This is the third of a series on High School Course Planning 2020-21
AP, IB, AICE Academies were discussed in my previous two blogs:
Today we focus on High School Students and
If you want the punchline – it’s this: Whether you’re attending high school in Boulder Colorado or Boca Raton, Florida– you are facing the same choices about course curriculum options. If you’re STEM, Humanities, Arts, Business – or undecided– your college application will be evaluated similarly. But most important- what type of education are you seeking and will you be prepared for subsequent undergraduate courses. These points are discussed in parts 1 and 11 of this series on high school planning.
Dual Enrollment courses- – the punchline: rarely challenging, and should only be considered if these enrich or supplement the available high school courses. Never plan on enrolling in dual enrollment coures as a replacement for your high school course offerings — that’s frowned upon in college admissions and considered avoidance – and the mind wonders what’s being avoided?
Whether your dream college is a highly selective university, the Ivy League, a liberal arts college, your state’s flagship – or any one of several outstanding academic institutions throughout the country (“FIT”??l) – – please consider the following as you prepare to select your coursework for next year:
- One of the most important aspects of your high school academic experience is taking coursework that prepares you to succeed in subsequent and increasingly complex courses. This is your EDUCATION!! Please follow your heart- not the crowd. As you’ll read about below, the importance of having a foundation in STEM coursework cannot be overstated (even if you aren’t a STEM student!).
- In addition, your courses should allow you to explore and discover beyond your comfort zone. Why should any 14 to 17 year old young adult be 100% certain of a path – take interesting electives!! Don’t waste your available spaces on courses that teach little and electives that will likely be removed from your calculated GPA by college admissions officer (yes, that’s right- those none core courses are removed in most situations!!)
- Finally- your coursework should always be challenging but not more than you can comfortably manage. I lost track of the number of parents and families that thanked me for talking them out of enrolling in seven AP classes! (Read my Google Reviews)
HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM:
- Courses, and in particular-your electives- can help each student explore, develop and deepen an academic interest.
- Core/required and elective courses allow students to better prepare for subsequent academic success. Sequencing is important as are appropriate challenges. For example, a foundation in math is essential for STEM fields and Business curriculum. AP art can develop core skills and expand a portfolio. Completing courses in high school is essential for proper academic placement as undergraduates — but even more important– the ability to hold your own when arriving on a college campus rests squarely on the quality of courses taken in high school.
- As discussed in depth below, the transcript reveals a student’s ability to succeed as a undergraduate and has a direct impact on the likelihood of college admission. Avoid following the crowd!
Dual Enrollment and Special Programs
I hope you enjoy this conversation with Boulder Colorado’s Eliot Andre of Connected Roots.
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