- Counselor Connection: Special Edition Registration for 23/24
- Counselor Connection: Special Edition for 8th Grade Families
- January 3, 2023 Letter to Parents
- Registration Cards by Grade Level
- Online Registration Instructions
- Elective Classes Videos
- Important Dates & Times
- Letter from the Principal
- Classes Requiring an Application
- Graduation Requirements
- EHS Comprehensive Curriculum
- Registration Guide
- College Admission Guidelines
- What Courses Should I Take?
- EHS Co-Curricular Activities
- 9th Grade Honors Course Selection
January 3, 2023
Dear Parents of Current 9th, 10th and 11th Graders:
Greetings from Eagan High School! The purpose of this message is to provide you with relevant information and timelines related to our “online” registration process for next school year. The registration process will allow you and your students to have access to course information online and register online at home.
The following timeline is planned as it relates to the registration process for next school year for students currently in grades 9-11.
Feel free to start scanning the various EHS curricular offerings for your student. The EHS Student Registration Guide is online on the EHS web site: https://ehs.district196.org/
You may search for courses by department or by name, in alphabetical order. Simply go to the EHS web site and click on Menu in the upper right hand corner. Then click the + next to Academics and then click Online Registration, finally click Registration Guide. Under Online Registration you can also find Online Registration Instructions and Registration Cards by Grade Level.
Current 9th, 10th and 11th graders will meet in their PAWS classes to receive additional information and instructions related to the “online” registration process.
January 11 – January 26
With parental guidance, students may register online during this “open window” period of time. All instructions will be provided in PAWS on January 11.
Our intention is to have all of next year’s students at Eagan High School register online. We expect each student, with parental knowledge and guidance, to be able to access the internet and complete the process. Students will receive specific online registration instructions in their PAWS class on January 11
If you have questions, please feel to contacts your student’s counselor at 651-683-6921 or send them an email.
Susan Olsen (A-B & AVID) email@example.com
Jolaine Haider (C-Gr) firstname.lastname@example.org
Kayla Hammond (Gu-Kt) email@example.com
Michelle Lehmann (Ku-Ne) firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Fritze (Ng-Sh) email@example.com
Norah Krohse-Hermon (Si-Z) firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Peter S. Zak
STUDENT REGISTRATION AND SCHEDULING STEPS
After students' registration plans have been approved by parents and counselors, we schedule classes for students for the fall, winter, and spring trimesters.
Student Registration and Scheduling Calendar
Students in grade 8 at a Middle School and grades 9-11 at EHS register online for courses at EHS for the next academic year.
Principal identifies the exact number of teachers that will be required to provide requested classes for EHS students.
The master schedule of classes is built, using registration requests from students and teachers selected to teach at EHS.
Student registration requests are computer loaded into the master schedule.
IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
Incoming 9th grade Parents/Guardians are invited to attend an informational session beginning at 6 PM in the Auditorium at Eagan High School. We strongly recommend that parents attend. Since the program and messages are geared toward parents; we also recommend that students and small children do not attend. EHS counselors and principals will discuss the “online” registration process, “online” Student Registration Guide, creation of a 4-year plan, and co-curricular options for ninth grade students. We will also answer any questions that you have at the time. Following the information session, tour guides will be available to show parents highlights of our building.
EHS Counselors will be going to the middle schools to assist in ninth grade registration and introduce the course planner tool.
Freshmen parents and students will have access to the “Open Window” for online registration for the 2022-23 school year.
Call Dr. Peter Zak with any questions at 651-683-6904 or email at email@example.com
SPECIAL MESSAGE TO STUDENTS AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS
Dear Eagan High School Student and Parent(s)/Guardian(s),
Congratulations! You are among the most fortunate students in the state of Minnesota: You are an Eagan High School Wildcat! Because of this, you will have an opportunity to choose from a wide variety of excellent courses taught by some of the best teachers in the state at one of its finest award winning high schools. We build relationships with students and connect with student learning face-to-face and support learning in person every day. Eagan High School was specifically designed to utilize technology to enhance education. Our courses help you learn about technology, with technology, making EHS a much studied and frequently copied model for schools of the future. We are a leading school in ACT and MCA test scores, Advanced Placement scores and College in the Schools success with University of Minnesota credits. The highest high school rankings have been awarded to EHS through The US Department of Education, Newsweek, U.S. News and the Washington Post.
