Academic Advising

Course forms, class registration process, and more

What is Academic Advising?

Each winter-spring, all of our school counselors and teachers work together with students and families to craft student schedules for the following school year.  Students will hear from our staff on courses recommended to them, courses they need to meet graduation requirements, and how to build a schedule that meets all of their needs, interests, and college/career preparation.  There is a wide variety of courses available to our students at John Lewis and we want to see each student achieve their unique goals!  The following outlines the opportunities available, as well as gives logistical information for the Academic Advising season.  Our team is at the ready to help our students and families throughout this process!

FCPS Graduation Requirements

When planning for student schedules, meeting all graduation requirements is paramount.  School counselors are our helpful experts and will guide all students through scheduling to make sure students graduate with their Class.  If a student or family would like to review graduation requirements, click on this link:

Upcoming Programs

Electives Fair – Students will attend Advisory on January 15th from 9:45-11:05.  With their advisory teachers, students will hear about the academic advising season and view videos our teachers put together on available electives.  Students will also learn how to register in SIS StudentVUE for their classes.

Electives Fair Videos 

Rising 9th Grade and New Family Curriculum NightAll Lewis HS students and families are invited to our Curriculum Night on January 19th at 6:00pm (virtual), although the content will cater to Rising 9th graders and new students to FCPS. 

  • A link will be sent out through News You Choose closer to the event-for now, save the date!

Pre-Academic Advising – All students in grades 10-12 will hear presentations from their school counselors on course offerings, graduation requirements, and more.  We will begin with Rising 12th grade students (presentations will be held through English classes), move to Rising 11th grade students (through English classes) and then to Rising 10th grade students (through HPE classes).  Presentations will be posted below after they are delivered.

Academic Advising – Our school counselors will be working individually with students from Jan 20-March 20, ensuring that students are selecting the courses that best meet their diploma requirements, interests, and college/career goals.  Students will meet virtually with their school counselors through their Social Studies (10th-11th grades) and HPE classes (9th grade).  We will begin with current 11th grade students (with a targeted window of 1/28/21-2/10/21), then move to 10th (2/16/21-2/24/21) and finally 9th (3/9/21-3/17/21).  Students should register for their courses in SIS prior to meeting with their school counselor.  At the meeting, students are encouraged to ask questions and discuss their proposed 2021-2022 class schedule.

Academic Advising Presentations


Course Selection Sheets

Our course selection sheets represent all courses we offer at John Lewis HS.  Students should use this sheet to help them investigate courses they are interested in.  Once a student has selected a course, they should register for it in SIS StudentVue. 

Course Catalogues

Students may want to read the FCPS Course Catalogue description to better understand the class content, learning outcomes, and pre/co-requisite classes.  The catalogues are below.

Rising Freshmen Course Offerings

The course catalog for rising 9th-graders.


The course catalog for rising 10th-12th graders.

Registering for Classes in SIS StudentVUE

Students will register for all 7 courses and 4 alternate electives in SIS.  Directions are found below:

How To Register For Courses in SIS (Students)

***Students must not press “Enter” after typing in a Course Code.  Avoid “Enter” during this process!  SIS will lock you out if you hit Enter.

Other Exciting Opportunities for Students 

FCPS Academy Programs

Many of our students take advantage of learning career/trades skills while still in high school by taking academy courses.  Based on proximity, the most popular destinations for Lewis students are Edison and West Potomac, where school bus transportation is provided.  Students take most of their courses at Lewis and also apply to an academy course; if accepted, students have the advantage of attending both school programs, often better preparing them to begin the work force after high school.  To see FCPS Academy programs, see the following links:


Edison FlipGrids:

West Potomac

West Po  FGrid:


Falls Church



FCPS Online Campus

An online campus exists in FCPS and students may see courses they are interested in that we do not offer at Lewis.  The online campus also has courses students can take over the summer, which can help students advance or catch up on academic credits earned towards graduation requirements.  For more information, see the link below:

Concurrent Enrollment Courses at NOVA

Students may wish to begin to take college courses at NOVA while still working towards high school graduation.  Some of these courses count towards college credit and high school credit.  To see more information, click this link:

Genesys Works Internship Program for Seniors (Paid!)

Lewis High School has partnered with Genesys Works to provide eligible seniors a paid internship opportunity in our Region.  In order to be considered, rising seniors must have a strong academic record, a desire to work in an office or business setting, be available for a summer long training program, and have enough credits to graduate considering a senior year modified schedule (typically 4 courses).  Transportation to internship sites is not provided by the school or business so students should drive or take public transportation.  For more information, students may talk with their school counselor or attend an information session.  Information sessions are held in the January-March timeframe annually and will be advertised in advance to our students and families through News You Choose.  Interested rising seniors would then begin the application process which includes an interview.  Genesys Works also provides job training, mentoring, career counseling, and scholarship support to our students.  For more information, click this link: