Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make an appointment with my Counselor?Appointments can be made by contacting your counselor through email.
How do I drop or withdraw from a course?
Drops: Students may request to drop courses up to the end of the third week of the semester, with the consent of the counselor and parent and in accordance with the current scheduling guidelines. Courses that have been dropped by the third week will not appear on the student’s transcript. Please note that students dropping a class will only have the option of adding in study hall, scheduling early release/late arrival or finding a departmental assistant position.
Withdrawals: Students may withdraw from a course up to the end of the eighth week of the semester. Students who have teacher, counselor and parent approval to withdraw from a course will receive a “W” which will appear on the transcript. Students who do not follow a reasonable plan of action which includes good attendance, efforts to seek help from teacher and counselor, completion of homework assignments, and making an effort on tests will receive W/F upon their withdrawal. A W/F is not calculated into the student’s GPA. The W/F means “failing at the time of withdrawal.” Students who withdraw or drop after the eighth week will receive an “F” for the semester on their transcript. The “F” grade will be calculated into the student’s GPA.
How do I recover a course credit or improve my course grade?
Credit to makeup courses failed or to improve course grades must be earned through summer school, recognized correspondence or online schools, state approved alternative programs, evening high school, college/university, community college, and accredited training institutions.
Make-up credits do not replace grades earned in Lake Oswego High School classes but are averaged into the student’s GPA.
To assure students are signed up for the correct class, students must complete the “Permission for Off-Campus Credit” form prior to enrolling in any off-campus experience. Forms are available in the counseling office or online. A list of reputable programs/approved courses is also available online.
Can I take an elective course off campus?Students may take pre-approved elective courses off campus and apply the credits to their high school transcript. No more than four credits of off-campus experience may be applied and all courses must be pre-approved. The “Permission for Off-Campus Credit” paperwork required for pre-approval is available online or may be picked up from the counseling office.
Can I take a class Pass or No Pass?
A student may elect to take one non-required course per semester on an S/U basis rather than the usual grading system. For world languages, 3rd year and above qualify for S/U. All department assistants (DAs), work experience, community service students, peer tutors, and cadet teachers will be graded S/U.
An S/U class cannot be counted as one of the required five letter-graded classes to be eligible for the honor roll each semester.
Students desiring to take a course on an S/U basis need to declare this intention by the end of the third week of the semester. This should be done in consultation with one’s teacher, counselor, and parent.
How do I find out about available scholarships?
A list of scholarships can be found on the Naviance website (http://connection.naviance.com/lohs).
How do I register for the NCAA Clearinghouse?
Registration can be completed by visiting the NCAA website: https://www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. Ideally this should be done by the end of your junior year.
Do I need community service hours to graduate?
All students are required to complete 2 different Career Related Learning Experiences (CRLE) in order to earn a diploma. Two, 5 hour experiences must be documented prior to graduation. These hours can be community service based, however, they can also be work, field, school or technology based as well. It is never too early to complete these!
A separate form is required for each of your CRLE’s. In addition a ‘Standards’ form must be completed for one of your experiences. Both of these forms can be picked up in the counseling office or found online.