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Choosing classes at AHS

How to select courses

 What You Need:

  • Your transcript. Use this to check that you are meeting all graduation requirements.
  • Albany High School Course Catalog (below). Use this to learn about course options and to check prerequisites and learn what requirements each course meets.
  • Albany High “A-G” List (below). Use this to check which courses meet college eligibility requirements.


  • In order to plan the most meaningful program for next year, discuss your choices with your parents, teachers and/or counselor before submitting your selection sheet.
  • Consider your time commitments, activities and responsibilities outside of school.
  • A 7th period is optional
  • Consider your post high-school plans. To be 4-year-college eligible we suggest 5 academic classes per year. You must earn Cs or better in classes used to meet college eligibility requirements. Students are limited to one class per subject area except for Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors classes provide excellent preparation for higher education through college-level instruction and expectations. These advanced level classes also demand a heavy workload, including additional homework and summer work. Students are advised to think carefully about selecting AP/Honors courses in areas of interest to them and consider their overall demands before signing up for multiple AP/Honors courses. We recommend no more than 3 AP courses in any given school year.
  • Be sure that you have met all course prerequisites and get teacher approval when required. All classes marked with an * on the course list require a teacher signature. If a student has not met the requirements for a particular class but can present substantial evidence demonstrating that the requirements have been met in an alternate fashion, they should complete the waiver form, attach documentation of the requirements being met, and submit it to the Counselor for review by the Principal.
  • Alternate choices are required for all courses except required classes and math. Choose your alternates carefully. Your first choice is not guaranteed, and if you omit alternates they will be chosen for you.

AHS Course Catalog

Click to view the 2017-18 Course Catalog. The Course Catalog contains descriptions of all courses offered at Albany High School as well as requirements and prerequisites. Students should refer to the Course Catalog when selecting courses for the following school year. For a summary of course prerequisites, click here.

Schedule Change Policy

Albany High School has a student driven master schedule and all staffing, class periods and course offerings are largely determined by your initial course requests. Therefore, there is very little flexibility to change, add or drop classes once initial course selections are submitted. All classes are yearlong. Please note that most classes are full in the fall. Priority will be given to students placed in incorrect courses or levels.

Requests to change courses will be considered during the petition period in August (the week before school starts) and late January (dead week) on a case-by-case basis to minimize disruption when classes commence. After the initial petition period, changes may only be made with the approval of an administrator. Any changes made after the first 6 weeks of any semester may result in a Withdraw (W) posted on the student’s transcript.

AHS UC 'a-g' list

Please click here to go to the University of California's Doorways website. Search for Albany High School to see our full course list of UC-approved courses and to find out which courses meet 4-year college eligibility requirements in each subject area. Students can refer to this list to be sure the courses they sign up for will help them meet college eligibility requirements.

Counselor Powerpoint Presentations (updated in conjunction with the presentation)

Student Presentations were presented to each grade level during school on the date noted. Parent/Student Night Presentations were presented during scheduled evening events. These presentations are updated shortly before each year's Parent Information Nights. Please refer to the dates listed below.

  • 8th grade Parent/Student Night  (presented Feb. 8, 2017) - Covers information about graduation requirements, course scheduling, elective options and extracurricular activities for entering 9th grade students and parents
  • 10th grade Parent/Student Night  (presented Feb. 1, 2017) - Covers information about how to plan for the final two years of high school in preparation for meeting graduation and college eligibility requirements

Course Lists for 2017-18 

Please refer to the course lists for courses available at each grade level.

Course selection for the 2017-2018 school year 

Each spring, students are asked to select their courses for the following school year. Our course selection process is designed to allow students and their families as much choice as possible in determining their schedules, while also helping them consider graduation and college eligibility requirements and teachers' recommendations.

Counselors will be making presentations during students’ classes to explain the course selection process and review important information regarding course decisions. This year our course selection process will take place online for students currently in grades 9 through 11. Relevant materials and instructions will be posted on this website. We will also provide a transcript for each 9th-11th grade student. Parents and Guardians: please note the following dates and look at these materials with your student. Please be sure to read the full instructions accompanying the course selection materials.

Monday, January 30 through Friday, February 10

  • Departments will be giving presentations in the Little Theater about the following course selection options:
 Date (Week 1) Subject
 Monday, Jan. 30
Math AP Calc AB/BC AP Stat/Stat (Little Theater) 
 Tuesday, Jan. 31                   Technology and Applied Electives (Little Theater)
 Wednesday, Feb. 1AP/Honors English (Little Theater)
 Thursday, Feb. 2AP/Honors English (Little Theater)
 Friday, Feb. 3EDSET (M2)

Date (Week 2) Subject
 Monday, Feb. 6
VAPA (visual art, dance, instrumental music, choir) (Little Theater)
 Tuesday, Feb. 7Venture (Room 202) and Build & Design (Room 301) 
 Wednesday, Feb. 8World Languages (Little Theater)
 Thursday, Feb. 9No Session
 Friday, Feb. 10Yearbook (Room 109B) /Journalism (Room 109A)

                                    Albany High School Information

Wednesday, February 1

  • 10th grade Parent Information Night (AHS Little Theater, 7:00-8:30 PM)  

Monday, February 6

  • Presentations for current 11th (3th Period) , 10th (4th Period), and 9th (5th Period) graders during the day @ AHS Little Theater.

  • Follow up questions will be addressed during lunch and after school the week of February 6th.

Monday, February 27

  • Grades 9-11: Course selection sheets are DUE. They will be collected during social studies class.


                                Albany Middle School Information

Wednesday, February 8

  • 8th grade Parent Information Night (AHS Little Theater from 7-8:30 PM). 

Monday, February 13

  • 8th grade presentation for Albany Middle School @ AMS in the PE classes

Friday, February 17

  • 8th grade Course Selection Sheets are DUE. They will be collected during English class.


                                            Additional Information

Wednesday March 1 - Wednesday March 15

  • Counselors will be available to meet with 9th grade students and their families to go over course selections, plan for future years and discuss post-high school planning. We will have 20 minute appointments are available during school hours the weeks of March 1 - March 15. Limited evening appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis for families that cannot make a daytime appointment. We will be sending home more information about these conferences in early February which will include directions on how to make appointments.

Counselors will not be able to make individual appointments with students regarding course selection at this time. Counselors WILL be available during lunch and after school. Parents and students can also email their counselor with questions.