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Monday, February 14, 2011

Choosing Courses Is Like Choosing a Lifestyle

The course selection process for 2011-12 is set to launch on Tuesday, February 15th.   Students will be escorted to the Library Media Center by teachers in designated classes and the former will select courses in Power School.  The entire process is scheduled to last until March 3rd.  Selections are tentative and subject to approval in cases where prerequisites are established.  Counselors will review course selections with each student, and students will have the opportunity to make changes through the close of this school year in June.

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?
In the end, students are making lifestyle choices when they make course selections.  Some courses require more effort than others.  The reward for this effort may come in more heavily weighted grades or it may come in the form of college credits or it may come in the form of better options beyond high school.  But it also may come at the expense of time spent with friends and family or at the expense of a part-time job or even at the expense of sleep.  Risks and rewards are often related.  They have to be evaluated as well.

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.

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