Planning for a Successful High School Career
In order to have a successful high school career that allows students to enter into their chosen higher education institution, it is important that students take an active part in mapping out and carefully planning their high school courses. The high school planning information below like the listed course offerings, planning guides, and graduation requirements will help students track and plan their high school courses so that they align with their academic and career goals.
A.P. classes are specially designated classes taken at the high school in which a student may test for college credit, through the Advanced Placement program, upon completion of the coursework.
The tests are given in May on National AP Test dates. It is to the student’s advantage to take as challenging a course load as can be successfully completed. Students should talk to their parents, school counselor, teachers and other students when selecting their classes.
Dual Enrollment provides the opportunity for 11th and 12th grade students to earn college credit while still attending high school. See the specific college’s website for details on how to dual enroll at that institute.
Example: Visit Columbia State Dual Enrollment to find more information about CSCC’s program.
Other Important Information
Dual enrollment students are eligible for a grant via the Dual Enrollment Grant Program. Please visit TN Student Assistance Corporation Dual Enrollment Grant for more information about applying for this grant.
*Note: Students must have been a Tennessee resident for one year prior to receipt of the grant. All participating students must maintain a 2.75 GPA in the Dual Enrollment class in order to retain eligibility for the grant. The grant is a “stand alone” program. Hours attempted and grades earned have no impact on the student’s TN Hope eligibility.
Students taking any Dual Enrollment class should discuss, with a College/University Admissions Counselor, whether or not it will transfer to the College/University they plan to attend in the fall.
Students have an opportunity to gain credit for a previously failed course that was taught within a Williamson County School by completing a computer-based program called A+ Credit Recovery. Complete the Credit Recovery Application and contact your child’s school counselor for eligibility information and to apply.
There is a cost of $50 per semester course ($100 for a whole year credit). If the Credit Recovery is not completed in the semester, then the student will have to re-register and pay another $50 per semester course. The fee applies to all students. There are no fee waivers for Credit Recovery. Students must register with their guidance counselor PRIOR to beginning. Payment for credit recovery should be made in the form of cash, check, money order, or cashier’s check made payable to Brentwood High School. All payments are due at the time the forms are returned. Students may only take one class at a time.
Explore the WCS Board Policy related to Graduation with Honors or Distinction 4.60511 for more information on the criteria established for graduating with honors or distinction.
Please carefully read and follow the procedures below to request permission to enroll in online course:
Complete the WCS Request to Enroll in Online Course form and submit it to your counselor. The request should be filled out completely and signed by the student and the parent. The counselor will review the course curriculum to determine the appropriateness of the course and check the accreditation of the vendor. If the counselor agrees that the request is viable, he/she will forward the document to the principal for approval.
If the principal is agreeable to the student’s enrollment in the course, he/she will sign the form. If the student’s request includes a math, science or foreign language course that requires permission of the Assistant Superintendent for Middle and High Schools, the form will be submitted to the central office for that approval.
If the requested vendor is a Virtual School conducted by a Tennessee public school district, the form should be forwarded to the Instructional Technology Coordinator for approval. Enrollment in these Tennessee Virtual Schools will be done through the Office of Instructional Technology in collaboration with the school’s counselor. WCS parents should not directly contact a TN Virtual School to enroll a student.
During the academic school year, students will not be allowed to enroll in an online course if the same course is available in the building unless it is impossible to schedule the student in the course and he/she needs the course to graduate. All approved online courses should be courses that appear on the list of courses that have been approved by the State Board of Education.
During the summer months, students may enroll in certain online courses that may be taught in your school during the regular school year, however, students cannot enroll in math, science or foreign language courses without the approval of the Assistant Superintendent of Middle and High Schools.
The registration process for the new school year begins in January. Brentwood High School sets its number of sections and builds its master schedule based on student requests for courses. The registration in the spring determines the courses offered the following fall. Once the master schedule has been determined, students will be obligated to take these courses. In other words, students will not be allowed to change their minds in the fall. Students should plan their schedules in a thoughtful, careful manner to match their abilities and their educational needs.
2019-2020 Course Registration
Important information and instructions are covered in the documents linked below for each class regarding when to and how to register for classes. As always, be sure to talk to your counselor if you have any questions.
Valid schedule corrections to update course selections based on summer school credits or to correct a scheduling error made by the school take place the first 10 school days of each semester. The beginning of the semester is not the time to revise schedules as a result of a student’s change of mind. The master schedule has already been formed.
Dropping a Course
Full-year courses may not be dropped at the end of the first semester, even if only an elective. Exceptions to this policy can be made only by appealing to the Principal. The usual consideration is whether the student has been academically misplaced. If the exception is granted, the student will be required to take an equally challenging semester course.
Issues in a Course
A student who is experiencing problems in a class will not be removed from the class outside the policies stated above. When problems develop, the following procedures should be followed:
- The student should consult the teacher for ways to improve.
- If the problem still exists, the parent should talk to the teacher. Conversation can occur over the phone or through email, but the best communication is still person to person.
- If the problem continues to exist, the parent can request a school meeting that includes the teacher, the student, the parent(s), the appropriate school counselor, and the grade-level assistant principal. This team will form a plan of action.
To enroll a new student, please:
- First, check your school zone with the Williamson County School WebQuery Site (coming soon). You must live in the Brentwood school zone in order to enroll. Parents with first time students who are to be enrolled in Williamson County Schools are required to have their address verified as the first stop in registering their child for school. The entire registration process takes place at the school. You may reach our transportation department at (615) 472-4950 for additional bus route questions or call Central Office at (615) 472-4200 for additional school zoning questions.
- Call the BHS Counseling Dept at (615) 472-4231 to schedule an enrollment appointment. At the appointment, students must be accompanied by a natural parent or legal guardian.
- Students must be withdrawn from their previous school before enrolling at Brentwood High.
- Access WCS Enrollment Forms and complete all forms for the current school year. Bring these completed forms to the enrollment appointment.
WCS would like to recognize any senior at graduation who has completed at least 10 hours of volunteer work in the fall and 10 hours of volunteer work in the spring (Total = 20 hours). Students are responsible for notifying counselors if they have completed these service hours. Hours can be submitted through the BHS Volunteer Hours Form. Note: You must use your WCS Gmail account (@myplace.wcs.edu) to sign-in and access the form.
Underclassmen are also eligible to receive this diploma and recognition when they graduate. Students must have a minimum of 10 volunteer hours every semester they are in high school (from this point forward). Please follow these guidelines:
- Students cannot be paid to do volunteer work
- Volunteer work cannot be done for a family member
- The student is responsible for tracking volunteer hours and submitting them through our Volunteer Hours Form.