Course Selection & Credit Options 


Totino-Grace freshman, sophomore and junior students register for classes in the spring of the academic year. Incoming students will register for courses following the completion of the admissions and enrollment process. 

Students have a variety of options and opportunities to complete their required courses and enroll in electives throughout their high school years. The following information and guides are provided to help students and parents consider the available options and enroll in courses that are appropriate for academic success. Our Academic Office staff and School Counseling staff are available to provide guidance and support throught the course selection and registration process.

Course Selection 

Totino-Grace offers a wide variety of courses to meet the diverse needs and interests of our students. Specific courses are required and students may select from a available elective courses to complete the academic expectations for their grade level. The following registration planning forms are available to assist students and parents in preparing for the course selection process and mapping out graduation requirements


Schedule Changes 


Students should plan their academic program carefully so that schedule changes can be avoided. Students are encouraged to take advantage of teacher and parent assistance in making choices. If a student or parent requests a schedule change, it will be governed by the following rules. Students who do not complete these procedures will not receive credit for classes. 

  • Once a semester has begun, parents and teachers involved must give written approval for a schedule change. Schedule Change Request Forms are available in the Academic Office.
  • If a class is already filled, the request will not be honored. Totino-Grace remains committed to keeping class sizes small and will not accommodate a schedule change request if it means overcrowding a class.
  • A $50.00 processing fee is assessed whenever a course is dropped. This must be paid before the change is processed. 
  • Students must follow their current schedule until they receive notification of the schedule change.
  • Schedule changes generally will not be made to accommodate requests for specific teachers.
  • A Junior or Senior who wishes to be a Teacher Aide or a Physical Education Aide and receive credit for the course must complete a Schedule Change Request Form during the first week of the semester.
  • Courses dropped before mid-semester will not appear on a student’s transcript. Any course that is dropped after mid-semester will appear on the transcript with a "WF" (withdraw failing) notation but does not count toward a student’s GPA.
  • A student will receive an "F" for any course that is dropped because of discipline, poor attendance or skipping. This grade will appear on a student’s transcript and will count toward a student’s GPA.  

The Totino-Grace Academic Office reserves the right to cancel any course that has an insufficient number of registered students or where changes in personnel require it. If a course is cancelled, it is the student's responsibility to register for a new course to complete his or her schedule.

Course Signature Requirements 

Students in grades 10-12 may take more than 14 credits per year only with special permission from the principal or assistant principal. Before a studet receives approval for 15 or 16 credits, Mrs. Broadhead or Mr. Vandermyde will meet with the student, his/her counselor, and possibly the student's parent/guardian regarding the potential for a demanding course schedule.

Qualified students wishing to take 15 credits may register for one additional single semester elective (beyond the required 14 credits). These stduents will have an open period the other semester during the school year.

Those with an interest in registering for 16 credits may only do so if they take a full-year elective course or have other special circumstances such as a credit recovery.

Students who wish to take two electives that are both single semester courses will be asked to choose ONE of them at the time of registration (bringing their total credits to 15).  They will then have the option to increase their total credits to 16 next fall if there is space available in the other course.  

Click HERE to access a copy of the Signature Requirement worksheet, outlining the courses for which students must obtain one or more signatures in order to enroll.


Credit Recovery for a Failing Grade

If a student receives a failing grade in any subject at Totino-Grace, he or she may make up the credit to meet graduation requirements by retaking the course at Totino-Grace. Students seeking credit recovery should work with their School Counselor to carefully plan their four-year academic program to meet all graduation requirements.

Teacher Aide Option for Juniors & Seniors

A Junior or Senior may earn credit as a Teacher Aide, assisting teachers in the classroom (e.g., setting up equipment, leading a discussion) or with academic paperwork. Teacher Aides are not allowed to enter student grade information into PowerTeacher Gradebook. Students receive a credit and a letter grade for their work as a Teacher Aide; the credit counts toward the 50 needed for graduation, but does not count toward the minimum fourteen credits needed each year. Additionally, the letter grade is not factored into a student’s GPA. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and may earn a maximum of two semester credits as a Teacher Aide.

If a student wishes to be a Teacher Aide, they do not register for that until the first week of the semester. Teacher Aide enrollment is done by adding this to a student’s schedule during an existing Open Period. The Academic Office will not alter a student’s schedule in order to accommodate a request to be a Teacher Aide during a particular period.

Learning Lab Teacher Assistant

This course is for students who excel academically and who would like to share their knowledge and leadership skills with students needing additional help to become more successful in their classes. While working with underclassmen, the daily tasks of a Learning Lab TA may include reading with a student, proofreading writing assignments, studying for tests and quizzes, helping with organizational skills, and reading a test orally. Students may also receive assistance with homework in subjects that the Learning Lab TA feels comfortable tutoring in such as English, mathematics, and science. This course is geared toward students who feel confident in their academic skills and who may want to explore the teaching profession. Prerequisite: 3.5 Cum GPA


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