Scheduling

Welcome to the Scheduling page. We have included information that will not only help your student to navigate the scheduling process at Bellarmine, but help them make decisions about their course of study. Students should talk to their counselors or Scheduling Office personnel if they have specific concerns about their current schedule or the scheduling process (which occurs each spring for the following year). Bellarmine also has 5 college counselors to help them with scheduling choices as they relate to college admissions.

Once the term begins, all schedule changes must be made in person within the Scheduling Office. Changes may be made for any reason during the drop/add period. If a student is considering dropping a course after the deadline, he must see his counselor and Scheduling Office personnel to discuss his options and to pick up the necessary form.

Drop Policy

2018-2019 Academic Year
  • If the course was requested by the student, we will not adjust the schedule. Students will be expected to remain in the class they chose.
  • If the course was not requested by the student, adjustments to the schedule will be made based on space availability of classes within the same department.
  • Schedule changes due to having had the teacher previously will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students will not have an automatic change of schedule if they are assigned the same teacher more than once during their academic years at BCP.
  • Students may not request a change of schedule due to the period that they were assigned a class.
  • Students are eligible to take seven classes in a semester if one of the courses is a Visual/Performing Arts, Fitness and Health or Computer Science course. The following parameters apply:  
    • students may add an elective in a free period after consulting with a counselor
    • students may drop an elective to gain a free period after consulting with a counselor
    • students may not drop and add an elective in the same semester
    • schedules will not be adjusted so that the free period or elective is at a different time in the schedule

Honors and Advanced Placement Enrollment

If a student is interested in taking an Honors/AP course next year, he should consult with his current instructor to solicit his/her feedback about whether this is a good choice for him. In addition, he should reflect upon his study habits, overall course load and interest in the subject matter. If he still thinks it is a good idea, then he may request the course during the online course request period.

A student's counselor will review these course requests during their one-on-one scheduling meeting in March or April. If the counselor determines (based on your grade history, current grade, study habits, overall course load and outside commitments) that the Honors/AP course is not a good idea, he/she will not approve the student's request to be enrolled in the Honors/AP class, and the student will be scheduled into a regular-level course instead.

If you would like to appeal the counselor’s decision, the student and his parents will meet with the Assistant Principal for Academics, Bridgit McGarry, to discuss the situation.

Seventh Period Class Selection

Bellarmine's schedule includes a 7th period. Your son may choose to have one "free" period each semester OR he may choose to fill the 7th period with an elective offered within the Visual and Performing Arts, Computer Science or Physical Education departments. Alternatively, the 7th period can be filled with a TA position. He may NOT choose to take a 7th course from any other department offerings. (In very rare cases, exceptions to this rule will be considered. All such cases must be presented to the Director of Scheduling before school ends in the spring.) Priority for extra courses will be given to rising seniors first, followed by juniors, sophomores and then freshmen.