Timeline for Course Selection for 8th Graders

  • December

    December 13, 2023

    8th Grade Parent Orientation - 7 pm - NCHS Auditorium (click here for slide show)

    Click here for the recording of the Orientation meeting.

    Information about course selection and what to expect in high school (click here for core course descriptions)


    January 9, 2024

    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
      • Thursday, January 11th
    • Madison/Jefferson
      • Friday, January 12th
    • Lincoln
      • Tuesday, January 16th

    January 17, 2024 

    6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    Freshman Family Orientation Night at Naperville Central (Auditorium, Main Gym, and Fieldhouse)

    *One night only  - including Academics, Activities, Athletics 

    January 25, 2024

    Last day for students to enter their courses into SchooLinks    

    8th grade student counselor appointments

    Counselors visit the junior highs to review and finalize course requests. Students will have a 5 minute counselor appointment.

    • Madison - January 30
    • Lincoln - January 31
    • Jefferson - January 31
    • Kennedy - February 1   




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


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 26, 2023. 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.