Registration Talking Points
The following bullet points are a guideline for advisory teachers and deans discussion with students and parents.
- High school is a preparation for career development and training after high school, whether it’s 1 year, 2 year, 4 year, or military. High school credits begin accumulating in grade 9.
- Senior year is the last chance to prep for college, but often the transcripts that students send for initial college applications only display grades through the end of their junior year.
- Juniors should plan to take the ACT at the end of the junior year, and should design their course of study to prepare for that. Prep courses involve high levels of reading, writing, science, and math.
- Grades are important, but colleges also look at the rigor of courses taken.
- Students planning to attend a 4 year university have the opportunity to take AP and CIS courses. Success in these courses offer free college credit, along with study skill acquisition that will be a major benefit after high school..
- Thoughtfully plan the high school years using the career pathways information.
- Stress/evaluate graduation requirements as outlined on the back page of the registration form. Use advisory time to X out boxes in front of completed courses. Note: AP/CIS courses satisfy subject matter requirements for graduation.
- Encourage challenging courses for ALL. It’s their last chance at a free education. However, students need to find a balance between working hard and being kids. They need time for both.
- It is recommended that sophomores generally should only take 1 AP course sophomore year. However, a few students are able to manage more than that.
- All electives are important. They can give career ideas or identify other interests.
- Pay close attention to prerequisites when choosing courses.
- Generally, when students take the “A” part of a course, they also take the “B” part – and the “C” part when applicable.
- When worksheets are distributed in advisory, challenge students to actually READ the course descriptions online. Many mistakes are made around having the appropriate prerequisite. The guide reads well on all devices.
- Choose courses carefully. The goal is to have NO schedule changes once the schedule is built.
- A parent/student information/help night will be held January 31st in the auditorium, beginning at 6:30. Deans and a few teachers will be available after the presentation to answer questions.
- Encourage students to actually read the course descriptions closely online rather than simply listening to their friends about what they should take. Students are guaranteed to land in the same sections as their friends and student interest in the content is more important than what their friends necessarily like.