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Elective Registration for the 22-23 School Year

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Elective registration is done each year to determine student schedules for BOTH semesters of the following year. Students will get the chance to choose which elective courses they would like to take. Core classes will be selected automatically by the registrar’s office.

The courses you choose during this process determine how we staff electives next year. Please be thoughtful with your decisions.

If you have any questions about course registration for the 2022-2023 school year at Eckstein, please contact registrar, Toni Morgan tmmorgan@seattleschools.org or leave a voicemail at 206-252-5025.

Step 1: When and How to Register

Below, “SPS” refers to Seattle Public Schools as a whole district.

Currently Enrolled in SPS 5th Graders

Online registration will be open April 18 to April 27th, 2022. Registration after that can be sent by phone/mail/email to the registrar’s office.

Deadline to register for electives is June 18,2022.

Follow STEPS below.

Currently Enrolled in SPS 6th and 7th Graders

Online registration will be open for ONE week starting March 3, 2022 through March 10, 2022.

Starting March 11, 2022, registration can be sent by phone/mail/email to the registrar’s office.

Deadline to register for electives is June 18,2022.

Follow STEPS below

New to SPS in 22-23 School Year, Any Grade

The District continues to send new student assignments to middle schools weekly. When we receive the notification from the District of a new student getting assigned to Eckstein, we will reach out to you to have them complete course registration by email/mail/phone.

No deadline for elective registration.


I will NOT be attending Eckstein in the 22-23 school year

We’re sad to see you go!

You do not have to complete elective registration. Instead, please notify the District you are Not Attending in 22-23 School Year. Will not impact current enrollment.

I currently attend another SPS School but want to switch to Eckstein for the 22-23 school year

Read more information about the School Choice Form and Open Enrollment

I want to attend Eckstein in 22-23 school year, but currently attend school outside of SPS

Please contact our District Enrollment Offices if you have not done so already.

Step 2: Which Classes You Can Take

Typically, the goal with choosing electives is to create a schedule that is intriguing and makes the day more exciting. Not choosing enough electives will result in the registrar’s office choosing for you and that may not be very exciting.

Students with an IEP or who are receiving ELL services may have less electives in their schedule depending on support classes. Contact case manager for more information. If in doubt, follow directions below and we will reach out if there is an issue with electives.

Please Know: We will do everything we can to get you in the classes you picked first, but we cannot guarantee placement for next year in ANY class besides core. Placements are not guaranteed because of class sizes, teacher availability and budget constraints. It is very important that you pick alternates and that they are relevant to you. There is always a chance you get placed into your alternate choices.

The courses you choose now determines staffing at Eckstein for next year. It is very important that you choose only what you truly want to take. You may not be able to have your schedule changed later.

Read the full Course Catalog for 22-23 to read course descriptions and prerequisites.

6TH Grade Yearlong Electives

Band
Introductory Band MFA8509
Premier Band MFA8513
Intermediate Band MFA8436
Concert Band MFA8407
Jazz Band A MFA8511- Use for Intermediate Jazz
Jazz Band B MFA8512- Use for Senior Jazz

Orchestra
Introductory Orchestra MFA8505
Premier Orchestra MFA8515
Intermediate Orchestra MFA8438
Concert Orchestra MFA8411  

Choir
Introductory Choir MFA8507

Music
Guitar Lab 1 MFA8418

6TH Grade Semester Electives

Tech (Adds to the already required semester of Tech)
Computer Sci Tech B MPC6422

MUSIC
Guitar Lab 1 MFA8418

Art
Visual Arts Beg MFA8519
Ceramics Beginning MFA8403

Leadership
Student Government A MSS9579- Use for ‘Leadership A’

Physical Education (Adds to the already required semester of PE)
Physical Education MPE8016
Physical Education Partner MPE4187

7TH Grade Yearlong Electives

World Languages
French 1 HWL1273
Spanish 1 HWL1279

Band
Introductory Band MFA8509
Premier Band MFA8513
Intermediate Band MFA8436
Concert Band MFA8407
Jazz Band A MFA8511- Use for Intermediate Jazz
Jazz Band B MFA8512- Use for Senior Jazz  
Orchestra
Introductory Orchestra MFA8505
Premier Orchestra MFA8515
Intermed Orchestra MFA8438
Concert Orchestra MFA8411  

Choir
Introductory Choir MFA8507
Intermediate Choir MFA8429
Vocal Jazz MFA8521

Music
Guitar Lab 1 MFA8418

Leadership
Student Government B MSS9628- Use for Leadership B

7TH Grade Semester Electives

Tech
Computer Sci Tech C MPC6423
Computer Sci Tech D MPC6424
STEM Innovation Lab A MPC5880
STEM Innovation Lab B MPC5881

