What you should take in high school:The courses you take now will determine where you will be accepted to college - not to mention how you'll do once you get there. While requirements vary from school to school, the chart below outlines a typical core college prep course.
|Course||Years||Types of Classes||Academic benefit|
|These courses will help you improve your writing skills, reading comprehension and vocabulary.|
|Mathematics||3-4||Algebra I & II
|Mathematics provides a solid foundation for a variety of majors, including engineering and the sciences.
Studies have shown that students who take algebra and geometry in high school are much more likely to go on to college.
|In these courses, you'll become better informed about the world around you. They also provide excellent preparation for college studies in history and political science.|
|Laboratory Science||2-3||Earth Science
|Laboratory sciences prepare you for careers within the sciences and
In addition, these courses teach you about scientific methodology and train your observation skills.
|Mastering a foreign language gives you access to different cultures - as well as career paths you may not have even considered. Chinese and Spanish have the most native speakers and continue to gain prominence in American business and culture. However, students should learn the language(s) that they feel are best for them and their goals in life.|
|Visual and performing arts||1||Art
|The arts expose you to a world of communication and expression. Research has suggested that students who take courses in the arts often excel in school and on standardized tests.|
|Appropriate electives||1-3||Computer Science
|Electives provide the opportunity to sample a variety of disciplines. They can help you choose a major in college.|
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