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9th Grade Registration

High School Elective Registration and Visits

Tesoro High School Student Presentation for 8th graders - Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Tesoro High School academic advisors will be at Las Flores MS to present 8thgraders with elective information for high school and answer questions. This presentation is for students only (no parents) and will be held during school hours.  Students will receive their high school elective registration forms this day.  8th Grade High School Information Night/Open House at Tesoro will be held on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 from 5 - 8 pm.  If you are unable to attend, you may check the Tesoro Guidance webpage designed specifically for current 8th graders by clicking here.


Parent Information Nights - February 20 or February 22 at Las Flores MS - MPR 6 - 7:30 pm.

Parents of students from Tesoro feeder schools or interested in attending Tesoro through School of Choice may attend either parent information evening. Both sessions will provide the same information.


Tea with Tesoro - February 23, 9:30 am - 11 am Las Flores MS Bear Den

An informal question and answer session with Tesoro Academic Advisors will be held for Las Flores MS parents of current 8th graders if you still have questions following the student meetings with their advisors and the Parent Information Nights. RSVP using the flyer located here.



NOTE: The following links will be updated when Tesoro updates their information. Meanwhile, you may preview last year's letters for a general guideline on what to expect.


Instructions for Entering Course Requests through Parent Portal


Tesoro High School Department Information Flyers


High School Course Catalog


Freshman Class of 22 Checklist


Tesoro will also host two Parent Information Nights for all their feeder schools to attend on February 20th and February 22nd at Las Flores Middle School in the MPR.  For more information, see the flyer linked here. Parents should bring the BLUE Elective Registration form their child receives with them. Las Flores will also hold a Tea with Tesoro in the Bear Den on February 23rd at 9 am. for parents who cannot make it to an evening event.  Space is limited for the Tea with Tesoro so please RSVP using the link in the link posted on the flyer.


For other high school information, please check out the Guidance Webpages below by clicking on the link or attend their Open House.  If you are considering School of Choice, be aware that the last day to apply is March __, 2018.  Late applications will NOT be accepted. For more information on School of Choice, click here.


San Juan Hills High School - Stallion Showcase and 8th grade Expo, February 4th 9 am - 12 pm; Open House, Thursday, April 12, 5:30-6:30 pm

Capistrano Valley High School - Open House, Thursday, January 25th 5:00 - 8 pm

Aliso Niguel High School - Open House/8th Grade Expo, Monday, February 26th, 5:00 - 8:30 pm

Dana Hills High School - Open House, Monday, February 26th, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

San Clemente High School - Open House/8th Grade Expo, Monday, February 5th 5 -8 pm

Cal Prep Academy High School - To Be Announced, please check their website for further information.

Setting up a Student Portal Account

Most high schools will be using an electronic registration process for high school.   Students who will be attending Tesoro High School will use the Parent Portal this year to register student electives and courses.  This will be similar to how Las Flores holds elective registration.  

Students will receive more information with their proposed class schedules during Tesoro's visit to Las Flores on February 13, 2018.  Students need to make sure their parents have a Parent Portal account set up and to register their classes by the due date on the class schedule form provided during Tesoro's student visit. Tesoro's elective registration will close on March 30th and changes can be made on the Parent Portal through March 30th. After March 30th, you will need to email your Academic Advisor.

Some 8th grade students who will be attending other CUSD high schools will be required to use their Student Portal Account to complete the registration process and choose their high school electives for the 2018-2019 school year and must register for a Student Portal account even if there is already a Parent Portal account.  If you are attending another district high school using the Student Portal to register, please follow the instructions below.

NOTE:  A student portal account is DIFFERENT than a parent portal account.

Here is how to register:  You will need your seven digit student ID, your home phone number on file in Aeries, and the student verification code.  If you do not know your student verification code, please call your current school to request it.

  1. Click here for instructions on Creating New Parent and Student Accounts on the Portal
  2. Click here - Setting up a Parent or Student Portal Account
  3. Go to your web browser and type in
  4. At the top where you would 'sign-in', click on Parent & Student Portal
  5. At the bottom of this login box, Click on “Create a New Account”
  6. Click on "Parent" or “Student”, respectively
  7. Follow instructions and create an account


SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION -will be posted here when it becomes available.

The 2018-19 Summer School registration for CUSD Summer Courses will be updated here as soon as it becomes available.  


Registration for CUSD Summer School will begin for current 8th graders entering high school in Fall 2018 on April 13, 2018.  We will begin accepting applications March 26, 2018. Do NOT submit any applications prior to this date. There is a mandatory orientation for students on June 19th/20th depending on which course a student is registered for.  There are no exceptions for attending the orientation.  Failure to attend will drop students from the summer school course(s) they are registered for.  To apply for the CUSD Summer Program, please submit the Request for CUSD Summer School to your academic advisor no later than May 21, 2018. If registration seats fill before this, the deadline may close earlier, therefore it is best to submit your application earlier. Please time-stamp the back of the form before submitting as we will enter requests based on impacted schedules and non-impacted schedules on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Basic information - Students may take both CCP and Health during the summer should they choose based upon space availability after 10-12 graders have registered.  Since space is limited however, students with impacted schedules will be given priority.  All 9th graders must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 periods whether or not CCP/Health is taken during the regular school year or during the summer months.  CCP and Health will also be available for students to enroll during the school year outside the regular six periods (i.e. during lunch/tutorial or before/after school).  Summer courses are six weeks in length while those taken during the school year online through CUSD's credit recovery last 9 weeks.  Please be aware that there is a substantial amount of work associated with both courses so students may wish to take only one and save the other for the following summer or to take before/after school or lunch/tutorial periods when offered.  Students who take just one course during the summer will not be able to add the other semester during the regular school year.  It will only be offered during CUSD's credit recovery offerings except for students taking both courses during the normal school year.


