General Information for 8th Graders

  • The course registration process for 8th graders begins in January and is complete in February when the high school counselors meet with 8th grade students to review and finalize the course plans submitted in SchooLinks. The timeline listed below will help you understand each step of the process.  NCHS encourages students to thoroughly read course descriptions and ask questions to ensure that they are making the best choices for their individual needs. Please refer to the full Program Planning Guide for more information.

Timeline for Course Selection for Junior High Students

  • In December -- High School counselors go to each Junior High to meet with 8th grade students. At these meetings counselors will provide an overview of the course selection process for students. They will also discuss the changes that students face when they move from 8th grade to high school.    

    December 4th-6th:

    High School Counselors Visit 8th Graders

    Kennedy JH - December 4th
    Jefferson JH and Lincoln JH - December 5th
    Madison JH - December 6th


    December 18, 2019 - 8th Grade Parent Night - Introduction to High School Course Selection - at Naperville Central - 7pm - Auditorium
    Presented by Jackie Thornton, Assistant Principal and Erica Eysturlid, Instructional Coordinator for Counseling

    January 7th:

    8th graders receive Course Recommendations

    January 8th:

    Freshman Family Orientation - Tours at 6:15 p.m., Orientation at 7:00pm - NCHS Main Gym
    Course Plans in SchooLinks available for 8th graders at 3pm 
    In January – The first week back after break, your student will receive a high school Course Selection Worksheet that has recommendations initialed by their 8th grade teachers. Please follow those recommendations and direct questions to the High School Instructional Coordinators during Freshman Family Orientation. 

    Students MUST submit Course Plans into the SchooLinks Course Planner prior to January 28, 2020. Please follow SchooLinks Course Plan instructions

    When selecting core classes, students should enter what was recommended by their teachers. Students should be entering 7 total credits each year for a full day. Students do not need to enter lunch. Year-long classes are bundled together and only need to be added once. Semester 1 course codes end with a 1, and semester 2 codes end with a 2. 

    Students need to advance through each academic area in SchooLinks until they reach the end. SchooLinks will inform students if they are meeting graduation requirements or if there are any errors. Students will be required to choose 3 alternate elective courses. Then students will click on “View Plan Summary” to see all the courses for which they have planned. SchooLinks will show a green check if a requirement has been met and a red error message if there is an error. After students are done with the course plan, click on “Submit Plan” on the top right corner. Students CAN submit a course plan with errors, but will be required to type a note indicating why the errors are not relevant. Counselors will review course plans with students. 

    As a reminder, courses that are in the course plan beyond next school year can be changed and will be reviewed annually. Only the courses students have planned for NEXT school year will be locked in after meeting with a counselor.

    January 8, 2020 – Freshman Family Orientation - 6:15 p.m. tours, 7:00 p.m in the Main Gym.
    January 8th to 25th – Course plans are available in SchooLinks for students to complete.

    In Late January/Early February
    – High School Counselors return to the Junior Highs to meet briefly with each student to finalize and submit course plans.
    Jefferson - January 29th
    Kennedy - January 31st
    Lincoln - February 3rd
    Madison - February 4th

Planning for High School and Graduation

  • As you plan for Freshman Year, you only need to follow the recommendations of your 8th grade teachers and counselor in order to be on track to meet high school graduation requirements. Some students like to plan ahead by starting a 4-year Plan. Your focus should be on selecting the appropriate courses for a successful first year of high school. Counselors will assist students each year as they plan for their graduation requirements.

Subject Areas Amount of Credit needed to graduate
1. Communication Arts 4.0
2. Mathematics 3.0
3. Science 2.0
4. Social Studies 2.5
5. Fine Arts 0.5
6. Career and Technical Education 1.0
7. Physical Education 3.5
7. Health 0.5
8. Consumer Economics 0.5
9. Electives 3.5
    1. Please see Communication Arts section for information on specific classes needed at each grade.
    2. Prior to entering high school or during high school, students must pass Algebra 1. 
    3. The following courses will meet NCHS Science graduation requirements but will not meet college admission requirements for science:  Companion Animal Biology, Advanced Companion Animal Biology, Electronics 1&2, Food Science
    4. Students must pass one credit of U.S. History and .5 credit of American Government.
    5. The Fine Art requirement may be fulfilled by passing any of the music, art, or theater department classes.
    6. The Career & Technology Education credit requirement may be fulfilled by passing two semester classes within the following departments: Business Technology, Family & Consumer Science, Technical Education
    7. Every student is required to enroll in Physical Education each semester of attendance except when enrolled in Health Education sophomore year.
    8. The Consumer Economics requirement can be fulfilled by passing one of the following courses: Consumer Economics, Online Consumer Economics, AP Macro & Micro (must pass both), or Economics.
    9. Electives are considered to be any course listed in the NCHS Course Description book this is not fulfilling another graduation requirement.