Timeline for Course Selection for 8th Graders

  • December

    December 15th

    8th-Grade Parent- 7 pm - NCHS Auditorium 

    Information about course selection and what to expect in high school

    Slide Show


    January 10, 2022

    Course Recommendations

    • Students will receive Course Recommendation via email around this date

    8th-grade tours of high school

    8th-grade students tour NCHS for orientation program and tours. 

    • Kennedy MONDAY 1/10 10:45 - 12:15
    • Lincoln/JJHS TUESDAY 1/11 11:55 - 1:25
    • Madison  WEDNESDAY 1/12 9 -9:00-10:30

    January 12, 2022 @ 6:30 p.m.

    Freshman Family Orientation Night at Naperville Central – 


    The Virtual Freshman Orientation schedule contains links to Zoom information sessions offered every 20 minutes from 6:30-8:10 pm Wednesday evening.  Please join any and all sessions that will help provide you with the information you need to be confident in the course selections made for freshman year.  

    *One night only  - including Academics, Activities, Athletics 

    January 21, 2022

    Last day for students to enter their courses into SchooLinks    

    8th-grade student counselor appointments

    Counselors return to Jr. Highs to review/finalize course requests.   5-minute appointments for each student.  

    • Jefferson–  January 24th 
    • Kennedy –  January 26th  
    • Lincoln – January 27th
    • Madison –  January 28th    




    Course Verifications will be emailed to parents and students with information/policies about schedule changes including Student Services Summer Hours.   

    Printable version of schedule


SchooLinks Course Planner Instructions

  • In early January 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 Department Chairs during the arranged Q&A time. 

    Students MUST submit Course Plans into the SchooLinks Course Planner by January 21, 2022. 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” in 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 the 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.

Planning for High School and Graduation

  • As you plan for your freshman year, 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.

    Graduation Requirements

    Notes to Consider:

    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. Students must pass one credit of U.S. History and .5 credit of American Government.
    4. The Fine Art requirement may be fulfilled by passing any of the music, art, or theater department classes.
    5. The Career & Technology Education credit requirement may be fulfilled by passing two semester classes within the following departments: Agriscience Education, Business, Family & Consumer Science, Technology & Engineering Education
    6. Every student is required to enroll in Physical Education each semester of attendance except when enrolled in Health Education sophomore year.
    7. 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.
    8. Electives are considered to be any course listed in the NCHS Program Planning Guide that is not fulfilling another graduation requirement.