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Rapid City Area Schools Student Placement Procedures

 

Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Elementary students are assigned to homeroom teachers in the fall of each year.

Beginning June 1st, and prior to August 1st, parents will need to login to Skyward Family Access to verify student information and complete all necessary forms that are required to be completed on an annual basis.

If you are a parent who has never used Skyward Family Access, you will need to Request a Family Access Account

Busing

K-8th grade students residing more than 2.5 miles from their assigned school or in a designated area are eligible for bus service.  Please complete a Request for Student Busing Form to ride the bus.

6th Grade Registration and Course Selection Information

In the Spring of your student’s 5th grade year, Middle School representatives will visit your child’s elementary school.  Students will be given a Course Selection Sheet. Parents will assist students in filling out the form and returning it to your child’s elementary teacher by a date determined by the teacher.

If your student was a participant in band or orchestra, during 5th grade, they have a choice to continue either band or orchestra in the 6th grade.

If your student was not in band or orchestra in 5th grade, they will be put into an exploration class that rotates to different experiences each 9 weeks. Exploratory classes include Art, Technology, & Family and Consumer Science.

Student Schedules will be available in Skyward Family Access and mailed home approximately one week prior to the start of school.

Beginning June 1st, and prior to August 1st, parents will need to login to Skyward Family Access to verify student information and complete all necessary forms that are required to be completed on an annual basis.

If you are a parent who has never used Skyward Family Access, you will need to Request a Family Access Account

Other pertinent information pertaining to school starting this fall will be available at our Back to School , as well as mailed home along with student schedules.

7th and 8th Grade Registration and Course Selection Information

7th Grade

In the Spring of your student’s 6th grade year, Middle School representatives will visit your child’s classroom.  Students will be given a Course Selection Sheet, to choose their classes Parents will be given a copy and if they need to make changes to what their student selected they make the changes, sign it, and return it to the teacher.  If the parent is satisfied with what their child chose they Do Not need to return the copy.

If your student was a participant in band or orchestra, during 6th grade, they have a choice to continue either band or orchestra in the 7th grade.  Alternatively, your child can choose to be in Chorus even if they were not in Chorus the year before.

If your student was not in band or orchestra in 6th grade, or does not choose Chorus, he/she will be put into an exploration class that rotates to different experiences each 9 weeks. Exploratory classes include Art, Technology, & Family and Consumer Science or Exploratory classes which include Literature, Speech, Video Productions, and Wild West. These exploratory classes are all subject to change depending on our staffing.

Student Schedules will be available in Skyward Family Access and mailed home approximately one week prior to the start of school.

Beginning June 1st, and prior to August 1st, parents will need to login to Skyward Family Access to verify student information and complete all necessary forms that are required to be completed on an annual basis.

If you are a parent who has never used Skyward Family Access, you will need to Request a Family Access Account

Other pertinent information pertaining to school starting this fall will be available at our Back to School, as well as mailed home along with student schedules.

8th Grade

In the Spring of your student’s 7th grade year, Middle School representatives will visit your child’s classroom.  Students will be given a Course Selection Sheet, to choose their classes, 7th Graders will choose their classes online, they will use their current Skyward logins that they have been using throughout the school year. They will do this in class with teacher assistance. Parents will be given a copy and if they need to make changes to what their student selected they make the changes, sign it, and return it to the teacher  If the parent is satisfied with what their child chose they Do Not need to return the copy.

Students need to choose 2 1/2 Credits from the electives. PE is required for 1/2 a year, or a student may choose to take it for a full year.

Students also need to select 2 Alternate classes from the elective.

Beginning June 1st, and prior to August 1st, parents will need to login to Skyward Family Access to verify student information and complete all necessary forms that are required to be completed on an annual basis.

If you are a parent who has never used Skyward Family Access, you will need to Request a Family Access Account

Other pertinent information pertaining to school starting this fall will be available at our Back to School , as well as mailed home along with student schedules.

Freshman Registration and Course Selection Information

Within the January/February timeframe, your child will receive the following documents during presentations offered by your future High School

Commonly Asked Questions

High School Course Listings

Graduation Requirements

Approved Career and Technical Education Courses

Skyward Student Access Login Instructions

 

All 9th Grade Students will automatically be registered for their four core classes:

English 9

Physical Science or Biology

Social Science (World History & World Geography)

Integrated Math 1 or Integrated Math 2 (based on MS assessment (SMI) scores)

Lunch Period

 

Students and Parents will then select additional classes.  Elective credits should be chosen based upon personal interest, career interest, graduation requirements and to better prepare for life after high school.  An additional class may also include the Academic Resource Center (if applicable). If a student does not select the number of required classes, the student will automatically be placed into open classes or enrolled in the Academic Resource Center (if applicable).

