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2021-2022 Course Registration Packet (Full Packet)

includes all individual files listed below


How to Access Online Scheduling on PowerSchool 2021-2022

List of Course Offerings by Department - 2021-2022

STC Academic Requirements for Graduation 2021-2022

2021-2022 Course Description Book


9th Grade Course Registration - 2021-2022

9th Grade Course Request Sheet - 2021-2022


10th Grade Course Registration - 2021-2022

10th Grade Course Request Sheet - 2021-2022


11th Grade Course Registration - 2021-2022

11th Grade Course Request Sheet - 2021-2022


12th Grade Course Registration - 2021-2022

12th Grade Course Request Sheet - 2021-2022


Questions? Please contact Mrs. Shaw, School Counselor at





Parents of Junior and Senior Students,

Many St. Cecilia students choose to take courses for college credit while in high school. During the 2020-2021 school year, over 25 students took advantage of this opportunity, totaling over 95 credit hours earned! I write you all to discuss the options and types of credit students can receive while in high school, while also providing advantages and considerations when determining if taking college credit classes is right for you.

Often students have questions regarding the ways in which college credit can be earned while in high school. One option is for students to take dual-credit classes. Dual-credit classes not only earn college credit, but high school credit as well. Courses are considered dual-credit when the instructor of the course has credentials that certify them to teach college-level and high school-level classes. Here at St. Cecilia, we have dual-credit Spanish III/IV and English IV through our partnership with Nebraska Wesleyan University. Additionally, many of our students have received dual-credits by taking courses through Central Community College (CCC). Its important to note, however, that all CCC courses are eligible for college credit, but are not necessarily dual-credit. Courses that are college-credit only will not go on the high school transcript, and will only affect college grade point average (GPA). Students should talk with Mrs. Shaw regarding the options to earn college credit through Nebraska Wesleyan University, Central Community College, and/or Nebraska Now.

There are several advantages of earning college credit while in high school. These advantages include:

Courses are often offered at a reduced cost per credit hour
Students can get a head start in completing their college degree (some students have about a semester completed prior to being a Freshmen in college)
Exposure to college-level work and college-level expectations
Exposure to classes/programs of study that are not offered in the high school setting

There are also a few things to consider regarding taking early college credit. These considerations include:

There is a financial commitment when taking courses for dual or college-only credit. This can range from $300-$400 depending on the course and credits.
Grades received for college credit will affect the students college GPA and high school GPA (if dual-credit). Its important for students to do their best work in these classes.
Students will want to check with the college they are planning to attend to see whether their courses will transfer to that particular institution. Additionally, each college or program of study may require certain courses, and not require others.
Students who earn more than 12 college credits while in high school may not be considered a first-year college student which might affect the scholarships they would be eligible to receive (e.g. UNL first year student is anyone with fewer than 12 earned credits; transfer student is anyone with more than 12 credits).
The courses offered by an outside institution (i.e. not St. Cecilia) may present concepts and ideas that do not align with our Catholic teachings.

Students who are interested in learning more about dual-credit or early college credit options, please visit with me.

Mrs. Lindsay Shaw

Check out more details in our Dual & Early College Credit Brochure!


Customizing Your 4-Year High School Course Plan:

Along with the required high school courses, high school students can enroll in classes to fit their college and career goals. Students need to fill their schedule for an 8-period day.

Example 4 Year Plan. Courses in Italics are the elective course options this student chose. Note: All high school students are required to take Physical Education/Health & Info Tech I/Speech at some point during their high school career. Additionally, all high school students are required to take two years of Fine & Performing Arts per Nebraska Department of Education standards.





English I

English II

English III

English IV

Theology I

Theology II

Theology III

Theology IV

Algebra I or Geometry

Geometry or Algebra II

Algebra II or Pre-Calculus or Stats

Pre-Calc., or Calculus, or Stats, or NE Math Readiness or General Math

Physical Science


Chemistry or Physics or Anatomy & Physiology or Environmental Science

Chemistry or Physics or Anatomy & Physiology or Environmental Science


World History

Spanish II

American History


Spanish I

Info Tech I/Speech

Info Tech II

Band IV

Physical Education/Health

Band II

Band III

Personal Finance/Entrepreneurship

Band I

Introduction to Agriculture

Early College Credit Course (1 course each semester = 6 college credits)

Early College Credit course (1 course each semester = 6 college credits)



Make Course Planning Simple

Step 1: Enroll in High School Required Courses (note: Courses that are required by Nebraska Department of Education for all Nebraska High School students to earn a High School Diploma).

Step 2: Think about your College or Career Path Take courses that will benefit your college program of study or career pathway

Step 3: Enroll in a college or dual credit course


Looking for some help while applying for FAFSA? Check out this demo! This six-part video series will walk you through the entire application, and provides helpful hints along the way.


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Counselor's Hub Resources

Check out this awesome link to resources including information for Class Registration Planning, Volunteer Opportunities, Scholarships, ACT Prep, Resume & Personal Statement Tips, Health & Humor, and general Counselor News. Can't find what you're looking for? Email Mrs. Shaw at

Mental Health Resources:

Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment Classes

Sign up for free mental health classes for teens through:

This is a 7 session cognitive behavioral therapy class for FREE.

Covid-19 has made it hard for youth and adults, but this program is focused on helping teens get through stress, figure out how to deal with stress and begin healthy thinking patterns.


Nebraska Family Helpline Support

Mental Health Minute: Motivating Your Child Using Rewards by Dr. Natalie Brei

Mental Health Minute: Importance of Good Communication by Nicholette Machado, LCSW

Mental Health Minute: Children and Technology by Nicholoette Machado, LCSW

Mental Health Minute: Our Home is a Loving PLACE by Nicholette Machado, LCSW

Talking to your Children about COVID-19

Talking to your Children about COVID-19 (article 2)

Supporting Your Children During the Coronavirus Crisis

Supporting Teens During the Coronavirus Crisis

Self-Care During Coronavirus


College Support Websites:

Education Quest

Nebraska Connections

Scholarships Website