Course Selection

Course Selection Process
Counselors are processing Schedule Correction Requests. Students, please be sure to check your Outlook Student Email, as your Counselors may email you regarding your submission. Certain changes have been made such as adding Fine Arts classes to Magnet Fine Arts Students, collapsing small Math sections, and Leveling. We will continue leveling in the next couple of weeks to ensure that teachers have a balanced case load, following the 10 day drop for no show students.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What happens if I do not complete Course Selection?
Students who do not enter a course request will have schedules generated by the system with available classes at that time. With the volume of students at THMS, we encourage you to make informed decisions and speak with your Counselor now to complete this process.

What if I changed my mind about the classes I chose through course selection?
Because we have so many students at Tucson High, and all of our classes are scheduled to capacity, we do not change student schedules because they changed their mind, want a different lunch period, want to be in classes with their friends or want a different teacher.

How do I enroll in credit recovery for classes I failed?
Students should schedule an appointment with their school counselor to make a plan for credit recovery.

How do I know if I am on track to graduate?
Students, parents and guardians can check on their progress toward graduation on StudentVue and ParentVue by clicking on the Course History tab. If you have questions about your progress toward graduation, please make an appointment with your school counselor.

Are students allowed to change their class schedule?
Students are allowed to change their class schedule for the following reasons only:
1. Placed in the incorrect level (i.e., 1, 2 vs. 3, 4)
2. Hole in their schedule (no class scheduled for one or more class periods)
3. Not scheduled for any magnet classes for their magnet program
4. Missing a graduation requirement or university entrance requirement
Click here to access the schedule change request form.

What if I didn’t get any of the classes that I wanted?
If you completed course selection, we will place all students in their first, second or third choices. If you were placed in an intervention class, both the student and a parent or guardian will need to meet with their school counselor to discuss the placement before any changes will be made.

Can I reduce my schedule (take less than 7 classes)? 
  • All students who wish to request a reduced schedule must complete and submit a signed Request for Schedule Reduction form to their school counselor. o
  • Students in grades 11 who are on track to graduate, may reduce their schedule to 6 classes. o Students in grade 12 who are on track to graduate, may reduce their schedule to 5 classes.
  • Students who are enrolled in JTED may reduce their schedule based on their JTED schedule.
    • Students requesting less than 6 classes (for juniors) or 5 classes (for seniors) due to their JTED schedule, must wait for the district to approve their reduced schedule before they can officially reduce their schedule. 
    • Click here to access the Reduced Schedule form.

What is most important about this process is that you and your child begin to discuss the courses he/she is interested in while considering the following:
Post-Secondary Plans
College and University Requirements/ Recommended Courses/Scholarships; see a college & career counselor if you have questions (Camilo Macias & Fabiola Palazuelos)

Teacher Recommendations
talk with your current teachers and consider their recommendations.

Culturally Relevant Courses
If you are looking for a more diverse perspective in English or Social Studies, consider taking one of our Culturally Relevant Courses. Course descriptions will be provided at a later date.

Consider feasibility and workload
Do you have a job or other commitments?/ Are you a JTED student?/ Consider your time management/Are you in extra-curricular activities?/etc.

Opportunity Knocks
If there is a class or elective you have been wanting to enroll in, consider taking the class next year before it’s too late (remember some electives may be subject to auditions or pre-requisites).
Schedule Changes

Plan Wisely 

Tucson High School’s master schedule is built from the student course selection process in the Spring. The course schedule is designed from the choices students make during registration. Therefore, changes may not be possible after the semester has begun.

Because the school schedule of classes is based upon student choices made at the time of registration, it is very difficult to make schedule changes for students who change their mind after the schedule of classes is completed and the teaching staff has been assigned their responsibilities.

Schedule change requests are only considered in the event of a gross error:
  • credit already earned or course repeat 
  • enrollment in a course without meeting prerequisite
  • missing graduation requirement
  • missing university admissions requirement
Click here to access the Schedule change form. 

Adressing Instructional Concerns (Parent Teacher Conference)
The counselors, department chairs, and administrators are available to facilitate the solving of problems between students and teachers. The process for problem-solving is as follows:
  1. The parent and student must meet with the teacher, discuss the problem and design a plan to solve the problem.
  2. If the plan is not successful, the counselor, the teacher, the parent and the student will meet to discuss why the plan did not work and to formulate an alternative approach.
  3. If steps 1 and 2 are unsuccessful in resolving the problem, an administrator is contacted to review the progress of the student and to make a decision about future steps to be taken.
Tucson High does not make teacher changes for students unless they have previously had the teacher and failed the class. These changes are made before school starts or within the first 10 days of the first week of school.
Elective Course Video Descriptions
Check out the Videos produced by Mrs. Z's freelance students that give you a good idea of what THMS classes have to offer!
Precision Machining-Coming Soon!
Graphic Web Design- Coming Soon!
Sports Medicine/Lab-Coming Soon!
Science Video Descriptions
Check out some of our science classes! Mrs. Z's students are working hard to plan, shoot, and edit videos for you to see what our classes are all about.
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