San Diego High School course selection for the 2021/2022 school year has begun. The following information will help guide you through the process. Please read through this entire page. We know when it comes to choosing classes that it is important for students to:

  • Be aware of the academic course sequence for all of the different pathways.

  • Know graduation & program requirements.

  • Understand how the choices being made now can expand or limit the options available to them later.

We also know that the process of course selection is often times stressful for many students and we want to ensure our students not only have the information needed to make wise choices but also know how to identify people who can be a support in helping them achieve their goals. School counselors are an instrumental part of this process and are here to answer all of your questions along the way. The San Diego High School counseling team can help students:

  • Understand the importance of rigorous high school course-work and how that connects to college admission.

  • Know graduation and program requirements, course prerequisites and academic sequences necessary to succeed in those courses.

  • Better understand the impact of choices on aspirations.

The information below is a breakdown of the course planning & selection process including the timeline. If you should have any questions along the way, please do not hesitate to contact one of the San Diego High school counselors. Check the "Contact Us" page on the SDHS school counselor website www.theschoolcounselor.org/contactus for contact information.

Please take some time to review the following prior to picking your classes:

1. Timeline of Activities

2. Course Planning & Selection Guide

3. Promotional Video for some of our Pathways

4. Advanced Course Options Overview

5. AP vs IB: What’s the Difference!

6. How to Select Classes for the 2021/2022 School Year



1. Timeline of Activities:

Presentation Information & Instructions

All current 9th, 10th, & 11th grade students attend a 45 minute course selection presentation during their 3rd period class beginning January 5, 2021 through January 14, 2021 where they will pick classes for the 2021/2022 school year. 


Step 1: Find the three schools below, then click on your small school.

Step 2: Find your period 3 teacher. Then find the articulation date & time for that teacher. 

Step 3: On your articulation date/time, during 3rd period, you will click on the Zoom link for that teacher.

3rd Period Teacher Roster by Alpha:

Student Classroom Presentations January 5th - 14th  Power Point:

Business & Leadership - PP       Pdf

Int'l Studies - PP       Pdf

Science & Technology - PP       Pdf

TEACHERS, please plan to bring your roster of students to your scheduled sessions. If you have students on your roster from multiple schools, please remind them to follow steps 1-3 above. Sessions are presented based on students small school, not grade level or class of. Reach out to your school counselors with any questions.



Parent Presentation: SCHEDULE

Parent Presentation: POWER POINT JANUARY 6th & 13th - PP       Pdf


Presentation Expectations:

  • All students will attend a presentation specific to their small school. PRESENTER SCHEDULE

  • The 3rd Period Teacher Rosters above provides specific days/times for these presentations.

  • Presentations will include graduation requirements and sequencing for each subject area, electives, & pathway courses.

  • Students will pick their classes in these presentations.

  • If a student is absent on the day of their scheduled presentation, they can either attend one of the other presentations or attend the MAKE-UP SESSIONS on January 15th or 18th.

Course Selection Due Date:                       


Course Request Changes:

Students will be able to complete a course request change in Power School until January 15, 2021 if they would like to make a change from their initial course request. After January 15th students will need to either submit changes using this Google Request For School Form link or contact their school counselor directly to request changes.

2.  Course Planning & Selection Guide!

  • San Diego Unified School District Graduation & UC/CSU “a-g” Requirements by Subject.

  • What classes do I need to take to graduate from SDHS?
  • What class options do I have to help me prepare for my college experience?




Includes math pre-requisites, science pathway notes, VAPA & elective sequencing.          


Document #4 - Pathway Options:



What types of coursework do the pathways offer? What does a typical schedule look like for each pathway on campus?


Where can I find a course description for each course? The Course of Study describes courses adopted districtwide and serves as a single source of information about the district's educational programs, including course descriptions.

Document #8 - New Science Standards

3. Watch Promotional Video for some of our Pathways:

  • Learn more about the amazing programs offered on the SDHS campus.

4. Advanced Course Options Overview:

  • What are the different options available when it comes to advanced courses?

  • What are the benefits and pre-requisites for the advanced course options?

5. AP vs IB: What’s the Difference?:

  • All students have access to both IB & AP courses, but how do you choose which path to take?

6. How to Select Classes for the 2021/2022 School Year:

To request your classes please go to PowerSchool and access your Student/Parent Portal. Once you log in, on the left-hand side you should see “Class Registration” where you can select your courses. You have until January 15, 2021 to select your courses.

  • How to Select Classes VIDEO

Incoming 9th Grade Students:

  • As a reminder, selecting your courses DOES NOT complete your enrollment for SDHS.

  • You will need to complete an SDHS enrollment packet prior to picking classes. 

  • Please contact Alma Casillas, SDHS Enrollment at 619-560-4610 extension 3021 with any enrollment questions.

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