School Subjects for College Preparation
Students planning to go to college should consider how colleges will look at their courses during the application process. Grade point average (GPA) is important, but coursework should also demonstrate academic rigor.
When planning, it can be helpful to balance standard high school courses with some that are more challenging. Additionally, students can do this—and even get a head start on college—by taking
advanced placement :
- AP Classes
AP classes are more rigorous courses that teach subjects at an introductory college level. Some of the most common AP courses that are available include Calculus AB, U.S. History, English Literature, Biology, Statistics, Chemistry, and Psychology.3
Students who take AP classes have the option to take an AP test in the spring. If they get a certain score, they can get credit for the course at many colleges.
- College Credit Courses
Many high schools offer opportunities to gain college credit, and the counseling department can inform students about any such offerings as well.
For grades K-8, grade-by-grade standards exist in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. For grades 9-12, the standards are grouped into grade bands of 9-10 grade standards and 11-12 grade standards
In addition to the basic classes, there are usually plenty of opportunities to take electives in various areas of study. These can not only broaden a student’s academic knowledge but also teach them valuable life skills.
In some cases, a student may be given the freedom to choose one class from a select group of options required in the school’s curriculum. In others, a student may have room in their schedule to choose to study something simply based on their interests and aspirations.