A Message to Students
One of the most important tasks you must complete each spring is registration for the following school year. You will meet individually with your counselor to select the courses that you need to fulfill graduation requirements and prepare yourself for the future. Your personal educational plan deserves your serious thought and careful planning. Access you plan at losal.kuder.com. Select Planning for the Future/Education Planner.
A Message to Parents
It is important that our students make the most of their high school careers. This can be done only if parents help their students become aware of all courses, programs, and services that are available at school and devise their own four-year educational program. To formulate a successful program, consideration must be given to graduation requirements, college/career goals, and the student's interests and abilities. Access your interest/skill assessments at losal.kuder.com. Select Assessment Results/View.
Use this as a source of information on courses offered at Los Alamitos High School and various career options available to your student. This handbook is being made available online prior to your student meeting with their counselor for their individual registration conference. It is important that parents review and discuss the curricular program for next year with their student, and sign the Schedule Page before meeting with the counselor.
The entire high school staff is available to answer any questions you may have. Use the “Contact Names and Numbers” page to make contact with persons who can be helpful to you.
Students should check carefully to see that they have taken the proper prerequisites for courses and have received the necessary grades.
It is very important that final grades and credits completed be checked each semester to ensure that satisfactory progress is being made toward graduation. Five credits are earned for passing each course, unless students are repeating a class they have already passed to earn a higher grade. Counselors will review the graduation status for students at their registration conferences.
During registration, students will sign up for classes offered in the fall and spring of the next school year. Students will find that some classes and teachers change in the spring semester. Because there are many scheduling options available, changes must be made to give students the courses they need to meet graduation requirements and postsecondary plans.
Schedule changes are honored for the following reasons only. Deadlines apply. See your counselor regarding dates.
1. Computer or clerical errors in scheduling
2. Graduation requirements omitted from schedule
3. Student failure in a prerequisite course or in graduation requirements
4. Special programs (sports, orchestra, band, ROP, etc.)
5. Balancing class sizes
6. Changes in the master schedule
1. All persons under 18 years of age who have not graduated from high school are required by state law to attend school a minimum of 5 periods each semester.
2. Students are expected to attend each of their scheduled classes promptly and regularly. Regular attendance in all classes is one of the greatest contributing factors to success in school. Absences should be avoided whenever possible.
3. Classwork missed because of truancy may not be made up and may result in a failure to earn a passing grade or removal from class.
Counseling Program and Services
As an integral part of the overall school system, the counseling department works with students, teachers, parents, administrators, and community resources to help each student develop his/her potential. In the areas of academic, career, and personal/social development, students are required to make decisions, set goals, and take necessary action to achieve goals. The objectives of counselors are to assist students in:
1. Formulating an individualized educational plan in order to complete high school with the academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of substantial postsecondary options;
2. Acquiring the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to self-awareness and to make informed career decisions;
3. Acquiring the attitudes, knowledge and interpersonal skills to help understand and respect self and others.
Attendance of College Classes
To attend high school and college concurrently, students must meet with their counselors to make the necessary arrangements prior to taking any college courses. College courses cannot be counted for high school credit or to meet high school requirements, nor are they calculated into the student's high school grade point average.
Attendance at other WASC-Accredited High Schools and Adult Schools
Students who have failed a course necessary for graduation may elect to enroll in the LAUSD summer school program if the course is offered. With prior approval from their counselor, students may also enroll in other high school accredited institutions including the LAUSD Adult Education program.
Summer School Attendance
Summer school attendance is encouraged to make up graduation requirements and credits, and may be done at any accredited high school. Students are encouraged to discuss summer school enrollment with their counselor.