Eduardo Calderon

Staff Writer

With school already in progress, many students with unappealing schedules continue to seek revisions.  The window in which to change ends after the first three weeks. For Pre-AP and AP students some changes will be more difficult to make.

“The policy for dropping AP courses, [is that the change] will be made after the three week report, or the beginning of the second semester.  Pre-AP [changes] will only be made after the first nine week grading period.  The only schedule changes [for other courses will be] the first three weeks, after that no more schedule changes [will occur],” counselor clerk Sylvia Vasquez said.

Counselors are busy meeting with students and making necessary schedule changes.

“All counselors are here until 9pm.  They have been here for 3 weeks now,” STAN counselor Carri Elliot said.

There are exceptions about changing classes.

“The only exception is [if] you were accidently put into that class.” Vasquez said.

“They are so busy killing classes, and checking senior transcripts.  There are 500 students per counselor.”

Class sizes must be taken into account for posing many difficulties.

“Kids can’t get the classes they want because of over-packed classes,” sophomore Isaiah Segura said.

Computer error has also created difficulties and gaps in some schedules.

“Some kids are missing a period because of computer error,” Elliot said.

Certain classes require much more attention than others do.

“Core classes are trouble, like math, science, history and english, we’re trying to get those leveled out,” AP Tracy Anderson said.

“You have 7 classes a day, it’s tough, but we are getting used to it.  Students must get used to going to each core class and elective each day.”

Anderson recognizes the counselor’s workload.

“It’s pretty tough, they’re changing classes, for students, and students [are] changing their minds about classes.  Also, new student registrations and leveling out classes, makes it pretty challenging.” Anderson said.

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Eduardo Calderon is a senior at Johnson High School. This is his third year as a member of the Pride, and his first year as the Pride's news editor. He enjoys the journalism field and the photography aspect as well. In his final year, he hopes to end on a good note with Johnson's student newspaper.

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