Students should give considerable thought to their selections, not only as they pertain to next year but in subsequent years as well. They should also consider the time commitments required to be successful in their chosen courses and weigh these against extra-curricular commitments made. Saying "yes" to some choices implicitly means saying "no" to others.
Keep these thoughts in mind when choosing;
- Think about the kinds of options you'd like to have once you graduate from EOSHS. For example, what kinds of colleges might you like to attend? What might you like to choose for a major? Note - if you really don't know, then you should keep open your options by choosing a challenging course of studies. Too often, students eventually discover what they'd like to do only to discover that they don't have the necessary coursework to pursue the major.
- Think about the options available at EOSHS. Then think about how much time remains to your high school experience. What makes sense to take in 2011-12? In 2012-13? What courses are available to take for college credits? How many would I realistically want to take? How much money could I save in higher education costs if I take these courses? What will I have to give up in terms of time and commitments elsewhere if I choose these courses?
- Think about work commitments. Are you planning on working at a part-time job? How many hours do you intend to work each week?
- Think about when your extra-curricular involvement is most time intensive. Is one semester busier than the other with respect to the involvement?
Course descriptions are available on Naviance. Click on the "Courses" tab for this information. Four-year plans of study are also available in this tab. These plans are categorized by the competitive category of schools. Take sufficient time to review this information. Wise choices require this time.