MS Course Registration Regular Program
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL MANILA MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE SELECTION for SCHOOL YEAR 2014-2015 GRADE 7
Student’s Name: ___________________________ Dear Parents, Middle School is a fun and exciting time for you and your child. The years of adolescence are a time for discovery and exploration when your child seeks to assert more independence yet continues to need adult guidance. The information provided in this letter outlines the grade 7 course options that are available to your child. Please read through the information with your child and spend some time in thoughtful discussion about the options. You can also visit the Middle School blog at http://ms.ism-online.org/ to view the Middle School Program Guide for additional information. Our belief is that students need a strong foundation in the core subjects and should have opportunities to explore specialist subjects. During the Middle School years we hope that your child will discover a new interest or deepen their understanding of a familiar interest. What courses are required?
English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Wellness, and IDEAS
are required. What is offered through the Modern Languages program? The course offerings are
The courses are designed for non-native speakers, and students are strongly encouraged to study the same language throughout their Middle School years. Students whose language ability is beyond exploratory exposure and awareness (more than beginner skill level in reading, writing, listening and speaking) must select a language other than their home or dominant language. What is the Electives program? The Electives program is rich and varied in the Middle School, and the number of available options increases as your child moves through the different grade levels. An Elective class allows your child to explore a new subject or continue studying a subject or a skill that they have previously studied. Elective courses are either yearlong or semester long. After discussing the options with my child, what is the next step? With your child, please write their course choices in order of preference on the worksheet. My child and I have selected Modern Language and Elective Courses. What happens next? If your child is a returning ISM student, you should save the information. During the first week of March during a Modern Language class period, your child will input the choices using the online course registration system. If your child is a new student to ISM Middle School, this letter should be returned to the Middle School Guidance Office. What can I expect after the online course registration process is completed? After your child registers for courses, a confirmation letter will be sent to your email address on record and your child’s ISM school address. Please review the information carefully. If you believe there is an error, please contact the Middle School Guidance Office. If there is no error, then your child’s requested choices will be active in the system. What if my child wants to change a course preference after the course registration process is finished? In this situation, please call the Middle School Guidance Office so that one of the counselors can speak to you and discuss the situation. Every effort will be made to honor your child’s Modern Language and Elective choices. However, class enrollment and program conflicts may be a determining factor in your child’s final schedule.
We cannot guarantee that your child’s top choices will be scheduled.
When are class schedules distributed? Your child’s class schedule can be picked up three days prior to the first day of school in August. If this is not possible, the class schedule will be available in the Middle School Office on the first day of school. Please note that all efforts are made to finalize student schedules by August; however, in some cases fine-tuning student schedules continues during the first two weeks of school.