Course Request Changes: If you would like to make a change to your current course requests please review the list of collapsed and closed classes before requesting a change to your schedule using this form. This form is also available on our website (Counseling Page) and will remain open until Wednesday, June 14. It will be reopened in August prior to the start of the school year. Course request changes will be reviewed throughout the summer and changes will be made if possible and/or students will be placed on a waitlist if the course has been closed. NHS will accommodate as many students from the waitlist as space allows. Parents and students will be notified if any changes are made to their course requests. 

    Students whose recommendations may have changed to an advanced course at the end of the school year and were confirmed by teachers, should request the change using the Course Request Change process.

    Challenge Cards: NHS students are encouraged to pursue areas of high interest. Students not meeting the prerequisites for a requested course may submit a challenge card to NHS admin in order to petition enrollment. Using multiple measures of assessment, NHS admin will determine if placement in the course is appropriate. Classes exempt from being challenged include all Math courses (see district guidelines), advanced Arts classes, and any class that requires an application/audition/ try-out. Any request to skip a level will not be considered (e.g. from French 1 to French 3). Freshmen are not permitted to challenge their recommendations from middle school.

    • Students are limited to one course challenge per year.
    • Enrollment in the class is based on space availability and priority registration is given to students who have met the course prerequisites.
    • Requests for specific teachers or class periods will not be honored.

    Challenge Cards are currently available at the NHS attendance office and may be submitted throughout the summer (mailbox next to attendance office). Students will be notified after their requests have been reviewed. Challenge Cards will not be accepted after the first day of school. Students submitting a Challenge Card, do not need to also submit a course request change.

    NHS Counseling Program

    Our Mission is to provide a comprehensive, coordinated counseling program addressing the academic, college/career, personal and social development of all students. We advocate for all students and believe that every student can achieve his or her maximum potential. In partnership with the Irvine Unified School District, parents, or guardians, and the community, the school counselors at Northwood High School ensure that all students have access to the skills and knowledge required to become productive and successful members of society.


    Each student is assigned to a TA class which they follow from grades 9-12. Each TA teacher is paired with a counselor. Click here to determine who your counselor is based on your TA teacher.


    Counselors are available to see students on a drop-in basis before school, during breaks, during tutorial, and after school. Students can make an appointment with their counselor by asking them or emailing them. Parents may make an appointment to see their student's counselor by contacting them via email or phone. We always prefer that the student is present at meetings with parents, however, we realize there may be instances in which you want to meet with us privately.

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    At Northwood, student wellness is a top priority.


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