Students are strongly encouraged to take an appropriately challenging program that balances their academic aspirations and personal well-being. Teachers take great care to recommend courses, which students should thoughtfully consider in their decision-making process. Think carefully not just about the difficulty of the course being waived into, but the volume of work for your courses overall while balancing other commitments.
Course prerequisites cannot be waived. Students can only override up one level. If space in a course is limited, priority during scheduling will be given to students recommended by their teacher. Refer to the 2023-24 Program of Studies for more details.
If a student and their parent/guardian(s) wish to override a teacher’s recommendation, the student must complete the Override Form, physically sign, and email to the student's school counselor by Friday, March 31. No overrides will be accepted after March 31.
Potential issues that may result from overriding a teacher’s course recommendation are:
- Course content and pace may be too rigorous and inappropriate, and the level of extra help from your teacher will not exceed that for other students.
You may not acquire the learning and grade that you consider satisfactory despite your best efforts.
There may be summer assignments and concepts to which you have not yet been introduced and held responsible.
It may be impossible to change levels due to schedule or space limitations; you may have to cope with an inappropriate placement for the duration of the course.
If a level change is made, the grade from the original course level will transfer over and be incorporated into the term, semester, and final grade for the course (grades from the previous level class are not adjusted for level).
When pre-registering for courses online through PowerSchool, the student must select the course recommended by the teacher. Override Forms should be submitted by students via email to their school counselor with their parent/guardian cc'd on the email in order to verify permission for the override. The school counselor will then make the adjustment to the student's course requests in PowerSchool. No overrides will be accepted after the stated deadline.
Override Deadline: March 31, 2023