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Course Registration Overview


Dear LCHS Students and Families,


The season of course registration will soon be upon us. Please note, this year students will be submitting course requests online through the Aeries Student Portal. As always, we encourage students to make well-informed course selections in conversation with their parents/guardians, and in fact, we believe this year’s new online course selection component and updated Course Catalog will help parents and students access course selection information more easily.


Detailed instructions on how to select courses in the Aeries portal will come in a separate email at the start of each grade-level specific window (see below). In preparation, this email serves as an overview of the process and includes important dates and resources.

Course registration will occur in four phases, one grade level at a time, beginning with current 11th graders and ending with current 8th graders.


Phase 1: Starting now, all grade levels start researching and planning appropriate course selections using the following three documents: Time Estimator Worksheet, Four Year Plan , and 2017-18 Course Catalog. The Time Estimator Worksheet will ask that you make your own copy and type your name at the top. When printing this worksheet for your one on one meeting, select portrait and you will be able to print only one page. For the Four Year Plan worksheet, if you wish to access the fillable form, you will have to download the document after clicking on the link.


Phase 2: Counselors deliver group presentations by grade to all English classes. We will also send an email home announcing the one-week online portal opening and parent-signed Course Selection Contract reminder:
Class presentation/Portal opens →Online course selections due/Portal closes
Current 11th: Jan 31 → Feb 5
Current 10th: Feb 13 → Feb 20
Current 9th: Feb 27 → Mar 5
Current 8th: Mar 13 → Mar 19


Phase 3: Online course selection from home. Students will have approximately one week to complete the paper Course Selection Contract with parent/guardian signature(s) and Aeries online selection entries at home by their due date.


Phase 4: An individual student/counselor meeting will then take place to review and/or adjust course selections and collect the Course Selection Contract with parent/guardian signatures. Counselors can answer questions and provide further guidance or changes to student requests at these meetings.
Individual student/counselor meeting dates (during English classes - Students need to bring their parent-signed Course Selection Contract form to school this week):
Current 11th: Week of Feb 6 - 10
Current 10th: Week of Feb 21 - 24
Current 9th: Week of Mar 6 - 10
Current 8th: Week of Mar 20 - 23


Throughout the February and March course selection season, we request parents and students be mindful that counselors will often be out of their offices doing the class-by-class presentations and individual student meetings. We request your patience as we focus on completing the phases by grade level, while doing our best to be available for individual questions and further guidance if requested after students/parents have read the course requirements, descriptions, prerequisite information and planning tool links. We also request that students interested in enrolling in Advanced Placement (AP) classes, attend the scheduled AP Lunch Sessions for any AP classes they are considering, and that parents interested in finding out about the changes to science courses and pathways attend the Next Generation Science Standards Parent Night on February 28th, 6:30pm, LCUSD District Office​​.


We look forward to the long-term benefits of this new Aeries online innovation, as well as the opportunity to work directly with students and families throughout this process.




Jim Cartnal
Associate Principal