As an EHS student, you assume the responsibility of designing your personal plan of study by choosing your courses wisely. The important first step in registering for your EHS classes for the 2024-25 school year is to go to www.ehs.district196.org and click on Academics then go to Online Registration and Registration Guide. Please take the time to carefully read through the course descriptions. It is a good idea to discuss your options with your parent/guardian so they reflect your long-range educational, vocational and personal goals. Please consider the Honors Designation qualifications, and the Honors, Advanced Placement and College in the Schools courses, as well as a STEM or Humanities Pathway as referenced in the guide. The diversity of the EHS curriculum offers you a great amount of flexibility in pursuing your personal goals and plan for the future.
Once you have made your preliminary course selections, we suggest you follow-up with your Counselor to make sure your plan meets the state’s graduation requirements, as well as your own personal goals. It’s important you know that we sincerely care about you and your success during and after your career at Eagan High School. We strive to give each student our time and attention in order to ensure an excellent academic year and a strong pathway to the future. We believe in you!
We make critical decisions about next year’s faculty placement, room utilization, and funding allocations based on your registration. So please, take extra care to choose wisely!
If you have questions about the registration process, please contact one of our principals or your counselor at 651-683-6921. Please join us, the principals, faculty and staff of Eagan High School -- Minnesota’s most successful student-centered and technology-enhanced high school -- to make this your best school year ever! We love welcoming you as a Wildcat if you are new to Eagan High School and welcoming back our returning students!
Dr. Polly Reikowski
Principal, Eagan High School
(651) 683-6902 (w)
To be eligible for graduation, a student must have earned a total of 66 credits (minimum) in grades 9 through 12. It is possible to earn 84 credits during your four years at EHS. Many students accumulate far more than the minimum number of credits during their high school studies. All students are encouraged to select more than the minimum of required courses to take advantage of the broad scope of course offerings available.
There are 7 periods each day in a 12 week trimester. For each course passed, students earn 1 credit. If a student passes 7 courses each trimester, he/she will have earned 21 credits for the year.
Note: Some courses meet for more than one class period and are worth more credit. These exceptions are noted in department course descriptions. The number of courses taken each year will depend upon student individual needs and interests. In no instance shall a student be enrolled for fewer than 5 credits each trimester in Grades 11 and 12. Students in Grade 9 and 10 must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits each trimester. (Students may enroll in study halls for no credit)
On the following page are the general registration requirements for each grade. For grades 9-12, the minimum graduation requirements include: 26 courses required by title; 17 courses required by department (courses selected by student from specified department's offerings); 23 course electives (courses selected by student from any department's offerings). For complete information about graduation requirements, students must read each department section. In some instances, special exemptions to the general requirements are noted.Course Requirements
2. Electives - 16 credits (not more than 12 in Music or Work Experience)
In addition to the above:
NOTE: Adjustments to the graduation requirements may be made in response to changes in state and federal laws.
The EHS Comprehensive Curriculum
Eagan High School offers over 500 different courses in 12 subject areas, along with a full range of special education courses and work program alternatives. Many of these courses are designed to meet the needs of students across a broad range of abilities, interests, and post-high school aspirations. However, certain courses focus on special needs of students.
Esoteric courses are offered across the curriculum to meet the special needs of exceptional students interested in testing and extending their personal and intellectual limits in the classroom. Students can choose from a variety of demanding offerings in each department, including different Advanced Placement courses which not only stretch the limits, as indicated above, but offer college-bound students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school. The AP examinations are optional for students and are administered through the nonprofit College Board for a student-paid fee. Additional opportunities are available for the exceptional students and include such courses as the Mentor Program, College in the Schools, and the cooperative programs with local colleges and universities. AP classes are college-level classes, not college prep classes. Each department has separate application and selection criteria.
Advanced program offerings can be found in most departments. In each case, the design of the course is outlined in the course description, along with a note identifying that the course is geared for the high performing, college-bound student.
Non-college bound students will find courses offered throughout the curriculum that are designed to provide them with a liberal exposure to academics and experiences in a variety of subject areas, along with opportunities that provide a focus on a vocational interest/skill.
The Special Education/Work Programs, provide a continuum of services for students having academic, social, emotional, or psychological difficulties which may interfere with the schooling experience.
