Requests for adding or dropping courses should be addressed to the registrar. All changes must abide by the diploma and course load requirements and the departmental placement requirements. These requirements are described elsewhere on this page.
During the summer, students may freely add, drop, and change courses by contacting the registrar. Once classes have started, students must also seek permission from the appropriate faculty member(s) when requesting an add or drop. The registrar facilitates the process of seeking permission. After the start of classes students may request an add, drop, or course change by completing a form on their Pirate Page.
Semester electives in English, history, math, science, and world languages are capped. Students will be asked to rank their preferences in the spring and will be placed with consideration to those choices and other scheduling constraints. Once placements are made, students may request a change and will be granted this change if the class has not reached its capacity. If a class is full, students will be placed on a waitlist. For semester electives in English (called English 4), the waitlist closes and choices are finalized the day before the first day of classes. For all classes other than English 4, students may request to change subjects or add a course until the Friday after transition reports are released.
To drop a course or change levels within a subject, the deadline is the Friday following Family Weekend. This deadline allows for discussion during Family Weekend conferences. A change in level might entail moving between an honors or AP level class and a regular class or changing levels of a world language. After this deadline, the next opportunity for students to change levels will be just after the end of the fall semester, and there is no opportunity to change levels during the spring semester of a yearlong course (unless you successfully complete a Petition of Exceptional Change of Course schedule— see below).
For semester courses in the spring, students may request to add, drop, or make a change only in the first days of the term, with the exception that it is not possible to add or change an English 4 course once the spring semester begins.
A course dropped during a semester prior to these course change deadlines does not appear on the transcript for that semester. Additionally, in the case of exceptional circumstances (such as medical leave or personal crisis), students may complete a Petition for Exceptional Change of Course Schedule on their Pirate Page to drop a class and remove it from their transcript. Approval of such a petition is granted by the head of the upper division.