Student & Parent Handbook

Academic Procedures

Courses and Scheduling

Course Catalog

A complete list and description of courses are outlined in the Eastchester High School Course Catalog. The Catalog is updated every year and is distributed to students in February. Copies are available in the Guidance Office throughout the year and at the link labeled "course catalog" above.

Class Attendance/Course Credit

Attendance is taken in every class. Students must be in attendance for six class periods to be eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities. It is the student’s responsibility to justify an absence from any class. A student who has in excess of 24 absences from a full year course or 12 absences from a half-year or half-credit course may be denied credit. Please be aware that absences include both excused and unexcused absences. See the Attendance section for more information on the district attendance policy.

Schedule Changes

Adding a Course

An elective course may be added to a student’s schedule within the first 10 school days of the semester.

Dropping a Course

Full Year Course: Students may drop an elective course during the first 20 school days of the semester with no notation on their permanent record. After 20 school days, WP (withdraw passing) or WF (withdraw failing) will be noted on their transcript.

Half-Year Course: Students may drop an elective course during the first 10 days of school and the first 10 days of the third quarter with no notation on their transcript. After 10 days, WP (withdraw passing) or WF (withdraw failing) applies. This change must occur prior to the end of the first (semester 1 course) or third (semester 2 course) marking period.

BOCES Program: Students wishing to drop this program must do so officially with their guidance counselor no later than September 25.

A student must attend class until the guidance counselor officially removes him or her. No course may be dropped without appropriate reasons and permission of the parent, teacher, counselor, and assistant principal.

Doubling in Courses

Doubling is not permitted for students in grades 9, 10 and 11. If a student in those grades fails a course required for graduation, it is expected that he/she attend summer school.

Should a junior fail a required course in English, social studies, math, or science, he/she may be permitted to “double” in the senior year.

Study Halls

Ninth and tenth graders are assigned to study halls when no class has been scheduled. Students are expected to use their time quietly and productively. Students may request a pass to the library during the study hall period.

Students in grades eleven and twelve have the privilege of an unscheduled study period to spend in the cafeteria or library. They may be assigned to a study hall if they misuse the privilege or are in jeopardy of failing a course.