"DISTRICT 196 TEACHES STUDENTS HUMAN SEXUALITY CURRICULUM AND HIV/AIDS PREVENTION CURRICULUM. COURSE DESCRIPTIONS IN THIS CATALOG IDENTIFY WHERE THIS CURRICULUM IS TAUGHT. IF YOU WOULD LIKE SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT IS TAUGHT IN THESE AREAS, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SCHOOL PRINCIPAL. PARENTS WHO ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE CURRICULUM AFTER TALKING WITH THE PRINCIPAL MAY WITHHOLD THEIR STUDENT FROM SPECIFIC CLASS SESSIONS IN WHICH THESE CURRICULA ARE TAUGHT."
College entrance requirements vary. Some institutions of higher learning require many selective courses while others will accept students with a high school diploma. For this reason, college-bound students should make contact with school counselors to become familiar with the entrance requirements of their chosen colleges. The specific college catalog should be read for complete information.
Most colleges in Minnesota require that students be in the upper half of their graduating class and perform satisfactorily on an entrance exam such as the American College Test (ACT), or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Colleges look with favor upon the student who has earned better than average grades, but who has also taken college preparatory subjects and has been involved in cocurricular activities.
As a general rule, college-bound students should take at least 3 years of math (through higher algebra) and 3 years of science (such as chemistry and physics) after Grade 9. Students planning to pursue courses in engineering, architecture, or any of the scientific fields should complete courses in algebra, geometry, higher algebra, and precalculus. Chemistry and physics are frequently considered essential. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in upper-level English courses, and 2-4 years of world languages for college preparation.
For those students who are planning a specific career immediately after high school, the courses selected should be chosen with vocational preparation in mind. Courses should be chosen to give students a broad base of preparation for the future. Therefore, vocation-bound students should select a variety of subjects.
Good grades are important to students, in addition to the development of a good general school record. The importance of positive attitudes about school, as well as good study habits, should not be underestimated. Prospective employers are very interested in applicants' records of absences, tardiness, and effort in school work. In addition perspective employers are also impressed by student involvement in a variety of co-curricular program offerings while in high school.
Post-high school training opportunities should be explored by vocation-bound students. Technological advances have increased the need for specialists in many fields. Therefore, students should strongly consider attending a business, trade, or technical school after high school. The Dakota County Technical College Center offers post-high school training in many fields to students. Many students plan to further their education in the military. Students who plan to attend a technical school while in the Armed Forces should plan their high school courses accordingly.
A good mathematics background (at least algebra and geometry) is required for post-high school vocational school and Armed Forces training in such fields as drafting, electronics, construction, and machine trades. Business, technical, and trade schools are emphasizing the importance of good communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Employers often hire applicants with certain expectations about their potential for future advancement. Therefore, it is most important that vocation-bound students plan their high school courses with care.
Students may take a total of 3 credits each year (limit of 1 per trimester) on a "Grade/Pass Option" basis, regardless of whether they are taking 5, 6, or 7 subjects per trimester. This option is to encourage students to explore interests in a subject in which they may not be willing to risk receiving a low grade.
Procedure: Students must apply within the first 30 school days of the trimester. Parent permission is required. A Google form is available on line. "Grade/Pass Option" students will take all tests, turn in all regular class work, and receive marks along with the other students. The final mark will be a "Pass" if the students completes all work at the passing level. The final mark will be "No-Credit" if the student does not do passing work. A credit toward graduation will be granted for a "Pass" mark. No credit toward graduation will be granted for a "No-Credit" mark. Subjects taken on the "Grade/Pass Option" basis will not be averaged into a student's grade point average. Students may convert the "P" grade into the appropriate letter grade if desired.
Failures and Incompletes
When a student is having academic difficulty in a class, the teacher should be consulted for assistance. We also suggest that students inform his/her counselor of the problem, especially if grades in more than one class are being affected.
Students who fail a required class should see their counselor without delay to make arrangements for completing the course in an alternative manner. Failure to make up required courses will jeopardize a student's graduation. The advice of the school counselor must be sought in deciding which classes are to be repeated and where substitute credits are acceptable.
Incomplete grades are assigned at the discretion of the teacher to those students who have not successfully completed required class assignments/expectations during the trimester. This is usually as a result of medical complications. When students receive an "incomplete" grade they should see their teacher as soon as possible to arrange for needed make up work and hand it in on time. The deadline for making up an Incomplete grade is at the end of 20 school days into the next trimester. Incomplete grades that are not made up will result in a grade of F for the course and loss of credit.
Qualifying students in 11th and 12th grades may register for an Independent Study which will provide an opportunity for an in depth study of a selected interest area. Independent Study courses may only be taken for a “P”-pass. In order to qualify, students must: