Cohoes High School offers a wide array of core courses to help students meet graduation requirements, as well as a broad selection of electives and college-level classes designed to help students find their passion and prepare for life after graduation.



In February and March, counselors meet individually with students to review their high school plans and make course selections. Parents are encouraged to make an appointment to attend this meeting with their child. Counselors take into consideration teacher/ department input, current grades and student interests, as well as the student’s post-secondary goals. After the master schedule is created, a student’s schedule is developed. If a course is canceled due to low enrollment, the student has the opportunity to select another course. If a conflict arises in a student’s schedule s/he can consult with a counselor to select the most appropriate option.



All students must take a minimum course load of 5.5 credits. All requests for dropping/withdrawal must include a schedule change form. Students may not drop a course that is a requirement for graduation. Once the school year begins, students are not allowed to drop courses until 5 weeks after the start of a full-year course and 2 weeks after the start of a half-year course. Students then have 5 days to submit a course change form. Students are permitted to add courses within the first 2 weeks of the school year for full-year courses and the first 2 weeks of each semester for half-year courses.

Schedules will not be altered to accommodate teacher requests, Physical Education classes, quiet study periods, early dismissal or late arrival. After the time period, any course changes need administrative approval and could result in a withdrawal pass/fail on academic transcripts. A course level change due to academic difficulty is only considered when: a request from a parent or guardian is made; the student has demonstrated sincere effort to succeed; and the student, parent, teacher and school counselor are in agreement regarding the change.



AP courses prepare students to take the nationally-recognized College Board AP exams in May. Colleges may give credit and/or advanced standing to students who take and score well on AP exams. Students who take AP courses must have a strong work ethic and be prepared to manage the rigor of college-level coursework.



These courses are enriched beyond the curriculum set forth by the New York State Regents syllabus. Students are considered for honors level courses based on criteria developed by each department. Students can expect more rigorous learning at a quicker pace in honors courses.



Dual credit courses through Hudson Valley Community College and UAlbany (SUNY) allow students to earn credits toward their college education while still in high school. Acceptance of dual credit courses is subject to approval by the individual institution. A college’s decision to “count” these credits may depend on some of the following: curriculum alignment, grade in the course and intended academic major. More information on college credit opportunities can be found on page 31.



The NCAA has strict academic eligibility requirements for prospective student-athletes to participate in Division I and II intercollegiate athletics. Students and parents should visit to review these requirements. If a student is considering playing Division I or II sports, s/he should register with the eligibility center no later than during junior year.