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Course selection process


Dear Students and Families,

The Naugatuck High School Counseling Department and Administrative Team wanted to provide an overview of the 2019-2020 course selection process that students will partner with their teachers, school counselors and families on in the coming months to prepare for the upcoming school year.

This letter includes information on the timeline of when specific course selection steps will occur, important information on how your student will register for 19-20 classes, an overview of their collaboration with their school counselor to ensure that their course registration process aligns with their post-secondary goals, and detailed information on new course offerings and college credit opportunities.

We are excited to share that we have two new partnerships with local post-secondary institutions in the 2019-2020 school year: both Post University and Naugatuck Valley Community College will be collaborating with us to offer our students the chance to earn postsecondary credit through courses offered either here or on their campuses.  Please visit our website under the Academics tab to view the updated Program of Studies with detailed information on these new opportunities as well as all courses offered at Naugatuck High School.

A few updates to the course selection process that we wanted to make sure families were aware of:

  • All students entering grades 9 and 10 will be required to register for and enroll in a minimum of 7 credits, specifically to ensure that students are making progress toward their graduation requirements. Students entering grades 11 and 12 will be required to register for and enroll in a minimum of 6 credits.
  • All students will put in their primary course requests, based on teacher recommendations and their own interest, as well as alternate course requests, to intentionally increase the likelihood that students have access to electives that they have chosen.
  • After students input their course requests into their PowerSchool portal (more detailed information on the following page), every student will meet individually with their school counselor to review their graduation progress, post-secondary plan, and courses they are signing up for prior to finalizing their requests.
    • If students/families are interested in discussing a level override for a specific course, they will discuss this with their teacher, school counselor, and family and contact the counseling office for the necessary paperwork.
  • School Counselors will be available for appointments at any point, with students and/or families- students can drop in to make an appointment and families can call the counseling office to schedule a time to meet
    • Counselors will also have open office hours during flex, during the weeks of January 28 and February 4th, for drop-in questions that students may have about the course selection process

Student and Family Course Registration Timeline

  • Overview of Program of Studies in Advisory with students 1-25-19
  • Course Selection Information & preparation for course selection in advisory 2-1-19
  • Teacher Recommendations completed in PowerSchool 2-1-19
    • Please contact your students’ teachers with any questions about the course and/or level they’ve discussed your student taking in the following school year
  • Registration materials distributed during homeroom to students 2-6-19
  • Students input their course requests during advisory at NHS electronically 2-8-19
  • Students meet individually with their school counselor to review their course requests February/March
  • Finalized course requests sent home to families for review & master schedule build March/April

February 6th- Registration Materials Distribution

AM Homeroom

  1. Course Selection sheets distributed: a course-offering sheet and an online registration directions sheet is given to each student.
  2. Students review Academic Expectations beginning on page 10 of the Program of Studies. The Program of Studies is available on the NHS website and their Counselors Google Classroom Page.
  3. Read the online registration directions sheet.
  4. Students need to bring the course selection sheet with them as they go through their scheduled day, today and tomorrow.  Remember teachers will be making online recommendations for courses for the next school year.  
  5. Print neatly and clearly on your selection sheet.

February 7th- Registration Materials Distribution

PM Homeroom

  1. Return all top copies (white) course selection sheets.  Students keep the bottom (yellow) copy of their course selection sheet to use to complete their online registration.

February 8th- Course Request Input


  • During Advisory students will access their PowerSchool Portal and enter their Course Selections for the 2019-2020 School Year.  The portal registration window will open at the beginning of Advisory and be open until the end of the day on Monday, February 11, 2019.

We look forward to preparing for another great year at Naugatuck High School!  Please contact us at any time with questions, concerns or feedback at 203-720-5400.


John Harris, Principal

Kristina Wallace, Associate Principal

Deborah Rutigliano, Director of School Counseling