Choosing the right classes in high school will help you get admitted into college. This article is taken from the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s website. http://www.nacacnet.org/studentinfo/articles/Pages/Your-High-School-Classes.aspx We thought it was worth posting since you may want to add or change some classes in your schedule this summer. You may even want to take a summer class!
|4 full years of English classes. This includes courses in which you study writing and courses in which you read literature. Colleges know that you need to be able to write well in nearly every career. You need to be able to read and analyze, and you need to develop strong communication skills!||4 full years of math classes. |
Students who take math in each year of high school are far more successful in college than students taking only three years. Math is the tool that you will use for many other classes, especially those in science. Your math classes should include at least four of the following six classes, taken in this order:
Never “skip” a year of math in high school because you will lose your momentum. If you do not take math in your senior year, you will find that the math classes required in college will be very difficult!
|3-4 years of laboratory science classes.|
You will have the strongest background if you have taken at least one year each of:
|2 years, at a minimum, of social sciences. Most college freshmen studied World History and US History in high school. Other social science options include:|
|2-4 years of foreign language. More and more colleges are requiring a minimum of 2 years of language study while in high school, as an admission criterion. Because many colleges require students to study a second language, it is important that you expose yourself to the study of languages while in high school.||A small number of colleges require one year of visual or performing arts prior to admission. Participation in these classes throughout high school can help you develop a “special talent” that will make you a highly qualified applicant.|