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Class Registration Information

Semester 1 Workshop Schedule (2020-2021) now available! Hover over the workshop for a description (some are still in development). This is a Draft Schedule and subject to change.

Due to school closures, all Semester 1 Workshop Registration will be completed in August when we reopen for the 2020-2021 School Year. Your adviser will help you complete your Workshop Request Form. Final decisions regarding the in-person or virtual status of all workshops will be publicized the week of July 27 to allow families to plan out their Semester 1 opportunities.


Our Registration FAQ has answers to many questions that you may have. 


Priority Placement in Workshops and Classes

Students are placed into workshops and classes in the order listed below. Space may be limited and workshops and classes may have a waitlist. If your child is on a waitlist, we will notify you when a spot is open in the course. Within each priority, we use student rankings to determine which class lists to place a student in. For example, a student who ranks a course #1, who has priority #1 for registration is likely to get their first choice. A student who ranks a course #1 and has priority registration #4 may not get their first choice. 

Priority #1- Students who are in good standing with the school and have met the requirements of the master agreement and have met volunteer commitments (this includes participation in assessments and a clear library account at the end of the term).

Priority #2- Students who are in good standing with the school but have one or more correction/support letters in the school year, or have not fulfilled their volunteer commitments.

Priority #3- Students who are in good standing with the school but have not met one or more requirements of the master agreement for the current semester.

Priority #4- Students who are not in good standing with the school and have not met the master agreement for the current semester.  

Within these priorities, staff reserves the right to make changes to age ranges, placement, levels and amount of students in the course depending on student and staff needs.

Why Workshop Format?

Most PACT workshops are either one quarter or a full semester. Depending on the course and content, a quarter workshop allows teachers to focus on a particular unit and topic of study and spend a full six to seven weeks in investigation, reenactment or thoughtful study. This model is set to inspire students and pique an interest to be explored more deeply at home. It also allows families to continue their own curriculum choices at home and add in an enrichment topic, without disrupting other studies. For example, a student can be studying earth science at home but take a quarter-long workshop in forensic science without being overloaded. Further, the quarter workshops allow for family vacations to take off an entire quarter and dramatically reduce absences in class that affect the teaching and learning for everyone. 

As our community lives with the Coronavirus this year, we may be facing periods of school closure and/or Distance Learning. PACT will continue to offer a variety of classes that are one quarter, one semester, and yearlong depending on the content and goals of each course. Each quarter, we are evaluating the situation and will determine if some or all of the offered workshops will be in-person, hybrid, and/or virtual. To the best of our ability, we will announce the format of the class before registration for that quarter.

Other information regarding registration

  • Emergency contacts, Complete online Registration Packets, and Handbook Acknowledgement forms are due before students can attend classes.
  • Students will register in their late spring adviser meetings for classes and workshops in the first semester. Registration for the second semester will happen mid-fall and early-winter. (This is subject to change)
  • An Add/Drop period will be held the week before each quarter to allow for schedule changes. Parents need to physically come into the office to complete an Add/Drop form in person and a parent signature is required on the form.
  • Additional enrollments after the start of classes will require an Administrative Waiver Form to be submitted to the front desk and are subject to approval.
  • Rosters will be posted in June for the first semester and in late December or early January for the second semester.
  • Please consult the school calendar for the beginning dates of classes each quarter's and semester's workshops.
  • If you have any questions, please see the front desk or call at (916) 419-3788.