By: Hannah Gandee
Now that we’ve moved into the new semester, it’s time for us to choose our classes for the 2017- 2018 school year. Here are a few tips for your scheduling needs:
- Choose classes wisely: The last thing you want is to end up in classes you don’t actually want or need. Look at the course requirements for your potential college programs and look at your priorities and interests. Consider whether you’re going to split the harder classes up over the years or do them all at once. If co-opping is your goal, plan far ahead so you don’t have to spend valuable time making up classes. You also need business classes for co-op so don’t ignore those.
- Pick plenty of electives: Electives will make up at least four of your classes.
- Any electives you fail will need to be made up in order to receive the credits for the class. This can limit the number of electives you can take.
- Be sure to pick ones you will enjoy and remember alternatives. They may become one of your classes.
- Always turn schedules in on time: The later it comes in, the less chance you have of getting your preferred classes. Do not ignore deadlines!
- Talk to teachers and counselors: They are here to help you by making suggestions and signing off on your classes.
This year the school will be offering college classes here instead of having students drive to WVUP to take their courses. This will cut down on travel time and will be cheaper for students, but no one is quite sure what classes will be offered. Keep a look out for more information.
Scheduling is an important part of the high school experience and can even help you on the path to your future. If you don’t know what you want to do, then try several ideas now to help you decide for later. Try classes that seem interesting and look like something you would want to do.
The classes you take will go towards credits that you need to graduate. There are specific numbers of credits for each grade which are needed to move up. You can receive the highest amount of credits (32) by passing all your classes. This can be difficult, so try your hardest and always do your make- up work on time. Once you graduate you get a diploma, this will have a sticker on it that shows which pathway you have followed.
With these scheduling tips you can avoid last minute panic, stress of choosing the best classes, and can enjoy your high school years to the best of your ability.