The decisions your teen makes when choosing her schedule can have a big impact on her future. Here are four questions to ask before your teen makes any final decisions about what she’ll take next year:
1. Is she on track to meet the school’s graduation requirements? Many states and school districts have recently made changes in what’s required for a high school diploma. Ask to see the list of required courses and make sure your daughter has a plan to complete all of them before graduation.
2. Will the courses she is taking qualify her for college admission? Most selective colleges prefer students who have taken courses in certain subjects. For example, many prefer that applicants take at least geometry and trigonometry, rather than only general math and algebra. Basic computer skills and three or four years of a foreign language may also be required.
Teens who want to play sports in college also must take certain courses to be eligible. Make sure the guidance counselor checks your teen’s schedule carefully to make sure it meets all these
3. Should she take advanced classes? Many high schools offer Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses and exams. These are college-level courses, and students who take them are often more prepared for the academic challenges presented in college. They may also receive college credit for these courses.
4. Can your teen enroll in college courses? In some states, students can begin taking college classes while still enrolled in high school . . . without paying tuition. Check to see whether your state or school district offers this option.
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