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Summer School Information

Summer 2020

Registration is now open for all high school 9-12th grade students.  Summer school dates are July 1 - July 23rd, 2020. 

The online Request for Summer School form is available here.  You will receive a copy of your submission in the email you provide but this is not an enrollment confirmation. Enrollment confirmations will come directly from the CUSD Summer School Office.   

Health - The health course will be offered as an online course through CUSD. There will be an online video orientation for all students enrolled in the online health course. CUSD teachers will be available for all students seeking in person help at Capistrano Valley High School.

To apply for the CUSD Summer Program, please submit the Request for CUSD Summer School by completing the online form no later than May 28, 2020. If registration seats fill before this, the deadline may close earlier, therefore it is best to submit your application earlier. We will enter requests on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once registration opens and is submitted to the CUSD Summer School Program, an email will be sent to parent(s) requiring electronic signature of the application that must be completed before a place may be secured in the course applied for.

Basic information - Students may take Health during the summer based upon space availability.  All 9th graders must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 periods during the school year whether or not Health is taken during the regular school year. 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 four 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 the online Health course (estimated to be approximately 50 hours of coursework).  

Additional Summer School Options for 2020 TBD and announced later.

2019 Options (for information only)

In addition to Health for rising 8th grade students, the CUSD College and Career Advantage Program will be offering  the following 5 credit CTE courses to rising 9th grade students for elective credit in Summer 2019:

  • Intro to Medical Assisting

  • Intro to Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

  • Intro to Sports Medicine

  • Intro to Fire Science

  • Google Computer Applications

  • Intro to Film Studies

  • Intro to Pharmacy

CTE courses will require an online application though the CCA Program office using this form - CTE Summer School Registration Form for High School Students.

The CUSD College and Career Advantage Program will be offering the following CTE course for middle school students (grades 7-8 in school year 2019-20):  

  • Engineering Bootcamp
  • Robotics Bootcamp

To register, call (949) 234-5994. Space is limited in this course.

For more information, click on this flyer link CCA Summer Academy.

9th Grade Registration

High School Elective Registration and Visits

Tesoro High School Student Presentation for 8th graders - Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Tesoro High School academic advisors will be at Las Flores MS to present 8th graders 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, February 4th, 2020 from 5:45 - 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 12 at Las Flores Middle School - MPR 6 - 8 pm or February 18 at Ladera Ranch Middle School - MPR 6 - 8 pm.

Parents of students from Tesoro feeder schools or interested in attending Tesoro through School of Choice are invited to attend.

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 24 Checklist

Tesoro will also offering School Tours for Parents interested in Tesoro for School of Choice on the following days/times:

Friday 2/7/20  8:00 am

Tuesday 2/13/20 10:30 am

Thursday 2/19/20  6:00 pm

Please click here to go to the Tesoro Tour for Prospective Students sign-up link.

Parents should bring the BLUE Elective Registration Information form their child receives with them. 

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 2, 2020 (TBC).  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, Saturday, February 8, 2020 9 - 12 am

Capistrano Valley High School - Open House Showcase, Tuesday, February 4, 2020 5 - 8 pm 

Aliso Niguel High School - Open House/8th Grade Expo, Monday, February 24, 2020, 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Dana Hills High School - 8th Grade Dolphin Experience Open House, Monday, January 13, 2020 6 - 8 pm. Tours available for school of choice applicants - Feb 4 - 9:30 am, Feb 11 - 6 pm, Feb 20 - 1:30 pm

San Clemente High School - Open House/8th Grade Expo, Monday, February 3, 2020, 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 12, 2019.  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 open on February 8th; changes can be made on the Parent Portal through March 1st. After March 1st, 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 2019-2020 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
  8. If you need account information (i.e. primary phone used on parent account, student verification code, etc. please see your academic advisor).


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.

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.

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. 

Foreign Language Placement Test

Entering freshman who want to place into a higher level foreign language class in German, French or Spanish at Tesoro HS for school year 2020-21 may sign up for a placement test to be held on the following date:

Mar. 18, 2020 3:30 pm

The test will take place in Room 504 with Mr. Pulido at Tesoro HS.

Register here for the placement test.