Choose Your Middle School Courses
Challenge yourself now with classes that can help you in high school.
The courses you choose in middle school make an impact on your high school education. You should consider several factors when selecting your middle school classes.
Select courses that match your abilities, but are also challenging. Your parents, teachers, and middle school counselor can help you make the right decisions. Don't choose easy classes thinking that middle school doesn't matter. The more you're challenged now, the better prepared you'll be in high school.
Investigate your options
Many school districts offer middle school courses that can be taken for high school credit. For instance, some schools offer seventh and eighth grade foreign language classes that let students earn a year of high school credit.
You might be able to take Spanish in seventh and eighth grade and receive Spanish I credit. Then you would enter high school ready to take Spanish II. Algebra I is another high school course commonly available in middle school.
However, you should realize that high school credit courses are usually very demanding and require good organizational skills and a determination to get the work done. Talk to your teachers and middle school counselor before deciding to enroll in a high school credit course.
Research available courses
Some middle school courses are also designed to help you prepare for high school.
For example, if you like computers and are considering taking computer classes in high school, you might want to take a keyboarding class in middle school. You will increase your typing speed and be better prepared for high school courses that require you to know your way around a keyboard. Some middle schools also offer introductory computer classes that go beyond keyboarding.
Ask your counselor about the courses your middle school offers that can help you develop your interests.
Meet with your counselor
Visit with your middle school counselor regarding your interests and future plans. Your counselor has a wealth of information and is anxious to share it with you.
The education you receive in high school is directly connected to what you do in middle school. Think about these decisions carefully.