Music
Guitar Lab 1 MFA8418

Art
Visual Arts Beg MFA8519
Ceramics Beginning MFA8403
Visual Arts Adv MFA8520
Ceramics Advanced MFA8404

Leadership
Student Government A MSS9579- Use for ‘Leadership A’

Physical Education (Adds to the already required semester of PE)
Physical Education Partner MPE4187
Team Sports MPE8423

8TH Grade Yearlong Electives

WORLD LANGUAGES
FRENCH 1 HWL1273
FRENCH 2 HWL3522
SPANISH 1 HWL1279
SPANISH 2 HWL3560

BAND
INTRODUCTORY BAND MFA8509
PREMIER BAND MFA8513
INTERMEDIATE BAND MFA8436
CONCERT BAND MFA8407
JAZZ BAND A MFA8511- Use for Intermediate Jazz
JAZZ BAND B MFA8512- Use for Senior Jazz  

ORCHESTRA
INTRODUCTORY ORCHESTRA MFA8505
PREMIER ORCHESTRA MFA8515
INTERMED ORCHESTRA MFA8438
CONCERT ORCHESTRA MFA8411  

CHOIR
INTRODUCTORY CHOIR MFA8507
INTERMEDIATE CHOIR MFA8429
VOCAL JAZZ MFA8521

MUSIC
GUITAR LAB 1 MFA8418

TEACHER’S ASSISTANT
TEACHER’S ASSISTANT MUE9499
Use for Counseling Office, Attendance, Library, Main Office, OR for a specific teacher. Must ALSO complete application to be considered for placement.

LEADERSHIP
STUDENT GOVERNMENT B MSS9628- Use for Leadership B

8TH Grade Semester Electives

Tech
Computer Sci Tech C MPC6423
Computer Sci Tech D MPC6424
STEM Innovation Lab A MPC5880
STEM Innovation Lab B MPC5881

Music
Guitar Lab 1 MFA8418

Art
Visual Arts Beg MFA8519
Ceramics Beginning MFA8403
Visual Arts Adv MFA8520
Ceramics Advanced MFA8404

Leadership
Student Government A MSS9579- Use for ‘Leadership A’

Physical Education (Adds to the already required semester of PE)
Physical Education Partner MPE4187
Team Sports MPE8423

Teacher’s Assistant
Teacher’s Assistant MUE9499
Use for Counseling Office, Attendance, Library, Main Office, OR for a specific teacher. Must ALSO complete application to be considered for placement.

Step 3: How Many Classes You Can Choose

Students have a SIX period day to fill each school year. Core classes (English, Math, Science, History) take up FOUR of these periods. Sixth graders must also take ONE semester of PE and ONE semester Technology A. Together, these occupy ONE more period in a sixth grader’s schedule. The remaining period can be “spent” on a single year-long elective or with two semester-long electives.

Required Classes
These classes are input to your student’s schedule automatically by the registrar’s office.

Math*
Language Arts
History
Science
Physical Education** (one semester to fulfill requirement)
Technology A (one semester)

* There is no acceleration in math. All enrollment is determined by the course the student took in 5th grade. No exceptions

** 6th graders may NOT waive the PE requirement.


Electives
These classes are chosen by you.

Students coming into 6th grade at Eckstein can choose either:

ONE year long elective
or TWO semester-long electives.

If you choose two semester-long courses, they may occur in either semester and may not be seen on schedule on first day of school.

Example 6th Grade Schedules

Example 1: Choosing ONE year-long elective

Classes are listed in no particular order to illustrate how a schedule can be filled.

Semester 1Semester 2
Language ArtsLanguage Arts
ScienceScience
Math (level may vary)Math (level may vary)
Social Studies/HistorySocial Studies/History
Physical EducationTechnology A
Introductory OrchestraIntroductory Orchestra

Example 2: Choosing TWO semester-long electives

Classes are listed in no particular order to illustrate how a schedule can be filled.

Semester 1Semester 2
Language ArtsLanguage Arts
ScienceScience
Math (level may vary)Math (level may vary)
Social Studies/HistorySocial Studies/History
Physical EducationTechnology A
Visual Arts BeginningCeramics Beginning

Students have a 6 period day to fill each school year. Core classes (English, Math, Science, History) take up 4 of these periods. Students must also take one semester of PE unless it can be waived. PLEASE NOTE: Physical Education is a state requirement and you must qualify for and Submit a PE Waiver to bypass this requirement.

