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Academic Advising and Course Selection for 2022-2023

January 20, 2022

Greetings Titan Students and Families,

It is that time of year again! The 2022-2023 academic advising and course selection process will run from January 25 through April 8. This year, on January 25, our Minnie Howard Campus STEM Academy team kicks off the process with an information session for our future Titans–current 8th graders and their families interested in learning more about our STEM program.

Students often feel conflicting emotions as they choose classes for the next school year. While it can be exciting thinking about and planning for the future, students (and their parents) can also struggle with uncertainty about what courses will provide the best fit. 

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-curricular and other commitments that demand students’ time and energy
In the true spirit of our wonderful Titans community,  students, teachers, parents, administrators and counselors will work together to help students understand their options and make informed choices.  
Please mark your calendars and join us for the following events: 

January 25:  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy  Families of rising 9th graders who are interested in applying to the STEM Academy are invited to attend a 1-hour webinar. Participants will learn about this student-centered, inquiry-based program designed for Titans who are  interested in pursuing careers in STEM fields. The session will start at 7:30 p.m. To join the session, click on the following link:  Passcode: 294037  Contact: Ben Matthews

January 31 - February 4: Lessons for All Students
During SEAL time, school counselors will deliver a 2-part lesson providing students with an overview of the academic advising  process, timeline, and other information they need to know to further develop their Academic & Career Plans.  For students who may want to review the lesson at another time, a link to the material will be posted on school counselors' Canvas pages to allow for 24/7 on-demand access.

February 1 - 11:  Titans Elective and Course Exploration Fair   
To help students learn more about the many courses we offer, we will offer 24/7 on-demand access to a dynamic slide deck that provides an overview of various courses, a chance to “meet” teachers and hear from fellow students who have taken the course. Teachers and/or student leaders will also be available on a rotating basis during Lunch & Learn for students to ask questions and learn more about specific courses. Links to the Elective and Course Exploration Fair will be posted on school counselors' Canvas pages for easy access.

February 2 & 3  Academic Advising & Course Selection Presentations for Families (Times listed below)
Titans school counselors will lead families through the Academic Advising and Course Selection process and provide time for families to ask questions and/or get additional information.  To join one of these hour-long sessions, click on the appropriate Zoom link and use the corresponding password.

Families of Rising 9th Graders: Class of 2026 (Contact: Kathleen Brewster)  
Wednesday, February 2 & Thursday, February 3 (11 a.m. & 6 p.m.)
Meeting ID: 493 771 8567         Passcode: 134687

Families of International Academy Students (Contact: Maria “Cristina” Mendoza)
Wednesday, February 2 (6-7 p.m.)
Meeting ID: 643 385 2606       Passcode: Titans

Families of Rising 10th Graders (Contact: Kelsey Pearson)
Wednesday, February 2 & Thursday, February 3 (11 a.m. & 6 p.m.) 
Meeting ID: 749 421 4249 Passcode: Titans

Families of Rising 11th and 12th Graders (Contact: Mekaila Tucker)
Wednesday, February 2 & Thursday, February 3 (11 a.m. & 6 p.m.) 
Meeting ID: 959 2781 2199 Passcode: Titans2022
February 1 - April 8:  Individual Academic Advising Meetings  
Students 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 2022-2023. Meetings will be held during Lunch & Learn, Titan Rising, during approved class time and by appointment.

February 9:  Governor’s Health Science Academy (GHSA) Information Session  (5:30-7:00 p.m.)
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 to learn more about the GHSA,  a collaborative program between ACHS and The George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Webinar or Zoom Link will be shared closer to the event.
To learn more about the available courses and academic programs ACPS offers, students and families can access the 2022-2023 Program of Studies using this link. The Program of Studies serves as a planning tool for students and their families. It is designed to help you gain a better understanding of the course offerings and graduation requirements so students can make informed decisions as they plan for their futures.

Choosing classes can be both an exciting and stressful time for high school students. School counselors are committed to supporting all Titans 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. 

Go Titans!

Melissa Deak
Director of School Counseling
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