How to select your high school courses:
Planning for college requires that you select your high school courses wisely. Doing so saves you money, and increases your chances of obtaining grants and scholarships for college. The following recommendations look daunting, but remember it is spread out over four years. It is easier than it appears.
English (Language Arts)
Take English every year. Writing composition and speech are good classes to add in your selection.
You will need algebra and geometry to succeed on college entrance exams. Taking them early on will allow you to enroll in advanced science in math like trigonometry, calculus, and /or statistics which impresses colleges.
Six semesters of science are recommended:
· Two semesters of biology
· Two semesters of chemistry and/or physics
· two semesters in earth/space sciences, advanced biology, advanced chemistry or physics.
· Two semesters in U.S. History
· One semester of U.S. government
· One semester in economics
· One semester in world history or geography
· One additional semester in the above, or other areas (especially if in the field you plan to major in)
Many colleges require at least two years of foreign language study, and some prefer more.
Studies show that students who participate in the arts often do better in school and standardized tests because they help them recognize patterns, and to discern differences and similarities.
In today's world, it is important to have at least a basic knowledge of computers.
Check with your Guidance Counselor for their recommendations as well.
In order to prepare for college, it is also important to know how to obtain Free money for college.