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 11th from 9:49-11:17 as usual.  We will have a “No Switch” day so that students can  explore courses they want to take next year.  Based on COVID, our Electives Fair will be virtual and students will be with their Advisory teachers, reviewing FlipGrid videos and opportunities for next year together. 

Electives Fair Videos 

Rising 9th Grade and New Family Curriculum Night – Mid-January: Virtual Asynchronous (parents and students will be able to review a pre-recorded presentation of our Curriculum offerings, from the comfort of their own homes).  Based on COVID, we cannot have large group gatherings, so our event has moved to this virtual format.  The presentation will be posted here mid-January and sent to our community via News You Choose.  The purpose of this presentation is to introduce our families, particularly rising freshmen and new students, to the courses we offer so that students can begin planning out their courses and sequencing to meet graduation requirements, as well as to prepare for post-secondary goals.

Pre-Academic Advising – All students in grades 9-11 will hear presentations from their school counselors on course offerings, graduation requirements, and more.  We will begin with current 10th grade students  (presentations will be held through HPE 10 classes), move to current 11th grade students (presentations will be held during English classes), and finally meet with current 9th grade students (through HPE 9 classes).  Presentations are posted below for any student who would like to review the information again, or for students who may have missed it.

Academic Advising –Our school counselors will be working individually with students from January 10th to March 4th, ensuring that students are selecting the courses that best meet their diploma requirements, interests, and college/career goals.  Students will meet one-on-one with their school counselors through their HPE 10 classes (1/10-1/14), Social Studies 11 classes (1/27-2/2), HPE 9 classes (2/10-2/16), and ELD 1-2 classes for our ESOL 1-2 students (2/28-3/4).  Students should have a completed course selection sheet, signed by a parent/guardian, prior to meeting with their school counselor.  During this one-on-one, students are encouraged to ask questions and discuss their proposed 2022-2023 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.

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:

Google Site for Students (including Flip Grids):

Instagram: @WestPotomacAcademy


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:

NOVA College Courses

Northern Virginia Community College’s Early Online College & Jump Start programs are for FCPS current 11th and 12th grade students, and are FREE.  Passing these classes means that our students earn college credits while still in high school.  Students can take one or two courses per semester/session.  For more information on Early Online College, see:  New FCPS Early Online College Website .  NOVA Jump Start is pending approval for the Summer 2022 session, but for now you can read about it here:  Our hope is that our Lewis HS students take advantage of these opportunities, and earn college credits that are highly transferrable to other state colleges and universities!

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.