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Choosing Your Classes

Choosing Your Classes

Picking classes is an important part of going to high school. Those classes will influence which path a student will take in academia. Students need to learn how to choose classes in high school so they can be better prepared them for choosing classes in college. At Halstrom Academy, a student needs 220 credits to graduate high school. It is important for students to maximize their potential with his or her class selection. Take Joe for example.

Joe is finishing his first year of high school and is picking his classes for his sophomore year. There are so many choices that he does not know where to start. He decides to take a step back and figure out what he wants to do with his life. He creates a list of goals and finds that he wants to become an engineer. He concludes that he should focus on taking the highest Math and Science classes, which are AP Calculus BC and AP Physics B.

Joe then looks at the curriculum to see what classes he needs to graduate high school. He needs 30 more credits of English, 20 more credits of Math, Science, and Social Science each, 27.5 more credits of Personal Development, and 10 more credits of a Foreign Language. If he wants to become an engineer, he will take the highest Math and Science classes while only taking the college-prep versions of other core classes. Since knowing a foreign language is not necessary, however very helpful, to becoming an engineer, he decides that he will take two more years of Spanish. This gives him an extra 10 credits of a Foreign Language. The school schedules his Personal Development classes for him, so he does not have to worry about them.

Joe also sees that he needs 10 credits of Fine Arts and 20 credits of anything else. He understands that these classes are for him to explore new things. Joe likes to draw, so he decides that he will take a drawing class that will fulfill his Fine Arts requirement. He does not know a lot about computers, so he decides to take both computer application classes, both 5 credits each. Since he is taking an extra 10 credit of Spanish, he has completed his elective graduation requirement.

By doing this, Joe has created a rough plan of the classes that he wants to take in high school. All he has to do now is to plug them into his schedule each year.

The way Joe chose to pick his classes is a good way for a student to create a picture of his or her preferred academic path. A student can pick a more or less challenging path and is free to change it at any time. However, a student does not have to do this alone. Halstrom Academy will help a student pick the best path. A student who learns to pick classes in high school will find it easier to pick them in college. For more information, please contact us.