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CUSD Course Placement Guidelines



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San Juan Capistrano, CA  92675


May 1, 2017


CUSD Families,


It is with great pleasure that we announce our revisions of CUSD Course Placement Guidelines.  Our staff has been working diligently over the course of the school year to revise districtwide placement criteria in English, History-Social Science, Mathematics and Science in grades 6 through 12.  These guidelines can be found on our District Website under the Parent Resource tab and on each high school’s website under the Guidance tab.  Please take an opportunity to review these guidelines with your son/daughter as their Academic Advisors and teachers will be using these guidelines for Fall registration.


In addition to these guidelines, we have exciting news for students who have decided to challenge themselves by taking an Honors Level or Advanced Placement course. Summer assignments and assignments over Winter Break will no longer be allowed.  However, as June 1st approaches and you begin planning your break, we offer you several resources and ideas for optional summer reading.  Below are some resources to assist you in selecting books.


The California Recommended Literature List is a searchable database of a collection of outstanding literature for children and adolescents in grades prekindergarten through grade twelve in all disciplines. Each book has a description called an "annotation" describing the book.


The Find a Book, California tool offers students over 160,000 books from which to choose. This book-search tool enables individuals to build custom reading lists based on Lexile range, grade level, and/or personal interests. The Find A Book program is a national, state-led summer reading initiative sponsored by the Council of Chief State Schools Officers.


Renaissance Learning is a company with an international presence whose “primary purpose is to accelerate learning for all children and adults of all ability levels and ethnic and social backgrounds, worldwide.” They provide a free, online tool to assist in finding the most appropriate and engaging books for students.

o   To get started, check out The Parent Guide to AR Bookfinder.  

o   AR BookFinder: http://www.arbookfind.com/default.aspx

o   AR BookFinder in Spanish:  http://www.arbookfind.com/default.aspx?rs=1


District Departments have also included a variety of resources parents and students can utilize that are content specific.  Click here for recommendations.


On behalf of CUSD, I again thank you for your support and involvement. If you have any questions regarding either the Placement Guidelines or the Advanced Placement Summer/Winter Break assignments, please contact your school’s Guidance Office.




Marc Patterson

Assistant Superintendent, Secondary Curriculum and Instruction

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