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Academic Advising

Students choose courses with the advice of teachers and school counselors. The Counseling Department attempts to tailor students' programs to individual needs, desires, and aspirations. Parents participate in this process by approving course choices on the registration forms. Registration for the following year takes place in February and March. Students usually receive a final course schedule in August.

Drop/Add
During the registration process, Hanover High School students should carefully consider their course registration selections. Course drop-adds are possible. Students are not encouraged to change courses, however, except when a course is judged inappropriate in terms of achievement level or skills needed. To help control both the quantity and legitimacy of drop-adds the following policy is strictly followed:

  • All drop requests are handled through a counselor.
  • Student-initiated adds must be undertaken within the first five days of a semester. A course added after this period needs the approval of the counselor and the department coordinator.
  • All changes of course level must be approved by the department coordinator.
  • In the first semester, student-initiated drops may occur during the first four weeks of a course without consequences to a student’s record.
    NOTE #1: In the second semester, student-initiated drops may occur during the first four weeks of a course without consequences to a student’s record for semester-long courses only.
    NOTE #2: Students may not drop the second semester of full-year courses (see list) without penalty, as described under “Withdrawing” in item 5.
  • Any course dropped after the fourth week of the first semester will result in a WF (Withdrew Failing) in the student’s record and will be factored in the student’s GPA at a ½ credit, unless the drop is initiated by a teacher or counselor; in this case the record will indicate W (Withdrawn without penalty) and is not factored into the G.P.A. This rule also applies to semester long courses that begin the second semester.

Regarding any full-year course (see Program of Studies) that is dropped for the second semester. The student wilL receive the assigned grade and ½ credit for the first semester of the full-year course. The student will receive a “WF” for the second semester, which will be factored in the student’s GPA as a “0,” at a 1/2 credit.

A teacher or counselor may initiate a course drop only if they convinced that the student has been mistakenly enrolled in the wrong course and should be allowed to withdraw without penalty. Both the teacher and the counselor must agree about the appropriateness of dropping a course without penalty. Teacher or counselor initiated drops will not be allowed after the 10th week of a course. In cases of extended illness or special circumstances, the above limits may not apply. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the school administration.

Any course dropped by default (meaning that no drop-add procedure was used and the student simply stopped attending) will result in the student’s record showing a WF for the duration of the course that was neglected.

Typical Schedule by Grade

9th Grade

  • English: All ninth graders are required to take English 9.
  • Math: Most ninth graders would choose among Math Essentials, Introduction to Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, and Geometry Honors after seeking advice of their 8th grade math teachers. More advanced math courses are possible if present math teachers so advise. A math placement test is required of all students.
  • Science: Ninth graders who plan to take Algebra I are permitted to take Methods in Science, but may find the course mathematically challenging and should plan to seek support as necessary. The recommended course for ninth graders who enroll in Geometry is Methods in Science. Ninth graders who will be taking a Introduction to Algebra are advised to enroll in General Methods in Science. Honors Methods works at an advanced pace, emphasizes mathematical analysis, and higher expectations in deeper exploration than Methods. Students eligible for Honors Geometry can enroll in Honors Methods and need a teacher recommendation.
  • Social Studies: All ninth graders are required to take Citizenship and World History.
  • Foreign Language: Most ninth graders take a foreign language course. A placement test is required of all students.
  • Physical Education: Required for all ninth graders.
  • Computer Literacy: Digital portfolios that illustrate proficiency in new and evolving technology skills or a computer science will be required for graduation. Students may not be able to complete this requirement in their ninth grade year, but should include it in their four-year plan.
  • Keep in mind that you will need a total of 1 (one) credit in the Fine and Practical Arts (l/2 credit must be in Fine Arts) during four years of high school.
  • Students must understand that there are only 7 periods in the day in which to take courses and, therefore, should select no more than 7 courses including Physical Education. Many students choose to take 6. If a parent and student feel that a regularly scheduled lunch hour is important to a student’s day, a lunch hour can be scheduled periods 4 through 6.

10th Grade

Many of the major courses tenth graders take are either required or strongly recommended. A typical tenth grade program is outlined below with possible alternatives noted.

  • English:Tenth graders take two semesters of an English elective.
  • Math: Most tenth graders
  • Science: Most tenth graders take General Biology, Biology or Honors Biology.
  • Social Studies: All tenth graders are required to take United States History or United States History Survey.
  • Health: A semester of Health is required for all tenth graders.
  • Foreign Language: Most tenth graders take a foreign language course.
  • Keep in mind that you will need a total of 1 (one) credit in the Fine and Practical Arts (l/2 credit must be in Fine Arts) during four years of high school.
  • Students must understand that there are only 7 periods in the day in which to take courses and, therefore, should select no more than 7 courses including one semester of health. Many students choose to take 6 courses. If a parent and student feel that a regularly scheduled lunch hour is important to a student’s day, a lunch hour can be scheduled periods 4 through 6.
  • Computer Literacy: Digital portfolios that illustrate proficiency in new and evolving technology skills or a computer science will be required for graduation. Students may not be able to complete this requirement in their ninth grade year, but should include it in their four-year plan.

