Schedule Change

Schedule Change Policy

Howard Middle School creates student schedules with careful consideration to each student’s academic level and areas of interest. In order to provide consistency for parents, students, and teachers, schedule changes will be kept to a minimum. Before making a request, please review the information below to assure that you fully understand the schedule change policy.

Requesting a schedule change:

In the rare event that a schedule change is needed, a schedule change request form must be submitted to the Guidance Department. No request may be made through personal meetings, phone calls, or emails. Once the proper forms and documentation are provide to Guidance, the student’s recorders will be reviewed and a decision will be made regarding the request.

Reason for changes:

  • Student is missing a core class.
  • Student was inappropriately placed based on grade level.
  • Student was inappropriately placed based on skill level.
  • Student cannot financial pay for required supplies (i.e. band instrument).
  • Student has documented evidence supporting a course change.

3 Week Rule for Electives:

Parents and students are responsible for carefully reviewing the elective courses and selecting the most appropriate courses based on their student’s interests and skill level. Students will be required to stay and actively participate in elective course for the entire year. The Guidance Department will do their best to place students in their top elective choices; however, space is limited in each elective. If a parent or student feels they were placed in the wrong elective based on their interest or skill level, they have the first 3 weeks of the school year to request a change. Parents will complete a schedule change form and submit it to the Guidance Department. Once the form is submitted, the Guidance Department will review it and decided if a schedule change is possible. Not all schedule change requests will be approved. Following this 3 week period, no changes will be made to the student’s elective schedule without administrative approval.

Other Request:

Howard Middle School will not change student schedules for any of the following reasons:

  • Friends are in another class
  • Lunch period preference
  • Unaddressed behavior or academic concerns