembly with the link to the 2021-2022 Course Selection form and instructions for scheduling an Academic Advising appointment with their counselor. Specific Zoom invitations will be posted on school counselors’ Canvas pages.
February 2 - 5: Titans Elective and Course Exploration Fair
Students will have 24/7 on-demand access to view short video clips featuring the many courses available which allow a chance to “meet” the teachers and even hear from fellow students who have taken the course. The link to the Elective and Course Exploration Fair will be posted on school counselors' Canvas pages.
February 8 - April 9: Individual Academic Advising Meetings
Each student will meet with their school counselor to discuss their academic and career plans, review their progress towards graduation, ask questions, get clarification, and finalize their course selections for 2021-2022. Meetings will be held during Titan Mondays, Titan Rising (Tues - Fri mornings before 10am), lunch periods and by appointment.
February 9 at 6:00 p.m.: Governor’s Health Science Academy (GHSA) Webinar
Families of rising 9th and 10th graders who are interested in pursuing careers in the Health and Medical field are invited to attend this 1-hour webinar. The GHSA is a collaborative program between ACPS and The George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Join the webinar using this ZOOM LINK and passcode: GHSATCW
February 22 at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.: Question and Answer Sessions for Families
By now students and families will have had time to view the Academic Advising and Course Selection presentations. If you have questions or need additional information, we are here to help! School counselors from each of our campuses and programs will hold 1-hour live virtual sessions at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Join a session using the link and corresponding passcode:
- Families of Rising 9th Graders: ZOOM LINK Passcode: 134687
- Families of International Academy Students: ZOOM LINK Passcode: Titan
- Families of Rising 10th, 11th and 12th Graders: ZOOM LINK Passcode: Titans
The 2021-2022 Program of Studies is a planning tool that provides a wealth of information about course offerings and graduation requirements that students and families can use to make informed decisions as they plan for success in high school and beyond.
Choosing classes is an exciting time for high school students. School counselors are committed to supporting each Titan as they choose classes that align with their interests, career goals and post-secondary plans. We encourage students and families to ask questions and become actively involved in the process.
Director of School Counseling