11th Grade

Many of the major courses eleventh graders take are either required or strongly recommended. A typical eleventh grade program is outlined below with possible alternatives noted.

  • English: Eleventh graders take two semesters of an English elective.
  • Math: Most eleventh graders
  • Science: Most eleventh graders take Chem in the Community, Chemistry or Honors Chemistry.
  • Social Studies: Eleventh grade students must take one semester of Contemporary American History Survey or Contemporary American History, and one semester of Global Studies or Geopolitics.
  • Foreign Language: Most eleventh graders take a foreign language course.
  • Elective(s): Most eleventh graders take an elective course from one of the departments listed above or from the Art or Music departments.
  • Keep in mind that you will need a total of 1 (one) credit in the Fine and Practical Arts (l/2 credit must be in Fine Arts) during four years of high school.
  • Students must understand that there are only 7 periods in the day in which to take courses and, therefore, should select no more than 7 courses including one semester of health. Many students choose to take 6 courses. If a parent and student feel that a regularly scheduled lunch hour is important to a student’s day, a lunch hour can be scheduled periods 4 through 6.
  • Computer Literacy: Digital portfolios that illustrate proficiency in new and evolving technology skills or a computer science will be required for graduation. Students may not be able to complete this requirement in their ninth grade year, but should include it in their four-year plan.

12th Grade

Many of the major courses twelfth graders take are either required or strongly recommended. A typical twelfth grade program is outlined below with possible alternatives noted.

  • English: Twelfth graders take two semesters of an English elective.
  • Math:
  • Science: Most twelfth graders take Real World Physics, Physics, Honors Physics or a science elective.
  • Social Studies: Most students take at least one semester, if not two semesters, of a Social Studies elective course.
  • Foreign Language: Most twelfth graders take a foreign language course.
  • Elective(s): Most eleventh graders take an elective course from one of the departments listed above or from the Art or Music departments.
  • Keep in mind that you will need a total of 1 (one) credit in the Fine and Practical Arts (l/2 credit must be in Fine Arts) during four years of high school.
  • Students must understand that there are only 7 periods in the day in which to take courses and, therefore, should select no more than 7 courses including one semester of health. Many students choose to take 6 courses. If a parent and student feel that a regularly scheduled lunch hour is important to a student’s day, a lunch hour can be scheduled periods 4 through 6.
  • Computer Literacy: As it is a graduation requirement, twelfth graders who have not completed their computer literacy requirement by the end of 11th grade will be enrolled automatically in their first semester. This course does not meet and therefore does not count toward a student's 7 class periods.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation Honor Parts
May 1, 1981

Honor Parts at Hanover High School graduation shall be designated:
  • Valedictorian First in Class
  • Maxima Cum Laude First Tenth in Class
  • Magna Cum Laude Second Tenth in Class
To be eligible for an Honor Part, a student must have received grades at Hanover High School in the first two quarters of the senior year or have been a regular student in full attendance at Hanover High School for at least one previous year.

To be eligible for valedictorian, a student must complete one full year, plus two quarters of the senior year at Hanover High School.

Class rank to determine Honor Parts will be computed at a time designated by the Principal to include as much of the student’s fourth quarter performance as possible.

Class rank for Honors Parts will be determined by using final grades for the first three years and the first semester grades in credit-earning courses of the senior year.

Graduation Requirements
The Dresden School Board Requires 20 Units of Credit. Beginning with the class of 2009, the graduation requirements are:

Required Subjects
15 credits
Mathematics (including a credit in Algebra that can be earned through a sequential, integrated, or applied program) 3 credits
English 4 credits
Science (including 1 unit in a physical science an d1 unit in a biological science) 2 credits
Social Studies (including the required 9th, 10th, and 11th grade courses) 3 credits
Physical Education 1 credit
Fine/Practical Arts 1 credit

Open Electives
5 credits from any of the school’s course offerings

Educationally handicapped students have equal opportunity to complete a course of studies leading to a high school diploma.

During annual course registration, students receive information to assess their progress towards meeting graduation requirements. Seniors whose schedules indicate possible graduation deficiencies will receive a letter from the Counseling Department.


Early or Deferred Graduation Option
Arrangements can be made for either early or deferred graduation.
  • Criteria for early or deferred arrangements are available in the Counseling Office.
  • A request for early or deferred graduation must be initiated with a Counselor.
  • Approval for early graduation requests must be obtained from a parent or guardian, the counselor, and the Principal.
  • Even though a plan for early graduation is approved, there is no guarantee that space in courses needed to satisfy the plan will be available (e.g., all students are given one English before any student receives two).
  • Middle school credit cannot be used for early graduation.
Letters of Recommendation
As part of the application process for colleges, private schools, summer programs and some employment opportunities, students need letters of recommendations from teachers, counselors, coaches and other staff members. A student needing a letter of recommendation from a school staff member should take the following steps:
  • Ask the staff member if they are willing to write a letter of recommendation.
  • Tell the staff member the deadline date for the recommendation. The staff member should have at least three weeks lead time to write the recommendation.
  • If the school or program provides a form for the recommendation, give the staff member a copy of the form.
  • Provide the staff member with Naviance access to your colleges for electronic submission.
  • Thank the staff member for writing the recommendation.