The best place to start as a 7th/8th grader, when choosing electives, is whether or not you intend to take PE next year. You will fill out your electives based on this intention even though you are counting on future athletics to happen. That is okay, just make the most educated guess and carry forward. Even if something changes next year, we can fix it then.

An easy way to estimate this is multiply the number of hours spent of practice X the number of practices in a typical week X 25 for 25 weeks in the school year. If this number is greater than 60, you may choose to carry forward with the intention of getting a waiver.

(Example: 1.5 hours x 3 times a week x 25 weeks = 112.50)

Best guess, do you think you will probably TAKE PE or WAIVE PE next year?

*Please note that PE waivers are not due at time of registration and should not be completed until Sept-Jan of the impacted school year.

I will probably TAKE PE next year

  • While looking through the Course Catalog, combine your classes in one of the following ways:
  • PE Course you want to take
    + 1 year-long elective
    + 1 semester-long elective
    (example: PE Partners + Intro Band + Visual Arts)
  • PE Course you want to take
    + 3 different semester-long electives
    (example: Regular PE + Leadership + Visual Arts + Guitar)

I will probably WAIVE PE next year

  • While looking through the Course Catalog, combine your classes in one of the following ways:
  • 2 year-long electives
    + PE Waiver*
    (example: French 1A + Premier Orchestra)
  • 2 year-long electives
    + PE Waiver*
    (example: French 1A + Premier Orchestra)
  • 4 different semester-long electives
    + PE Waiver*
    (example: Ceramics + Leadership + Visual Arts + Guitar)

Students have a 6 period day to fill each school year. Core classes (English, Math, Science, History) take up 4 of these periods. Students must also take one semester of PE unless it can be waived. PLEASE NOTE: Physical Education is a state requirement and you must qualify for and Submit a PE Waiver to bypass this requirement.

The best place to start as a 7th/8th grader, when choosing electives, is whether or not you intend to take PE next year. You will fill out your electives based on this intention even though you are counting on future athletics to happen. That is okay, just make the most educated guess and carry forward. even if something changes next year, we can fix it then.

An easy way to estimate this is multiply the number of hours spent of practice X the number of practices in a typical week X 25 for 25 weeks in the school year. If this number is greater than 60, you may choose to carry forward with the intention of getting a waiver.

(Example: 1.5 hours x 3 times a week x 25 weeks = 112.50)

Best guess, do you think you will probably TAKE PE or WAIVE PE next year?

I will Probably TAKE PE next year

While looking through the Course Catalog, combine your classes in one of the following ways:

  • PE Course you want to take + 1 year-long elective + semester-long elective
    (example: PE Partners + Intro Band + Visual Arts)
  • PE Course you want to take + 3 different semester-long electives
    (example: Regular PE + Leadership + Visual Arts + Guitar)

I will probably WAIVE PE next year

While looking through the Course Catalog, combine your classes in one of the following ways:

  • 2 year-long electives + PE Waiver*
    (example: French 1A + Premier Orchestra)
  • 1 year-long elective + 2 semester-long elective + PE Waiver*
    (example: Sr. Jazz Band + Visual Arts + Ceramics)

4 different semester-long electives

  • + PE Waiver*
    (example: Ceramics + Leadership + Visual Arts + Guitar)

*Please note that PE waivers are not due at time of registration and should not be completed until Sept-Jan of the impacted school year.

Step 4: Submitting Choices via Source

Online registration is only open for a one week period determined by next year grade level. You will not be able to register online if you are brand new to the district, try to register outside of the window, or if Eckstein is not officially your next school.

There is no way to rank your elective choices. You are telling the computer that you either want this course (checked) or you do not (not checked). Make sure you chose an appropriate number of courses (see ‘STEP 3’ above) and make sure you choose alternates in case your desired courses fill up. The system will not let you submit without choosing a required PE course and alternates.

