Course selection in high school can be a bit stressful, especially if you don’t know where to start. We’ve compiled a few questions to ask yourself as you sign up for your new classes.
1. What are the graduation requirements at your school?
Do you have to take one or two semesters of health? Do you have a computer science requirement? How many years of English are you obligated to take? These requirements vary both by state and by the type of school you attend, so be sure to visit your school counselor to make sure you’re on track to graduate.
2. What types of classes will you need to be accepted to most US colleges?
In addition to which classes you need to take, find out HOW MANY of each you need to complete. Most colleges will mandate a certain amount for admission. Many colleges request 4 years of English, 4 years of math, 4 years of a world language, 2 years of laboratory science, and at least 2 years of history. If you’ve started making your list, check with the individual schools you’ve chosen. Keep in mind if you’re planning on pursuing engineering, art, music, or any other specialized major, you may have specific prerequisites.
3. Does your school use weighted or unweighted GPA?
If your school has weighted GPAs, it might be worth it to get a B+ in an honors class rather than an A- in a regular level class. Of course, you always want to be challenging yourself, but don’t bite off more than you can chew. It’s really up to you and what you think you can handle. If you do decide to take an honors or AP class, give it a whirl in your best subject. That way, you will be far more likely to both enjoy yourself and earn high marks!
4. What about electives?
Electives are a great way to explore your interests! If you aren’t sure which classes you might like, don’t be afraid to sign up for something new just to try it. School doesn’t have to be boring! Take joy in your education. Plus, you are more likely to obtain excellent grades in classes that you love because we, as humans, tend to like the things that we excel at. That’s a total win-win!
We know, course selection can be super overwhelming. Remember that you don’t have to go about this alone; you have people around you who can help! Make an appointment with your school counselor for assistance. They will have tons of valuable input and make sure you are on the right track!