Student’s typical academic performance and participation in extra-curricular activities should be considered when determining class load and selection.

Students who have not tested at the ninth grade reading level (SRI: 1000), according to the district’s mandated reading test, are automatically enrolled in a reading course. Students will continue to be automatically enrolled in reading each year until they reach the score of SRI: 1000 reading level.

 

Drop/Add Policy:  Choose your electives carefully – Students will not be allowed to drop classes after they have registered, you may not drop the class.
Staffing is based on students’ course selections.  

 

Classes maybe cancelled for the following reasons:

Low Enrollment
Registration Number Exceeds Class Capacity
Program Cuts

 

Grade Levels are classified in terms of the number of credits earned:

Freshman:  0-4.5 credits
Sophomore:  5 – 10.5 credits
Junior: 11-15.5 credits
Senior:  16 and above

 

Registration/Information nights are held to present materials and answer any questions you may have.  Please follow the link to the High School your child(ren) will be attending for dates/times and additional school specific information. Incoming 9th Graders will automatically be registered into your home high schools, either Central HS or Stevens HS.  If you wish to have your child attend Rapid City HS please call the Registrar’s office at Rapid City HS at 605-394-4028.

Central HS Stevens HS Rapid City HS

High School Registration and Course Selection Information (10 – 12)

Commonly Asked Questions

High School Course Listing

Graduation Requirements

Approved Career and Technical Education Courses

Skyward Student Access Login Instructions

The high school registration process determines scheduling for the next school year.  Registration numbers tell the school what classes they need to offer, how many sections of each class and the number of teachers needed to teach those classes.  Your child’s participation is vital in this process.  If your child does not register, your child’s school will assign classes.

In the months of January/ February, school counselors, administrators and the registrar will be visiting classrooms to talk about required classes, electives, on-line registration, college career and life readiness, and distributing registration materials along with Skyward Student Access login credentials.

Skyward Student Access is used by students to check their own attendance, grades, lunch account status, register for classes and later in the spring schedule classes for the next school year.

 

Grade Levels are classified in terms of the number of credits earned:

Freshman:  0-4.5 credits

Sophomore:  5 – 10.5 credits

Junior: 11-15.5 credits

Senior:  16 and above

 

Students may enroll in elective classes offering increased academic challenge, such as advanced and appropriate AP classes, in place of required grade level classes.

It’s recommended that students consider career interests and scholarship requirements to make course choices.

The student’s typical academic performance and participation in extracurricular activities should be considered when determining class load.

Students who have not tested at the ninth grade reading level (SRI: 1000), according to the district’s mandated reading test, are automatically enrolled in a reading course. Students will continue to be automatically enrolled in reading each year until they reach the score of SRI: 1000 reading level.

 

Sophomore

The following are required courses:

English 10 or Advanced English 10

Science (Biology 1 & 2 or Chemistry, Physics, etc.)

Integrated Math 2 or Integrated Math 3

US History 1, 2 and 3 (1.5 credit total required) or AP US History

A lunch period will also be added, as it is required

Junior

The following are required courses:

 English 11 or AP English Language & Composition 11

 US History 1 or 2 or 3 (1 credit total required) or AP US History

 Chemistry or Physics

 Integrated Math 3 or an advanced math class (based on teacher recommendation)

 It is highly recommended that 11th grade students register for Personal Finance or Economics

Students need to strongly consider other required courses, such as required offerings, computer, fine arts, etc. Review credit checks with his/her counselor in order to take courses to fulfill high school requirements.

Senior

The following are required courses:

 Literature class and composition class, English 12 or AP English Literature & Composition 12

 US Government or AP US Government

Students must enroll in courses needed to graduate and additional electives to meet the minimum graduation requirements of 22 credits. Students need to make sure they meet the minimum graduation requirements of 22 credits by reviewing their transcript and credit check. Students will also need to update My Academic Plan, formerly PLP, before graduation.

South Dakota High School Activity Association Policy

To be eligible for extracurricular activities, a student has to have passed four classes in the previous semester, and he or she also has to be currently enrolled  in four classes and meet all district requirements as listed in the student handbook under Extra/Co-Curricular Student Activities Guidelines.

 

Please follow the link to the High School your child(ren) will be attending for dates/times and additional school specific information and forms

Central HS Stevens HS Rapid City HS