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Checklist for this Week, January 20, 2014


For freshmen

Here are some factors to consider as you make your course choices for your sophomore year:

  • Select classes that are both challenging and appropriate. You want to choose the most difficult class you can handle, but you also want to do well. Your teachers and your counselor can assist you.
  • Find elective courses that will allow you to further your interests.
  • If you already have some colleges in mind, review the list of courses that the colleges say are required for a student to be considered for admission.
  • Talk to older students about the classes that they have found beneficial.

For sophomores

As the month comes to a close, it is time to start considering what courses you will choose for next year. Look over these factors to consider as you choose your classes:

  • Challenge yourself. You want to choose the most difficult class you can handle, but you also want to do well. Your teachers and counselor can assist you.
  • Take additional academic classes. Courses in English, math, science, social studies, and foreign languages look good on a college application.
  • Find elective courses that will allow you to further your interests.
  • If you already have some colleges in mind, review the list of courses that the colleges say are required for a student to be considered for admission.
  • Talk to older students about the classes that they have found beneficial.

For juniors

It is time to start considering what courses you will choose for your senior year. Consider these factors as you choose your classes:

  • Review your list of prospective colleges. What courses are listed as "required" for admissions purposes?
  • Choose solid academic classes. These include English, math, science, social studies, and foreign languages.
  • Colleges look closely at the list of the courses taken during the senior year. Admissions representatives look for students who are taking strong academic classes in preparation for college.

For seniors

Here are a few hints about college interviews:

  • Dress in clean, pressed casual clothes. Avoid jeans. There is no need to wear a suit.
  • Be prepared. Take a transcript and resume with you.
  • This is the opportunity to share information that was not covered in your application.
  • Be yourself. Don't try to be what you "think" the college wants.
  • Follow up the interview with a thank you note.

For parents

Parental involvement in the course selection process is vital. Here are some hints for you:

  • Carefully read all literature sent home by the high school regarding the procedure for course selection.
  • Find a time to talk with your teenager and review all the materials together. Encourage your child to take challenging courses.
  • Be aware of course prerequisites.
  • If you have a sophomore or junior, investigate any Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses that would be appropriate for your child's abilities.
  • Seek advice from your teen's teachers. They know your child's abilities, work ethic, and study habits.
  • Research college admission requirements.
  • Provide all parent signatures required by the high school on course registration materials.
  • If you will have a senior next year, you might want to request a conference with their counselor to make sure they have met all graduation requirements.