So many choices: course selection guides go out

So many choices: course selection guides go out

Academic advisers are available to help with questions about the course selection sheets.

Story by Mackenzie Phillips, Staff Writer

It’s about that time of year yet again. Course selection time. Every student, except the lucky seniors, have to fret over which classes they’ll be taking for the 2012-2013 school year. But actually there isn’t much to fret about.

Even though those colorful sheets may seem a little intimidating for those who don’t know too much about them, there are plenty of ways to learn everything you need to know to make your choices much easier.

There will be a presentation in every social studies class, and students will be able to ask questions during that time. If students have more questions after the presentation, they can talk to their academic adviser for more help.

There are many different things to consider when selecting courses. What are the differences between AP and DC classes? Which electives should students choose to take? What are the benefits of graduating with the distinguished achievement plan?

AP and DC classes are a good idea for students hoping to raise their GPA and class rank. These classes are taught at a collegiate level, giving students a chance to earn college credits. Students should expect additional reading and writing assignments when taking these classes.

When choosing electives, students should consider their career interests and the career choice clusters that can be found in the front of the course selection guide that will be given to every student when they receive their selection sheets. There are 16 clusters to choose from with several different electives within each one.

Students should consider graduating with the distinguished plan if they plan on attending an upper tier college or university. There are certain requirements that must be fulfilled to graduate on this plan.

There are some classes that are being dropped due to decreased interest in these courses. There have also been a few math courses added to the selection to give students more options for their fourth math credit, including Engineering Math and regular level Statistics.

Associate principal Mark Schroeder has some advice for students who will be filling out a course selection sheet.
Schroeder offers the following advice for each grade level:

  • Ninth grade students should be aware of End of Course requirements for graduation purposes and make sure they are on track to take Algebra 2 and Physics during their junior year.
  • Tenth grade students should analyze what courses they should take their junior year based on which courses will assist in the most in college and career readiness.
  • Eleventh grade students should ensure that they schedule all courses required for graduation. If they are behind with their credits, they would need to consider summer school.

If students have any more questions, they can ask their academic advisers. Course selection sheets will need to be turned into social studies teachers by Friday, Feb. 3.