SOUDER'S SOPHOMORE YEAR SCHEDULING ADVICE: FOR JUNIOR YEAR COURSESAll course selections are handled on-line through the Home Access Center. Please make sure you have your own login as you cannot use your parent’s account. If you need help creating your account, please see Ms Mullery in the main office.
As a Counselor, I encourage you as students (and parents) to consider designing each year of your high school life to be joyful and interesting. Take courses that pique your curiosity and fuel your creative energy; don’t take classes because you think you have to. Participate in extracurricular activities that make you smile and fill you with joy.
What courses should I take for Junior Year? Great question, glad you asked. Here are some ideas:
English: Required for graduation. Select AP English Composition or Essay & Exposition/Oral Rhetoric-Speech.
Social Studies: US History or AP US History (US History is required for graduation).
Science: All juniors will be taking Chemistry in the Earth System. All of our science courses are college prep labs. For more information about science options, see Science Sequence Possibilities.
Math: Algebra, Geometry or Geometry 1A/2A and Intermediate or Advanced Algebra (with grades of C or higher) are required for eligibility for four year universities. Your math class will be selected automatically by your current math teacher, so you do not input this course. See your current math teacher with any placement questions. If you want to take two math classes next year, get approval from your current math teacher and then see me in person to add the courses on your behalf. For more information about math options, see Math Sequence Possibilities.
PE: If you have completed PE 1-4, you can choose other electives
Visual/Performing Art: One year of a visual or performing art is required for both graduation and college eligibility, but I recommend that you pursue creativity all four years (and later in life, too).
World Language: Two years of the same language are required for four year college eligibility. There is no foreign language graduation requirement. Some colleges recommend three or more years of foreign language. Please check college admission requirements on Naviance or college websites for more detailed information.
Electives: We have a wealth of offerings so take full advantage of the rich offerings available. Explore something new (i.e., Art History, Psychology, Street Law, Music Performance, etc.).
How do I find out about the AP/Honors classes?
Go to the AP/Honors Information page and review the AP/Honors Matrix for entrance requirements and the Information and Advice if you are considering these classes. Make sure to attend all meetings so that you have as many options available as possible.
When considering AP courses, know that these take a huge commitment of time and energy. For many students, the perfect number of AP courses to take is ZERO. For others, one AP course in an area of strong interest or aptitude is just right. For those who want intense challenge, a maximum of two college courses in any given year will provide for a demanding and rigorous experience, while leaving room for athletic or performing art pursuits. Limiting the number of AP courses to no more than two will also leave time for relaxation, socializing, spending time with family, and getting enough sleep to feel energized every day you attend school.
How do I know if I got into an Academy?
The list of students admitted will be available in counseling.
What if I want a free period?
Of course you all know that you must have a six period day minimum, so a free period is an option. However, with so much to offer here at Drake, why not explore a new avenue of interest. Another option is to participate in an Internship – see Mr Davison about these opportunities – he is in the College/Career Center. College of Marin also offers a variety of interesting courses, so please review their online catalog for more information.
How do I know if my course choices meet the UC/CSU eligibility requirements?
You go to the UC “a-g” list and validate that your eligibility requirements are being met. This list is important as a reference for you and your parents.
What if I am planning on college athletics and want to know which courses meet NCAA requirements?
You can check out the NCAA website for course requirements (because they are different than college requirements sometimes). Also, Ms Neumaier, College & Career Specialist, is a pro at this and will help you with questions. Stop in to set up a time to review your questions with her.
What if I can’t figure it all out?
No worries. Just come see me and I’ll help you with decisions, selecting classes, etc.
With so many competing alternatives for your time and energy, I hope you will prioritize joy along with challenge, and throw in a little relaxation for good measure.
“I think there should be a good balance between being a good student and being able to enjoy your high school life.”
~~ Vanessa Lachey
Last modified by Sheila R Souder on 12/18/2019.