  1. You Must login from a desktop to complete registration and you MUST be logged in using the student’s credentials.
  2. Login to your Student Source Account. For Source login assistance contact the Librarian, Erin Sterling, emsterling@seattleschools.org. Parent logins do not work for course registration
  3. Click on “Class Registration” in the left column, to view the course categories.
  4. Stop! Read the remainder of the directions below before proceeding with choosing requests
  5. Click on the PENCIL ICON next to “Required PE Selection” and choose which PE course you will take or choose PE EXCUSED to signify your intention to waive PE next year. Click anywhere in the row to make a single selection. Scroll down to submit. The system will not let you submit without making a PE selection.
  6. The next two sections are inputting your electives. Remember the ways you can combine your electives with your PE? Pay attention to how many electives you choose in each section. You do not want to submit too many or too few choices. Use STEP 2 and STEP 3 above to figure out what to select in this section.
  7. If you wanted to take a yearlong class, click on the pencil next to “Yearlong Electives.” Choose the electives you want by selecting the row, then scrolling down to submit.
  8. If you wanted to take a semester long class, click on the pencil next to “Semester Long Electives.” Choose the long electives you want by selecting the row, then scrolling down to submit.
  9. Click on the pencil icon next to “Required Alternates.” Every student must also choose AT LEAST 2 alternate electives as a back-up in case your first choice electives are full. They must be different than your first-choice electives. Scroll down to submit. The system will not let you submit your choices without choosing alternates.
  10. Ignore section titled “Additional Requests.’ This section is controlled by the registrar’s office and you may see some required classes there or it may be empty.
  11. Scroll to the very bottom of the page and submit. The screen will change into a list of the courses you chose, plus any ‘Additional Request” items the registrar has added.  Be sure to submit and that you get the white screen with a list of classes. If you do not see this list, there is an error, and you must fix it before submitting.
  12. Note: No matter which courses you select, your credit hours will equal ZERO. This is not related to “High School Credits” and you can ignore them.
  13. You have submitted your requests! Woohoo!
  14. If you change your mind, you may come back to change your decisions and resubmit anytime in the open window! If you do, be sure to submit your changes and that you get the white screen with a list of classes at the very end. If you do not see this list, there is an error, and you must fix it before submitting.
  15. To edit your requests after you have submitted, click on “Class Registration” again (go back to #2 where you login) and follow the same instructions. Always Click Submit on the bottom right of the page to save your changes. You may edit your online registration during the designated registration time for your grade level.

The video below has step-by step instructions on how to access the Class Registration System and how to register for classes. It is VERY helpful if you are lost in this process. (Recaps #1 through #13 above but with visuals)

Reminder!   Online Registration Windows on the Source:

Next Year 6th Graders – Mid April | Next Year 7th and 8th Graders- March 3 to March 10, 2022

Printed copies may be requested if families are unable to access remotely by emailing the Registrar, Toni Morgan at tmmorgan@seattleschools.org

Please Know: We will do everything we can to get you in the classes you picked first, but we cannot guarantee placement for next year in ANY class besides core. Placements are not guaranteed because of class sizes, teacher availability and budget constraints

How to Register for Electives by Email, Mail, or Phone

Complete Step Two and Step Three from above. When you have a list of electives and alternate choices your student will take, email them to the Registrar, Toni Morgan at tmmorgan@seattleschools.org.

Complete Step Two and Step Three from above. When you have a list of electives and alternate choices your student will take, mail to:

Eckstein Middle School c/o Registrar

3003 NE 75th St

Seattle, WA 98115

Complete Step Two and Step Three from above. When you have a list of electives and alternate choices your student will take, leave a voicemail for the Registrar, Toni Morgan at 206-252-5025

Eckstein Middle School Elective Registration FAQs

Here are some answers to our most often-asked questions.

Q: When will my incoming student be able to choose their exploratory/elective classes?

A: Current 5th graders can register starting in mid-April. Current 6th and 7th graders will begin registration in early March.

Q: What will my middle school schedule look like?

A: We have a 6-period day at Eckstein Middle School. All students are assigned to 4 year-long core classes: Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Math. The remaining 2 periods are filled with a required semester of PE (unless waived) and 1 and a half periods of electives. Two periods of electives is PE is waived. 6th graders also have one semester of Technology A, a computers course.

Q: Can my student choose to waive PE?

A: 6th graders cannot waive the PE requirement unless it is for medical or religious purposes. 7th and 8th graders can choose to waive PE for medical and religious reasons as well as for athletic participation.

Q: How do we place 6th grade students in the right Math class?

A: Students are enrolled in Math class based on the next course in sequence from the course they are enrolled in for 5th grade.

Q: When is 6th Grade Orientation?

A: We will have our 6th Grade Orientation in late August. We will send you the date as soon as possible.

Q: Are there any opportunities for Math Acceleration?

A: At Eckstein the acceleration pathway we offer is for 7th graders only who have not been granted any other acceleration opportunities yet. The course is titled “Mathematics 7/8 Compacted” and it is a condensed curriculum to accelerate students through Math 7 and Math 8 within one school year instead of two.