Course Selection: The Foundation of Your Four Year Plan
The need to balance fun and explanatory courses with graduation requirements and foundational academic courses.
Electives are like dessert—you have to have a nutritious meal with them or your results won’t be optimal
Students CANNOT trade core courses for electives. (Sorry!)
Core courses include English, math, history, and science. We can also make a strong argument for including LOTE (languages other than English) in this category.
Four years generally means each year in high school. Starting algebra in 8th grade does not mean you “finish” sooner.
I have seen students double up or take summer school, but this is not typical and maybe not recommended. Before you attempt, check with your school counselor and have a compelling reason.
The sequence of courses may vary from school to school
- English and math— pretty predictable
- Science usually — bio, chem, physics
- History— check with your school— goal to take what your peers are taking
In the next video I will discuss other graduation requirements and how to add them to your plan.