Additional Summer School Options

Students who wish to take only Health during the summer may opt to take the course through Pacific Coast High School (PCHS).  The PCHS option is an online only course that does not require the mandatory orientation meeting nor the weekly onsite testing at Aliso Niguel HS.  You cannot take Health at PCHS however and take CCP through the CUSD Summer School.  Please follow the link located on the PCHS Information Flyer located here (link will be provided when PCHS information is received) and complete the PCHS packet and return to your Academic Advisor no later than ___TBD______. 

High School Placement Guidelines


Students may challenge their placement in any course if they do not meet the specified placement criteria by completing the Course Waiver Form and arranging a meeting with their High School Academic Advisor or Assistant Principal during summer registration.


High School Placement Guidelines

Honors English I - Students in English 8 Accelerated who maintain a four quarter 3.5 GPA  or students in English 8 with a four quarter 4.0 GPA and teacher Recommendation will qualify for Honors English I.  All other students shall be placed in English I.

Honors World History - Students who qualify for Honors English I qualify for placement in this course.  Students may select this as an additional elective. 

This class is designed to prepare students for the rigors of AP classes their Sophomore Year.  9th Grade Students registering for and completing this course will automatically be enrolled in AP Euro or AP World History in 10th Grade).

AP World History -   Concurrent enrollment in Honors English 1.

Astronomy - Students who do not pass Science 8 may be placed in this course.  This course meets CUSD graduation requirements only but is a non college prep course that does not meet the A-G requirements for college admissions.

Biology - Students who achieve a passing grade (A, B, C, D) in Science 8** may enroll in this course.  ** Subject to change in 2017-18.

Honors Biology  -  Students in achieve both an A or B in 8th grade Algebra or higher and A in 8th grade Science  and an A or B in 8th grade English Acc or A in 8th grade English**  All other students with a passing grade in Science 8 (A, B, C, or D) shall be placed in Biology.

**Subject to change in 2017-18.

AP Biology - *9th grade enrollment may be possible; contact Assistant Principal of Guidance.

Physical Education - All 9th grade students must be enrolled in a full year of PE Activities or sport.  Students will not be placed into 'tryout sports' until tryouts are completed and lists provided by respective sport coaches.

CCP/Health - One semester of each course shall be taken by all freshmen.  Students with impacted schedules may qualify however, to take one or both courses before their freshmen year if space is available.  Students may also take the other course or both courses during the summer after their freshmen year and there may be options to take them after school hours (or during lunch) during the school year.

Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry - Current eighth grade students in Geometry who meet one of the following criteria shall be placed into this course.  Those not meeting this criteria shall be placed into Geometry.

  1. Earn a 4-quarter GPA of 3.00 or higher in Geometry and score 75% or higher on the Geometry End-of-Course Final Exam,OR
  2. Earn a 4-quarter GPA of 2.75 or higher in Geometry and score 85% or higher on the Geometry End-of-Course Final Exam.

Geometry - Current eighth grade students in Algebra I who meet one of the following criteria shall be placed into this course.  Those not meeting this criteria shall be placed into Algebra I.

  1. Earn a 4-quarter GPA of 3.00 or higher in Algebra 1 and score 75% or higher on the Algebra 1 End-of-Course Final Exam, OR
  1. Earn a 4-quarter GPA of 2.75 or higher in Algebra 1 and score 85% or higher on the Algebra 1 End-of-Course Final Exam

Algebra I - All students currently in Math 8 and current eighth grade Algebra I students not meeting the criteria shown for Geometry above shall be placed in this course.


NOTE: One End-of-Course Final Exam re-take opportunity will be permitted for placement purposes (final exam re-take testing results will not affect a student’s original 4th quarter grade).

Guidelines for summer math courses for acceleration purposes:
Since Algebra 1 is a graduation requirement,  students will not be allowed to take Algebra 1 over the summer for acceleration purposes.
Although not recommended, current Grade 8 or higher Algebra 1 students are allowed to take a two-semester/one-year Geometry course over the summer for accelerated purposes at any WASC-accredited school including Pacific Coast High School (PCHS), or at BYU or the University of Missouri (this option is not available for current Grade 7 Algebra 1 students).  See the document attached in the Elective Locker regarding pre-approved Geometry courses at PCHS, University of Missouri, and BYU.
Although not recommended, current Grade 9-11 Geometry students are allowed to take a two-semester/one-year Algebra 2 course over the summer for acceleration purposes at any WASC-accredited school.  This option is not available for current Grade 8 Geometry students.  Students who take this course would qualify to enroll in Precalculus (regular), but not Honors Precalculus.
Although not recommended, current Grade 9-11 Algebra 2/Trig (acc) students are allowed to take the Math 2 course over the summer at Saddleback College.  Students who take this course would qualify to enroll in AP Calculus AB, but not AP Calculus BC.  (Note:  Students would need to follow Saddleback College’s policies for math placement at the college.)
Other requests for summer acceleration courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact Dave Chamberlain with any “outside the box” parent requests for summer acceleration math courses.
Students will need to provide their high school academic advisor with transcripts that they have passed both semesters of the summer course they took PRIOR to the start of the school year in order to be transferred to the next higher math course.
Also, please note the following regarding PCHS mathematics courses:
PCHS Trigonometry does not equate to any CUSD courses.  Students should not sign up for any PCHS Trigonometry course.  PCHS Algebra 2 will not replace grade in CUSD Algebra 2/Trig (acc). PCHS Pre-calculus will not replace grade in CUSD Honors Precalculus. 

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