Picking Classes for Next Year

Taken from: https://www.discoverycollegeconsulting.com/good-high-school-grades-students-co.

Taken from: https://www.discoverycollegeconsulting.com/good-high-school-grades-students-co.

When the time comes to pick classes for the 2023-2024 school year, it can be difficult for most students. Choosing classes requires fulfilling the required credits to graduate while also picking classes that are the right match for you.

The requirements to graduate consist of four English credits, four math credits, four science credits, three social studies credits and three health/personal fitness/career/world language/fine arts credits. This equals 23 total credits. 

When picking classes, it is important to keep in mind that you are pursuing your passions, maintaining balance and trying something new.

Some students feel that the best approach is to take as many AP courses as possible to boost their class rank. Others choose to aim for a much lighter schedule to make the maximum amount of As in the gradebook. It’s important to take on challenges, but to also understand personal limitations. Earning a higher grade and retaining the material in one class is more valuable than struggling in the long run for a class you aren’t fully prepared for. 

When selecting classes, balance is key. According to School-Life Balance, “School-life balance is important for optimal academic functioning.” They continued, “Students often prioritize academics at the expense of personal factors, including relationships and exercise. This can lead to a decline in academic performance, as general health and well-being are critical to optimal academic functioning.”

Outside of core classes, students at Lambert are also required to take electives. These are the classes outside of the required curriculum. Electives serve as an opportunity to learn something new, but they are also a great way to stand out when applying for college. 

Essentially, high school students should pick classes that will help them later in the future with college and their career. Picking courses that are geared towards the desired career path helps colleges see that you are genuinely interested in working hard to succeed in the field you are selecting.

“In the next school year, I am planning on taking Spanish III, Honors Chemistry, 10th Honors Lit/Comp, Intro to Healthcare, Honors World History, Musical Theatre and Advanced Algebra,” freshman Nina Jung said. “I am going to try to take courses that are science and math related, because I hope to be an orthodontist when I graduate from college.”

As the deadline for selecting classes nears, think about how the classes you take will help in the future and make a good decision on what you want to pursue. 

Do not stress about your choices too much and instead focus on keeping a positive mindset throughout the school year, no matter how difficult the class can get.