FAQ

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about SLPHS registration. To learn more about schedule changes or the pass/no credit option, contact student support services at 763-600-5130.

Why winter/spring registration?

The purpose of winter registration is to ensure each student has the opportunity to select courses that prepare them for their post-secondary goals while meeting the requirements for high school graduation. Winter registration also helps us determine course sections and staffing for the 2019-2020 school year.

How do students make schedule changes?

Students are encouraged to plan and select their courses and high school path carefully. Schedule changes after initial registration may only be made for the following reasons:

  • You failed a course required for graduation
  • You are missing a course required for graduation
  • You have not taken a course prerequisite
  • You would like to increase rigor (Example: Change from Language Arts 10 to Honors Language Arts 10)
  • You do not have a full schedule
  • There is an obvious schedule error:
    • You have already taken a course on your schedule
    • You are scheduled for the same course more than once during the year
    • You have a course that conflicts with EL or Special Education programming

Some schedule changes will be made on a space availability basis.

In order to request a course change, schedule changes need to be submitted by Friday, August 9, 2019. Click here to download the schedule change request form on the SLPHS Student Support Services website.

Any schedule change request made after the start of the school year for trimester two or three, must be made at least four weeks before the start of trimester you are requesting a change for. Schedule change requests made after the start of the school year are heavily dependent on space availability and may not be possible.

What is a pass/no credit option?

The purpose of the Pass/No Credit option is to allow students an opportunity to take challenging courses and not have the final grade impact their GPA.

Conditions include:

  • Students must meet with their teacher and dean to discuss this option
  • Students must be willing to meet the rigor of the course
  • Students must complete all assigned course work including tests and presentations
  • Attendance is mandatory
  • Students must receive a grade of C (70%) or higher to earn a pass (P)
  • Students who do not meet this grade requirement will not receive credit for the class (NG)
  • Students may take one trimester per year P/NG and up to 3 trimesters during their academic career at SLPHS
  • Be aware that some colleges may not view a “P” as a positive or passing grade
  • When in doubt, students should consult the college of interest
  • Students must have completed form turned in by week 6 of the trimester

To learn more about schedule changes or the pass/no credit option, please contact student support services at 763-600-5130.

How do students graduate with Academic Honors?

At the time of commencement, seniors will be recognized in various ways for their cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) and for the academic rigor of their coursework:

Earned Status GPA Requirement Recognition
Graduate Less than 3.0 Blue/white tassel
Honors Graduate 3.0 through 3.399 Gold tassel
High Honors Graduate 3.4 through 3.699 Gold tassel
Highest Honors Graduate 3.7 or greater Gold tassel
With Academic Distinction 3.7 or greater Gold tassel and gold shoulder cord

A minimum of 29 credits of “high rigor” coursework are needed for students to graduate with Academic Distinction. At least four of those credits must have been earned in Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 of their senior year. The Grade Point Average (GPA) used to calculate graduation honors will be calculated at the end of Trimester 2. Students taking second semester PSEO classes will not have these grades or credits considered unless they are officially posted by the college or university and presented for transfer onto the high school transcript by March 9 of their graduating year. Courses of high rigor include the following courses:

  • All honors courses
  • All AP courses
  • All embedded, CIS and articulated courses

What are the NCAA eligibility requirements?

The NCAA is a nonprofit association committed to providing opportunity for more than 460,000 college student athletes who compete annually in college sports. A commitment to academics and student-athlete success in the classroom is a vital part of the NCAA’s mission to integrate athletics into higher education. Colleges, universities athletic conferences and other affiliated organizations are NCAA members.

The length of eligibility for a student-athlete varies by division. For instance, a Division I student-athlete has five calendar years to compete in four seasons of competition, while a Division II or III student-athlete has 10 semesters or 15 quarters of full-time enrollment to compete in four seasons of competition.

Students who are interested in NCAA should set up a meeting with their dean to discuss eligibility. They should also speak with their coach often about their interest in competing in college. Visit ncaa.org for more information.